From Ken Watts in Crossroads News: "DeKalb’s House delegation is considering a one year moratorium on cityhood initiatives to give residents, leaders and stakeholders a chance to assess the impact of incorporation on the county. Interim CEO Lee May asked the delegation to write a resolution calling for a one-year pause in cityhood efforts at the delegation’s Jan 27 meeting at the capitol.
RESCHEDULED: Due to the weather, the event below had to be rescheduled to Wed., Feb. 5 at 7:00 (doors open at 6:00 for previewing design)
From Fernbank PTA: The Fernbank School Council and PTA have called a meeting with the DeKalb County School District to get an update on the construction of the new Fernbank Elementary building. This will be an opportunity for the public to get information and to provide feedback and comments. Childcare for school-aged children and pizza for the kids will be provided courtesy of Fernbank aftercare and the Fernbank Foundation.
Update 2/5/14: Quorum reached.
From U.S. Rep Hank Johnson: Winter storm; Affordable Health Care Act services.
From Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors! Friends of Ira B Melton Park will host a workday on Saturday, Feb 8, from 1-3pm. We will do trail maintenance, spread mulch, remove invasive plants, and pick up trash. The entrance to Ira B Melton Park is located on Desmond Drive, across from Park Lane (for GPS, use 2080 Desmond Drive). Please supply your own gloves and water, and bring wheelbarrows and shovels if you have them. Hope some of you can make it. Cross your fingers it warms up a bit.
From commissioner Elaine Boyer: Sanitation routes will operate on the following schedule for the rest of the week: Wednesday recycling and yard waste routes and Thursday garbage routes will be collected on Friday. Thursday recycling, yard waste routes, and Friday garbage routes will be collected on Saturday. All missed items will be collected on Sunday.
From commissioner Elaine Boyer: Inclement Weather Update: Warming stations; Responder meals; Fire and Rescue calls; DEMA calls; Roads and Drainage work; Road closures.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb County Cancellations and Delayed Openings. The rezoning meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Maloof Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to inclement weather. All items on the agenda will be rescheduled to February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. DeKalb County will advertise the rescheduled meeting in the next issue of the county’s legal organ.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
From Ted Daniel via the Civic Association Network yahoo group: Please consider joining us for the 4th Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race on Saturday, March 29th. The start and finish line is once again the parking lot behind Oak Grove United Methodist Church. We will have an event for everyone: 24K bike ride, 10K skate and run, 5K run/walk and 2K walk. The courses are all very hilly and moderately challenging.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 Events and Upcoming BOC & Zoning Agenda: MARTA community meeting; District 2 Budget town hall meetings.
From Amy Bryant via Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Yahoo Group: Emory Total Tennis Camps with Coach Amy Bryant is a tennis specialty day camp for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Camp is offered the first 4 weeks of the summer at Emory University with options beginning at 8:30am and ending at 6:00pm. Camp is for all ages and levels and features a low camper to counselor ratio to keep kids engaged! Coach Bryant is the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Emory University and has directed community summer camps for ten years.
From the Brookhaven Post: DeKalb Cooperative Extension Announces 2nd Annual Plant Sale for DeKalb County Residents. – DeKalb County Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its second annual plant sale is underway. The office will accept orders for various plants until March 10, 2014. There are several varieties to choose from including azaleas, blueberries, hydrangeas, gardenias among others. The one-day pick up is Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the DeKalb Cooperative Extension office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032.
From DeKalb's CEO office: Sanitation pilot program; Economic development survey; Youth track & field and soccer and adult softball; Race for the arts; Free vision clinic.
From the AJC: "The incorporation of Sandy Springs in North Fulton County as a municipality in 2005 unleashed a wave of votes, resulting in six additional cities. One impact of new cities in metro Atlanta has gone largely unspoken: all have led to elected governments that are almost entirely white in counties where whites are no longer a majority.
From Melissa Weinman in Reporter Newspapers: "In his “state of the county” speech Jan. 23, May touted his plans to target public safety, economic development, beautification and ethics to improve DeKalb County..... May also used his speech to comment on three proposals to form new cities in the central area of the county. “Cityhood is not necessarily a bad thing.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From Jay Scott in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch: "The DeKalb legislative delegation’s public hearing Wednesday night was an ambitious effort to hear from a wide range of people – the interim county CEO, the school superintendent and board chairman, cityhood groups and the public. While many legislators and one cityhood group could not attend because of conflicts (see earlier story), a number of citizens expressed opinions on a number of issues, but mostly on cityhood, during the 2 ½-hour meeting. And from their comments, opinions were decidedly mixed. Interim CEO Lee May, appearing the night before his first “State of the County” address, said regardless of the issues, the most common thing he has heard after talking to thousands of county residents is that they want “better outcomes.” [Read more.]
From Creative Loafing: ".... what's your take on DeKalb's cityhood movement? What's the best approach to that precarious issue? My take is that as a state, it's important for us to have DeKalb County, which is one of our largest counties, to be an economically-viable and sound county government. I think we have to focus on getting that county government stabilized.
From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: In 2013, there have been 426 pedestrian involved accidents. Of these crashes, twenty two(22) were fatal, and 404 involved non-fatal injuries. Total pedestrian involved accidents have increased 8.7% in 2013. Fatal accidents involving pedestrians have increased 10%. One of North Central Precinct’s focuses this year will be to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents through education and enforcement for both pedestrians and drivers who share the roadway. We will be proactive in enforcing pedestrian failures to use available crosswalks.