Dekalb Planning & Sustainability has new code and building inspectors:

Please direct concerns and/or any code violations to: Adam Evans, Environmental Compliance Supervisor, (404)371-2875 Office. (678) 215-3205 Cell. Email: aevans@dekalbcountyga.gov

If you can’t reach Mr. Evans, please contact Shaun Shaifer, Code Compliance Officer, Senior. Email: seshaifer@dekalbcountyga.gov, (404) 371-2950 Office. (470) 698-4342 Cell.

For other non-compliance issues contact: Tscharner Ryder, Environmental Development Inspector, Senior. Email: teryder@dekalbcountyga.gov, (678) 300.5259 Cell.

Marcus Robinson is the county’s Chief Building Official. Email: mlrobinson@dekalbcountyga.gov, office: (404) 371-2130.

Inspections Officers Eddie Wimpey and Greg Hubbard have both recently retired.

Clarkston annexation next steps:

The City of Clarkston tabled the annexation resolution to the February Work Session and Council Meeting. However, Mayor Terry has also announced an annexation Town Hall on Jan. 27th, at 7 p.m. It will be held at the Clarkston Community Center, located at 3701 College Ave. See Decaturish article here. Mayor Ted Terry has walked back most of the proposed annexation areas due to public outcry and opposition.

Notes below from Beverly Burks, former Clarkston City Council member and community activist:

Even if the city passes the resolution, our state legislative leadership makes the final decision to put the referendum on the ballot. It must get co-sponsors for it to happen that have to include the representative and senator from that district, Rep. Karla Drenner and Sen. Steve Henson.

This process is a numbers game. It is important for the DeKalb Delegation to know how many people support or oppose annexation in their districts and the county.

Elected Georgia officials pdf, with contact information, addresses & emails can be found here.

Step 1: Send emails/letters to Representative Karla Drenner who is also the Chairwoman for the DeKalb Delegation about your position. She has to co-sponsor the annexation for it to move forward. A sample letter is included below. Email: dren16999@aol.com

Step 2: Send emails/letters to Representative Michelle Henson and Senator Steve Henson. He has to co-sponsor the annexation for it to move forward. Emails: steve.henson@senate.ga.gov, michele.henson@house.ga.gov

Step 3: Send emails/letters to the remaining DeKalb Delegation members about your position. (You can find their contact information in the pdf above.) Some of them will have to co-sponsor the annexation too.

Step 4: If you have a neighborhood homeowners association, poll your neighbors on their position on annexation. Send the Dekalb Delegation an official email/letter with the association’s letterhead with the numbers.

Step 5: Attend upcoming legislative town hall meetings to voice your position to them.

Step 6: Follow up with the DeKalb Delegation, particularly Karla Drenner and Steve Henson throughout this legislative session which starts January 13th and lasts 40 business days.

Step 7: Organize!! Today it is Clarkston. It could be the county, another city or even a developer. Work within your neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods.

Step 8: Attend the Clarkston work session on January 28th. They may have it at the Community Center again. Check the city’s public meetings calendar website and social media for more information.

Hopefully, this information helps you!

Sample Letter to Elected Officials:

Subject: (Support for or opposition to Proposed Clarkston Annexation Resolution)

Dear State Representative/Senator [State Representative/Senator Name],

My name is (your first and last name) who lives in Area___(or you can simply say you live in one of the Areas) identified in the City of Clarkston’s annexation resolution and I also reside in your district.

(State why you support or oppose the annexation. Choose up to three of the strongest points that support your position and state them clearly.)

(Include a personal story. Tell your representative why the issue is important to you and how it affects you, your family member and your community.)

(Tell your representative how you want her or him to vote on this issue and ask for a response. Be sure to include your name and address on both your letter and email.)

Thank you for your time and efforts to serve the residents of DeKalb County and the State of Georgia!

Sincerely, [Your Name, Address, City, State, Zipcode, your E-mail & your Phone Number]

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