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COVE Report – October 18, 2016

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Mason Mill Civic Association – Fall Picnic for All Area Neighbors

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Sunday, October 23, 2016*
4:30 – 6:30 pm, W. D. Thomson Park Pavilion
The tradition continues: our semi-annual neighborhood picnic!

We are hoping for perfect fall weather and expect lots of good food. The MMCA Social Committee will be grilling hamburgers, veggie burgers and hot dogs, and supplying drinks, ice, plates, cups and plastic ware. Please bring a favorite main or side dish or dessert to share with your neighbors. Bring enough for 8-10 people. (Don’t forget a serving utensil!) Also, bring folding chairs, tables or blankets and any kind of toys for the kids.
* Any postponement due to rain will be posted on the picnic pavilion and via nextdoor.com. Your donations help defray picnic costs! A jar will be on the sign-in table. If you are attending, please rsvp to civicassn@masonmill.org. Hope to see you there!

2016 General/Special Election – Advance Voting Has Begun

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Click here for Victoria Estates residents: 2016-general-ballot
In addition to races, there are four proposed constitutional amendments, and a special vote concerning homestead exemptions.

Click here for My Voter Page with Sample Ballots

Some Advance Voting Locations

Decatur
10/31 – 11/4 (7:00 am – 7:00 pm)
330 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

Brookhaven
10/31 – 11/4 (7:00 am – 7:00 pm)
4362 Peachtree Rd, NE
Brookhaven, GA 30319

Main
10/17 – 10/22 (7:00 am – 7:00 pm)
10/24 – 10/29 (7:00 am – 7:00 pm)
10/30 (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
10/31 – 11/4 (7:00 am – 7:00 pm)
4380 Memorial Drive
Decatur, GA 30032

General/Special Election

November 8, 2016
INTOWN COMMUNITY CHURCH
2059 LAVISTA ROAD
ATLANTA, GA, 30329 – 0000
Election Day precinct hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Proposed Georgia Constitutional Amendments

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Amendment 1

Provides greater flexibility and state accountability to fix failing schools through increasing community involvement.
Senate Resolution No. 287 Act No. 309 Ga. L. 2015, p. 1498 “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow the state to intervene in chronically failing public schools in order to improve student performance?”

Amendment 2

Authorizes penalties for sexual exploitation and assessments on adult entertainment to fund child victims’ services.
Senate Resolution No. 7 Act No. 306 Ga. L. 2015, p. 1497 “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow additional penalties for criminal cases in which a person is adjudged guilty of keeping a place of prostitution, pimping, pandering, pandering by compulsion, solicitation of sodomy, masturbation for hire, trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, or sexual exploitation of children and to allow assessments on adult entertainment establishments to fund the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund to pay for care and rehabilitative and social services for individuals in this state who have been or may be sexually exploited?

Amendment 3

Reforms and reestablishes the Judicial Qualifications Commission and provides for its composition, governance, and powers.
House Resolution No. 1113 Act No. 537 Ga. L. 2016, p. 896 “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to abolish the existing Judicial Qualifications Commission; require the General Assembly to create and provide by general law for the composition, manner of appointment, and governance of a new Judicial Qualifications Commission, with such commission having the power to discipline, remove, and cause involuntary retirement of judges; require the Judicial Qualifications Commission to have procedures that provide for due process of law and review by the Supreme Court of its advisory opinions; and allow the Judicial Qualifications Commission to be open to the public in some manner?”

Amendment 4

Dedicates revenue from existing taxes on fireworks to trauma care, fire services, and public safety.

Senate Resolution No. 558 Act No. 530 Ga. L. 2016, p. 895 “Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to provide that the proceeds of excise taxes on the sale of fireworks or consumer fireworks be dedicated to the funding of trauma care, firefighter equipping and training, and local public safety purposes?” DEKALB COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTIONS YES NO DeKalb County Homestead Exemption Act 264, House Bill 596 (Vote for One) “Shall the Act be approved which amends the homestead exemption from DeKalb County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead by extending the time limitation on such exemption?”

DeKalb County Special Election

DeKalb County Homestead Exemption Act 264, House Bill 596
Shall the Act be approved which amends the homestead exemption from DeKalb County ad valorem taxes for county purposes in an amount equal to the amount by which the current year assessed value of a homestead exceeds the base year assessed value of such homestead by extending the time limitation on such exemption?

Our Representatives’ Statements Concerning the Ballot:

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Amendment 1

Commissioner Kathie Gannon – “This amendment would allow the state to manage schools that have been deemed as failing, based upon their College and Career Ready Performance Index score. These schools would be shut down or placed under a statewide opportunity district overseen by a governor-appointed Superintendent.”

Senator Elena Parent – “Summary: Amendment 1 is a constitutional amendment that would allow the General Assembly to authorize the establishment of an Opportunity School District (OSD) to provide for state interventions for low-performing schools.

Governance: The OSD Superintendent, who is appointed by the Governor, is granted broad power and flexibility to waive State BoE rules, regulations, policies, and procedures for OSD schools with the ultimate goal of improving academic performance. The OSD Superintendent has the authority to select, approve, or remove the school principal for schools in the opportunity district and governing board members for opportunity which become OSD charters.

Structure: The proposal authorizes the OSD to take over up to 20 schools a year with a cap of 100 schools total. OSD schools will remain in the district for at least five years but no more than 10. If an opportunity school or OSD charter earns above an F on the relevant criteria for three consecutive years, the school will be removed from the OSD or no longer subject to OSD oversight.

