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."

See Also:

Lakeside Cityhood?

Gov. Deal Suspends Six DeKalb School Board Members

Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Suspension of DeKalb School Board

School Board Files Emergency Motion Motion to Stop Possible Suspension

Replay Patch's Live Coverage of the State Board of Education Hearing With the DeKalb School Board

Crash February 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Sally, I may have come down too hard on you. If I did, I apologize. Yes, the race card is played. Lord how I know that is true. What Ms. McKenna was saying though. and what I evidently failed to communicate is that it is the politicians who are playing the race card, and are fanning the flames of racism. A politician can pit "us" against "them" and have complete job security. The people will believe the politician and give up trying to accomplish anything themselves and turn the cause over to the politician who will continually argue that he/she is doing the best he/she can. I'm thinking of Al Sharpton or Jesse Jackson, Race pimps. The story I heard was that everyone was in one place, comparing notes, realizing they had the same problems, and then a county commissioner got up and announced to everyone that what DeKalb has, is a race problem. We are letting the commissioners define us, define the problem, and our cause, and the politicians are doing a p**s poor job of it. There's not a thing any of us can do about the color of our skin or who are parents are, but we can be united in the cause of educating our children. The story I heard intimated that if the commissioners got out of the way, the people could discern the proper path. Just sayin.....
Sally March 01, 2013 at 11:24 AM
Appreciate the apology, but knee jerk reactions like that are the reason playing the race card still works. The South Dekalb commissioners are at the end of their rope and they are playing that card right now for all it's worth. Who do you think motivated the NAACP to descend on the Capital yesterday? Where have they been while all the children in Dekalb (children of ALL colors) have been robbed of the education they deserve? From what I could tell in the past month or so, alot of black parents have been voicing just as much concern about this situation as anyone. That was hopeful. And it still is. Now, they (meaning those about to lose their power, not the parents) are calling in all the "big dogs" of the race issue to stir up the masses. Hopefully those black parents who I've seen express concern will stand by their original concerns and not cave to the pressure. Children only get one chance at a quality education. It's not something easily redone down the road. So, while we have the outrageous sideshow going on, time is wasting for all the children currently in Dekalb County schools.
Cheryl Miller March 22, 2013 at 05:30 AM
What do you think the area is lacking Sally? When Scott Holcomb's own car was left unlocked and a 10-year old GPS was stolen, there were at least 20 officers who showed up at a meeting for the community to give them tips and information about how to prevent that from happening and to update everyone on what was being done. We were told to call 911 for anything even remotely suspicious or out of the ordinary... Even if it was just someone "wearing a funny hat." Do you need more protection?? From what?? PLUS, Lakeside City isn't saying there will be more police. They are saying "public safety." That could mean anything from crossing guards to speed traps to stop light cameras. Be careful what you wish for, you may get it and there will always be a cost associated with more government! Here's a link to recent crimes... http://www.crimemapping.com/map/ga/dekalbcounty The icons are extra large so zoom in to get a more accurate feel for the trouble or lack thereof, near you.
Cheryl Miller March 22, 2013 at 05:32 AM
I think he said he did not oppose it.
Cheryl Miller March 22, 2013 at 05:37 AM
Don, what will be the impact of cityhood on the businesses in a particular area? Will the local business owners be chased out due to their business taxes going up? We heard that's what happening and that puts more local residents out of work.


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