DeKalb County in State of Emergency

Per Commissioner Jeff Rader:

Sep 22, 2009


DECATUR – Governor Sonny Perdue issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency in DeKalb and 16 other counties affected by heavy rain and severe weather that passed through Georgia.

“The citizens of DeKalb are heartened that Governor Perdue has taken this swift and appropriate action to ensure that state and federal resources will be available to assist our county in the wake of this historic rainfall,” says CEO Ellis. “Our administration, along with the Board of Commissioners, looks forward to working closely alongside state officials to provide necessary relief to our citizens and the impacted communities. We are continuing to monitor the situation and provide needed information and resources. Citizens are encouraged to exercise caution when traveling outside of their homes and should continue to monitor local news services for changes occurring in the area.”

North Druid Hills LCI

From Commissioner Jeff Rader:

Earlier this year, DeKalb County was awarded a grant to develop a long-range plan for development in the North Druid Hills Road corridor from Buford Highway to Clairmont Road. The county commissioners accepted a bid from an outside company, Arcadis, to conduct the study and write a plan. Public participation and feedback will be a major and leading part of the study. The plan will address three primary issues -- transportation, land use and connectivity. How to alleviate the traffic congestion in the corridor? How to manage future development in order to become a Lifelong Community (see paragraph above)? How to improve access to and from the corridor to other pockets within the district? The cost of the study is $150,000 with 80 percent coming from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) via its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program. The other 20 percent of the funding is from the county's general transportation fund. To read my lengthier discussion of the North Druid Hills LCI: For information about the LCI:

Fourth of July Sanitation Schedule

Per Commissioner Jeff Rader:

The DeKalb County Sanitation Department announces its collection schedule for Independence Day, which will be observed Friday, July 3, 2009. There will be no collection service on Friday, July 3, 2009.

Garbage and yard waste collection for Thursday, July 2, 2009 will be collected on Wednesday, July 1, 2009.

Garbage and yard waste collection for Friday, July 3, 2009 will be collected Thursday, July 2, 2009.

Regular scheduled pick-up will resume on Monday, July 6, 2009.

DeKalb Eases Ourdoor Water Use Schedule

Per commissioner Jeff Rader:

DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces that DeKalb County will adopt the non-drought schedule for outdoor water use declared by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) on June 10, 2009.

Under a non-drought schedule, outdoor water use is allowed three days a week on assigned days using odd and even-numbered addresses.
• Odd-numbered addresses can water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
• Even-numbered and unnumbered addresses are allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Water use may occur at any time of the day on the assigned days, but to be water efficient, landscape watering should not occur between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
“By taking the initiative to conserve water, DeKalb County residents have conserved approximately 5.7 billion gallons of water since January 2008,” said Francis T. Kung’u, Director for Watershed Management.
For additional information, please visit the Department of Watershed Management’s website at