COVE Report – July 1, 2016

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Annual Membership Meeting – Tuesday July 19, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

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Please mark your calendar for Citizens of Victoria Estates’ (COVE) annual membership meeting on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, at the home of Bobby and Jocelyn Baker, 1473 Rainier Falls Dr.

The meeting will include a presentation of accomplishments, election of board members, review of budget, and next year plans.

If you are unable to attend, please consider supporting our work for Victoria Estates by becoming a member/renewing your $25 annual dues today.
1) A payment can be made by check, payable to Citizens of Victoria Estates, and mailed (or left in the mail box) to COVE, 1548 Mason Mill Rd. NE, Atlanta GA 30329.
2) Make a secure credit card or checking account payment via PayPal:
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3) Make a secure reoccurring payment via PayPal. You’ll be billed $25 annually from the date of payment, and may cancel at any time from your PayPal account.
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We look forward to seeing you on July 19!

The COVE Board Members and Officers – Bobby Baker, Susan Bell, Tim Buchman, Pat Killingsworth, Emily Koumans, Carl Lange, Ron McCauley, Martha Pacini, and David Woolf

DeKalb County General Primary and Nonpartisan Runoff Elections – Tuesday, July 26, 2016


There is a runoff for the office of tax commissioner between IRVIN J. JOHNSON and SUSANNAH SCOTT. Turnout at runoffs are typically low, so your vote has a big impact.

ATLANTA, GA, 30329 – 0000
Election Day precinct hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

ONE LOCATION ONLY: DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300 Decatur, GA 30032
404-298-4020 Phone
HOURS & TIMES OF OPERATION: Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, July 22, 2016
M-F, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Daily

If you prefer to vote off-site, mail or fax your absentee ballot application to your county registrar.
Click Here for an Absentee Ballot Application

Restricted Access on Clifton Road – July through August

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Clifton Rd Improvement project 2016

This rendering shows Clifton Road in front of Emory University Hospital’s new J wing, which is under construction

The Clifton Road Improvement Project is in full swing. This project will improve access, safety and aesthetics along Clifton Road and is slated to begin this month and continue until summer 2017.
One important aspect of the project is to construct a new, two-tiered pedestrian bridge to connect the J-wing to the current Emory University Hospital (EUH) building. This will cause some disruption to traffic on Clifton Road. Please read below for a timeline and details on this project.

EUH J-wing Bridge Facts
• Weighs approximately 150,000 pounds
• Is more than 130 feet long
• Has two levels
• Each level is about 15 feet tall
• Will replace the current EUH bridge, which will be removed in March 2017

Be prepared for lane closures during construction
EUH’s J-wing bridge construction will begin in mid-July. Please note that these dates could change based on the weather or other factors. In the event dates change, we will update you on the project plan.

• Phase 1 (July 15 – 17): Over this weekend, the two outer lanes (curbside lanes) in front of EUH will close to deliver the steel columns for the bridge. Cars will continue to have access to Clifton Road in both directions, but will be limited to the two inner lanes. No access to the hospital or clinics will be impacted with this work.
• Phase 2 (July 18 – 22): During this week, the three center lanes will be closed to construct the bridge (bridge construction will actually take place in the middle of Clifton Road). Cars will continue to have access to Clifton Road in both directions, but will be limited to the two outer lanes. Police officers will be at main intersections directing traffic to help maintain traffic flow.
• Phase 3 (July 22 – 24): Over this weekend, the bridge will be raised, resulting in restricted access along Clifton Road from Gambrell Drive to Uppergate Drive.
• Phase 4 (August – late fall 2016): Additional work will be done on the bridge. During this time, there may be a lane closure, but you will be able to use Clifton Road.

Commute Tips
Here are some tips to make your commute to Roybal Campus easier:

• During the bridge construction, there will be police officers and clearly marked directional signage to help travelers navigate the road.
• Pedestrians should only be affected a short time July 22-24 when the bridge is raised.
• If you don’t work at Roybal Campus, consider relocating or rescheduling any meetings you have July 18-24.
• If you have to come to Roybal Campus, add additional time to your trip.

Construction hauling for Clifton Road improvements will be going up Clifton and turning right on Briarcliff. If you see trucks on Biltmore, Houston Mill, Mason Mill or other cut-throughs, take a picture and send it, along with info on where it was seen, to David Payne ( or Betty Willis at Emory. Adherence to these routes is contractually enforceable, so Emory needs to know. The timetable for this work is to begin spring of 2017.

Want more information on the Clifton Road Improvement Project?
The website will also serve as an ongoing schedule resource. Additional information can also be found on Emory Healthcare’s Clifton Campus Expansion website.

Thank You, Office of Safety, Security, and Asset Management (OSSAM)

Thomson Park Work Day This Saturday (9-noon)


If you’ve been meaning to help at Thomson Park, here’s your last chance until fall.

The 2015-2016 season of volunteer work days at W. D. Thomson Park concludes on June 25, from 9a-12noon.

There are tasks for young and old, large and small. Volunteers will continue to remove invasive plants, so that in coming months the Friends will be free to relocate trails, rebuild old bridges and stairways (and add some new ones!), plant native species and install benches in some of the areas reclaimed from privet and thicket, add more signage and trail information, and much more.

Any time you can spare will be most appreciated.

Pay Your Water Bill Online


The DeKalb County Utility Customer Operations Center has launched a new online customer portal. You can access it by visiting and clicking on the “Pay Your Water/Sewer Bill” button. In addition to allowing customers to make online payments, the user-friendly portal provides customers improved visibility of statements and payment history.

From the Mason Mill Civic Association – Code Enforcement

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Several code violations citations have been issued by the County for 1840 Mason Mill. The violations pertain to the aggregate square footage of signage allowed on a residential lot and the distance of signs and outdoor displays from the curb line of the street. Code enforcement officers are monitoring the situation, and are well aware that the resident continues to disregard the regulations. The court date originally scheduled in June has been moved, at the resident’s request, to Tuesday, July 12th at 9:00 a.m. The case will be heard in the Magistrate’s Court located at 3630 Camp Circle, Decatur, GA 30032. We have been told that with the strengthening of the code enforcement process this past year, it is not enough for a defendant to enter a plea and pay a fine; now, no case is disposed of until the matter is finally rectified. While residents will not be called to testify at this hearing, it is important that we have a good turnout of concerned citizens in the courtroom. We will keep you posted if the date and time change.

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