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Press Releases

Sep 30
2016

Nancy Jester Supports DeKalb County Police and Fire Departments 

The following statement is from Commissioner Nancy Jester:

 It is important that Lee May listen to the members of the DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police and the DeKalb Professional Firefighters International Association of Firefighters Local 1492 and let the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners protect and serve the heroes who protect and serve DeKalb County.

It is time for Lee May to let the BOC go back to work and tear down this wall he put up which divides DeKalb County.

Sep 30
2016

DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police

September 29, 2016

Interim CEO Lee May,

The membership of the DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police respectfully asks that you rescind your Executive Order prohibiting county staff from being available to commissioners outside of their districts.

Commissioners who participate in ride-a-longs, events, and activities outside of their districts have the ability to make well-educated decisions when they vote on items which impact countywide public safety operations.

Your attempt to limit our duly elected commissioners from making educated decisions and votes is a disservice to the members of DeKalb County law enforcement and the citizens we serve.

The membership of the DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police not only supports our commissioners participating in county wide ride-a-longs, events, and activities outside of their districts; we believe it to enhance the safety of all law enforcement in DeKalb County and view these activities to be positive.

Doing ride-a-longs provides our commissioners with the information they need to know, and what each precinct and division really deals with in a very unique and important manner. The DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police speaks on behalf of law enforcement in DeKalb County and respectfully asks you to rescind your Executive Order which creates a wall of division from law enforcement officers and their commissioners.

The DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police has a long tradition of supporting ride alongs. It is essential that our commissioners have a countywide perspective on the entire public safety operation. Your Executive Order is a detriment to DeKalb County law enforcement, lowers morale, builds walls, and creates an unnecessary distraction to our officers.

You deserve to know, many of our officers appreciated the ability to personally invite a commissioner to ride with them. Your Executive Order has the unfortunate reality of denying this opportunity to them. The DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police wants this opportunity restored.

There should be no walls between law enforcement and our commissioners who provide funding for our budget and provide oversight on our operations.

Thank you for your consideration to rescind this order.

 Best Regards,

Jeff Wiggs

President

DeKalb Fraternal Order of Police

Sep 30
2016

DeKalb Professional Firefighters

International Association of Firefighters

Local 1492

It has come to our attention that a mandate was issued recently that prohibits members of the Board of Commissioners from utilizing county staff to organize community meetings or participating in activities outside of the district they have been elected to represent. Unfortunately, the citizens of DeKalb County have been facing a crisis in leadership within the county government that, for years, has only served to exacerbate a wider set of problems that impact residents countywide. As leadership has begun to change in public offices, both elected and appointed, these problems are coming to light and we are beginning to understand the full scope of the challenges we must overcome to restore DeKalb County to prominence. If we as a county are going to find successful solutions for these real and often complicated issues our leadership must be willing to continue to shine light where there is darkness in an effort to gain the understanding needed to facilitate effective change

One may ask why an elected official can’t participate in activities solely within their district and gain the knowledge necessary to craft effective policy. The answer is that while we may be “One DeKalb” all problems are not felt equally countywide. Often there are nuances to the issues that result in a disproportionate impact on citizens in one corner of the county or another. Solving these issues will require our elected leaders to go out into the community to better understand what is happening across all of DeKalb County if we are going to reasonably expect them to find solutions that work.

The public safety agencies within DeKalb County, such as DeKalb County Fire Rescue, have provided a set of well documented and systemic challenges ranging from high attrition, dated facilities, and a lack of growth needed to effectively address increases in call volume and population shifts in recent decades. Rather than discouraging our county leaders from visiting all parts of the county we believe we should be encouraging our elected leaders to step up their involvement.

Those of us that serve the citizens of DeKalb County within the various public safety agencies shutter at the idea of not being able to cross jurisdictional lines to meet the needs of the citizens we have sworn to serve and protect. Every day the men and women of DeKalb County Fire Rescue crisscross station boundaries to ensure that citizens experiencing a crisis receive timely and excellent service from the closest available crew of DeKalb firefighters. We support all elected officials in joining the men and women of DeKalb County Fire Rescue in the community with a boots on the ground mentality so that they can see that the work our personnel do every day exemplifies the best of the “One DeKalb” motto while also seeing how the challenges we face vary from one commission district to another.

