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Thank you for visiting my website which I hope will be a good source for information about District 6.  Please visit it often as the News and Calendar change frequently.

 

I am always looking for ways to stay in touch.  Your neighborhood and community meetings are important to me as they give me a chance to hear directly from you about concerns and ideas.  If you do not belong to an association, I can arrange to meet with your friends and neighbors for conversation in your home.  Please get in touch with me about upcoming activities so that I can attend. You can reach me at 404-371-4909, through my website, www.kathiegannon.com or email at kgannon@dekalbcountyga.gov.
 
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District 6 Updates




New Vendors Providing Services for DeKalb Seniors


DeKalb County has implemented a plan to continue senior services after our 10 year provider, Senior Connections Inc., closed its doors, on June 30.
 
Beginning July 1, Open Hand Atlanta began providing congregate and home-delivered meals. In-home senior services now will be provided by Jo Jo Home Healthcare Providers Inc. and Rem-Kits Health Care Services Inc.
 
Adult day care and respite care will be an additional service provided by Rem-Kits Adult Day Care Services Inc.
 
Senior center management and case management services will be provided by DeKalb's Department of Human Services’ Office of Aging.
 
The transition plan was approved by the Board of Commissioners in June. The DeKalb Department of Aging is also conducting a senior aquatics assessment process to explore new ideas for swimming programs for seniors.
 
For more information on the transition of DeKalb County senior services, call the DeKalb Senior Link Line at (770) 322-2950.
            
Question:
I depend on the meals that Meals on Wheels Programs gives me. Is my Meals on Wheels going away?

Answer:  No; Meals on Wheels is a federally funded program that is still available to seniors in DeKalb County. The agency providing the meal to you has changed but the program has not ended. Open Hand Atlanta is a non-profit agency that has been providing meals in the Atlanta metro area for 30 years has received a contract with the Department to provide home delivered meals. You can expect that your meals will continue to be delivered to you without interruption.

Question: I’m concerned about the delivery of meals to my house. Who will be delivering meals to me now that Senior Connections is closed?

Answer: Open Hand Atlanta is a non-profit agency that has been providing meals in the Atlanta metro area for 30 years and has received a contract with the Department to provide home delivered meals to DeKalb seniors.

Question: I used to volunteer with Meals on Wheels/ Senior Connections. What do I do now?

Answer:  Volunteers are always needed to help deliver meals. To help deliver meals as a volunteer with Open Hand Atlanta, please contact Open Hand Volunteer Services at (404) 872-6947.

Question:  I’m worried about who will be coming to my house to help me with my personal care (get dressed, bathe, clean the house…etc.). I know and trust the person who is coming now. I’m not sure how I feel about a stranger coming to my house.  Who will help me now with these things?

Answer:  In-home senior services will now will be provided by Jo Jo Home Healthcare Providers Inc.and Rem-Kits Health Care Services Inc. Both of these agencies are licensed by the State of Georgia to provide these services to you. License requirements include background screening of all employees. Your new personal care attendant will have a clean back ground check and appropriate training. You can expect that this person will provide you with the same level of care that you are used to receiving.




DeKalb's State Court Online Ticket Notification System


Motorists receiving a traffic citation in unincorporated DeKalb County now can sign up to receive text and email notifications of fines and upcoming court dates.
 
The system also will send notifications if a court date in the Traffic Division of DeKalb County State Court is missed, and inform the motorist of an option to immediately correct their default with the court before sanctions are imposed.
 
Citizens can access the court’s notification system using smartphones, tablets or computers. They can also research how much they may owe in fines and costs. Anyone can opt-in to this program at www.courtinnovations.com/GADCSC.



Fine-Free Summer Program
Various DeKalb County Libraries
June 1st thru August 31st


The DeKalb Library Board of Trustees recently announced a “Fine-Free Summer” starting June 1 and ending Aug. 31. During this time, any materials from the children’s and teen’s collections can be returned late without incurring fines. The program applies to books, audiobooks, music CDs and some DVDs. Library patrons will still be fined for lost or damaged items. 

For more details about the “Fine-Free Summer” program, library branch locations, and hours of operation, visit dekalblibrary.org


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DeKalb Board of Health Mosquito Prevention Tips

We are finally drying out from some much needed rain so we wanted to once again share DeKalb County Board of Health's tips and checklist so you can make sure you are "mosquito prevention" prepared.

For the tips and checklist, click HERE to help reduce breeding sites and to protect yourself and your family. It only takes a bottle cap full of water to breed mosquitoes, so make sure you check weekly for standing water!

Not all mosquitoes are the same. Different mosquitoes spread different viruses and bite at different times of day. DeKalb County Board of Health recommends you eliminate breeding sites and encourage your neighbors to do the same!

So please do a walk-thru to make sure all of your water can garden tools, splash blocks, and planters do not have standing water.

 "GET OUT AND VOTE!"
DEKALB SUPER DISTRICT 6


Early voting has started and there is only one location to Vote! 

