District 2 BOC Agenda for December 9th & Other News

From Commissioner Jeff Rader-

Info on:
BOC Meeting: December 9th @ 9:00 am
Zoning Code Update Telecommunication Facilities Meeting:  Dec 8th,  6:30 pm
Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative Scoping Meetings


District 6 Events & December 9th BOC Agenda

from Dekalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon:

District 6 Events & December 9th BOC Agenda

The December BOC meetings will be held on December 9th and December 16th. Second and fourth Tuesday meetings will resume in January. 



Artful Stories for kids at Emory's Carlos Museum

Event Date and Time: 
12/06/2014 - 10:00am

From Alyson Vuley of the Carlos Museum: Saturday, December 6, 10 am, Classical Sculpture Court, Level One. Children will hear the Greek flood story of Deucalion and Pyrrha from Virginia Hamilton's beautiful collection In the Beginning: Creation Stories from Around the World in the Carlos Court, surrounded by Greek sculptures of gods and goddesses whose clothing was beautifully carved by ancient hands. Afterwards, they will head downstairs to the Tate Room for some serious dress-up fun with traditional Greek garments —peplos, chitons, himations and chlamys — and pose for photos.  For ages 3 to 5 years and accompanying adults. This programs is free but a reservation is required by contacting Alyson Vuley at404.727.0519 or avuley@emory.com.  Space is limited.

Civil War walking tours

From Jenny Goldemund of 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):

DeKalb Police: Assault on Willivee 12/1/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com

Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY 14-120220 600 BLOCK WILLIVEE DR DeKalb County Police 12/1/2014 11:17:00 AM Map It


AtlantaIntown: "LaVista Hills, Tucker proponents meet with lawmakers"

AtlantaIntown: "LaVista Hills, Tucker proponents meet with lawmakers"/  A standing-room-only crowd of about 100 residents filled a meeting room at the Capitol on Dec. 3  to voice support for one of two proposed new cities – LaVista Hills or Tucker –  and to argue over which should claim disputed territory. Some residents objected to creation of either city, saying carving new cities would harm DeKalb County services or schools. [READ MORE]  

Dekalb Police report larceny, burglary in recent days

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com:

LARCENY - FROM MAIL 700 BLOCK N SUPERIOR AVE 12/2/2014 11:49:00 AM Map It



Sunday; "Community Listening Session: City of Decatur Annexation"

"Community Listening Session: City of Decatur Annexation

Decatur City Commission &
City Schools of Decatur Board Members
When: Sunday, Dec. 7, 4:00 P.M.
Where: The Church at Decatur Heights

735 Sycamore Dr., Decatur, Georgia 30030

Confirmed Attendees:
Decatur City Commission
Fred Boykin
Scott Drake
Patti Garrett
City Schools of Decatur Board
Annie Caiola
Garrett Goebel
Lewis Jones
Julie Rhame

**Come hear their views on the potential annexation of new areas into the City of Decatur.**
This community listening session is organized by City of Decatur residents, for City of Decatur residents.
Please join us!


Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative Scoping Meetings

first mtg is tonight: 6pm - 8pm / Westminister Presbyterian Church / 1438 Sheridan Rd, NE

The Clifton Corridor Transit Initiative is MARTA's proposed light rail line linking the Lindbergh and Avondale Stations.  It will provide rail service to one of the region's most congested areas - and biggest job centers - serving Emory University & Hospital, CDC, Children's Heatlhcare, and VA Hospital.    [READ MORE]

Decatur Annexation “Community Listening Session” This Sunday

Decatur Metro: Decatur residents have organized a brick-and-mortar “community listening session” with three City Commissioners and four Decatur School Board members for this coming Sunday, December 7th at 4pm regarding all things that fall under the umbrella of “Decatur annexation”.   [READ MORE]

"Decatur annexation plan delayed"

Decaturish:  The city of Decatur has delayed releasing its updated annexation master plan.

City officials previously announced the final annexation master plan would be completed by Dec. 1. However, there was a death in City Manager Peggy Merriss’ family, which delayed the release of the master plan.

Merriss updated the City Commission during the Dec. 1 commission meeting, thanking everyone for their sympathy and patience. She said it will be released on Dec. 8, a day before the City Schools of Decatur Board of Education considers passing a resolution in support of the plan.


