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Elections Are Over. What's Next For Brookhaven?

The city goes online in less than two weeks. The new mayor and city council have a lot to do before then, and much more afterward.


A long and contentious debate over cityhood, followed by a long and contentious series of elections, are all over. So what's the next step for Brookhaven on the road to cityhood?

Bill Riley, an Atlanta attorney who has volunteered his legal advice to the Brookhaven Commission, spoke with Patch late Tuesday night about what's next:

First of all, DeKalb County has to officially certify Tuesday's election results, said Bill Riley, an Atlanta attorney who has volunteered his legal advice to the Governor's Brookhaven Commission. Mayor-elect J. Max Davis estimates that should happen by the end of this week.

Then, the new mayor and city council must be sworn in.

Riley said at that point, an agenda would be drafted for the commission's first meeting and notifications sent. That agenda could include items such as the appointment of an acting city clerk, attorney and city manager.

Davis said the council cannot meet without a city clerk to record minutes of the meeting.

Riley said that the agenda could also include the approval of tax anticipation notes, which is how the new city will be funded during its beginning.

Then comes a search for a permanent city manager and attorney, and the hiring of a police chief. The mayor and city council will also take over negotiations with DeKalb County over which services the county will continue to provide. Riley said all services currently provided by DeKalb, including police and 911, are paid for through the end of 2012.

Brookhaven city council members-elect Jim Eyre and Joe Gebbia both told Patch they believe having a fully staffed police force by mid-2013 is a realistic goal.

Related Items:

Patch's Complete Guide To Brookhaven's Incorporation.