Powers: The OSD director can take one of four steps regarding a struggling school: (1) direct management, (2) shared governance, (3) conversion to a charter school or (4) closure. Any teacher who is not hired on at their school post-OSD takeover remains an employee of the local school district and the district may determine whether or not to keep employing the teacher.

Elena’s Opinion:
I voted against the Opportunity School District and plan to vote no. While the goal of improving failing schools is laudable and I believe that Governor Deal is well-intentioned, the appointment of a superintendent who is unaccountable to taxpayers and parents is not a recipe for success. There is no specific plan delineated as to how the failing schools would be turned around. This, when coupled with the lack of accountability, is worrisome. We do need to turn around our struggling schools, but state leaders should be following proven, research-based methods of doing so rather than chasing the “state-takeover” fad that has taken root in some nearby states. There are no quick fixes and this “solution” does not provide a long-term plan for improving education in Georgia for all our kids, which is what we need to do.
There are theoretically some pros. There is a chance good reforms could emerge at the school level. These could be positive. We just don’t know, because there is no specific plan for voters to count on. (In the other extreme, there is no prohibition on the use of for-profit charter managers, for example.)

The biggest pro that I see is that the threat of state takeover and the loss of associated local school dollars could motivate some local school boards to implement reforms that have not occurred due to lack of motivation or politics. However, I believe that there are other, better ways to accomplish that goal. To begin with, current law permits the State School Superintendent to exercise several of these powers.

This is a complex issue. For those who want more information, following are links to several articles:
An op-ed I wrote in Reporter Newspapers explaining my opposition to the OSD.
AJC: 7 Things to Know about Gov. Deal’s Opportunity School District
Report from pastor who attended OSD meeting with Gov. Deal
Info from group supporting OSD

Amendment 2

Commissioner Kathie Gannon – “This amendment will allow for establishing a Safe Harbor Fund for rehabilitative and support services to sexually exploited children. Taxpayers would not contribute, but would use fines from convicted sex trafficker cases and annual fees from adult entertainment industries.”

State Senator Elena Parent – Summary: Amendment 2 establishes a new Safe Harbor for the Sexually Exploited Children Fund, receiving money through $2,500 fines on convicted traffickers and an annual fee of $5,000 or 1% of annual gross revenue, whichever is greater, on adult entertainment establishments. Funds are then used to provide housing, mental care, education, job training, legal help, and child care to the victims. Convicted traffickers will also be listed on the state sex offender website.

Elena’s Opinion:
I voted for Safe Harbor and plan to vote yes. Our city and state see some of the highest levels of human trafficking in the country. I agree with the goal of ensuring that victims of child sex trafficking get the needed counseling, medical care, education, and other support services they need to live happy and healthy lives – and without raising taxes. Some feel that the fee on the adult entertainment venues is punitive or unconstitutional, but I feel that the good in this amendment strongly outweighs the bad.

Amendment 3

Commissioner Kathie Gannon – “This amendment will abolish the longstanding Judicial Qualifications Commission overseen by the judicial branch and give the authority to the general assembly. “

State Senator Elena Parent – Summary: Under current law, the Judicial Qualifications Commission (JQC) is comprised of two judges selected by the Georgia Supreme Court, three lawyers appointed by the State Bar of Georgia and two citizens appointed by the Governor. The proposed constitutional amendment would change the appointment powers: appointments would be made by the Speaker of the House, the Lieutenant Governor and the Governor. The public will now be denied access to a judge’s disciplinary hearing before the JQC for the first time.

Elena’s Opinion:
I am strongly against Amendment 3 and will vote no. This amendment eliminates the JQC as an independent constitutional entity and puts political appointments in its place. As such, it makes the oversight of our judiciary less democratic and more political. And indeed, it appears that at least some of the impetus for the passage of this Amendment is dissatisfaction with actions of the JQC by members of the Legislature, one of whom happens to be a former judge who was investigated by the JQC.

Furthermore, the Legislature’s work on this has been the reverse of thoughtful policymaking. Hearings should have been held to take testimony to determine what exactly is wrong with the system the way it is and then a solution addressing those perceived flaws should have been crafted. Instead, hearings are being held NOW to determine those things. I consider the passage of this Amendment to be mostly a political power play. This is actually all you need to know to understand why you should vote against Amendment 3.
Conducting a Google search will bring up other interesting articles, if you so choose to immerse yourself further.

Amendment 4

Commissioner Kathie Gannon – “This amendment would support moving tax revenue from the sale of fireworks to trauma care, fire protection services and fire safety. 5% of the tax revenue would be allotted to local governments to support 911 services.”

State Senator Elena Parent – Summary: Amendment 4 will dedicate the proceeds from a general excise tax on fireworks to support funding for fire protection services, trauma care and public safety. The intent of the amendment is to establish a permanent revenue source that may not be diverted by the legislature without repeal of this amendment by the people.

Elena’s Opinion:
I will vote yes for this amendment. If passed, this creates a permanent fund for trauma care, fire safety and public safety, all of which are impacted by the legalization of fireworks in Georgia. The use of the excise tax for this purpose should provide a direct funding stream to ameliorate any harms created by the use of fireworks.

DeKalb County Homestead Exemption Act 264, House Bill 596

Commissioner Kathie Gannon – “In 2015, the General Assembly passed legislation to call a referendum to extend the existing Homestead Property Tax Assessment Freeze (applicable only to County taxes) until 2022. Voters wishing to extend the Homestead Property Tax Assessment Freeze until 2022 should vote yes to approve the legislation. Voters wishing to end the freeze at the end of 2016 should vote no. The freeze maintains your property value at the level set when you elected to take the freeze.”

