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Jim Tackett April 23, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Keith, if I didn't run my own business 16 hours a day, I'd have more time to come to meetings andRead Morevo lunteer. For now, the best I can offer is occasional posts I squeeze out on my phone between client meetings and onsite work. What I have to offer is a few ideas, research and opinions that I hope just might help drive the conversation. It will be up to those who are in the spotlight to collate and put out these ideas to the public. If the AJC or Bizjournals is going to interview someone, it will be a cityhood leader. Put out the ideas -- as a beacon -- and that is what will bring the needed volunteers to the table. They need a reason to get involved though. Cityhood as a concept is "change", and not always for the better as we've seen, so many are rightfully skeptical. But if the clarion call contains tangibles, that's compelling. I truly regret that I don't have the hours in the day to donate. But I'll donate cash to any group that puts out the right ideas I can stand behind.
Ralph April 23, 2014 at 02:03 PM
Jim - Even if we form a city, 80 per cent or more of our property taxes will still be going toRead MoreDeKal b. We will only transfer 20 per cent of what we are now paying to a city instead of the county. My point is that forming a city will not get us very far away from the corruption of the county. We still need to work on the county government also. As to your point about not starting with LCA v. Briarcliff - a movement toward a city requires "self appointed leaders" who will be replaced by elected mayor and city council once the city is formed. There is no one else right now to work with except LCA and Briarcilff and Tucker 2014. Those are the groups leading and the ones that will have to agree or nothing will happen.
Jim Tackett April 23, 2014 at 02:20 PM
You may be missing my point, Ralph. If we start by getting PR/press on the tangible improvementsRead Morefor N Druid Hills that a city could bring to this area, the citizens here will isntantly open their ears. And many will get involved. It's a fact--you reach people in their pocketbook, or backyard. People will remain complacent and detached until you start talking real improvements only a city could help us achieve at this point. Once we rally the population around solid ideas, the organizations that will help drive it will organically build. And right now, only COBI shows the flexibility to let that happen to, being theyre the only ones publicly trying to get a coalition here.
Virginia DuPre April 23, 2014 at 09:02 AM
My backyard backs up to the Forrest. Fernbank Forrest is undergoing restoration. Unfortunately itRead Morewa s not managed for invasive plant species. The invasives have taken over the forrest and are shading out native plants and changing native bird habititat. It is under nonprofit management to restore this very rare virgin hardwood forrest to the native woodland that it is. Get informed and get involved. This is a very good thing. I miss being the forrest, but if you work with the restoration you CAN get in and the forrest gates WILL reopen sooner than later. Negative and uninformed energy only hurts the earth.
Noemi N. Vega April 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM
Thank you for taking the time to post a comment Ms. DuPre. Has anyone from the museum of naturalRead Morehis tory contacted you concerning information on the work they are doing on invasive plant removal? A group of us spoke to Ms. Neugent from Fernbank, Inc., and a re-opening of the Forest gates were nowhere within sight. There is a website that just opened called, openfernbankforest.com, and you are welcome to take part in discussions. Thanks again.
Marjorie April 23, 2014 at 12:31 PM
This press release describes the restoration work that is being done:Read Morehttp://www.fernbankmuseum.org/ visit-fernbank/press-room/current-press-releases/fernbank-museum-begins-restoration-work-on-fernbank-forest/ . This work is vital--invasives were killing the forest, and without intervention, it would not have been there for people to enjoy in the future, free or not. More here: http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/sunday-conversation-with-steve-placerestoring-fern/ncz8g/ I also hope it returns to public access at some point. In the mean time, you are able to walk in Deepdene Park on Ponce, which is also a lovely old forest, owned by DeKalb Parks and recently restored by community volunteers.