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Stephen March 16, 2014 at 09:09 AM
There is also no lake in Lakeside. The dam broke decades ago, flooded Briarcliff Road for days andRead Mores ilted Echo Lake so bad that it almost destroyed it. LHS was built during the growth phase of the Dekalb School System. At one time it was one of the top high schools in the nation. Now,not so much. But I do believe LHS and Dekalb County can be on Top again. It will however require people to work together instead of running from each other.
Donna March 18, 2014 at 09:16 AM
We're just as happy on this end that you're not in Tucker, Randy, but what on earth will you findRead Moreto berate and belittle people over now?
Cheryl Miller March 18, 2014 at 10:01 AM
RandyRand, if your address says Tucker, then you still live in Tucker. Nothing has changed.
RandyRand March 19, 2014 at 12:10 AM
We were going to name a Cell Tower after you over here Cheryl. But to be consisent the brodcastingRead Mores ignal will need to be pure static! The fact that you produce enough of that from you low position over there in your north Clarkston villa gave us good reason to rethink it!
Adam Sutherland March 20, 2014 at 11:09 AM
This resolution is a joke, right?
Cheryl Miller March 21, 2014 at 08:46 PM
Thank you Donna! I have received a lot of support and appreciate those who understand how doingRead Morethe right thing and being popular cannot always go hand in hand. I am honored that Rep. Drenner recognized me and it was a nice way to conclude this experience on a high note. Bullies should never be rewarded for their immature means of showcasing their own insecurities. It pains me to think that there are children being raised by people who think that kind of behavior is okay. Dekalb clearly has a long way to go before it realizes how uncool rock bottom actually is.
Cheryl Miller March 21, 2014 at 09:29 PM
By the way, does anyone care to explain why the own/rent percentages on schooldigger.com showed upRead Moret he way they did, using zillow.com data? I wonder if there are a lot more renters in homes everywhere than most of us realize??
rwf March 12, 2014 at 03:12 PM
SB 270 has been tabled. Briarcliff is dead on arrival (per MMO). Tucker and Lakeside have agreed to Read Morea map whereas Lakeside has conceded the Midvale district and the commercial areas south of Northlake Mall to Tucker. (Though unstated, I presume this includes Henderson Park.) The bill was tabled due to the confusion of the last minute changes and, I hope, to allow a process to proceed that will allow both the Lakeside and Tucker bills to move forward in this Session.
RandyRand March 12, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Politially speaking both bills passing and being on the ballot at the same time would remove a huge Read Moreus vs them issue for the Cityhood movement. I don't know if Tucker can react fast enough for their bill to proceed this term! Could it be that rwf and randyrand have found a major point we agree on?
Donna March 12, 2014 at 05:00 PM
And that is??
Roger Kennedy March 05, 2014 at 03:49 PM
Back in 2010, DeKalb County said they identified more than $1.4 billion in critical capitalRead Moreimprovem ent projects that are needed in its water and sewer system over the next five years. The County says these investments are crucial to the health and welfare of the residents and businesses in DeKalb County – they provide for the continued supply of safe drinking water, adequate fire protection, opportunity for continued growth and development, and comprehensive wastewater collection and treatment, in full compliance with all state and federal regulations. The County’s treatment plants, as well as thousands of miles of water and sewer pipes, need significant repairs and upgrades. For example, the Snapfinger Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in 1963, and has not had substantial upgrades since 1983; the Polebridge Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in 1973, and was last substantially updated in 1990. Extensive work is necessary to address aged conditions, satisfy tightening federal and state regulations for water and wastewater, and plan for future demands due to growth. Among the critical types of improvements are the following: $378 million to rebuild, upgrade, and expand the Snapfinger Wastewater Treatment Plant. $65 million to upgrade sections of the Polebridge Wastewater Treatment Plant. $38 million to upgrade the Scott Candler Water Treatment Plant. $179 million to repair, replace, and update parts of the water distribution system. $600 million to repair, replace, and update the wastewater collection system. $82 million to begin water reuse and to return treated wastewater to the Chattahoochee River, per state water planning requirements. $36 million for vehicles and equipment necessary to deliver repairs and improvements to the water and wastewater systems To finance the cost of the capital improvements program, DeKalb County found it necessary to raise water and sewer rates each year by 11% for the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 which amounts to an increase of approximately $8.00 to $12.00 per month for the average household each year until 2014. http://brookhavenpost.co/dekalb-county-water-and-sewer-rates-increase/12024
