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DISTRICT 5

ANNUAL REPORT

2020 "MOVING DEKALB FORWARD!"

DEKALB COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS


DEKALB COUNTY DISTRICT 5

YEAR 2020

SUMMARY 2020 was a unique year as we navigated through the beginning of the Coronavirus (COVID - 19). Our operation went from completely in person to completely virtual almost overnight. However, our office adjusted very quickly and stabilized operations to keep the office operating without interruption. In spite of COVID -19, we hosted seven (7) events and attended over thirty (30) events in 2020. We conservatively managed our $361,751 budget, returning over $86,784 back to the General Fund. This year, our office was also very instrumental in ushering in needed changes in the Voter Registration and Elections Office for the Presidential Preference Primary Election (June 2020) and the General Election (November 2020). We collaborated with groups such as Vote @ Home, Fair Fight, ACLU, and the DeKalb County Elections Stakeholder Group to push for forward progress in DeKalb County Elections. We also launched a very important initiative "The John Lewis Commemorative Task Force" to identify the most appropriate way to honor the life and legacy of Congressman John Lewis. We tackled important issues through the Employee Relations and Public Safety and County Operations Committees. We also worked on legislation key to fighting COVID - 19, while working to effectively distribute $1.4 Million Dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funds to over 25 Community Based Organizations to provide mortgage, rental, utility, and food security assistance to District 5 residents who were severely impacted by the pandemic. We closed out 2020 by announcing $150,000 which we allocated for the District 5 Senior Home Repair Program. Though met with challenges, we prevailed.

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MEET THE STAFF O u r staff is com m i t t e d t o s e r vi n g t h e re s i dents of Dis t r i c t 5 b y p r o v id i n g q u a l i t y c u s t omer service a n d d e l i v e r i ng e f f e c t i v e a n d efficient so l u t i o n s t o y o u r c o n c e r n s .

Demetrius E. McCoy, Chief of Staff Demetrius McCoy is a Decatur, Georgia native and graduate of Paine College in Augusta, Georgia where he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He began his public service career in the Office of former Congressman John Barrow (GA- 12). McCoy has served the citizens of DeKalb County for nearly 7 years, beginning his career with DeKalb in CEO Lee May's administration. He has served as Chief of Staff to Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson for five years. Demetrius serves as the Senior Pastor of Word of Life Christian Church and is a member of the Executive Board for the NAACP, DeKalb County Branch. McCoy is married to the love of his life, Miss Mariah J. Crew and the couple have one toddler son, Demetrius Jr. who is their pride and joy.

MEET THE COMMISSIONER

Education Paine College (Bachelor of Arts) Brenau University (Master of Science) Argosy University (Doctorate)

Demetrius Pinkett, Director of Constituent Services

Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson is a 30+ year resident of South DeKalb County. She is the wife of Congressman Hank Johnson and the mother of her two children, Randi and Calvin. As a long-time resident of DeKalb, she has built and cultivated relationships that have gained her the respect of the community both personally and professionally. She brings a spirit of leadership, family, and collaboration to help move DeKalb County forward and to selflessly serve the over 140,000+ constituents in her district.

Demetrius Pinkett has lived in DeKalb County for 20+ years. He graduated from Cedar Grove High School Home of the Saints! Demetrius went on to complete his Bachelor

Community Service Democratic Party of Georgia (Executive Committee - Member-at-large) DeKalb Lawyers Association (Co-founder, Past President and current Member) DeKalb Hospital Authority (Former Board Member) Congressional Black Caucus Spouses (Former Chair) Decatur Cooperative Ministries (Former Volunteer Lawyer) Public Service DeKalb Magistrate Court Judge (First African American Female Judge in DeKalb County) First Female Commissioner of District 5 Education Tennessee State University (Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts) Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University (Juris Doctorate)

now serves as her Director of Constituent Services. Currently, he is a pre licensed agent of Real Estate in Georgia and pursuing to

of Science at Benedict College, where he became a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc and Sigma Alpha Pi Leadership & Honor Society. Demetrius began his career for DeKalb County as an intern for Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and

complete his final exam to be A licensed Realtor. Demetrius is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Administration with a Specialty in Non-Profit Management at NCU, North Central University. Education Benedict College (Bachelor of Science) North Central University (In School Masters of Public Admin.)

