The Halloween party in Dearborn Park on Sunday was a huge success, with fun and games for the kids while adults caught up with old friends and met neighbors.

Turnout was great. I did two counts of adults, with first at 32 and the second, about half an hour later, at 40.  The kids were too numerous and moving around way too fast to even think about counting!

Thanks to Mollie who took the lead for this great event.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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The Wed 5 November MWNA meeting will present:

The principal of Avondale Elementary School, who will discuss and take questions about the school.

The chief operations officer of the DeKalb County School System, who  will discuss and take questions about the Hooper Alexander site.

Our representative on the Board of Education, who  will discuss and take questions about the school system as a whole.

Refreshments will be served, and we are working to provide childcare with confirmation & details to follow.

I urge you to make every effort to participate in this important opportunity for our neighborhood.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com
 

 

 

 

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HALLOWEEN PARTY THIS SUNDAY 10/26!

MWNA Halloween Party, Sunday Oct. 26th, 3-5 pm in Dearborn Park

MWNA Halloween Party, Sunday Oct. 26th, 3-5 pm in Dearborn Park

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Decatur Police – Cautionary Warning – Suspicious Person

Decatur Police – Cautionary Warning – Suspicious Person
On 10/17/14 at approximately 9:09 pm, Decatur Police responded to meet with a parent on Madison Avenue regarding a previous suspicious person incident. The complainant reported his nine-year-old daughter was traveling home from school on her bike at approximately 3:20 pm and noticed an older black male, with a bike, standing on the sidewalk in the area of East Lake Drive and 2nd Avenue. She rode past the male and he then proceeded to ride his bike and travel in the same direction, taking the same three turns as she traveled home. When she turned into her driveway, the male continued on down the street and did not attempt to make contact with her. She informed her parents of the incident later that night.
This incident could have been a simple coincidence or it could have been a situation where a child was intentionally being followed. It can be hard to talk to children about safety and what to do in certain situations when we want to prepare them without scaring them. It is important for parents to have regular, open dialogue about safety issues so that the information is reinforced and the topic is not taboo and scary. For more resources and tips on talking with your children, please visit one of the following websites
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Suspicious characters with a gun by Dearborn Park

Suspicious characters with a gun by Dearborn Park, my partner saw them when running. We’ve alerted the police.

Yea, the urgent alert only allows a certain amount if characters. Two black males, teenagers, the one who had the gun was wearing a red hoodie and sweat pants, he was slim and around 5’8″. The other had longish hair, maybe dreadlocks. My partner was running and didn’t get as good of a look at him. They both smelled strongly of marijuana.

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Hooper Alexander site

Neighbors:

Joshua Williams, Chief Operations Officer for the DeKalb County School System, will discuss and answer questions related to the Hooper Alexander site at the Wednesday 5 November MWNA meeting. Mr. Williams has asked for “stakeholder questions by October 24, 2014 so that I may review them with staff prior to our meeting and properly prepare appropriate responses.”

So… Please use reply to ask the question(s) or express the concern(s) you want Mr. Williams to address. Please reply by Tue 21 Oct so they can be compiled and forwarded before Fri 24 Oct.

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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FYI: City of South DeKalb Update

From Kathryn Rice, a leader of the effort to create the City of South DeKalb:
See attached document.

City South DeKalb Oct 14

Michael Hughes
President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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Unincorporated Islands – Written Legal Opinion

Neighbors:

The attached document, Unincorporated Islands, is the Assistant Legislative Counsel’s written response to Rep. Mayo’s question as to whether an unincorporated island (i.e unincorporated Midway Woods surrounded by existing and new cities) is legally possible. Please read the document, but the Assist. Legal Counsel writes “the answer to your question is a qualified yes.”

Unincorporated Islands

Michael Hughes

President, Midway Woods Neighborhood Association
president@midwaywoodsneighborhood.com

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DeKalb County Watershed Management

From:
John F. James, Project Manager, Consent Decree Program Management Team

DeKalb County has reached a Clean Water Act settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the form of a Consent Decree. The attached letter (Flow Meter) will provide residents with details of the upcoming Flow Meter Installation project. This is the first in a series of on going projects associated with the Consent Decree.

It is our goal to keep residents informed of the activities which may be taking place in their neighborhoods. Please share with your association members via your website, newsletter, or other means of communication.

Flow Meter

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Unincorporated Island

Below are responses from Davis Fox, Policy and Projects Manager for Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon and Representative Mayo received in response to my question of whether the State would allow Midway Woods to exist as an unincorporated island surrounded by new and expanded cities:

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From Davis Fox,  on 9/29/14

Mr. Hughes,

Thank you for writing to Commissioner Gannon regarding annexation and cityhood in DeKalb. We will do our best to respond to your questions, but some of the answers are simply unknown at this point.

The City of South DeKalb is a long way from a reality. Last year a group around Stonecrest Mall proposed to form a new city, however the finances did not pencil-out for a viable city according to a study conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute. Another group has come along in recent months to advocate for a city of South DeKalb that essentially includes everything south of Memorial Drive and U.S. 78. I don’t know if this group has a sufficient following, or where it stands on raising $30,000 for a Carl Vinson financial feasibility study. However, the Stonecrest proposal failed because the study area lacked sufficient commercial properties. It is hard for me to imagine that a larger area with more residential property is going to be financially viable. To date no financial analysis has been conducted for a city of South DeKalb. While there has been a place-holder bill introduced for a city of South DeKalb, the bill has never advanced and no elected officials have been strong advocates for such a city.

A related question is what will be the financial condition of unincorporated DeKalb if Decatur and Avondale annex large commercial properties and if other new cities (Lakeside, Tucker or Briarcliff) are formed? The state process for annexation or forming new cities does not require the General Assembly to analyze or consider the impact of annexation or cityhood on unincorporated DeKalb. The County is attempting to determine this impact. The first numbers – just on forming new cities  – are disturbing. Work is not yet complete. It is possible that the financial implications upon unincorporated DeKalb may cause the legislature to slow down. Right now there is something of a panic among many neighborhoods. Decisions in such an atmosphere are difficult, and it will be helpful to have more data.

While the legislature has a lot of leeway in annexation and forming new cities, they generally will not create “islands” of unincorporated areas surrounded by municipalities. This creates way too many service delivery problems. With all of the other annexation and cityhood discussions, this will be an important consideration in drawing maps. It is unlikely for Midway Woods to be surrounded by cities.

I hope this answers some of your questions. Please feel free to forward this response to interested neighbors

Davis Fox, Policy and Projects Manager for Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon, DeKalb County Board of Commissioners

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Rep. Rahn Mayo, by email 10/6/14

Michael, I spoke to legislative counsel and got an opinion on the act related to unincorporated islands. The intent of the statute was to prevent cities from creating islands when they annex areas. For instance, if Decatur wanted to annex parts of south DeKalb and went around Midway Woods to do so. The code does not apply to unincorporated islands that may be created as a result of the General Assembly creating new cities. This would be the case in the event that the city of South DeKalb were incorporated by an act of the General Assembly. Depending on the specific order of action, the potential upcoming actions could possibly be a violation of the unincorporated island code. With so many variables and hypotheticals it is impossible to provide a definitive answer. I will get a written opinion in the next few days for more clarity.

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