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.

don Gabacho September 21, 2012 at 03:38 PM
"...could have a benevolent dictatorship spending money we don't have."---Nathan Schwinn It does get "worse" than that. No matter the lip-service, try "non-benevolent dictatorship."
don Gabacho September 21, 2012 at 03:48 PM
"Sit back, kvetch, moan, and complain about the utter unfairness of it all ~OR~ Get involved and bring something to the table, other than a bad attitude."---Nathan Schwinn I am involved. Simply not involved as you make out to be the only alternative. As I've stated several times before: 'A major feature of 'corporatist governance' is to 'incorporate' ordinarily independent persons and groups into its governance to there mercilessly subordinate them.'
don Gabacho September 21, 2012 at 04:08 PM
"You think you are smarter than the rest?"---AO How "snarky" of you! You actually believe that you must be "smarter than the rest" given, if "smarter than the rest," they'd have to be smarter than you. How smart is that? Especially when anyone being smarter than you is no great feat?
"E Pluribus Unum" September 21, 2012 at 06:58 PM
AshfordObserver....I am interested why Alfalfa as your identification photo? Why post an image of an individual who was shot to death after posing as a police officer to force himself into the home in order to collect $15. The homeowner shot Alfie in self defense while his wife and children were sleeping. Alfie also had a police record and was shot by an unknown person a year earlier. He was 32 years of age at the time of his death in 1959. So, it seems your judgement, self-image and awareness is suspect. I believe you have a lot to learn....the city "dissenters" have perspectives you might want to understand and learn from.
Richard Serfozo September 21, 2012 at 07:55 PM
What are the Committees and how does one apply for one?
don Gabacho September 21, 2012 at 08:27 PM
"We are going to let a CHILD design our city logo?"---Roger That Not "we." Last week at St Martin's school Ben Vinson made it quite clear that is what he dictated because 'it would involve the next generation'. There was protest from the audience who were effectively told to shut up given, as Vinson did explain, the "effective [only] imput" would be to apply for [and be allowed] membership in the governance run "citizens committee." You should not be surprised of grown adults, when imposing themselves, hiding behind children. The MxGov has been doing it stateside for years. Just ask Mr Congeniality. Meanwhile: Welcome to 'corporatist' governance.
don Gabacho September 21, 2012 at 08:35 PM
"What are the Committees and how does one apply for one?" The "committees" is a contrivance for the new government to recognize only official "input" from the citizenship via citizens who allow themselves to be incorporated into, and thus become subordinate to, the new government. As to how to join? If not in fact already selected long prior to its public announcement by BY immediately following the referendum, I would say, go to Pub 71 and ask there---especially when a "donation" event is scheduled.
Ron Dowling September 21, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Oh no, really? Good grief, that is a horrible ending to ol' Alfalfa, regardless of any other implied meaning. Man, now I am bummed ~~~~~~~~~~~cloud forming~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Five o'clock Martini for Alfalfa. Good day neighbors, y'all are some real peachers!
Ron Dowling September 21, 2012 at 09:05 PM
don, I'm guessing you don't have many friends...
Ron Dowling September 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Aye, ye are a cheap basturd. Spend a farthing and buy yore hardworkin' pol a drink for chrissake! Best way to meet elected officials is to fund them. Access is a beautiful thing. Want in on a little secret? Most pols willingly talk to their Constituents and listen, if their ideas are soundly presented in a credible manner, FOR FREE, especially presented in volume. You are clearly an odd bird, don.
Terrell Carstens September 21, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Richard Serfozo - The Core Function Committees are Contracting & Proposals (J.D. Clockadale), Executive Research (Todd Lantier), Office & Facilities (Jed Beardsley), Project Mgmt. & Communications (Kim Gokce), and Transition Services (Ben Vinson). The Working Committees are Finance (Todd), Planning, Zoning, and Municipal Codes (Jed), Police (J.D.), Parks & Rec. (Kim) and Public Works (Kim). Go to brookhavencommission.com for info.
