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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 .

“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 that would incorporate Brookhaven into a city.

Also present was (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.”

Sendi Coleman November 13, 2011 at 12:38 AM
I was rather appalled that State Rep Michael Jacobs suggested we pass this bill and let the boundaries work themselves out, as stated at the meeting Thursday night. This country is already in trouble passing bills, hoping things will work out. Ask any policeman how crime ridden Buford Hwy is and they will can tell you about crime after crime there. How are can our dedicated Dekalb Police officers that are overworked, unpaid, and understaffed, be spread so thin? It was a good opportunity to state that the surrounding areas would also like a vote in this on how it will affect them. We do want things slowed down, and more options considered before rushing this bill through the house. Regards, Cindy Coleman

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