Posts tagged with "peggy merriss"

Avondale and Decatur both see 20 percent growth in tax digest

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt June 1, 2015

Decatur and Avondale Estates are each reporting similar growth in their overall tax digests, and the recent annexation of property in both cities is at least partially responsible. The effect of annexation on the tax digest seems to be greater in Avondale Estates than Decatur, according to the top administrators of both cities. The city […]

City manager turned down other jobs to stay in Decatur

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 3, 2015

This story has been updated. City Manager Peggy Merriss likes her job. The job likes her. So why change? Merriss told Decaturish that she’s entertained other offers during her 22 year stint as the city’s top administrator. Some of them were in great, progressive communities and would’ve paid her more. But her job satisfaction has […]

City Commission considering giving city manager a raise

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt February 2, 2015

City Manager Peggy Merriss has been with the city for 31 years, and has served as City Manager for 22 years. She’s worked with a number of mayors and commissioners. In that time, the City of Decatur has gone from a struggling suburb of Atlanta with a high crime rate to a model of walkable […]

Lawsuit: Operator of train that hit a MARTA bus seeks $1 million in damages

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 29, 2014

This story has been updated.  The operator of a train that collided with a MARTA bus in Decatur on May 22, 2013 has filed a lawsuit against several defendants, including the city of Decatur, seeking $1 million in damages. Early that morning, a MARTA bus became stuck on the tracks at the crossing on McDonough […]

Decatur City Manager says more annexation ‘tweaks’ possible

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 23, 2014

Decatur recently spent several months crafting its annexation master plan. In August, the city awarded a $25,000 contract to the Sizemore Group for annexation master planning services, the same company used by the city schools of Decatur. There were meetings, power point presentations, service delivery reports and exhausting amounts of discussion about a plan that, […]

Decatur School Board delays annexation vote

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 9, 2014

City Schools of Decatur Board of Education members want more time before they’ll give their endorsement to the city’s annexation plans. School Board members on Tuesday, Dec. 9, were set to consider crafting a resolution that would support the city’s updated plan, which was released on Dec. 8. It was expected that the School Board […]

Decatur annexation plan delayed

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 2, 2014

The city of Decatur has delayed releasing its updated annexation master plan. City officials previously announced the final annexation master plan would be completed by Dec. 1. However, there was a death in City Manager Peggy Merriss’ family, which delayed the release of the master plan. Merriss updated the City Commission during the Dec. 1 […]

CSD, Decatur release statement about annexation

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 1, 2014

Decatur City Manager Peggy Merris and City Schools of Decatur Superintendent Phyllis Edwards on Saturday released a joint statement about the city’s annexation plans. The plans provide an updated timeline, suggesting an annexation referendum could make it to the ballot as early as July 2015. Here is the statement from Merriss and Edwards …. The City […]

Questions, confusion cloud annexation idea

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt September 22, 2014

This story has been updated.  A plan to annex the Forrest Hills neighborhood into the city of Avondale Estates is taking some residents in both communities by surprise. There also may be more options for annexation than most Forrest Hills residents realize. Communities in north DeKalb County are pursuing their own cities. The perception is that […]

Annexation plan is last chance, city manager says

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt August 19, 2014

If Decatur intends to expand its city limits, it’s now or never the city manager says. City Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 18, approved a $25,000 contract with the Sizemore Group for annexation master planning services. It’s the same company used by City Schools of Decatur. City Manager Peggy Merriss said CSD and the city will […]

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