State Senator Elena Parent – A “yes” vote will extend the existing Homestead property tax assessment freeze (applicable to County taxes only) until 2022.

Commissioner Jeff Rader – “In 2015, the DeKalb Delegation passed local legislation to call a referendum this November to extend the existing Homestead Property Tax Assessment Freeze (applicable only to County taxes) until 2022.

However, the legislation went further to stipulate that, if the voters approved separate referenda to dedicate the Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) exclusively to tax relief (eliminating the current 20% available for capital improvements) AND to approve a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for capital projects (to replace the 20% HOST allocation to capital), THEN the Assessment Freeze would be TOLLED (suspended) while those taxes were in effect. The authors of the legislation have said that the wording was in error; instead of “tolled” they meant “extended”. Nevertheless the language is plain, and therefore binding. As a consequence of this error, the Board of Commissioners withdrew plans for a referendum on the HOST amendment and the SPLOST. Legislators intend to address the error in this year’s General Assembly.

All this complexity notwithstanding, voters wishing to extend the Homestead Property Tax Assessment Freeze until 2022 should vote yes to approve the legislation, or the freeze will expire at the end of 2016, exposing many homeowners to increased County property taxes

Jeff Rader”

Discussion on the Proposed GA Constitutional Amendment “Opportunity School Districts”

Become an informed voter!
Please join CINS, SEACS, and the Carver Cluster for a Round Table Discussion on the Proposed
GA Constitutional Amendment “Opportunity School Districts”
When: Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 7 – 8:30 pm
Where: The Frazer Center, 1815 S Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
http://www.frazercenter.org/wp-content/u…

If entering through the front gate from S. Ponce, take the driveway all the way up to the right to back of the property and park. Head towards the circular drive, and you should see a sign and a cracked door into the Senior Center.

What: We are hosting a community discussion with panelists representing both sides of the proposed amendment, including:
• Diane Jacobi, Public Education Advocate (substituting for Janet Kishbaugh, Director of Research and Information Services, Public Education Matters http://publiceducationmattersga.org/)
• Steven Quinn, State Outreach Manager for GergiaCAN, http://www.gacan.org/ and Field Coordinator for Students First, https://www.studentsfirst.org/georgia/wh…
• Atlanta Public Schools Board Member, District 3 Representative, Matt Westmoreland, will be on hand to answer questions about their Turnaround Strategy currently underway.
• GA House of Representatives District 59 Representative Margaret Kaiser will also be on hand to answer any questions on the proposed amendment and its history and future significance.
For more information and to become an informed voter, please see: http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-U…

Emory Annexation into Atlanta – Update

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Emory University has indicated its proposed annexation into Atlanta will not occur in 2016. Victoria Estates and adjacent areas are not included in the annexation but could be impacted in regard to transportation, public safety, schools, and taxes.

The COVE board is working the following response:
• Obtain more definitive responses from officials on impacts
• Provide updates to neighbors through COVE Report
• Conduct survey of neighbors to understand concerns
• Neighborhood meeting with Atlanta, DeKalb County, and Emory representatives

While Victoria Estates is not included in the annexation, it could be annexed by petition of residents. The petition option would be available to VE only if the Emory petition is successful and Victoria Estates then has a border with Atlanta.
A collection of articles concerning annexation proposals on Decaturish

DeKalb Interim CEO, Commissioners Address Water Billing Issues with New Resolution – New Water Meter Installation Halted

DECATUR, Ga. – The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution introduced by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May which empowers the chief financial officer (CFO) with discretion to address unusually high water bills due to billing or meter errors.

The legislation clarifies code sections 25-106(f) to specify that the CFO has the authority to make adjustments to a customer’s account for billing errors, as long as the dispute was recorded within two years of the billing error itself.

The resolution also stops the installation of the new iPerl water meters and calls for the establishment of convenient bill resolution sites around the county during the moratorium.

Another proactive step addresses excessively high bills. In these cases, Chief Operating Officer Zach Williams has directed the Utility Customer Operations Center to send out estimated bills with messaging that indicates that the county is investigating the cause of the variance. Once a high variance is detected, a work order for a water meter inspection will automatically be generated.

“Sending out estimated bills will let our customers know what is going on with their accounts in a timely manner, as well as provide a mechanism for them to pay their average amount due while we get to the root of the problem,” COO Williams said.

On Sept. 20, Interim CEO May issued a moratorium through the end of 2016 on the disconnection of residential water accounts that have been contested through the Utility Customer Operations Center.

Water customers who believe their bill is in error should notify the Utility Customer Operations Center at 774 Jordan Lane in Decatur, or call (404) 371-3000 to speak with a customer service representative. Account holders with disputed balances are required to pay their average amount due until the case is resolved, with the balance, if any, due at the time the investigation is complete.

Further, a third-party dispute process is being developed to provide customers an additional avenue to resolve their disputes. This process will be implemented during the moratorium.

There will be no water service disconnections for customers with account balances in dispute who have paid their average bill through the end of 2016.

Jeff Rader

W.D. Thomson Park Work Days Kick-Off 10/22

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The 2016-2017 season of volunteer work days at W. D. Thomson Park begins on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9a-12noon.

(And please save these dates for more fall & winter work sessions: Saturdays Nov. 12 and Dec. 10, and MLK Day Monday Jan. 16. We’ll announce our dates for February through June at a later date.)

October 22 will mark the start of the 5th year of the “Friends of Thomson Park” group. Over each of the previous 4 years, individual park lovers have contributed well over 200 person-hours of time at WDT. They’ve accomplished a great deal and had a good time at it! This year we’ll be expanding our volunteer outreach and involvement, and changing our focus to reflect having achieved most of the highest-priority goals of our initial years.