Grieg Ericsson September 21, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Not so Philly. Eat corn.
Grieg Ericsson September 21, 2012 at 10:32 PM
You is loser therefor you is loser.
Grieg Ericsson September 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Here's another source of info for our pro boner atty. http://theotherbrookhaven.blogspot.com/2012/08/return-on-investment-you-decide.html
HamBurger September 21, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Mr. Ron, I have come to the conclusion I really hate people . . . But, man do I love my customers! Please pass the yellow mustard!
Prissy Mae Millendorf, Brookhaven Socialite September 22, 2012 at 12:18 AM
My goodness gracious le don Gapacho... You must have a terrible time with internal combustion I fear. The rate at which you've passed gas here & many other places is extremely embarrassing to anyone within the zone of comfort. Might I suggest a trip to a local store would be in order. I'm certain there are cures for your significant issues. This might also include refraining from places where others congregate. I do wish you the best in health, life & happiness. Fondly, Ms. Millendorf
Grieg Ericsson September 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Prissy is JMax. Confirmed.
HamBurger September 22, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Grieg, I see Evan made a post on this site. I wonder . . . Is that Rep. Mike Jacobs’ wife? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Brookhaven Maven September 23, 2012 at 12:50 AM
To Terrell Carstens @ 5:22p -- Your advice to Richard to go to BrookhavenCommission.com was really bad advice. There is nothing on that web site which allows one to see what committees there are or how to volunteer to serve on one. I've been pushing for WEEKS to discover how to volunteer to serve on committees, but have been unable to get a clear response from anyone! Submitting an e-mail to info@brookhavenyes.org does nothing. I've been told by several candidates that this is the best way to make my interests known, but no one has been monitoring that e-mail address for volunteers since the election. At the second commission meeting, attorney Reilly said the commission committees should take advantage of all the data collected and work done by the BY task force committees, but he stopped short of saying that the commission committees should absorb the yesser task force volunteers wholesale. Chairman Vinson has given a lot of lip service to volunteering for the commission committees, but the fact is there is no mechanism for which to do so --- yet. In the meanwhile, I feel certain the yesser committee volunteers are still merrily rolling along with their meetings. This whole thing is either a sham (a la don Gasbaggo) or a disaster in the making. Attorney Reilly also said effective immediately, all communication in committee is a matter of public record. Would be interesting to see who is attending the meetings and what they have produced so far.
Grieg Ericsson September 23, 2012 at 01:21 AM
Maven, He is in it for the business proposition. Reilly is hand picked and a big donor to the Yes campaign. The fix is on. http://theotherbrookhaven.blogspot.com/2012/08/return-on-investment-you-decide.html
Booyah September 23, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Do you truly not understand how totally ridiculous it is to support your conclusions with a biased anonymous blog.
HamBurger September 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Mr. BM, you, sir, are an outsider. When will you realize it is all about Brookhaven Yes and their desires, not the affected citizens? Those committees have been working on exactly what Brookhaven Yes wants them to work on. You need to get your mind right and deal with what they have planned for you. And, just what makes you think that the BY committees and the Governor’s Committee special committees will not ultimately be one in the same? Now as far as why the Brookhaven Committee website does not allow effective communication, did you expect something better? That clearly is not a part of the plan. Barrister Riley certainly does know a lot about Brookhaven Yes, doesn’t he? The right contribution to the right Brookhaven Yes connected ballot committee goes a long way. As far as speculation goes, would it be interesting knowing the donor list for C$ND? You are indeed witnessing a disaster in the making. Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger September 23, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Ms. A Resident, which blog? All of the Brookhaven Yes related sites and blogs? Please pass the yellow mustard!
Grieg Ericsson September 23, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Dear Resident of your A, The truth hurts doesn't it little silly beeeotch.
don Gabacho September 23, 2012 at 06:06 PM
"...passed gas...within the zone of comfort..."---Prissy Mae Davis You do need relief. Try loosening your corset. No matter how further it reveals your secret inner-self.
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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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