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Seasons Greetings! In observance of Christmas and New Yearsour office will be closed the business day before and the day after the holiday.  

**Please note the holiday DeKalb County Sanitation schedule! No collection services on Monday, Dec. 25Collection services will run one day late through Friday. No collection services on Monday, January 1st. Collection services will run one day late through Friday.**

DeKalb County Sanitation has released the holiday calendar for the 2018 year. Click here to view the holiday calendar schedule.

DeKalb County Shares Tips for Severe Winter Weather

With temperatures forecast below freezing through the weekend, county officials have shared the following tips for winter weather:

  • Exercise safety and use proper ventilation when operating alternative heat sources, such as fireplaces and electric heaters. Do not use an oven as a heat source. Do not bring grills, generators, kerosene heaters, and other outside heating devices inside to heat a home, as they emit poisonous carbon monoxide.
  • Keep pets inside. If animals must remain outside, ensure their food and water is not frozen.
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses. Detaching the hose allows water to drain from the pipe. Otherwise, a hard freeze can burst either the faucet or the pipe.
  • Insulate pipes or faucets in unheated areas such as garages or crawl spaces by wrapping them.
  • Know the location of the house master water shutoff valve in case of burst pipes. It may be near the water heater, washing machine or located where the water line enters the house from the street.
  • Leave a pencil-lead-thin stream of water flowing from faucets during the worst of a cold spell. Running water has less of a chance of freezing.
  • If a pipe freezes, do not try to thaw it using a torch with an open flame. This is a fire hazard, and it could also melt pipe solder or burst the pipe. The safest tool is a hair dryer with a low heat setting. Wave the warm air back and forth along the pipe, not on one spot.
  • Check on elderly neighbors.

County residents can sign up for DeKalb County’s high-speed emergency notification system, CodeRED, which has the ability to quickly deliver time-sensitive messages via voice, email, and text to targeted areas of the county during emergency situations. To sign up for CodeRED, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov and click the CodeRED icon on the bottom of the page.  

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5 tips to Prevent Theft During the Holiday Season!

1. Keep valuables safe aand hidden

2. When filling up your gas tank, do not leave your wallet or purse on the seat and lock your doors. 

3. Do no leave your unlocked, unoccupied car idling in the driveway.

4. Be wary of strangers coming to your door asking for money or food.

5. Protect your identity and your bank account when shopping online. 

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Santa Says You Should Recycle!

Is a new computer, telephone or flat screen TV on your Christmas list? You might want to recycle your old one. Most electronic waste can be recycled. Best Buy stores say they are the largest retail recycle of electronic waste and they will accept your old stuff even if you didn’t make a purchase at their store.

If you are willing to drive to Seminole Land Fill, DeKalb County accepts a wide variety of electronic water (see acceptable items here: DeKalbCountyE-Recycling).
Cardboard boxes, wrapping paper and your Christmas tree are also great candidates for recycling.

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For many wondering about DeKalb County Special Purpose Local Option Tax (SPLOST), here is a link for more information: www.Dekalbcountyga.gov/SPLOST

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DeKalb Offers Residents Free Flood Plain Information

The DeKalb County Roads and Drainage Division provides general flood plain information free of charge to county residents. The county participates in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Flood Insurance Program “Community Rating System” and offers residents information about flood hazards, prevention and mitigation.

Information and services offered to county residents include: 
• Flood zone determination and information concerning the Flood Insurance Rate Map
• Higher hazard flood areas such as floodways and high velocity zones
• Flood depths around structures and on land
• Other flood problems that cannot be provided on the Flood Insurance Rate Map
• Historical flood information and previous Flood Insurance Rate Maps
• Copies of elevation certificates that are on file
• Structure flood-proofing techniques
• Publications concerning flood hazards and damage reduction techniques
• On-site visits by an engineer experienced in floodplain matters

The current Flood Insurance Rate Map and additional floodplain related information can be viewed online at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/roads-draina…/floodplain-management-0.

DeKalb County is updating its database listing of all structures within the special flood hazard area. Included in this database are elevation certificates, base flood elevations and estimated flood depths.

For more information, contact the DeKalb County Roads and Drainage Department at 404-294-2878 or visit the office at 727 Camp Road, Decatur, GA.

Download the application today!

Sign up for emergency notifications at CodeRedAlerts! 

