Druid Hills annexation into Atlanta: ‘An opportunity to join a city on the ascent’

AJC's "Get Schooled" blog:  Natalie DiSantis is a past resident of Atlanta who now resides in the unincorporated DeKalb community seeking annexation into Atlanta.

She supports Together In Atlanta, which she calls “a grassroots effort by neighbors in the Emory University area hoping to become part of the robust growth and positive direction of the city of Atlanta.”

Here is her response to an essay on the blog last week opposed to that annexation campaign. Later this week, I will post an essay by a Druid Hills High school student on this issue as well.   [MORE]


Monthly Siren Test is Tomorrow (Wed)

Decatur Minute: Tomorrow is the first Wednesday of February so we’ll be testing the tornado outdoor warning sirens at 5:00 p.m. The test should last approximately one minute. Should the weather become inclement, the test will be postponed until Thursday, 5 February 2015. If you have questions or want more information about the siren system, check out the Siren page on the City’s website or contact Police Lt. Barry Woodward at 404-373-6551.

ELPC: DeKalb Co. Schools Superintendent Search Stakeholder Community Engagement Meetings

ELPC: DeKalb Co. Schools Superintendent Search Stakeholder Community Engagement Meetings

Wed 2/4 --> Region 2: Lakeside High School
Thu 2/12 --> COUNTYWIDE PUBLIC FORUM DeKalb County BOE – Board Room
all mtgs 7PM - 8:30

Grand Opening Central DeKalb Senior Center At Mason Mill Park Mon 2/2


Grand Opening Central DeKalb Senior Center At Mason Mill Park

1340 McConnell Drive
11:00 AM-12:00 PM

"Suburban Plaza update: bowling alley gone, may be replaced by book store"

Decaturish: Decatur’s Suburban Lanes Bowling Alley will not remain in the redeveloped Suburban Plaza. A book store may end up taking some of the basement space of the plaza on the Church Street side near where the bowling alley is now, according to developer, Selig Enterprises.   [READ MORE]

"DHCA Response to MARTA Project"

DHCA : Last year, the DHCA was invited to comment on the Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative, a light rail project planned by MARTA and the Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association. MARTA sought community opinion about the project. The association’s transportation committee recently submitted feedback: DHCA Feedback on Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative.

For more information about the project, please follow the additional links.






District 6 Events & January 27th BOC Agenda

SuperDistrict 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: District 6 Events & January 27th BOC Agenda

"Community meeting notes: Atlanta, unincorporation"


MANA organized a community meeting to continue informing the community on cityhood and annexation issues in our area. Over 175 people attended. Our thanks to the International Community School for lending their facilities.

The MANA Working Group has launched an online survey and is going door-to-door to encourage residents to voice their preferences--at the time, it appears that our options are to remain unincorporated or petition to be annexed to the City of Atlanta. Volunteers were available to administer the survey, which is also available online. The volunteers also collected signatures opposing City of Decatur's commercial annexation that, as Zoning Chair Theresa Same noted, attempts to capture 8 of 11 entrances into our neighborhood.[READ MORE]


Interim CEO Lee May Hosting Series of Town Hall Meetings

Interim CEO Lee May Hosting Series of Town Hall Meetings on his outlook for 2015

first one:
Tue, Jan 27; 7pm - 8:30pm
Mainstreet Clubhouse
5001 Mainstreet Park Drive
Stone Mountain, GA 30088


CrimeMapping: burglary- forced entry N.Superior 1/19/15

Burglary BURGLARY - FORCED ENTRY - RESIDENCE 15-005970 800 BLOCK N SUPERIOR AVE DeKalb County Police 1/19/2015 10:03:00 AM Map It


CrimeMapping: mail theft 1/21 on Ava Pl.

Theft/Larceny LARCENY - FROM MAIL 15-006826 2300 BLOCK AVA PL DeKalb County Police 1/21/2015 10:54:00 AM Map It


"DeKalb Cityhood Proposals Back on Table"

CBS46.com:  DeKalb County may have to make room for a couple of new cities. Lawmakers could soon start looking at two different proposals. One would create the city Tucker. The other combines Lakeside and Briarcliff to form the city of LaVista Hills. [READ MORE]


"May urges DeKalb school board to involve community in superintendent search"

NeighborNewspapers: Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May urged the DeKalb County Board of Education to seek broad public input during its search for a new superintendent at a recent community input meeting.

“This decision will help determine the future and quality of education in DeKalb for decades to come,” said May. “The quality of our school system has everything to do with the quality of life in our dear county and the decision we make will have an impact for years to come.”  [READ MORE]

"Opposition to cityhood, annexation grows"

Decaturish: You’ve heard the pitch of new cities and existing cities that want to annex property in unincorporated DeKalb County. Now for the democratic response. Several groups are working to convince legislators that the best decision they can make in the 2015 session is no decision at all. There are also several petitions circulating with a similar message. [READ MORE]

MANA: Community meeting and survey: Atlanta option Thu 1/22

MANA: Community meeting and survey: Atlanta option

DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader and Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan will speak at a special MANA meeting on Thu, Jan 22, at 7pm at the International Community School. They will discuss what is involved if Medlock decides to stay in unincorporated DeKalb County or considers the option to join the proposed Atlanta annexation map.

There will also be discussion of a brief new survey MANA is conducting to gauge neighborhood interest in this option. [READ MORE]

Coyote sighting Desmond/Park Lane/Ira Melton park

Coyote sighting early this morning/ Ron Shear: At around 5 am Sunday January 18, an adult coyote ran across Desmond Drive in front of me as I was coming home. It came trotting down Park Lane, across Desmond Drive and into Ira Melton park. It was definitely a Coyote, with bushy tail and ratty fur. I posted a couple warning signs near the area to warn dog owners to be careful letting their a dog run loose in the woods.

Sesame Street Celebration

Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Join Fernbank & Georgia Public Broadcasting for a day celebrating the 45th Anniversary of this beloved and honored children’s educational television show with VIP guest, Cookie Monster!  [INFO/ TICKETS]

"Interim CEO May to Central DeKalb area: Unincorporated DeKalb County still a viable option"

Brookhaven Post: Applause broke early out as Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May told nearly 300 Central DeKalb Residents at a community meeting Thursday evening, “Unincorporated DeKalb County is still a viable option.”  [READ MORE]


MANA: "Petition to oppose City of Decatur's unreasonable annexation plan"

MANA: If you live in DeKalb County and want to voice your opposition to Decatur's commercial annexation, please sign this petition

One question that comes up often is whether renters should sign this petition or be at all involved in the annexation debate. The answer is a resounding YES. If new cities or annexations are approved, changes will come soon and impact everyone living in DeKalb County. Should any cityhood or annexation issue come to a popular vote, all registered voters will be eligible to cast ballots.   [READ MORE]

"LaVista Hills pitches Cityhood to several Central DeKalb communities, many questions remain"

Brookhaven Post: Around 200 citizens who are still struggling to get their heads around changes that seem imminent in their communities, attended a meeting Sunday evening where the proposed City of LaVista Hills advocacy group, LaVista Hills Yes, pitched their ‘cityhood goods’.    [READ MORE]



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