It is crunch time at the Capitol. The CHCA Board and CH neighbors met this weekend to discuss events and action items related to Decatur and Atlanta annexation issues. At this time we are strongly recommending that all residents of Clairmont Heights contact legislators during this crucial last full week of the legislative session. The CHCA supports the inclusion of Clairmont Heights on the referendum for annexation into City of Atlanta so that our residents can have a voice and vote in the future of our local governance.
Emory - Governmental and Community Affairs:
Quarterly Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:00 PM
1599 Clifton Road Building; Room 5-C
(Great meeting for updates on Emory’s building plans including the hospital, as well as shuttle service, CCTMA, Emory Pointe Phase II etc.)
"Turn off Clifton Road by the entrance sign to the Emory Conference Center Hotel, and then turn right at the stop sign to go into the parking deck attached behind the 1599 building. Be sure to park on the Visitor Level so you can access the lobby entrance. There will be someone in the lobby to escort you to the elevator and room 5-C will be on the 5th floor, near the elevator."
Betty E. Willis
Senior Associate Vice President
1599 Clifton Road, NE, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30322
5th Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race
Mar. 28, 9:00 am
Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Support Mary Scott Nature Park, Frazier-Rowe Park, and Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve with family-oriented non-competitive events for Walkers, Runners, Bikers and Skaters. Register online.
DeKalb County Fire Rescue Explorer Youth Program
Application deadline: Apr. 15
Exposes kids ages 14-18 to fire rescue services. Dates for the camp are June 1-17. To sign up or learn more, contact Captain Kenneth Smarr.
Callanwolde Summer Camps
Registration is now open for summer camps at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. View a catalog here.
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State Senator Fran Millar (R - Senate District 40) introduced a new version of the map for the proposed City of LaVista Hills in hearings at the Capitol yesterday. A scanned version of the map provided at the hearing can be found here.
DecaturMetro: According to the schedule posted on the marathon’s website, you will see road closures around Decatur between 7:30a-11a. [READ MORE]
ONEDekalb: ICEO LEE MAY APPOINTS SPECIAL INVESTIGATORS -
DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May signed an executive order which provides for the installation of two special investigators to review government operations and make recommendations to appropriate authorities, based upon their findings.
Interim CEO May appointed Michael J. Bowers and Richard L. Hyde as the special investigators to provide a thorough systematic review of DeKalb County Government policies and procedures. Bowers and Hyde are empowered to identify any conflicts of interest, corruption or malfeasance and make specific recommendations to the administration and appropriate agencies as needed. [READ MORE]
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DecaturMinute: This weekend you can recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. It’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. though 1 p.m. (Sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.) [MORE INFO]
Fernbank Elementary PTA:
Once again, Fernbank has reason to celebrate. Recently, DCSD recalibrated the overall 2014 CCRPI scores for all schools within the DeKalb County School System. With the new calculations, Fernbank Elementary now has the highest overall CCRPI score (95.6) for elementary schools in the district. This recognition could not have occurred without the support and commitment of the teaching and non-teaching staff, and incredible parental support and fantastic administration. Cheers to our outstanding neighborhood school!
Additionally, Fernbank was highlighted and recognized by our District Leaders as one of DeKalb’s Top Five Overall Elementary School scores.Elementary SchoolsDCSD Top Five – Elementary School, Overall Scores
School Overall Score Title I Region Fernbank 95.6 2 Austin 95.5 1 Vanderlyn 93.6 1 Wadsworth Magnet 93.3 5 The Museum School 92.1 4For more information on CCRPI scores and resources, please log on to http://www.gadoe.org/CCRPI/
Druid Hills Civic Association: House Bill 586 and an accompanying map have been released. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Pat Gardner (D), Atlanta, was applauded by the pro-annexation group Together in Atlanta.
“The map contains discrepancies that have to be fixed. But I am very happy the legislature is working hard to allow us this referendum on annexation,” said TIA co-chair Anne Wallace. [MORE INFO]
AJC: The Georgia House of Representatives passed measures Wednesday that would allow residents to vote on creating the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker. The House also planned a vote on the city of South Fulton.
