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Closing Comments from the August 8, 2023 BOC Meeting

Good afternoon, everyone:


On July 25 it was a pleasure to join my constituents in Scottdale for a community meeting to discuss the Scottdale Mill Sewers and provide options to protect the environment and enhance the quality of life in this community. This is a decades old challenge, but DeKalb County is committed to work with the community to develop possible solutions. I would like to commend and thank Maria Houser, Director of Environmental Compliance & Capital Improvement Programs, and David Hayes, Director of Watershed Management, for leading the discussion in a thoughtful and professional manner. Likewise, I would like to thank the community for their engagement.


Finding the right solutions will not be easy. I want to be crystal clear about that. If this were so, this situation would have been addressed before now. But, we are committed to working through these issues. I anticipate future such meetings as we continue to do so.


On July 29 we held our annual Back-To-School Backpack Giveaway on the campus of Clarkston First Baptist Church, and I am happy to report that it was a tremendous success. In a communication last week I thanked everyone who was engaged in helping to make that happen. Today I just want to underscore the depth of my gratitude. After all, it is about our children.

Collage of highlights from the annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway
Highlights from the annual Back-to-School Backpack Giveaway

As a corollary to this event, it was an honor for my office to deliver some unclaimed backpacks to our employees in the Sanitation Division, and in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs on August 1. They all do such a great job on our behalf and I was happy to spend a little time with the Sanitation team members. I would like to thank our Sanitation Director, Tracy Hutchinson for affording me that opportunity.

Commissioner Bradshaw standing with the DeKalb County Sanitation Division with backpacks
Commissioner Bradshaw visits the DeKalb County Sanitation Division offices to deliver backpacks

On July 31 it was great to join Rose Scott on her radio program “Closer Look” on WABE to discuss continuing efforts to revitalize the Memorial Drive Corridor. You may access my interview at this link.

Commissioner Bradshaw sitting in front of a microphone at the WABE studio
Commissioner Bradshaw in the WABE studio
Shanta Lana Hereford, Chair of East Memorial Drive Revitalization Community Action Group (CAG), Deanna Johnson Cauthen, Organizer of the East Memorial Drive Pop Up Market, and Deniece Williams, Pop Up Market Vendor, sitting in front of microphones and gathered around a desk at the WABE studio
Shanta Lana Hereford, Chair of East Memorial Drive Revitalization Community Action Group (CAG), Deanna Johnson Cauthen, Organizer of the East Memorial Drive Pop Up Market, and Deniece Williams, Pop Up Market Vendor, talk with Rose Scott in the WABE studio

For more information about our partners in efforts to revitalize the drive:


Shanta Lana Hereford, Chair of East Memorial Drive Revitalization Community Action Group (CAG): www.facebook.com/revitalizethedrive


Deanna Johnson Cauthen, East Memorial Drive Pop Up Market: www.emdpopup.com


Deniece Williams, Pop Up Market Vendor: www.deniece-camille.com/collections/hair-and-skin-care



I hope that folks have taken note of the repaving project that has taken place on the corridor between I-285 and Highway 78. In the coming weeks I intend to publish a more comprehensive update on the progress that we are making. For now, I wish to commend and thank our Community Action Groups and other citizens for their continued engagement in this process. And I want to thank Rose Scott for her continued interest.


If you have any questions or concerns, you may call my office at 404-371-4749, or visit my website at commissionerbradshaw.com. Follow me on all the major social media platforms for updates between the meetings, too.


As always, I will conclude my remarks by thanking the citizens of District 4 and DeKalb County for affording me this opportunity to serve. It is indeed an honor.

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