Brookhaven Patch: As more and more calls mount for his resignation, interim DeKalb CEO Lee May told a Lithonia town hall meeting Tuesday night that he takes responsibility for the county’s recent governmental, political and financial troubles, and that he is considering resigning.
AJC: MARTA is seeking input from businesses along a potential future expansion route between Lindbergh Center and Avondale stations.
New DeKalb County School Superintendent Stephen Green holding "On the Scene with Dr. Green.... a conversation with your superintendent" meetings
On the Scene with Dr. Green (Chamblee High School)
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On the Scene with Dr. Green (Columbia Middle School)
Decaturish: Tomorrow’s News Today is reporting that Phoenix-based Sprouts Farmers Market will be the organic grocery store to anchor Fuqua’s Decatur Crossing at Scott Boulevard and North Decatur Road.
The news site attributes a “source familiar with the plans.”
Interim CEO To Hold Community Meetings
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May will hold a series of community meetings throughout the county. Titled Up Close and Personal, these meetings are an opportunity for residents to discuss issues important to them with Interim CEO May, including the county budget, government operations, and other topics of community concern.
BOC Meeting October 13th 9:00 a.m.
Manuel Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
To view the agenda, click here.
* The next BOC Meeting is October 27th.
The Bowers Report was released this week and there are many conversations that will need to continue. First, I need to converse with you as a listing of some of my expenses has been included. This will also be sent to Mr. Bowers, the GBI, FBI, Attorney General and Governor. [FULL RESPONSE]
Commissioner Rader’s Response to the Report of the DeKalb Special Investigator
In April of this year, Interim CEO Lee May took unilateral action under questionable authority to hire Mike Bowers, without a contract or budget, to serve as “Special Investigator” for DeKalb. Insofar as the County Attorney supported his authority to take this action, and given swirling scandals, I, with you awaited the results of Bowers’ investigation. [FULL RESPONSE]
AJC: Decatur police are investigating a total of 68 vehicles that were broken into, and one stolen, from parking decks located at 130 Clairemont Ave., 315 West Ponce de Leon Ave. and 335 West Ponce de Leon Ave. Apparently all occurred the night of Oct. 1/early morning Oct. 2. [MORE INFO]
Notes from Beth Nathan via the Civic Association Network
From the Office of Sen. Elena Parent:
This is just to let you know that we have scheduled our last two meetings for the Senate Study Committee on Annexation, De-annexation & Incorporation. The third meeting will be held on October 21st from 2-5 PM in Room 450 of the Capitol, and the fourth/final meeting will be held on November 3rd from 9 AM-12 PM in Room 450 of the Capitol.
More details will be sent in the next week or so as we finalize the agenda for both.
PolitiFact: The specter of annexation still floats around DeKalb County, even as voters decide in two months whether to form the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker.
If approved, the cities would share a border roughly along the eastern edge of I-285. Depending on how those votes go, the decisions could revive Atlanta’s failed effort to annex Druid Hills and a bid for Decatur to take in key commercial areas such as Suburban Plaza and the Kroger shopping center on DeKalb Industrial Way. [MORE INFO]
Open Streets Emory Village
3pm - 7pm
Free / open to the public
Note: North Decatur Road will be closed to vehicular traffic at/around the roundabout for this street festival
Fernbank Science Center - Fall Plant Sale
8am - 3pm
AJC: A study of the proposed city of LaVista Hills’ finances relied on unrealistic tax estimates that overstated its viability, according to a researcher’s analysis. [MORE INFO]
Smoking Out Sewer Leaks
"DeKalb County contractors will be conducting Smoke Testing Assessments in your area in the upcoming months. Smoke testing is used to detect sources of infiltration and inflow of the sewer system, and citizens may witness smoke escaping through leaks in the sewers, providing a visual identification of defective areas. This evaluation will locate leaks in the sewers that allow rainwater, creek water and other storm water run-off to enter the system. Smoke test are non-toxic and are not harmful to pets. One third of the County will be undergoing Smoke Testing Assessments. Be on the lookout! The picture below will show you what you can expect to see with smoke testing happening in your neighborhood."
THIS Saturday -- you are invited to the:
CHCA "Fall Boil and Ice Cream BLOCK PARTY/ Membership Drive"
4pm to 8pm
703 Densley Drive
CHCA will be serving:
Low Country Boil (w/ Shrimp, Potatoes, Corn, and Sausage
Ice Cream Truck Treats
**Bring a side to share and your own drinks!!!!
Decaturish: A report published on Monday raised questions about whether the proposed city of LaVista Hills could run the surplus its supporters claimed. [MORE INFO]