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Nov 09

An interview with Traci Lemay, Fire Department Administrative Analyst

Posted to City Spotlight by Chris Jackson

DeKalb is a great place to live, work, and play. The "City Spotlight" series is a new effort to highlight the people who work to make DeKalb great.For our fifth installment, we spoke with Traci Lemay, who is the Fire Department's Administrative Analyst
Lemay, Traci
Q: What is one reason you are #ProudlyDekalb?

A: DeKalb has many of the amenities of a larger city (public transportation, entertainment venues, sporting events, etc.) but is able to maintain a small town community atmosphere.

Q.If you were sent to live on a space station for three months and only allowed to bring three personal items with you, what would they be? 

A: I would bring my laptop, sewing machine, and guitar. My laptop because I could read books, watch movies and TV shows, listen to music, work on genealogy, and video chat with people back on Earth; my sewing machine to make quilts; and my guitar to play.
 space guitar 

Q: If you had a time machine that would work only once, what point in the future or in history would you visit? 

A: I would visit 1840 Caldwell/Crittenden County Kentucky. I am stuck on a few of the genealogical lines from my dad’s side of the family and would be able to talk to them and ask them the questions to which I can’t find answers.

Q: What is your favorite line from a film or television show? 

A: Either  “People don't drink the sand because they're thirsty. They drink the sand because they don't know the difference.” from The American President" or “Hold that hog leg” from McClintock

Q: If money were no object, how would you spend your birthday?

A:  At the spa in the Hershey Hotel in Hershey Pennsylvania having a chocolate escape treatment

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Q: Describe your outlook on life in six words

A: Live well, laugh often, love much!

Q: What is your favorite way to spend time off from work? 

A: With family and friends; trapshooting; or alone time reading, quilting, or working on genealogy.

Q: What is one of your favorite places to eat in DeKalb and why? 

A: Twins Tavern for their pot roast sandwich.

twin tavern 

you Traci for taking the time to answer our questions!

Ellen Lindgren
Apr 14

How do I stay up to date with the Boards, Committees, and Commissions?

Posted to How to: City of DeKalb by City of DeKalb

With the combination of Boards, Committees, and Commissions (BCCs) that are included within the City of DeKalb it can sometimes be difficult to keep up to date on specific meetings and members. This post will review the different website functions that will help you stay informed on everything B/C/C related.

The fastest way to access meetings and agendas is to click on the “Meetings & Agendas” button which is found on the front page (pictured below).

meetings and agendas button

The Agenda Center (pictured below) lets you search agendas and minutes by time period, start date / end date, particular phrases and even by specific boards and commissions. You can even find information dating back to 2012!  This is the easiest tool to use when trying to locate specific meeting agendas or minutes.

agenda center

Another useful tool that is helpful for knowing the dates of specific meetings is the City Calendar. Below is a picture of where you can find it on the front page.

events button

Within the City Calendar you can not only look at specific months, but you can choose what calendar you want to look at. You can select all calendars, or you can choose a more niche calendar depending on what you are looking for. You can also click on a specific date on the calendar to see what events are occurring. If you don’t know what category the meeting you are interested falls under, you can search for it within the search bar.

city calender

Utilizing and becoming familiar with both of these two tools will help you stay informed on the variety of Boards, Committees, and Commissions within the City.

Apr 13

Does the City engage in sanitary inspections of food service establishments?

Posted to Just the Facts by Ray Munch

The City recently received the following inquiry:

If 16.01 of the City Code reads, “The licensing and sanitary inspection of food service and food store establishments within the City of DeKalb shall be conducted by the DeKalb County Health Department, in accordance with rules and regulations prescribed by the DeKalb County Code,” were the City’s recent actions for Lord Stanley’s, Common Grounds, and the Annex in conflict with the city code?

The City does not engage in sanitary inspections of food service establishments in the fashion that the County Health Department does.  There is no discrepancy in this instance.  The City does not test food temperatures, verify disinfectant measures, review food preparation and expiration dates, or take similar actions that are “in accordance with rules and regulations prescribed by the DeKalb County Code.”  The City does not have codes that address food temperature or preparation. 

However, pursuant to the very next paragraph in the Section cited by the resident who posed the above question, the City is authorized to conduct fire-life safety inspections at food service establishments.  In the course of those inspections, as outlined in the remainder of that Section, the City enforces those requirements which also include an evaluation as to whether the “building’s management, owner, or occupants conduct, maintain or allow to exist conditions or violations of any/all locally adopted building codes, this Municipal code and the Unified Development Ordinance of the City…or which are a menace to the health safety or general welfare of the public” (Section 16.06 (3) ).  These basic codes are applicable to all properties (restaurant or not) and address building sanitation and conditions, such as the organic growth observed to be occurring in the basement of Lord Stanley's.  If that same form of growth was observed in any property, it would have been cause for significant concern.  That it occurred in such close proximity to food may heighten the level of potential harm to the public, but the underlying violation is a violation of City code, regardless of the type of building.  The City's inspection did not extend to any matters not covered by City Code and did not violate the ordinance cited above.  Chief Building Official Mack's inspection report cited to sections of the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code, as adopted by the City, which is uniformly applicable to all structures in the City. The City does and will always defer to the Health Department on food-related items as the City Code is currently written.