2014, the group leading discussions about the possibility for a new
city of Tucker, released a statement on their Facebook page and website
with the latest information on their cityhood effort. Their meeting this
week was with neighborhoods included in both the proposed Tucker map and one from the Lakeside City Alliance.
Patch was unable to attend their meeting. In order to present all sides in the DeKalb cityhood discussion, we are reprinting their statement:
from neighborhoods along the Chamblee-Tucker Road corridor engaged in
constructive dialogue during a December 2nd forum aimed at educating
property owners on various cityhood initiatives impacting their area.
Held in Tucker
less than three miles from Main Street, the meeting attracted dozens of
residents from the close-knit neighborhoods that are currently included
in both the proposed City of Tucker map, as well as the map developed
by members of the Oak Grove community for the proposed City of Lakeside.
During neighbor-to-neighbor roundtable discussions, concerns were
allayed about a purported change in school districts for the impacted
neighborhoods if cityhood initiatives are successful. Clarification was
provided on the fact that school districts are solely governed and
defined by the Board of Education, and not by municipal jurisdictions
such as a new city.
attendees voiced support for preserving the long-standing Tucker
community, and encouraged leaders to work together in resolving the
boundary dispute that would forever carve up their neighborhoods.
Tucker 2014 leaders responded that the group is “pro Tucker, not ‘anti’
other cities,” and that discussions with other cityhood initiatives
have been ongoing in an effort to resolve boundary issues locally rather
than have decisions made for the community at the state level.
“We’re supportive of any cityhood initiative that is mutually
respectful of long-time community relationships and assets.” said Tucker
2014 President Sonja Szubski, “We welcome the opportunity for continued
dialogue and remain open to constructive solutions.”
also asked if the timing of state-mandated Feasibility Study findings
gives one cityhood initiative an advantage over other cityhood efforts.
Szubski said the short answer is no, indicating that the legislature
will consider all of the Feasibility Studies when it convenes in
“The fact is that Tucker has proven its sustainability
for more than 120 years,” said Szubski. “The Feasibility Study findings
will simply provide an additional data point in support of Tucker’s
Tucker 2014 leaders are confident the State
Legislature will be receptive in granting Tucker citizens the right to
vote to preserve a well-established community.
“The majority of
state legislators themselves come from small towns across Georgia,”
Szubski said. “They understand the value of a place where generations of
families have raised their kids, and the passion folks have for
preserving their neighborhoods for years to come.”