Decatur Dispatch - March 2019

• LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown N ews A tlanta Volume 29, No. 3 • MARCH 2019 Decatur Dispatch Covering De atur, Druid Hills, Emory, Sage Hill, Toco Hill, & Avondale Estates PRICELESS ISSUE! Pathway areas surrounding the Emory University district are slated to provide opportunities for human powered transit—pedestrian and cycling—now and more into the foreseeable future. That’s because Emory is strategically working with the PATH Foundation, an ATL non- profit dedicated to public greenways. Scheduled for about May 2019, con- struction will commence on 2 new multiuse greenways radiating from Emory to connect with the South Peachtree Creek Trail. The entire project is to be finished in 2020, but Emory anticipates the trail will be ready for the start of the fall 2019 semester. Objectives of all PATH projects are to substantially keep pedestrians, runners and walkers, as well as cyclists, clear of auto traffic. New trails are to be complemented by sidewalks wid- ened to about 10 feet, thereby creating dual direction human traffic. Impending completion of the Emory PATH proj- ects, however, has led to a much larger dream. Said Ed McBrayer, executive director of PATH Foundation, “One of our goals is to connect all of Atlanta’s Emory PATHProjects Aid HumanPoweredTransit AroundArea Near Emory, recently opened section of South Peachtree Creek Trail is becoming connected. (Image courtesy of Emory) Continued on page 17 Police Chief James Conroy To Retire Chief James Conroy will retire in April 2019 after dedicating 30 years to improving public safety in DeKalb County. DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond announces the retirement of Police Chief James Conroy, effec- tive April 30, 2019. Chief Conroy grew up in DeKalb County and dedi- cated his entire career to improving public safety in DeKalb. “Chief Conroy is an example of the best DeKalb County has to offer,” said CEO Thurmond. “His selfless dedication to public service and commitment to honesty, integ- rity and professionalism has set an example for all DeKalb employees.” Continued on page 10