Commissioner Rader update 1/14/14

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader: District 2 Events & News & BOC Agenda Summary for January 14, 2014: BOC Agenda; New fire chief; MLK Day; Vacant property registry; MLK volunteer day at Nature Preserve; Free pet spay/neuters.

MANA Neighborhood Watch meeting

Event Date and Time: 
01/30/2014 - 7:00pm

From Barb Dalton, Medlock Area Neighborhood Association: On January 30, 2014 there will be a neighborhood watch meeting at North Decatur Presbyterian Church, (Medlock Rd) at 7:00 pm. Al Fowler, the Public Education Specialist with Dekalb's North Central Precinct, along with Police officers will speak and answer questions. Please mark your calenders and plan to attend.

County registry for vacant properties

From the interim CEO's office: DeKalb County Vacant Property Registry Public Information Meetings. The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners established a Vacant Property Registry as a means to protect neighborhoods from becoming blighted through the lack of adequate maintenance and security of properties that are vacant.

Thursday, January 16 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Maloof Auditorium
1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur

Tuesday, January 21 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Wade Walker YMCA
5605 Rockbridge Road in Stone Mountain

Work Day at Nature Preserve

Event Date and Time: 
01/20/2014 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

From Chris Beck, president: Join us on MLK Day from 1-3:30pm for volunteer day. We will be doing trail maintenance, removing English ivy, and planting trees.  In case we have a big group, please bring gloves and other hand tools. A few extra wheel barrows would help too.  Look forward to seeing you soon.

Chris Beck
President, Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

www.cshepherdpreserve.org

SNIP DeKalb: spay/neuter your pets

From the Decatur - Avondale Estates Patch: "LifeLine Animal Project’s management has dramatically lowered the euthanasia rate at DeKalb County Animal Services in Decatur. However, the approaching warmer weather typically means skyrocketing intake levels at DCAS due to the high number of puppies and kittens being born.

Suspicious persons and vehicles

From Dawn Forman via the Laurel Ridge neighborhood Yahoo group Sat, 11 Jan 2014. I received this in my email yesterday and wanted to pass it along to remind people to not let strangers into their home. Someone coming to your door unannounced, telling you that you need something done to your home (trees, animals in the attic, etc) and how it's an emergency and needs to be taken care of right away.

New cities could decrease county sales tax revenues

From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers:  ".... Brookhaven will complete the roadwork using a portion of approximately $5 million it received this year from a DeKalb County sales tax called HOST, which stands for Homestead Option Sales Tax. HOST funds make up nearly one-fifth of the city’s total budget of $26.3 million.

Notes from cityhood meeting 1/9/14

From Jay Scott in the North Druid Hills - Briarcliff Patch: "Two things were clear Thursday after a four-hour "DeKalb Day" meeting between the county legislative delegation and the groups proposing new cities.  Many in the delegation were pressing the three groups with conflicting maps -- Lakeside, Briarcliff, and Tucker -- to sit down, either with a mediator or without, to work out differences in their maps.  The delegation is working on scheduling a public hearing with the cityhood groups, delegation, groups, county commissioners and interim DeKalb CEO Lee May in the "next week or so" to have "citizen input" on the process. That hearing would presumably come after the Legislature is already at work next week...." [Read more.]  See also the notes by Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers.

Notes from DeKalb Parks committee meeting 1/8/14

From Beth Nathan via the Civic Association Network listserv: My full notes from last evening's Bond Advisory Committee meeting are below.  I will be posting the January 2014 financial status report on Land Acquisition Fund expenditures & balances on the CAN website in the next couple days.  Here are bullet points on the items I think may be of most interest: 

  • Susan Hood will be leaving her county job at the end of this month.  Dave Butler will take over her role. 
  • Acquisition funds financial reports, like the ones I've been posting, AND Development funds financial reports are due to start being published on the ParksBondGreenspace website by the end of January 2014.  Target date had been the end of 2013.
  • Saturday parks workdays with county staffers will continue in 2014.
  • Meetings for this committee are reduced from 6x/yr to 4x/yr starting immediately: 2nd Wednesdays of Jan, Apr, July, Oct, 5:30 pm, with a potential for called meetings if something comes up.  The reasoning is that the majority of the parks bond funds have been spent and there is little going on these days with Parks Bond funds. 
  • District 2 still has a unspent balance of $3,872,572 in Acquisition Funds, more than any other district.  Were District 2 parks to become mostly city parks, there would be a question of what those county-parkland-specific funds could be spent on.  The idea was aired again of asking the voters for re-allocation of unused park bond funds for use in other districts and/or other purposes such as maintenance.  {Personal thoughts, rather than meeting discussion, from here on.}  If you know of land in your vicinity that is (or might be) for sale and that is positioned well for a park, nominate that land via the form at http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/greenspace/NominationForm.asp.  I have been given to believe that a significant number of District 2 properties have been nominated and considered but not acquired for one reason or another.  I understand that some were not acquired because the owners wanted more than what their land appraised for; the county hires independent appraisers for this purpose.  Might land values be rising to where those sellers wanted them to be ???

