DECA will be having it's quarterly meeting on a new day and in a new location:
Wednesday, April 17th at St. Pius High School.
The meeting will still start at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30.
In addition to our normal business meeting, topics for our Quarterly meeting
* Presentation and update from the Clairmont Community Alliance (CCA) regarding
the Atlanta Gas Light (AGL) gas regulator station being built in our area.
* Discussion about proposed annexation of the Dresden East neighborhoods into
the City of Chamblee.
* Info from the Georgia Watch, Georgia's leading consumer advocacy organization.
This is a very important meeting so please be sure to attend and bring your
neighbors with you!
Remember, we are meeting on a new day in a new location: Wednesday, April 17th
at St. Pius High School at 7 p.m.
DECA Secretary and PR Chair
PLEASE SAVE THE DATE
Clairmont Community Alliance will be holding a community meeting for residents
WHEN: Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00 pm to 8:45 pmWHERE: Chamblee Library4115 Clairmont Rd Chamblee, GA 30341(770) 936-1380The recent gas leak incident emphasizes the importance of getting the kind of factual information we will be presenting at the meeting. This is necessary in order to focus and intensify our efforts toward getting AGL to change the location of the regulator station planned for land parcel 36. When asked today what AGL's responsibilities are to inform the public during an emergency, Commissioner Chuck Eaton of the Public Service Commission, responded: "I will speak with our staff regarding this issue. There is federal and state overlap, so I want to supply you with the correct answer." We appreciated Commissioner Eaton's prompt response on a Saturday morning. However, we are concerned that the PSC Chair could not answer this straightforward question. Keep in mind that AGL staff could not answer our specific questions about a safety plan, more generally, at their open house. Residents living near to yesterday's gas leak were afraid, confused and did not feel confident that the situation was being handled competently or efficiently. AGL's blasé attitude toward public safety is unacceptable, and we must take action. Matt Sawhill, an AGL lobbyist, wrote to one of our reps this morning:"According to the report that I got from the CRED Rep this morning: It was a small 4" plastic residential line hit during a routine dig. These incidents are not uncommon when installing underground infrastructure. Due to the heightened sensitivity of the regulator station location, the CRED Rep asked the foreman and superintendent to exercise extreme caution throughout the remainder of this process. There were no community advocates or disgruntled constituents present while he was on the scene. Y'all can forward any complaints you receive to our dedicated hotline to (hopefully) ease some community tensions associated with this project. "Several factors of note: Sawhill himself only first became aware of the gas leak between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. Note how Sawhill minimizes the event in his email and thinks AGL's dedicated hotline will "(hopefully) ease some community tensions associated with this project." The line severed yesterday was larger than the one which caused the Kansas City explosion two weeks ago. According to our sources, incidents of this kind are rare when proper oversight is being exercised. You can see from Sawhill's email that "extreme caution" was NOT being exercised. The fact that he would even put such a thing in writing reflects the impunity with which AGL functions. Our tensions are not eased. We are outraged. Clearly, loud community protest is needed. PLEASE JOIN US ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20TH, 7:00 - 8:45, AT THE CHAMBLEE LIBRARY.We look forward to seeing you there.Lori Muskaton behalf of the Clairmont Community Alliance
JOIN THE Lakeside City Alliance FOR A PUBLIC HEARING ON THE FORMATION OF A NEW CITY IN NORTHERN DEKALB COUNTYWHEN: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013 (7 – 8:30 P.M.)
WHERE: BRIARLAKE BAPTIST CHURCH - SANCTUARY (3715 LaVista Road, Decatur, GA 30033)
MEMBERS OF THE LAKESIDE CITY ALLIANCE WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS AND LISTEN TO YOUR COMMENTS IN ORDER TO ALLOW TIME FOR ALL TO PARTICIPATE, COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS WILL BE LIMITED TO TWO (2) MINUTES. MEETING ATTENDEES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ASK ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS AND TO MAKE ADDITIONAL COMMENTS ONCE OTHERS ATTENDING THE MEETING HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO PARTICIPATE.
