Thaw Out and Let's Pick! February 6, 2014

Event Date and Time: 
02/06/2014 - 7:00pm

Update 2/5/14: Quorum reached.

Rep. Hank Johnson update 1/30/14

From U.S. Rep Hank Johnson: Winter storm; Affordable Health Care Act services.

Ira B. Melton Park Workday

Event Date and Time: 
02/08/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

From Valerie Boss: Greetings neighbors! Friends of Ira B Melton Park will host a workday on Saturday, Feb 8, from 1-3pm. We will do trail maintenance, spread mulch, remove invasive plants, and pick up trash. The entrance to Ira B Melton Park is located on Desmond Drive, across from Park Lane (for GPS, use 2080 Desmond Drive). Please supply your own gloves and water, and bring wheelbarrows and shovels if you have them.  Hope some of you can make it. Cross your fingers it warms up a bit.

Snowpacolypse Sanitation pickup schedule

From commissioner Elaine Boyer: Sanitation routes will operate on the following schedule for the rest of the week:  Wednesday recycling and yard waste routes and Thursday garbage routes will be collected on Friday.    Thursday recycling, yard waste routes, and Friday garbage routes will be collected on Saturday.   All missed items will be collected on Sunday.

DeKalb County weather update 1/30/14

From commissioner Elaine Boyer: Inclement Weather Update: Warming stations; Responder meals; Fire and Rescue calls; DEMA calls; Roads and Drainage work; Road closures.

DeKalb County cancellations and closings

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb County Cancellations and Delayed Openings. The rezoning meeting scheduled for tonight, Tuesday, Jan. 28 at the Maloof Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. has been cancelled due to inclement weather.  All items on the agenda will be rescheduled to February 25, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  DeKalb County will advertise the rescheduled meeting in the next issue of the county’s legal organ.

DeKalb Police: Larceny from vehicle on Sunnybrook 1/25/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:

Commissioner Rader update 1/25/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader:  District 2 Events and Upcoming BOC & Zoning Agenda: MARTA community meeting; District 2 Budget town hall meetings.

Summer tennis camps at Emory

From Amy Bryant via Clairemont Great Lakes Neighborhood Yahoo Group: Emory Total Tennis Camps with Coach Amy Bryant is a tennis specialty day camp for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Camp is offered the first 4 weeks of the summer at Emory University with options beginning at 8:30am and ending at 6:00pm. Camp is for all ages and levels and features a low camper to counselor ratio to keep kids engaged! Coach Bryant is the Head Women's Tennis Coach at Emory University and has directed community summer camps for ten years.

2nd Annual Plant Sale for DeKalb County Residents

From the Brookhaven Post: DeKalb Cooperative Extension Announces 2nd Annual Plant Sale for DeKalb County Residents. – DeKalb County Cooperative Extension is pleased to announce its second annual plant sale is underway. The office will accept orders for various plants until March 10, 2014.  There are several varieties to choose from including azaleas, blueberries, hydrangeas, gardenias among  others.  The one-day pick up is Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the DeKalb Cooperative Extension office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Georgia 30032.

DeKalb county update 1/27/14

From DeKalb's CEO office: Sanitation pilot program; Economic development survey; Youth track & field and soccer and adult softball; Race for the arts; Free vision clinic.

Cityhood and race

From the AJC: "The incorporation of Sandy Springs in North Fulton County as a municipality in 2005 unleashed a wave of votes, resulting in six additional cities. One impact of new cities in metro Atlanta has gone largely unspoken: all have led to elected governments that are almost entirely white in counties where whites are no longer a majority.

Interim county CEO plans to improve county safety, development, ethics

From Melissa Weinman in Reporter Newspapers: "In his “state of the county” speech Jan. 23, May touted his plans to target public safety, economic development, beautification and ethics to improve DeKalb County..... May also used his speech to comment on three proposals to form new cities in the central area of the county.  “Cityhood is not necessarily a bad thing.

DeKalb Police: Burglary on Ridgefield Ter 1/25/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

Cityhood meeting notes 1/22/14

From Jay Scott in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch: "The DeKalb legislative delegation’s public hearing Wednesday night was an ambitious effort to hear from a wide range of people – the interim county CEO, the school superintendent and board chairman, cityhood groups and the public.  While many legislators and one cityhood group could not attend because of conflicts (see earlier story), a number of citizens expressed opinions on a number of issues, but mostly on cityhood, during the 2 ½-hour meeting. And from their comments, opinions were decidedly mixed.  Interim CEO Lee May, appearing the night before his first “State of the County” address, said regardless of the issues, the most common thing he has heard after talking to thousands of county residents is that they want “better outcomes.”  [Read more.]

Jason Carter calls cityhood campaigns a "distraction"

From Creative Loafing: ".... what's your take on DeKalb's cityhood movement? What's the best approach to that precarious issue?  My take is that as a state, it's important for us to have DeKalb County, which is one of our largest counties, to be an economically-viable and sound county government. I think we have to focus on getting that county government stabilized.

Pedestrian Accidents in un-incorporated DeKalb County

From Al Fowler, DeKalb Police: In 2013, there have been 426 pedestrian involved accidents.  Of these crashes, twenty two(22) were fatal, and 404 involved non-fatal injuries.  Total pedestrian involved accidents have increased 8.7% in 2013.  Fatal accidents involving pedestrians have increased 10%. One of North Central Precinct’s focuses this year will be to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents through education and enforcement for both pedestrians and drivers who share the roadway.  We will be proactive in enforcing pedestrian failures to use available crosswalks.

Assault on Clairmont Circle 1/22/14

From the neighborhood Facebook group 1/22/14: We just had an incident occur on the corner of Clairmont Circle and Webster.  The exact details are a bit unclear at the moment but a young woman was stopped by a guy looking for directions. He then got in her car and tried to sexually assault her. The police are here taking her report so hopefully a full report will be available. ..... Just talked to cop, It was a white male, in his 50's with a beard. White skull cap and dark hoodie. Detectives are on their way.

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver update 1/20/14

From state rep. Mary Margaret Oliver: January 20, 2014  –   2014 GENERAL ASSEMBLY CONVENED AND MET FIVE DAYS! ....  In each newsletter, I ask how you would vote on a pending bill or budget item. I am very grateful for your thoughtful responses and I personally read all your answers. Thank you for your opinions and guidance!  Second newsletter question:  Would you allow any adult adoptee to have a copy of his or her birth certificate identifying his or her biological parents?  HB 524 affords adult adoptees this right and is on the agenda of Juvenile Justice Committee tomorrow January 21 at 1:00pm.  Many hearings can viewed live on the Georgia General Assembly web site if you want to watch the proceedings on your computer.   All Sessions of the House can be viewed live on-line, and most committee meetings.

Police SWAT standoff on North Druid Hills Rd 1/17/14 1:30 p.m.

From the AJC: "The DeKalb County police SWAT team was in a standoff Friday afternoon with an armed suspect involved in a domestic incident at a North Druid Hills Road apartment complex, a police spokeswoman said.  Officers responding to reports of shots fired at the Conservatory at Druid Hills complex...." [Read more.]

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