DeKalb Offers Residents Free Flood Plain Information

The DeKalb County Roads and Drainage Division provides general flood plain information free of charge to county residents.

Information and services offered to county residents include:

•  Flood zone determination and information concerning the Flood Insurance Rate Map

•  Higher hazard flood areas such as floodways and high velocity zones

•  Flood depths around structures and on land

•  Other flood problems that cannot be provided on the Flood Insurance Rate Map

•  Historical flood information and previous Flood Insurance Rate Maps

•  Copies of elevation certificates that are on file

•  Structure flood-proofing techniques

•  Publications concerning flood hazards and damage reduction techniques

•  On-site visits by an engineer experienced in floodplain matters


The current Flood Insurance Rate Map and additional floodplain related information can be viewed online at www.dekalbcountyga.gov/floodplain-management

Recycling Update – Sanitation

Effective Sept. 11, 2017, only two recycling container options will be offered. A new standard 35-gallon recycling roll cart will replace bins and bags, and the existing 65-gallon recycling roll cart upgrade option will continue.

The 18-gallon recycling bin and 40-gallon recycling bag options will no longer be available.

Requests for roll carts can be submitted by mail, online by visiting www.dekalbsanitation.com, in person at the Sanitation Division's administrative office, or by emailing sanitation3720@dekalbcountyga.gov

NEW Glass Recycling Program in DeKalb 

Unfortunately, the recycling company that buys recyclables from DeKalb County will no longer accept glass. This is a problem across the country, as the economic value of recycled glass has dropped. As of July 17th, the placement of glass in curbside single-stream recycling has been discontinued. DeKalb County has created an alternative way to recycle glass.

We encourage you to continue recycling glass by placing it within recycling drop-off containers that will be placed around DeKalb. Thanks to your participation, DeKalb has one of the largest recycling programs in the Southeast. Thank you for being green!

Read more information about the new glass recycling process HERE 


The FOG "Heat Map" will clearly show which areas in DeKalb are most prone to sanitary sewer overflows due to fats, oils, and grease. Click HERE to view. 

Commissioner Gannon's Facebook Survey

Your opinion matters! Help us continue to bring you great content. Please take our brief survey to tell us what you think is useful that we continue to provide via social media  HERE


Operation Clean Sweep Updates

Click HERE for updates on DeKalb's newest blight reduction initiative, Operation Clean Sweep. 

Toilet Retrofit Rebate Program 

More than 47% of water use in the average American home occurs in the bathroom, with nearly 24% being used by toilets.  Fortunately, your household can significantly curb its toilet water usage in a number of ways. Would you like to decrease your water usage and aid in the conservation of water? Participate in DeKalb County’s Toilet Retrofit Rebate Program! There are two rebate options:


Option 1:  For the purchase of any approved 1.6 gallons per flush (gpf) toilet on the list of eligible toilets, a rebate of up to $50.00 will be given.

Option 2:  For the purchase of any approved 1.28 gpf WaterSense labeled toilet on the list of eligible toilets, a rebate of up to $100.00 will be given.


Only the exact model names and number combinations on DeKalb County's list of eligible toilets will qualify for the toilet rebate. These toilets have been tested by the Maximum Performance Test in specific combinations for performance and water savings - tank and bowl number cannot be "mixed and matched" from different models. Other models may be available for purchase, but WILL NOT qualify for a rebate. Customers will only be allowed to apply for a maximum of three (3) toilets per household.

Whats Going on in District 6?

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Warmest greetings and best wishes for the new year. May the magic and the wonder of the holidayseason stay with you throughout the coming year. Best wishes for a happy new year filled with health, happiness, and spectacular success. 

Dekalb Board of Health Flu Vaccines

With flu season just around the corner, vaccines are now available at the following Super District 6 Board of Health centers on weekdays from 8:30 to 4:30 PM.

-       Clifton Springs Health Center

-       T.O. Vinson Center

-       North DeKalb Health Center

For more Infornation, visit DeKalbBoardofHealth 


Advisory Board Appointments

-       PDK Airport Advisory Board

Are you interested in aviation operations and policy? I am accepting applicants for the Airport Advisory Board.

This board consults with the CEO and the Board of Commission about management, operations and public policy for the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport. 

Contact my office by email, kgannon@dekalbcountyga.gov,  or phone, 404-371-4909, if you are interested in serving.  