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BUDGET OVERVIEW

$86,784 RETURNED BACK TO THE GENERAL FUND

$150,000 APPROPRIATED FOR SENIOR HOME REPAIRS

$13,544 REDUCTION IN EXPENSES

Data based on Year End Budget Review

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POLICY & LEGISLATION DEKALB COUNTY MASK ORDINANCE On July 14, 2020, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners overwhelmingly passed the DeKalb County Mask Ordinance sponsored by DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson. The ordinance was first introduced to the floor on June 2, 2020, nearly 60 days after Georgia reported its first case of Coronavirus in the state. The ordinance requires DeKalb residents over age eight ‘to utilize a face covering or mask which covers the nose and mouth when in any public place

ON-SITE TESTING FACILITIES & MOBILE TESTING The purpose of the On Site Testing & Facilities & Mobile Testing resolution was to send an urging resolution to the Governor of Georgia establishing "point of care" on site testing facilities in low income areas within DeKalb County in order to protect minorities that are being disproportionately impacted by COVID - 19 and to collect and accurately report racial COVID - 19 data on rates of infection by case and outcome.

JUNETEENTH ORDINANCE On July 14, 2020, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners overwhelmingly passed An ordinance to amend the Code of DeKalb County, as revised 1988, Chapter 20, principally to recognize June 19th, Juneteenth, as a paid County holiday. Juneteenth is recognized as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, and is now a County recognized holiday in DeKalb. This ordinance was introduced by District 5 Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson in June 2020.

ILLEGAL STREET RACING LEGISLATION The challenge of Illegal Street Racing is a growing concern in many communities. In DeKalb County, we have seen the tragic loss of life due to Illegal Street Racing. As a result, DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson sponsored a resolution to the Georgia General Assembly to make the penalties for illegal street racing stiffer. The Georgia General Assembly passed the bill during the 2021 Legislative Session.

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COMMITTEES The Employee Relations and Public Safety Committee (ERPS) reviews best practices for the maintenance of a fiscally sustainable and attractive system of benefits for all employees. The employee benefit plan review shall also incorporate regulatory and demographic trends that positively impact the country's programs. The Committee shall review efforts to maintain the quality and integrity of countrywide fire and rescue and emergency medical services.

Committee Information: Mereda Davis Johnson - Chair Jeff Rader - Member

The Committee shall also evaluate the police

Nancy Jester - Member

needs for a financially sustainable system in a

Agenda Items Reviewed:

changing service delivery environment to assure the provision of primary enforcement and non-basic services for unincorporated DeKalb County.

Employee Savings Program Worker's Compensation Discussion Pension Cost Of Living Adjustment Healthcare Cost Updates DeKalb County Grievance Process For Employees Public Safety - Human & Sex Trafficking Initiatives Police Chase Policy DeKalb County Police Relationships with U.S. Marshalls & FBI Federal Task Force Police Update on GILEE Police & Fire Recruitment Update (carry into 2021) A study on locations to accommodate short term parking for trucks over four wheels in DeKalb County (carry into 2021)

The County Operations Committee (OPS) is responsible for providing policy oversight related to the operations of DeKalb County. Committee Information: Commissioner Larry Johnson - Chair Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson - Member Commissioner Jeff Rader - Member

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ELECTIONS IN DEKALB WE MUST DO ALL THAT WE CAN TO MAKE

349,219 People voted in the January 5, 2021 Runoff Election

373,439

VOTING EASY AND MORE

People voted in the November

ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE.