Atlanta Regional Commission Pop-Up Open House

Event Date and Time: 
01/11/2014 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

From the Decatur Minute: The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is hosting a new style of informational gathering here in Decatur on Saturday, January 11 from 3 – 5 p.m.  They will transform the vacant storefront under Eddie’s Attic at 515 N. McDonough St. into a come-and-go community meeting.  The topic is the latest update to the $61 billion Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), metro Atlanta’s framework for mobility and prosperity.  ARC invites the community to come learn about transportation choices, ask questions and give them some critical input about how to make these kinds of important meetings more fun, informative and engaging.

MANA Neighborhood Watch newsletter for January 2014

From the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association Neighborhood Watch: Happy New Year!  Attached is the January 2014 Neighborhood Watch E-letter.  There will be a Watch meeting January 30, 2014 so mark your Calendars. Neighborhood Watch Meeting  January 30, 2014, 7:00 pm at North Decatur Presbyterian Church.  Al Fowler and officers from Dekalb will be available to answer your questions. 

Civil War history play for students

From Jenny Goldemund at the DeKalb History Center: The DeKalb History Center  presents Shadows of the Past: 1861-1865 during the Civil War. Dear Educator, If you teach Civil War history, this is an important event for you. In March 2014 the DeKalb History Center will premier a play based on Georgia Performance Standards for 5th, 8th and 11 grades. It is about the Atlanta Campaign, the Battle of Atlanta and DeKalb County during the Civil War. Using primary sources, this play speaks to your students in the voices of the people who lived here during the war.

Toco Hills free paper shredding

Event Date and Time: 
01/25/2014 - 9:30am - 01/26/2014 - 4:00pm

From realtor Joan Kaplan: Join us at our 4th Annual Free Community Paper Shredding Event on Saturday, January 25, 2014 between 9:30 am- noon (or until the truck fills up) and again on Sunday January 26, 2014 between 1:30pm-4:00 pm (or until the truck fills up) located in the Toco Hills Shopping Center at 2899-A North Druid Hi

County weather updates 1/7/14

From District 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: School closure; Wind advisories; Code Red.

DeKalb Schools Closed Tomorrow (1/7/14)

From Rep. Mike Jacobs: DeKalb & Fulton Schools Closed Tomorrow: Due to freezing weather, all public schools in DeKalb and Fulton counties will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, January 7, 2014.  Click here for the full DeKalb announcement from Superintendent Michael Thurmond. \

History talk: The Small American House Phenomenon, 1920s - 1950s

From Melissa Forgey at DeKalb History Center: After the Bungalow, Before the Ranch:  The Small American House Phenomenon, 1920s - 1950s.  At the DeKalb History Center's January 21 "Lunch & Learn," architectural historian Richard Cloues will present After the Bungalow, Before the Ranch: The Small American House Phenomenon, 1920s-1950s.

DeKalb legislators skeptical about cityhood this session

From Melissa Weinman in the Reporter Newspapers: "Some DeKalb County legislators question whether any of the bills for creating cities in central DeKalb will be approved during the upcoming legislative session.  At a Dec. 19 town hall meeting in Brookhaven, members of DeKalb County’s legislative delegation discussed how to handle the competing efforts to create new cities.  Three groups – the Lakeside City Alliance, the City of Briarcliff Initiative and Tucker 2014 – have all commissioned feasibility studies and are angling for legislative approval to make their municipal dreams a reality. The problem is, all three proposed cities overlap in the area around Northlake Mall.  “How are we going to resolve this mess?” Angela Trosclair of Tucker asked. “The question you ask is really something that worries me a lot,” said Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur. “We’re about to do some serious damage.”..." [Read more.]

DeKalb Police burglary arrests 12/30/13

From Al Fowler, Dekalb Police:  COMMUNITY UPDATE 12/30/2013.  North Central detectives through an arrest made on 12/27/2013 and through recent tips and investigation were able to clear several burglaries in the Briarcliff Road, Burnt Creek Road, and Sylvania Drive areas.  Looking into leads developed on two suspects, detectives were able to clear three burglaries from the time period of August 26, 2013 – December 27, 2013.  Both suspects were recently arrested. These suspects are being investigated for other burglaries in the same area.

County Treecycling through 1/18/14

From District 2 commissioner Jeff Rader: DeKalb County Hosts “Bring One for the Chipper” Event.  Celebrating more than 20 years of “Treecycling” in Georgia.  DECATUR, Ga. – DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May announces the annual “Bring One for the Chipper” recycling event now through Jan. 18, 2014. 
DeKalb County Sanitation and Keep DeKalb Beautiful continue to support Christmas tree recycling, also known as Treecycling, and ask homeowners to recycle their trees after the holidays through DeKalb County Sanitation’s curbside pickup, or by drop-off at the Seminole Road Landfill located at 4203 Clevemont Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294, Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sat., 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve holiday newsletter

From president Chris Beck: On behalf of the board of the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, I would like to wish you a happy and healthy holidays.   This past year has been a busy and productive year at the Preserve thanks in large part to the donations and volunteer hours contributed by our supporters.  Over the past year, we have had the help of groups from Emory University, Agnes Scott College, the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, Boy Scout Troop 77, the Daisy Scout Troop from Laurel Ridge Elementary School, Clairmont Presbyterian Church, and Medlock Area

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