The cityhood movements were summoned to a meeting with Mike Jacobs at the State Capitol this afternoon. The gist of the meeting was that the three cities, Briarcliff, Lakeside, and Tucker, have until November 15 to sign off on maps agreeable to all parties. Barring this, Amy Carter will appoint a committee of five house representatives to settle boundaries by December 31. Whichever maps are approved will be submitted to the Legislature for the 2015 session.
Resources have been offered to assist the cities with their decisions.
Please refer to the official press release at the link below.
Wednesday August 27 6-8 PM at the Maloof Auditorium
Please join us!
Here is a map that shows the area of the county that has been at play with the proposed cities of Briarcliff, Lakeside, and Tucker. Almost all of the previous maps that have been made public have only included a narrow band around their proposed borders. We hope that this map will put the area under discussion into a more visible context for ongoing discussion.
*** Please note that the “copy” of this picture published on the Decaturish web site did not pick up the bottom portion, which lost some of the context. The idea was that we could all look at the “big picture” and of course discuss the overlaps and other potential conflicts.
Not highlighted but of interest is that 285 pretty much splits the outlined area in half.
Join us to see what comes up in the cityhood arena!
OPERATIONS TASK FORCE MEETING-
SUBCOMMITTEE ON INCORPORATION AND ANNEXATION
Wednesday, August 20
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
The county has just released the schedule for the rest of the meetings of the OTF. It looks like the next one will be another working meeting, and all of the meetings will be held at the Maloof Auditorium, except for the proposed one mislabeled as Aug 26, which looks like it’s supposed to be Nov. 26.
Apparently the County was not expecting an audience at the first working meeting for the OTF last night. Nothing was formally announced about the meeting date and time by the county. The meeting was held in a smaller room with only six chairs for guests instead of the Maloof Auditorium. There was no recording made.
There are some unofficial notes from that meeting, and other meetings are available as well. These are NOT county minutes. The Civic Association Network has these available at:
Look under the 2014 Organizational Task Force and click on the link to view the full work session for 8/6/14. This meeting was not recorded. There was discussion about closing the working meetings to the public, which seems out of line for a task force charged with studying “ethics and transparency in County operations” – don’t you think?
The first two full committee meetings were recorded and are available on DCTV, on the county web site. The minutes from the first two subcommittee meetings still do not appear to have been made available on the county website. It was asked at the second subcommittee meeting when the minutes from the first one would be released, and we were told it took a week to 10 days before they were transcribed, and then they were sent around for correction, so it may be fall before they ever become public. Please refer to the notes taken by Beth Nathan for all of the meetings, which are posted on the CAN web site above. Many thanks to Beth!!!
This Tuesday is a very important election. While you may think it’s only a runoff, there are four non partisan positions that will be decided, in addition to several primary runoffs. PLEASE GET OUT AND VOTE! It does not matter if you did not vote in the May primary – you can still vote this week! If you picked a party in May, you must stick with the same party, but if you were non partisan, you can now choose a party, or stay independent.
Three school board seats are each down to a choice between two candidates. District 3 candidates are Michael Erwin, Incumbent, and newcomer Atticus LeBlanc. District 4 has two incumbents because of the changes to the districts – Karen Carter and Jim McMahan. District 5 pits incumbent Thad Mayfield against Vickie Turner.
The sheriff’s race is also non-partisan, although both candidates are Democrats. Incumbent Jeff Mann had a commanding lead in May but failed to garner 50% + 1 of the votes cast, leaving him in a run off with former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones.
Winners in these four races will be decided Tuesday!
Republicans have additional choices for their candidates for US Senate – Jack Kingston or David Purdue – and State School Superintendent – Mike Buck and Richard Woods. The winners of this election will face Democratic opponents in November.
Democrats only have one additional race, and that is for their candidate for State School Superintendent – Alisha Morgan or Valarie Wilson. The winner of that race will face the Republican winner in November.
Wednesday, July 16
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
The Task Force on DeKalb County Operations (the Operations Task Force) Subcommittee on Municipalization/Annexation will hold its first meeting Wednesday, July 16, 2014 from 6 -8 p.m.at the Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030.
The Operations Task Force was created by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May through an Executive Order in March 2014 and is charged with making recommendations that can be forwarded to the Georgia General Assembly by December 2014.
Here is the URL for the site. There are links to each meeting, along with downloads for the presentations, and a link to the DCTV video recordings. Many thanks to the County for making this information easily available to all citizens!
July 9, 2014 7-9 PM
Westminster Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
1438 Sheridan Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
The COBI-Lakeside Leadership Team has been invited to make a short presentation on the history of the cityhood movement for people who have not previously attended such a forum. We have also been asked to share our updated plans given this new alliance. A Q&A session will follow these presentations.
While this forum is specifically geared to residents of Woodland Hills and LaVista Park, it is free and open to the public. However, in order to have the room properly prepared for your comfort, we are asking that you REGISTER for the event. Please cut and paste this link to their registration form.