COVEReport – September 6, 2013

Lee May to Meet Victoria Estates
and Mason Mill Neighbors

Dear Neighbors,

DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May has accepted an invitation from COVE and the Mason Mill Civic Association to meet with our neighborhood residents on Wednesday, October 2, from 6:30-7:30 pm.   Please mark your calendars!  Our very own Erika Birg is working on a location, and we will let you know as soon as we have that confirmed.

We asked CEO May to meet with our groups in this smaller setting so that we could discuss the unique situation in which our respective neighborhoods find themselves regarding the city-hood initiatives, including the interest expressed in our last meeting in advocating for the formation of a charter commission.  Other items that have been recent conversation topics (waters/sewers, sidewalks, traffic, to name just a few) are also planned as part of the discussion.

Having just met with our county commissioners, you might wonder why it would also be important to meet with the CEO.  According to the DeKalb County website, “The Chief Executive Officer has the exclusive power to supervise, direct, and control the administration of County Government.  The Board of Commissioners’ primary responsibilities are to adopt an annual budget and to levy a tax rate and service charge structure sufficient to balance the budget; to rule on requests to rezone property; and to adopt and amend the County Code.”   In my layman’s understanding, this equates to our commissioners serving in a policy role, while the CEO is in the implementation role.  Therefore, we need both the commissioners and the CEO to be fully informed on our viewpoints about the issues that have an impact on our neighborhood.

With gratitude,
Martha Pacini
President, Citizens of Victoria Estates (COVE)
Join the conversation–Join COVE.

(Be sure to thank Martha for her persistence in securing this special meeting with our CEO!! – Carl Lange)



Upcoming Events

Emory Clifton

Emory/Clifton Community Partnership – Meeting

Tuesday, September 17, 6:30-8:00 PM

Dear Neighbors:

Please mark your calendars for our next quarterly community meeting in the new Health Sciences Research Building (HSRB). The HSRB is adjacent to Druid Hills High School (DHHS) on Haygood Drive and parking spaces are available between the HSRB and DHHS.  If needed, additional parking is available at DHHS.  Please come to the entrance facing DHHS and someone will be there to let you into the building and direct you to the conference room.

As you know, these informal quarterly meetings are an opportunity to share information and discuss any particular issues of interest or concern to you with Mike Mandl, Executive Vice President for Business and Administration. Please extend this invitation to others in your neighborhood 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.

Warm regards,

Betty E. Willis
Senior Associate Vice President
Governmental and Community Affairs
Emory University

Executive Director
Clifton Community Partnership

Clifton Corridor Transportation Management Association




Briarcliff sign

City of Briarcliff Initiative – Informational Meeting

Thursday, September 12,
7:30 PM

Clairmont Hills Baptist Church
1995 Clairmont Road, Decatur, GA 30033

The City of Briarcliff Initiative, Inc. is a non-profit corporation chartered under the laws of the state of Georgia in May 2013. Our purpose is to form a new city government that would serve all the people of central DeKalb County and better promote the health, welfare, and safety of the general public.





LCA’s next Community Meeting

September 16,
7-8:30 pm

at Holy Cross Catholic Church,   (3773 Chamblee Tucker Rd 30341

The Lakeside City Alliance (LCA) is a non-profit organization comprised of neighbors in North DeKalb County who are studying whether the formation of a new city is both necessary and feasible to provide local control to our community.




May 2


Interim CEO Lee May Town Hall Meetings

Attend these Lee May Town Hall Meetings with other DeKalb County residents and stakeholders prior to our neighborhood meeting on October 2 .

Monday, September 9
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Welcome Friend Baptist Church
3198 Bouldercrest Road, Ellenwood, GA 30294
Thursday, September 12
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Fairfield Baptist Church
(Family Life Center) 6133 Redan Road, Lithonia, GA 30058

Monday, September 16
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Porter Sanford III Performing Arts & Community Center 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034

Tuesday, September 17
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Briarwood Recreation Center
2335 Briarwood Way, Atlanta, GA 30319


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