Joy Schwab Johnson March 07, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Mr. Kennedy: Your detailed input is much appreciated! I am aware of the "extensive workRead Morenecessa ry to address aged conditions" and the water/sewer rate changes that as you say were incrementally raised the past three years. I debate none of this. I only desire an explanation of SUDDEN, un explainable SPIKES in individual bills where rates cannot account for the difference, and where the resident/s insist usage has not changed significantly. I will continue to solicit an answer to these (minority) issues, ESPECIALLY as I suspect there may be infrastructure issues NOT admitted by the county such as NEW meters and/or piping affecting individual bills without the residents' knowledge or any explanation. These residents are sharing their Dekalb Water bills with me and I will be reviewing on an individual basis. Thank you so much for the solid information and history. If you are with the County perhaps you can be of assistance with my research! Thanks again. Joy Johnson Tucker
savent March 17, 2014 at 12:29 AM
The water line replacement on Henderson Road has been under construction since Thanksgiving. TheRead Morepr ocess has been slow sloppy and disjointed, the Contractor comes and goes. Has left exposed soil for months with visible runoff to the storm drain leading to the spring fed creek that feeds Lake Erin. Poured substandard concrete and curbing, left meters and valves at various elevations. Food trash of our curb on a repetitive basis. I am Pro-Dekalb County and this workmanship or lack thereof makes it very difficult to defend their existence.
RandyRand March 05, 2014 at 09:40 AM
If adding an “ie” to Ms Skook, as a form of endearment makes me juvenile in your bookRead MoreD onna, I am ok with that. And may I say that Gray is a good color for you!
Donna March 05, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Randy, nowhere in this Tucker post do I see a Ms. Skook and, if you were only addingRead More"ie", wouldn't that be "Skookie" (which I must admit sounds a little "coo-kie") instead of "Snookie"? I don't believe for one minute you meant "Snookie" as a form endearment. I see through all your pompous BS, and I'm sure others here do as well. As for your "gray" comment that sounds like more juvenile BS (whatever it's supposed to mean?) I'm ok with that. Everything is not always black and white, but you are always an ass. Or is it redundant for me to say that? Good day, sir. I have more important things to do today than banter with you.
RandyRand March 05, 2014 at 11:02 AM
Oh.....Donna you got me! Freudian slip on my part as I intended to type "Ms Snook" andRead Moresom e how "kook" was typed instead of "nook"! Remain calm and carry on now!
Frannie D. February 28, 2014 at 03:21 PM
Ah give it up, Jim, there's no use in trying to soften up hardened minds who have already decidedRead Moreth ey aint-a-budging. Luckily there are many more free thinkers out there who are starting to see that compromise was on the table all along, and is the only real solution that will allow us all to have a vote. You just can't change some. And to the new crowd joining the voices of reason: Welcome to the light side! You're right about everyone needing to reset though, and give benefits of the doubt. Mutual trust will win over bitterness and anger in the end.
RandyRand February 28, 2014 at 04:02 PM
How do you know when your new city efforts are really dead? (Tucker 2014 Version). 1.When yourRead MoreBills sponsor meekly infers “it’s likely too late” “the train may have already left for 2014”! You gotta give Michelle Henson some history kudos though for using a “train” when dropping that bomb! 2.When your Tucker “leaders” believe they must resort to PAR:”Posing as Republicans”, in an attempt to now shuck Michelle Henson and distance themselves from their own Democrat associated minority party problems! 3.When you finally get to present to a GA House committee made up of 11 Republicans, 5 Dems, and 1 independent, you receive the infamous “kiss of death”: unwaveringly polite complements on your efforts/ presentation. 4. And then, when you are accurately wondering if you really still have a chance, when you sense you are down to your last play, you actually have to ask about the very real crossover calendar deadline, and then you believe it when you hope you heard “normal calendars” don’t apply this year! Hope you got that in writing!
