DeKalb to Hold Seventh Annual Neighborhood Summit
Summit features panel on code enforcement, public safety
Public safety and code enforcement are the focus of an upcoming summit during which DeKalb residents can meet various government representatives and learn about services that can improve their neighborhoods and quality of life.
“Working Together for a Cleaner and Safer DeKalb” is the theme of DeKalb County’s seventh annual neighborhood summit which will be held Saturday, July 9, 9 a.m. to noon, at Greater Travelers Rest Church—House of Hope, 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034.
“This summit will give residents the information they need to partner with their government to improve their neighborhoods,” said DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May. “Neighborhoods are the building blocks of a county, and strong neighborhoods will make DeKalb County an even better place to live, work and play.”
The summit is for constituents and homeowner associations interested in obtaining details on DeKalb County operations and projects, as well as obtaining direct contacts for various county agencies, departments and resources.
Attendees will have the opportunity to attend workshops, visit exhibitor stations, meet with community leaders, exchange ideas and learn how to partner with county departments to better their neighborhoods.
New this year, the summit will feature a kids’ corner with a bounce house, face painting, giveaways, and popcorn. Additionally, various law enforcement vehicles will be on display for youth.
Interim CEO May will participate in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on the summit’s theme along with DeKalb County Police James Conroy, Fire Chief Darnell Fullum and code enforcement director Marcus Kellum.
Exhibitors will include representatives from various county departments, divisions and offices such as community development, clerk of Superior Court, fire and police departments, animal control, sanitation, Board of Commissioners, parks and recreation, Keep DeKalb Beautiful, planning and sustainability, traffic engineering, district attorney’s office, solicitor-general’s office, economic development, workforce development, code enforcement, watershed, sheriff’s office and medical examiner’s office.
Workshop topics will include:
For updates and to register for the 2016 DeKalb Neighborhood Summit, visit www.dekalbsummit2016.com.
The Nigerian Olympic Soccer Team will play Charleston Battery at Silverbacks Park in District 1 DeKalb County on July 16, 2016.
Kickoff starts at 8 p.m. For more information, go to www.unitedsoccerafrica.com
2016 MID-YEAR BUDGET MEETING
Tucker Reid H. Cofer Library
5234 Lavista Rd. Tucker, GA 30084
Monday, June 27, 2016 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
A G E N D A
1. 9:30 a.m. FY 2016 Mid-Year Budget Proposal
County Wide Overview
i. Major Changes; ii. Fund Balance; iii. Millage Rate
11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2. 12:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m. Departmental Discussion
i. Development; ii. Administration; iii. Infrastructure; iv. Public Safety; v. Constitutional Officers
Countywide PWI Town Hall
If you are having a problem with your water bill, sanitation, or roads you are invited to attend this countywide Town Hall.
DeKalb County will have senior staff from each department to help you with your personal issue. There is also public comment time so your public servants can hear from you about problems and your insights on solutions.
June 23, 2016
6.30pm - 8.00pm
1300 Commerce Drive
DeKalb County Commissioners Nancy Jester and Jeff Rader
Host SPLOST Town Hall
Public Comment Time on SPLOST for DeKalb Citizens
On Tuesday June 21 - IMMEDIATELY UPON ADJOURNMENT – of the Open House Hosted by the Lee May Administration in the Maloof Auditorium, Commissioners Nancy Jester and Jeff Rader will convene a Pubic Town Hall to allow DeKalb County citizens to offer public comment on the proposed SPLOST.
"Because the Open House as organized does not include an opportunity for public comment, we want to honor the request of numerous citizens to speak to elected officials and senior staff. To afford them this opportunity, we will follow the Administration's presentation with a public forum on the proposed SPLOST. We are happy to host this SPLOST Town Hall and listen to the citizens of DeKalb County about the SPLOST."
On Tuesday June 21, 2016 between 6 – 8 p.m., the Lee May Administration will host an open house for the purposes of informing and educating residents about the upcoming referendum questions. The information that will be made available includes proposed project lists and maps organized by commission district with general information about SPLOST and E-HOST. Staff members from police, fire, parks and recreation, libraries, public works and other departments will be on hand to answer residents’ questions and record feedback.
