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From: Levi Dickerson
Date:12/24/2013 4:51 AM (GMT+09:00)
To: Citizens of Victoria Estates
Subject: Re: Update on Citihood
Hi,
Please be aware that one of our cars, at 1556 Mason Mill, was broken into last night sometime between 8 pm and 6 am. One of the doors was left unlocked. Windows were not broken. The thieves opened, and left open, compartments in the console and the glove compartment.
Best regards,
Levi
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COVEReport 2013-12-18

COVEReport – 12-18-13; Briarcliff Press Conference; DeKalb County Delegation Meeting
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News from Briarcliff Press Conference
DeKalb Delegation Meeting on 2014 agenda – Thursday 7pm
Briarcliff Initiative Meeting – Thursday 7pm

News from Briarcliff Press Conference

Atlanta, GA, December 18, 2013 — Martha Pacini, COVE President

Ron McCauley, COVE Cityhood Committee Chair, and I attended the City of Briarcliff Initiative’s (COBI) press conference announcing the results of their study from the Carl Vinson Institute at UGA.

The press conference was held behind the Chili’s in Toco Hills, a location that was probably chosen because of its inclusion in the Lakeside proposal.    In short, the Carl Vinson (CV) study confirms that the City of Briarcliff would be economically strong, and in fact, the surplus anticipated for the City of Briarcliff is 50% greater than that projected for the City of Lakeside in its study.  The City of Tucker study is expected to be released later this week.

Other points from the press conference:

  • The COBI leadership has been in conversation with Tucker, but neither COBI nor Tucker have had any significant, formal conversations with Lakeside.  COBI is hopeful that the release of these studies will encourage representatives from all three city-hood initiatives and DeKalb County to discuss this and try to resolve the tremendous overlaps.
  • The five services the City of Briarcliff proposes to provide are (1) Police/Public Safety; (2) Planning/Zoning; (3) Parks & Recreation; (4) Permitting; and (5) Potholes (roads & sidewalks).  They call them the 5 P’s.
  • The numbers in the study are conservative and based on 2012 values.
  • COBI believes that the legislature would prefer for citizens of these areas to work out the overlapping boundaries before going to the legislature.

Briarcliff Study
Lakeside Study
North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch

 

COBI will be holding an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Briarcliff United Methodist Church, 4105 Briarcliff Road, to discuss the study results with the community.
State House members of the DeKalb County Delegation will hold the last and 3rd planned special meetings for public input about the upcoming 2014 legislative session. During this meeting, residents of DeKalb County will have an opportunity to address any concerns they may have about state issues with their General Assembly representatives.  Please join COVE president Martha Pacini at this meeting to help represent Victoria Estates.
Thursday, December 19 from 7 PM to 9 PM:  Brookhaven Municipal Court, 2 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 125, Brookhaven, GA 30329
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COVEReport 2013-12-16

COVEReport – 12-16-13; Briarcliff Cityhood Study Released; DeKalb County Delegation Public Meeting
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COBI Announces: Study Finds Briarcliff Most Feasible Cityhood Plan for Central DeKalb

Group announces press conference Tuesday and community meeting Thursday.

Atlanta, GA, December 16, 2013 — The City of Briarcliff Initiative has scheduled a Tuesday, December 17, 2013 press conference to officially announce the results of an independent cityhood feasibility study. The study, conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia has confirmed that Briarcliff is the most financially feasible cityhood plan currently proposed for Central DeKalb County.

The press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17, 2013, 2:00pm at the Toco Hills Shopping Center near 2105 Lavista Rd. A follow up public meeting to review the results of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government study will be held on Thursday, December 19, 2013, 7:00pm at Briarcliff United Methodist Church (4105 Briarcliff Rd. NE, Atlanta GA).

“An independent study has confirmed what so many in central DeKalb already knew that Briarcliff is positioned to be the most sensible city for central DeKalb,” explains Allen Venet, President of City of Briarcliff Initiative. He adds, “Our proposed city has a strong blend of residential, commercial and industrial areas. Our map is smart and does not abandon neighborhoods. We believe the members of this community deserve the chance to publically vote on Briarcliff cityhood.”

Keith Hanks, member of the executive board comments, “The Briarcliff cityhood plan is funded by local citizens. Over 99% of funds donated have come from local residents within the proposed city limits, making this a successful grassroots effort. Our next step includes refining cityhood plans, translating into necessary legal language and presenting as a proof of concept to the Georgia House of Representatives in the next session.”

For more information about the City of Briarcliff Initiative visit briarcliffga.org or facebook.com/briarcliffga.