We ask that ICEO May reflect on the wisdom of the “One DeKalb” motto that our men and women exemplify every day and rescind the mandate limiting the work of our commissioners so those that are willing will have the opportunity to continue to take on our challenges head on across the county in an effort to move DeKalb County forward.

 DeKalb Professional Firefighters

International Association of Firefighters

Local 1492

Sep 27
2016

During today’s DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meeting while commissioners were working together on the important issues facing the taxpayers of DeKalb County, CEO Lee May had staff send out an e-mail that destroys the spirit of One DeKalb – The very slogan the administration created and frequently invokes.  It is also an ideal that many people are working hard to achieve.

The e-mail is very short and reads:

The ICEO has directed staff to support individual commissioners and or their staff only when conducting activities in their district.  Therefore, staff will no longer be available to host Commissioners outside of their district without the consent of the ICEO.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call me or Lee.

I have decided to title this policy “The Lee May: We Are NOT One DeKalb Policy.”

This policy is a direct insult to taxpayers across the county.  It is counterproductive to reforming DeKalb.  It is a far cry from the bridge building that needs to happen.   

Taxpayers from every district fund county operations throughout the county. Those taxpayers have every right to have their duly elected county commissioner conduct activities anywhere in the county to ensure the integrity of the Budget and exercise oversight over the Administration.  Indeed, the votes of each commissioner affect taxpayers and residents throughout the county and not simply in one district.  Problems in one area affect the entire county as the tax digest and reputation erodes if blight is permitted to take hold anywhere.   

An unelected CEO who has about three months left in office is revealing his disrespect for the taxpayers and residents of DeKalb County.  He is building walls around district boundaries in, what will be, an unsuccessful attempt to prevent transparency and disclosure in DeKalb County. 

The good news for DeKalb County taxpayers is that January is Coming.

Sep 25
2016

DEKALB COUNTY GEORGIA BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

INSPIRATIONAL Pastor John Nixon Decatur Seventh Day Adventist Church

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson                                                                                                           

1. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

The Public Comments portion of this meeting is reserved exclusively for comments from the public, and not for immediate reply. Statements made during the Public Comments portion do not necessarily reflect the Opinions of the Board or the Administration of DeKalb County Government.

The purpose of public comment is to allow the public to voice county-related requests, concerns or opinions during the Commission meeting. Speakers will only have the opportunity for one public comment per meeting. Each speaker must complete a speaker card and present it to the clerk before the beginning of the public comment portion of the meeting. The clerk will accept cards on a first-come, first-served basis. Speakers who are residents of DeKalb County shall be allowed to speak before residents of other counties are allowed to speak. Once the public comment portion of the meeting begins, speaker cards will no longer be accepted. Speakers will be allowed to speak for three minutes each and public comment shall not exceed 30 minutes in length. When the buzzer sounds to indicate that time has run out, the speaker will be expected to immediately cease speaking and to yield the podium. Those who submitted speaker cards but did not speak because of the time allotment will be allowed to speak first at the next regularly scheduled Commission meeting without regard to residence. Speakers should always talk directly into the microphone and begin by stating their name, full address and the name of any organization they represent. Abusive, profane or derogatory language, holding up signs, clapping and yelling will not be permitted. A show of hands or quietly standing will be permitted to show support for or opposition to a speaker's position.

