Thursday, March 7, 2013
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week the county has reached a point where incorporations could harm essential county services.
Residents and elected representatives from northern and southern DeKalb County must talk to each more to solve issues before considering incorporations that could economically weaken the county, Commissioner Stan Watson said Wednesday. The Super District 7 commissioner said he would like to see a meeting between residents and elected representatives of northern and southern DeKalb County to hash out issues that have lead to serious cityhood discussions in the Lakeside High School area. "The citizens don't talk to each other," Watson said. "We have to get rid of the barriers that separate and find the commonalities that bring us closer together." County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week in a statement to Patch he believes the county has …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The county is working toward building a better structure for getting permits, the District 5 commissioner said during a discussion on economic development at the "Soul of DeKalb - Reflections of Our Progress" event.
District 5 Commissioner Lee May was one of five panelists who spoke about economic development in the county at fellow board member Stan Watson's "Soul of DeKalb - Reflections of Our Progress" Wednesday night at Southwest DeKalb High School. May, the presiding officer of the board of commissioners, whose district includes Lithonia and some of Stone Mountain, addressed the county's permitting process -- which has come under scrutiny -- as well as zoning. "In terms of getting just basic permits, whether on the residential side or the commercial side, is like an act of Congress. You can see how good Congress is acting right now," May said. But he offered some hope that things will change so that businesses "have a smooth transition into …
The board passed the budget unanimously Tuesday.
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a $559 million county budget for 2013 that includes no tax increase. The budget is a reduction of county CEO Burrell Ellis' proposed $565 million budget that would have raised taxes by .64 mills or about $20 on a $200,000 home. The budget restores $900,000 for the county's understaffed permitting and licensing system, which has been subject to significant budgetary slashing over the last several years as county construction and development waned in a sagging economy. Commissioner Lee May of District 5 -- which includes Lithonia and a section of Stone Mountain -- talked about the county's permitting and zoning issues as part of a panel discussion on economic development …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Commissioner Sharon Barnes-Sutton was appointed Deputy Presiding Officer.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The incumbent blew past other candidates in Tuesday's primary.
DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May of District 5 received 13,305 votes, or 67.79 percent of the total 19,626, to breeze past the competition for his seat in Tuesday's primary. With all precincts reporting, the incumbent was the clear victor for District 5, which includes parts of unincorporated Stone Mountain and Lithonia. The results for the candidates were as follows: Gina Mangham, 12.65 percent; Ken Samuel, 13.25 percent; Andre R. White, 6.31 percent. You may also enjoy reading: Election 2012: County Commission Districts 4 and 5
Monday, July 30, 2012
Who will voters choose to represent them in DeKalb County Commission districts four and five? Here are the choices.
The hot-button issue on Tuesday's ballot may be TSPLOST, but there are also races specifically pertinent to folks in the Stone Mountain-Redan area. The following are contenders, listed alphabetically, for DeKalb County Board of Commissioners districts four and five (see attached PDF maps of each district) and brief information about the candidates from their respective websites: District 4 Steve Bradshaw, sales executive Masters Degree in Public Administration; Adjunct Professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Website: www.bradshawfordekalb.com Clyburn Halley, Grantville Ga. police chief Masters Degree, Public Administration from Georgia Law Enforcement Command College (Columbus State University, …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The candidate forum will focus on the positions of the Board of Commissioners (District 1, 4, 5 and 6) and Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
2012 Candidate Forum July 12 Time: 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. The candidate forum will focus on the positions of the Board of Commissioners (District 1, 4, 5 and 6) and Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County. Hosted & Sponsored By: The DeKalb Chamber, Leadership DeKalb, Junior League of DeKalb County, League of Women voters of DeKalb County, PRISM, The Champion Newspaper, The Conference Center at Georgia Piedmont Technical College, and others are partnering to hold a candidate forum for the positions of Board of Commissioners (District 1, 4, 6 and 6) and Chief Executive Officer of DeKalb County. Location: Georgia Piedmont Technical College Conference Center - 495 North Indian Creek Road, Clarkston, GA 30021. Download the Program Flyer
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Citing changes to its plans, Walmart asks for, and gets, a deferral on presenting its plans to the Board of Commissioners until Feb. 14.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with the correct date of the Board of Commissioners meeting, which is Feb. 14. On Tuesday (Jan. 24) Walmart asked the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners for more time -- two weeks, until the next board meeting -- to present its proposal for a new supercenter on Memorial Drive near N. Hairston Rd. The reason? Walmart needs to "fine tune" some changes its made to its plan - mainly, it has decided to not have a sign on the N. Hairston side of the building, so "we don't have it facing Kenilworth," said Amy Hillman, an attorney representing Walmart, speaking of a nearby subdivision. There will be signage on the building's front, facing Memorial. The trip before the board of commissioners is the third…
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Cheap gas, new blog posts, and more.
1. Today on Patch: Share your photos of your community on Patch in our new feature, Your Neighborhood Gallery. Five Reasons Being a Dog Owner is Awesome. My take on a few great things about having a dog. 2. Movies at the library: At Hairston Crossing tonight, 4911 Redan Rd. in Stone Mountain, Arctic Tale, Rated G, from 6-8 p.m. It's a Wonderful Life (my all-time favorite holiday movie!) at Wesley Chapel Library, for ages 55 and up. Two show times: 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m., today. Wesley Chapel is at 2861 Wesley Chapel Rd. Decatur. 3. DeKalb County Board of Commissioners meets today, 9 am in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Dr. in Decatur. Check the BOC agenda. 4. Bloggers: We've got a new blog post from Kim Delaney about happenings in …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Ban would have hurt business, some establishments say