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DeKalb Announces Fourth Annual Poetry Slam

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will host its fourth annual Poetry Slam on Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m., located at Mason Mill Recreation Center, 1340 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033 in celebration of National Poetry Month.

The Poetry Slam will feature young poets and writers from DeKalb. Admission is $5.

Participation is open to DeKalb youth ages 10 to 18. The registration deadline is April 5.

To access online registration, visit and click the “Register Now” button on the department’s homepage, or register in person at any DeKalb recreation center.

For more information, contact LaShanda Davis, Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs public relations specialist, at 404-371-3643 or


SPLOST Open Houses to be Held in April

DeKalb County will host three special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) open houses in April to give citizens an opportunity to review work completed, find out what is in progress and ask questions.

Open house dates and locations are as follows:

  • Tuesday, April 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
  • Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Central DeKalb Senior Center, 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033
  • Thursday, April 11, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Lou Walker Senior Center, 2538 Panola Road, Lithonia, GA 30058

County officials will be on hand to discuss projects such as road resurfacing, public safety enhancements and parks and recreation facility upgrades. Two SPLOST-funded vehicles will be on display: the rapid response fire rescue vehicle and new top-of-the-line police vehicle. Residents will also be able to interact with members of the SPLOST Citizen Oversight Group, which reviews project spending to enhance transparency and accountability.

DeKalb County will receive an estimated $388 million in SPLOST revenue over six years to improve county roads, infrastructure, libraries, parks and public safety. For more information about DeKalb County SPLOST, visit


Second Round of Open Houses Scheduled for DeKalb County Transit Master Plan

Second Round of Open Houses Scheduled for DeKalb County Transit Master Plan

Engagement Activities Set to Provide Opportunity for Public Input and Information

WHAT: A second round of public open houses are scheduled to gather valuable community input about potential transit improvements for DeKalb County. We will present ideas generated during the initial phase of the project including the first round of public open houses, stakeholder advisory committee meetings, and public survey.

The DeKalb Transit Master Plan will ultimately address DeKalb County’s mobility challenges, help to enhance future development opportunities, and improve the quality of life within each of DeKalb’s cities and unincorporated communities, both north and south. The plan will also seize opportunities in DeKalb County for service enhancements today and expansion opportunities tomorrow to create a 30-year vision and beyond for transit investments.

Two public meetings were held March 2018 to gather community input on transportation views. The initial round of Open Houses was held October 2018. Public outreach activities will continue until May 2019.

WHO: DeKalb County Government, in partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission, and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority are working together to develop DeKalb County’s Transit Master Plan.


Interactive public activities planned. Area Commissioners, engaged citizens, and local community stakeholders invited. The same information will be presented at all three open houses.

Community members can arrive anytime to the most convenient location.

More info:February-2019-DeKalb-Transit-Open-Houses_Final


DeKalb County Special Purpose Home Repair Program Application Period Opens

DeKalb County Special Purpose Home Repair Program Application Period Opens

The DeKalb County Community Development Department will offer deferred payment, forgivable loans to assist senior and disabled homeowners with critical repairs to plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and roofing.

To be eligible, applicants must be at least 62 years of age or disabled and at least 21 years of age, own DeKalb County property that serves as their primary residence, and satisfy income and other eligibility requirements.

The DeKalb County Community Development Department will accept preliminary applications for the Special Purpose Home Repair program on January 17 – February 1, 2019.

Preliminary applications and instructions for submission are available on the DeKalb County website or at the DeKalb County Senior Centers shown below:

DeKalb Atlanta Senior Center
25 Warren Street
Atlanta, GA 30317

South DeKalb Senior/Community Center
1931 Candler Road
Decatur, GA 30032

North DeKalb Senior/Community Center
3393 Malone Drive
Chamblee, GA 30341

Lithonia Senior Center
2484 Bruce Street
Lithonia, GA 30058

Lou Walker Senior Center
2358 Panola Road
Lithonia, GA 30058

Central DeKalb Senior Center
1346 McConnell Dr.
Decatur, GA 30033

For further information, please call 404-371-2727.


SPLOST Citizens Advisory Board to Meet Jan. 31

SPLOST Citizens Advisory Board to Meet Jan. 31

Meeting to be held at Maloof Auditorium

 The DeKalb County SPLOST Citizen Advisory Board Committee meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31, at 6:30 p.m. at Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.

Information will be provided on SPLOST projects and updates.

For more information, contact Sarah Page, public information officer, at 404-371-2705 or