AtlantaIntown: "LaVista Hills, Tucker proponents meet with lawmakers"/ A standing-room-only crowd of about 100 residents filled a meeting room at the Capitol on Dec. 3 to voice support for one of two proposed new cities – LaVista Hills or Tucker – and to argue over which should claim disputed territory. Some residents objected to creation of either city, saying carving new cities would harm DeKalb County services or schools. [READ MORE]
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
LARCENY - FROM MAIL 700 BLOCK N SUPERIOR AVE 12/2/2014 11:49:00 AM Map It
BURGLARY - NO FORCED ENTRY - RESIDENCE 700 BLOCK LADSON COURT 11/25/2014 7:00:00 PM Map It
"Community Listening Session: City of Decatur Annexation
Decatur City Commission &
City Schools of Decatur Board Members
When: Sunday, Dec. 7, 4:00 P.M.
Where: The Church at Decatur Heights
735 Sycamore Dr., Decatur, Georgia 30030
Decatur City Commission
City Schools of Decatur Board
**Come hear their views on the potential annexation of new areas into the City of Decatur.**
This community listening session is organized by City of Decatur residents, for City of Decatur residents.
Please join us!
first mtg is tonight: 6pm - 8pm / Westminister Presbyterian Church / 1438 Sheridan Rd, NE
The Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative is MARTA's proposed light rail line linking the Lindbergh and Avondale Stations. It will provide rail service to one of the region's most congested areas - and biggest job centers - serving Emory University & Hospital, CDC, Children's Heatlhcare, and VA Hospital. [READ MORE]
Decatur Metro: Decatur residents have organized a brick-and-mortar “community listening session” with three City Commissioners and four Decatur School Board members for this coming Sunday, December 7th at 4pm regarding all things that fall under the umbrella of “Decatur annexation”. [READ MORE]
Decaturish: The city of Decatur has delayed releasing its updated annexation master plan.
City officials previously announced the final annexation master plan would be completed by Dec. 1. However, there was a death in City Manager Peggy Merriss’ family, which delayed the release of the master plan.
Merriss updated the City Commission during the Dec. 1 commission meeting, thanking everyone for their sympathy and patience. She said it will be released on Dec. 8, a day before the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education considers passing a resolution in support of the plan.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader's office: WELCOME TO YOUR CENTRAL DEKALB SENIOR CENTER (located inside Mason Mill Park), 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA. 770-322-2950. THE DOORS OPEN MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014, 10:00am-3:00pm. Registration, tours, and so much more. QUICK FACTS: DeKalb County residents 62+; Annual $60 participation fee; Some classes may have additional fees.
From a local CHCA resident/artist: Some CHCA artists will be in attendance at this market! Hope to see you there. Third annual Saint Bartholomew's Artists' Holiday Market, 1790 Lavista Rd NE. Sunday, December 7, 12-4 p.m.
CHCA: This letter, re: Clairmont Heights Request for Annexation in the City of Decatur; Objection to Annexation of Commercial Properties in Area A, was mailed to Decatur City Manager, Peggy Merriss, on Nov. 21. This letter was drafted and mailed by CH neighborhood residents active on the Decatur annexation effort. (see attachment)
Notice of CHCA Community Meeting
When: Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: North Decatur Presbyterian Church meeting hall, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur 30033
Cityhood/ Annexation issues/current maps
Discussion of Atlanta/ Decatur options
School possibilities, proposals, and facts
To stay informed, join the CHCA mailing list by sending an email to info AT clairmontheights.org
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
|Description||Case #||Location||Agency||Date||Map It|
|SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY||14-119763||2300 BLOCK HARRINGTON DR||DeKalb County Police||11/29/2014 6:46:00 PM||Map It|
|SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY||14-119659||600 BLOCK MEDLOCK RD.||DeKalb County Police||11/26/2014 12:00:00 PM||Map It|
From Andy Johnston in the AJC: "... Toco came from Clyde Shepherd, a developer who was the man behind the shopping center. He built airbases in Brazil in World War II, where he learned the word from an Indian cook, who would say it to him. Toco, he found out, means something like, “have better luck than you think you’ll have.” So when he built the shopping center, he named it Toco Hill, combining the phrase and an actual hill that once stood on the land....." [Read more.]
From Chris Beck on the Medlock Neighbors Group FB page: "Adopt a sheep! This winter we are employing a flock of sheep at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve to help us in our battle against invasive plant species. The flock will be grazing English ivy along Pine Bluff Road and the Upland Forest Trail. Your donation of $25 to adopt a sheep will help us remove invasive species in an environmentally friendly way. We will let you know when the flock is there so that you can come and visit.
From Tom Doolittle in the Brookhaven Post: ".... This is a complicated set of scenarios, but one thing is clear. In many cases, a decision about one area will have reverberating effects on one or more others—and it may not be possible to solve every neighborhood conundrum in a step-wise, domino falling process. The impression is that decisions or at least opinions by neighborhoods must be made now and communicated to legislators, the message from their organizers being “the clock is ticking”. The legislative rules have been made to create a map for new Lavista Hills in the 2015 General Assembly and if Druid Hills’ annexation map is adopted, it will be in the same session. That means any neighborhoods that can elect to be included in either area will have to decide before that happens...." [Read more.]
From MANA: ".... Annexing to Decatur received the most support in our survey but we have no reason to believe that this is a viable possibility. The next highest level of support went towards remaining unincorporated, long and short-term; if it is true that we will be joining a city in the not-so-distant future, remaining unincorporated is not a viable position long-term. Annexation to a city, if we are contiguous, remains an option as long as we are still unincorporated AND that city is open to the annexation....." [Read more]
From Charles Seabrook in the AJC: "If you’ve seen a coyote in metro Atlanta lately — or just have some strong feelings about the lanky animals showing up in your area — Chris Mowry and his research team at Berry College in Rome want to know about it.... “This is a chance for folks to be ‘citizen-scientists,’” Mowry said. “Even if you’ve never seen or had any interaction with a coyote, your responses will be helpful to us.” To participate, go to the Atlanta Coyote Project Facebook page at facebook.com/atlantacoyoteproject, then click on and fill out the electronic survey form...." [Read more.]
from Commissioner Jeff Rader Dist. 2: The next Operations Task Force meeting, originally scheduled for December 1st, has been rescheduled for December 3rd, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive
DeKalb County Extends Government Operations Task Force until December 15th
BOC Agenda Summary from November 18th
From the county's website: No collection services on Thursday, November 27th. Regular garbage collection schedule will run one day late thru Saturday, 11/29. Thursday’s blue box and yard trimming recycling will be serviced on Friday, 11/28. Friday collections will be Saturday, 11/29. Note: Customer Svc. closed - Collections, Tranfers Stations and the Landfill will operate Friday, 11/28
(Rep. Oliver addresses cityhood updates)
Email Newsletter: Nov. 21, 2014 - "Friends, HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I wish you and your family and friends a lovely holiday, and a restful opportunity to be grateful for all our many blessings. [READ MORE]
from Decaturish: Look, Atlanta’s not waving some flag in favor of annexation, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan said.
But they’re not going to say “no,” either. [READ MORE]