 PRESENTATIONS  

  1. DeKalb County Youth Commission – Swearing In
  2. Human Trafficking Presentation
  3. Leonardo Owens - 2016 APWA Georgia Chapter Leadership Award Recipient
  4. Chief Darnell Fullum – National Fire Academy Award
  1. 10:00 A.M. PUBLIC HEARING

Citizens may speak for or against an item that is considered by law to be a zoning ordinance and each side will have ten minutes to presents its case. Citizens may also speak for or against an item that is placed on the public hearing agenda but is not a zoning ordinance. In that case, each side will have five minutes to present its case. In the event there is more than one speaker per side, speakers must divide their time in order to complete their full presentation within the ten-minute time allotment, or the five-minute time allotment. When the buzzer sounds to indicate that time has run out, the speaker will be expected to immediately cease speaking and to leave the podium area. Prior to speaking, please complete a speaker card and present it when approaching the podium. If you have any documents for the Commissioners, please provide 10 copies when approaching the podium. Seven copies are for the Commissioners and the remaining copies are for the planning director, the county attorney and the clerk. Applicants or citizens speaking in favor of an item shall speak first and applicants in zoning ordinance cases shall have the right to reserve time for rebuttal. Opponents of a zoning ordinance item shall have no right of rebuttal. Once the citizens have finished speaking, staff shall make a recommendation for action to the commission. At this point, citizens are no longer allowed to speak unless called to the podium by an individual commissioner to answer questions or provide information. When speaking, always talk directly into the microphone and begin by stating your name, address and the name of any organization you represent. Abusive, profane or derogatory language will not be permitted. Holding up signs, clapping and yelling to show support for or opposition to a speaker will not be permitted, but a show of hands or quietly standing will be permitted to show support for or opposition to a speaker’s position.

Planning & Sustainability

  1. SLUP 6 Moratorium – Georgia State University Presentation of Results from the Study Analyzing the Relationship between SLUP6 Businesses and Negative Outcomes in DeKalb County (No action taken during the 9/13/16 Regular BOC meeting)

Planning & Sustainability – Commission Districts 2 & 6

  1. Rezoning,  Z-16-20768 Jamie Simpson (Deferred from the 7/2916 BOC Rezoning Meeting – for decision only; Deferred from the 8/9/16 & 8/23/16 Regular BOC Meetings – for decision only)
  2. Special Land Use Permit, SLUP-15-20036 Tamar Telehun (Deferred from the 5/17/16 BOC Zoning Meeting – for public hearing; Deferred from the 7/12/16, 8/9/16 & 8/23/16 Regular BOC Meetings – for decision only)
  3. Special Land Use Permit, SLUP-15-20037 Tamar Telehun (Deferred from the 5/17/16 BOC Zoning Meeting – for public hearing; Deferred from the 7/12/16, 8/9/16 & 8/23/16 Regular BOC Meetings – for decision only)

Public Works - Transportation - Commission Districts: 2 & 6

  1. Traffic Calming Petition – Greylock Place (between Eastland Drive & Medlock Road) (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)

Public Works - Transportation - Commission Districts: 2 & 7

  1. Traffic Calming Petition- Galahad Drive (between Tristan Circle and Tristan Circle) (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda) 
  1. APPEALS

Planning and Sustainability - Commission Districts 2 & 6

  1. Appeal of a Decision of Historic Preservation Commission by Dunlavy Law Group, LLC on Behalf of Mike & Rise Weathersby (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)
  1. APPOINTMENTS

Board of Commissioners

  1. To Consider the Reappointment of Alfreda Hammonds to the DBHDD Region 3 Advisory Council (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)
  2. To Consider the Reappointment of Juliet Cohen as Watershed Advocate to the DeKalb County Watershed Management CIP Advisory Group (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)
  3. Appointment of Tiffany Cox to the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Development Disabilities Region Three Planning Board (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)
  4. Appointment of Pamela Speaks to Zoning Board of Appeals (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)
  1. CONSENT AGENDA

Airport

  1. Approval of a Boundary Line Adjustment (Cemetery Land Exchange Area) and Easement Plats between DeKalb Peachtree Airport, Harrell Grove Baptist Church and Universal Church (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)
  2. Lease Amendment No. 2 to Contract No. 06-800202 with Mercury Air Center – Peachtree- DeKalb, LLC d/b/a Atlantic Aviation (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)

