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Mark Niesse

Local government reporter

Mark Niesse covers DeKalb government. He previously covered Atlanta schools and worked for The Associated Press and The Daily Report.

Latest from Mark Niesse

Lawsuits over DeKalb water and sewage spills settled for $275K
 DeKalb County is paying a combined $275,000 to settle lawsuits by residents whose yards were flooded with water and raw sewage. The settlements come as the county is in the middle of a $1.35 billion effort to repair its aging and spill-prone water and sewer system. The first $150,000 payment is going to Joel and Kimberly Easley, whose property...

Posted: 2 days ago

DeKalb County is paying a combined $275,000 to settle lawsuits by residents whose yards were flooded with water and raw sewage. The settlements come as the county is in the middle of a $1.35 billion effort to repair its aging and spill-prone water and sewer system. The first $150,000 payment is going to Joel and Kimberly Easley, whose property...
DeKalb pays $275K to settle lawsuits over water and sewer spills
 At least eight times since October 2015, raw sewage from DeKalb County’s decrepit sewer system has spilled into the grassy, well-manicured backyard of Joel and Kimberly Easley. The persistent problem created health hazards, the Easleys argued in a lawsuit, and it reduced the value of their home in Decatur’s Oakhurt neighborhood...

Posted: 2 days ago

At least eight times since October 2015, raw sewage from DeKalb County’s decrepit sewer system has spilled into the grassy, well-manicured backyard of Joel and Kimberly Easley. The persistent problem created health hazards, the Easleys argued in a lawsuit, and it reduced the value of their home in Decatur’s Oakhurt neighborhood...
DeKalb government finances come under scrutiny
 From 911 response times to water overbilling, the independent auditor for DeKalb County’s government will examine more than two dozen potential risk areas this year. Chief Audit Executive John Greene said these first efforts of his newly created office will help safeguard taxpayer money and improve government services. &ldquo...

Posted: 4 days ago

From 911 response times to water overbilling, the independent auditor for DeKalb County’s government will examine more than two dozen potential risk areas this year. Chief Audit Executive John Greene said these first efforts of his newly created office will help safeguard taxpayer money and improve government services. &ldquo...
Bill Edwards elected South Fulton mayor, Stonecrest races decided
 Five months after voters in South Fulton and Stonecrest decided they wanted to form cities of their own, they finally know who their leaders will be. In South Fulton, residents elected Bill Edwards as their mayor. They also chose seven members of city council. Stonecrest residents picked three city council members in a runoff...

Posted: 4 days ago

Five months after voters in South Fulton and Stonecrest decided they wanted to form cities of their own, they finally know who their leaders will be. In South Fulton, residents elected Bill Edwards as their mayor. They also chose seven members of city council. Stonecrest residents picked three city council members in a runoff...
Runoffs finalize new city of Stonecrest’s government
 The first government leaders of the new city of Stonecrest are now in place. Voters decided runoff elections Tuesday for three Stonecrest City Council seats. The winners of those races will join Mayor Jason Lary and two other council members when the city starts doing business in the next few weeks. Voters approved creating ...

Posted: 5 days ago

The first government leaders of the new city of Stonecrest are now in place. Voters decided runoff elections Tuesday for three Stonecrest City Council seats. The winners of those races will join Mayor Jason Lary and two other council members when the city starts doing business in the next few weeks. Voters approved creating ...
Fulton city results updated, Stonecrest numbers final
 The new city of Stonecrest’s leadership is now set after voters chose their initial local leaders in runoff elections Tuesday. Voters elected three council members to run the city of 50,000 people in southeast DeKalb County. They’ll join Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary and two others on the council who won election...

Posted: 5 days ago

The new city of Stonecrest’s leadership is now set after voters chose their initial local leaders in runoff elections Tuesday. Voters elected three council members to run the city of 50,000 people in southeast DeKalb County. They’ll join Stonecrest Mayor Jason Lary and two others on the council who won election...
$755K bill comes due for DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis’ trials
 Former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will be reimbursed $755,000 for attorney costs incurred during a five-year legal odyssey that saw him endure a criminal investigation, two trials, a conviction and eight months in prison before charges were dropped. Ellis’ conviction was overturned in November, and now taxpayers are on the...

Posted: 5 days ago

Former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will be reimbursed $755,000 for attorney costs incurred during a five-year legal odyssey that saw him endure a criminal investigation, two trials, a conviction and eight months in prison before charges were dropped. Ellis’ conviction was overturned in November, and now taxpayers are on the...
Former DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis repaid $755K for attorney costs
 Former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will be paid $755,000 to reimburse his legal defense costs after the Georgia Supreme Court overturned his conviction. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 on Tuesday to make the payment, which is allowed under state law when a government official is found not guilty or charges are dismissed...

Posted: 5 days ago

Former DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis will be paid $755,000 to reimburse his legal defense costs after the Georgia Supreme Court overturned his conviction. The DeKalb Board of Commissioners voted 5-2 on Tuesday to make the payment, which is allowed under state law when a government official is found not guilty or charges are dismissed...
Senior housing facility in DeKalb given $4.2M tax break
 Apartments for senior citizens will be built with the help of $4.2 million in tax breaks from DeKalb County. The county’s economic development board, Decide DeKalb, recently approved the incentives for The Holbrook of Decatur, which will include 200 units along Clairmont Road near North Druid Hills Road. The tax incentive...

Posted: 6 days ago

Apartments for senior citizens will be built with the help of $4.2 million in tax breaks from DeKalb County. The county’s economic development board, Decide DeKalb, recently approved the incentives for The Holbrook of Decatur, which will include 200 units along Clairmont Road near North Druid Hills Road. The tax incentive...