Posts Tagged ‘DeKalb County’

Dunwoody Sues DeKalb County

Dunwoody filed a lawsuit this week against DeKalb County alleging that the county owes it more than $7 million for Brook Run park.  The City sued for the balance of the $11.5 million  county voters approved for the park in a 2005 bond referendum.

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DeKalb County Approves Crematory

DeKalb County Commission approves a permit for a crematory to be built at A.S. Turner & Sons funeral home on North Decatur Road near Winn Way.  This will be only the second crematory approved in DeKalb County.  The County eased crematory regulations last year.

Cabbagegate . . .

DeKalb County is suing Steve Miller from Clarkeston for growing too many vegetables on his 2-acres on Cimarron Drive.  The County seeks more than $5,000 in fines for code violations for growing too many crops for the zoning and having unpermitted employees on site.  Mr. Miller successfully rezoned his property to allow him to continue his fifteen year local farming, but the County wants its money and will face off with Mr. Miller later this month in Court.

Mr. Miller plans to fight the County and his neighbors have rallied around him.

“When he moved here and I found out what he was doing I said, ‘Steve, you’re the best thing that ever happened to Cimarron Drive. And I still say that,” said neighbor Britt Fayssoux.

DeKalb County To Outsource Development Department

DeKalb County will vote later this month on whether CH2M HILL or Nova Engineering will take over the County’s Development Department.  The selected company would then likely hire 30 workers and retain 12 of the County’s development department employees.  The plan would eliminate another 28 county employees and save the county about $3 million.

However, County Commission Larry Johnson challenged the anticipated savings.

“If the goal is to save money and you hire the same number of people, where is the cost savings?” said District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson.

A vote is expected this month with the selected company assuming control May 1.

DeKalb CEO Issues One-Year Assessment Report

Last week, DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis issued a one-year assessment report.  The report measures the County’s responsiveness to the finding and recommendations of the December 19, 2008 Transition Report.

Commissioners Elaine Boyer & Lee May Behind Effort To Eliminate DeKalb County CEO

The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners will vote on December 15 on a resolution calling for a referendum to amend the county’s Organization Act to eliminate the elected Chief Executive Officer in favor of a  professional county manager appointed and directed by the County Commission.  If the resolution passes, it goes to the Georgia General Assembly. If legislators pass the legislation a referendum could be on the 2010 ballot so that DeKalb voters can decide.

County Commissioner Elaine Boyer spearheads the effort and is supported by Commissioner Lee May.  The proposal united former CEO Vernon Jones and Burrell Ellis and a number of citizens in opposition.

DeKalb County Commissioners Eye Eliminating CEO

Last year DeKalb County voters approved changes to allow the County Commission to run its own meetings and set its own agenda stripping the CEO of everything except a legislative veto. 

Now a majority of Commissioners say they want to completely eliminate the CEO in favor of a professional county manager.

“We don’t need a CEO,” said Elaine Boyer of north DeKalb, the lone Republican on the commission. “We have seven elected officials who represent the county as a whole, and they could direct a county manager to get things done. It works fine everywhere.”

Lee May, a Democrat from south DeKalb, said he and his colleagues are still frustrated with “how the system is built.” The CEO still controls a lot of crucial information, and it’s not flowing to the commission, May said. “Many of us are just frustrated because we are not getting answers like we should.”