District 1 Receives $1.8 Million in Federal Appropriations

When I became Presiding Officer in 2022, I made it a priority for DeKalb County BOC to pursue federal appropriations (formally known as “earmarks”) after a 10-year ban on the practice. In 2022, we submitted a package of projects totaling $15 million. After months of advocating in DC and pitching our projects, in 2023, it […]

Flooding and Private Property

During the months of March and April, flooding becomes a major concern for some residents in our district. Since taking office in 2021, residents have shared with me the damage heavy rains and storms have caused to their properties, surrounding creeks, and neighborhood streets. Unfortunately, DeKalb County’s water and sewer infrastructure dates back to the […]

What voters need to know about the SPLOST II vote in DeKalb County on Nov. 7, 2023

DeKalb County SPLOST

In 2017, an overwhelming 71% of DeKalb County voters approved the county’s first Special Option Local Sales Tax (SPLOST), adding a penny sales tax to fund public safety and capital improvements. The penny tax has is expected to generate $636 million for the county and its cities by the time it expires in 2024.  Those […]

New traffic light switched on by Pleasantdale Road in DeKalb County

ATLANTA, Ga. (Atlanta News First) -A new traffic light is up and running on Pleasantdale Road in front of Pleasantdale Elementary School in DeKalb County. “When I told my community this light was turning on, it was just elation. They’re so excited this is happening,” said Pleasantdale Elementary Principal Amy Heutel. See full news footage […]

Commissioner Robert Patrick and CEO Michael Thurmond to Host “Flip the Switch” Event to Commemorate the Latest Traffic Signal Installation on Pleasantdale Road

Decatur, GA — Commissioner Robert Patrick and DeKalb County CEO Michael Thurmond, in partnership with DeKalb County’s Transportation Department, and DeKalb County’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, will unveil the newest traffic light at Pleasantdale Elementary School on Monday, April 24th, 2023. The newly installed traffic signal adds another layer of safety for […]

Congresswoman Lucy McBath Visits District 1 to Tour Pleasantdale Road

For many years, residents living and shopping along the busy Pleasantdale Road corridor have voiced their concerns over the lack of safety, visibility, and the potentially dangerous situations the current road creates for pedestrians, drivers, and other users. During a recent Pleasantdale Park community meeting held by Commissioner Robert Patrick, some residents expressed difficulties in […]