Conversation With A Cop

From the North Central Precinct (ours) of the DeKalb County Police Department:

In order to better serve and protect citizens, DeKalb County Police Department North Central Precinct is conducting on going Community Conversations with residents of the county. We invite all who live, work, and play in DeKalb to attend.

Meet and greet, questions and answers with Precinct Command Staff.                               6:30pm,  Monday, September 29, 2014                                                                                           Briarcliff United Methodist Church, 4150 Briarcliff Road                                                             September discussion topic:  Sexual Assault

For more information call or email Al Fowler.                                                                          770-724-7616,

Posted in Midway Woods Neighborhood News |

MWNA September 2014 Meeting

Rescheduling of Friends of Park Meeting

Options that could (emphasis on could) lead to a significant expansion of Dearborn Park are being explored right now.  Because of this evolving situation, the Friends of the Park meeting has been rescheduled to Wed 8 Oct.

There will be a regular MWNA meeting on Wed 10 Sept @ 7:30 PM at Columbia Presbyterian Church. The primary focus of the meeting will be to discuss and develop a survey to assess neighborhood support for the potential park expansion.  You are invited and encouraged to participate.

Michael Hughes

President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association

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Expense Reimbursement Policy

Your MWNA has adopted the following policy re. reimbursement of expenses incurred.
Reimbursement must be requested before the expense is incurred, with no reimbursement without prior approval.

  • Up to $25 / event: Treasurer
  • Over $25 up to $100 / event:  Treasurer + President, with two yes votes needed
  • Over $100 / event: Treasurer + President + VP + Secretary, with three yes votes needed

Votes for/against reimbursement may be in person, by email, or combination of in-person & email. Reimbursement will be by cash or check at Treasurer’s discretion. Treasurer will notify leadership team of reimbursements made.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association

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City of South DeKalb

FYI,  I pass along the message below, in italics, from Kathryn Rice, a leader in the efforts to create the City of South DeKalb.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association Dear Friends,

 Dear Friends,

The creation of new cities in the northern part of DeKalb county will have a financial impact on you as a resident in South DeKalb – the burden of paying for the County’s expenses will fall on you.  Without a good commercial base in the southern part, it means the County will probably have to raise your property taxes.

 Give yourself the chance of protecting the economic assets in your area.  Give yourself the chance of maintaining your tax rate.  Give yourself the opportunity to focus on economic development in South DeKalb.  How?

 Support a feasibility study for cityhood! 

 We need to raise $5,000 within the next few days so we can pay the deposit for the study.

 Join in our campaign 10 to the 10th Power!!!  I am reaching out to 10 friends (you) to donate at least $10 (we’d appreciate more) so we can conduct a study.  Then we ask that you reach out to 10 friends who will donate at least $10 to help keep your taxes low. By taking 10 friends and continuing to ask them to ask 10 friends we can reach our goal.

To donate go to either and click on the Donate button or go to and click on “Donate to Cityhood for South DeKalb.

 We have to invest in our future.  Make as small or as large a donation as you desire but make a donation!  Let’s protect our land, our property, and our future.  Donate and then ask 10 others to donate so we can do the study that will determine our options.

 If you have any questions, please email

Kathryn Rice, Ph.D.  770-322-3842

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Hooper Alexander Working Group

Do you want a say in what happens at the Hooper Alexander Elementary School (HAES) site?

The school is now a pile of rubble, and final site restoration is scheduled to be completed by mid October.  As of mid August, the DeKalb County School System (DCSS) had made no formal decision regarding the future use of the property.  However, the plan for this, and other surplus DCSS properties, will include a formal community engagement process.

We need to organize now if we’re to influence what happens at the site.

I propose we form a working group of Midway Woods homeowners to make sure we always have current information on the developing plan and a consistent voice in expressing our concerns and suggestions.

