Brookhaven City Council Set For Wednesday Meeting

Note the meeting's new location at the GSU/Brookhaven campus on Peachtree Road.

The Brookhaven City Council is in full swing for the remainder of 2012, with a meeting set for tonight and a work session to be held on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 9 am.

Originally scheduled for 7 pm at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, District 2 Councilman Jim Eyre notified constituents this morning that the meeting will be held in room 203 at the GSU/Brookhaven Campus.

Here are the remaining scheduled meetings:

  • Thursday, Dec. 20 - 6 p.m. City Council Work Session, Brookhaven City Hall, 200 Ashford Center North, Dunwoody
  • Friday, Dec. 21 - Special Called City Council Meeting to award contracts for Public Works and Community Development; time and location TBD
  • Saturday, Dec. 22, 9:30 a.m. - Presentation by the Recreation Committee of the Governor's Commission, Update by Vendors. Location TBD


In other news, District 3 City Councilman Bates Mattison attended his first council meeting this past weekend, when the city of Brookhaven officially came into existence. Patch asked Mattison about his absences from the first two city council meetings:

"Our family vacation was planned about a year ago, far in advance of the creation of the city of Brookhaven or my campaign for city council. I was sworn into office on Friday, Dec. 7, prior to the initial city council meeting, in order to allow me to participate in council discussions and information while on my trip.

"I discussed the trip with the entire council and mayor prior to leaving, and we were all in agreement that my trip would not hinder the start-up of the city. I assure you that the constituents of District 3 have a far more invigorated council member, having had a chance to spend time with family and reflect on the tasks for the new city of Brookhaven."

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"E Pluribus Unum" December 19, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Bates, as a parent living within your district who worked extremely hard to balance career and family ( also my wife ), I completely understand your dilemma. My question is this. Did you disclose this family responsibility during your campaign? If this obligation was widespread knowledge before both elections, I don't think it would have made a difference in how my family did vote for you. But it was a surprise to learn about your family vacation plans after the fact. I also believe the way the announcement was actually made the night of the official swearing in of the mayor and council members, did not help your cause. Your absence was made after the fact and only when questioned by the public. Even then, it seemed most folks were confused by your absence. Why wasn't an announcement made of your vacation plans made before the swearing in ceremonies? Finally, the reaction from my family on how your vacation plans were handled and announced was generally one of surprise. Even if we did know I don't think it would have made a difference. But since we missed this during your campaign and only learned after the fact, gives reason for pause...can I trust you in the future? Transparency is a big deal. If this was appropriately announced during your campaign, the matter is closed. Either way, good luck serving the district.
anon December 19, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Were his vacation plans announced? They certainly weren't announced to his neighbors and constituents, that I am certain of. Of course he didn't announce them, he knew it would have caused an uproar.
"E Pluribus Unum" December 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM
anon, I really hope that's not the case. Any confusion could have been easily avoided in my opinion if Bates had just communicated the conflict. It would not have changed my opinion...if anything probably more favorable. Because it apparently wasn't, I personally have a twinge of doubt. What is Bates decision making process or is he trustworthy? I don't want any of this to take away from his effectiveness. Last thing...his statement about constituents having a more invigorated representative hit me wrong. The snafu and manner in how this was handle is about my confidence in his ability. I was surprised. Hopefully there was more of a general public understanding and I missed it.
Jack of Kings December 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Making a mountain of a mole hill. Who really cares? Really? Has it made any diffirence in any deliberations? Will the circumstances of a vacation hindering active participation in the council be repeated? I think not. But it is good to see that you and your family will forgive him, EPU.
TomMiller1 December 20, 2012 at 06:04 PM
red herring. what is interesting but not important is that he didn't say where he went. Either he is very private and is about to get a surprise rush education on the end of privacy as a council man or it's to someplace like europe. It's a non issue.
John Q Public December 20, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Caribbean Cruise. PS - they are all getting a crash course on how to make a village. Thats why YOU CANT MISS ANY OF THE MEETINGS! Otherwise - and it's a fact - the city is framed out by the City Atty Bill Riley. Do you honestly think that with all of these meetings any of our newly elected officials are fully versed on what they are voting on? Cmon.


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