Monday, December 17, 2012
With no referendum likely, the annexation issue moves to the General Assembly and faces an uncertain reception.
The Decatur City Commission voted Monday night to move ahead with annexing two heavily commercial areas, despite opposition from business owners and residents who might be brought into the city. The city will next ask the DeKalb County legislative delegation to pass a bill in the upcoming General Assembly authorizing the annexation. The city attorney has said no referendum is necessary because so few people reside in the targeted areas. Commissioner Patti Garrrett noted that assage on the state level is not a certainty, saying "If we vote today to annex, that doesn't mean it will happen." Mayor Bill Floyd said that the General Assembly might still require the city to hold a referendum. The meeting started at 7:30 p.m. but the commission …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Clairmont Heights Civic Association and Medlock Area Neighborhood Association have both come out against the annexation proposal.
Two neighborhood groups have taken positions against the possible annexation of land by the City of Decatur. The Clairmont Heights Civic Association and Medlock Area Neighborhood Association started online petitions asking the City Commission to not annex two heavily commercial areas. Those areas contain the Emory Commons Shopping Center and Suburban Plaza along with about 500 residents. The petitions say: The inevitable tax increases will undoubtedly be a hardship for the tenants and owners of these properties, which are owned by families and individuals who have been long-time owners of their centers and have served our community well. To rip them out of the unincorporated area in order to enrich the Decatur city coffers seems …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Forty-two of them would be age 16 and under.
Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss didn't have a headcount Monday night when she offered an annexation recommendation. She just sent the numbers to Patch. Her plan would bring 511 new residents into the city, with 42 of those residents age 16 and under--that is to say, possible City Schools of Decatur students. It breaks down like this: Merriss recommended Monday night that four heavily residential areas not be annexed right now. If all six areas had been annexed, more than 2,000 new residents would have been added to the city, according to city government estimates. The city thought the six areas would add 228 new city school students, but the school system estimated the number at 276. A power point of Merriss's presentation to the city …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
The day's top headlines for Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Family, Friends Mourn Woman Killed in Midtown Shooting. Police Arrest Two In String Of Auto Break-Ins. Parents Frustrated Over Druid Hills High Transfer Students. Piedmont Ranked Top Metro Acute-Care Hospital. City Manager Says Sandy Springs Main Competition is Alpharetta. Decatur Expands Sidewalk Improvements.