If you want a say and are willing to invest your time and talent to be heard, please notify me by email to

Thank you


Michael Hughes, President                                                                                                   Midway Woods Neighborhood Association             

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DeKalb County Charter System

The DeKalb County School System (DCSS) is seeking to become a charter system and is seeking community input into issues of school flexibility, autonomy, and governance and student learning.

Parents, teachers, & community members seeking the opportunity to provide input are invited to attend one of five scheduled community engagement sessions, as follows:

Region IV             Tue 26 Aug        @ 6:00 PM          @ Lithonia HS

Region II              Wed 27 Aug        @ 6:00 PM          @ Lakeside HS

Region 1               Thu 28 Aug        @ 6:00 PM          @ Dunwoody HS

Region V              Tue 2 Sep            @ 6:00 PM          @ Towers HS

Region III             Wed 3 Sep           @ 6:00 PM          @ Stephenson HS

The Georgia Department of Education provides information on charter systems at

The attached documents are (1) the official invitatiation to and schedule of the public hearings & (2) Frequently asked questions from the Fulton County Schools charter -system application.

DCSS Public Hearing Schedule    FCS FAQ

Michael Hughes President,                                                                                                 Midwaywoods Neighborhood Association         

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Hooper Alexander Update

Dr. Michael Erwin, our Member on the Board of Education, provided the following information on the Hooper Alexander site.

  • Demolition Permit has been obtained
  • All hazardous materials removed and abatement of existing facility has been completed
  • Security fencing has been installed. Our demolition contractor has been informed (of fence-related issues) and all repairs will be made immediately to ensure the site is properly secure.
  • Erosion control measures are installed
  • All pest mitigation efforts are ongoing and will be completed the week of 8-18-14
  • Existing structure is scheduled to be removed between 8-25-14 through 9-15-14
  • The underground utilities are scheduled to be removed and properly capped between 9-15-14 through 9-30-14
  • Final site restoration is scheduled between 9-30-14 through 10-10-14
  • Once the building has been completely demolished our demolition contractor will properly grade and reseed the site to allow for green space.
  • At this time, no formal decision has been made regarding the future use of this property. Our Operations Division is in the process of securing a professional service firm to assist with developing a comprehensive plan for all surplus properties within the District. This plan will include a formal community engagement process which will be developed over the next several months. Staff will provide an overview of such plan in the months ahead. In the meantime, our Operations staff will work with our Regional Superintendent to schedule a community meeting to provide updates regarding the status of this demolition project.

Michael Hughes                                                                                                                   President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association

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Hooper Alexander and Michael Erwin

With respect to the Hooper Alexander ES site, I have established a line of communication to the DeKalb County School District Superintendent through our BOE Member, Dr. Michael Erwin.  Dr. Erwin told me discussion of the development of the site is in the very early stages, and the Board and Administration will be responsive to neighborhood needs.

Dr. Erwin requested that questions, concerns, & suggestions related to the Hooper Alexander site be directed to the Superintendent through him.  Dr. Erwin welcomed, endorsed, and thanked me for my offer to serve as the liaison for communication between the School District and our neighborhood.

I will be proposing to the Midway Woods Neighborhood Association that we establish a Hooper Alexander working group to gather information, identify our concerns, and develop our recommendations.  I will propose that I chair the working group & that it include the Safety and Environmental officers of the MWNA, Dorothy Rd home owners, and Memorial Dr business owners.  I invite Dorothy Rd homeowners who want to participate in this work group, if the proposal is ratified, to contact me at president&

In the meantime, to maximize our credibility and our voice re the Hooper Alexander site, I ask you to funnel your questions, concerns, and suggestions to the School District through me to Dr. Erwin and the Superintendent.

I am optimistic and excited the site will be transformed into a neighborhood asset, and I look forward to our community working together to help make that improvement happen.

Thank you


Michael Hughes                                                                                                                   President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association

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Events & Activities, suggestions

A neighbor submitted the following suggestions via private message on Nextdoor:

Families; Movies in the park
Kids; Scavenger hunt in the park
Adults: Wine event

Your thoughts on these?                                                                                                             Your ideas?

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association

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