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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 26

Fire Truck Naming Contest

Posted to Website Updates by City of DeKalb

The City of DeKalb and the DeKalb Fire department worked together using the City Website to create a Fire Truck Naming Contest . The recently purchased 2008 Pierce Quantum will replace the current aerial ladder truck “Big John” after 26 years of service. It is fitting that the new ladder truck has a name for its service time to the residents of DeKalb. The DeKalb Firefighters created three naming concepts and the community has the opportunity to decide which name will be given the truck. The naming contest started  on Monday, March 14, 2016 and ended Monday, April 18, 2016. To read about the three naming options and why they were selected as options click here.

DeKalb Fire Truck

The contest was created utilizing a module on the back end of the website. The forms center allows citizens to voice their opinions while providing City Staff an easy way to collect data on the responses. After creating the form and publishing a news-flash and a Facebook post, the City was flooded with responses. On the final day of voting (4/18) the City had received 636 responses! "Rip" Roaring ended up winning with 77% of the total votes.

final fire truck votes

The contest ended up gaining enough attention to be featured in a Daily Chronicle article and several radio announcements. Still looking to learn more information? Click on the picture below to get redirected to a video featuring DeKalb's own Firefighter Pat Eriksen giving further details on the contest. The City is always looking for ways to update and utilize our website to its fullest potential. Have any ideas for content or future updates? Click here to fill out a short form!

fire truck contest