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.

Power outage tips from CDC

From the CDC website : Food Safety; Safe Drinking Water; Extreme Heat and Cold; First Aid for Electrical Shock; Power Line Hazards & Cars; Avoid Carbon Monoxide; Dangers of Gasoline Siphoning; Safety at Work During Power Recovery; Be Prepared for an Emergency; Impact of Power Outage on Vaccine Storage...

Storm safety tips from DeKalb

From the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency via commissioner Elaine Boyer: With severe winter weather approaching, DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May along with the DeKalb Emergency Management Agency (DEMA) officials are offering tips for getting through the weather safely:

County declares emergency, offices closed

From commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May Issues Emergency Declaration. County offices closed.

Druid Hills Middle School 5K and Fun Run

Event Date and Time: 
03/01/2014 - 9:00am

From the Druid Hills Civic Association: RED DEVIL DASH, Saturday, March 1, 9:00am, Druid Hills Middle School, 3100 Mount Olive Drive, Decatur: A 5K Race and 1-mile Fun Run along one of the few trail runs inside the perimeter. Proceeds fund the Hicks Larumbe Memorial Sportsmanship Awards, benefiting student athletes at Druid Hills High School and Middle School. Registration:

DeKalb Volunteer in Police Service

Event Date and Time: 
02/20/2014 - 6:30pm

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: We invite you to come learn about DeKalb County Police Department VIPS program at our meeting on Thursday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. at 1950 West Exchange Place, 5th floor, Tucker, GA 30084. Volunteer in Police Service program is designed to deter crime; impact crime by having citizens patrol their own neighborhood; allow volunteers to report suspicious or criminal activity; improve the quality of life; provide safer environment fo rneighborhood; volunteer for special events.

DeKalb History Center seeks silent auction donations

From Melissa Forgey: Donations needed for our Silent Auction.  Help us celebrate our 67th Anniversary!    Our annual meeting includes a silent auction which benefits the History Center. Please consider donating goods or services to this annual event. As a donor, you will be recognized on our website and newsletter, and your donation(s) will be listed in the event program and the bid sheets. Previous donations have included: tickets, golf packages, dinner certificates, art, jewelry, hotel stays, special tours, professional services, fitness opportunities and more.

Commissioner Rader update 2/10/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Meeting and trash pick up cancellations; Code Red.

No trash pickup Tuesday 2/11/14

From state rep. Mike Jacobs:  In anticipation of the winter weather, DeKalb County sanitation will not operate tomorrow, Tuesday, February 11. There will be no trash pick-up Tuesday if it is your usual day.

DeKalb Emergency Management Agency alert

From 2/10/2014 3:30:31 PM EST - We have two separate weather events heading towards the county. We are currently under a Winter weather advisory for tonight till tomorrow afternoon.  A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow or sleet will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilities and keep in mind bridges and overpasses will be affected first, use caution while driving. For Tuesday night thru Wednesday and into Thursday we are under a winter weather watch.

Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Blueprint to redefine DeKalb [Rescheduled]

Event Date and Time: 
02/20/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Update: Given the bad weather due on Tuesday, the community conversation to discuss the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb has been rescheduled to: Thursday, February 20 at 6:30 PM. Decatur Library, Lower Level Meeting Room

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon will convene a community meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 6:30-8pm, Decatur Public Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur. The discussion, which will focus on reform in DeKalb County, will be held in the ground floor meeting room. Please enter from the rear parking lot. For more information, refer to:

Rep. Oliver legislative update 2/7/14

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: This is Mary Margaret Oliver’s third email newsletter for the 2014 General Assembly Session which convened Monday January 13, 2014, and has completed 20 days of the annual 40 day Session. .... In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. I am very grateful for your thoughtful responses and I personally read all your answers, and you can read past newsletters and past questions asked under the Media section of my website .

Sensitive Document Shredding and Styrofoam Recycling Event

Event Date and Time: 
02/08/2014 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

From the county's Keep DeKalb Beautiful program: DeKalb County Sanitation and Keep DeKalb Beautiful will host a Sensitive Document Shredding and Styrofoam Recycling Event to emphasize recycling and eco-friendly activities. DeKalb citizens are invited to bring their sensitive documents for free on-site shredding (limit of five (5) standard storage size boxes per person).

Burglary arrests

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: Over the weekend (Jan. 25 – 26, 2014), the NET Team worked late into the night taking a burglary suspect into custody at an area hotel.  This suspect has been connected to burglaries in the Sagamore Hills Community. At the same hotel room, another suspect was taken into custody on drug charges. This other suspect has a criminal background including burglary.  North Central detectives are following up.

Decatur Old House Fair

Event Date and Time: 
02/08/2014 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

From Regina Brewer, Decatur preservation planner: The American Small House: The House that can be Just Right!  Decatur has a wealth of historic home styles and a large inventory of what architectural historians have named "The American Small House". What is this house style? You can find it in Decatur Heights, Clairemont, Great Lakes, and in College Heights. It's tucked into corners and small lots in all of Decatur's neighborhoods including Oakhurst and Winnona Park. It's usually 2 bedrooms with 1-2 baths and was built during WWII and after.

Commissioner Rader update: Budget town hall, Lifeline Valentine

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: Budget town hall meeting 2/10/14; Valentine special at county animal services.

Cityhood overview from Atlanta Progressive News

From Barbara Payne in the Atlanta Progressive News, 2/4/14: "... County governments have evolved to provide what are typically perceived as city services to areas of those counties that have been unincorporated. When an area wants to incorporate, they have to select at least three services that they will provide, instead of the county.  For the remaining services that the city does not  choose to provide, the county will likely provide those. Tucker would be responsible for Planning and Zoning, Code Enforcement, and Parks and Recreation. Lakeside would have expenditures for public safety, zoning and land use, public works and parks and recreation. Briarcliff would provide public safety, parks and recreation, planning and zoning, building code/enforcement, and roads and streets.  All boast a surplus in their first year of operation according to their own feasibility study. All the efforts claim that the grassroots and community support will take them across the finish line." [Read more.]

Melton Park in the snow

From Marianne Skeen, photos taken January 29, 2014.  Slideshow requires Adobe Flashplayer.

County officials lobby for cityhood moratorium

From Ken Watts in Crossroads News: "DeKalb’s House delegation is considering a one year moratorium on cityhood initiatives to give residents, leaders and stakeholders a chance to assess the impact of incorporation on the county.  Interim CEO Lee May asked the delegation to write a resolution calling for a one-year pause in cityhood efforts at the delegation’s Jan 27 meeting at the capitol.

Fernbank Elementary School meeting on new building [Rescheduled]

Event Date and Time: 
02/05/2014 - 7:00pm

RESCHEDULED:  Due to the weather, the event below had to be rescheduled to Wed., Feb. 5 at 7:00 (doors open at 6:00 for previewing design)

From Fernbank PTA: The Fernbank School Council and PTA have called a meeting with the  DeKalb County School District to get an update on the construction of the new Fernbank Elementary building. This will be an opportunity for the public to get information and to provide feedback and comments.  Childcare for school-aged children and pizza for the kids will be provided courtesy of Fernbank aftercare and the Fernbank Foundation.

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