Senior Center opens

Event Date and Time: 
12/08/2014 - 10:00am - 3:00pm

From District 2 Commissioner Jeff Rader's office: WELCOME TO YOUR CENTRAL DEKALB SENIOR CENTER (located inside Mason Mill Park), 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA. 770-322-2950.  THE DOORS OPEN MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014, 10:00am-3:00pm. Registration, tours, and so much more. QUICK FACTS: DeKalb County residents 62+; Annual $60 participation fee; Some classes may have additional fees.

Artists' holiday market

Event Date and Time: 
12/07/2014 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

From a local CHCA resident/artist: Some CHCA artists will be in attendance at this market! Hope to see you there. Third annual Saint Bartholomew's Artists' Holiday Market, 1790 Lavista Rd NE. Sunday, December 7, 12-4 p.m.

"re: Clairmont Heights Request for Annexation in the City of Decatur..."

CHCA: This letter, re: Clairmont Heights Request for Annexation in the City of Decatur; Objection to Annexation of Commercial Properties in Area A, was mailed to Decatur City Manager, Peggy Merriss, on Nov. 21.  This letter was drafted and mailed by CH neighborhood residents active on the Decatur annexation effort. (see attachment)


Notice of CHCA Community Meeting; Mon 12/15, 7 p.m.

Event Date and Time: 
12/15/2014 - 7:00pm - 9:30pm

Notice of CHCA Community Meeting

When: Monday, December 15 at 7 p.m.

Where: North Decatur Presbyterian Church meeting hall​, 611 Medlock Rd, Decatur 30033


Cityhood/ Annexation issues/current maps

Invited guests/speakers

Discussion of Atlanta/ Decatur options

School possibilities, proposals, and facts

​To stay informed​,​ join the CHCA ​mailing list by ​sending an email to info AT clairmontheights.org

DeKalb Police: assaults on Medlock, Harrington 11/26-29/14

From DeKalb Police via CrimeMapping.com: 

Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY 14-119763 2300 BLOCK HARRINGTON DR DeKalb County Police 11/29/2014 6:46:00 PM Map It
SIMPLE ASSAULT/SIMPLE BATTERY 14-119659 600 BLOCK MEDLOCK RD. DeKalb County Police 11/26/2014 12:00:00 PM Map It


History of the word Toco

From Andy Johnston in the AJC: "... Toco came from Clyde Shepherd, a developer who was the man behind the shopping center. He built airbases in Brazil in World War II, where he learned the word from an Indian cook, who would say it to him. Toco, he found out, means something like, “have better luck than you think you’ll have.” So when he built the shopping center, he named it Toco Hill, combining the phrase and an actual hill that once stood on the land....."  [Read more.]

Adopt a sheep for the Nature Preserve

From Chris Beck on the Medlock Neighbors Group FB page: "Adopt a sheep! This winter we are employing a flock of sheep at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve to help us in our battle against invasive plant species. The flock will be grazing English ivy along Pine Bluff Road and the Upland Forest Trail. Your donation of $25 to adopt a sheep will help us remove invasive species in an environmentally friendly way. We will let you know when the flock is there so that you can come and visit.

Neighborhoods react to Atlanta annexation proposal

From Tom Doolittle in the Brookhaven Post: ".... This is a complicated set of scenarios, but one thing is clear. In many cases, a decision about one area will have reverberating effects on one or more others—and it may not be possible to solve every neighborhood conundrum in a step-wise, domino falling process. The impression is that decisions or at least opinions by neighborhoods must be made now and communicated to legislators, the message from their organizers being “the clock is ticking”. The legislative rules have been made to create a map for new Lavista Hills in the 2015 General Assembly and if Druid Hills’ annexation map is adopted, it will be in the same session. That means any neighborhoods that can elect to be included in either area will have to decide before that happens...." [Read more.]

MANA post-annexation-survey update 11/24/14

From MANA: ".... Annexing to Decatur received the most support in our survey but we have no reason to believe that this is a viable possibility. The next highest level of support went towards remaining unincorporated, long and short-term; if it is true that we will be joining a city in the not-so-distant future, remaining unincorporated is not a viable position long-term. Annexation to a city, if we are contiguous, remains an option as long as we are still unincorporated AND that city is open to the annexation....." [Read more]

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