Please help make this first session of the 2016-2017 season a successful one. There are tasks for young and old, large and small. Friends will continue to remove some invasive plants, but also make preparations so that in coming months we’ll be able to relocate some heavily eroded trails, rebuild failing bridges and stairways (and add some new ones!), plant native species and install benches in some of the areas we’ve reclaimed from privet and thicket, add more signage and trail information, and much more.

As always, we’re also interested in snacks and beverages for our workers, which could be delivered to Patrick Noon in advance, if need be. Contact Patrick at
Patrick.Noonan@emory.edu

Open Streets Emory Village – October 23rd – 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

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Enjoy Oxford and N. Decatur closed to vehicular traffic from roundabout to roundabout in the Village for pedestrians, bikes and strollers. Healthy activities, good food, music, arts & crafts and science.

Some Recent Area Zoning Applications

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This application has been filed with DeKalb County and will be heard by the Community Council in October before going to the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners in November.

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2312 and 2320 LaVista Rd NE, 4 1/2 acres

Edge City Properties seeks a rezoning from R-100 to RSM for 5 fee-simple detached homes and 18 attached duplex homes.

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DEFERRED UNTIL OCTOBER 25, 2016; BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS PUBLIC HEARING
Commission District: 2 Super District: 6
18-102-04-001, 18-113-11-012, 18-113-11-137

Application of Oak Hall Companies, LLC to rezone property from R-100 (Single-Family Residential), C-2 (General Commercial), and M (Light Industrial) to RSM (Residential Small Lot Mix) to allow an 82-unit fee simple townhome development at a density of 5.74 units per acre. The property is located on the north side of North Druid Hills Road, approximately 551 feet east of Spring Creek Road, at 2369, 3352, & 3396 North Druid Hills Road, Decatur. The property has approximately 753 feet of frontage on North Druid Hills Road and contains 14.28 acres.

Additional zoning information… http://commissionerrader.com/boc-business-zoning-summary.html

DeKalb County Seeks 2017 Art Calendar Contest Entries from Elementary School Students

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DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management is calling for artistic elementary students across the county to enter its 2017 Art Calendar Contest. Entries are due by Oct. 21.

The 2017 theme is “Your Water – To Know It Is to Love It.”

Artwork ideas could include conserving water; using water wisely; water/wastewater treatment; cleaning up our water resources; reducing water pollution and more.

Submitted artwork must be drawn on a landscape piece of white paper 8.5 inches tall by 11 inches wide. On the back of each entry, clearly print the artwork title; student’s name, grade level and age; school name and address; and teacher’s name, contact number and email address.

Watershed Management will honor 12 winners during a special ceremony at the Dec. 13 Board of Commissioners meeting.

For a complete set of rules or more information, visit www.dekalbwatershed.com/education.html or contact Michael O’Shield, environmental education coordinator, at (770) 724-1456 or msoshield@dekalbcountyga.gov.

COVE Report – September 12, 2016

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Emory Annexation into Atlanta

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Emory University has begun the process to be annexed into the City of Atlanta. Due to the nature of Emory’s annexation (by a percentage of property method) the annexation is likely to proceed and could occur by year end. Victoria Estates and adjacent areas are not included in the annexation. Some potential impacts to Victoria Estates are transportation, public safety, schools, and taxes.

The COVE board is planning the following response:
• Obtain more definitive responses from officials on impacts
• Provide updates to neighbors through COVE Report
• Conduct survey of neighbors to understand concerns
• Neighborhood meeting with Atlanta, DeKalb County, and Emory representatives

While Victoria Estates is not included in the annexation, it could be annexed by petition of residents. The petition option would be available to VE only if the Emory petition is successful and Victoria Estates then has a border with Atlanta.

Below is a link discussing the announcement and additional information provided by Emory University.
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/atlanta-may-expand-to-cover-emory-university/nsKjc/

 

From Emory University

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Emory is beginning the process to annex into the City of Atlanta. There are several questions that have been raised regarding this annexation that Emory would like to clarify.

• It is important to note that Emory would remain in DeKalb County but would move its municipal jurisdiction from unincorporated DeKalb to the City of Atlanta in DeKalb County.

• Emory University is not asking, nor does the process require anyone else for it to change its municipal jurisdiction from unincorporated DeKalb to the City of Atlanta.

• This decision does not change school districts, since neighboring communities like Druid Hills will still be self-determining regarding annexation. Druid Hills High School would remain in unincorporated DeKalb County.

• Emory University would annex by petition to the City of Atlanta. The neighborhoods that surround Emory’s campus would not be part of this petition. Earlier news reports incorrectly stated that Emory’s petition requires 60 percent neighborhood approval.

Emory University, like neighboring communities, has been considering and evaluating annexation options for several years. Currently, Emory is beginning the process to annex its campus into the City of Atlanta. Emory’s annexation into the City of Atlanta has always been viewed as one of the most viable, long-term options and one that provides consistency and alignment relative to the University’s marketing and branding initiatives. Emory already promotes its location as Atlanta, is known internationally as being located in Atlanta, routinely recruits faculty and students to Atlanta, and has an Atlanta address and zip code. The prestige of Emory as an international university and Atlanta as a global city are inextricably linked.