N.H. Scott Park Visioning Survey

Weren’t able to make the park visioning session? Don’t worry! Visit parkpride.org to view the current preliminary plan, as well as take a short survey to share your opinions. 

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Live, work, play, or learn along I-20?
Take our community survey!


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Christmas at Callanwolde
980 Briarcliff Road NE
November 24 - December 12, Noon - 8 p.m. daily.

The Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Show House– An Atlanta holiday tradition for 40 years, visitors of all ages will enjoy touring the 27,000 square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers, as well as professional holiday displays, an expansive artists’ market, and themed events for all ages.
Tickets are $20 online and $25 at the door (credit or debit card only). Bring a donation for Toys for Tots, and make young dreams come true this holiday season.

To purchase tickets visit, www.ChristmasatCallanwolde.org

Avondale Estates Recognizes National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
City Hall, 21 North Avondale Plaza Avondale Estates, 30002
Thursday, December 7th 8-11:00 a.m.

Celebrated annually on December 7th, National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemorates the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii during World War II.

Understanding past events and their consequences can inspire reverence for an emotional commitment to peaceful solutions to conflict. How do we help future generations chart their way toward peace and prosperity? We can learn from the past. A key focus of the commemoration each anniversary will be a brighter future in our relationship with Japan and the celebration of more tan seven (7) decades of peace between us.

Dunwoody's Walk with a Doc
Brook Run Park, 4770 N. Peachtree Road
Saturday, December 9th, from 9 -10 a.m. 

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?

Walk with a Doc is a walking program for everyone interested in taking steps for a healthier lifestyle.

County Line /Ellenwood Community's Annual Year End Town Hall Meeting and Brunch

Poplar Springs Missionary Baptist Church 3797 River Road, Ellenwood, 30294
Saturday, December 9th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Members and residents will be hosting the Annual Year End Town Hall Meeting and Brunch to fellowship, discuss, and to get updates on some of the pressing issues in the County Line/Ellenwood community.

Holiday for Heroes! 
Dresdan East Civic Associaion

Dresden East Civic Association is raising money for their 4th Annual Holiday for Heroes. The money raised will go toward Christmas meals for our firefighters located at the Clairmont, Dresden, PDK and Mercer stations along with the Chamblee and Doraville police officers. Special treats will be made and given to the police K-9's. 

Help DECA and neighbors reach their target goal of $1200.00, to help those first responders who serve countless hours to protect our community. 

To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/DECAHFH

Looking for an Early Holiday Get-Away?
Join the Oak Grove United Methodist Senior Adult Ministry for the Weekend at Lake Junaluska for an Appalachian Christmas. Depart Friday, December 8th at 9 a.m. and return Sunday, December 10th at 6:30 p.m.

 Click here for additional packages at Lake Junaluska

Christmas With Santa!
Chamblee Civic Center, 3540 Broad Street
Saturday, December 9th

Santa is coming back to visit his favorite city for breakfast!  Bring your children for a fun filled morning to celebrate the Christmas Season!  In addition to visiting with Santa Claus himself, children will enjoy a variety of activities including art projects and storytelling!  Admission is just $8 per child (parents are free but may purchase additional breakfasts for $4 each) and spots fill up quickly so please make your reservations early!  Sixty children are admitted each hour.

Spaces are filing quickly please visit here for availability!

Brookhaven's Red and White Ball
Lynwood Community Center, 3360 Osborne Road
Saturday, December 9th from 6-10 p.m. 

Dinner & Jazz for a great cause! Make your reservations now for the Red & White Ball at Lynwood Park. 

Purchase your tickets here or call 404-637-0542 or 404-637-0512. 

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Mental Health First Aid Training
Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, 1879 Glenwood Ave SE
December 11th & 12th from 5-9 p.m.

There will be an 8-hr Mental Health First Aid Certification Training Dec. 11 & 12, from 5-9pm. The total cost is $20 which covers the manual and the three year certification. 

The training will be at Greater Piney Grove Baptist Church, Community Resource Center, Annex C.  Spaces are limited. Contact Dr. Herman Haynes to register at hhaynes@greaterpineygrove.org or (678) 517-6261.

