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.]
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: ".... At this time, there is no clear consensus among our residents about the proposals presented in the survey, but we believe that City of Decatur’s annexation of primarily commercial real estate is unreasonable and detrimental to unincorporated DeKalb residents and schools. MANA recommends that we continue to actively explore all our options, seek and distribute relevant information, foster neighborhood discussions, and direct our concerns to elected officials. ...." [Read more.]
From Laura Douglas-Brown in the Emory Report: "Two public meetings set for early December are among the next steps in a multi-year effort to bring light rail transit to the Clifton corridor, including stops convenient to the Emory campus, Emory University Hospital and the CDC...." [Read more.]
From the interim CEO's Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: Canned food drive; GIS day; DeKalb County TV.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com
From the interim CEO's office: Recycling info/signup 11/13-11/14 2-7 p.m.; Electronics recycling, document shredding 11/15 8:00-12:00 noon.
By request from the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany: For the nineteenth holiday season, The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany presents an exhibit of over 300 nativity scenes from around the world on Saturday, November 29 and Sunday, November 30 and from Wednesday, December 3 through Sunday, December 7. Many of the nativities are accompanied by scriptural quotes and hymn texts. Admission: $5.00 for adults; $4.00 for Seniors & Students, Children under 12 free.
[Update: the owner has claimed the items.] From a resident on Park Lane: The backpack shown in the attached picture was found in our neighbor's yard on Park Lane. Our neighbor also said her car looked like someone had gone through it though she wasn't sure if anything was missing. It looks like someone stole the backpack from another car and then left whatever they didn't want.
from Decaturish: The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association published a lengthy response to recent comments by Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett.
Medlock isn’t in Decatur’s annexation plan, though some early survey results show 66 percent of 224 respondents want to join Decatur. But city officials have warned off neighborhoods who aren’t in the city’s plan. Decatur officials believe more residential property will put too much strain on the city’s school system. A recent study of enrollment published by City Schools of Decatur suggests the city will face capacity issues unless Decatur annexes more property.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: List of bridges and culverts to be repaired; Animal Services adoption special.
From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:
From Dawn Forman of Laurel Ridge via the Civic Associations Network: "I attached my notes from tonight's Town Hall meeting on the proposed Annexation of Druid Hills put on by Laurel Ridge PTA. They are also on the Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association Web Site: http://laurelridgeshamrock.weebly.com/ "
"Attendees: Marshall Orson, DeKalb School Board Member, Jeff Rader, DeKalb County Commissioner, Michele Henson, Georgia State Representative, Rahn Mayo, Georgia State Representative, Steve Henson, Georgia State Senator, Elena Parent, Georgia State Senate, Trenton Arnold, Area Superintendent for DeKalb School System..." [Read more.]
From U.S. rep. Hank Johnson: Veterans Day; Women succeed; Effective in Congress; Diversity in media; Social security; Acuity jobs; Convention on torture.
From the Mason Mill Civic Association and Citizens of Victoria Estates: For Immediate Release -- Survey Indicates Residents in Two Central DeKalb Neighborhoods Wish to Remain Unincorporated. [November 5, 2014] DeKalb County, GA - A survey of the residents of Mason Mill and Victoria Estates neighborhoods, located adjacent to Emory University, indicates an overwhelming preference to remain unincorporated. Residents of these longstanding established neighborhoods include many Emory and CDC employees, members of the neighboring Jewish Orthodox temples, and many younger families, among others. Both neighborhoods were included in previously proposed maps for the cities of Lakeside and Briarcliff.
From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: ".... As of right now, Medlock Park and nearby neighborhoods are not known to be in any map other than the unincorporated DeKalb map. Thus, "these people's" heads are not "in the sand" but rather, held high as they call out City of Decatur's unreasonable annexation proposal... just like City of Decatur residents would be justified in calling foul if unincorporated DeKalb or a new city reached inside Decatur's existing borders to cherry-pick commercial property.... " [Read more.]
from the Decatur Petition group (VP Pete Rumsey is the formal liaison to the petition): Decatur Petition Update 11/5/14. The Decatur City Commission held a work session followed by a public hearing on 11/3/14. Several commenters expressed concern about the City’s proposal to annex commercial property without also annexing the related residential property. There were also comments from Decatur residents opposed to any annexation by the City. David Crass provided comments to the Commission regarding the annexation petition submitted by Clairmont Heights.
A contractor and I saw a big coyote run up our driveway this morning around 9:40 a.m. then jump a 4' fence into the backyard of my neighbors, heading toward Willivee. At first, we thought it was a German Shepherd, but it had a long snout and was very light on its feet. Beautiful animal but people might want to keep an eye on small pets.
From the Lakeside website: "Lakeside" was created as a "working name" as we endeavored to interact with the community to explore cityhood. As Lakeside and Briarcliff move forward together and prepare to announce our final, joint map, it's time to pick a final name. But we need your help. Please tell us your first and second choices for a new name for our new city and help pick the name our community will be know by for years to come!
[CHCA modified the original title of this post following a clarification of context which you can find here.] From the Decatur Metro blog: ".... Mayor Baskett and City Manager Peggy Merriss clarified during the discussion that none of the petitions from areas outside of the stated Master Plan areas are being considered for annexation as part of the Master Plan, which is scheduled to be submitted for Legislative consideration in January...." [Read more.]