There are some changes in polling places for tomorrow’s run-off election.
Fulton County is changing nine of its locations; the changed polling places are in several areas of the county. DeKalb County is making last-minute changes due to lack of air conditioning at two of its regular precincts.
Brookview Elementary changes to Woodland Middle School, 2845 Stone Road.
After more than two years of fighting back a legal challenge, demolition at DeKalb County’s Suburban Plaza shopping center is now underway.
Scott Selig is Vice President of Acquisitions and Development for Selig Enterprises, which owns Suburban Plaza. In an email to WABE, he said the latest construction timeline calls for digging to begin for the underground parking lot for Walmart late this year or in early 2015.
The DeKalb County Board of Ethics currently faces a caseload of complaints against every single county commissioner, some of their staffers, and both the suspended and acting county CEOs.
DeKalb Board of Ethics Chairman John Ernst recently distributed an email emphasizing the board will take every complaint seriously. “Ethics complaints are, a lot of times, they’re filed, [and] the people have alternative motives to them,” Ernst told WABE. “That’s just the nature of ethics complaints a lot of times, but that doesn’t make them any less valid.”
The proponents for three potential new cities in DeKalb County will bring their latest maps to a county operations task force tonight. For the groups, some things have changed, and some have not.
Lakeside, Briarcliff and Tucker: when we left them, at the end of the legislative session, the last-minute Lakeside/Tucker map tinkering had left a taste in lawmakers’ mouths that stalled the bills, and Briarcliff had already been left in the dust.
DeKalb County Commissioners will have to decide whether to fund Interim CEO Lee May’s plan to create a new county department to serve as an ethics watchdog.
Right now, May’s proposal is meeting mixed reaction from commissioners.
May wants the commission to allocate $97,000 out of the current budget to fund three new staffers for the rest of the year: a Chief Integrity Officer, an investigator and an assistant. Commissioner Jeff Rader is not sure that is as easy as it sounds even if the commission can find the money.
The DeKalb County ethics board Tuesday launched investigations into two more county commissioners over alleged misuse of county-issued credit cards. One commissioner is already under investigation.
The board voted to investigate thousands of dollars of charges by Commissioners Sharon Barnes Sutton and Commissioner Larry Johnson, as well as an aide to Barnes Sutton. Both commissioners say the purchases in question were for legitimate government business.
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners debates whether to approve a $5 million public-private partnership between the county and the South DeKalb YMCA during a board meeting Tuesday. Under the deal, the county would buy the YMCA, and then lease the property back to the nonprofit for $1 a year.
Educators have long-searched for ways to keep kids in school until they graduate. Monday, local officials announced the expansion of a program they hope will improve high school graduation rates in DeKalb County.
Jobs for Georgia Graduates is a partnership between schools, businesses, and the Georgia Department of Labor. The program provides training for high school students to prepare them for the real world. DeKalb Superintendent and former labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond said he saw the program work in other school districts and wanted to bring it to DeKalb.
DeKalb County is cracking down on owners of vacant houses who are not keeping them up. The new county regulations apply to some 10,000 homeowners.
If you own a house in unincorporated DeKalb County that has been vacant for more than three months, you have the next 30 days to register the property and pay a $100 fee. If you fail to do so, you will be subject to up to a $1,000 fine.
DeKalb County is getting ready to present the first draft of its master plan for the Medline corridor.
Never heard of it? You are not alone.
What is now known as the Medline corridor, so named because it includes DeKalb Medical Center, is the area around four major thoroughfares: Scott Boulevard, which becomes Lawrenceville Highway; North Decatur Road; Church Street; and DeKalb Industrial Way.
If you were following election returns last night out of DeKalb County, you likely noticed how slowly information came in.
DeKalb officials dealt with a technical glitch last night in trying to report election returns.
According to Maxine Daniels, DeKalb’s Director of Voter Registrations and Elections, “We had no problem tabulating our election. We were able to do that perfectly well, no problem at all with that. We had problems exporting the file to the state.”
The issue turned out to be relatively low-tech: it was a problem creating the files to export.
The DeKalb County Board of Ethics is moving forward with two separate ethics complaints against suspended county CEO Burrell Ellis. He also faces criminal corruption charges. Ellis's trial is scheduled to begin in early September.
The DeKalb Ethics Board will move forward with complaints against County Commissioner Elaine Boyer and suspended CEO Burrell Ellis.
The board approved investigation of two different complaints against Ellis. One relates to the criminal corruption case against him. The other alleges Ellis conspired with Director of Finance Joel Gottlieb and then-Director of Watershed Management Francis Kung’U to prevent accurate reading of water use at a condominium complex in Clarkston.
As a plan to bring a Walmart to DeKalb County’s Suburban Plaza remains mired in legal trouble, a development right across the street is getting ready to start construction.
Fuqua Development is the company creating the mixed-used project, which will be called Decatur Crossing. According to Jeff Fuqua, “We hope that every deal we do is a process like this with the county commission and with the neighbors.”
DeKalb County’s Interim CEO has issued an executive order changing the way county employees and elected officials can use county purchasing cards.
Starting today, county employees and elected officials have two weeks to review and sign a new policy about the use of county purchasing cards, which are called “P-cards.”
Interim CEO Lee May admits the issue came to light after reports in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporting that Commissioner Elaine Boyer purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of goods and services on her card.
In the final days of the 2014 Georgia General Assembly session, the battle for cityhood got ugly. Ultimately, none of the cityhood bills passed.
So advocates for the potential cities of Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker are now redoubling their efforts and looking toward the 2015 legislative session.
All three groups are moving forward and planning public meetings in the next few weeks. One of the Tucker cityhood organizers is Frank Auman. As Auman sees it, the end of this year’s legislative session wiped the slate clean, and he says he got a clear message from lawmakers.
A bill awaiting Gov. Nathan Deal’s signature requires the DeKalb County Commission to fill its District 5 seat temporarily.
However, that may not be a simple task.
Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams helped push the bill through on the final day of the legislative session. She told WABE, “The impetus for this was resolving a flaw in the law, as I see it, for dealing with the removal of a person from active engagement of their job.”
Lawyers in the corruption case of suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis wrapped up two days of contentious pretrial hearings Tuesday. Much of the debate centered on what would be allowed as evidence in the upcoming trial.
Ellis' attorneys continued to argue District Attorney Robert James is politically motivated and should be removed from the case due to prosecutorial misconduct. They also said secretly captured audio and video of Ellis should be inadmissible because it was taken without his consent.
A pretrial hearing took place Monday in the public corruption case against suspended DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Ellis faces 14 felony charges alleging he shook down county contractors for campaign contributions.
At the hearing, Ellis’ attorneys argued District Attorney Robert James should be disqualified from prosecuting the case due to misconduct issues. They said James is politically motivated and may be withholding secretly captured video of Ellis.
County officials held a signing ceremony for the new economic development deal in the parking lot of the Kensington Road MARTA station. It's one area of DeKalb they want to target for economic development.
DeKalb County is touting its new economic development program.
It signed a five-year, $6.3 million deal with the Development Authority of DeKalb County Thursday for the authority to serve as the county’s designated economic development agency for the next five years.
A state lawmaker sponsoring legislation for the proposed city of Tucker says he opposes the creation of a megacity in what is currently unincorporated DeKalb County. Currently, state lawmakers are considering the proposed cities of Briarcliff, Tucker and Lakeside in what is now unincorporated DeKalb County.