 

State House members of the DeKalb County Delegation will hold the last and 3rd planned special meetings for public input about the upcoming 2014 legislative session. During this meeting, residents of DeKalb County will have an opportunity to address any concerns they may have about state issues with their General Assembly representatives.  Please join COVE president Martha Pacini at this meeting to help represent Victoria Estates.
Thursday, December 19 from 7 PM to 9 PM:  Brookhaven Municipal Court, 2 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 125, Brookhaven, GA 30329
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High Risk for Criminal Activity in Victoria Estates this Evening!

Erika Birg, at 822 Castle Falls Drive, has alerted us to recent suspicious/unusual activities today, indicating a high risk for criminal activity in our immediate area.
As Marian stated earlier today, please call 911 immediately if you suspect a problem.  The details of Erika’s observations are below in an email addressed to Mr. Fowler of the DeKalb police department.
   – Carl Lange

Mr. Fowler,

I expect you are aware of the 4 car entry and thefts that happened last night on Vistavia Circle nearby.  This morning at 5:38 AM, an SUV pulled all the way into our driveway – to our backdoor (822 Castle Falls Dr) , waited a minute, and backed out.  It pulled next door, so we thought it was just in the wrong place.  But, I confirmed tonight that it was not a visitor or driver for next door (860 Castle Falls Dr).

This evening, at 7 pm, another car pulled into our driveway, all the way to the backdoor, continued to talk on the phone, before finally turning around and leaving.  Driver was a white woman, seemed to have dark hair, talking on a cellphone with a pink cover.  The car was a white 4 door, Nissan – less than 5 years old but not brand new.  She sat in our driveway for about a minute before pulling away.  She did not acknowledge my husband, who she could have seen looking at her from the backdoor.

When I called to tell my neighbor at 860 Castle Falls Dr of these odd events, she informed me that late morning today she had two taxicabs (description unknown) pull into her driveway (one arrived, left and then one returned), one parking for nearly 30 minutes.  She was home, but decided not to confront them.

The vehicle I saw this morning at 5:38 was a small SUV, but we could not get the plate from our house.  Description was dark — burgundy or dark green perhaps.  Rear plate area was illuminated, but can’t recall if it was on bumper or tail gate.  Headlights were functional and operating.  Looked like the shape of a Toyota RAV, Honda CRV or a Suzuki version of a small SUV.  I did call 911 at about 5:40 AM, but when I saw the SUV leaving 860 Castle Falls Dr, I assumed it was to pick up someone and not something to worry about, so I ended the 911 call.

We are on high alert over here.  If there is anything we can do to have a patrol come through our neighborhood at night, I know we would all appreciate it.

Thank you,

Erika Birg

County Transportation Survey

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Road Improvement Survey Closes Today!

County survey on area transportation projects …including several on Houston Mill, LaVista, and Briarcliff, closes today

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Carl Lange – 12/6/13

DeKalb County has many proposed road and transportation improvements that it has been reviewing with citizens throughout the year.  While there are no guarantees on which might have funding for implementation, there are a number of proposed improvements that could directly impact our neighborhood.  Two of these include ones I recommended at a county study group earlier this year.

These are the ones that I’ve highlighted in our immediate area and/or could improve Emory traffic.

TypeProject IDProject NameFromToProject Description
Bicycle and Pedestrian366Houston MillCliftonLaVistaOn-Road bicycle lanes
Bicycle and Pedestrian3012Houston MillCliftonLaVistaSidewalks and pedestrian crossings
Roadway Corridor1159Houston MillCliftonSignal improvements
Intersections1875Briarcliff @ CliftonTurn lanes, signal improvement, pedestrian
Intersections5108Briarcliff @ LaVistaTurn lanes, signal improvement, pedestrian
Multi-Modal5087BriarcliffN DruidCliftonAdd bus lane, intersection improvements, bike, pedestrian

To access the proposed list, maps, and take the survey, Click Here.

There are many other worthy improvements proposed for our area and throughout the county.  As this survey has not been widely published, your vote today might be critical in helping the county select from these projects.  Thanks to Martha Pacini for attending the most recent county meeting and alerting us to this survey being closed today.

City of Briarcliff Initiative Meeting, Monday

A message forwarded through the Druid Hill Neighborhood Association:

Please come to a cityhood update, strategy session, and discussion of the Vinson Institute Study on Monday, December 9, 7pm at Athens Pizza, 1341 Clairmont Road, Decatur.  Call 404-561-4208 for more information.