From CHCA resident representative Jim Smith and Mark Knowles on meeting with Druid Hills Civic Association [See also the notes from MANA representatives.]: Impressions and notes from 8/21/2014 meeting at Fraser Center.
1. Annexation of DHCA into the City of Atlanta is not imminent, but is actively under consideration. They plan to survey their residents (4400 homes) with final results by Thanksgiving. This has to be completed before they can either petition the city to annex them (rarely done because the requirements under state law are very tough to meet) or get legislation drawn and submitted at the capitol during the next legislative session that would allow for an annexation referendum.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association e-bulletin: As many of you know, the Druid Hills neighborhood has been considering annexation into the City of Atlanta. MANA representatives have been talking with some of the people involved and will continue to follow these issues closely to ensure that our voices are heard and our questions are answered; we will be meeting with representatives of neighborhood associations in interested/involved areas and some representatives of the City of Atlanta this week. We're urging you to send to any questions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday morning. We can't guarantee answers, but we'll try to present as many questions as we can.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: In an effort to transform MARTA for future growth in the Atlanta region, the Authority is in the midst of investigating ways to improve access to bus, rail and Mobility (paratransit) services. Dubbed the Comprehensive Operations Analysis (COA), this initiative involves feedback from employees, current customers and the general public. Please take a moment to complete a short online survey on what improvements you’d like to see in MARTA’s rail and bus service.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: The City of Briarcliff Initiative has scheduled an informational meeting for Medlock and Clairmont Heights at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Road [
Notice of CHCA Community Meeting to elect new officers, discuss annexation issues.
When: Friday, August 29 at 7 p.m.
From the Druid Hills Charter Cluster Facebook page: "Thank you to the Emory LaVista Parent Council for hosting the following upcoming meeting: Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Sagamore Hills Elementary School, 1865 Alderbrook Road, Atlanta, GA 30345. Join us at 9:15 am (refreshments begin at 8:45 am) Get the Facts About the Druid Hills Charter Cluster: Answering Your Questions!
From the Reporter Newspapers: "The Butterfly Festival returns to Dunwoody Park! Check out two tents filled with hundreds of butterflies. Activities include a butterfly release, birds of prey show, live animal encounters, games, educational booths, crafts, music, food and drinks. Early member preview, 9 a.m.; general admission, 10 a.m. Rain or shine event. Tickets, $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12, free for children 3 and under. Dunwoody Nature Center, 5343 Roberts Dr., Dunwoody, 30338.
From Ann Marie Quill in the Reporter Newspapers: "The DeKalb County School District is hosting a number of meetings to gather public comment as it seeks to become the largest charter system in Georgia. The school must submit a petition to the Georgia Department of Education, and needs public input on autonomy and flexibility at schools and how that autonomy and flexibility can lead to innovations in how students are taught and how the school is governed.
For our gardeners: Ferntastic Plant Sale with 15% Discount, Wednesday, Aug 20, and Friday, Aug 22, 10:00 - 1:00. We will have our final Plant Sales of the summer featuring Ferns for our Ferntastic Sale onWednesday, August 20 and Friday, August 22 from 10:00 - 1:00 with a 15% discount on plants. Note the special summer hours. We have over 25 fern species including Dixie Wood, Ostrich and Lady Ferns. This is probably the largest selection of ferns we have offered in a couple of years. In addition, we still have a few Hydrangeas and Native Azaleas along with many summer perennials including a few native Bog Plants. We sincerely appreciate your support of the garden. The garden only accepts cash and checks.
For our cyclists from Cheryl Burnette in the Decatur Metro blog: Join Decatur Active Living for the Third Friday Fun Bike Ride this Friday, August 15. Meet at the Church Street MARTA Station and be ready to ride at 6:30 PM. This month we will ride through Agnes Scott College, catch a PATH to Oakhurst, ride to Kirkwood and return to Decatur via the PATH – a total of only five miles. Then we will head to a local watering hole for refreshments.
From the festival website: Mark your calendar for August 16, 2014, and don’t miss the 14th Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival, at Harmony Park in Decatur. Please note that no outside coolers will be permitted on the site. Decatur’s 14the Annual Decatur Barbeque, Blues, & Bluegrass Festival is brought to you by: the Community Center of the South Decatur and the Oakhurst Neighborhood Association. All proceeds of the festival directly into the Decatur community.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb Government Operations Task Force Meeting Schedule Announced
DECATUR, Ga. – The Task Force on DeKalb County Operations (the Operations Task Force) has announced its calendar of meeting dates for the remainder of 2014. All meetings will occur at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 at 6 p.m. at the following dates:
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC agenda summary; Sanitation pilot.
From the county interim CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment:
Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Youth Fall Cross Country Registration
Youth Fall Cross County is for ages 5-14 and will include four track meets, which will be held on October 4, 11, 18, and 25 at a charge of $30 per participant. To access online registration, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks and click the "Register Online" button on the department's homepage, or you may register in person at the center of your choice.
This is a notice about a lost cat in the neighborhood. Home address and contact info as below. NAME: Billie BREED: Maine Coon COLOR: Tabby SEX: Female (spayed) AGE: 6 years WEIGHT: c. 10 lbs (small for a Maine Coon) MARKS: Black spot on nose COLLAR: None — slipped MICROCHIP: HomeAgain #4A1A770968 LAST SEEN: Willivee Drive between Desmond and North Decatur on Monday 7/29/14 REWARD: Yes! Rex D. Matthews 705 Willivee Drive Decatur, GA 30033 Tel: 404-325-2692
From local resident Jane Ayres: How would we be affected if Atlanta annexed Druid Hills? Our neighbors are discussing it, and the Clairmont Heights Civic Association needs to be speaking for us. Please follow and contribute to the conversation on the Clairmont Heights Neighbors Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/198854850159823/
From Reporter Newspapers: "The set of national education standards known as Common Core are in place in Georgia schools. But they have faced steady attack from some education critics and in the state Legislature.
From Collin Kelley in the Reporter Newspapers: The number of animals coming into Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS) and DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) has reached its maximum, and the shelters are full. To encourage the community to adopt pets and save lives, the shelters are offering a ‘Tail End of Summer’ promotion.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC meeting/agenda; Park Pride Grant Workshop; Animal Adoption Event; Emory Village Open Streets event.