Georgia's Sunshine Laws

The state's attorney general Sam Olens has published the latest citizens' guide to Georgia's sunshine laws regarding open records and open meetings laws.  Hat tip to Beth Nathan at the Civic Association Network.  [Read more.]

District 2 update 6/20/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC meeting; World refugee day; Cheshire Farm trail head ribbon cutting; Public hearings on county schools millage decision; Fire rescue department open house. [Cheshire Farm trail event postponed to later in summer due to GDOT construction delays per email 6/20/14 4:23 p.m.]

I-285 Speed limits to become variable in September

From Joe Earle in the Reporter Newspapers: "The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to raise the speed limit along the “top end” of the Perimeter to 65 mph starting in September.  The change from the current 55-mph speed limit will be part of a DOT plan to implement variable speed limits along the 36-mile segment of I-285 north of the I-20 interchanges, DOT said on its website...."  [Read more.]

Federal cases implicate DeKalb County officials

From Mark Niesse in the AJC: "A public corruption trial involving a scheme to pay kickbacks to an unnamed DeKalb County elected official began this week in federal court in South Carolina. Testimony during the trial, which is expected to last several weeks, could reveal the identity of the official and indicate whether he or she participated in the plan. No one from DeKalb has been charged in the case.

Events at the Atlanta History Center

From the Atlanta History Center: Free admission weekend 6/21-22; novelist Janet Evanovich; Storytelling; Battle of Kennessaw Mountain.

MANA Newsletter Summer 2014

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: Neighborhood Watch; Keeping MANA beautiful; Neighborhood Block Party; MANA Pool Party 2014; School News; Twitters from the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve; Zoning Update; Dog-friendly neighbor - pet waste stations; New Medline plan; Neighborhood emergency preparedness (MANA and CHCA Lifelong Communities Committee).  [Read more.]

Suspicious vehicle

From Green Acres neighborhood (Briarlake area) via Dawn Forman of Laurel Ridge: This email was sent to me and I wanted to get the word out of what took place yesterday June 11 at two different incidents of children being approached in a predator like fashion. The car description is the same for both incidents. If you see this car, CALL 911.  These incidents happened in very close neighborhoods. Please read about the incidents below. Educate your children the way you see fit, and be on the look out for this vehicle, and call 911 if you see it or any other strange activity.  Dawn

DHHS Golf Fundraiser re-scheduled to 8/1/14

Updated 6/13/14: GOLF TOURNAMENT at LEGACY ON LANIER LAKE LANIER ISLANDS HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FRIDAY, AUGUST 1 2014.  We appolige for any inconvenience rescheduling may cause.  If you have registered for this event and cannot attend on the newly scheduled date, please contact Coach Callaway for a refund. If you choose to play in the tournament on the newly scheduled date and have already paid, your registration will be honored on August 1.

Primary Runoff Election Candidate Forum

Event Date and Time: 
06/17/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

From District 84 State Rep. Rahn Mayo: Includes candidates for State School Superintendent and DeKalb County Sheriff.  Location: Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034.  7-9 p.m. June 17.

Meeting to discuss proposed drive-through Starbucks at Suburban Plaza

Event Date and Time: 
06/24/2014 - 7:00pm

From the developer of Suburban Plaza comes the attached announcement of a meeting with interested residents regarding their request for county permission for a drive-through Starbucks.  The Starbucks and drive through would be at a new building in the parking lot - roughly where Cozy Burger is now.  You would enter and exit at the main entrance at Suburban Plaza at the new light.  Meeting is to be held in the Parlor Room of the North Decatur Presbyterian Church, 611 Medlock Rd.  

Suburban Plaza redevelopment update and timeline

From the developer via MANA: "Selig Enterprises has forwarded an update on its Suburban Plaza redevelopment project. In addition to restating Selig's commitments to the community, the letter includes this redevelopment timeline:

demolition of parts of existing structures: in the coming weeks (summer 2014)
facade renovations: fall 2014
anticipated redevelopment completion: summer 2015
new tenants open for business: fall 2015  ...." [Read more.]

Arabia Mountain Family Day

Event Date and Time: 
06/14/2014 - 10:00am - 2:00pm

From Charlie Monroe, County Natural Resource Manager: Activities include Bouncy Castle, Face-painting, bubble stations, arts and crafts and more.  [See attached flyer.]

Native Plant Garden June plant sales and plant ID classes

For our gardenes from the Georgia Perimeter College Native Plant Garden: June Plant Sales with 15% Discount; June Plant ID Classes.

Fernbank summer events and activities

From Fernbank Museum: For Kids -- Superhero Day; Forest Twilight Tour; Fins & Flippers; Bird walk; Reptile Day; Storytelling.  For Adults -- Whales; South Pacific Soiree; Witching Hour; Salsa Dance; Martinis & Imax.

New apartment development on Church St.

Location is near DeKalb Medical and within the Medline LCI Plan area.  See attached site plan.  From the developer: June 10, 2014. Atlantic Realty Partners is pleased to announce that on May 27, 2014, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved its applications for the development of a 330-unit apartment complex to be located on 9.4 acres on the corner of Church Street and Milscott Drive in Decatur. The site was previously occupied by a car dealership but has been vacant for years. The multifamily complex, to be named “The Reserve”, will feature two “U-shaped” buildings enclosing a terrace courtyard with landscaping and a swimming pool. (See attached site plan). To maintain an urban feel, the buildings are situated directly adjacent to the street and will largely shield the parking lot from view. Additionally, the developer will install sidewalks and landscaping along both Church Street and Milscott Drive. 

District 2 news 6/11/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: BOC Agenda Summary; Draft Medline LCI Plan online; Update on South DeKalb YMCA proposed purchase.

 

Animal shelter offering adoption deals

From Collin Kelley in the Reporter Newspapers: DeKalb, Fulton animal shelters urge adoptions to ease overcrowding. Summer has brought an influx of animals to DeKalb County Animal Services (DCAS) and Fulton County Animal Services (FCAS), and the shelters are full. Both shelters are offering a ‘Dog Days of Summer’ promotion throughout June, where all dogs and cats six months and over may be adopted for $25. Adoption counselors will be on hand to ensure the animals are being placed in good homes.

Workshop: Beautifying and Managing Retention/Detention Ponds

Event Date and Time: 
06/26/2014 - 7:00pm - 8:15pm

From DeKalb Extension Service: Thursday, June 26, 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm (registration begins at 6:45 pm). DeKalb Extension Training Center, 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, GA 30032. Gary Peiffer, DeKalb County Government and University of Georgia Extension Agent-Horticulture Manager, will discuss managing, maintaining and beautifying landscapes in and around retention/detention ponds. These ponds can become eyesores if not maintained. However, with cultivation and good landscaping you can turn them into scenic spots in your community.

Auto theft on Willivee at Desmond 6/3/14

From a neighbor: My gold Mazda millennia was stolen from my driveway ( Desmond Dr. at Willivee) during the night on June 3, 2014. Anybody see anything? Neighbors need to be aware to lock their cars and not leave any valuables inside.

Commissioner Rader update 6/4/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb Operations Task Force; Medline; South DeKalb YMCA acquisition; Tax Assessment appeals.

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