Decaturish: The Clairmont Heights Civic Association is making an appeal to the Georgia Legislature to block the Decatur annexation proposal unless an Atlanta annexation proposal also moves forward.
CHCA released a statement Monday morning regarding the plans that are being considered in the state Legislature.[READ MORE]
CHCA: Statement from CHCA to DeKalb Delegation
March 29, 2015
To our elected representatives in the Georgia legislature,
The Decatur annexation plan should not move forward unless the Atlanta bill also moves forward. The Clairmont Heights Civic Association (CHCA) Board urges the legislature to allow Atlanta annexation bill, HB629, especially if any action is taken on Decatur’s plan during this session.
If Decatur’s annexation is allowed to move forward by itself, we fear it will destroy the ability of our neighborhood and others to remain together with our existing school community. Decatur’s attempt to annex the four corners at Clairmont and North Decatur (Area A) is particularly troublesome because it removes the contiguity that would be needed to pursue future annexation plans. By cutting us off at major intersections, the Decatur annexation map prevents Clairmont Heights, Medlock, McLendon, and others from pursuing a mechanism to remain together.
The Atlanta annexation map, now including the McLendon area, provides a plan to keep intact approximately 67% of the existing student body at Druid Hills High School. Decatur plans to take only tax base and almost no students. The Decatur plan’s financial impact will be devastating to the area schools without offering any benefit to students outside of Decatur. Decatur’s proposal shifts approximately $7.6M of commercial annual tax revenue, taking only 300 students in return. The CHCA Board is trying to preserve our school community and requests that you support our goal.
Oppose Decatur’s annexation and allow us the right to vote for the future of our community by allowing the Atlanta annexation bill to move forward.
Signed by Board members of the Clairmont Heights Civic Association
Michael Dowling, President
Pete Rumsey, Vice President
Julia Byrne, Corresponding Secretary
Pam Daily, Treasurer
Nancy Moore, Recording Secretary
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver via FB:
"I had a tough vote yesterday, and supported the Governor's legislation for the state to assume responsibility for the worst performing schools. DeKalb has 23 qualifying schools on the Governor's list of possible takeover schools. The debate was fair."
AJC: "Failure and the success of Nathan Deal’s school-rescue measure"
Success can be found in failure. Our governor proved it Wednesday.
From coordinator Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors! Come pitch in at Ira B Melton Park on March 29 from 1-4pm. We’ll be doing general maintenance—picking up trash, clearing the trail of overhanging branches, and removing invasive plants. Trash bags will be supplied. Please bring your own work gloves, drinking water, and tools (loppers and shovels, in particular). Wheelbarrows are always needed. All are welcome, so please spread the word.
Decaturish: State Rep. Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, intends to introduce three annexation bills today, but told Decaturish that the bills may not be successful before the end of the current session.
Drenner made her announcement via Nextdoor.com, a social networking site that disseminates information at a neighborhood level.
She said she will introduce bills related to Clarkston’s annexation, portions of Decatur’s annexation plan that encompass her district, primarily on the city’s eastern border, and the Avondale Estates Annexation Master Plan. [MORE INFO]
It is crunch time at the Capitol. The CHCA Board and CH neighbors met this weekend to discuss events and action items related to Decatur and Atlanta annexation issues. At this time we are strongly recommending that all residents of Clairmont Heights contact legislators during this crucial last full week of the legislative session. The CHCA supports the inclusion of Clairmont Heights on the referendum for annexation into City of Atlanta so that our residents can have a voice and vote in the future of our local governance.
Emory - Governmental and Community Affairs:
Quarterly Community Meeting
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30-8:00 PM
1599 Clifton Road Building; Room 5-C
(Great meeting for updates on Emory’s building plans including the hospital, as well as shuttle service, CCTMA, Emory Pointe Phase II etc.)
"Turn off Clifton Road by the entrance sign to the Emory Conference Center Hotel, and then turn right at the stop sign to go into the parking deck attached behind the 1599 building. Be sure to park on the Visitor Level so you can access the lobby entrance. There will be someone in the lobby to escort you to the elevator and room 5-C will be on the 5th floor, near the elevator."
Betty E. Willis
Senior Associate Vice President
1599 Clifton Road, NE, 5th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30322
5th Annual Embrace Our Green Space Race
Mar. 28, 9:00 am
Oak Grove United Methodist Church
Support Mary Scott Nature Park, Frazier-Rowe Park, and Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve with family-oriented non-competitive events for Walkers, Runners, Bikers and Skaters. Register online.
