Jan-16 Neighborhood Association Meeting Notes

Below are the notes taken by Ms. Andrea Kay Smith during our January 16th Neighborhood Association Meeting. Reminder that our next meeting will take place at Mt. Welcome Baptist Church (on Parker Ave) on February 20th.

  • Julius did a fantastic job & received good response from over 20 residents who attended as we acknowledged MLK & Falcons &  created List for 2017 that Veronica took notes on.
  • Parks & Rec Victoria Burgos (404-371-2188) made a good presentation about how she can help B/B Community Garden.
  • To reduce crime in the B/B Park & at the Lake, Victoria suggested Officer Balkeos be called 770-652-8579.
  • Deacon John Whitaker (404-377-1668) insisted someone call him to confirm ELTNA meeting which was not done for this meeting. The room we usually meet in was under repair & we had to be rerouted to a room in the main sanctuary. Signs were made & Charles Dorsey & Willy Fletcher helped direct people.
  • There were 5 residents who were attending for the 1st time; 2 that wanted to be added to Nextdoor which I will do.
  • In attendance: Veronica Gillyard, Ruby McDowell, Celina Farquhar, Wanda Goggins, Carol Peeples, Dianne Fowler, Brenda Gaither, Grace Pass, Sherry Oxendine, Ms. Leo, Quanda Wilson/Bethel Baptist, Willy Fletcher, Charles Dorsey, Eva Robinson, Leila Mosley, Julius Kevinezz, Mamie B. Lewis, Willie Mosley, Andrea Deacon, John Whitaker, Hunter Marx. Not everyone signed in.
  • There were no refreshments.
  • 2/1/17 Wed 6:30pm Neighbors Against Cityhood & Annexation will meet @ Scott Candler Library.
  • 2/28/17 10am someone from ELTNA must attend the Commissioners Meeting in Manuel Maloof Bldg @ Trinity & Commerce in downtown Decatur to speak about speed bumps on Hillside Dr. Joe Przedwiecki is coordinating this effort, so let him know you are attending (email above).
  • A developer who purchased 3 houses on Marion Circle near the Lake would like to help ELTNA. The contact person is Hunter Marx 678-548-1232.
  • Remember at the beginning of every meeting to thank Mt. Welcome & disclaimer about opinions expressed are ELTNA.
  • Has anyone made contact with ELTNA Board member Sharon Curtis?
  • Thanks to ELTNA resident Grace Pass who lives on Cogar & has agreed to put a Yard sign up @ 2nd Ave. Dianne Fowler is doing a good job getting Yard signs out to neighbors. Charles Dorsey always puts one out at the church for which I gave him a gift last night.

Thank you to those who attended!

Happy Holidays, Everyone!

The holiday season has begun.  We’re probably still finishing our candy, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and stores are already selling decorations for Christmas and Hannukah. We might as well go ahead and get a New Years party hat too, right? The main event at our next meeting, which is also our last monthly meeting of the year, is that we will vote to elect the board members of our Association that were nominated at our October meeting.

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We have seen a wonderful increase in participation in neighborhood events this year and also in the way we are communicating with one another and our county officials. We had a lot of visits from them and it helped to encourage the strong relationship that is so necessary if we want to improve this area. Some of the offices that pledged their support to our cause are the Dekalb County Police South Precinct, Code Enforcement, the Fire Department, the Marshall’s office, and the Board of Commissioners. We plan to work with them in 2016 to continue to build on the foundation we have created.

So, what are some of the challenges we’ll face in 2016 and how can we work to solve them? I’ll skip to the answer before listing any of them specifically. We must communicate more and work together on an increasing scale and actively involve our county officials in supporting our mission to improve this are.

  • Burglaries & Robberies 
    Follow basic safety guidelines like lighting the outside of your house, securing your doors and windows, adding cameras, watching out for your neighbors’ homes, and calling 911 anytime you see anything suspicious. We can also work more closely with the police to identify likely suspects
  • Unkept or Abandoned Properties
    Make sure these homes are known to the Police, Code Enforcement, the Dekalb Vacant Home registry or Foreclosure registry, and the Dekalb Co. Board of Health. Talk with the owners (if possible) to see if they need some kind of help in maintaining their home.
  • Speeding through our Streets
    Commission a speed study for those streets to see if they qualify for speed humps and if they do, work to get home owners to sign the agreement to have them installed.
  • Neighbors in Need
    Identify who needs help and what kind. Work to find resources through groups that offer assistance of that kind.  Some of these are non-profits that focus on seniors or low income households, churches, county and state government offices, local grants, and us!
  • Drugs and Prostitution
    Continue to talk with the Police, especially their Drug Task Force and Vice team. Map these homes, report them to the police and monitor their progress. Invite the local news. The same houses and corners have been the problem for more than a decade, sometimes several! Get to know the County Solicitor’s and DA’s offices and their staff.  Enroll and participate in the Court Watch program. Host neighborhood sit-ins at these locations and invite the Police to join us!
  • Communication
    Help us reach you through volunteering to hand out flyers, passing information on to your neighbors with no internet access, invite friends and neighbors to join our social media sites like Facebook and Nextdoor if you see they are not on there. Come to the monthly neighborhood association meetings and socialize with your neighbors. The better we know one another, the more we talk, right?
  • Social Events and Community Outreach
    Part of building this community involves getting together in a social environment to get to know one another better. Sometimes, we should work to better the neighborhood physically together and others, we should get out and do things like have dinner together or play Bingo. We can cook out at the lake, clean up the streets, hold beautification events, and so much more but we need YOUR participation to make these things happen. Without volunteers, there is no event. This will be a far stronger focus in 2016 so please give us your ideas and lend a hand to help make it happen.  Thanks in advance for helping!

Let’s all come together in 2016 and continue to strengthen our friendships with one another. Let’s work on some projects, beautify the neighborhood, get together at least once a month, and show our appreciation for all those around us who work every day to make East Lake Terrace a wonderful place to live!