Board of Health

  1. An Ordinance to Amend the Code of DeKalb County, Georgia, Chapter 13, Pertaining to Portable Sanitation Contractors, and for Other Purposes (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)
  1. PRELIMINARY ITEMS

Board of Commissioners – District 2

  1. Accept Donation of Property at 0 Lavista Road, Parcel 18-148-01-080 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)

District Attorney

  1. Grant Acceptance – United States Department of Justice, Federal Fiscal Year 2016 Justice Assistance Grant (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)

Public Works – Roads & Drainage

  1. Speed Zone Order/Radar Permit Application (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda) 

Purchasing and Contracting

  1. Purchases (Low Bidder)

LB1.    Electrical Switchgear Inspection and Repair (Annual Contract with 2 Options to Renew): Invitation No. 16-100704 for use by the Department of Watershed Management.  Amount Not to Exceed: $1,891,250.00 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

LB2.    Diving Services (Annual Contract with 2 Options to Renew): Invitation No. 16- 100736 for use by the Department of Watershed Management.  Amount Not to Exceed: $307,000.00 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

Purchases (Renewal)

REN1. Rental of Trailers: (Annual Contract – 1st Renewal of 2 Options to Renew): Contract No. 989165 for use by Public Works – Sanitation.  Amount Not to Exceed: $126,948.00 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

REN2. Monitoring and Maintenance Services for Fire Intrusion Alarm Systems (Annual Contract – 1st Renewal of 2 Options to Renew): Contract No. 989506 for use by the Department of Facilities Management.  Amount Not to Exceed: $159,564.00 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

REN3. Print & Mail Services, Electronic Bill Presentment and Data Processing (Annual Contract – 1st Renewal of 4 Options to Renew): Contract No. 988895 for use by the Departments of Watershed Management (DWM), Finance and Airport.  Amount Not To Exceed: $298,345.17 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

REN4. Installation & Maintenance of On-Site Chlorine Generators and Chemical Maintenance of Swimming Pools and Aquatic Centers (Annual Contract – 1st Renewal of 2 Options to Renew): Contract Nos.: 982527 and 998592 for use by the Department of Facilities Management.  Amount Not to Exceed: $267,550.00 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

Purchases (Change Order)

CO1.   Change Order No. 1 to Contract No. 14-902894 for Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (Multi-year Contract): for use by Innovation and Technology.  Amount Not to Exceed: $213,510.00 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

CO2.   Change Order No. 1 to Contract No. 14-902882 Professional Engineering Services: for use by the Department of Watershed Management. (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

CO3.   Change Order No. 2 to Contract No. 964922 Concrete Repair at Water Channels and Ozone Galleries, Scott Candler Water Treatment Plant: for use by the Department of Watershed Management. (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

Purchases (Request for Proposal)

RFP1.  Collection Assistance in the Recovery of Delinquent Accounts (Revenue Generating Multi-Year Contract): Request for Proposals No. 16-500399 for use by the Department of Finance. (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

RFP2.  Engineering Services (Multi-Year Contract): Request for Proposals No. 16- 500391 for use by the Department of Watershed Management.  Total Amount Not to Exceed: $12,000,000.00 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

Purchases (Sole Source)

SS1.     Purchase of Taser Weapons and Accessories (Sole Source): for use by Police Services.  Amount Not To Exceed: $177,730.27 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

SS2.     Innovyze InfoWater Executive Suite 2 Software (Sole Source): for use by the Department of Watershed Management (DWM).  Amount Not to Exceed: $113,500.00 (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee)

Superior Court – Drug Court

  1. Acceptance of Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Award (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda)
  1. ITEMS FOR DECISION BY THE BOARD

Community Development

  1. Lease of Office Space for the Community Development Department (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Deferred from the 8/9/16 Regular BOC Meeting; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee – no official recommendation and the County Operations & Public Safety Committee; Deferred from the 8/23/16 Regular BOC Meeting)

