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Brookhaven Commission Urges Residents to Volunteer for Committees

The Brookhaven Commission met for the second time Thursday.

The members of the Brookhaven Commission are urging residents to volunteer to serve and become involved in a committee, even if those residents voted against cityhood for Brookhaven.

The commission met for the second time Thursday night before a crowd, that though large was not the standing room only crowd that attended the week before.

Commission Chairman Ben Vinson discussed the appointment of committees chairmen and committee citizen co-chairs, but said he would not announce the individuals who will co-chair each committee until next week’s meeting.

Vinson created 10 committees– five core function committees and five working committees.

The commissioners urged residents who want to get involved to reach out to them.

“We’re trying to make it inclusive to anybody and everybody,” Vinson said.

Additionally, the five commissioners voted unanimously to approve the three items on its consent agenda, which included a resolution to accept a gift of office space from Thomas Properties and the Peachtree Group, along with another couple resolutions to accept the gift of funds from Citizens for North DeKalb and from the Brookhaven Community Connection.

Vinson announced that he will bring in an executive secretary, a volunteer position, for the commission.

The only actual action taken by the commission was to approve the Brookhaven Community Spirit Art Contest, a contest proposed by commissioner Jed Beardsley to have students from Brookhaven-area schools create the city’s new logo.

“It will increase civic dialogue,” said commissioner Kim Gokce to Beardsley, “and I applaud you for that.”

 

Check back with Brookhaven Patch later today for more coverage of last night's meeting.

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Brookhaven Resident September 29, 2012 at 03:14 PM
I would like to add that my family has followed at lease two of the websites and inquired about getting involved and receiving notification about specific commission activities including the committee meetings. We received no response and have not located the meetings calendar. I was disappointed to learn about the Parks committee meeting, after the fact, in the AJC this morning.
Kim Gokce September 30, 2012 at 09:23 PM
A few fact checks for folks coming after ... the meeting this past Saturday was a BY Task Force Parks & Rec meeting that was been scheduled by that group as a training session for volunteers who will be walking and documenting the conditions of area parks & facilities. The Commission Parks & Rec Committee did not exist when the training was setup. This new Committee has just formed and consists of exactly three people: Sue Binkert, Karen Whitehead, and I as appointed by Ben Vinson. The first public meeting for this Commission Committee is to be scheduled. My hope is that by tomorrow I'll be able to post public notice for a time/day later this week. Since the meeting will be open, I invite anyone to attend. It will not be an "input" meeting but rather a business meeting the public has a right to observe. I co-hosted the first meeting of the Project Mgt & Communications Committee this past Saturday and was pleased to see several citizens take advantage of the public notice and attend and offer to help - and I'm taking them up on their offer.
Kim Gokce September 30, 2012 at 09:34 PM
On the overall effort to recruit volunteers, folks need to be reminded that the Commission Committees are in some cases still forming. The Volunteer Registration Form on our site was posted Thursday last week. We have received about 40 registrations so far. There are folks from every district raising their hands and that is a great thing. Volunteers are circulating the volunteer registrations to Committee Co-Chairs to ensure that all volunteer assets are leveraged to the fullest extent. There are some very talented folks offering to help that have had exactly ZERO to do with BY so please do not think if you weren't a BY Task Force volunteer you are unwelcome. All are welcome! That said, I ask that folks be patient with contact follow-up ... I'll be working with my existing volunteers to send a response communication to all who have registered with the Commission. Matching up needs with volunteers will take some time but there will be many types of opportunities to help for those willing to support the "process" in the coming weeks and months.
TomMiller September 30, 2012 at 11:13 PM
I'm not defending the folks on the commission nor was I ever one who had one thing to do with the BY folks. So rather than get in a tizzy over some of the --to me -- hastily called meetings. This city creation stuff ain't a 100 yard foot race. I missed the police meeting but heard there are needs to do scut work. A friend attended the parks task force meeting and guess what? they get to go out and take pictures and report on how crappy conditions are at the parks in town. I am not sure but it's Susan Binckert (not sure of the spelling) in charge of that. There's another commission meeting next TH. Now you can get all pissed off b/c those people are doing work for free and you don't like to see sausage being made or you can push a little harder. Kim G is on this thread, how about you guys connect? If that does not work - hell show up TH night and talk to somebody. The work involved just with the parks to me will take 3-5 years to get their horrible disrepair in order.

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