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02/15/2016 – Safe Harbor YES

Join me in thanking state Senator Renee Unterman for her leadership on this important issue.
I signed the Pledge to vote SafeHarborYes on November 8th.
The Safe Harbor Amendment on Georgia’s 2016 General Election ballot is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a dedicated funding source, protected from politics, to provide safe houses and rehabilitative services for minor victims of sex trafficking.
Visit and sign the pledge.
Via WSB TV: DeKalb Commissioner Proposes Ban On Gifts To County Commissioners

Commissioner Nancy Jester: “For people who don’t want to put up guardrails for themselves in DeKalb County – we need to offer those guardrails in DeKalb County.”
Via Richard Belcher of WSB-TV – DeKalb commissioner proposes ban on gifts to county commissioners.
Commissioner Nancy Jester 
“It’s Your Money” 
TUCKER Town Hall

NEXT Tuesday – 23 February, 2016 
7.00pm – 8.30pm Tucker – Reid H. Cofer Library
5234 LaVista Road, Tucker
Commissioner Nancy Jester is hosting a countywide Town Hall for DeKalb County taxpayers to discuss and offer public input to the 2016 DeKalb County Budget and the expected $21 million payment holiday from the refinancing of bonds at low interest rates.
DeKalb County taxpayers will have the opportunity to share their observations on the Budget and offer specific issue recommendations and suggestions for the Budget and how best to utilize the $21 million in anticipated payment savings.
DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management Brookhaven Community Meeting
The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) has launched a comprehensive, multi-phased Priority Area Sewer Assessment and Rehabilitation Program (PASARP) to assess and rehabilitate sewer lines throughout the county.
These activities will encompass about one-third of DeKalb’s sewer lines.  Smoke testing and other assessment activities will be conducted by contractors through January 2018.
DWM will host an informational community meeting in Brookhaven focused on PASARP activities scheduled to take place in area neighborhoods:
18 February 6:30pm
Brookhaven City Hall

4362 Peachtree Road
Brookhaven, GA 30319
Nancy Jester’s Commissioner Call: 
Support DeKalb County Firefighters 
Over the next three months, Commissioner Jester will ask the community to support one of the six fire stations in District One.
Commissioner Nancy Jester is asking community residents and businesses to show our appreciation for these hard working heroes by helping to stock the pantry at our stations.
Staple food items such as, sugar, salad dressing, seasonings, cereal, snacks, and beverages such as, coffee, tea, sodas, and sports drinks are welcomed.
Children are invited to come see the trucks and equipment.
The next three Nancy Jester Community Calls  – Support DeKalb County Fire Fighters:
Saturday, 26 March
9:00am – 11:00am
Fire Station 15
2107 Flightway Drive, Chamblee
Saturday, 23 April
9:00am – 11:00am
Fire Station 19
3253 Mercer University Drive, Chamblee
Saturday, 21 May
9:00am – 11:00am
Fire Station 5
4013 Lawrenceville Highway, Tucker
Commissioner in the City
Join Commissioner Nancy Jester at the following City Council meetings across District 1.  Commissioner Jester will be in attendance to listen and learn and will be happy to visit with anyone who has a question or needs assistance from her.
Tuesday, 8 March, 7:00pm
City Hall  4362 Peachtree Rd, Brookhaven
Monday, 14 March, 6:00pm
City Hall 41 Preimeter Center East Suite 250, Dunwoody
Tuesday, 15 March, 7:30pm
Civic Center 3540 Broad Street, Chamblee
Monday, 21 March,  6:30pm
City Hall 3725 Park Avenue, Doraville
DeKalb SPLOST Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting 17 February 
The DeKalb SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) Citizen Advisory Committee will conduct its next scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 3:00 p.m. in the DeKalb Convention and Visitors Bureau, at 1957 Lakeside Pkwy #510, Tucker, GA 30084.
The committee is tasked with providing feedback on recommendations for capital projects to include road projects and other infrastructure needs important to the citizens of DeKalb County.  The 1-cent SPLOST to fund these projects is one of the two referenda planned for the ballot in the November General Elections for DeKalb County residents.
Nancy Jester Reports

BOC Report 9 February, 2016
BOC Report 9 February, 2016
DeKalb County Recreation, Parks & Cultural Affairs Hosts Neon 5K Fun Run
DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs will host a Neon 5K Fun Run on Saturday, March 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Mason Mill Park, 1346 McConnell Drive, Decatur, GA 30033. Registration will be open now until March 4, 2016.
This event is for all ages and is less about speed and more about enjoying an illuminating night of lights with family and friends. Runners and walkers may register as a corporate team of 10 for $100, a team of 5 for $40 and $15 for an individual.  Ages 10 and under are free and should be accompanied by an adult. In addition to the race, the event will include free refreshments, music and shirts for each registered participant.