DeKalb County Fire Rescue Explorer Youth Program
Application deadline: Apr. 15
Exposes kids ages 14-18 to fire rescue services. Dates for the camp are June 1-17. To sign up or learn more, contact Captain Kenneth Smarr.
Callanwolde Summer Camps
Registration is now open for summer camps at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. View a catalog here.
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State Senator Fran Millar (R - Senate District 40) introduced a new version of the map for the proposed City of LaVista Hills in hearings at the Capitol yesterday. A scanned version of the map provided at the hearing can be found here.
DecaturMetro: According to the schedule posted on the marathon’s website, you will see road closures around Decatur between 7:30a-11a. [READ MORE]
ONEDekalb: ICEO LEE MAY APPOINTS SPECIAL INVESTIGATORS -
DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May signed an executive order which provides for the installation of two special investigators to review government operations and make recommendations to appropriate authorities, based upon their findings.
Interim CEO May appointed Michael J. Bowers and Richard L. Hyde as the special investigators to provide a thorough systematic review of DeKalb County Government policies and procedures. Bowers and Hyde are empowered to identify any conflicts of interest, corruption or malfeasance and make specific recommendations to the administration and appropriate agencies as needed. [READ MORE]
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DecaturMinute: This weekend you can recycle your old electronics and Styrofoam and safely shred and recycle your documents all in one place. It’s simple and convenient. Just drop off your recyclables on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. though 1 p.m. (Sorry, early drop-offs are not possible.) [MORE INFO]
Fernbank Elementary PTA:
Once again, Fernbank has reason to celebrate. Recently, DCSD recalibrated the overall 2014 CCRPI scores for all schools within the DeKalb County School System. With the new calculations, Fernbank Elementary now has the highest overall CCRPI score (95.6) for elementary schools in the district. This recognition could not have occurred without the support and commitment of the teaching and non-teaching staff, and incredible parental support and fantastic administration. Cheers to our outstanding neighborhood school!
Additionally, Fernbank was highlighted and recognized by our District Leaders as one of DeKalb’s Top Five Overall Elementary School scores.Elementary SchoolsDCSD Top Five – Elementary School, Overall Scores
School Overall Score Title I Region Fernbank 95.6 2 Austin 95.5 1 Vanderlyn 93.6 1 Wadsworth Magnet 93.3 5 The Museum School 92.1 4For more information on CCRPI scores and resources, please log on to http://www.gadoe.org/CCRPI/
Druid Hills Civic Association: House Bill 586 and an accompanying map have been released. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Pat Gardner (D), Atlanta, was applauded by the pro-annexation group Together in Atlanta.
“The map contains discrepancies that have to be fixed. But I am very happy the legislature is working hard to allow us this referendum on annexation,” said TIA co-chair Anne Wallace. [MORE INFO]
AJC: The Georgia House of Representatives passed measures Wednesday that would allow residents to vote on creating the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker. The House also planned a vote on the city of South Fulton.
The legislation now advances to the state Senate for further consideration. If approved, voters would decide on whether to incorporate during a November election.
LaVista Hills passed on a 129-37 vote. Tucker passed on a 128-31 vote. [MORE INFO]
WSB: With Friday's critical Crossover Day looming under the Gold Dome, the state House is scheduled to vote on three bills today that could lead to the creation of three new cities in metro Atlanta. If passed by lawmakers this session and approved by local voters in November, Tucker and LaVista Hills would become the newest cities in DeKalb County. [MORE INFO]
Decaturish: Garbage pickup in DeKalb County will soon be reduced from two days a week to one day a week as part of a cost-saving measure proposed by interim County CEO Lee May.
County Commissioners approved the plan at the commission’s March 10 meeting.
In addition to cutting back the number of days, garbage collectors would also pick up yard waste and recycling on the same day. That means residents will only see garbage trucks one time each week instead of four. Collection fees will not increase as part of the plan. County residents pay roughly $265 annually for trash collection services. [READ MORE]
AJC: Fuqua Development recently unveiled phase two of its mixed-use project at North Decatur Road and Scott Boulevard, which includes 450 apartments added to the 250 apartments in phase one. Phase two also includes 80,000 square feet of retail/restaurant—including an unnamed organic grocery—and 15,000 square feet of office space. [READ MORE]