 

COVE Annual Membership Meeting

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Thank you everyone who attended the annual membership meeting. For a recap of our accomplishments here is the annual report. COVE Annual Report 2016

Membership unanimously elected new board members Jen Tipping and Barbara Zehnbauer. Tim Buchman has retired from the board. Thank you for your service! Thanks to Bobby and Joselyn Baker for hosting the meeting! The 2016/2017 COVE Board Members and Officers – Bobby Baker, Susan Bell, Pat Killingsworth, Emily Koumans, Carl Lange, Ron McCauley, Martha Pacini, Jen Tipping, David Woolf, and Barbara Zehnbauer.

Ethics Town Hall Meeting this Wednesday at 7 PM
9.12.2016 – Representative Scott Holcomb

 

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This coming Wednesday, September 14th at 7 PM, Rep. Taylor Bennett and I are hosting a town hall meeting in Ashford Park in Brookhaven. The address is 2980 Redding Road, Atlanta 30319.

Stacey Kalberman, who was recently hired as DeKalb County’s first full-time Ethics Officer, will join us to talk about the work she is doing to educate county officials and employees on best practices and to address infractions.

The formation of the new Board of Ethics and the position that Stacey now fills are the result of an incredible amount of work by a DeKalb County task force and a task force of citizens who wanted change. Both groups came to the same conclusion: that it was critical to create this position to increase ethical standards in DeKalb County’s government.

I’m proud to have played a part in helping to make this happen. I sponsored the bill that ultimately received unanimous support in the General Assembly and approval by DeKalb citizens in a referendum last year.

Please join me and Rep. Bennett in welcoming Stacey Kalberman and learning about the critical work she and the Board of Ethics are doing.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/ethics-chief-hopes-to-make-a-difference-in-dekalb/nq7dd/

Atlanta Cannot Keep Five Areas It Annexed

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This is the AJC story about the City of Atlanta annexation of 5 Fulton areas. The annexations were disallowed on a technicality. It gives voters in the footprint of the City of South Fulton an opportunity to vote on cityhood in a referendum in November.

http://www.myajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/atlanta-cannot-keep-five-areas-it-annexed-from-ful/nsTYr/?ecmp=newspaper_email##

 

 

 

2016 General Election Dates

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September 20, 2016
Earliest day for a registrar to mail an absentee ballot for the General Election/November Special Election.

October 11, 2016
Last day a person may register and be eligible to vote in the General Election/November Special Election /Runoff Election.

October 17, 2016
Advanced (In-Person) Voting begins for the General Election/November Special Election.

October 29, 2016
Mandatory Saturday Voting for the General Election/November Special Election.

November 8, 2016
General Election
INTOWN COMMUNITY CHURCH
2059 LAVISTA ROAD
ATLANTA, GA, 30329 – 0000
Election Day precinct hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

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

 

Save the Date: Mason Mill Civic Association Fall Picnic – Sunday, October 23, 5-7 p.m. @ Thomson Park

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Look for more information about this event in early October. Be sure to join your fellow Victoria Estates and Mason Mill neighbors in this annual event. We’re looking for a great turnout. The weather will be cooler and October is supposed to be the driest month in the year. Let’s hope so!

 

 

Commissioner Jeff Rader – Information on Emory Annexation

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http://commissionerrader.com/reader-county-news/items/emory-annexation-handout.html

Commissioner Kathie Gannon – Newsletter

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Downtown Decatur Concert Series – Saturdays in Sept. @ 7 pm, Library Events…
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Senator Mary Margaret Oliver – Newsletter

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100th Anniversary of national parks, Emory Annexation into City of Atlanta, Ban on Assault Type of Weapons Bill…

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Headed-into-a-Busy-Fall.html?soid=1114968672874&aid=KZXhewSeYVg

Property Tax Payment Update
First Installment Due Date – September 30

Irvin J. Johnson, DeKalb County Tax Commissioner, would like to remind all DeKalb County taxpayers that the due date for the first installment of 2016 real estate and personal property taxes is Friday, Sept. 30.

First installment taxes which are not received or postmarked by the Sept. 30 deadline will incur a 5 percent late payment penalty.

There are drop boxes located on the front and side of the Central Office, located at 4380 Memorial Drive in Decatur. Another convenient option is payment by electronic check or credit card at our website: www.dekalbcountyga.gov/taxcommissioner. Please note, there is a 2.35% processing fee for all credit card payments on the site, but check payments have no additional fees. Walk-in customers to the Central office, North, or South satellite offices, may pay by cash, check, debit card ($1.50 service fee) or credit card (2.35% service fee).

Property owners with questions are encouraged to visit the Tax Commissioner’s website at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/taxcommissioner, call the Tax Commissioner’s Office at 404-298-4000 or email proptax@dekalbcountyga.gov for assistance.

DeKalb County 24 Hour Tag Renewal Locations

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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.
Click to subscribe

We look forward to seeing you on July 19!

Thanks,
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

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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.

INTOWN COMMUNITY CHURCH
2059 LAVISTA ROAD
ATLANTA, GA, 30329 – 0000
Election Day precinct hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

ADVANCE IN-PERSON VOTING
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
NO SATURDAY VOTING
NO VOTING ON MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016

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 (david.payne@emory.edu) 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 CliftonStreetscape.com 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)
mailto:ossam@cdc.gov

Thomson Park Work Day This Saturday (9-noon)

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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

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The DeKalb County Utility Customer Operations Center has launched a new online customer portal. You can access it by visiting www.dekalbwatershed.com 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.

COVE Report – June 3, 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 to COVE, 1548 Mason Mill Rd. NE, Atlanta GA 30329 (or left in the mail box).

2) Make a secure credit card or checking account payment via PayPal:
Click to donate

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.
Click to subscribe

We look forward to seeing you on July 19!