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Doris K. Wells Heritage Festival 2017 

Below are a list of scheduled programs to celebrate the diversity of the DeKalb County community in Super District 6:

Musical Bookings: Larry Hall, Jazz and R&B
Celebrating the art of Jazz and R&B music, Decatur Library has invited special guest guitarist Larry Hall. He is a native to Atlanta and has performed with several artist such as Johnnie Taylor, the Four Tops, the Drifters and the Tams. Come and groove to the smooth sounds of Jazz and R&B at the Decatur Library Auditorium.

Decatur Library Auditorium, 215 Sycamore street
Tuesday, December 12th, 7-8 p.m.
   *For more information call, 404-370-3070 ext. 2008.

Atlanta Chinese Dance Company Performances
The Atlanta Chinese Dance Company presents costumed traditional dances from many of China's diverse ethnic groups. 

Clarkston Library, 951 North Indian Creek Drive 
Saturday, December 16th from 11 a.m. to Noon
   *Open to first 50 Participants 
Chamblee Library, 4115 Clairmont Road
Sunday, January 20th from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Jewelry-Making Class with Asian Theme 
Learn the basics of jewelry making with a focus on Asian cultures. Make a last-minute holiday gift for loved one. 

Dunwoody Library, 5339 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road
Saturday, December 23rd from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

African Jewelry-Making Class 
Create an inspired piece of Jewelry. Transform beads and other components into something that is uniquely yours! 

Clarkston Library, 951 North Indian Creek Drive
Saturday, January 13th, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
   *Open to first 8 Participants. Call 404 508 7175 or visit the branch to register.

For more DeKalb County Library Holiday Events visit, www.DeKalbCountyLibrary.com 

Urban Nutcracker Wonderland
Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive
Saturday December 16th, 3 p.m. & 5 p.m. & Sunday, December 17th at 3 p.m. 

On Saturday December 16th at 3:00pm & 5:00pm and Sunday December 17th at 3:00 pm, Ballethnic Dance Company and Porter Sanford III Performing Arts and Community Center brings Act II of Urban Nutcracker Wonderland to the Community. For three performances it features Act II of Urban Nutcracker which takes place in The Land of Sweets, where Sarah’s dreams take her on a journey to the “land of Sweet Auburn Avenue”.

 As a special attraction, guests will enjoy the wintery Wonderland filled with magical lighting and décor, and shop at Ballethnic’s Sweet Auburn Avenue Boutique and Gift Shop.  Purchase tickets in advance as seating is limited.

For tickets: visit www.ballethnic.org or Contact 404-762-1416.

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Christmas on Clairemont 
First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave
Sunday, December 17th at 7 p.m.

With full orchestra, organ, piano, and a festival chorus of a hundred local voices, we are excited to announce that this year's Christmas on Clairemont will feature Broadway lead, Caroline Bowman and Grammy award-winning tenor, Thomas Young. 

The concert is FREE OF CHARGE and open to the public, though you'll want to arrive early to get a seat.

An offering will be collected to benefit D.E.A.M. (Decatur-Area Emergency Assistance Ministry), an organization that responds immediately to local community members who are experiencing financial crisis and more.

You can visit, ChristmasonClairemont.com, to learn more about this exciting event! 

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Winter Break Day Camp

December 21st-29th and January 2nd-3rd 
Multiple Locations 

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will offer a Winter Break Day Camp, Dec. 2129 and Jan. 2 - 3, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Camp will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day. The cost of camp is $10 per day for children ages 5-12. Each participant must provide his or her own breakfast, lunch and snack.

To register, visit www.dekalbcountyga.gov/parks and click the “Register Online” button. Residents can also register in person at any of the  Super District 6 locations listed below. 

  • Gresham Recreation Center, 3113 Gresham Road, Atlanta, GA 30316
  • Hamilton Recreation Center, 3263 Chapel Street, Scottdale, GA 30079
  • Mason Mill Recreation Center, 1340-B McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033
  • Midway Recreation Center, 3181 Midway Road, Decatur, GA 30032
  • N.H. Scott Recreation Center, 2230 Tilson Road, Decatur, GA 30032
  • Tobie Grant Recreation Center, 644 Parkdale Drive, Scottdale, GA 30079

For more information, contact Dawn Cribb, Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs public relations specialist, at 404-371-6295 or dmcribb@dekalbcountyga.gov.