VISIT THE ALLIANCE WEBSITE: LAKESIDEALLIANCE.ORG
“LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK: FACEBOOK.COM/LAKESIDECITYALLIANCEGA
FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: TWITTER.COM/CITY_LAKESIDE
JOIN THE DISCUSSION ON OUR YAHOO! GROUP PAGE: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lakesidealliance/“A Voice for Our Community”
YOU’RE INVITED TO A COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ATLANTA GAS LIGHT’S EASTSIDE PIPELINE
WHEN: Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hellenic Community Center at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral | 2500 Clairmont Road, Atlanta
Join us for a Community Open House to learn more about the pipeline construction in the Clairmont area. You may drop in any time between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. at a time that is most convenient for you. Project team members will be on hand to answer your questions at several information stations. There will be no formal presentation.
The Eastside Pipeline Project is part of Atlanta Gas Light’s Pipeline Replacement Program (PRP). PRP is a 15-year program that began in 1998 to replace more than 2,800 miles of bare steel and cast-iron natural gas pipeline in Georgia to ensure the continuing safety and reliability of our natural gas system. The Eastside Pipeline will be a new 24-inch coated steel transmission line that replaces a pipeline originally installed in the 1950s. The approximately 28-mile pipeline will connect our Riverdale liquefied natural gas facility in Clayton County to a connection point in our transmission system near the intersection of Buford Highway and Clairmont Road in DeKalb County. Installation of the pipeline began in 2012 and will continue through 2013. Several sections have already been replaced.
We encourage you to attend to learn more about the Eastside Pipeline in your area. Thank you for your interest in Atlanta Gas Light’s system enhancements.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: 404-584-3130 or firstname.lastname@example.org
October 20, 2012
Noon – 4:00 pm
Rain or Shine
DECA will supply pulled pork, fixins and drinks. We ask that each household bring a side dish or dessert to share with everyone.
This is a kid and family-friendly event. In addition to food, there will be entertainment and various lawn games. Bring a chair or blanket and stay awhile!
If driving, please plan to park on the streets near Shallowford Park.
DECA has extended an invitation to local elected officials.
If you would be willing to help with clean-up, please email Brandy Micklewright at email@example.com
1) Leslie Freymann from Huntley Hills talks about her neighborhood's experience annexing into Chamblee.
2) Speakers TBD regarding the referendum about Charter Schools.
3) Update on late night establishments in the area.
4) Nominations for the 2013 DECA Board.
Committee Formed on Chamblee Annexation Vote, Yes or No Informational Meeting September 11, 2012
In November our neighborhood together with other nearby communities will get a chance to vote on whether to become a part of the city of Chamblee. Area volunteers have formed a committee to learn about this issue and share information so that each citizen can make an informed decision at election time. The purpose of this committee is to try to provide unbiased information through neighborhood newsletters, email directories, fliers, message boards and Facebook groups. The first public meeting with Chamblee and DeKalb County officials has been arranged for September 11, 2012 to answer your questions. Go to “Chamblee Annexation Vote, Yes or No” Facebook group to keep updated on information. The volunteer committee members are comprised of neighbors from Appling Heights, Tanglewood, Variations, Frontier Woods, Surrey Place, Clairmont Terrace, Wakefield Forest, Whispering Hills, and Hill Crest.
Anyone with input for this committee may contact either Ray Collins (firstname.lastname@example.org)
or Ron Dennis (email@example.com)
co-chairs of the committee.
Meeting on Chamblee Annexation Vote
September 11, 2012
7:00 pm @ Dresden Elementary
There will be another informational meeting held in October
CAN member organizations
are sponsoring a CANDIDATES FAIR on Monday, July
9, 7-9pm in the Hellenic Community Center on Clairmont Road.
ELECTION WILL DECIDE A LOT OF THINGS. It is the only time for these
Ballot Questions and for the election of Board of Education members
and Judges. Many County level offices have candidates running
only in one party; there could be only one name on November ballots.
This Candidates' Fair is designed to give
voters access to a lot of candidates in one convenient location and in a way
that allows them to talk to just the candidates they want to talk
A flyer for the event is
attached in both Word and PDF formats. Please circulate and post it widely
wherever you have the opportunity.
Please let your residents/neighbors
know about this useful event.
Additional general info about the Elections (partisan primaries,
non-partisan elections with ballot questions)
DATE is July 31, 2012. The deadline for Voter Registration for this
election (and for its Runoff on Aug 21) is July 2.