County Clerk

  1. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 9, 2016 (Deferred from the 9/13/16 Regular BOC Meeting)
  2. Approval of Minutes of the Regular Meeting of August 23, 2016 (Deferred from the 9/13/16 Regular BOC Meeting)

Planning & Sustainability

  1. Adoption of the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Deferred from the 8/23/16 Regular BOC; Assigned to the Planning & Economic Development Committee  )

Public Works – Transportation -Commission Districts 2 & 6

  1. Georgia Power Lighting Agreement:  Clifton Road from North Decatur Road to Haygood Road (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Substitute Deferred from the 8/23/16 Regular BOC Meeting)

Purchasing and Contracting

  1. Buy DeKalb Local Small Business Enterprise Ordinance (Accepted to the Regular BOC Meeting Agenda; Assigned to the Finance, Audit & Budget Committee – recommended holding in Committee while awaiting additional information;  Deferred from the 7/28/15 & 8/11/15 Regular BOC Meetings; Discussed during the 8/18/15 Finance, Audit & Budget Committee – no official recommendation; Deferred from the 8/25/15 Regular BOC Meeting; Discussed during the 9/1/15 Finance, Audit & Budget Committee – recommended holding in Committee; Deferred from the 9/8/15 & 9/22/15 Regular BOC Meetings; Discussed during the 10/9/15 Finance, Audit & Budget Committee – no official recommendation; to be addressed during the next meeting; Deferred from the 10/13/15 & 10/27/15 Regular BOC Meetings; Assigned to the Planning & Economic Development Committee – recommended holding in Committee and approval during the January 12, 2016 Regular BOC Meeting; Deferred from the 11/17/15, 1/12/16 & 2/25/16 Regular BOC Meetings; Inadvertently omitted from the 3/22/16 Regular BOC Meeting; Deferred from the 4/26/16 Regular BOC Meeting; Assigned to the Planning & Economic Development Committee; Deferred from the 6/14/16 Regular BOC Meeting; Substitute Deferred from the 7/19/16 Regular BOC Meeting; Deferred from the 8/9/16 Regular BOC Meeting; Assigned to the Planning & Economic Development Committee – recommended approval of intended substitute; Substitute with altered subject title Deferred from the 8/23/16 Regular BOC Meeting)

 COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD

 

 

Sep 25
2016
Nancy Jester Leading For DeKalb County 
 
Moratorium on Residential Water Service Disconnections
FIrst There Was This 
Commissioner Nancy Jester calls on The Lee May Administration to order an immediate moratorium on residential water shut off due the unprecedented billing issues impacting DeKalb County taxpayers. Commissioner Nancy Jester also calls for a DeKalb County Board of Commissioners investigation in to this matter.
Then There Was This 
DeKalb County Issues Moratorium on Residential Water Service Disconnections
 
In an abundance of caution regarding the accuracy of water bills. DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May has issued a moratorium through the end of 2016 on the disconnection of residential water accounts that have been contested through the Utility Customer Operations Center. 
 
Water customers who believe their bill is in error should notify the Utility Customer Operations Center at 774 Jordan Lane in Decatur, or call (404) 378-4475 to speak with a customer service representative.  
Those that report a billing error will have their account reviewed by an independent third party.  Account holders with disputed balances would be required to pay their average amount due until the case is resolved, with the balance, if any, due at the time the investigation is complete.  
There will be no water service disconnections for accounts with balances in dispute and have paid their average bill through the end of 2016. 
Sep 23
2016

Commissioner Nancy Jester

Calls For DeKalb County Commercial Accounts Water Billing Review

Seeks Public Report to Board of Commissioners

Commissioner Nancy Jester calls on DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Presiding Officer Larry Johnson to schedule a presentation from the DeKalb County Finance Department, DeKalb County Watershed and the Lee May Administration before either the next Committee of the Whole or the next Planning & Economic Development Committee to present to the Board of Commissioners a public update on the top thirty outstanding business and commercial water billing accounts.

It is important to note billing for water bills is done by and under the purview of the DeKalb County Finance Department.