Advanced in-person voting will take place at the DeKalb County Voter Registration & Elections Office.

4380 Memorial Drive, Suite 300
Decatur, GA 30032
404-298-4020 

Today through Friday, July 20th, 2018
 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily
Saturday, July 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

NO VOTING ON MONDAY, JULY 23rd, 2018

For more information, visit DeKalbVotes.com


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Voter Registration 

Recently turned 18? Maybe you need to change your voter registration address? Make sure you are eligible to vote in the next primary election! 

Our right to vote gives us power to create real change. Voting gives us the power to hold our elected leaders accountable and to remove those who we feel do not represent our values.


Click HERE to link you to “My Voters Page” for any additional information.



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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!



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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.

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 


FOG HEAT MAP

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.

County Events & Meetings

Whats Going on in District 6?


Summer Kids Fest
Exchange Park, 2771 Columbia Drive
Now until August 10th, Every Friday from 6:30-10:30 p.m.


Here is a great way for youth to spend their Friday evenings this summer! Its not too late to join the South Precinct & Various Communities Organizations as they host the Summer Kids Fest. This is a great way to offer our youth constructive activities to encourage their development, coping skills and education. You do not want to miss this fun filled opportunity! 


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Annual Passport Day 
DeKalb Clerk of Superior Court, 556 N. McDonough St. 
July 21st, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.


As part of the U.S. Secretary of State's Annual "Passport Day," our Clerk of Superior Court is opening her office this Saturday to those who need to apply or renew passports or cards.

No appointment is necessary, however all participants must bring a valid form of photo ID. For additional requirements and fee schedules visit www.dksuperiorclerk.com/Passports.



 


 



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DeKalb County Library has so many opportunities for the youth and adults. Whether its "Building Blocks" with babies or FREE "Yoga Fridays", there are so many options that could be right for you or your family.

Among the many programs, here are a few featured in July:

Salsa Fridays...Calling all 21-35 year olds! 
July 27th & August 10th, from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore Street

To register, call 404-508-7190

Math Rocks!...Math Fun and Review
Every Monday until July 30th, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 
Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive 

All are welcome who have completed 4th grade math or higher.

Social Benefits and Employment Assistance!
July 20th & 27th 
Clarkston Library, 951 N. Indian Creek Drive 

Get assistance with your application for social benefits like medicare, Medicaid and food stamps!

Visit DeKalbLibrary.org or your local library to find more events! 




July "Movies in the Park" Series
Various Locations in DeKalb

Every Tuesday in July

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs Department will host a movie in the park series every Tuesday in July in various locations across the county with activities beginning at dusk and each movie starting at 8:30 p.m.
 
The series will visit our very own Super District 6 Mason Mill Park, 1340 McConnell Dr, Decatur on Tuesday, July 24th. The feature movie will be Sony's picture "Hotel Transylvania 2." To maximize the experience, we encourage you to bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. All movies featured will be PG-13 and viewable for all ages.    
 
Click here for additional series locations and other exciting activities!






Coffee with a Cop 
Panera Bread, 1545 North Decatur Road
July 25th, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 


DeKalb County North Central Precinct is having a "Coffee with a Cop" and inviting you to Panera Bread to chat with North Central  precinct officers.

Remember...there are no agenda's or speeches...just an opportunity to enjoy coffee and conversation! 






DeKalb Juvenile Court Health and Wellness Fair
Gregory A. Adams Juvenile Justice Center
4309 Memorial Drive, Decatur 30032
July 25th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


Here is an opportunity to be proactive with your health.  Take advantage of these screening! Bring the kids...free back to school supplies!!!



DeKalb's SPLOST Open House
Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 East Court Square Decatur 
July 26th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


The public is invited to a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) open house on Thursday, July 26, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Historic DeKalb Courthouse, 101 East Court Square, Decatur, Georgia 30030.
 
Residents will be formally introduced to the SPLOST Oversight Committee and the SPLOST Program Management Team, Moreland Altobelli.
 
DeKalb County will receive an estimated $388 million in revenue over the next six years as a result of the SPLOST that was approved by voters in November 2017. SPLOST funding will be used to improve roads, public safety, parks, libraries, senior centers and health centers and, combined with the Equalized Homestead Option Sales Tax (EHOST), will generate $110 million annually in residential property tax relief for six years. 
 
For more information about the SPLOST, visit www.dekalbsplost.com
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Minority Mental Health Symposium 
K.D. Moore Community Development Center, Inc., Clarkston
July 27th, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

Positive Growth Inc. in partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness (N.A.M.I.) DeKalb and Emory University’s Urban Health Initiative present a Mental Health Symposium in recognition of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month in July. 

The Symposium will feature a panel discussion with licensed professionals and community advocates with topics ranging from helping a child receive care to destigmatizing mental illness.

This is a must attend event for those with loved ones or clients affected with mental health, and anyone interested in learning more about it!

This is a free symposium and lunch will be provided but space is limited so register early atminority-mental-health-symposium-tickets.

