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East Metro CID launches public safety initiative

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Law enforcement professionals are leading new targeted patrols of commercial properties located in one of DeKalb County’s busiest commercial corridors. Public safety patrols conducted by off-duty DeKalb County Police officers launched in the East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District (CID) during the first week of July. Coverage will initially focus on Wesley Chapel Road and Panola Road.

Officers will work staggered shifts over multiple days, primarily during the overnight hours. Patrols will be tailored to watch for property crimes and other types of incidents that occur most often.

Sgt. Susan V. Sowell, who will lead the patrols, said CID property owners can contact DeKalb’s East Precinct to report areas of concerns.

“I will use a variety of enforcement options, such as high-visibility patrols, the operation of speed detection devices, safety checks and foot patrols,” Sowell said. “The officers will operate in the targeted areas during certain peak hours of crime. The areas will be identified by analytical data, lookouts and persons of interest, provided by the crime analysis.”

CID Administrator Nicole McGhee Hall of Nickel Works Consulting said the added security is the first phase of public safety-focused plans for the commercial community. Additional resources may be considered as well as expanded coverage areas.

“Increasing public safety is a key component of the CID’s commitment to making this a more economically attractive environment,” Hall said. “We are pleased to have these brave men and women provide their law enforcement expertise to keep commercial properties and their owners, employees and clients safe. We expect to see an immediate positive impact from the presence of these officers throughout the CID.”

As part of their safety services, officers will generate patrol reports detailing their experiences for the benefit of CID leaders. These insights will allow the CID to reach out to commercial property owners and business leaders to advise them of concerns and trends. Additionally, an officer will provide an overall safety update as part of the CID’s regular Board of Directors meetings.

The East Metro DeKalb CID formed in 2014 through a unanimous vote of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners. CID membership is growing, increasing the revenues to leverage more project funding. The CID accounts for more than 205 commercial property owners.

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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as provided in the DEKALB COUNTY COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS ACT OF 2008 (Ga. L. 2008, p. 3817) that a caucus of Electors of the East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District (CID) shall be held on the 15th day of November,2021 with the Zoom Conferencing Tool due to the health emergency currently in place in DeKalb County with the link information as    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6262225799 

The purpose of the caucus is to elect 2 post positions, posts 1 and 4 as Board Members to serve on the East Metro DeKalb Community Improvement District Board.  Registration for the election shall be held electronically from November 10, 2021 at 10:00AM and will close on November 11, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Registration form will be accepted in signed notarized PDF format containing the name of the designated elector with the property tax parcel number and transmitted to elections@eastmetrocid.com.

To receive registration form please send a request to elections@eastmetrocid.com.  Voting will occur on the 15th of November as stated above.  Electors are to arrive on Zoom by 9:50 o’clock A.M. on the 15th of November 2021.

CID member property owners may send in a nomination for either post 1 or post 4 to elections@eastmetrocid.com from Thursday, November 4th at 8am to Friday, November 5th at 5pm.  Nomination must include name and if the nominator is being nominated for post 1 or post 4.

A map of said District is on file with the DeKalb County Commission Clerk. All Electors as designated under the Act are invited to attend and cast their votes.