Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The board of commissioners voted to eliminate the $30 fee for curbside recycling.
DeKalb County has just made recycling a whole lot easier. Effective tomorrow, Sept. 26, DeKalb County is eliminating the $30 registration fee for curbside recycling making it free for DeKalb residents. The measure was approved unanimously by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. “DeKalb County is clean, green, safe and thriving, and dropping the recycling fee keeps us moving in that direction,” DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis said. “We think that by removing the cost barrier and increasing education on how and what to recycle, our citizens will embrace it.” Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon agreed. “Recycling is good for DeKalb County. It helps control sanitation costs, reduces the amount of waste that …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
DeKalb's Animal Services Advisory Board has begun to address, among other things, the installation of a new HVAC system in the county kennel.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Twelve members of DeKalb County's new Animal Services Advisory Board have been named, and the new organization has already held its first meeting. The purpose of the Animal Services Advisory Board is to assist the DeKalb Animal Services and Enforcement (DASE) Office continue the improvements in the treatment of animals in the county's care, help raise funds, and advise and monitor the implementation of long range plans. "We have made significant progress in our animal services operations, and this is another step in the right direction," county CEO Burrell Ellis said in a statement. "With the help of the Animal Services Advisory Board, we will build one of the strongest comprehensive animal services programs in the nation." The board's …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Burrell Ellis carried a healthy lead over fellow Democrats Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson in Tuesday's primary, avoiding a runoff.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis easily fended off two Democratic challengers to his seat in Tuesday's primary. The incumbent, first elected CEO in 2008, walked away with more than 60 percent of the vote, avoiding a runoff, according to preliminary returns early Wednesday morning, defeating Gregory Adams and Jerome Edmondson. He faces no Republican challengers in the November election, so his primary win is tantamount to victory. Out of 75,399 votes, Ellis had 45,867, though more than 5,000 absentee votes had yet to be counted. "We've always talked about making your priorities the priorities of this county. That's what we stand for," Ellis told a room of supporters at about 10:30pm. "Tomorrow we get back to work." In his campaign, Ellis …
Monday, July 9, 2012
North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch wants to know if you are a fan of DeKalb County's CEO and whether you support the idea of his position at all.
I'm interested in getting an idea of whether the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff community supports DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. He – and his post – have ruffled some feathers in some parts of the county. A Sunday story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution covers that ground pretty well. From the story, which previews the July 31 primary for his job: With no Republican in the race, this month's vote will decide the election, barring a runoff. While pundits say Ellis is the favorite, the campaign has amplified rumblings about his first term. Beyond that, it has revived debate on an issue larger than any one official: Whether DeKalb's unconventional form of government — a CEO elected countywide and seven commissioners representing smaller …
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Jeremy Turner won the award, given by DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, for creating Contribute2America, which serves homeless and near homeless people.
This slipped by me, but one of Oak Grove Market's owners was recently named a Community Hero by DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis. Jeremy Turner received the award for creating Contribute2America, his service organization dedicated to helping homeless and near homeless people. The organization, which has a thrift store at 3342 Clairmont Rd., connects those in need with services food, first aid and other types of support. So, that's two people in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff community who have received awards for service from Ellis. Henderson Middle School eighth-grader Spencer Wilson was the other. Here's a link to his story: Congratulations, Jeremy and Spencer (again).
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Residents will be able to ask the two politicians questions about the upcoming regional transportation referendum on June 13.
Saturday, June 2, 2012
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will join Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd to field calls from county residents Wednesday, June 13 at 7:30pm as part of a Wireside Chat about the July 31 Regional Transportation Referendum. The chat is designed to provide a convenient way for thousands of residents to talk to local officials about the upcoming transportation referendum and address questions about the list of projects. On July 31, residents from the 10-county metropolitan Atlanta area will have the opportunity to vote on the referendum which would fund $8.5 billion in transportation improvements through a regional one percent sales tax. "Mayor Floyd and I look forward to speaking with potentially thousands of our friends and neighbors about the …
Friday, May 4, 2012
Eighth-grader and Leafmore resident Spencer Wilson won the award for helping classmate Jason Tyler recover from a traumatic brain injury.
Henderson Middle School eighth-grader Spencer Wilson is one of DeKalb County's 2012 Youth Volunteer Award winners. It's a pretty cool story. The award, given by county CEO Burrell Ellis, goes to several kids each year helping out around the community. Spencer got it for helping his classmate, Jason Tyler, who suffered a brain hemorhage in December and was in a coma for a month. Spencer has been visiting with Jason to read and visit with him since the injury, and the Tyler and Wilson families have become friends as well. The Wilsons also organized a community fundraiser in March that raised more than $10,000 for Jason. Thanks to Beth Wieder for giving us the heads up on the award. We're going to be in touch with the Wilsons next week. Here …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
"I'm convinced that we will not get this opportunity again," Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd said about the Clifton Corridor project, which will cross through the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area.
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis and Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd were among the participants in a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Emory to discuss the penny sales tax up for vote this summer. Voters in 10 Georgia counties including Fulton and DeKalb will decide in July whether to support regional transportation tax that would help pay for transportation projects around the metro area. Most of the projects would alleviate terrible traffic issues city-wide and bring more transportation options to areas that are lacking useful public transit. "We have the opportunity to do something about it," Ellis said about traffic in metro Atlanta. "It impacts us in so many ways." The Clifton Corridor project – a 10-stop light rail line that would …
Thursday, April 19, 2012
A panel of local officials will discuss how the July 31 vote on the 1 percent regional sales tax for transportation projects will affect you.
Want to hear more local officials on how the regional July regional transportation referendum could affect you? You'll want to head to Emory University on Wednesday, April 25 then. They're hosting a discussion with a panel of local politicos regarding MARTA's $1.6 billion Clifton Corridor plan (formally adotped last week) and Atlanta's transportation future. Among the speakers: DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis, Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd, MARTA CEO & General Manager Beverly Scott and Mike Alexander, chief of the Atlanta Regional Commission's research division. The discussion will be held at Glenn Memorial Church, 1660 North Decatur Rd. NE, Atlanta, from 6:30pm - 8pm. The referendum for a 1 percent regional sales tax for transportation will be…
Thursday, April 12, 2012
DeKalb County Board of Education Chairman Gene Walker defended this week the school system's plans to build revenue-generating cell phone towers on several school sites in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area.
Gene Walker, the DeKalb County Board of Education's chairman and District 9 representative, defended this week the school system's plans to build revenue-generating cell phone towers on several school sites across the county, including the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area. From an article published Wednesday in Neighbor Newspapers: Meanwhile, Board of Education Chair Eugene Walker expressed his dismay at the commissioners’ handling of and take on the issue. Commissioners overstepped their bounds and are being disrespectful of the school board, he said. “We’re not circumventing anything,” Walker added. “We’re operating on the authority we have. “And, clearly, we have different opinions about the possible effect of cell towers … we’re …