On Wednesday, the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners delivered a letter to county CEO Burrell Ellis recommending that he instruct the Office of Planning and Sustainability to deny building permits for cell towers proposed on county school campuses.
No Briarlake Tower, a group formed by parents, PTA members and neighbors of Briarlake Elementary School, would like to express its appreciation to the board of commissioners for responding to the concerns of its constituents. In contrast to the ill-considered obstinacy of the board of education, the commissioners' clear commitment to existing zoning policies and its focus on restricting the school board's actions to educational purposes reflect an admirable commitment to good government.
We now call upon Ellis to follow the board of commissioners' recommendation and instruct the Division of Planning and Sustainability to deny the building permits for the cell towers. In this election year, we and other DeKalb County citizens concerned with government accountability will follow his decision closely.
In off-cycle elections such as the one in July, which will decide whether Ellis remains in office, only the most motivated citizens tend to pay attention and vote. We are placing Ellis on notice that his decision on the cell tower building permits will be a key issue for our highly motivated community of voters in this election.