Clairmont Heights Civic Association Supports Our Inclusion in a Referendum for Annexation into the City of Atlanta

February 24, 2015

To our elected representatives in the Georgia legislature,

The Board of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association (CHCA) supports our inclusion in the bill authorizing a referendum to annex into the City of Atlanta. Our neighborhood survey from September, 2014, which had a very high participation rate, indicates that our residents favor inclusion in an existing city versus a new one. Our residents feel strongly about retaining access to our elementary school and deserve a voice and vote on this important matter.

You may find our survey results at http://clairmontheights.org/node/4208 .

In addition, The CHCA Board believes that the proposed annexation map preserves critical local control over the major access points to Clairmont Heights and decisions regarding future area development. Local jurisdiction over entrances to Clairmont Heights is vital to safety, service delivery, zoning and land development, and traffic issues – especially in long-range planning for proposed major mass transit expansion.

Signed by Board members of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association

Michael Dowling, President

Pete Rumsey, Vice President 

Julia Byrne, Corresponding Secretary  

Nancy Moore, Recording Secretary

Pam Daily, Treasurer                                         

Jim Smith, Planning and Zoning                                          

Brian Feagans

Ian Sifuentes

Mike Fink

 

Commissioner Kathie Gannon: District 6 Events & February 24th BOC Agenda

Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon:
(events: food drive, plant sale, animal adoptions)

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Commissioner Gannon: "Action Needed To Reform DeKalb"

DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon:

Dear Friends,
To rebuild trust with our citizens, we must reform DeKalb County government. There have been several citizen led organizations that have spent the past year developing meaningful reforms. These issues are now coming before the General Assembly and your voice must be heard.

Regardless of whether you are in or out of a city, we all live in DeKalb County. The reforms proposed are essential for rebuilding trust through transparency and accountability. Please email members of the DeKalb Delegation and ask them to reform DeKalb government. Below are the email contacts for the Delegation. Also shown below is a generic letter that you can use. If you want to add a statement about cityhood, annexation or remaining in unincorporated DeKalb feel free to add you views.

Thank you for your commitment to reforming DeKalb!
Kathie Gannon - DeKalb County Board of Commissioners- Super District 6

[SAMPLE LETTER / LIST OF DELEGATION EMAIL CONTACTS]

 

Town Hall Meeting with State Senator Elena Parent, THU 02-19-2015, 6:30 pm

State Senator Elena Parent (D, Senate District 42) will host her first Town Hall Meeting for her constituents this Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 6:30 pm. The location is the Fellowship Hall at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road, Decatur, GA 30033.

Fernbank Elementary - Meeting for new and prospective parents, THU 02-19-2015

The teachers, staff, and parents at Fernbank Elementary School extend an invitation to all new and prospective parents to our Fernbank school community to join us at 

Presidents Day holiday solid waste and recycling collection schedule

The revised holiday schedule is:

Monday, Feb. 16 – Presidents Day observed; no sanitation collection services

Tuesday, Feb. 17 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled solid waste and recycling collection day is Monday, Feb. 16 will be serviced on Tuesday, Feb. 17

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – Residential customers whose regularly scheduled solid waste and recycling collection day is Tuesday, Feb. 17 will be serviced on Wednesday, Feb. 18

Thursday, Feb. 19 – Normal solid waste collection services resume; however, recycling and green cart solid waste customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Wednesday, Feb. 18 will be serviced on Thursday, Feb. 19
 
Friday, Feb. 20 – Normal solid waste collection services resume; however, recycling and green cart solid waste customers whose regularly scheduled collection day is Thursday, Feb. 19 will be serviced on Friday, Feb. 20

http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/publicwrks/sanitation/pdf/2015_02_05_presidents_day_residential_sanitation_schedule.pdf

"DeKalb Charter Cluster Proposal May Get Second Chance"

WABE:  The charter cluster petition would have given Druid Hills High School and its feeder schools more autonomy, loosening the grip of the school district. But the DeKalb school board narrowly rejected the proposal just over a year ago. Recently, some petitioners considered annexing to Atlanta, which would make the schools a part of APS.    [READ MORE/ FULL ARTICLE]

MANA: annexation meeting with Reps. Mayo and Oliver

MANA:  Brief notes-- Meeting with Reps. Mayo and Oliver; Representatives of the MANA Working Group on Annexation met with Rep. Rahn Mayo on February 9 at his request.

