Holcomb: Current Cityhood Process Not the Best Approach
The District 81 state representative believes communities such as Lakeside should come together with other areas to discuss their concerns before incorporating.
State Rep. Scott Holcomb said he'll abide by his constituents' wishes if communities in the North Druid Hills and Briarcliff communities want to form their own cities, but he believes the current path to cityhood is flawed.
"We need to bring those communities that want their own cities together and find some common ground," Holcomb said Monday during a town hall meeting in Brookhaven. "The ad hoc approach that we've been pursuing is not the best approach."
Holcomb represents District 81, which includes much of the North Druid Hills and Briarcliff communities.
Holcomb acknowledged several communities in his district are exploring municipalization.
"But communities have to realize they are not getting a divorce from DeKalb County," he said. "I live in the Northlake area, and Brookhaven's cityhood affected me but we didn't get to have a voice in that decision."
On another topic, Holcomb said he is optimistic a federal judge will validate the Georgia law allowing Gov. Nathan Deal to suspend members of the DeKalb County school board.
"But we're still looking at a process that, best case, will take at least two months to sort out," he said.
Earlier in the day, Deal announced that he is signing an executive order that accepts the State Board of Education's recommendation that six DeKalb school board members be removed.
However, in a legal move late Friday afternoon, the school board filed an emergency motion in federal court, hoping to stop the governor from taking any action.
Over the weekend, a federal judge issued a restraining order that prevents the suspension of six DeKalb school board officials by Gov. Nathan Deal. The order does not prevent Deal from suspending the school board members, but does prohibit their actual suspension until a hearing is convened on Friday.
"I'm sympathetic to the fact that it's difficult to remove officials who have been duly elected," Holcomb said. "But when you allow people to remain in office who have failed - and this board has failed - against the greater good of the community, it's not a hard decision.
"I have not heard anyone advocating that this board should be given more time."