COVE Report – November 25, 2014

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Druid Hills Calls for Referendum on Atlanta Annexation

The Druid Hills Civic Association is now requesting a referendum on annexation into the City of Atlanta. The DHCA board stated that while it’s not endorsing a position on annexation, a large percentage of residents have expressed an interest and should be able to vote on the issue. Click for more

Victoria Estates Neighborhood Meeting – Atlanta Annexation/Blueprint DeKalb – Thursday, December 11

Atlanta Councilmember Alex Wan has agreed to meet with Victoria Estates residents to discuss potential annexation into Atlanta. While the city has taken no official stance, Councilmember Wan, also an Emory employee, has made himself available and has already met with Druid Hills, Mason Mill and other neighborhoods.

COVE board members Martha Pacini and Pat Killingsworth will also be providing an update on efforts to reform DeKalb County government through Blueprint DeKalb.

The meeting will be held at 961 Castle Falls. Time and details will follow.

Victoria Estates/Mason Mill  – Together in Atlanta Presentation – December Date to be Announced

Proposed Atlanta Annexation of Victoria Estates and Mason Mill

Proposed Atlanta Annexation of Victoria Estates and Mason Mill

The group Together in Atlanta is composed of area residents interested in being annexed by the city of Atlanta. A proposed annexation map, based on Fernbank and BriarVista Elementary School attendance zones was recently submitted by the group to the City of Atlanta and Georgia State House Governmental Affairs committee. Victoria Estates and Mason Mill are included. Leaders from this group will be meeting with us to discuss their proposal.

These meetings are in keeping with our efforts to inform and update residents with information about all of the municipal-related possibilities our neighborhoods face in this legislative session.

Committee to Determine City Boundaries Selected

Proposed city groups for Briarcliff, Lakeside, and Tucker had until Nov. 15 to present a map to the state Legislature to resolve their differences. Briarcliff and Lakeside merged as LaVista Hills, but significant conflicts exist with Tucker boundaries. House Governmental Affairs Committee chair Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, has now appointed five members to a Cityhood Subcommittee on Governmental Affairs to draw a map. This map will then be considered during the regular legislative session.

Committee members are:

– Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville), Chair

– Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem)

– Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming)

– Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta)

– Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur)


Interactive Map of Proposed DeKalb Cities and Annexations

Map created by Andrew Feury showing LaVista Hills, Tucker, Atlanta and Decatur annexations, city of South DeKalb and Stonecrest, and other proposed city changes.

Car Break-in Video

Our car was broken into on Saturday morning around 7 am. Our video camera caught the criminal in action. Normally we don’t leave the car unlocked, and our other locked vehicle was left untouched. Fortunately, he did no damage, other than taking some loose change. We have filed a police report and encourage all to do so that crime patterns can be properly tracked. The police department has committed to sending out additional patrols in the evening. Marian has noticed on CrimeMapping a rash of car break-ins and thefts in the area. Be careful, particularly during the upcoming holiday season! – Carl Lange, Mason Mill Rd.

2 thoughts on “COVE Report – November 25, 2014

  1. Steven & Lynn Young

    Deaf Nan: My wife and I are concerned with the various annexation possibilities for Victoria Estates. We esp do not want to become part of Atlanta. I think we would prefer to remain in unincorporated Dekalb, with which we have been happy for over 15 years. Please let us know of a forum/COVE meeting to discuss our concerns with the other members of VE.



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