Oliver, Holcomb Want To Slow Brookhaven Cityhood Process
Members of DeKalb County's legislative delegation held a town hall meeting Thursday night.
Two local lawmakers would like to slow down the process through which communities incorporate themselves into cityhood.
State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-83, Decatur) is pre-filing a bill in the General Assembly next week that would require communities to follow a two-year process before incorporating as a city.
Her comments came during a Thursday night town hall meeting in which members of DeKalb County’s legislative delegation met with constituents. A major topic of discussion during the meeting was the incorporation of Brookhaven as a city.
“We are definitely in a trend of municipalization,” she said. “But the economic viability of Brookhaven has to be analyzed on some level, and with some participation from its neighbors.”
Thursday evening’s public hearing – the first of three the delegation will hold before the 2012 legislative session begins in January – was held at Chamblee Middle School.
State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-80, Atlanta), who was also present, is the author of a bill that would incorporate Brookhaven into a city.
Also present was state Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-82, Atlanta), who would also like to slow down the process.
“[Friday] is Veteran’s Day, and when I was in the military, the one concept I learned the most is that, we’re all in this together,” he said. “The district I represent is mostly residential, and there are communities that are being left out of this process. We’d be better served if our policy makers adopted that approach.”