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July 9, 2021 Newsletter

District 5 Weekly Newsletter
July 9, 2021

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“A Moment With Mereda”
District 5 Family, Friends, and Neighbors:
Happy Friday. This week, the Board of Commissioners hosted our Committee of the Whole meeting and the Employee Relations and Public Safety (ERPS) Committee meeting. We discussed items for the midyear budget as well as Public Safety bonuses. The Board will vote on the mid-year budget during the July 20th meeting.
This week, the DeKalb County Board of Registration and Elections installed its new board members. I want to congratulate 5th District constituent and an outstanding community leader, Dele Lowman Smith, who was selected by her peers to serve as the newly elected Chair of the Board. I would also like to extend congratulations to my former colleague, Nancy Jester who will serve as the Board’s Vice-Chair.
I am looking forward to working with the Elections Board to ensure that everyone has easy access to vote in DeKalb County!
Finally, today began the 2021 National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference in hosted in Prince George’s County in Maryland. Vice-President Kamala Harris addressed the conference earlier today and reaffirmed the Biden Administration’s support to work with counties across this nation to repair and improve our infrastructure. On Monday, during the conference, my colleague from DeKalb’s 3rd Commission District, Commissioner Larry “LJ” Johnson, will be sworn in as the President of the National Association of Counties, representing DeKalb well and serving over 3,000 counties nationwide! Congratulations, Larry, we are so proud of you!
I encourage everyone who has not yet received your COVID – 19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible, as we work to ensure that DeKalb County citizens are fully vaccinated. If you have questions regarding locations where you can get vaccinated, please click here.
As always, thank you for allowing me to serve you as your District 5 Commissioner. Have a great weekend, and be safe!
Yours in service,
U.S. Census Bureau Part-Time Field Representative Positions Available!

Looking for work? The U.S. Census Bureau may be a great fit for you! We are still hiring!
Be sure to tune into the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners Meeting, every Tuesday at 9 am. The meeting will be broadcast live on DCTV Channel 23 or dctvchannel23.tvClick the link below to watch or to find out more information!
GreenHive Georgia Artwork
Youth Advocation for Food Justice and Climate Policy
We are a movement of youth who want to feed people while fighting climate change. See what the buzz is all about 🐝 Email to join!
#GreenHive Summer at the Edible Library
DeKalb County Library Ground Breakings

Commissioner Davis Johnson would love to join you at your next virtual event. See the flyer below for additional details.
Click Below To View Commissioner Davis Johnson On This Week’s Commissioners’ Corner!
The DeKalb County Board of Health is opening up COVID-19 testing services to a wider range of residents. If you are a DeKalb County resident and you feel you may have been exposed to COVID-19 call: 404.294.3700, OPTION 1
FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance
Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

All Georgia residents age 16 and over are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine is in high demand and supply is very limited. In the coming months, when larger amounts of vaccines become available, more people will be able to get the vaccine. In time, everyone who wants the vaccine will be able to get it. We ask for your patience and understanding during this process.
COVID-19 By The Numbers
DeKalb 2050 Unified Plan
Do you have a good idea about land use, transportation, development, or quality of life in DeKalb? Let us know what you think! As valued DeKalb County residents, we value your input and ability to share knowledge about your “corner of DeKalb.” The DeKalb 2050 Unified Plan survey is a critical way for you and your neighbors to provide valuable feedback on the future of the County.
John Lewis Commemorative Task Force
The John Lewis Commemorative Task Force was formed by a Joint Declaration of DeKalb County Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson and Decatur City Mayor Patti Garrett on April 21, 2020. The purpose of the Task Force is to identify the best and most appropriate manner in which to commemorate the late Congressman John Lewis in DeKalb County.
To stay up to date on what is happening with the John Lewis Task Force or to donate, please visit our website.
DeKalb County News & Updates
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A Moment of Inspiration with
Commissioner Mereda Davis Johnson