SuperDistrict 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: District 6 Events & January 27th BOC Agenda
MANA organized a community meeting to continue informing the community on cityhood and annexation issues in our area. Over 175 people attended. Our thanks to the International Community School for lending their facilities.
The MANA Working Group has launched an online survey and is going door-to-door to encourage residents to voice their preferences--at the time, it appears that our options are to remain unincorporated or petition to be annexed to the City of Atlanta. Volunteers were available to administer the survey, which is also available online. The volunteers also collected signatures opposing City of Decatur's commercial annexation that, as Zoning Chair Theresa Same noted, attempts to capture 8 of 11 entrances into our neighborhood.[READ MORE]
Interim CEO Lee May Hosting Series of Town Hall Meetings on his outlook for 2015
Tue, Jan 27; 7pm - 8:30pm
5001 Mainstreet Park Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30088
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CBS46.com: DeKalb County may have to make room for a couple of new cities. Lawmakers could soon start looking at two different proposals. One would create the city Tucker. The other combines Lakeside and Briarcliff to form the city of LaVista Hills. [READ MORE]
NeighborNewspapers: Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May urged the DeKalb County Board of Education to seek broad public input during its search for a new superintendent at a recent community input meeting.
“This decision will help determine the future and quality of education in DeKalb for decades to come,” said May. “The quality of our school system has everything to do with the quality of life in our dear county and the decision we make will have an impact for years to come.” [READ MORE]
Decaturish: You’ve heard the pitch of new cities and existing cities that want to annex property in unincorporated DeKalb County. Now for the democratic response. Several groups are working to convince legislators that the best decision they can make in the 2015 session is no decision at all. There are also several petitions circulating with a similar message. [READ MORE]
MANA: Community meeting and survey: Atlanta option
COMMUNITY MEETING Thu Jan 22
DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader and Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan will speak at a special MANA meeting on Thu, Jan 22, at 7pm at the International Community School. They will discuss what is involved if Medlock decides to stay in unincorporated DeKalb County or considers the option to join the proposed Atlanta annexation map.
There will also be discussion of a brief new survey MANA is conducting to gauge neighborhood interest in this option. [READ MORE]
Coyote sighting early this morning/ Ron Shear: At around 5 am Sunday January 18, an adult coyote ran across Desmond Drive in front of me as I was coming home. It came trotting down Park Lane, across Desmond Drive and into Ira Melton park. It was definitely a Coyote, with bushy tail and ratty fur. I posted a couple warning signs near the area to warn dog owners to be careful letting their a dog run loose in the woods.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Join Fernbank & Georgia Public Broadcasting for a day celebrating the 45th Anniversary of this beloved and honored children’s educational television show with VIP guest, Cookie Monster! [INFO/ TICKETS]
Brookhaven Post: Applause broke early out as Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May told nearly 300 Central DeKalb Residents at a community meeting Thursday evening, “Unincorporated DeKalb County is still a viable option.” [READ MORE]
MANA: If you live in DeKalb County and want to voice your opposition to Decatur's commercial annexation, please sign this petition.
One question that comes up often is whether renters should sign this petition or be at all involved in the annexation debate. The answer is a resounding YES. If new cities or annexations are approved, changes will come soon and impact everyone living in DeKalb County. Should any cityhood or annexation issue come to a popular vote, all registered voters will be eligible to cast ballots. [READ MORE]
Brookhaven Post: Around 200 citizens who are still struggling to get their heads around changes that seem imminent in their communities, attended a meeting Sunday evening where the proposed City of LaVista Hills advocacy group, LaVista Hills Yes, pitched their ‘cityhood goods’. [READ MORE]
House Governmental Affairs Committee:
City of Decatur, GA leaders
The CHCA Board met on 1/11 and approved the following letter to the DeKalb Delegation. It was sent, with the attached map, via email. (The CHCA also encourages you to write your own letter to express your individual opinion- a list of committee member emails will be in an upcoming post)
January 11, 2015
To our elected representatives in the Georgia Legislature,
The Board of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association writes to protest the City of Decatur’s proposed Annexation Master Plan. We respectfully request that you object to legislation related to this plan during the 2015 session of the Georgia General Assembly.
Our Board feels that Decatur’s planned annexation harms and negatively impacts options for our neighborhood as annexation and city creation efforts in DeKalb County proceed. CHCA conducted a neighborhood survey in September to determine the course of action our residents preferred, and we have done our best to ensure that our opinions would be known and our voices heard as the legislature considers the current annexation and city creation efforts. CHCA officers and individual homeowners consulted with our local legislators and the Decatur City Manager to seek their advice over the past several months. In particular, following the advice we received from our local legislators, neighborhood members carefully pursued the petition process set forth by Decatur. Decatur declined to consider the petitions they had solicited.
The Clairmont Heights neighborhood abuts the City of Decatur (please see map attached as PDF). Our neighborhood students attend Fernbank Elementary School and Druid Hills High School, and Decatur’s proposal would change our contiguous nature to this school community. Specifically, the section designated as Area A would sever Clairmont Heights from the schools that have served it since the neighborhood was developed in the 1950s. Jurisdiction over the intersections involved in Area A is critical to safety, development, service delivery, and traffic issues important to our neighborhood, and our residents deserve a role in future developments in this key location.
The City of Decatur intends to annex predominantly commercial property historically and geographically connected to our neighborhood without accepting the adjacent residents and families who support these businesses. Their proposal would remove an estimated $8 million in annual tax revenue that supports our local schools while simultaneously cutting our contiguous relationship with these schools. Furthermore, the Decatur proposal negatively impacts other efforts our neighbors are pursuing to secure a strong voice for Clairmont Heights as DeKalb communities contemplate future city boundaries.
This intersection and section of North Decatur Road are currently proposed as possible routes for future light rail development. Decatur’s jurisdiction over this area leaves our neighborhood without a voice in a critical transportation issue.
We respectfully request that you object to annexation by the City of Decatur during the 2015 session.
Signed by Board members of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association
Michael Dowling, President
Pete Rumsey, Vice President
Pam Daily, Treasurer
Nancy Moore, Recording Secretary
Julia Byrne, Corresponding Secretary
Jim Smith, Brian Feagans, Ian Sifuentes , Mike Fink
CHCA: the first meeting of our newly elected Dekalb County school board is tomorrow (Mon) at 7pm, and will include the critical item re: the method of selecting a new Superintendent.
-- Beforehand at 5:45pm, the board holds a "Community Input Meeting." This is an excellent opportunity to speak to the board - but you must get on the speaker's list in advance.
To do so contact Margaret Francois:
North Druid Hills Association:
Is Unincorporated DeKalb a Viable Option?
Thu Jan 15 7:00 pm
Young Israel - 2056 LaVista Road
"Interim CEO Lee May and our District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader will meet with our residents and those of both Merry Hills and LaVista Park to explore our ability to remain Unincorporated DeKalb County, even if there are municipalities around us."
Commissioner Kathie Gannon:
District 6 Events & January 13th BOC Agenda
(recycling, health insurance, senior services, movie night, Tucker-Northlake, homeless count, animal adoption)
ARC is hosting a community conversation: "Creating a Regional Strategic Plan for Aging Services." Help prioritize aging services within the Atlanta region for the next five years.
January 13, 2-4 PM
Central DeKalb Senior Center, 1356 McConnell Drive, Decatur