Report 7/7/11: Auto theft on Wineleas Rd.

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Copper theft on Clairmont Road

From: Robin Davis []
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2011 11:27 AM
Subject: Major Copper Theft at Global Health Action
Please circulate this email to all of our neighbors in the MMCA and especially those along McConnell Drive and Claremont.

Decatur fireworks rescheduled for September 24

From the AJC: ".... The city will have its fireworks show immediately following a concert on the square on Saturday, Sept. 24. The fireworks show should begin about 9:30 p.m. ...."

Found Kitten and Golden Retriever

From MANA: From a neighbor - Hi, we found a small gray and white kitten over at Medlock Park tonight. He was undernourished so we took him home. .... If you are missing a kitten or know someone who is missing a small gray and white kitten, you may respond to or email me at

Golden Retriever - [see photo below] - This pretty boy was found this am on Scott Circle. Kathryn Branch will have him for today and is attempting to contact the golden retriever rescue group in the meantime. The cell number for Kathryn Branch is 1-843-455-3247.

South Fork Peachtree Creek community garden initiative

From South Fork Conservancy: July 11, 7 p.m. at QuickShot Firing Range, 1199 Zonolite Rd.  Learn more about a possible community garden on public land at Zonolite. Contamination cleanup expected. What comes next? Help shape neighborhood efforts to restore this important, environmentally sensitive floodplain. EPA and county leaders present. Bring your own chair.

3 Foot Safe Passing Bill now Law

From Bicycle South: It's Official! 3 Foot Safe Passing Bill Became The Law On July 1st!  Georgia Bikes! and other bicycle advocacy groups were successful this past Georgia Legislative Sesson in getting a Safe Passing Law that requires motorists to maintain at least 3 feet of distance when passing cyclists. Previously, drivers were only required to keep "a safe distance." Bicycle South owner Fred Boykin is a Georgia Bikes! board member and the Event Director for the Georgia Rides To The Capitol event - an annual ride that brings over 1,500 cyclists to the State Captiol in support of legislation like this. Report - Auto theft on Myrtle 7/1/11

From Dekalb Police via

Type Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Motor Vehicle Theft THEFT OF AUTOMOBILE 11-074459 2100 BLOCK MYRTLE LN DeKalb County Police 7/1/2011 5:00:00 PM Map It


Mason Mill Park Water Works construction

Photos July 4, 2011 of construction around old water works district of Mason Mill Park.  Part of stormwater mitigation project in Mason Mill Park master plan.


Benfield Beat - Happy Fourth of July!

From state rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield: New Booster Seat Law; City of Decatur July 4th Pied Piper Parade; Public Hearings on Proposed County Millage Rate Increase

Nature Preserve shed clearing party

Event Date and Time: 
07/10/2011 - 2:00pm

From Chris Beck, President of the CSNP: Dear Supporters of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, On the night of Sunday, June 26th, the shed at the Preserve was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. The entire contents of the shed and materials around the shed are a complete loss. You can see a video of the fire at . If you are on Facebook, you can see a picture of what remains of the shed at .  Although some surrounding trees were scorched, we hope that there is not lasting damage. We are beginning to make plans to rebuild the shed and get new tools so that we can continue to maintain the Preserve for education and enjoyment of neighbors and visitors.

County recycling Q&A

From Commissioner Jeff Rader's office via Civic Association Network newsletter, responses to questions raised at a CAN meeting June 27: 1). Has the county ever discussed "free" or no fee recycling?  2). Can citizens use recycling buckets and not bags? 3). What is happening with discussions about reducing sanitation / recycling/yard waste pick up days?  Commissioner Rader forwareded the questions to the county's Public Works Assistant director Billy Malone and here are his responses.

County greenspace and park purchases

Notes from Civic Association Network listserv on recent CAN meeting with commissioners (see attached table on county wide land purchases):

1. Just how much green space acreage per capita do we have in District 2, as compared to the other DeKalb districts?

2. What were the Green spaces/Park purchases in DeKalb County during the last 5 years? Is there a map available showing existing Green space/Park lands? How do we nominate possible park/green space purchases?

Beth Nathan offers some answers as District 2 Rep on the Parks Bond and Greenspace Advisory Committee....

Public Hearings on Proposed Prop Tax Increases

From the county CEO's office: Tuesday, July 5 (10:00 am and 6:00 pm) & Tuesday, July 12 (10:00 am) at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Dr., Decatur. DeKalb County will host public hearings to discuss a proposed increase in property tax rates

Notes from CEO's mtg on taxes/millage rate

Notes by Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: June 27 CEO's mtg on taxes/millage rate
Between 50 and 100 people attended last evening's TownHall meeting, called by the CEO. .... I took prodigious notes which are attached. The meeting was about 35-40% presentation, the rest Q&A time. A scanned handout (with unfortunate bleed-through from 2nd side printing) is also attached. An electronic version was promised, I'll send that when it arrives, In my opinion, the strongest points made in this meeting include the following:

Foreclosure Prevention Program

From the county's CEO office: "The purpose of the program is to help Georgia homeowners who have experienced job loss or a substantial decrease in their income with a mortgage payment bridge while they find new or better employment. Report 6/18/11: theft at Heritage Square

From DeKalb Police via theft by taking (gun)

5K Beat the Badge Fun Run

From commissioner Jeff Rader: Center Precinct is hosting a 5k fun run in conjunction with the DeKalb Police Alliance.  The DeKalb Police Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and garnering public support for all DeKalb-based police officers.  All proceeds go to the Dekalb Police Alliance who raise money to support our men and women who keep us safe!   This event is scheduled to take place on September 17, 2011, at 9:00 am, at headquarters.  This event is open to all police officers/agencies in DeKalb County (incorporated and unincorporated) as well as to the general public.  There will be food, and festivities for all to enjoy after the race at headquarters!!!  For information call 678-362-0392 or email

Ira B Melton Park Workday July 9 8:30-11:00


Workday at Ira B Melton Park on Saturday, July 9, 8:30-11:00 am.  Drop by for an hour or so and help us spread mulch on the trail. Please bring gloves, water, and shovel or rake. We could use a wheelbarrow or two. Workday facilitators: Marianne Skeen and Valerie Boss.

Nature Preserve Tool Shed Burns Down After Lightning Strike

From the North Druid Hills / Briarcliff Patch: "The shed at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve was reduced to a charred heap of metal and wood after yesterday's storms." [read more and see the video]  CSNP leaders Chris Beck and Dave Butler have already begun talking to contractors for quotes on rebuilding the shed.  They say they'll need to get the shed up before they can take donations of tools, etc. 

Community Engagement & Education Forum on the community impact of Transportation Legislation

From commissioner Jeff Rader: You're invited to attend a Community Engagement & Education Forum on the community impact of Transportation legislation, the DeKalb County project list, and feedback on these issues.

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