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Clarkston Community Center Global Craft Store and World Art
Clarkston Community Center, 3701 College Ave
Open Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Clarkston Community Center Global Craft Store and World Art is now open!  You can stop by anytime from Monday to Friday between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Clarkston Community Center, World Art Market has some one a kind items from all over the world, and are thrilled to share them with you. Stop by to purchase one of these amazing pieces, while also supporting the community. Holiday giving while enjoying holiday shopping.

The World Market international selection includes:
Indigo hand dyed batik pillows, shawls, scarves, wall hangings, silver filigree jewelry from the Miao Tribe in Guizhou China, silk scarves from India and many more! 

To learn more about the World Art Market, visit www.CCCWorldMarket.com. Happy holidays, The Clarkston Community Center look forward to seeing you there!

We Need Your Input- F.O.G. (Fats, Oils and Grease) Education Survey

Georgia Tech's Scheller College of Business has volunteered to provide pro bono consulting to DeKalb's Watershed Department.

Three MBA candidates are working to improve FOG education, and they've generated this survey. It is in beta test and needs to be "test driven" to determine if the survey instrument is working properly and to get an initial sense of the current state of knowledge of our county's citizens about the effect of grease.

If this tool proves useful, it may be deployed on a larger scale as part of a greater effort to educate DeKalb's citizens on the effects of FOG, and how best to deal with grease so we can keep it out of our sanitary sewers.

​Your attention to this survey will be appreciated. It should not take more than five minutes.​


The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra announces Young Artists Concerto Competition
DeKalb Symphony Orchestra
In Residence at Georgia State University, Clarkston Campus
Fyodor Cherniavsky, Music Director & Conductor
The DeKalb Symphony Orchestra will be holding its second Young Artists Concerto Competition to recognize and showcase local, talented high school student musicians.  Winners will receive cash awards and the opportunity to perform with the DSO at their March 20, 2018 concert.  The competition is open to piano, strings, winds, brass and percussion students attending high school as of January 1, 2018.  The competition guidelines and application can be accessed at clicking here.  All applications and required materials must be postmarked or submitted on-line by January 2, 2018.  Please direct all competition questions to officecoordinator@dekalbsymphony.org.  You may also call 678-891-3565.

WorkSource DeKalb Mobile Career Center 
Various Locations
Full Month of December

WorkSource DeKalb has announced its December Mobile Career Center schedule. The center will be stationed at various locations to help put DeKalb County citizens back to work.

The Mobile Career Center provides access to services like job search assistance, workshops, training and resume writing and interviewing tips. Businesses may also use the mobile unit for interviewing, training, pre-employment screenings or recruiting.

Below are the Mobile Career Center’s scheduled locations for December:


Monday, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Salem-Panola Library

5137 Salem Rd.

Lithonia, GA 30038 

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Division of Family and Children Services

178 Sams St.

Decatur, GA 30033

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

St. Vincent De Paul Society

4871 Memorial Dr.

Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Thursday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Stonecrest Library

3123 Klondike Rd.

Lithonia, GA 30038


Friday, Dec. 15, 7 a.m. - noon

Fort McPherson

1788 Hardee Ave. SW

Atlanta, GA 30330

Monday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Re-Entry Program

The Way, The Truth and The Life Christian Center

255 Miller Rd.

Decatur, GA 30035


Tuesday, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

DeKalb Access and Resource Center

949 North Hairston Rd.

Stone Mountain, GA 30083

Thursday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Chamblee Public Library

4115 Clairmont Rd.

Chamblee, GA 30341

Tuesday, Dec. 26, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Division of Family and Children Services

178 Sams St.

Decatur, GA 30033


Wednesday, Dec. 27, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Hairston Crossing Library 

4911 Redan Rd.

Stone Mountain, GA 30088 

Thursday, Dec. 28, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Decatur Library

215 Sycamore St.

Decatur, GA 30030



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Winter Wonderland
Fernbank Museum, 767 Clifton Road NE
Now until January 7th, 2018, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily 

At Fernbank Museum of Natural History experience the diverse cultures and traditions from around the World! The Fernbank Museum has two floors of enchanting decorations,beautifully dressed Christmas trees showcasing the worlds traditions and holidays.

To purchase tickets visit, www.FernbankMuseum.org  


County Events & Meetings

December 12, 2017 Board of Commissioners Meeting