For more information contact Ava Morton at 404-298-9005.




"Our County, Our Responsibility" Community Forum 
Mason Mill Park, Mack Love Building, 1340 McConnell Drive
August 2nd, from 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.


On August 2nd join the DeKalb County Government and the Department of Public Works and infrastructure in the "Our County, Our Responsibility" Community Forum.

This event will be hosted by the Civic Association Network, helping to get you engaged, educated and involved! 



 

In response to several inquires about crime in Super District 6, I have added a link to CRIMETRAC which is an innovative mapping system designed to give citizens a first-hand look at crime statistics in Unincorporated DeKalb County.

CRIMETRAC:

  • Innovative mapping system for citizens
  • Provides accurate and timely crime data in the form of reports and maps
  • Informs citizens of activities taking place in their own neighborhoods
  • Citizen friendly and easy to use

Using CRIMETRAC is as easy as 1, 2, 3!


1. Search
  • By Address
  • By Crime

2. Focus

  • Number of crimes within radius
  • Number of crimes near specific
    address

3. Obtain Report

  • Data Range
  • Crime Type

Click HERE for access


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Best Practices for Proper Disposal of FOG

DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management wants to remind you of the best practices for proper disposal of Fats Oils and Grease (F.O.G.).  Department of Watershed Management needs your help in protecting DeKalb. They have put together this info graphic, Proper Disposal in 3 Steps, so that we can be good stewards of our sewer systems. No F.O.G., No clog, Just let it flow! 

Visit, The Department of Watershed Management, to find more information. 
 

 

 


DeKalb County Animal Shelter Weekend Warrior 
Any Weekend in Any Month


DeKalb County Animal Service and Lifeline Animal Project offer the Weekend Warriors Program, where you can take a sheltered pup for the weekend. There are hundreds of dogs in the care of DeKalb's Animal Shelters that would love to get out of the shelter and crash at your place! 

Want to give a shelter pup a much-needed vacation? Become a Weekend Warrior today!
LifeLineAnimal.org/WeekendWarriors
 



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New Year- New You! Eat right even when money is tight!

Did you know that over 4 million older Americans use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to buy healthy food? If you apply for SNAP, you’ll get a special debit card that you can use to buy nutritious foods at over 250,000 grocery stores nationwide!


Visit their website today at www.benefitscheckup.org!



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Fresh Neighborhood Markets Around
Super District 6


Here are some local neighborhood markets for fresh produce, cut flowers, homemade goodies, and more!

 

Avondale Farmers Market
22 N. Avondale road
Sundays, from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.


In the Parking Lot of My "Parents Basement", Avondale Estates has a variety of local, fresh, great vendors selling fruits, veggies, eggs, cheese, meat, baked goods, prepared foods, jam, sweet treats, handmade goods and more! There are more vendors each week just in time for you to stock up for Memorial Day Weekend. Visit Avondale Estates each and every Sunday to buy locally grown produce! 

For more information, visit www.avondaleestatesfarmersmarket.org/

Brookhaven Farmers Market
1375 Fernwood Circle NE
Saturdays, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 


Open each and every saturday, The Brookhaven Farmers Market mission is to provide healthy, locally-produced food and products to our community; cultivating a sustainable connection between producers and consumers which will support the local economy and enhance the overall health of the local people and their environment. 

For more information, visit www.BrookhavenFarmersMarket.com

Clarkston Farmers Market
3701 College Ave. 
Last Sunday of every Month, from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


The Clarkston Farmers Market builds community by connecting neighbors with locally-grown, nutritious and affordable foods and celebrates our city’s diverse cultural traditions. Markets are held on the last Sunday of every month through October from 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.. The market will be held on the activities field behind the Clarkston Community Center at 3701 College Ave in Clarkston, GA. Vendors will include refugee and non-refugee farmers, gardeners and artisans. SNAP benefits (EBT) happily accepted and doubled.

For more information, contact Janice@clarkstoncommunitycenter.org

Decatur Farmers Market
308 Clairemont Ave
Wednesday, from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, from 9-1p.m.


Join Decatur for their Wednesday and Saturday farmers market! We'll have locally and organically grown produce, story time for the children, live music, and more! Now at the Decatur Farmers Market, EBT will be accepted and worth double the value, making $10 worth $20 and etc. 

For more information, visit www.DecaturFarmersMarkets.com

Dunwoody Farmers Market
4770 N. Peachtree Road
Saturdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


This is just the start of growing season and at the Dunwoody Farmers Market, you can get fresh homegrown produce from your local farmers. Every Saturday, through October, you will have the chance to support local farmers and businesses at Brook Run Park and to help provide yourself a healthy lifestyle. This year, more than 40 vendors have signed up making the Dunwoody community a vibrant gathering place. 

For more information and updates visit www.DunwoodyFarmersMkt.com

 


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WorkSource DeKalb Mobile Career Center 
Various Locations
 


Click the link to the Mobile Career Center’s scheduled locations for July.
WorkSource DeKalb Mobile Career Schedule