Survey to name new Lakeside/Briarcliff city

From the Lakeside website: "Lakeside" was created as a "working name" as we endeavored to interact with the community to explore cityhood.  As Lakeside and Briarcliff move forward together and prepare to announce our final, joint map, it's time to pick a final name.  But we need your help.  Please tell us your first and second choices for a new name for our new city and help pick the name our community will be know by for years to come!

Fate of Decatur Petitions in Council's Hands

[CHCA modified the original title of this post following a clarification of context which you can find here.] From the Decatur Metro blog: ".... Mayor Baskett and City Manager Peggy Merriss clarified during the discussion that none of the petitions from areas outside of the stated Master Plan areas are being considered for annexation as part of the Master Plan, which is scheduled to be submitted for Legislative consideration in January...."  [Read more.]

Commissioner Gannon ballot guide

From District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon: TUESDAY, Nov. 4- Get out and VOTE!  Your RIGHT, your RESPONSIBILITY, your FUTURE. Find your voting location here. 

Decatur statement on annexation 11/1/14

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt on the Decaturish blog: "Decatur City Manager Peggy Merris and City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards on Saturday released a joint statement about the city’s annexation plans.  The plans provide an updated timeline, suggesting an annexation referendum could make it to the ballot as early as July 2015. .... " [Read more.]

Annexation of Clairmont Heights into City of Atlanta - Working Meeting on TUE, 11-04-2014

The Clairmont Heights Civic Association Board is working to obtain accurate information about all annexation and cityhood options that would impact our neighborhood.

Annexation Petition to City of Decatur for Clairmont Heights area [corrected link]

[This is an updated version of a previous post. The link to the petition letter PDF is now correct.] Authors of a petition to annex the greater portion of the Clairmont Heights neighborhood into the City of Decatur informed CHCA officers that they submitted their petition this week to the City Manager.

DeKalb Police Knowledgeable Neighbors on Watch session

Event Date and Time: 
11/08/2014 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

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.  

County Operations Task Force 10/29/14 meeting notes

From Beth Nathan via Civic Association Network: Personal notes & handouts from yesterday's OTF retreat are now posted on 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:

Help Beautify our Clairmont Heights Entrances

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.  

Tibetan Festival

Event Date and Time: 
11/02/2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm
From Drepung Loseling Institute: Are you ready for another fantastic celebration of Tibetan arts, food and culture?  
Join us as we celebrate our annual Tibetan Festival with a day-long schedule of events!  We will have the Loseling Dolls Exhibit and docent tours, Tibetan food, music & dance, a Tibetan Bazaar, games, children's arts & crafts, and more.  
Hundreds of visitors have enjoyed the previous six festivals and we promise this year’s program will be just as fun!  
Please bring your family and friends and join us for this celebration of Tibetan culture.  You can find the full schedule, a list of activities, parking instructions and more through our website link below.

DeKalb Neighborhood Summit

Event Date and Time: 
11/01/2014 - 8:00am - 12:30pm

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.

Annexation tribulations of another unincorporated neighborhood

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.]

Annexation by referendum vs. annexation by petition

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.]

Halloween on "Callanwolde Mountain"

Event Date and Time: 
10/31/2014 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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.]

Civil War Walking Tours

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):

Laurel Ridge Town Hall on proposed Atlanta Annexation

Event Date and Time: 
11/05/2014 - 7:00pm

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 : 

Arts at Emory November 2014

For our culture mavens: Theater; Film; Music; Dance; Museum events.

MANA, CHCA, DHCA annexation efforts compared

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.]

MANA community meeting 10/27/14 summary

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: "We had a great meeting and very well attended: around 135 people showed up to hear about our schools, zoning and yes, annexation....." [Read more.]

Annexation Petition to City of Decatur for Clairmont Heights area

Authors of a petition to annex the greater portion of the Clairmont Heights neighborhood into the City of Decatur informed CHCA officers that they submitted their petition this week to the City Manager. The petition organizers had requested that we wait several days to allow city officials to read and discuss the letter and petition information prior to distributing it to the community at large.
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