Monthly Archives: November 2015

COVE Report – November 2, 2015

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Countywide Referendum on Ethics – Victoria Estates Residents Vote Tomorrow, November 3!!!

It is your civic duty to vote tomorrow. You have the opportunity to approve sweeping improvements to the ethics laws affecting County officials and employees as advocated by Blueprint DeKalb whose leadership included Victoria Estates residents Pat Killingsworth and Martha Pacini.

Ballot Question: “( ) YES ( ) NO
Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb County?”

You can help implement it by voting YES tomorrow, November 3.

Click here for a complete summary of the new code.

Significant Traffic Increase for North Druid Hills Road

City of Brookhaven and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Attempting to Ignore State Mandated Traffic Requirements
Voice Your Opinion – November 4 – 7pm

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHA) has applied to Brookhaven for a special permit and two variances to build a new medical office facility at North Druid and I-85. A hearing is scheduled at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven at 7pm.

CHA is requesting variances to build an eight story structure, reduce parking requirements, and reduce building setback requirements. A traffic study indicates that the busy intersection will have a significant increase in traffic, which could have a huge impact at the North Druid/85 intersection, particularly at rush hour.

This should trigger an impact study by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). Brookhaven has failed to involve the ARC as required by law. CHA plans to use both the existing entrance on North Druid Hills as well as the I-85 northbound access road for ingress and egress. If you travel up or down Druid Hills, this could have a big impact for you with an additional 13,688 vehicles per day using our already inadequate road system at this intersection. This is in addition to the already approved 3,100 vehicle per day for new apartments in Executive Park.

The Brookhaven Planning Staff has approved The CHA application and the Brookhaven Planning Commission will vote on it this Wednesday, November 4. CHA has indicated they care about what local residents think so, if you feel strongly about increased traffic, please wear a red shirt and show up at this hearing at Brookhaven City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road, Brookhaven, at 7 PM. This is the only item on the agenda. Brookhaven needs to be held accountable to enhance traffic flow in this area that impacts us all, before granting these changes.

DeKalb Citizen Input Needed on Form of Government

November 16, 7 – 8 PM
DeKalb South Senior Center at 1931 Candler Road, Decatur, GA 30032

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Kathie Gannon – October 23, 2015

The dysfunction and corruption in DeKalb County requires citizens to consider changes in the DeKalb form of government. DeKalb County Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon will host a town hall meeting to launch a citizen study of local governments to guide elected officials. “Government is supposed to be of the people, by the people and for the people,” Gannon said. “DeKalb citizens must be actively involved in choosing their form of government. It cannot be imposed by politicians or selected by experts.”

Over the past years, corruption, bribery, sloppy management has plagued DeKalb. “I am all for reviewing and improving our form of government, but I think we should look before we leap. We need to understand how changing the form of government will correct the problems. What other corrections and adjustments need to be made that will make DeKalb more accountable to the citizens? “

All interested DeKalb citizens are invited to attend a kick-off meeting on November 16th at 7PM in the new DeKalb South Senior Center at 1931 Candler Road for Blueprint 2. Two years ago Gannon initiated the Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb, a citizen lead effort that resulted in legislation being passed to strengthen the Ethics Code (if the referendum passes on Nov 3), create an Internal Auditor and improve our Purchasing procedures. “The first Blueprints effort was a successful method for citizens to make
meaningful changes. We will kick off Blueprint 2 on November 16th and keep citizens at the forefront of reforming DeKalb government. Government is a participatory sport! Now is the time to step up and help,” Gannon said. The meeting will start promptly at 7 PM and end by 8 PM. Interested volunteers will decide how to organize, study the problems and options, reach conclusions and make recommendations before the end of the 2016 state legislative session in March.

Kathie Gannon represents the western half of DeKalb on the Board of Commissioners. She has been a champion for environmental sustainability, government reforms, neighborhood protection, efficient government and senior citizens. Her website is http://www.kathiegannon.com/ and email is
kgannon@DekalbCountyGa.gov .

Nextdoor.com Etiquette

Carl Lange – November 2, 2015

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Last week a couple postings by Victoria Estates residents were flagged and removed from Nextdoor.com. When posting or discussing an item for sale, please do not respond to everyone with what can be accomplished through a private message.

This is an example. “Hello, what year and what is your lowest cash price? Thankyou – XXXX” A neighboring Nextdoor lead provided the following response for the deletion, “Please discuss all one-on-one transactional details such as negotiating price, arranging pickup, etc. via Private Message with the seller. Rather than in the main newsfeed going to thousands of people. Thank You”

Also, remember you have control over the amount of emails and newsfeed you receive. You can limit communications you receive to just those from Victoria Estates or select neighborhoods. Personally, I’ve turned off the Morningside neighborhood from my list because of the volume of members and have eliminated for-sale items from my feed. I’ve also set my alerts status to receive any messages people mark high-priority via text, such as notification of a break-in.

Nextdoor.com has proven to be an extremely useful tool and virtual community for our neighborhood. Take advantage of it and use it well!