From Chris Beck on the Medlock Neighbors Group FB page: "Adopt a sheep! This winter we are employing a flock of sheep at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve to help us in our battle against invasive plant species. The flock will be grazing English ivy along Pine Bluff Road and the Upland Forest Trail. Your donation of $25 to adopt a sheep will help us remove invasive species in an environmentally friendly way. We will let you know when the flock is there so that you can come and visit.
From Tom Doolittle in the Brookhaven Post: ".... This is a complicated set of scenarios, but one thing is clear. In many cases, a decision about one area will have reverberating effects on one or more others—and it may not be possible to solve every neighborhood conundrum in a step-wise, domino falling process. The impression is that decisions or at least opinions by neighborhoods must be made now and communicated to legislators, the message from their organizers being “the clock is ticking”. The legislative rules have been made to create a map for new Lavista Hills in the 2015 General Assembly and if Druid Hills’ annexation map is adopted, it will be in the same session. That means any neighborhoods that can elect to be included in either area will have to decide before that happens...." [Read more.]
From MANA: ".... Annexing to Decatur received the most support in our survey but we have no reason to believe that this is a viable possibility. The next highest level of support went towards remaining unincorporated, long and short-term; if it is true that we will be joining a city in the not-so-distant future, remaining unincorporated is not a viable position long-term. Annexation to a city, if we are contiguous, remains an option as long as we are still unincorporated AND that city is open to the annexation....." [Read more]
From Charles Seabrook in the AJC: "If you’ve seen a coyote in metro Atlanta lately — or just have some strong feelings about the lanky animals showing up in your area — Chris Mowry and his research team at Berry College in Rome want to know about it.... “This is a chance for folks to be ‘citizen-scientists,’” Mowry said. “Even if you’ve never seen or had any interaction with a coyote, your responses will be helpful to us.” To participate, go to the Atlanta Coyote Project Facebook page at facebook.com/atlantacoyoteproject, then click on and fill out the electronic survey form...." [Read more.]
from Commissioner Jeff Rader Dist. 2: The next Operations Task Force meeting, originally scheduled for December 1st, has been rescheduled for December 3rd, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive
DeKalb County Extends Government Operations Task Force until December 15th
BOC Agenda Summary from November 18th
From the county's website: No collection services on Thursday, November 27th. Regular garbage collection schedule will run one day late thru Saturday, 11/29. Thursday’s blue box and yard trimming recycling will be serviced on Friday, 11/28. Friday collections will be Saturday, 11/29. Note: Customer Svc. closed - Collections, Tranfers Stations and the Landfill will operate Friday, 11/28
(Rep. Oliver addresses cityhood updates)
Email Newsletter: Nov. 21, 2014 - "Friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I wish you and your family and friends a lovely holiday, and a restful opportunity to be grateful for all our many blessings. [READ MORE]
from Decaturish: Look, Atlanta’s not waving some flag in favor of annexation, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan said.
But they’re not going to say “no,” either. [READ MORE]
from CHCA Corresponding Secretary Julia Byrne:
11/19/14 Together in Atlanta Meeting Summary
On Wednesday, November 19th, community members in Clairmont Heights met with members of the Druid Hills Civic Association, members of the organization Together In Atlanta, and Atlanta elected officials to discuss advocacy efforts for the annexation of the entire footprints of Fernbank and Briar Vista elementary schools as well as Emory University into the city of Atlanta. The Clairmont Heights Civic Association is closely following this advocacy effort in response to our recent neighborhood survey that indicated strong support for inclusion into an existing city.
from MANA: Annexation Round-Up: Medlock's Schools This post looks like more of the same: annexation blah blah blah! But it's actually about something extremely critical to our neighborhood: our schools (literally) and our attendance zones. [READ MORE]
ONE Dekalb Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "CANCELLED -- Operations Task Force Working Meeing - Please be advised that the Operations Task Force Meeting scheduled for Friday November 21 has been cancelled. Future meeting dates are TBD"
From Dan Whisenhunt in the Decaturish blog: "Decaturish reader Andrew Feury has done all of us a huge favor. This week, organizers behind a proposal to create a new city in DeKalb County released their map for LaVista Hills. It’s one of several maps floating around that carve up DeKalb. The maps include proposed annexations by the cities of Decatur, Avondale Estates and DeKalb County, as well as the proposed cities of LaVista Hills, Tucker and an as-yet-unnamed city in south DeKalb. So how in the heck are we supposed to keep track of all of it? Feury gave us a big assist by creating this custom Google map. It combines all of the maps that are currently on the table...." [Read more.]