DeKalb Department of Watershed Management Hosts Community Meeting for Snapfinger Plant Expansion
The DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management (DWM) will host an informational community meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016 to discuss the construction activities for the Snapfinger Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWTP) Expansion.  The meeting will held from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Community Achievement Center, 4522 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034.
The Snapfinger AWTP expansion will improve DeKalb’s wastewater treatment process and improve water quality to the South River.  DeKalb is one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, with an expected growth of 900,000 by 2025. The Snapfinger AWTP expansion ensures DeKalb’s treatment capacities will support anticipated economic growth and future needs.  In addition, it will help reduce the current level of noise, odor and light produced by the plant in the surrounding community.
DeKalb County Ethics Board Regular Meeting
18 February 
The DeKalb County Board of Ethics will conduct a regular board meeting on Thursday, February 18, 2016 at 3 p.m. in the Trustee Room, Turner Lynch Campus Center at Oglethorpe University 4484 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30319
DeKalb County Board of
February Meetings
16 February – Committee of the Whole
25 February – Full BOC * Note date change 
The Committee of the Whole and Full BOC meetings start at 9:00am.  The zoning meeting starts at 6:30pm.  All meetings are at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive in Decatur.
Public Comment occurs at the Full BOC meeting.
‘The KMS Recycling Cougars’ 
A Youth Initiative
In September 2015, when a group of five highly motivated, environmental conscious 6th grade students from Kittredge Magnet School teamed up to take action and change lives, they had no idea of how it would transform their own lives in less than two months.
Inspired by the STEM program designed by Lexus and Scholastic for educating and empowering students to create a better world, the team had decided to participate in the Lexus Eco Challenge, a national challenge that encourages students to protect the eco health of our planet through environmentally themed competitions.
Next, ‘The KMS Recycling Cougars’ are planning to pilot their Plastic (Water) Bottle Recycling Program in multiple schools within the district. They have come up with a proposal for presenting to Dr. R. Stephen Green – Superintendent, DeKalb County School District.
Read more about the The KMS Recycling Cougars 
Around DeKalb
Great to visit and tour the UPS South Atlantic District HQ and Distribution Center. Proud to have UPS in DeKalb County District One and thankful for the thousands of jobs they create across DeKalb.
Enjoyed attending the Tucker Northlake CID public safety meeting. Great presentation by the DeKalb County Police. Thanks to Ann Rosenthal for her leadership of this important group of DeKalb County job creators and to Rehoboth Baptist Church for hosting.
Commissioner Nancy Jester touring Prep a great business in DeKalb County creating hundreds of good paying jobs.

Great to speak with Retired Old Men Eating Out (ROMEO) in Dunwoody.

An honor to attend the DeKalb County Fire Rescue Academy Graduation Ceremony for the 103 and 104 graduating classes.

A great crowd at All Saint’s Catholic Church in Dunwoody talking about the DeKalb County Budget – because “It’s Your Money.”

Great to join Fulton County Commission Chair John Eaves and Grady CEO John Haupert at the Grady Hospital Ambassador Task Force meeting.

Atlanta can’t live without Grady.

Wonderful to celebrate the Lunar New Year with my friends from the Chinese- American community of Atlanta.

Touring Grady Hospital Emergency Command Center – It’s good to be the bed czar.
Nancy & Stan Jester at the Dunwoody Community Meeting with DeKalb County Superintendent of Schools Stephen Green.
Nancy Jester enjoyed being one of the “Celebrity Dealers” for the Stage Door Players, “Broadway Bash” this past weekend in Dunwoody.
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The Calendar: New at we have a new calendar. The icon is on your screen, upper right corner. We will list Commissioner Jester’s public schedule, dates of the DeKalb County Board of Commissioner meetings, and other meetings across DeKalb County.
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All the Best,
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