Thanks,
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

How Would You Like Your Tax Dollars Spent? – Take the Survey Today

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DeKalb County’s proposal to address the poor state of roads and other infrastructure is the addition of a Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) penny tax and restructuring of property tax relief on the November ballot. If you would like to voice your opinion on the prioritization of types of projects, please take this survey: http://dekalbcountyga.gov/splostsurvey today. Click for more

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Summer Swim Season Began May 28

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The 2016 DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs swim season opened Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28 through Friday, August 5. Select pools will remain open on weekends until Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5, 2016.

Pool patrons will have the opportunity to participate in water aerobics, swim lessons and swim leagues throughout the summer.

POOL HOURS OF OPERATION

Browns Mill Aquatic Facility 4929 Browns Mill Rd, Lithonia, GA 30038
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays 1 – 7 p.m.

Exchange Splash Pad 2771 Columbia Dr, Decatur, GA 30034
Hours: Monday, Wednesday- Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sunday and Tuesday, noon to 7 p.m.

Tobie Grant 644 Parkdale Road, Scottdale, GA 30079
Kittredge 2535 N. Druid Hills Road, Atlanta, GA 30329
*Gresham 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
*Lithonia 2501 Park Drive, Lithonia, GA 30058
Hours: Closed Mondays, open Tuesday through Saturday noon until 6 p.m.

*Kelly Cofer 4259 N. Park Dr. Tucker, GA 30084
*Midway 3181 Midway Road, Decatur, GA 30032
*Medlock 874 Gaylemont Circle, Decatur, GA 30033
Hours: Closed Tuesdays, open Monday, Wednesday Saturday noon until 6 p.m.

*Open Sundays 1 to 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Justin Blanton, Parks Program Coordinator, at (404) 371-6270.

DeKalb County seeks community input in the Development of the 2035 Comprehensive Plan

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DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability will host two community meetings on Saturday, June 4
in an effort to obtain input on the County’s 2035 Comprehensive Plan. The meetings will take place simultaneously at Stonecrest Mall and Northlake Mall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The project team will update citizens on the plan process, review and prioritize the list of previous plan goals, as well as identify current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and needs throughout the county.

 

 

Calendar of Events at DeKalb County Public Library

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FESTIVAL OF WRITERS – Friday, May 27-Friday, June 17

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Gallery Show
Now an annual event, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Gallery Show returns to the Decatur Library Main Lobby on Friday, May 27, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Come and see fabulous works of art and literature from some of the South’s finest writers and illustrators. The Gallery will remain on display through Friday, June 17, during library hours. Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street, Decatur 30030. 404.370.3070.
For more information, call 404.370.3070, ext. 2285 or visit georgiacenterforthebook.org or dekalblibrary.org.

ONGOING BOOK SALES

During Library Hours
Brookhaven Library, 1242 N. Druid Hills Road. 404.848.7140.
Chamblee Library, 4115 Clairmont Road. 770.936.1380.
Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive. 404.508.7175.
Covington Library, 3500 Covington Highway. 404.508.7180.
Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road. 770.512.4640.
Flat Shoals Library, 4022 Flat Shoals Parkway. 404.244.4270.
Lithonia-Davidson Library, 6821 Church Street. 770.482.3820.
Northlake-Barbara Loar Library, 3772 LaVista Road 770.679.4408.
Redan-Trotti Library, 1569 Wellborn Road. 770.482.3821.
Toco Hill-Avis G. Williams Library, 1282 McConnell Drive. 404.679.4404.
Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library, 5234 LaVista Road. 770.270.8234.
Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library, 2861 Wesley Chapel Road. 404.286.6980.

DeKalb County May 24, 2016 Election Results

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Mark Your Calendars – Runoff Election – July 26, 2016

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Mason Mill Petition to Enforce Code of Ordinances Regarding Signs at 1840 Mason Mill Rd

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A petition has been forwarded to residents of the Mason Mill neighborhood by the Mason Mill Civic Association concerning the lack of code enforcement regarding the signs at 1840 Mason Mill Rd. The petition was created to “keep pressure on the county to act in this matter and to ensure that the community’s voice is heard in upcoming meetings with county staff – and later before the hearing judge…. We are greatly disturbed by the number, design characteristics, content, and location of signs and activities in the front yard of 1840 Mason Mill Road. Many of the signs use offensive language and present distasteful, provocative and abusive content….”

COVE Report – February 17, 2016

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Rep. Howard Mosby Meeting – Recap

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Twenty-five neighbors met at the home of Ron and Linda McCauley with Representative Howard Mosby, Chair, DeKalb County House Legislative Delegation on January 22. This was our third annual meeting with Rep. Mosby.

Mr. Mosby mentioned a number of bills being considered by the legislature. These included the so-call religious freedom bills, a ban on certain types of guns, criminal justice, the DeKalb County Charter, cityhood, and transportation.

Criminal justice has become a big issue due to lack of funding for training and support of mental health issues. The state’s reduction in funding for mental health issues has contributed to an increase in the homeless population.

Transportation is a big issue including access to Decatur and the Emory area. Rep. Mosby said DeKalb is uniquely positioned to provide leadership in advancing regional solutions, but has not demonstrated the political willpower. Neighbors asked about partnership opportunities with Emory and other educational, research, and health institutions to define this vision. When asked how other major cities are handling these issues, he said that they are having similar problems, with a major factor being how the state distributes funds disproportionality more to rural areas.

