Monthly Archives: September 2015

COVE Report – September 10, 2015

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COVE Annual Membership Meeting

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On July 26, the COVE board and members met to review 2014/2015 accomplishments and discuss plans for 2015/2016. President Martha Pacini recapped activities associated with the past year. Areas of focus for the upcoming year will be cityhood/annexation, county affairs, conversations with neighboring institutions and addressing decaying infrastructure.

Board member and COVE co-founder Erika Birg completed her term and retired from the board. Thank you Erika for being our organizer and for your great service to Victoria Estates! Martha Pacini has completed her term as president and will remain on the board. Thank you for your great leadership and service! Board members with expiring terms were reelected with the addition of new board member Bobby Baker.

Subsequently the board met and selected new officers:
President – Pat Killingsworth
Vice President – David Woolf
Secretary – Carl Lange (continuing)
Treasurer – Susan Bell (continuing)

DeKalb Solicits Residents to Serve on the New Audit Oversight Committee


In the interest of fostering accountability at all levels of the organization, DeKalb County Government is creating the AOC as authorized by the Georgia General Assembly in House Bill 599 (signed into law May 12, 2015). This committee will function independently in conducting performance and financial-related audits for all departments, offices, agencies, and programs of the County. The objective is to ensure County programs are effectively achieving the purpose for which they were authorized and funded.

How to apply: County residents interested in volunteering to serve on the 5-member AOC are invited to submit their resume to by September 11, 2015.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

· Reside in DeKalb
· Possess expertise conducting performance or financial audits
· Minimum five years experience and certified as one of the following – public accountant, internal or performance auditor, management accountant; or ten years relevant professional experience
· Serve one or four-year term

For additional information, please contact Antwyn Brown at

GDOT Open House Concerning Lavista Road at Biltmore Drive – Sept. 23


The Georgia Department of Transportation is to hold a Public Information Open House on Wednesday, September 23 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. concerning a proposal to add eastbound and westbound turning lanes and sidewalk improvements on Lavista Road at Biltmore Drive.

The meeting will be held at the Intown Community Church, 2059 Lavista Road, Atlanta.

The DOT says the Open House is intended to provide the public an opportunity to view the project (PI No. 00010944), ask questions and comment on the proposal. It says the meeting will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime during the two hours. There will be no formal presentation.

Written statements will be accepted concerning this project until October 3 and can be sent to:
Ms. Hiral Patel, P.E.State Environmental Administrator
Georgia Department of Transportation
600 West Peachtree Street, NW 16th Floor
Atlanta, Georgia 30308

A Georgia DOT document from earlier this year says: “The project proposes minor improvements to install left turn lanes and an eastbound right turn lane on [Lavista]. The addition of the turn lanes is
expected to reduce the delay at the intersection from 26 seconds to 7.4 seconds during the AM peak hour period. An alternative would be installing a roundabout to improve capacity and operation through this routine bottleneck. The additional capacity at this intersection with either alternative will also relieve the routine delay for through moving vehicles at all times of the day.”

Say No to Robocalls

Patricia Killingsworth from Victoria Estates

As the cityhood debate heats up going into the November 3rd referendum, you may find yourself victimized by an uptick in robocalls. FCC regulations require that the caller announce his/her name at the beginning of the call, and leave a callback number that is answered by a live person. Robocalls to cell phones are not allowed unless prior permission has been given to the caller.

If you receive a robocall of any kind that does not comply with these regulations, please report it! It is a simple process and only takes a minute. The fines are substantial, and reports from multiple sources will guarantee that the FCC will take notice.

Again, please report any noncompliant robocalls that you receive!! I, for one, will be most grateful to be able to eat dinner in peace without constant telephone interruptions. Thank you!

You will find the rules and guide to filing complaints here

Victoria Estates Neighborhood Directory

The majority of Victoria Estates residents have responded to requests for your information for the neighborhood directory. Volunteers will be reaching out by phone and knocks on the door to complete the missing information. If you have not already and would like to provide or update your information please contact Roberta Lynn. If you have any questions you may also contact Marian Gordin. The directory is for private use within Victoria Estates.

From DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon

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DeKalb Adopts New Zoning Code

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DeKalb County’s Zoning Code Update is finally complete after many years of efforts. This is the first major update since 1999. View it here.

Decatur Book Festival – September 4-6

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Keep DeKalb Beautiful Hosts Electronics Recycling, Paper Shredding Event

Saturday, Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. – noon, Keep DeKalb Beautiful (KDB), in collaboration with Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, will host an electronics recycling, paper shredding and shoe collection event. The event will be held at Beulah Missionary Baptist Church, 2340 Clifton Springs Road, Decatur, GA 30034.

Event participation is free and open to DeKalb County residents.

Residents can recycle used electronics, cell phones, televisions and other household appliances. Projection, plasma and wooden console televisions will be accepted for a $20 recycling fee, Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) televisions for a $10 recycling fee, and Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) monitors for a $5 recycling fee. All other electronics may be recycled at no charge.

For more information contact KDB at 404-371-2654 or