'Cityhood Is Absolutely About The People'

Another entry - this one, in favor of cityhood - into The Forum.

I am an ‘ordinary citizen’ and I am in favor of incorporation for the City of Brookhaven. I am also a board member of BrookhavenYES.

I became involved when opponents of incorporation tried to take away my right to vote. Our board is a diverse group of  involved citizens who believe local control is a better option than the status quo. We believe it is important for our neighbors to know who we are and why we support cityhood. That is why we have always had our biographies on our website.

The opposition writer(s) state, “Our organization and website is not about the people; it is about the issues, because that is what this campaign should be about.”
I disagree. Cityhood is absolutely about “The People.” The People should have a stronger voice than they now have with DeKalb County. The People should have local control over police, zoning issues, road and parks/recreation. The People should have a chance to examine the issue, ask questions and decide for themselves how to vote in the July 31 referendum.

BrookhavenYES and the supporters of the city are very public about who they are and why they support the city. I would suggest the deep pocket opposition to cityhood are not very public, and in fact, hide their real motivations from the citizens of this area. I wonder, why….?

Shannon Cameron

HDM June 02, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Very salient statement, Dr.Greenbaum, Brookhaven will be a real boon to our area.
SayWhat? June 04, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Enuff has most of this right, but the permit flood came just a day before the more retrictive sign ordinance was to go into effect - there were a couple hundred. The suit followed, resulting in a negotiated agreement on numbers of signs and locations. Case closed. "Somehow" the case was reopened and additional signs were allowed by the courts. Generally, Commissioners agreed to sign locations in areas where other signs already existed. The sign location of Sandy's post was "requested," and Commissioner Boyer allowed it. It never was a zoning issue, as the site is properly zoned to allow signs. This sign was in District 1, but is now in District 2. The county wants to get this sign relocated and has talked to the owner, but it is all about traffic counts. Our sign ordiance lags the state of the art, and needs to be revisited.
Eric H June 04, 2012 at 10:12 PM
You guys are making me go way back in time. The sign ordinance goes back to the Liane Levetan days and was sat on for far too long. I forget all the steps to final creation of the ordinance but do know that there was what I think was an unauthorized act by a county official that allowed several Billboards that had the name in small print on the bottom of the billboards of the operating business on the premise where the billboards were. This was largely a fake premise. But even if true the approval still violated the code because the businesses kept their real business signs up. Nevertheless the approval led to the less than positive settlement. Here's a test do you all know the county official who signed the approvals? And the connections to the party getting the approval?
SayWhat? June 05, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Eric - Go ahead. Scare us. I know that at the time, Bob Lunsten was fighting some signs in Dunwoody and Larry Danese fighting two near Blackburn/cambridge square. As a last official act - or near last - Vernon had Patrick (Ejike) issue some permits near Georgetown to aggrivate some Dunwoodians. There are like 5 of them around there.
Eric H June 05, 2012 at 03:33 AM
Say what, nope I'm talking farther back in time. Patrick, while I could find fault, was allocating a settlement based on an approval by someone before him.


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