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Brookhaven Commission Holds First Meeting

A standing-room-only crowd met the group responsible for getting Brookhaven underway.


A standing-room-only crowd in the atrium at got their first look at the five-member Brookhaven Commission and learned about what they can, can't and want to do between now and Dec. 17, when the city of Brookhaven is officially born.

Chairman Ben Vinson led the meeting, although commissioners Kim Gokce and Jed Beardsley also contributed much to the discussion and every commissioner spoke at least once.

Vinson began by explaining the mission of the commission.

"Our job is to be interim, or the transition, government until the election occurs on November 6," he said. "Our jobs are similar to what the mayor and city council will do when they are elected, but ... the key difference is that we have no actual authority and we have no money."

"We're just volunteers trying to work as hard as we can to do the job that's laid out for us," Beardsley said.

The commission will put on seminars with the candidates and create a written report explaining the new city's four primary personnel - including a city manager, city clerk and city attorney, as well as space for a temporary or permanent City Hall and details of services the city can deliver and how.

Vinson has the power to create committees and put people on them, including one commissioner for each working committee. Candidates will not allowed to serve on committees, but may attend committee meetings as a citizen.

Bill Riley is serving as the commission's pro bono attorney, a position he has held for each new city's similar commission since Sandy Springs. He recently helped Peachtree Corners transition to cityhood.

Gokce is putting together a commission website as well as Facebook and Twitter presences, plus there is the possibility of a centralized commission email address, all in the name of informing people about future meetings and other news. Note that any emails sent to that address would become part of public record.

In fact, Gokce also urged attendees to read the documents on the About section of the website regarding the codes the commissioners must abide by when doing official business.

Beardsley proposed an idea for a contest among Brookhaven-area schools to design a potential new logo for the city. Each school - he counted 10 in the area, including private schools - would hold their own in-school contest, select a winner and then the commission would pick four or five finalists before the election. Then, the mayor and city council could pick a winner because the commission has no power to select a winner themselves.

"We're going to have a long-term city, that generation is what is going to build this city after us. Those are the people that are going to be the leaders after this and the best way you can make that happen is to get their interest and engagement now," said commissioner J.D. Clockadale.

The commission is thinking of perhaps finding a physical space to serve as offices, meeting places for the committees and places for citizens to meet commissioners. Beardsley acknowledged that they may need donations to help with the costs of a physical space because they have no budget.

Clockadale encouraged citizens to think about getting on the committees, volunteering as staff or getting involved if they are passionate about the cause.

There will be two types of committees: core functions and working committees with citizen co-chairs. Five working commitees are planned. Core functions committees will focus on figuring out how Brookhaven can provide services for the document the mayor and city council need in November. Candidate training will be handled by core function committees. Working committees will have specific tasks and deadlines.

More news about the formation of committees will come later.

The commission plans to hold regular weekly meetings every Thursday at 8 p.m. They will continue to be held at St. Martin's until further notice. The commissioners are attempting to select a centralized meeting spot for everyone in Brookhaven - and maybe somewhere with more room for more chairs.