The current HOST tax was structured to fund both homestead exemptions and transportation expenses. With the creation of new cities, the distribution has resulted in a significant reduction in available funds for unincorporated transportation expenses. The county would like to restructure the HOST tax so that it is dedicated 100% to homestead exemptions with a new SPLOST tax dedicated to transportation.

A question was raised concerning the statewide billion-dollar transportation tax approved last year. How much of this is going to DeKalb County? Mr. Mosby said that according to the State Department of Transportation (GDOT) that DeKalb has been slow to provide a list of requested projects and does not seem focused on this priority. State revenues are up so GDOT does have more funds available for projects. When asked who is responsible, Rep. Mosby indicated the interim CEO is responsible for creating the list and submitting it to the commissioners. A neighbor suggested engaging Georgia Tech in the creation of a DeKalb County master transportation plan.

Martha Pacini reported on progress concerning regaining the turn lane at the intersection of Houston Mill and LaVista. Discussions with Intown Church, Mason Mill neighborhood, DeKalb County, and GDOT have been positive and the county needs to respond concerning a traffic study. Martha asked Rep. Mosby to assist with follow up with the county.

Rep. Mosby said there is an issue that Marta is funded by DeKalb and Fulton Counties but is acting as a regional transportation system instead. The State should have recognized this a long time ago and taken over management. A neighbor suggested expansion of an express bus service saying it has been effective in other areas and that women do not always feel comfortable riding on Marta trains.

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is in the position to provide regional transportation leadership but is composed of political appointees which have not shown that vision. Rep. Mosby said he has not seen a regional leadership meeting on transportation. Marth Pacini suggested Mr. Mosby should lead that initiative.

The DeKalb County organizational act was not appropriately updated when the county was converted to the current CEO structure. The organizational act should be updated along with an emphasis on best practices for the county government and wholesale restructuring of some departments. The electorate needs to understand that they are electing leaders to manage a billion-dollar corporation. The right people must be elected.

Pat Killingsworth asked if new city legislation could be introduced in the final hours of the legislation? Mr. Mosby expressed his opinion that the unincorporated county delegates should have approval over other delegate’s decision to do this. Anywhere else in the state, local delegates have authority without interference from other delegates.

Mary Margaret Oliver Legislative Update

 

Chamblee Annexation of LaVista Hills Area

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A proposal has been recently circulated to annex 30,000 residents of the formerly proposed LaVista Hills city into the City of Chamblee instead. This would double the size of Chamblee if the local bill goes forward, it is approved by the city council, and voters within the proposed annexed area approve it.

Elimination of DeKalb CEO Position

Representatives Oliver and Scott Holcomb are co-sponsoring a bill to eliminate the DeKalb County CEO form of government.

February 18 – Town Hall Meeting

February 18–Town Hall Meeting at Lakeside High School on Chamblee Annexation issues, plus other concerns. 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.

The DeKalb delegation meets every Monday at noon, usually in Room 230 of the Capitol–always open to the public.

Link to the full letter

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The Georgia Department of Transportation has indicated it is in agreement that there is a traffic issue at the intersection and that it will not require a traffic study. DeKalb County is developing a concept drawing for stakeholders to review.

Early Voting for the March 1st Presidential Primary

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Voters have the opportunity to cast early ballots, Monday through Friday, until Friday, February 26. The locations and times are listed below.

• Main Office, 4380 Memorial Drive, in two separate areas; one section designed exclusively for seniors aged 70 and older, voters with disabilities, and a general voting area for all other voters – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

• Tucker Recreation Center, 4898 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084 – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

• South Dekalb Mall – The Gallery at South DeKalb Mall, 2801 Candler Road, Decatur, GA 30034 – 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Voting is available on Saturday, February 20, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the same locations.

There will be additional early voting locations starting Monday, February 22nd. For more information, and additional locations, please visit www.dekalbvotes.com.

Conversations with a Cop – Evening Program in Our Neighborhood

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016
YOUNG ISRAEL of TOCO HILLS
2056 LaVista Road, 30329
7:15pm

In order to better serve and protect citizens, DeKalb County Police Department’s North Central Precinct is conducting on-going Community Conversations with residents and clergy of the county. This is one of the first evening programs they’ve had. The event will be a good time to meet and greet our Precinct Command staff and ask them questions about policing in our area.
Conversation…pdf

DeKalb County Sewer Assessment Begun

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The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) has launched a comprehensive, multi-phased Priority Area Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program” (PASARP) to assess and rehabilitate sewer lines throughout the county.

These activities will encompass about one-third of the DeKalb’s sewer lines. Smoke testing and other assessment activities will be conducted by contractors through January 2018.

DWM will host a series of informational community meetings focused on PASARP activities scheduled to take place in area neighborhoods.

The informational community meetings are free and local participation is encouraged.

For more information, please visit DWM’s Consent Decree website at www.dekalbconsentdecree.com. You may also call the dedicated Project Hotline at 1-800-986-1108

Park Ideas Requested for Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (SPLOST)

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The county is considering placing a half cent SPLOST on the November ballot for Capital Expenditure funding. Different departments have been told to compile lists of capital projects that need funding. The Parks Dept. has compiled a list, based on the 2010-2020 Parks Master Plan.

If you know of a parks-related need or idea (capital expense level) that is
(a) not mentioned as a project still underway using the 2006 bond funds (attached PlansFor2006Bonds) and
(b) not mentioned on the attached RPCA draft SPLOST list (attached SPLOST2016_RPCA),
please be sure that your Commissioner hears about your need/idea ASAP. Please forward this message to your local Friends group and/or parks activist.