3, 2020 Presidential Election

-MEREDA DAVIS JOHNSON

As a member of the Operations Committee

Commissioner Davis Johnson worked with

(OPS) Committee, Commissioner Mereda

the following organizations to help bring

Davis Johnson worked tirelessly to ensure

competent leadership and skills to the

that DeKalb voters had access to the polls.

Office of Voter Registration & Elections:

The areas of focus surrounded: Absentee Ballot processing

Vote @ Home

Absentee Ballot application processing

Fair Fight

Drop box Locations

ACLU of Georgia

Ensuring competent staff

DeKalb Elections Stakeholder Group

Improving operations in the VRE Office

The Elections Group

Internal Audit of VRE operations

In 2019, The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners approved a resolution establishing a DeKalb Elections Stakeholder Ad Hoc Committee. The Committee consisted of three Commissioners, two members of the DeKalb County Elections Board, and three citizens. The Ad Hoc Committee's purpose was to make recommendations to the DeKalb County Elections Board on needed changes to the election process in DeKalb County. The Committee was very impactful in initiating a comprehensive review of the DeKalb County Office of Voter Registration and Elections' policies, procedures, and operations, which helped to ensure a successful election process in the 2020 Presidential Election year.

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CORONAVIRUS, AID, RELIEF AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT FUNDS Tabitha's House The Hank Stewart Foundation First African CDC KES Day, Inc. Greater Piney Grove CDC DeKalb County NAACP Berean CDC AACTS, Inc. SCLC Women, Inc Center For Community Empowerment Transforming CDC City of Hope, Inc. Georgia Piedmont Technical College FBC Family Life Center, Inc. Be Ruth, Inc. Harvard Diversity Project Peace On The Move The Georgia Coalition For The People's Agenda Women Moving On, Inc. JABY, Just About Blessing You Mothers Rebuilding America Be Someone, LLC.

DISTRICT 5 COVID - 19 PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN Over 3.6 Million Listeners Reached Advertised on eight different radio markets Over 200,000 Digital Impressions on Rolling Out Magazine Over $1.4 Million Dollars designated from District 5 CARES Act Funds for Rental/Utility Assistance, Food Security, Digital Learning Assistance and COVID – 19 Awareness Outreach Campaign $6,000,000 allocated from DeKalb County CARES act funding for for Public Health Services (COVID- 19 Testing, Telehealth Equipment, Health Promotions, Food Health Education Mobile Medical Health Units)

Allocated $1,000,000.00 to DeKalb County Community Services Board to assist with mental health issues due to COVID – 19 pandemic

$3,000,000.00 allocated for Food Security Distributions from DeKalb County CARES Act Funds.

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IN MEMORY OF

CONGRESSMAN JOHN LEWIS 2.21.1940 – 7.17.2020

JOHN LEWIS COMMEMORATIVE TASK FORCE On 21 August 2020, Dekalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and City of Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett signed a declaration forming a task force of diverse community leaders to create a memorial to honor Congressman Lewis. Described as "one of the most courageous persons the civil rights movement ever produced," John Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting human rights, securing personal dignity and building what he calls "the beloved community."

COMMITTEE MEMBERS COMMISSIONER MEREDA DAVIS JOHNSON, EX OFFICIO DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSIONER JEFF RADER, EX OFFICIO DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSIONER STEVE BRADSHAW, EX OFFICIO DECATUR MAYOR PATTI GARRETT FORMER DEKALB COUNTY CEO BURRELL ELLIS JUANITA POWELL BARANCO, ESQ MEREDITH LILLY, ESQ DECATUR COMMISSIONER GEORGE DUSENBURY HEATHER FENTON BRIAN WERTHIEM, ESQ AUDREY MALOOF DEKALB NAACP PRESIDENT TERESA HARDY

ERIC ELLIS AVONDALE ESTATES MAYOR JONATHAN ELMORE STACY KEY MAWULI DAVIS, ESQ REV. DR. EMORY BERRY, JR. FORMER DEKALB COUNTY COMMISSIONER GAIL WALDORFF JAN SELMAN DR. THOMAS L. COLEMAN DR. ED LEE III KARIMA A. JONES MELISSA CARLSON FORGEY DR. SHARON HILL WILLIAM A. COOK SHERRY A. KING ANGIE MACON

MICHAEL COLLINS – SENIOR ADVISOR TO TASK FORCE

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District 5 2020 Events Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office had to adjust to completely virtual or socially distanced events almost overnight. In spite of these restrictions, we were able to host seven (7) events and attend over thirty (30) events.