We again discussed our concerns about Areas A and B in the proposed Decatur annexation. Specifically, we discussed concerns that should parts of our neighborhood and nearby commercial cease to be in the same jurisdiction, residents who will be directly impacted by Decatur's development plans will have no say on how those areas are developed.  

[READ MORE/FULL ARTICLE]

 

Town Hall Meeting tonight - Interim CEO Lee May

ONE Dekalb:  
reminder- Town Hall Meeting tonight - 
7pm, University Heights UMC 1267 Balsam Drive Decatur
"Please join Interim CEO Lee May at any of the meetings throughout the county as he discusses his outlook for 2015." 
 
 

CrimeMapping: mail theft 2/9 on Willivee

Theft/Larceny LARCENY - FROM MAIL 15-013418 700 BLOCK WILLIVEE DR DeKalb County Police 2/9/2015 11:50:00 PM Map It

 

CHCA Board Meeting - Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board will hold its February meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, at 6 pm. The location is Melton's. Among other items, the officers will discuss a Board statement regarding the potential legislation related to Atlanta annexation, and we will examine the current status of MARTA's Clifton Corridor Light Rail plan. 

BOC Agenda for February 10th & Other Events

District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader:
(Party for Parks Gala, Presidents Day waste/recycling, sched + agenda)

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District 6 Events & Feb 10 BOC Agenda

Commissioner Kathie Gannon:
(sanitation mtg, food drive, senior fitness, lane closures, pet adoptions, + BOC agenda)

[READ MORE]

Melton Park annual meeting

Event Date and Time: 
02/13/2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Friends of Ira B Melton Park, a DeKalb County Park Pride affiliate, will hold its annual meeting on Friday, Feb 13, from 7-8:30 at North Decatur Presbyterian Church in the Fellowship Hall. We will review last year¹s park projects and plan for next year. All are welcome.

Info on new Senior Center at Mason Mill Park

Hogan Construction Group Press Release: Feb. 4, 2015 - DeKalb County celebrated the grand opening of the new Central DeKalb Senior Center, which provides various services for the growing population and community needs of senior citizens within the county. This brand new, two story facility was funded by The Community Development Block Grant Program and includes a large multipurpose space, computer lab, fully equipped fitness room, access to walking trails, an adjacent playground for children, and activity rooms for ceramics, yoga, aerobic, games and dancing.
 
The center also features a commercial kitchen and main dining halls that accommodate approximately 120 people seated, and can be easily converted to serve as a meeting space for seminars and civic events. Hogan Construction Group and Houser Walker Architecture overcame many obstacles during construction as record rainfall and ice storms created schedule issues, however the project was still completed on time. 
 

Druid Hills annexation into Atlanta: ‘An opportunity to join a city on the ascent’

AJC's "Get Schooled" blog:  Natalie DiSantis is a past resident of Atlanta who now resides in the unincorporated DeKalb community seeking annexation into Atlanta.

She supports Together In Atlanta, which she calls “a grassroots effort by neighbors in the Emory University area hoping to become part of the robust growth and positive direction of the city of Atlanta.”

Here is her response to an essay on the blog last week opposed to that annexation campaign. Later this week, I will post an essay by a Druid Hills High school student on this issue as well.   [MORE]

 

Monthly Siren Test is Tomorrow (Wed)

Decatur Minute: Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of February so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 5 February 2015. If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

ELPC: DeKalb Co. Schools Superintendent Search Stakeholder Community Engagement Meetings

ELPC: DeKalb Co. Schools Superintendent Search Stakeholder Community Engagement Meetings

Wed 2/4 --> Region 2: Lakeside High School
Thu 2/12 --> COUNTYWIDE PUBLIC FORUM DeKalb County BOE – Board Room
all mtgs 7PM - 8:30

Grand Opening Central DeKalb Senior Center At Mason Mill Park Mon 2/2

 

Grand Opening Central DeKalb Senior Center At Mason Mill Park

CENTRAL DEKALB SENIOR CENTER AT MASON MILL PARK
1340 McConnell Drive
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2015
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

"Suburban Plaza update: bowling alley gone, may be replaced by book store"

Decaturish: Decatur’s Suburban Lanes Bowling Alley will not remain in the redeveloped Suburban Plaza. A book store may end up taking some of the basement space of the plaza on the Church Street side near where the bowling alley is now, according to developer, Selig Enterprises.   [READ MORE]

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