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.

Thaw Out and Let's Pick! February 6, 2014

Event Date and Time: 
02/06/2014 - 7:00pm

Update 2/5/14: Quorum reached.

Rep. Hank Johnson update 1/30/14

From U.S. Rep Hank Johnson: Winter storm; Affordable Health Care Act services.

Ira B. Melton Park Workday

Event Date and Time: 
02/08/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

From Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors! Friends of Ira B Melton Park will host a workday on Saturday, Feb 8, from 1-3pm. We will do trail maintenance, spread mulch, remove invasive plants, and pick up trash. The entrance to Ira B Melton Park is located on Desmond Drive, across from Park Lane (for GPS, use 2080 Desmond Drive). Please supply your own gloves and water, and bring wheelbarrows and shovels if you have them.  Hope some of you can make it. Cross your fingers it warms up a bit.

Snowpacolypse Sanitation pickup schedule

From commissioner Elaine Boyer: Sanitation routes will operate on the following schedule for the rest of the week:  Wednesday recycling and yard waste routes and Thursday garbage routes will be collected on Friday.    Thursday recycling, yard waste routes, and Friday garbage routes will be collected on Saturday.   All missed items will be collected on Sunday.

DeKalb County weather update 1/30/14

From commissioner Elaine Boyer: Inclement Weather Update: Warming stations; Responder meals; Fire and Rescue calls; DEMA calls; Roads and Drainage work; Road closures.

DeKalb County cancellations and closings

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb County Cancellations and Delayed Openings. The rezoning meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Maloof Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  All items on the agenda will be rescheduled to February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  DeKalb County will advertise the rescheduled meeting in the next issue of the county’s legal organ.

DeKalb Police: Larceny from vehicle on Sunnybrook 1/25/14

From DeKalb Police via

Commissioner Rader update 1/25/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader:  District 2 Events and Upcoming BOC & Zoning Agenda: MARTA community meeting; District 2 Budget town hall meetings.

Summer tennis camps at Emory

From Amy Bryant via Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Yahoo Group: Emory Total Tennis Camps with Coach Amy Bryant is a tennis specialty day camp for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Camp is offered the first 4 weeks of the summer at Emory University with options beginning at 8:30am and ending at 6:00pm. Camp is for all ages and levels and features a low camper to counselor ratio to keep kids engaged! Coach Bryant is the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Emory University and has directed community summer camps for ten years.

2nd Annual Plant Sale for DeKalb County Residents

From the Brookhaven Post: DeKalb Cooperative Extension Announces 2nd Annual Plant Sale for DeKalb County Residents. – DeKalb County Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its second annual plant sale is underway. The office will accept orders for various plants until March 10, 2014.  There are several varieties to choose from including azaleas, blueberries, hydrangeas, gardenias among  others.  The one-day pick up is Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the DeKalb Cooperative Extension office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032.

DeKalb county update 1/27/14

From DeKalb's CEO office: Sanitation pilot program; Economic development survey; Youth track & field and soccer and adult softball; Race for the arts; Free vision clinic.

Cityhood and race

From the AJC: "The incorporation of Sandy Springs in North Fulton County as a municipality in 2005 unleashed a wave of votes, resulting in six additional cities. One impact of new cities in metro Atlanta has gone largely unspoken: all have led to elected governments that are almost entirely white in counties where whites are no longer a majority.

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