HDM December 06, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Gargabo, when the portion of governance currently provided is ineffectual, wasteful, bureaucratic DEMOCRAT governance (like DeKalb County) is replaced with what we all hope to be more common sense, conservative governance these things happen.
don Gabacho December 06, 2012 at 11:13 PM
"( and all their shiny new gear..."---Mike Like the paramilitary operation on the news the other day to bust three slot machines? The Capitol police being armed with automatic assault weapons when their is no emeinent threat and a history instead of handing out "Citation(s) of Trespassing" to persons seeking legitimate redress of greivance? At least when it concerns Mexico's governance in the USA? "... to keep the peace and spy on us)"---Mike Just spy?
HamBurger December 07, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Mr. John, how quickly you forget me. Thank goodness my ego is not as big as yours! Maybe you should think before you post? Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger December 07, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Mr. Eric, well, maybe we can just have a couple of Cuban cigars after I grill up a couple of special hamburgers and a Cheerwine? Yeah, that’s the ticket! However, all of this may be derailed by city related business in the next couple of months. You seen a copy of that budget lately? Please pass the yellow mustard!
John McGrew December 07, 2012 at 01:40 AM
Burger, simply based upon the difference in the sheer number of your posts compared to mine, I'd presuppose that few would think I'm the one with the ego who likes to hear himself talk. But then, is it really ego if one actually lives up to his rhetoric?
HamBurger December 07, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Mr. John, is it really about how many posts one makes? How is that relevant? Or, is it the content and message of the post? See you tomorrow? Please pass the yellow mustard!
John McGrew December 07, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Mr. Burger, entirely about the quality: Ego = Quantity of Posts / Quality of Posts I'll let other's here decide where you fall on that.
HamBurger December 07, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Mr. John, I think you have confused me with Roger That . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
John Q Public December 07, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Mr Resident, At what cost? You think Dekalb is going to be giddy to help those who have been shiddy?
Booyah December 07, 2012 at 03:13 PM
DeKalb must continue to provide services at the same level and price for two years, or until they are given notice to discontinue. The Governors Commission began negotiations, and the City Council will continue those negotiations to establish an IGA.
Eric H December 07, 2012 at 03:42 PM
No I haven't. First things first, lets find us a good manager to run the place and make the numbers work. Though I will say the economic recovery is picking up steam and so long as Washington D.C. doesn't screw up the budget negotiations we should see increasing revenues for the city over the next few years. The numbers will be what they are and I can deal with a $50 or $100 swing in my annual tax bill so long as the council and mayor is being fiscally conservative with spending. Also of importance is good leadership to guide developers into building sustainable (environmentally and economically) developments that I expect will start flooding in soon now that the economy is picking up. Hopefully the BPCA and folks like Larry Danese and Thom Sheppard will be listened to in this regard. And while admittedly a small gesture, I think J. Max arranging for the recycling bin for the campaign signs (that I believe are not supposed to go in DeKalb Curbside pickup) is nevertheless a very good gesture.
don Gabacho December 07, 2012 at 07:02 PM
"It's always amusing to see that Don & Burger only argue...by taking what others say completely of of context."---John McGrew Under the sub-context of "Brookhaven: Countdown To Dec. 17" "Elections" "Second Day Of Qualifying For Brookhaven Elections" in the Brookhaven Patch: "Mike Jacobs 5:33 pm on Monday, February 13, 2012 [Brookhaven Patch] I've supported township legislation in the past and know from experience that there is not 2/3 of the House and 2/3 of the Senate to support the constitutional amendment required to give zoning power to a third type of local government (other than counties and cities)." Despite: http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/GAConstitution.pdf Just where, as Jacobs claimed, does the Constitution of Georgia require a referendum much less Amendment for "townships" in Georiga? Answer: Asbolutely no where. In fact, the preamble of the GA Constitution guarantees the right of the people of Georgia to decide their type of goverance. Mr. McGrew, to delude yourself is one thing. To delude others is quite another.
don Gabacho December 07, 2012 at 07:24 PM
"Again, how many of these meetings did you attend to do clearly understand all of this?"---John McGrew Mr McGrew, I have good cause not to attend. As it is, you should be qustioning yourself just how many "Governor's Commission" meetings you need to attend to "clearly understand" anything as plain and simple as even "Governor's Commission" meaning what is says, "Governor's Commission," and not what it does not say, "Citizens' Commission."
don Gabacho December 07, 2012 at 07:41 PM
"I'll never run for office."---TomMiller1 Thank you.
don Gabacho December 07, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Patron"---Kim Gocke "Patron"? Do you mean 'padron' which I am patently not? "... Gabacho: 'Given your avid civic activities, have you ever had relations with the Mexican Government and particularly (but not only) its Instituto de Mexico?' This is the long awaited answer: No,..." Good to hear. But why the long wait? Until after a U.S. Senator's endorsement of B'Yes candidates? Their elections? Despite the well-founded objection to any even referendum, much less election, until the citizenry being first remedied of officials and employees of the MxGov being provided and using our own voter registration forms? No matter anyone's endorsement, or not, of candidates? "...but I did make out with Monica Lewinski once..." Not that long. As it is, how would you know when, again given your self-described civic activities, you are having any 'civic' relation with the MxGov, and its Institute of Mexico, when its officials and employees can, as they have done, tell you they are 'citizens of the US' while ommitting their being officials and/or employees of the MxGov also? This is not a trivial matter when you, as you have posted, have advised us citizens to refer a matter of our own 'civics' and governance to the Latin American Association---which can certainly be percieved to be dominated by the MxGov.
don Gabacho December 07, 2012 at 08:08 PM
"The Governors Commission began negotiations..."---A Resident But that is a matter of governance and, according to Mr. John McGrew, the non-elected "Governor's Commission" is not government.
John McGrew December 07, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Don, I agree that you "have good cause not to attend." Doing so would require you getting up, getting dressed, and going out and actually meeting people face-to-face, including those who will be running this city in one form or another. It would imply taking personal responsibility for living in this community. The alternative you have chosen only requires an Internet connection and wasted time. You'll have to forgive those of us who are actually involved for not taking you the least bit seriously.
