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DeKalb CEO: 'We've Got a Good Story to Tell"

Burrell Ellis spoke of the county's successes and challenges to about 150 people at the town hall meeting at St. TImothy United Methodist Church.

DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis held a town hall meeting Thursday night before about 150 people at St. Timothy United Methodist Church in Stone Mountain.

During the 90-minute meeting, Ellis mentioned a number of initiatives and goals: transportation, streetscape improvements on Memorial Drive, the potential for the GM plant in Doraville, and fielded questions ranging from library funding to erosion issues to privitization.

Here are a few of topics he covered in his remarks and answers:

The county:

  • Spending has been cut by $130 million
  • 2011 ended in the black.
  • "We're beginning to build a healthier reserve," Ellis said. "We've got a good story to tell in terms of fiscal management in this county."
  • Created 7,000 new jobs as the economy tanked in 2009.
  • Water and sewer upgrades will create 4,700 jobs between now and 2015 
  • Decline in violent crime by 37 percent over last three years.

Soapbox derby (on land adjacent to the Bransby YMCA).

  • Design work and land use has been approved
  • "We need the board of commissioners to vote on it."
  • "DeKalb County Georgia used to be a hotbed of soapbox derby racing."

The proposal to fund employees' holidays:

  • "I'm not talking about Groundhog Day," Ellis said. 'We need to treat people with value and dignity."

Proposed new cities:

Lucas Roberts February 21, 2012 at 12:39 PM
For the session tonight at Stephenson: Does anyone know where in the high school this session is being held- and whats the easiest way to get there? I've never been to the school.
Leslie Johnson February 21, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I think it's going to be in the auditorium, but I'm not sure. Hopefully there will be signs. If I'm coming from the Redan area, I usually make a right on Rockbridge from Stone Mountain-Lithonia and hang a right on Stephenson.
Lucas Roberts February 21, 2012 at 06:12 PM
:) I can make it to the school - once on the grounds, im not sure how to get around. IE - Where is the Auditorium? I am sure there will be signs and a good number of people. Looking forward to it!

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