Beth Nathan
North Briarcliff resident; parks activist

SPLOST attachments: 160126_PlansFor2006Bonds (2)  160126_SPLOST2016_RPCA (1)

Kathie Gannon Newsletter – 2015 Year in Review

http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/

Major Rezoning Plan for Toco Hills and Mason Mill

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From John Musser in Mason Mill on Nextdoor.com

In regard to all of the new yellow signs placed today along Clairmont and N Druid Hills, I have pasted the link to the “N Druid Hills LCI Plan” a detailed 200 page commissioned plan for redevelopment of this section of town, including new roads, bike lanes, trails, new parks, redevelopment of Toco Hills Shopping Center into something like the Brookhaven Costco multi-use complex, a second senior living complex, and more.

There is a Planning Commission meeting 3/1/16 at 6:30pm at the Dekalb Co Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive.

Link: NDH-LCI-Final-Report2

 

COVE Report – January 18, 2016

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Victoria Estates Meeting This Thursday, January 21 – 7:00 pm

The McCauley’s Home – 1017 Castle Falls Dr. (southeast corner of Mason Mill and Castle Falls)

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Past Victoria Estates meeting with Rep. Howard Mosby

Howard Mosby, head of the DeKalb Legislative Delegation has agreed to meet with Victoria Estates neighbors for an update on the 2016 Georgia Legislative Session. Legislation under consideration includes changing the DeKalb County form of government, changes to the process for creating new cities, and a new SPLOST tax for roads and transportation. Please plan to attend this important meeting for insight and an opportunity to directly voice your opinion.

 

Houston Mill Road Update

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COVE, Mason Mill Civic Association, Intown Community Church, and DeKalb County met concerning the intersection of Houston Mill and LaVista Rd. The county will be contacting the state to conduct a traffic study. Considerations include restoration of the safe right turn onto LaVista to improve traffic flow, improved safety for ingress/egress to the church, and improved safety for the entire intersection. MMCA President Mary Hinkle is chairing the effort. Additionally, the CDC has informally expressed an interest in opportunities to address Houston Mill near the Emory campus. Thanks go to board member Martha Pacini for her participation and leadership in addressing these issues.

 

2016 Legislative Update

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  • There are several city proposals in discussions outside our area that do not seem viable except for the city of Stonecrest. The city of LaVista Hills does not appear to have legislative support for reintroduction this session. Additionally, the City of Atlanta initiative to incorporate this area has disbanded with individual neighborhoods now petitioning instead.
  • A SPLOST tax is being proposed to fund county roads and transportation. If not passed at the capitol and then approved by voters, the county would need to find an alternative method to pay for the repair of our failing roads.
  • Legislation is being developed for the elimination of the DeKalb County CEO form of government.

Thanks go to COVE President Pat Killingsworth for her leadership and ongoing participation in crafting some of this key legislation.

COVE Report – October 13, 2015

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Mason Mill/Victoria Estates/Logan’s Knoll Neighborhood Picnic

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This Sunday, October 18th from 4-6 p.m. in W. D. Thomson Park

 

Residents of Mason Mill, Victoria Estate and the surrounding area are invited to our neighborhood’s annual fall picnic on Sunday, October 18th from 4-6 p.m. in W. D. Thomson Park. The pavilion has been rented, shoppers are lined up to secure provisions, and the grill maestros have been recruited.

Please plan on joining us and bring a favorite dish for 8-10 people, along with your folding chairs, blankets and toys for your kids. You can RSVP via nextdoormasonmill or by email to civicassn@masonmill.org. If you’d like to volunteer to help with the set-up (at 3:30) or the clean-up, let us know by emailing civicassn@masonmill.org. Hope to see you there!

 

Don’t Forget to Vote! – DeKalb County Election

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/CurrentElectionInfo.html

On the ballot for Victoria Estates neighbors:
DEKALB COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION
YES
NO
DeKalb County Board of Ethics Referendum
(Vote for One)
House Bill No. 597
Act No. 204
“Shall the Act be approved which revises the Board of Ethics for DeKalb County?”

LaVista Park Fall Festival

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Saturday, October 17: Noon – 4:00 pm
Corner of Wild Creek & Brookforest
• Free food & drinks
• Silent Auction
• Many Raffle Items
• Children’s Activities
Click here

Cityhood Forum

Monday, October 19, 2015, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Young Israel, 2056 Lavista Rd, Atlanta, GA 30329
Sponsored and Moderated by State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver and State Senator Elena Parent

Purpose: To provide a structured meeting enabling both sides to present their positions to the public, and for community members to have their questions answered

When: Monday, October 19, from 6:30-8:00 PM. Meeting will start and end on time.

Where: Young Israel of Toco Hills

Please come and hear discussion of this issue so important to our community.

Senate Study Committee on Annexation, De-annexation & Incorporation

Wednesday, October 21: 2:00 -5:00 pm
Tuesday, November 3: 9 AM-12 PM
Room 450 of the Capitol

Sen. Elena Parent has scheduled the last two meetings for the Senate Study Committee on Annexation, De-annexation, and incorporation. More details will follow as the agendas for both are finalized. You can also find the committee documents that have been posted online here
and the notes here
If you have any questions please contact Stephanie Tanner, Legislative Assistant to Sen. Parent, at Stephanie.Tanner@senate.ga.gov

Interim CEO Town Hall Meetings

Lee May is hosting “an up close face to face conversation concerning his Executive Order and the recent report that was released.”

Thursday, October 15: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tucker-Cofer Reid Library
5234 LaVista Road, Tucker, GA 30084

Tuesday, October 20: 6:30 – 8:00 pm

2842 H.F. Shepard Drive, Decatur, GA 30032