"Passive, aggressive – Atlanta’s annexation approach"

from Decaturish: Look, Atlanta’s not waving some flag in favor of annexation, Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan said.

But they’re not going to say “no,” either. [READ MORE]

11/19/14 Together in Atlanta Meeting Summary

from CHCA Corresponding Secretary Julia Byrne:

11/19/14 Together in Atlanta Meeting Summary

On Wednesday, November 19th, community members in Clairmont Heights met with members of the Druid Hills Civic Association, members of the organization Together In Atlanta, and Atlanta elected officials to discuss advocacy efforts for the annexation of the entire footprints of Fernbank and Briar Vista elementary schools as well as Emory University into the city of Atlanta. The Clairmont Heights Civic Association is closely following this advocacy effort in response to our recent neighborhood survey that indicated strong support for inclusion into an existing city.

MANA: Annexation Round-Up: Medlock's Schools

from MANA: Annexation Round-Up: Medlock's Schools This post looks like more of the same: annexation blah blah blah! But it's actually about something extremely critical to our neighborhood: our schools (literally) and our attendance zones. [READ MORE]

*CANCELLED* Operations Task Force Working Meeting

ONE Dekalb Office of Neighborhood Empowerment: "CANCELLED -- Operations Task Force Working Meeing - Please be advised that the Operations Task Force Meeting scheduled for Friday November 21 has been cancelled. Future meeting dates are TBD"

Map combines annexation and cityhood proposals

From Dan Whisenhunt in the Decaturish blog: "Decaturish reader Andrew Feury has done all of us a huge favor.  This week, organizers behind a proposal to create a new city in DeKalb County released their map for LaVista Hills. It’s one of several maps floating around that carve up DeKalb. The maps include proposed annexations by the cities of Decatur, Avondale Estates and DeKalb County, as well as the proposed cities of LaVista Hills, Tucker and an as-yet-unnamed city in south DeKalb.  So how in the heck are we supposed to keep track of all of it?  Feury gave us a big assist by creating this custom Google map. It combines all of the maps that are currently on the table...." [Read more.]

Fernbank Science Center events

From the Fernbank Science Center: Planetarium schedule; Watch live rocket launch; Holiday music under the stars.

DHHS Holiday tree sale

From Druid Hills High School Parent Teacher Student Association: 1479 Scott Blvd, Decatur -- formerly Maddy’s b’bque, across from ACE.  Starting November 25th until trees are GONE. A percentage of all proceeds benefit DRUID HILLS HIGH SCHOOL When you PAY BY CHECK. Call Doug or Rynell for directions & information 404-569-1714.  See attached flyer.

Dance Hall Decatur 12/31/14

Event Date and Time: 
12/31/2014 - 8:30pm - 01/01/2015 - 12:30am

Fundraiser for the DeKalb History Center: Ring in the New Year and dance the night away! Come out and dance with us as a professional DJ plays hits from the 1970s to the present. Reservations are available at our offices or online through PayPal and include appetizers, festive party favors, and two drink tickets. Additional drink tickets available at the event.  Festive dress is encouraged.  Represent your favorite musical style or decade if you like, or just show up prepared to dance!  For reservations, please click though to our website to pay via PayPal (we'll email you a confirmation) or call the office at 404-373-1088, extension 22 to make reservations via credit card. You are also welcome to stop in and pay by cash or check during our regular office hours.

Cityhood panel appointed

from Decaturish: Three groups vying to become DeKalb County’s newest city had until Nov. 15 to present a map to the state Legislature that resolved their differences.

Two of the groups – Lakeside and Briarcliff – met that deadline and proposed creating a city of LaVista Hills, which combines the maps proposed by both groups. But they were unable to reach a compromise with supporters of creating a city of Tucker, leaving both groups with overlapping map boundaries.

Now the state Legislature will sort it out.   [READ MORE]

Emory community meeting

Event Date and Time: 
12/03/2014 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

From Betty Willis at Emory: Dear Neighbors:  Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting scheduled for Wednesday, December 3, from 6:30-8:00 PM, in room 155 of the North Decatur Building.   I have attached directions to the Lowergate South parking deck, which has a walkway from the deck onto the second floor of the North Decatur Building.  Room 155 is on the first floor.  Please note that the entrance to the parking deck from Gambrell Drive has been diverted to the right side of the deck due to construction associated with the new hospital bed tower.  