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HamBurger September 16, 2012 at 04:14 AM
Mr. Corey, hey bud, you going to post your email address? I am sure there are a whole lot of folks that would like to ask you, a C$ND member, a question or three . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
Kestrel Larson September 16, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I think there must have been some sort of smelting accident.
Brookhaven Maven September 16, 2012 at 04:19 AM
BahHumbugger @ 12:07am -- LOL! On a similar note, do you think Phil / Mike really believes we subscribe to a conspiracy theory? I see no conspiracy here, just blatant stupidity, a total lack of transparency, cronyism, favoritism, greed, confusion, a liberal dose of obfuscation, and an overwhelming urge to keep folks in their proper places. No conspiracy.
Brookhaven Maven September 16, 2012 at 04:37 AM
BahHumbugger -- See what I mean about gross stupidity? KL didn't get your joke. Over his head.
HamBurger September 16, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Mr. BM, unfortunately, I am in total agreement with your no conspiracy comments. Phil is Phil, not Rep. Mike Jacobs; it is no secret who he is. Unfortunately, there are a lot of folks that drank the new city Kool-Aid. The sad part about all of this, the vast majority of these folks are smart, intelligent, affluent, yet apparently just downright stupid and easily manipulated. However, if you did not drink the Kool-Aid, you will always be fair game until you submit to “their” desires. I am already experiencing this behavior in my own neighborhood! Fortunately, we are not alone. And, just because others are not as vocal does not mean that “they” will get a pass when the road to cityhood is met with cracks and fissures. And, that is exactly why I am voting for J. Max Davis and Rebecca Chase Williams! Mr. Kestrel? Think again, it is kind of like 3-D chess . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
Be Good To Your Brothers September 16, 2012 at 10:08 AM
Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, As it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, The power, and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen I just want my sisters and brothers to know that you are loved and in good hands. God has a plan for us. Be good to your brother, for you are your brothers keeper.
Be Good To Your Brothers September 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM
Matthew 5:41-47 If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to everyone who asks you for something. Don’t turn anyone away who wants to borrow something from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you this: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you. In this way you show that you are children of your Father in heaven. He makes his sun rise on people whether they are good or evil. He lets rain fall on them whether they are just or unjust. If you love those who love you, do you deserve a reward? Even the tax collectors do that! Are you doing anything remarkable if you welcome only your friends? Everyone does that!
"E Pluribus Unum" September 16, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Be Good To Your Brother....what about our sisters? God's a woman you know. BTW, I just figured out why Phil is so fixated, infatuated, obsessed, and riveted on HamBurger. I think it's the love thang. Phil has a crush on HamBurger. HamBurger, you've done nothing wrong. It's Phil's way of saying he's attracted to you.
Kestrel Larson September 16, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Do your duty. Not your doodie.
Jack of Kings September 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM
HamBurger has NEVER answered the question on whether or not he is runnig for public office. If you have, HamBurger--post the link to your post. I fyou answered the question, great. (but you have not) You have filled these threads with demeaning comments on anyone who voted for the city--as if only the NOCITY people can make a good decision. The only thing you haven't accused those for the City is "hanging chads". You make ANONYMOUS accusations--hiding behind that anonymity. You belittle other candidates. All the while- YOU ARE RUNNING FOR PUBLIC OFFICE! I am just asking a simple question requiring a simple answer--Yes or No--Are you running for public office? Please do not reference some other post or somebody else. Yes or No? And thanks,in advance, for your direct answer.
Booyah September 16, 2012 at 07:49 PM
@Phil Unfortunately your shadow boxing with a pathetic little person who is enabled by the anonymity afforded by internet blogs. Based on the number of posts Hammy writes he has nothing else in his life to occupy his time. No matter what he answers he is just yanking your chain to keep himself busy. It's very sad..
Grieg Ericsson September 16, 2012 at 09:15 PM
Phil, Please refrain. As men age chads do begin to hang a little lower. Its a fact of life. But why do you insist on fixating on Hamburger? Surely, your droopy chads are no different than his. Please refrain from the potty talk. I am the one running for office. why not beat up on me? Fraid? Or you know that I am smarter than you and have much evidence that we were lied to and you don't want me to out your rotund poster boy? Which is it Mr. E'Cheese Steak?
HamBurger September 16, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Mr. Corey, looks like you want everyone else to be transparent, yet you have limits on your own transparency? Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger September 16, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Mr. Phil, I am not going to answer your question. I did that once before and you would not accept my answer and continued to harass me and manipulate our conversation to denigrate me. No thank you. Keep posting and harassing me, assuredly, I will make it worth your time . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
Jack of Kings September 16, 2012 at 11:44 PM
Grieg...I thought you were quicker than that. "Hanging chads" was in reference to the presidential election controversy. Hanging chads? Florida? Remember? Google it, Grieg. And, BTW." why not beat up on me? Fraid? Or you know that I am smarter than you ..." I guess this post answers THAT question.
HamBurger September 16, 2012 at 11:50 PM
Mr. Phil, history is one thing, current culture is another. By mentioning “hanging Chad’s” you may have entered a realm you did not intend to . . . Regardless, as long as they enjoy the food and pay the bill, I am all about customer service . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
"E Pluribus Unum" September 17, 2012 at 02:16 AM
My goodness Phil....you are all uptight if you missed the obvious connotation Grieg was making with the "chads" reference.
Brookhaven Maven September 17, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Has anyone joined a committee, yet? Has anyone figured out HOW to join one, yet?
"E Pluribus Unum" September 17, 2012 at 07:36 PM
BM....must have chads of steel to join if coming from a No perspective.
Booyah September 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM
What a steamy pile of horse manure. Give the commissioners a chance to succeed before you start denigrating their actions.
"E Pluribus Unum" September 17, 2012 at 08:51 PM
A Steamy Pile of Horse Manure? You are way over reacting if you think my comment on "chads" is denigrating the commission. In no way was my comment directed to the commission. Get a grip big guy.
HamBurger September 18, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Mr. BM, I am still sending regular emails to Brookhaven Yes . . . That is the right thing to right? Is that not what everyone else is doing? Brookhaven Yes is ultimately still in control, right? Mayor J. Max Davis, does it help that I am voting for you? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Booyah September 18, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Stop signing your emails "BurgerBoy" and you'll get an answer.
Kismet Glory September 18, 2012 at 04:47 PM
Steamy chads of steel and piles of horse manure? Oh my!
"E Pluribus Unum" September 18, 2012 at 06:34 PM
KG, I know, it's better than reading a Michael Connelly novel.
Grieg Ericsson September 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM
E Pluribus, Phil has no "chads". -G
Grieg Ericsson September 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Resident of "A", There is no town of "A". I have done a lot of checking. On another note, please refrain. If you want to join a committee, send them an email. Oh wait, they wont respond. Perhaps a visit to Breton Ct is in order. Shall I rent a bus?
Grieg Ericsson September 18, 2012 at 11:03 PM
The commission should have the largest chads of them all. Fleshy glory be!
Grieg Ericsson September 18, 2012 at 11:04 PM
Michael Connelly aint got nuttin on Phil.
"E Pluribus Unum" September 19, 2012 at 03:50 AM
Grieg, you are probably right. But Harry Bosch has got some hard as a walnut chads.

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