We need to hear from everyone who will be affected by the creation of new cities in north central DeKalb County and to get your opinions. We have put together a brief survey and would appreciate your replies. We need this information by October 15 in order to finalize our border decisions.
Please use this link to our Survey to give us your opinion, and please share this link with your friends and neighbors, on your neighborhood email groups, and encourage your neighborhood and civic associations to share with their membership.
Per request, we have posted copies of the maps posted our Facebook page here as well, and we have include pdf versions when we have them.
Please email us if you have questions or comments.
Operations Task Force Working Meeting
Thursday, September 4 | 6:00 pm
Please be reminded that this week’s meeting takes place on Thursday instead of Wednesday
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
The Operations Task Force, created by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May through an Executive Order in March, held its first meeting on June 5, 2014. The Operations Task Force is empanelled to explore and study (1) the financial, business, zoning and quality of life impact on residents and government operations caused by the creation of new cities and annexations; (2) the effectiveness of the current governance structure of DeKalb County and ethics and transparency in County operations; (3) the equitable distribution of Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) proceeds and legacy pension costs between the DeKalb County and it’s cities; and (4) other related matters.
Please click here to view the full meeting schedule.
Ever want to know what HOST is all about? There will be a presentation to the full OTF committee at their meeting this Thursday (rescheduled from Wednesday) 9/4, and the legacy pension funding issues will also be discussed.
6-8 PM at the Maloof Auditorium – We will be there! Please join us
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!!!