Yard Signs Reported Stolen; Cityhood Meet & Greets

A new column that looks at news, information and other tidbits of interest regarding Brookhaven's cityhood debate.

For the past few weeks, Patch has received some e-mails and correpondence about pro- and anti-cityhood yard signs being stolen from residents' property.

One resident, who requested to remain anonymous, said a recent theft was the second time his anti-cityhood sign had been stolen. He also told Patch that most of the "No City" signs were stolen along his road as well.

Patch contacted the public information officer for the DeKalb County Police Department, who sent us this response: "We cannot confirm any incidents. No reports have been filed, but the precinct is aware of the claims and officers are on the lookout for any such activity."

If anyone knows of any such incidents in their community, Patch would welcome the chance to follow up on this item in the future.


This past Saturday in Brookhaven's Drew Valley community, residents came home to find letters posted on their mailboxes regarding an upcoming cityhood meeting in the community.

The event will be held this Wednesday, June 6, at the home of Byron Williamson, 2523 Drew Valley Road. Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkston is scheduled to attend, as is Sandy Springs Councilman Ivan Figueroa.

The Drew Valley and Ashford Park neighborhoods seem to be Brookhaven's  strongest anti-cityhood areas. From my perspective (and this is only my perspective), I estimate that for every pro-cityhood sign, there are 10 anti-cityhood signs in these communities.

Williamson also sits on the board of BrookhavenYES.

The Incomparable Ainsley Jarvis June 04, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Posting on or placing mail inside a mail box is illegal.
Craig C. June 04, 2012 at 12:00 PM
Arrest all mailmen!
The Incomparable Ainsley Jarvis June 04, 2012 at 12:18 PM
You silly boy. You know what I meant. But in case you did not, please allow me to restate: The USPS Domestic Mail Manual states that “no part of a mail receptacle may be used to deliver any matter not bearing postage, including items of matter placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle.” In other words, the mailbox may not be used for anything other than for pieces of mail with postage attached. The USPS Domestic Mail Manual goes on to states that it is a federal offense and there is a significant penalty for violating this law.
Jonathan June 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
One of the reason that the Yes signs are so "bleak" over in Drew Valley and AP is I because many of those are being stolen by the NO voters. Tim, I would invite you to take a ride around Nancy Creek/Lynwood Park/Windsor Parkway and Brittany to view the number of home in support of the new city. Remember folks, this comes down to whether you want to trust the county (who just increased values on many of us) or whether you are willing to try a new city path...that by the way has worked for Dunwoody and others. Dunwoody has a $16,000,000 surplus. I can't seem to find that in DeKalb County Financial Management. Let's unite together as a community and "DO BETTER."
MChicago June 04, 2012 at 01:41 PM
This is so sad that some cannot respect the differing views of others. Shame on you! Respect the process...
Shannon June 04, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Tim..will you check with DeKalb Public Works? It was my understanding that signs that are in the right of way or too close to the street may be removed by them.
Tim Darnell (Editor) June 04, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Thanks for the information. We will check and report back what we learn.
Eddie E. June 04, 2012 at 09:31 PM
There is only one problem with your thesis. For the signs to be 'stolen', first they would need to be installed. I'm through Ashford Park every day and the small handful of 'yes' signs that were put in place when they first came available are still there. They have just been dwarfed by the HUGE number of NO signs that have gone up as neighbors have become aware of what was being foisted upon them.


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