Pine Lake mayor: City’s state of emergency runs through May 13

The mayor of Pine Lake recently posted a letter to residents of the smallest city in DeKalb County. CONTRIBUTED
The mayor of Pine Lake recently posted a letter to residents of the smallest city in DeKalb County. CONTRIBUTED

Pine Lake Mayor Melanie Hammet recently sent a letter to residents of the smallest city in DeKalb County.

“Last night the city council extended the city’s state of emergency. This extension expires May 13, consistent with the Governor’s Executive Order,” she wrote. “To be clear, our ordinance “encourages” sheltering in place.”

She pointed out that DeKalb has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in Georgia and the 30083 ZIP code has the third highest number of positive cases in the county.

She concluded by asking everyone to stay safe.

“It’s a beautiful spring and the weather is providing another layer of risk and reward. Our lake and our public park is a great relief for the entire community—and is forcing us to look at how to be civil in the ‘new abnormal.’ I do not know everyone’s story: why they may or may not wear a mask, won’t social distance, walk the wrong direction on the back berm. I know why I’ve failed: I forgot to bring my mask. I thought I’d be alone outside. I got stupid and careless. (I don’t walk on the back berm). And every single day I re-boot my vigilance. It’s exhausting and we are all a little exhausted. So—if you need to change your dog-walking schedule or route to reduce risk, do so. … And please continue to wash your hands, avoid unnecessary travel, practice social distancing, and wear a mask. It’s the only vaccine available.”