Event Highlights Greek Day

“Voters Education Symposium”

Black History Month Celebration “Interrupted Motherhood”

District 5 Volunteer Apprecitation

District 5 Virtual Townhall Meeting “A Candid conversation about Police and Community Relations”

Remembering DeKalb Lives Lost to COVID – 19

District 5 Drive Thru Family Fun Day

District 5 Thanksgiving Turkey N Fixins

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a year's overview

DISTRICT 5 INITIATIVES

DISTRICT 5 PAVILIONS @ ALL DISTRICT 5 LIBRARIES

DISTRICT 5 APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM

Pavilions were officially installed

In 2018, Commissioner Mereda

Redan Road (2 radar speed signs

at all District 5 Library Branches

Davis Johnson partnered with

and 1 pedestrian crossing w/

(Hairston Crossing, Lithonia –

DeKalb County Fleet Management to

rapid flashing beacon)

Davidson, Salem – Panola,

launch an apprenticeship program

Pleasant Hill Road at Sierra

Stonecrest, Redan – Trotti,) with

for DeKalb County students. The

Passage (1 radar speed sign) South Hairston @ Statler Drive (1

District 5 Reserve For

program only offered two positions

Appropriations Funds -- $200,000

during its inception and has now

investment

grown to over eight positions.

BRUCE STREET SENIOR CENTER BUS

DISTRICT 5 SENIOR HOME REPAIR PROGRAM

$80,000 investment

$150,000 dedicated to assist low-income

INSTALLATION OF DISTRICT 5 SPEED RADAR SIGNS

radar speed sign) A $50,000 investment

REMOVAL OF CONFEDERATE MONUMENT

seniors with critical home repairs

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EFFORTS TO STOP METRO GREEN

“I AM WITH YOU TO STOP THIS UNNEEDED AND HARMFUL DEVELOPMENT IN OUR COMMUNITY. THERE IS NO PLACE FOR METRO GREEN IN THE 5TH DISTRICT.” -Mereda Davis Johnson

In 2020, Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson was proud to stand with citizens of the 5th District during a community-organized rally to stop Metro Green. Metro Green is an adverse development that the community strongly opposes with plans to process waste from construction sites and/or other questionable materials. The project is in the middle of a residential area and near a school. During the rally, Commissioner Davis Johnson reiterated, “I am with you to stop this unneeded and harmful development in our community. There is no place for Metro Green in the 5th District.” Commissioner Davis Johnson also held a community meeting with the residents of Miller Park, Miller Woods, and surrounding Homeowners Associations to hear their concerns about the project and express her continued support to stop the development. Commissioner Davis Johnson also issued a letter to the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) requesting that the permit be revoked because the development was not compliant with the DeKalb County Solid Waste Management Plan. This fact had previously been communicated to the EPD by DeKalb County. The matter is now being litigated in the DeKalb County Superior Court and awaiting a ruling by the Judge.