As you know, these informal quarterly meetings are an opportunity to share information and discuss any particular issues of interest or concern to you and your neighborhoods.  Please extend this invitation to others who may want to participate.  If you have any questions in the meantime, please feel free to call me at 404-727-5312.  I look forward to seeing you next month and will send a reminder note closer to the date.

County water bill response

From the interim county CEO's office: Recently, DeKalb County made strides to update and improve its water billing process in order to better serve DeKalb County residents and address concerns heard from citizens during the last few weeks. It is our top priority to ensure the accuracy of all bills and that citizens have the resources available to understand their bills and make payments on time.  Please click here to view a list of frequently asked questions and answers from DeKalb County's Department of Watershed Management.  *NEW* DeKalb County Water/Sewer Authorized Bill Payment Centers. DeKalb has made it easier to pay your water bill. Please click here to view a listing of Water/Sewer Authorized Bill Payment Centers. Payments can also be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week via the new DeKalb County automated payment line at 404-371-6294.  

DeKalb Police join Medlock/CHCA NextDoor online community

From NextDoor Medlock Park: My name is Chief James Conroy, and I am pleased to announce that starting today, the DeKalb County Police Department will be utilizing Nextdoor to facilitate virtual neighborhood watch and foster neighbor-to-neighbor communications.   Nextdoor is a tool for us to effectively share information on crime prevention and safety, public events, and emergency notifications. You can expect to receive local crime and safety updates from the DeKalb County Police Department on Nextdoor. Please be assured that your website remains private. DeKalb County Police Department staff will NOT be able to see any of the content on your neighborhood website except for the direct replies to our posts. 

State lawmakers will decide on new cities

from AJC: Communities vying to form new cities are back where they left off several months ago: with maps being decided by the Georgia General Assembly. [READ MORE]

Residents Near Emory Gaining Momentum In Effort To Join City Of Atlanta

from WABE: As part of an effort to gain more control over basic services like public safety and trash pick-up, several neighborhoods in DeKalb County want to incorporate.   [READ MORE]



Atlanta Mayor supports Druid Hills annexation

from Decaturish:

A proposal to annex Druid Hills and three DeKalb County schools – Briar Vista Elementary, Fernbank Elementary and Druid Hills High – into Atlanta has the support of the city’s mayor.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office confirmed to Decaturish that Reed supports an annexation map submitted by Together in Atlanta, a group that consists of many of the supporters of creating a Druid Hills Charter Cluster. [READ MORE]


Together In Atlanta Submitted Its Proposed Annexation Map

The Together In Atlanta group (which includes representatives from our neighborhood) submitted its proposed annexation map (that includes our neighborhood) directly to GA Representative Amy Carter (R - Valdosta), copying local DeKalb legislators who are on the House Governmental Affairs Committee (the group that will likely draw up final maps for consideration of dividing DeKalb County in separate cities):  [read more]

Druid Hills Civic Association has released its preliminary results for its own neighborhood survey

Druid Hills Civic Association has released its preliminary results for its own neighborhood survey...

Briarcliff, Lakeside city maps reconciled; not Tucker

From Dan Whisenhunt in the Decaturish blog: "The two groups behind the proposed cities of Briarcliff and Lakeside have announced a plan for a city that will combine both maps: LaVista Hills.  If approved by the General Assembly and voters, it will be DeKalb County’s largest city with 72,000 residents. ... The two groups tried – and failed – to reach an agreement with groups looking to form a city of Tucker. If the three could not reach an agreement, the state House Governmental Affairs Committee intended to form a five-member panel to draw up the maps ahead of the 2015 session...." [Read more.]

Rep. Hank Johnson update 11/17/14

From Fourth Congressional District U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson: Federal health insurance open enrollment; Police militarization; VA benefits; Small business; Overcomers House.

DeKalb Police: Burglary on Clairmont Circle 11/16/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

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