Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MLK work day at the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve [Jan 16]

In honor of MLK Day, the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve will hold a volunteer day from noon until 3pm on Monday, January 16.

Come out and help us with trail maintenance, stream cleanup, and invasive plant removal, among other tasks.

The Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve is located at 2580 Pine Bluff Drive Decatur, GA 30033. For directions, see their website.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


Although the 2"+ snow forecast did not materialize, we did have overnight precipitation and temperatures in the 20's, resulting in a mini ice storm.

Twigs are glazed in ice, sidewalks and pavement look clear but there's a lot of patches of ice. Careful when/if you step out today!

Friday, January 6, 2017

DeKalb County Prepared for Winter Weather & School Closings

via Commissioner Jeff Rader... 

Roads and drainage, public safety and others on standby for significant winter weather DeKalb officials are preparing for the arrival of potentially significant winter weather and are urging residents to stay home and off the roads in icy or snowy conditions.

"We can't stress enough the importance of staying off the roads," said DeKalb CEO Michael Thurmond. "Our crews can better prepare and clear the roads when there are fewer cars and congestion."

County officials will monitor changes in the weather as the region prepares for a winter storm and will coordinate with DeKalb schools, universities and county facilities if early dismissal is required. 

The county's Roads and Drainage division has 16 sand spreaders, more than 1,000 tons of salt and 1,800 tons of sand to make the sand-salt mixture used to clear ice from roads. Staff is also prepared to stay onsite overnight as needed.

DeKalb Police personnel are on standby to be placed on 12-hour shifts. Fleet Management will equip police vehicles with chains should they be needed to navigate snow covered roads.

In addition, the county's 911 call center is fully staffed with additional operators scheduled for the weather event expected to occur on Friday and Saturday.

Officials state that DEMA will activate its Emergency Operations Center to help coordinate operations within the county and with external partners if necessary. The center serves as central command to support critical infrastructure, communicate supplemental needs to Georgia Emergency Management Agency and update media on road conditions.

Weather update from City Schools of Decatur & DeKalb County

Due to forecasts of inclement weather, City Schools of Decatur will begin dismissal one hour early on Friday January 6, 2017. College Heights ECLC, and the Frasier center, will close at 3:00pm Friday January 6, 2017. ALL after school programs are canceled for Friday, January 6, 2017 including, Animal Crackers, Whiz Kids and Project R.E.A.L. Extracurricular and athletic activities are canceled for Friday, January 6, Saturday, January 7, and Sunday, January 8. District administration will continue to work with state and local officials to monitor the weather and provide updates if forecasts change.

DeKalb County Schools will have a two hour early release and has cancelled all after school activities for Friday and the weekend due to the anticipated weather for Friday and Saturday.

Our offices will be closing at 1:00 pm today. We will send out any new information via email, Facebook and Twitter as we receive it.

Make sure to check on elderly neighbors that might need assistance and bring your pets inside! Stay off the roads and be safe. 

Thank you.

- Jeff Rader

Friday, December 23, 2016

SLUP for proposed hotel at 2754 North Decatur Rd. [Jan 4]

MANA has received a request to distribute the following notice, relating to a SLUP application for 2754 North Decatur Road (across the A. S. Turner and Sons Funeral Home). There will be a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 7:00pm at North Decatur United Methodist Church, 1523 Church Street, Decatur, GA 30030.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

PATH: connecting Medlock and Leafmore neighborhoods

Image from PATH website.
PATH's recent press release notes that the South Peachtree Creek Trail is being extended across North Druid Hills Rd. This new construction is marked as "A" in the map to the left. Additional details about the South Peachtree Creek PATH extension are available here.

When complete, this "extension will connect with the South Peachtree Creek Trail at the Mason Mill Tennis Center parking lot thereby providing seamless walks and rides between Leafmore and Medlock Park."

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tree planting at Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve [Dec 10]

from the Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve

This Saturday, we will partner with Trees Atlanta to plant 100 trees at the Preserve. We would welcome additional volunteers. They will start with a demonstration at 9am, so ask volunteers to be there at 8:45am to sign in. See below for more details.
Please share the below info and this video, “How to Plant a Tree” (  with your group and ask them to watch it before they arrive at the project. It will help them understand the work they will be doing and prepare them to plant the trees correctly.

• We will be planting trees from 9 am to 12 pm. Please arrive at 8:45 to get signed in so that we can begin promptly at 9 am. It is important to arrive on time as we only provide one demonstration (it takes 20 minutes) and every volunteer needs to see it. We also want all volunteers to stay for the entire project, and not leave before we finish.
• All ages are welcome, but volunteers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, and all volunteers between the ages of 16 and 17 who are not accompanied by a parent/guardian must have a parent/guardian sign a waiver for them (found here:…/Sign-In-and-Signature-for-Releas…).
• Please ask your volunteers to wear closed-toed shoes or boots, clothes that can get dirty, sunscreen and bug spray as needed.
• I recommend that volunteers bring drinking water in a reusable container. No one-time-use plastic bottles, please.
• Tree planting is hard work, so make sure to tell everyone to eat a good breakfast and come prepared to work hard. A snack might be a good thing for those who tend to lose steam.
• Projects happen rain or shine, so please check the weather beforehand and come prepared.
• Trees Atlanta will provide all necessary tools and instruction, though volunteers may prefer to bring their own work gloves.

Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve
2580 Pine Bluff Drive
Decatur, GA 30033

Friday, November 18, 2016

Two water-related announcements

via Commissioner Rader...

State of Georgia Announces Level 2 Drought Restrictions
DeKalb County residents move to odd/even schedule

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has announced a Level 2 drought response in 52 counties including DeKalb.

For more information, click here.

DeKalb County Adds Water Bill Dispute Locations
DeKalb County residents wishing to dispute their water bills now have additional times and locations throughout the county to begin the dispute process.

In September, DeKalb Interim CEO Lee 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’s Customer Assurance Team.  

For more information, click here


Note: one of the Bill Dispute locations is at North DeKalb Mall