District 2 update 2/27/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC summary; Zoning summary; CoW meeting; Embrace our green space race; Park Pride conference.

County extension service plant sale

From the County Extension Office: Just trying to link with local civic and community groups to let them know about extension educational opportunities and our plant sale that closes out March 10, pick up March 22. Great way for homeowners to get good plants, ornamentals and fruit plants.  Questions feel free to call me 404-298-4080

Thanks very much

Gary Peiffer
County Extension Agent
UGA Extension – DeKalb County
P: 404.298.4084
F: 404.298.3084

Eagle scout project at nature preserve

From the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve: Sean Fahey is working on an Eagle Scout project at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve. He is connecting the existing boardwalk at the end of Pine Bluff with the bridge on the Outer Loop Trail. He is making good progress on the project and began building a section last weekend. He is still seeking financial support for the project. To date, he has collected $250 out of the $1000 project cost. For more details, see the attached flyer or contact Sean at sfahey14@spxstudent.org.

DeKalb market assessment report

From the interim county CEO's office: DEKALB COUNTY MARKET ASSESSMENT REPORT (Public Draft). As DeKalb County continues to work closely with AngelouEconomics to create this economic development strategic plan, your input and guidance are vital to ensure that the plan is produced with accuracy and that all of its components properly reflect the reality of the County and its strategic opportunities and priorities.  Angelou Economics used individual interviews and focus group meetings along with data intelligence and analysis to produce the first plan deliverable: The Market Assessment Report. Click here to view the report.  This report provides a detailed look at DeKalb's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, particularly in the areas of quality of life, workforce and education, business climate, and infrastructure. Significant strengths include high levels of investment in research and development, the highest number of patents per capita in the region, and a high percentage of citizens with a graduate degree. Highlighted impediments to growth include perceived problems with crime and K-12  education.   

MANA Neighborhood Watch newsletter February 2014

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association [original copy with images attached]: February 2014 Medlock Neighborhood Watch E-letter.  Neighborhood Watch Meeting has been rescheduled for March 13, 2014.  7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.  The Neighborhood Watch needs YOU!  The best way to prevent crime is through the Neighborhood Watch.  It is important that ALL residents are informed about issues that may arise.  The best way to inform everybody is to have a Coordinator for the 60 grids that make up Medlock Park.  Coordinators share information within their grid and with the Neighborhood Watch team.  It is as simple as keeping an email list.  We need coordinators for 30 grids.  Please contact us to become a coordinator, to find out who your coordinator is or to sign up for the Watch manawatch@gmail.com

Identifying native plants

For our gardeners from the Georgia Perimeter College native plant garden: Join us this Friday, February 28, at 11:30 with George Sanko on Part 1: The language of identifying native plants starting at noon.  The following Friday, March 7, at 11:30 join George for Part 2: The language of identifying native plants and how to use the "Manual of the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas". Signs will guide you to the Plant ID Session.

Dog found on Wood Trail 2/24/14

From MANA: Found: nice dog needs help.  There was a post on the Medlock Neighbors Facebook page today about this dog.  This nice dog was found on Wood Trail today.  It this your dog?  Do you know where this dog belongs?  If so,  please go to Medlock Neighbors FB page and contact the person who posted the message.  OR -   contact Pat Camp at404 634 7267 or at camppj@aol.com.   

Revised Fernbank school site plan

From the Fernbank PTA: On February 19, 2014, Dekalb County School District held a community meeting at the AMS location of Fernbank.  They presented a revised site plan for the new school.  Changes in this new plan are in direct response from requests made by the Fernbank School Council, Fernbank Foundation, Fernbank PTA and Community Members.

City of Briarcliff map redrawn to respect proposed annexations

From the City of Briarcliff Initiative: "Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (HD-82) will present an updated Briarcliff map to the Georgia Legislature that includes deferment to published annexations of existing cities.....

