What Will The Brookhaven Commission Actually Do?
That's one of the questions surrounding the formation of our new city, so here's the answer.
Now that Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed the five-member Brookhaven commission, what will the organization actually do?
Courtesy of commission member Kim Gocke, here are the duties and responsibilities of the commission as outlined in the bill that authorized the Brookhaven cityhood vote:
After the approval of this Act in the referendum as provided in Section 6.02, the Governor's Commission on Brookhaven shall be appointed pursuant to subsection (g) of Code Section 36-31-8 of the O.C.G.A.
All five interim representatives on such commission shall be residents of the area encompassed by the City of Brookhaven and shall meet any qualifications contained in subsection (g) of Code Section 36-31-8 of the O.C.G.A.
The five interim representatives shall include at least one representative who resides in each council district. The Governor shall appoint one of the interim representatives as the chairperson who shall preside at meetings of the commission.
All meetings of the commission shall be subject to Chapter 14 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A. regarding open and public meetings, as it now exists or is subsequently amended.
After the qualifying period ends for the initial members of the governing authority, but prior to the election for such initial members, the commission shall conduct a training seminar for all of the qualified candidates for mayor and city council on the duties, responsibilities, obligations, and laws regarding service on a municipal governing authority. For the presentation of such seminar, the commission is authorized to enlist the assistance of the Georgia Municipal Association, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of the University of Georgia, and similar organizations.
The commission shall, in addition to conducting such seminar and performing its other duties prescribed in subsection (g) of Code Section 36-31-8 of the O.C.G.A., prepare and present a written report to the new mayor and city council on the following matters:
(1) Backgrounds and qualifications of possible candidates for the positions of city manager, city attorney, city clerk, and city accountant;
(2) A proposed plan for cost-effectively privatizing the delivery of as many city services as practicable based upon the best practices of other municipalities; and
(3) Possible locations and pricing for leased city office facilities.
Such report shall be made public via the Internet on the day immediately following the general election date of the mayor and city council and shall be delivered to the newly elected mayor and city council. The commission shall stand dissolved when the members of the first city council take office."