From Betty Willis at Emory: Dear Neighbors: Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in room 155 of the North Decatur Building. 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.
As you know, these informal quarterly meetings are an opportunity to share information and discuss any particular issues of interest or concern to you and your neighborhoods. Please extend this invitation to others who may want to participate. If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to call me at 404-727-5312. I look forward to seeing you next month and will send a reminder note closer to the date.
From the interim county CEO's office: Recently, DeKalb County made strides to update and improve its water billing process in order to better serve DeKalb County residents and address concerns heard from citizens during the last few weeks. It is our top priority to ensure the accuracy of all bills and that citizens have the resources available to understand their bills and make payments on time. Please click here to view a list of frequently asked questions and answers from DeKalb County's Department of Watershed Management. *NEW* DeKalb County Water/Sewer Authorized Bill Payment Centers. DeKalb has made it easier to pay your water bill. Please click here to view a listing of Water/Sewer Authorized Bill Payment Centers. Payments can also be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the new DeKalb County automated payment line at 404-371-6294.
From NextDoor Medlock Park: My name is Chief James Conroy, and I am pleased to announce that starting today, the DeKalb County Police Department will be utilizing Nextdoor to facilitate virtual neighborhood watch and foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications. Nextdoor is a tool for us to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications. You can expect to receive local crime and safety updates from the DeKalb County Police Department on Nextdoor. Please be assured that your website remains private. DeKalb County Police Department staff will NOT be able to see any of the content on your neighborhood website except for the direct replies to our posts.
from AJC: Communities vying to form new cities are back where they left off several months ago: with maps being decided by the Georgia General Assembly. [READ MORE]
from WABE: As part of an effort to gain more control over basic services like public safety and trash pick-up, several neighborhoods in DeKalb County want to incorporate. [READ MORE]
A proposal to annex Druid Hills and three DeKalb County schools – Briar Vista Elementary, Fernbank Elementary and Druid Hills High – into Atlanta has the support of the city’s mayor.
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office confirmed to Decaturish that Reed supports an annexation map submitted by Together in Atlanta, a group that consists of many of the supporters of creating a Druid Hills Charter Cluster. [READ MORE]
From Dan Whisenhunt in the Decaturish blog: "The two groups behind the proposed cities of Briarcliff and Lakeside have announced a plan for a city that will combine both maps: LaVista Hills. If approved by the General Assembly and voters, it will be DeKalb County’s largest city with 72,000 residents. ... The two groups tried – and failed – to reach an agreement with groups looking to form a city of Tucker. If the three could not reach an agreement, the state House Governmental Affairs Committee intended to form a five-member panel to draw up the maps ahead of the 2015 session...." [Read more.]
From Fourth Congressional District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Federal health insurance open enrollment; Police militarization; VA benefits; Small business; Overcomers House.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
Three communities seeking to become cities — Tucker, Lakeside and Briarcliff — couldn’t agree this weekend on how they would share borders, meaning state lawmakers will likely step in.
The DeKalb County neighborhoods were still hoping to strike a last-minute deal Sunday, said Mary Kay Woodworth of Lakeside Yes, which has been working closely with Briarcliff on a combined cityhood proposal. [read more]
From Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: America Recycles Day Event at Northlake Mall; Canned food drive; South Fork Trail tours; Affordable Care Act open enrollment; Medicare open enrollment; Benefit for LifeLine Animal Project and Adoption Special; BOC agenda.
From Druid Hills Civic Association: ".... The survey shows significantly greater and roughly equal support for the options of annexation to the City of Atlanta and remaining in unincorporated DeKalb County, with respondents decisively rejecting the option of being included in any new city. Druid Hills residents cited schools, taxes, services, preserving the historic district, and remaining in the same jurisdiction as Emory University as the main factors in their choices...." [Read more.]
From CHCA resident Gwin Hall: The City of Decatur City Commission and the City Schools of Decatur School Board held a joint meeting on November 12, 2014 to discuss Decatur's proposed annexation map. The discussion included a detailed presentation on the projected school growth numbers. Decatur's student population is projected to grow from 4713 students (current enrollment) to 7274-8145 students by 2020, and is expected to incur a significant increase in operating and capital expenses. 91% of this student growth is from within the current Decatur city limits. It was noted that "enrollment from the area of the City of Decatur drives the need for a new school but ... Annexation drives where the schools should be built." The consultants listed several options for increasing school capacity (ranging in price from $10M - $27M capital), including building a new K-5 school in Area B.
Mayor Baskett stated that he has been talking about the annexation plan with legislators and every one of them has cautioned him to make sure their are no conflicts with other maps. It was pointed out to Mayor Baskett that the Druid Hills/Atlanta map does conflict with Area A of the Decatur map. Mayor Baskett seemed to have no prior knowledge of this, and indicated that this would have to be resolved before the legislation could be introduced. It was made clear the Commission is not interested in expanding its published draft annexation map (meaning that it is not interested in adding areas such as Clairmont Heights that submitted petitions for annexation)
From Fernbank via Druid Hills Civic Association: Join Atlanta Audubon Society volunteers on this 2-1/2 hour tour of the forest, November 15, 8-10:30am. Please call 404-929-6400 for guidelines and reservations. Free to Fernbank and Audubon Society members.
From Dan Whisenhunt on his Decaturish blog: "The city of Decatur needs more commercial property. The school system needs room to grow as its population booms. Annexing more areas into the city would be a solution to both problems. Seeking that solution will be a tall order for a city that in 2012 tried, andfailed, to annex many of the same commercial areas it’s trying to annex now. ..." [Read more.]
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb Government Operations Task Force Meeting Schedule. Attention: Meeting location changed. The next regularly-scheduled Government Operations Task Force meeting will take place Wednesday, November 12th @ 6:00 p.m. at DeKalb Medical North Decatur Keeton Auditorium, 2701 North Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033. This week, the Government Operations Task Force will explore the financial impact annexation and incorporation will have on unincorporated DeKalb County. The committee will meet three additional times through the remainder of 2014 at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030, on the following dates, unless otherwise noted:
From Melissa Forgey for the DeKalb History Center: Lunch & Learn: The History of Agnes Scott College - 125 Years of Educating Women in Decatur. Our November Lunch and Learn highlights a Decatur institution which is celebrating its 125th anniversary. In 1889, a group of men from Decatur Presbyterian Church decided that Decatur needed a better school for its girls. In a two-month whirlwind of activity, they found teachers and a rented building for the elementary school they called Decatur Female Seminary. A year later, George Washington Scott stepped up to provide land and construct and furnish a building, and gave the school his mother's name. Over the next 15 years, the school gradually developed from an elementary school, to a high school, to a college.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "DeKalb county's new GIS model explores the financial impact of incorporation. The November 12 Task Force on Dekalb County Operations meeting featured a presentation by Dr. Alfie Meek from GA Tech. Dr. Meek is part of a team that has developed a model to help DeKalb County better understand how incorporations impact the county's overall budget....." [Read more.]