Anita March 01, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Hello Frannie D, RFW did a good job of clarifying the post that I never saw. With over 1,350Read Moremembers on TTT, it's simply impossible to read each and every post. Humanly Impossible. We have jobs first and foremost and do the very best we can to read as much as we can. Feel free to voice/text me 7 days/week from 8am-8pm. 404-641-9433. Please leave your name, number, and best time to contact you. Sorry; can't email and multi-task. Thanks so much! For the greater good of Tucker, -Anita Stoltzfus Tucker Town Talk Founder Founded in 2011 (yes, 2.5 years ago)
RandyRand February 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM
I am not anti Tucker, rather I am anti Tucker Civic Association lies, I am anti Tucker communityRead Morecre ep claiming my area inside 285 as Tucker and offering zero cityhood benefit, I am anti Tucker Crime and believe the area of Tucker needs a focused police force, I am anti Tucker status quo and believe that Tucker’s problems are actually perpetuated by its many misaligned fiefdoms and blue haired navel contemplators who start every meeting off with another Old Business rerun: “we report the Tucker we all know and love is firmly embracing it’s history of non achievement once again .” followed by applause!
TruthWillSetYouFree February 26, 2014 at 07:03 AM
Your anti Tucker crime yet you support LCA which brings in a chunk of Tucker and using your wordsRead More&q uot;offering zero cityhood benefit." It would seem then you should be for the COBI plan which is more feasible and leaves Tucker to be Tucker. One has to wonder Randy if you are on the LCA/Rossetta Stone Communications payroll or maybe your looking to grab our tax money like the other big corporate LCA supporters.
Doctor DeKalb February 26, 2014 at 08:37 AM
On the docket: HB 574 Johns Creek; City of; changing millage rate for ad valorem property taxes;Read Morecl arify cap So, speaking of... does the Lakeside / Briar / Tuck bill have a millage cap in it?
Bill Lowe February 19, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Since someone wants to bring race into the discussion, perhaps the mighty fine Tucker folks canRead Moreexp lain how their racial makeup compares to that of other cities---both existing and those that wish to be. The whiteness percentage of some areas may just surprise you---especially if you are using 2010 census data. The creation of a city is not about race. It is about resetting portions of the current system to a smaller more manageable government that is truly local. Those elected in these new cities and existing cities actually live in close proximity to the areas they control and issues they will be presiding over. Race plays a tiny role in city making. If you want to bring race into the discussion, go ahead and take notice of the race discrepancies within the schools that are within these cities and the actual census data for the areas around the schools. Let the facts speak for themselves.
Longerthanu February 19, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Anna, I understand a whole lot more than you think, or apparently can express coherently.
Cheryl Miller February 23, 2014 at 02:44 PM
Bill, I would ask them for you, but they don't like to answer questions. They don't even know whoRead Mored rew the Tucker 2014 map. I can take a few guesses, but don't wish to antagonize RandyRand who is determined to connect the cell tower issue and the city issue. Maybe its time he explains why.
James J MacInnis February 19, 2014 at 08:56 PM
To Ms Miller, good post! I admit to being in the generation that took logic, religion, philosophyRead Morea nd many other similar courses in College but am out of practice expressing myself clearly. Having lived in many states and school districts over the years it is very sad to see where the "public schools" have ended up. I grew up in one of the first states to establish "public education." But, thanks to GA voters before me, this issue was decided and failure is what they achieved. Until they decide the correct way to begin rebuilding is to not allow independent or separate taxation by schools, with no oversight by the county government, they will continue to fail (despite grade inflation). The Country was built on individual achievement and hard work despite all the obstacles, but you know that. Money and more money will not correct that drive to rise above one's circumstances. But I digress, it's all our fault, voter indifference, busy work schedules, unbelievable parent or citizen ignorance, vanishing strong role models, weak leadership (or self serving) - you name it. The one point that stands out is - a lot of people want SOMETHING out of our government for themselves, but they just don't understand that the one thing they want is what government can't give - and that's an easy path thru life. Creating more cities or their own little enclave thru Mr. Millar (I actually never heard of him, but it sounds like Donna has) in charge, won't save any of us. Good government will provide only the services absolutely necessary and manage the money taken from us well. Income redistribution, sense of entitlement, trying to create equal outcomes for all thru government, "the nanny state" are all failing and faster than we thought. County government was a great concept for all the reasons we have heard before. Why did it fail - your opinion is probably as valid as mine. But, elect people who will fix it, not based on popularity, etc, etc. Sorry to ramble, I've got to get up and go to work in the morning, but would like to wake up somebody out there up and generate more thought.