From the Fernbank Science Center: Planetarium schedule; Watch live rocket launch; Holiday music under the stars.
From Druid Hills High School Parent Teacher Student Association: 1479 Scott Blvd, Decatur -- formerly Maddy’s b’bque, across from ACE. Starting November 25th until trees are GONE. A percentage of all proceeds benefit DRUID HILLS HIGH SCHOOL When you PAY BY CHECK. Call Doug or Rynell for directions & information 404-569-1714. See attached flyer.
Fundraiser for the DeKalb History Center: Ring in the New Year and dance the night away! Come out and dance with us as a professional DJ plays hits from the 1970s to the present. Reservations are available at our offices or online through PayPal and include appetizers, festive party favors, and two drink tickets. Additional drink tickets available at the event. Festive dress is encouraged. Represent your favorite musical style or decade if you like, or just show up prepared to dance! For reservations, please click though to our website to pay via PayPal (we'll email you a confirmation) or call the office at 404-373-1088, extension 22 to make reservations via credit card. You are also welcome to stop in and pay by cash or check during our regular office hours.
from Decaturish: Three groups vying to become DeKalb County’s newest city had until Nov. 15 to present a map to the state Legislature that resolved their differences.
Two of the groups – Lakeside and Briarcliff – met that deadline and proposed creating a city of LaVista Hills, which combines the maps proposed by both groups. But they were unable to reach a compromise with supporters of creating a city of Tucker, leaving both groups with overlapping map boundaries.
Now the state Legislature will sort it out. [READ MORE]
From Betty Willis at Emory: Dear Neighbors: Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in room 155 of the North Decatur Building. I have attached directions to the Lowergate South parking deck, which has a walkway from the deck onto the second floor of the North Decatur Building. Room 155 is on the first floor. Please note that the entrance to the parking deck from Gambrell Drive has been diverted to the right side of the deck due to construction associated with the new hospital bed tower.
As you know, these informal quarterly meetings are an opportunity to share information and discuss any particular issues of interest or concern to you and your neighborhoods. Please extend this invitation to others who may want to participate. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to call me at 404-727-5312. I look forward to seeing you next month and will send a reminder note closer to the date.
From the interim county CEO's office: Recently, DeKalb County made strides to update and improve its water billing process in order to better serve DeKalb County residents and address concerns heard from citizens during the last few weeks. It is our top priority to ensure the accuracy of all bills and that citizens have the resources available to understand their bills and make payments on time. Please click here to view a list of frequently asked questions and answers from DeKalb County's Department of Watershed Management. *NEW* DeKalb County Water/Sewer Authorized Bill Payment Centers. DeKalb has made it easier to pay your water bill. Please click here to view a listing of Water/Sewer Authorized Bill Payment Centers. Payments can also be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the new DeKalb County automated payment line at 404-371-6294.
From NextDoor Medlock Park: My name is Chief James Conroy, and I am pleased to announce that starting today, the DeKalb County Police Department will be utilizing Nextdoor to facilitate virtual neighborhood watch and foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications. Nextdoor is a tool for us to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications. You can expect to receive local crime and safety updates from the DeKalb County Police Department on Nextdoor. Please be assured that your website remains private. DeKalb County Police Department staff will NOT be able to see any of the content on your neighborhood website except for the direct replies to our posts.
from AJC: Communities vying to form new cities are back where they left off several months ago: with maps being decided by the Georgia General Assembly. [READ MORE]