Notes from Blueprint for DeKalb meeting 9/30/14

From MANA: "“Blueprint for DeKalb” is a citizen-led initiative first organized by Commissioner Kathie Gannon to improve and revitalize DeKalb County.

I-285 variable speed limits start Sunday

From Reporter Newspapers: "Beginning Sunday, Oct. 5, variable speed limits (VSL) will be in effect on I-285 north of its interchanges with I-20, the Georgia Department of Transportation said in a press release....."  [Read more.]

Sales tax holiday for energy and water efficient products

Event Date and Time: 
10/03/2014 (All day) - 10/05/2014 (All day)

For a list of eligible items, see the state's web page here.

Suburban Plaza redevelopment update

From MANA: "The Cross-Neighborhoods Committee has some Suburban Plaza updates. First, some timelines:  Walmart construction is scheduled to begin in October 2014, with the store expected to open on February or March of 2016.  LA Fitness (old Winn Dixie building) has been granted their land disturbance permit and is in the process of applying for their building permit. Demolition of that building should begin soon.

Trees Atlanta native plant sale

Event Date and Time: 
10/04/2014 - 8:00am - 2:00pm

For our gardeners from Dave Butler via Medlock Park Neighbors FB Group: Trees Atlanta is having their annual native plant sale this Saturday October 4. I encourage anyone looking to improve their yard, both aesthetically and for wildlife, to consider planting native perennials.  

People’s Forum II: Increase Property Value and Avoid Overpaying Property Taxes

Event Date and Time: 
10/11/2014 - 9:30am

FROM: Viola Davis, Founder of Restore DeKalb: People’s Forum II: Increase Property Value and Avoid Overpaying Property Taxes. Suspect you’re overpaying property taxes and/or asking if you should appeal your property tax assessment? Appealed your property taxes and do not understand the process? Have you asked for ways to increase your property value and address violations that decrease your property value?

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson update 9/25/14

Contents: De-militarization of police; Historic church; Health care grants; Constitution Day; Helping veterans; Doing biz in Africa; Medicare; STEM in schools; Hispanic heritage.

DeKalb Blueprint public meeting

Event Date and Time: 
09/30/2014 - 6:30pm

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: In the wake of swirling charges of corruption, a group of engaged DeKalb citizens is bringing forth recommendations to reform DeKalb County government. The diverse group of neighborhood leaders has been working since February on recommendations to give guidance to the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County. The Blueprint is a framework for reform - it addresses: procurement process, ethics, transparency, and rebuilding trust in our county government. The Blueprints Leadership team has called a public meeting on September 30th [6:30 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, Decatur] and launched a website,, which contains: 

County police public meetings

Event Date and Time: 
09/29/2014 - 6:30pm

From Al Fowler: Conversation With A Cop. In order to better serve and protect citizens, DeKalb County Police Department North Central Precinct is conducting on going Community Conversations with residents of the county.  We invite all who live, work, and play in DeKalb to attend.  Meet and greet, questions and answers with Precinct Command Staff.  Monday, September 29, 2014, Briarcliff United Methodist Church, 4150 Briarcliff Road, 6:30pm. September discussion topic: Sexual Assault. 

MANA: Decatur not interested

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "Many people in the Medlock neighborhood have expressed interest in, and in some cases hope for, being annexed by the City of Decatur. On September 21 MANA Board members met at our request with Decatur Mayor Jim Basket, Commissioner Fred Boykin and City Manager Peggy Merris to discuss the City of Decatur's expanded annexation map....

Maker Faire

Event Date and Time: 
10/04/2014 - 10:00am - 10/05/2014 - 5:00pm

From Greg Coleson of the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood: Saturday and Sunday Oct 4-5 Maker Faire Atlanta will take place in downtown Decatur on N. McDonough St and in the Callaway Building Parking lot.  Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.

County drug disposal program

Event Date and Time: 
09/27/2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: GOT DRUGS?  Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal.  Saturday, September 27th, 2014, 10am – 2pm.  DROP OFF LOCATIONS:  ANY DEKALB COUNTY POLICE PRECINCT.  See attached flyer.    

MANA Watch Newsletter for September 2014

From MANA Watch: Attached is the September Watch E-letter- There have been several attempted child abductions, please be aware and educate your children about strangers.  

Dance Hall Decatur

Event Date and Time: 
10/09/2014 - 7:30pm - 11:00pm

To benefit the Dekalb History Center: 

DeKalb Events update 9/19/14

From the county CEO's office: Neighborhood summit; Operations Task Force meetings; International Food and Music Festival; Household Hazardous Waste event.

DeKalb City/Cities and Decatur Annexation plan

From WABE: "The City of Decatur has mapped out its latest annexation plans, but the cityhood movement in DeKalb County could mean this is Decatur’s last shot at growing its borders....." [Read more.]  See also Decatur's annexation map on MANA's blog.

Druid Hills Charter Cluster update 9/18/14

Update with notes from MANA: " An update was posted by the Druid Hills Charter Cluster initiative earlier this week. Although state law requires that the refiled petition be taken up by the DeKalb County school board for their vote on approval or non-approval, agendas for [the] board ... over the past several months have noticeably avoided this task.  So... what to do? ...."  [Read more.]

MANA notes on meeting with ATL councilman

From MANA: "MANA community meeting with Councilman Alex Wan, Atlanta District 6, September 17, 2014. ... This meeting is part of a series of meetings where MANA is reaching out to public officials to better understand how our neighborhood may be impacted by annexations or by new cities that include us or happen close enough to impact us....." [Read more.]

District 2 update 9/12/14

From District 2 Commisioner Jeff Rader: Sunday Voting; Early voting; Conversation with a cop.

DeKalb Operations Task Force public meetings

DeKalb Operations Task Force Meetings:Subcommittee on Governance, September 24; working meeting, October 1; full task force meeting,October 8. All meetings start at 6pm at Maloof Auditorium in Decatur. For more information:  h/t Druid Hills Civic Association.

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