Donna February 19, 2014 at 10:10 PM
Yes, I agree that more govt or "different" govt by the same folks is no improvement. MyRead Moreth ought was that the original article demonstrated just how far some folks (Millar and his cohorts) are willing to go to create their own little enclave. And at whose expense? Not meaning disrespect to Mr. MacInnis (if you really don't know Millar and how could you not if you follow this story for long), but you did sound a little like one of "those" people we see here so often that pretend they don't understand anyone's perspective that's different from their own, and all the while insisting that we understand (and even accept) theirs. My patience is wearing thin with all the bickering back and forth and nothing whatsoever being resolved. It's all about me, me, me with some folks. No man (or small group of neighbors, in this case) is an island in this world and they can't grow and thrive by pretending that they are. The world will move on without them. Now, I've rambled enough, too, for one evening. Good night.
James J MacInnis February 26, 2014 at 04:58 PM
Hmm, lets stop the partisan BS, you obviously don't think much of Mr. Millar - ie, you must be aRead Moredem ocrat? I cannot change your mind and won't try. See my recent post on "speak out". You are right in that, "you (local?) see often" (probably very large percentage) people who are not born here (local) anymore." Where have you been for the last 20 years? You misunderstand about "ME". I really don't want to know a lot about you. I want low taxes, less government, less intrusion into my life and better delivery of NEEDED services. If you live next to me, I really don't care whether I see you often or not. A great American Poet, Robert Frost (from the same area I'm originally from) once said something like "Good neighbors have high and well maintained fences." The same is true with government - the less the better. Tucker vs Lakeside vs Brookwho vs Stone Mountain - so what? The purpose of government based on the Constitution is not more social welfare! One is in charge of one's own destiny - not the government. Equal opportunity - not equal outcome. If you decide you don't want to apply yourself at school you may very well end up a moron and don't expect me to support you in a lifestyle some bureaucrat decides is equal or fair. Don't get me wrong, I strongly believe there are those with any number of reasons who need help and deserve it. It's how we keep redefining those who really are in need of help. Our government safety net has limits based on what we can afford to pay. National defense is a function of the Federal Government not a large portion of what currently is being spent for this other stuff. The Constitution was set up to define the LIMITS of its power. The ruling class is not the taxpayer. In a few more years many should say what is the purpose of County or State for that matter? We don't need them, they cost us a lot of money and really just provide jobs in unneeded areas. Hello federal police and fire (homeland security)? The duplication or layering (featherbedding) of bureaucracy is never ending. Rambling?
Keith Hanks February 18, 2014 at 09:20 AM
Isn't Stonecrest slated at 45%? If that's the case, need to consider 89 minus 45, because withRead MoreStone crest not clearing a feasibility study I don't see how it has a 50/50 shot.
RandyRand February 25, 2014 at 02:18 PM
Check out how lowTuckers so called "leadership" is willing to go! More from the Press:Read More&qu ot;Rumors have it that the folks who are going around the Gold Dome sporting stickers that say "Republicans for Tucker" and "Republicans Against Lakeside" are actually all Democrats playing identity games to try and stop the City of Lakeside" http://secure.campaigner.com/Campaigner/Public/t.show?6db0k--3g0t2-cem3135&_v=2
Tuckered Out in Tucker February 18, 2014 at 09:38 AM
Anyone who supports or votes for Hillary is a traitor to this country. There I said it!!