July events at DeKalb History Center

From Melissa Forgey at DeKalb History Center: Courthouse Rock: African Rhythms   (Children's program); Lunch & Learn -- Images of America: East Atlanta (book talk); Reception and play on the Civil War.

An Update on the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: First, to the volunteers appointed to serve on the Interim CEO’s Operations Task Force, thank you for your time and service. As constituted the missing link to the Task Force seems to be the citizens of our communities. The Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb was launched in January 2014 as a citizens’ reform effort and perhaps our work can complement your efforts.

DeKalb County reached a ‘tipping point’ in 2013 and in 2014 matters even further deteriorated: nearly everyone now agrees that fundamental reforms are due. The attached Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb was drafted and electronically distributed in January. In February a group of citizens from across the County reached consensus on its main issues. A diverse Blueprints leadership team emerged and began focusing upon the consensus issues: Internal Auditor, Ethics, Procurement Procedures, Elections, Government Structure and HOST.

Briarcliff and Lakeside city initiatives explore partnership

From Dan Whisenhunt on the Decaturish website: ".... The groups behind the proposed cities of Lakeside and Briarcliff announced that they will pursue city status together. “We’re dating right now,” City of Briarcliff Initiative member Allen Venet said, standing next to Lakeside City Alliance Chairwoman Mary Kay Woodworth. “We’re not married yet. We’re engaged.”...." [Read more.]

Regional transportation plan survey

From the Atlanta Regional Commission: "[T]he Atlanta Regional Commission ... would like to give commuters the opportunity to share their feedback on the Atlanta Transportation Regional Plan 2040. This survey serves as a tool to learn what issues commuters think are most important in their regions. You participation is encouraged as this step weighs heavily on the planning process of the Regional Plan.

July 4 events in Decatur, Avondale Estates, Stone Mt, Dunwoody

From the county interim CEO's office: Events in Dunwoody, Stone Mt, Decatur, Avondale Estates.

Carjacking at Toco Hills

From a resident of Leafmore neighborhood via Sagamore Hills Hotline: "My daughter, about 9-10 PM last night, was accosted at the Toco Hill Gas Station and her car stolen by force. She is trying to remember/reconstruct the series of events; she is very traumatized, very terrorized. Three black males blocked her, hemmed her in; she "escaped" but without her car and other belongings. BEWARE... it's getting worse out there. This may too be an attempted KIDNAPPING."

Q&A with state school superintendent candidates

From Dan Whisenhunt on Decaturish.com: "Candidates running to become the next head of Georgia’s schools worked to distinguish themselves from their opponents during a June 30 forum held by the League of Women Voters of Atlanta Fulton County.  All four candidates who will appear in the July 22 primary runoff attended the forum. The Democratic runoff will feature Valarie Wilson, a former member of the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education, and Alisha Thomas Morgan, a state representative. The Republican runoff will feature Mike Buck, the chief of staff to outgoing superintendent John Barge, and Richard Woods, a former high school principal and teacher who currently works in the private sector. Donna Lowry of 11-Alive served as moderator with guest panelists Carol Sbarge with WSB-TV and Dan Whisenhunt, editor and publisher of Decaturish.com.  Here are some of the questions the candidates received and their answers:..." [Read more.]

Property tax appeals

From Joe Earle in the Reporter Newspapers: "Hundreds of homeowners gather to discuss appealing their latest property tax appraisals. More than 200 DeKalb and Fulton residents filled a Brookhaven church hall on July 1 to talk about appealing their tax assessments...." [Read more.]

Neighborhood emergency preparedness inventory

From Carrie Reed for the Lifelong Communities Committee: We never want to think a disaster will strike our neighborhood or at least we hope it won't! However, as our recent ice storms reminded us, it is likely not a question of if, but when.

Whether it is an ice storm, tornado, flooding, or extended power outages, emergency services may not be able to provide immediate support and resources to every neighborhood in need. As neighbors, we should be prepared by knowing what to expect, what to do, and how to come together to help ensure the safety of our families and community.

Druid Hills Youth Football

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: Druid Hills Youth Football: A neighborhood tradition since 2008! Practices are held at DHHS; flag for K-2nd and tackle for 3rd-6th grades. Register at www.DHYF.org.

Cityhood initiatives update

From Collin Kelley in the Reporter Newspapers: "The three cityhood movements – Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker – have not gone away and are actively meeting and planning for consideration during the 2015 Georgia Legislature session.

County news update 6/27/14

From the CEO's OneDeKalb Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: DeKalb Operations task force meeting; Council of Recidivism and Re-entry; Ethics rules revamped; Tools for caregivers; Early voting for runoff election; Vacant property registry; Public hearings; Transportation plan adopted; July 4 celebrations.

Runoff election information

From the county CEO's office: General Primary & Nonpartisan Runoff

July 22, 2014 - Election Day
June 30, 2014 - Early Voting 

County Operations Task Force

Event Date and Time: 
07/02/2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

From the county CEO's OneDekalb Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: OPERATIONS TASK FORCE MEETING, Wednesday, July 2, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm, Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030

District 2 update 6/30/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Early voting; County transportation plan; Vacant property registry; July 4 parade, concert, fireworks.

DeKalb Police: burglary on Vistamont Dr.

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

Native plant garden July sales and talks

For our gardeners from the GPC Native Plant Garden: July plant sale Wednesday July 2, 10-1:00.  June 27 Plant ID class.

Medlock Park floodplain houses bought by county

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "MANA is seeking input from the community on ideas to re-purpose current and future vacant lots on Scott Circle between Medlock Park and Willivee Rd.  These properties are or will be owned by the County, and as they lie in a flood plain there are limited options for their use.  MANA is putting together a committee to work with the county, Druid Hills Youth Sports (who also serve as the Friends of Medlock Park) and Park Pride to develop

Butterfly fest at Dunwoody Park

Event Date and Time: 
08/16/2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

From the Reporter Newspapers: "The Butterfly Festival returns to Dunwoody on Saturday, Aug. 16, with expanded hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the all new grounds of Dunwoody Park.

Town Hall on county property assessment appeal process

Event Date and Time: 
07/01/2014 - 7:00pm

From state rep. Mike Jacobs: Town Hall Meeting on Property Appeals, Other Issues - July 1. Please join me for a town hall meeting on Tuesday, July 1, at 7:00 p.m. at Chamblee First United Methodist Church, 4147 Chamblee Dunwoody Road. Our community has been hit especially hard with property assessment increases for the 2014 tax year.  At this meeting, I will explain in detail how to properly appeal your assessment.  There is more to the appeal process than simply sending a letter that you disagree with your assessment on the basis of fair market value.  However, if armed with the right information, it is a process that homeowners can handle on their own.

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