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CONSTITUENT SERVICES DATA

KEY

POINTERS

FOR

2020

&

2019

COMPARISON

With the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic, the call volume shifted, especially when the virus made its first impact. Sanitation in the year of 2020 call volume skyrocketed compared to 2019 Roads & Drainage call volume decreased from 75 to 31 General Information calls increased from 38 in 2019 to 52 in 2020 Calls slightly decreased in most areas due to a change of focus Most constituents transitioned from worrying about the outside surrounding environment to focusing on their loved ones health conditions, home utilities, and more

2020 TOTAL # OF CONSTITUENT CONCERN RELATED CALLS Code Enforcement Watershed Transportation KDB (Keep DeKalb Beautiful Sanitation Community Development Police Department Constituent Appointment or CMDJ Response Roads & Drainage General Information Power Outages DOL - Unemployment Office of Aging/Human Services DFCS Animal Services Planning Dept 0

PREDICTIONS

20

FOR

40

60

2021

In the future, it is expected that Sanitation concerns should decrease and drivers will be more familiar and experienced with the arm grappler. If concerns arise, I would suggest a meeting with the department to determine solutions. It is also expected that calls to the Roads & Drainage Department will increase drastically due to paving resuming.

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DEKALB SANITATION UPDATE FOR 2021

As part of the Sanitation Division’s overall goal to streamline its service offerings, several technologydriven platforms have been launched within the past year. A roll cart request portal, a new residential service request portal, and a bulky item & special collection request portal are now available on the Division’s website, providing residents with a secure and convenient way to submit their service requests online. To ensure adequate staffing support for these new online service request platforms, the Customer Care team has been expanded and designated customer care representatives (CSRs) have been assigned to support field operations. These CSRs’ primary bulky item & special collection responsibilities include processing and assessing requests; notifying residents of any associated collection costs; and scheduling collections. Their primary missed collection responsibilities include processing and scheduling requests for next-day servicing. Residents are encouraged to follow proper curbside preparation and collection procedures. Improperly prepared yard trimmings and excess/overflow household garbage are categorized as a special collection, requiring a prepaid fee prior to collection. This combined staffing and technology-driven approach has resulted in a 15 percent reduction in the Division’s call center activity, and a 60 percent reduction in the number of days that large items remain at the curb. The Division also encourages households within their service area to subscribe to the free residential single-stream recycling program. Over 60 percent of households serviced by the Division are currently participating in the program. For more information on the Sanitation Division’s programs and services, please visit www.dekalbsanitation.com, or follow @Dkalbsanitation on Twitter.

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DISTRICT 5 SOCIAL MEDIA Our office utilizes social media to create a foundation for constituents to interact, stay informed on current events, and express concerns.

881+ Existing Facebook followers

COMMISSIONER MEREDA DAVIS JOHNSON IS NOW VERIFIED!

828+

In 2020, we reached the milestone of becoming verified on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook! Follow our accounts for the latest updates.

Existing Instagram followers

Mereda Davis Johnson

@meredadjohnson

1377+ Existing Twitter followers

@meredadjohnson

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CONTACT US

Helpful Contact Numbers Emergency/Ambulance/EMS/Fire

District 5 Office Contacts 911

Dekalb Police (non-emergency) 678-406-7929

Mereda Davis Johnson – Commissioner mdjohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov

East Precinct

770-482-0300

South Precinct

404-286-7900

Central Records

770-724-7740

Demetrius McCoy – Chief of Staff

770-724-7710

dmccoy@dekalbcountyga.gov

Special Victims Unit Animal Services/Control

404-294-2996

Phone: (404) 371-2159

Phone: (404) 371-2410

Sheriff

404-298-8100

Code Compliance

404-687-3700

Demetrius Pinkett – Director of

Sanitation

404-294-2900

Constituent Services

Watershed Management

dlpinkett@dekalbcountyga.gov

Billing

404-378-4475

Emergencies/Spills

770-270-6243

Phone: 404-371-2412

Roads and Drainage

404-297-3840

Intern

DeKalb Housing Authority

404-270-2500

district5@dekalbcountyga.gov

Planning and SUstainability

404-371-2155

DeKalb County Schools

678-676-1200

Human Trafficking

888-373-7888

Elder Abuse

866-552-4464 press 3

Domestic Abuse

800-799-7233

Phone: 404-371-2159

Address: 1300 Commerce Drive Decatur, Georgia 30030 Telephone: 404-371-2159 Email: district5@dekalbcountyga.gov

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