DeKalb Police Wanted notice for rape suspect

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: Wanted for Questioning In reference to Sexual Assaults.  The assaults occurred in the area around Clairmont Road and North Decatur Road. The suspect is described as being a white male in his 50’s, medium build and height. Suspect possibly has light colored facial hair.

County dog/cat adoption special for February

From LifeLine via Reporter Newspapers: DeKalb County Animal Services and LifeLine Animal Project are offering an adoption special during the month of February. During the My Furry Valentine promotion, all dogs and cats may be adopted for only $14.  Standard adoption screening criteria still applies. All adopted pets will be spayed or neutered, microchipped, vaccinated, heartworm or combo tested, and dewormed. The normal fees for these services would be more than $200.

Emory's quarterly community meeting

Event Date and Time: 
03/04/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Dear Neighbors:  Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 4, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in the North Decatur Building, Room 155.  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.

DeKalb calendar update 2/20/14

From the interim CEO's office: Budget Expo cancelled; Parks program registrations now online; Blueprint to redefine DeKalb 2/20; etc.

Emory Village rape suspect sketch

From WSBTV: "Emory police have released a composite sketch of a suspect in the reported rape of a female Emory student.  The alleged attack happened near campus in a wooded area near Dowman Drive on Feb. 11 at about 11:15 p.m. The suspect was described as a man in his mid-to-late 50's, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a reddish or brown beard. He was wearing a brown knit cap, a tan or brown jacket, dark blue jeans and brown boots.

Scott Boulevard Baptist Church development update

From the Cross-Neighborhoods Committee, via Theresa Same (MANA Zoning Chair): [Note that the community meeting with Fuqua to discuss these plans is Feb 26th, 7pm.  Location :  Scott Boulevard Baptist Church.] "As many of you know, Scott Boulevard Baptist Church (SBBC) will soon be closing its doors. Membership has been declining for many years and has dwindled to the point that the congregation can no longer sustain the facility and the property. Last year, after exploring many options and careful consideration, SBBC began looking for a buyer. Atlanta-based Fuqua Development has had this property and all 9 homes on Barton Way under contract since early 2013. In June of 2013, MANA became aware of their plans to redevelop the property as a mixed used development (earlier site plans can be viewed here) and these plans were shared in a Community Meeting in July, 2013. After taking some time to think about what makes the most sense at this busy intersection and envisioning this project in a larger context of redevelopment, Fuqua Development is now proposing the project detailed below, which includes apartments, townhomes and limited retail as Phase 1 (Figure 1) of their larger vision (Phase 2, described later in this article)...." [Read more.]

County sanitation schedule adjustments

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DECATUR – DeKalb County Sanitation will resume garbage collection tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14. on a modified schedule.  All Residential customers with Tuesday scheduled garbage collection will be collected tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14 beginning at 8 a.m.; Thursday scheduled garbage collection will be collected Saturday; and Friday garbage collection will be collected on Sunday. There will be no Single Stream or Yard Trimmings Recycling collections Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week.

County trash pickup, cancellations, upcoming meetings

From the county interim CEO's office: trash pickup resumes Friday 2/14/14. 

Commissioner Rader storm update 2/13/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC meeting and Road  closures.

County online learning links for upcoming tests

From the county interim CEO's office: In order to ensure that learning opportunities continue and as we work to prepare students for CRCTs and EOCTs, included below is a list of K-12 instructional resources including, science and social studies, for students and parents. These links can be accessed electronically to support learning and mastery of the curriculum. In addition to accessing the resources provided below, students and parents may view the student virtual toolbox to learn about the various instructional tools available in the DeKalb County School District. The toolbox may be accessed by clicking here.

County warming centers, outage contacts, and road closings 2/12/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb to Open Two Additional Warming Centers:   TUCKER –The DeKalb Emergency Management Agency announces two additional warming centers will open today, February 12, 2014 at noon for those that need a temporary reprieve from the current weather conditions.  The two locations are at the Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Rd, Tucker, GA 30084, and the Gresham Park Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Rd SE, Atlanta, GA 30316.  This is in addition to the warming center at the DeKalb County Jail at 4415 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032, which is already available.

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