The legislation now advances to the state Senate for further consideration. If approved, voters would decide on whether to incorporate during a November election.
LaVista Hills passed on a 129-37 vote. Tucker passed on a 128-31 vote. [MORE INFO]
WSB: With Friday's critical Crossover Day looming under the Gold Dome, the state House is scheduled to vote on three bills today that could lead to the creation of three new cities in metro Atlanta. If passed by lawmakers this session and approved by local voters in November, Tucker and LaVista Hills would become the newest cities in DeKalb County. [MORE INFO]
Decaturish: Garbage pickup in DeKalb County will soon be reduced from two days a week to one day a week as part of a cost-saving measure proposed by interim County CEO Lee May.
County Commissioners approved the plan at the commission’s March 10 meeting.
In addition to cutting back the number of days, garbage collectors would also pick up yard waste and recycling on the same day. That means residents will only see garbage trucks one time each week instead of four. Collection fees will not increase as part of the plan. County residents pay roughly $265 annually for trash collection services. [READ MORE]
AJC: Fuqua Development recently unveiled phase two of its mixed-use project at North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard, which includes 450 apartments added to the 250 apartments in phase one. Phase two also includes 80,000 square feet of retail/restaurant—including an unnamed organic grocery—and 15,000 square feet of office space. [READ MORE]
Keep Dekalb Beautiful:
Electronics Recycling - Sat March 14, 9am-2pm
Dekalb Tax Office - 4380 Memorial Drive
(Free compost available as well)
State Senator Elena Parent (D, Senate District 42) will host a Town Hall Meeting for her constituents. This is a great opportunity to ask questions related to the status of annexation and city creation efforts in central DeKalb.
Thursday, March 12th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Young Israel of Toco Hills
2056 LaVista Road Atlanta, GA 30329
WABE: Legislation that would allow residents to create two new cities in DeKalb County is a step closer to a vote by the Georgia House, but border disputes remain unresolved.
A House committee Wednesday approved bills that could pave the way for the new cites of LaVista Hills and Tucker in central DeKalb. Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, is the sponsor of the LaVista Hills bill and says residents want a more efficient and responsive government. [MORE INFO]
MANA: The meeting was held on March 2 at the North Decatur United Methodist Church to share information about Phase II of Fuqua's proposed development. Phase I has been approved and Fuqua expects demolition of the old Scott Bldvd Baptist Church and houses on Barton Way to begin shortly.
Details on Phase I, approved in April 2014, are available here. Phase II plans had been vague because there was no certainty about Fuqua's ability to purchase homes on Blackmon and extend the development; those plans had included owner-occupied town homes as a buffer between the new development and existing Blackmon homes. [MORE INFO]
From Mary Margaret Oliver's newsletter today -
ANNEXATION AND CITYHOOD SPECIAL REPORT
Many of you are closely following all the cityhood and annexation activities in DeKalb County, and there has been movement and accelerating confusion in the last week. See Mark Niese's AJC story of March 5th,ilink here. House bills to create new cities of Tucker, LaVista Hills, South Fulton, have been introduced, and passed in less than 48 hours out of subcommittee and full committee of Governmental Affairs. All three proposed cities have border disputes with adjoining cities or proposed annexations by the City of Atlanta. Passage violated the Governmental Affairs Committee rules just adopted at the beginning of this Session that allegedly denied a city the right to move forward as long as border disputes existed. I made formal objections to passage based on rule violations, to no avail. Oh well.
I anticipate, however, that the City of Atlanta will offer a specific map for voters in the 82nd House District to have a referendum on whether they wish to be included in the City of Atlanta in 2015, and that the proposed new cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker may also pass the Legislature this year. Border disputes must and will be resolved, but I do not know how or when, or how these resolutions may impact Decatur's decision on annexation of a limited area of commercial and residential areas.
Our process on these important issues of cityhood is not clear, and the issues are very contentious. I hope to report in the last days of the 2015 Session on decisions made with greater transparency and clarity that will help you know your referendum options.
Thank you for your patience. I am hoping for a higher degree of patience myself. Whatever happens, please remember that ultimate decisions on cities or annexations will be made by the voters by referendum.
THANK YOU! I am interested in your advice and comments.