DeKalb County, GA, January 16, 2015 – by Trey Benton – Applause broke early out as Interim DeKalb County CEO Lee May told nearly 300 Central DeKalb Residents at a community meeting Thursday evening, “Unincorporated DeKalb County is still a viable option.”
ICEO May along with DeKalb Commissioner Jeff Rader and School Board Members Marshall Orson and Jim McMahan comprised a panel of four who gave information and answered questions on topics ranging from County operations, infrastructure funding, school options, service delivery and a host of others.
Delivering a presentation highlighting why staying in unincorporated DeKalb County is the most sensible option, ICEO May said the County is strong. He said the county is financially sound, is making great improvements to service delivery, developing the County’s first Economic Development Strategic Plan, assembling a Governmental Operations Task Force, instituting a strong Ethics board and continues to make great strides across the board.
“Twenty-nine years ago my husband and I made a deliberate decision to move into unincorporated DeKalb County and in the best of all possible worlds we’d like to stay there,” Betsy from LaVista Park said.
But Betsy, along with other audience members, are concerned with the County being able to keep pace with new incorporation efforts as the DeKalb Government works to “get its act together.” Audience members seemed most receptive to remaining in unincorporated DeKalb, or at least slowing down the cityhood process, although they are adamant that in order to keep their communities together, decisive actions with measurable improvements by the County is necessary.
ICEO May delivered a list of legislators with their contact information to attendees and suggested citizens contact them to voice their preference to stay in unincorporated DeKalb County if that is their wish.
This third and final scheduled meeting organized by the LaVista Park, Merry Hills and North Druid Hills Residents Association (others could be organized later) presented another option for their communities which is staying in Unincorporated DeKalb County. Other options include joining the proposed city of LaVista Hills, possible annexation into Brookhaven or perhaps the City of Atlanta.
Much more in the video attached to this story.