Included on the July 31 ballots for voters in central DeKalb are the
- PRIMARY ELECTION For Partisan Offices (Rep & Dem parties only;
voter must select a party to vote on these offices)
- Federal: Congress
- State: Senate, House, DeKalb District Attorney (yes, DA is a state
- County: CEO, County Commissioners (Districts 1 & 6), Tax
Commissioner, Clerk of Superior Court, Sheriff, Solicitor, Chief Magistrate
- ELECTION for NON-PARTISAN Offices
- Judges (many): Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, Superior
Court, Probate Court, State Court
- Board of Education (districts 2, 4, 8)
- BALLOT QUESTIONS (NON-PARTISAN)
- Transportation SPLOST Referendum
- Telecommunication Tower Nonbinding Advisory Referendum
- City of Brookhaven Incorporation Referendum (appears ONLY on ballots
within the proposed Brookhaven area)
In Georgia, every
voter is essentially an independent voter because we are not required to
specify a party
when we REGISTER to vote. The partisan Primary
elections select the party's candidates for the November ballot; voters can vote
in one primary or the other, NOT BOTH. However, everyone gets to vote on
the Non-Partisan items on the ballot. If a voter declines to choose a
party for the Primary elections, he/she can vote only on the Non-Partisan items
on the ballot. If there is a Runoff election (pretty much certain this
year), a voter CANNOT SWITCH parties for the Runoff but must remain in the one
he/she voted in the main election. A voter who did not vote in the main
election can choose a party in the runoff.EARLY VOTING begins July 9 only at
4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300, Decatur (see also http://web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/pdf/GPAdvanceVotingSitesTimes.pdf)
On July 23, five additional Early Voting locations will open (note that this
list has changed since previous elections):
Further information on this election and on
Recreation Center (4898 LaVista Rd, Tucker)
- Chamblee City
Hall (5468 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee)
Clark-Harrison Bldg (330 W Ponce de Leon, Decatur)
Action Center (4522 Flat Shoals Pkwy, Decatur)
- New Bethel A.M.E. Church (8350 Rockbridge
, including a look-up of a voter's voting precinct, an
individual's districts (NEW -- many changes this year), NEW official district
maps, absentee ballot applications, and a host of other information, go to
NOTE: Currently, when you click the "Find My Poll
Location" item on that website, the following message appears:
Poll Location & Elected Representatives
The conversion to the new districts resulting from the 2010
census lines has been completed except for the Board of Education districts,
which have not been pre-cleared by the Department of Justice as required by
the Voting Rights Act. To determine your congressional, senate and state
representative districts, you may access the Secretary of State's MVP page at
To determine your DeKalb County commission district, please contact our office
at Voterreg@dekalbcountyga.gov or
via phone at 404-298-4020.
The CodeRED system will be used to send critical communications, from evacuation notices to missing child alerts.
you see 866-419-5000 displayed, you will know the call is from us. If
you would like to hear the last message delivered to your phone, simply
dial the number back.
Your contact information remains private and will only be used for community notifications.
JOIN OUR DATABASE
To make sure you receive notifications, please register at www.co.dekalb.ga.us For any additional assistance please call D.E.M.A. at 770-270-0413.
We have purchased CodeRED Weather Warning to alert citizens in the path of severe weather.
after a severe thunderstorm, flash flood or tornado warning has been
issued by the National Weather Service, telephone messages will be sent
to affected citizens.
know the call is from CodeRED Weather Warning when you see
800-566-9780. If you'd like to hear the last message delivered to your
phone, simply dial the number back.
contact information remains private. It will only be used for severe
weather alerts, and in areas that have CodeRED for community
notification, you will also receive messages delivered through that
OPT-IN TO GET THE CALL
Sign up to receive alerts for any combination of severe weather warnings at www.co.dekalb.ga.us For any additional assistance please call D.E.M.A. at 770-270-0413.
1.17.2012 Elena Parent The Parent Press
Elena's first Town Hall of the Legislative Session will be Monday Jan. 23 from
6:30 to 8 p.m. at Doraville Library, 3748 Central Avenue, Doraville
30340. There will certainly be some very important information covered in this meeting. We hope to a great turnout by DECA residents to voice their opinions on the state of our neighborhood.