The Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board is working to obtain accurate information about all annexation and cityhood options that would impact our neighborhood.
From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police Public Education Specialist: In the KNOW DeKalb Knowledgeable Neighbors on Watch. The Next Session -- Saturday, November 8, 2014, 10am – 1pm. DeKalb Fire Rescue Building, 1950 W. Exchange Place, Tucker, Ga, 30084, 1st Floor. TOPICS: Juvenile Court - Holiday Safety - Burglary/Theft Prevention. See attached flyer. RSVP to your Public Education Specialist.
From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: Personal notes & handouts from yesterday's OTF retreat are now posted on http://www.can-dk.org/file-cabinet/county-government under "2014 Operations Task Force" with names starting with "FullMtg_Retreat_" .... My observations in brief: The OTF had a facilitator for this session to try to whittle down which options were possibilities. She had a hard job, got them to whittle some, but they asked for more info on other things. The agenda was broken up into 4 sections:
From the CHCA Board: Help Beautify our Clairmont Heights Entrances! Donations requested to purchase plants. We need your help to ensure our entrances reflect the pride of our neighborhood. You may have noticed that the Desmond entrance has a frame and no sign; and both entrances (N. Superior and Desmond) could use a little TLC. CH resident Ainsley Waken of Awaken Landscape Designs has put together a plan. We need donated plants or $$ to purchase plants.
From the county CEO's office: Get Connected DeKalb. Workshops, Exhibits, Curbside Consulting, Networking. Tucker High School, 5036 La Vista Road, Tucker, GA 30084. Workshops include one on water bills and one on cityhood and annexation.
Katie Kerr is a neighborhood in unincorporated DeKalb located between the cities of Avondale and Decatur. Dan Whisenhunt in his Decaturish blog summarizes their experiences with the politics of the annexation process. ".... [State rep.] Drenner spoke to a few dozen representatives of the approximately 150 homes in Katie Kerr. .... Commissioners did not approve a resolution in favor of the last annexation bill that Drenner introduced. .... Drenner said when she introduced the bill, she believed it had been vetted. But it caught many residents off guard, leading to a contentious Oct. 1 meeting between residents and city officials. Ed Rieker resigned as mayor the next day ...." [Read more.]
A recent court ruling suggests annexation by referendum approved by legislature trumps an annexation by petition approved by a municipality. See this summary by Dan Whisenhunt on the Decaturish blog: "In 2013, Chamblee and Brookhaven both annexed the same area, the 100 acres of Century Center property located off I-85 at Clairmont Road. The question of which city’s annexation would be legally enforceable has percolated in the background as Decatur, Avondale Estates and Atlanta consider adding territory to their boundaries...." [Read more.]
From Callanwolde Fine Arts Center: "Callanwolde is excited to announce HALLOWEEN NIGHT ON CALLANWOLDE MOUNTAIN. A night of family fun for both kids and adults. Join us with LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER in celebrating this Halloween adventure. CALLANWOLDE CONCERT BAND with special guest MATTHEW KAMINSKI,organist for the Atlanta Braves, for a musical program featuring selections from Night on Bald Mountain, Phantom of the Opera, and Pirates of the Caribbean. There will be trick or treating throughout the estate and a family friendly costume contest with big prizes!...." [Read more.]
From the Dekalb History Center: Join us for guided Civil War walking tours in downtown Decatur. The hour-long tour begins in the Lobby of the Historic DeKalb Courthouse and complements our new exhibit, Tears and Curses: A Human Perspective on the Civil War. You will learn about the early history of the county, the effects of the war on the civilian population in DeKalb, the Atlanta campaign, and the Battle of Decatur. Various Dates and Times (click here for complete list):
From the Laurel Ridge Neighborhood Yahoo Group: Laurel Ridge Elementary School PTA Invites you to join us for a very important TOWN HALL MEETING TO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED ANNEXATION OF DRUID HILLS INTO THE CITY OF ATLANTA, Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 PM, University Heights United Methodist Church, 1267 Balsam Dr, Decatur, GA 30033. There are growing efforts in the Fernbank and Briar Vista attendance zones to annex the Druid Hills community into the City of Atlanta. These efforts include efforts to annex Fernbank Elementary, Briar Vista Elementary and Druid Hills High Schools into the City of Atlanta Public Schools. Confirmed guests include :
For our culture mavens: Theater; Film; Music; Dance; Museum events.
Summarized in the Decatur Metro blog 10/29/14, with lots of comments from readers: ".... Between Medlock and Druid Hills sits Clairemont Heights [sic], which has been relatively silent on annexation preference up until now. However, this past week the Clairmont Heights Civic Association blog noted that some residents of the neighborhood had recently filed a petition with the city of Decatur requesting annexation. The petition claims the support of “at least 68% of homes” in Clairmont Heights, though some discussion on the Association’s Facebook page about how widely the petition was circulated. Of note, if Clairmont were to incorporate into Decatur, it would eliminate an Atlanta annexation from Medlock’s array of choices, since it would have no way of being congruent to the Atlanta city limit...." [Read more.]
From a writer for the Shepherd Center Magazine who originally posted this comment to the Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Association listserv. Reprinted with permission: In November 1998, Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment to create the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission for Georgians who had sustained traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries. It is funded by a surcharge on DUI fines and provides grants to those injured to help defray the costs of transportation, home modifications, equipment and needed services.
From Emory's Clifton Community Partnership and Office of Sustainability Initiatives: Emory University Earns STARS Gold Rating; Innovative Water Reclamation Facility Under Construction; Fleet Services: making moves to a greener fleet; Launched: The Green Office Pilot Program; Emory to ban bee-harming pesticides to protect pollinators; Climate@Emory: Interview with Dr. Eri Saikawa
From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: Early/Sunday Voting; Stone Mt Pumpkin Festival; Halloween Night on Callanwolde Mountain; DeKalb Neighborhood Summit; Dekalb legislators' town hall; Animal Services "Fall in Love" special.
From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 BOC Agenda for October 28th; Low cost pet vaccinations.