Commissioners Jester and Rader have invited iCEO Lee May and their fellow members of the Board of Commissioners to attend the SPLOST Town Hall.
Commissioners Jester and Rader have requested staff members from police, fire, parks and recreation, libraries, public works and other departments who will be in attendance for the Open House to stay and listen to the citizens during public comment time at the SPLOST Town Hall.
WHAT: DeKalb County Commissioners Nancy Jester and Jeff Rader SPLOST Town Hall
WHEN: Tuesday June 21 – IMMEDIATELY UPON ADJOURNMENT of the Lee May Administration Open House
WHERE: Maloof Auditorium 1300 Commerce Drive Decatur
Highlight: Public Comment Time
For Additional Information
The Pothole Pledge
Safety, Liability, Efficacy, and Accountability Questions
A Public Letter
The following paragraph included in your June 9, 2016 press release (full release below) raises a few questions.
“This pledge is a positive way for DeKalb leadership to help improve the county’s roads. By signing the pledge, they agree to fill potholes as they see them throughout their travels anywhere in DeKalb County with pothole patching materials that will be kept in their vehicles.”
I appreciate your imaginative approach to dealing with the failing road surfaces in DeKalb. I agree that we need a force multiplier to improve our response time to road surface problems. And, I must state that I believe we should triage the operating budget to reflect this urgency relative to other expenditures.
Again, while I appreciate your dedication to the road surface problems, I have a number of concerns about staff members outside of trained Roads and Drainage crews taking on the task of filling potholes. Please see my questions below:
1. Given the fact that potholes are in roads where traffic is a reality, if a county employee or representative sees a pothole, are they to stop traffic to “fix” the pothole? How will they safely, effectively stop and or reroute traffic while they work to “fix” the pothole?
2. Have authorized employees and representatives received public safety training on how to stop traffic to “fix” a pothole?
3. Alternatively, should authorized employees and representatives call DeKalb Police (or another public safety department) to secure the impacted area as they “fix” a pothole?
4. Has DeKalb County sought opinions on this new program from our legal department or risk management?
5. Have workplace insurance and liability issues been discussed, including any personal liabilities that employees are assuming? If personal liabilities are being assumed, how do we verify that the employee has the appropriate insurance for the use of their vehicle for county business?
6. Have employees and representatives received information on the various jurisdictions so that they avoid state and municipal roads that are maintained by other governmental entities?
7. What are the legal implications, if an employee or representative stops traffic on a non-DeKalb County maintained road and attempts to “fix” a pothole which DeKalb County does not have the legal authority to “fix?”
8. What liability issues does DeKalb have if an employee/representative is injured while “fixing” a pothole? What liability does DeKalb have if an employee's car is damaged while they are “repairing” a pothole? What is our liability if someone is injured while an employee is “fixing” a pothole?
9. What reporting procedures are in place to track, inspect, and verify the repairs completed under this program?
10. What inventory management system is in place regarding the resurfacing materials that will be placed with employees involved with this project?
These are just a few basic questions on safety, liability, efficacy, and accountability.
Potholes are a serious issue. Liabilities and accountability are also serious issues with financial implications. I appreciate your help in working through these important issues.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2016
Interim CEO Lee May and County
Officials to Sign “Pothole Pledge”
DECATUR, Ga. – Interim CEO Lee May and DeKalb County officials are joining forces in an effort to assist the county’s Roads and Drainage Department by signing a “Pothole Pledge” during the Board of Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 9 a.m. in the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.
This pledge is a positive way for DeKalb leadership to help improve the county’s roads. By signing the pledge, they agree to fill potholes as they see them throughout their travels anywhere in DeKalb County with pothole patching materials that will be kept in their vehicles.
The pothole patching material is a new concrete-based mixture, which is being tested by the Roads and Drainage Department. The new mixture lasts longer than the typical material.
“Solving our pothole problems remain a top priority, so I am encouraging all managers to take the pledge and join us in the extension of Pothole Palooza 2016,” said Interim CEO May.
During this year’s Pothole Palooza campaign, roads and drainage filled and patched 1,369 potholes and over 2,500 have been filled since the beginning of the year.