don Gabacho December 08, 2012 at 06:41 PM
"Don, I agree that you Don, I agree that you "have good cause not to attend." Thom----oops John----do you really expect me to engage with you in just what the "good cause" is? You? Who, along with Filemon and yet another Tom, have been citing, word-for-word, a vertible enemies list of Eddie E, myself and Hamburger, along with admonistions of our having to leave town? Yet again, don't you ever read the scripts you post? I
don Gabacho December 08, 2012 at 07:37 PM
"Eddie and Gabajo have proven to be SO precient, we should all listen to them! LOL"---Dean "LOL" My believing, even prior to Davis' announcement to run for office, that he would be the next mayor was not "prescient." That there would be, if not the "anoited one" himself, than a strawman (Shepard) to "deflect the heat," was not "prescient." It was knowing the introduction of 'corporatist goverance' when seeing it.
don Gabacho December 08, 2012 at 08:19 PM
"Thom Sheppard will be listened to..."----Eric Shepard is certainly worth keeping an eye on, not only for what he says (or says he says) but also what he doesn't say. For example: When asked about his work and the "new phenomenon" of "motion-capture" and "capture stages," Thom did describe his work as a "gaffer" (in this instant on the movie "Zombieland" requiring the most extradinary special effects ) to be the technician in charge of the lighting and electornics a movie set and "motion-capture," "capture stages" and modern redigitalization capabilties having become techniques used for creating "avatars" (comic-book like charaters) from real-life actors pantomiming prescripted roles. The whole of which enables the producers to, according to the invented scripts, have the characters talking to other characters, which really don't exist, about things never really said, doing things never really done in even places never been. What he seriously neglected to say was how motion-capture, capture-stages and modern redigitalization can, similarly, have even real people speaking to people they never met, saying things they never said, doing things they've never done in even places never been---also. What he also neglected to say was how video cameras, still cameras, stop action delay cameras, etc, mounted, stationary or mobile, everywhere in a city, for any purported purpose, can be intergrated to make the whole of even a city one big "capture stage."
Kim Gokce December 09, 2012 at 04:25 PM
As the Governor's Commission on Brookhaven's tenure comes to close tomorrow at approximately 7:00pm, I am as baffled today as I was in the beginning about the unwillingness of some to read and understand the Charter. I posted it prominently on the Commission home page in hopes that it would be used by the community to measure the Commission's efforts and scope and to ensure it was ready for reference if there were any disputes about this body's duties. Please find it as the first link, center-page on the Commission Home Page: http://brookhavencommission.com/wordpress/ Like any human artifact, it is imperfect. It does, however, describe in fairly clear terms what should have happened after the referendum passed, during the Commission period, and what should happen during the "phase in" period (the next few weeks) and what should happen in the "transition period" (the next two years). DeKalb County officials have been cooperating with the Commission's Chair and Counsel to ensure the transition period negotiations are underway and ready for the elected officials to take over immediately for action and enforceable decisions (a privilege the Commission does not have). I encourage all Patch readers to review every page of this Charter and to use it as your program for the rest of the transition period. If we inform ourselves about the limits and extent of City officials powers and duties, we will be better citizens and we'll have a better government.
Kim Gokce December 09, 2012 at 04:33 PM
The Commission is a State function, not a City function. In layman's terms (for my benefit), I have understood and conducted my involvement with the Commission with one simply precept: The Commission members are the roadies and not the rock stars. Our job, that was enabled by the authority of the State and implemented with the labor of thousands of hours of volunteer efforts, has simply been to set the stage for the governing authority of the City. Tomorrow at 7:00pm that authority will be instituted by the oath of the third elected official. What the authority does with the stage is completely up to them as the rightful governing officials of the City. Volunteers have provided them with an enormous amount of homework completed and information digested for them to review and act upon. That was our assignment and we have done it. I am very proud of our community for how it has responded to this great challenge to date. With sober and committed leadership, my hope is that in two years we all look back with pride at the transition period our officials about undertaking starting tomorrow.
Booyah December 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Kim, The Commission has done a wonderful job of fulfilling it's obligations to the Governor and the residents of Brookhaven. The friends and neighbors I speak with all seem to feel the same. Thank you. Ignore the 'very few' outliers on this blog, They are just sad unhappy people who will never be satisfied. They would prefer to complain rather than contribute. You and your colleagues and the volunteers are the heroes.
Roger That December 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
I will be happy to see our residents as elected leaders being in charge of development and preservation. Thanks to everyone who made our city a reality, and, by the way, thanks to all the opposition (of which I began) who we expect to stay involved and continue to do good work and research.
don Gabacho December 10, 2012 at 06:27 PM
"But why the long wait? Until after a U.S. Senator's endorsement of B'Yes candidates?"---Me Mr. Gocke, to the question of whether or not you have had any relations with the MxGov or its Institute of Mexico (or similar), you are allowing your answer---a blanket "no"---to remain despite my explanation that you (as anyone else with such avid civic activities as yours) could have had relations with the MxGov without even knowing it. What conclusion can those concerned reach given the continuing failure to respond other than supression being its purpose? Part and parcel of an overall, and on-going, supression of the concern for, and info on, the MxGov's involvment in even our voter registration to, at first, keep the issue from having become an issue in the political campaign to have a referendum for cityhood and, then, from being an issue in the subsequent political campaigns for public office?
don Gabacho December 10, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Despite promises, there has been virtually no transparancy in the financing of the campaigning also. In even the Vinson Institute study. Could the source have had a foreign element to it too? Mr Gocke, do you think a US Senator would knowingly endorse any candidate for public office in a government whose promoters, interim-commissioners, and candidates for office have refused to first relieve the electorate of the afront prior to any referendums and elections? Prior to any further oath taking? Could the supression of the public's right to know, prior to any referendum and election, have deprived even a US Senator's right to know prior to any endorsement? When to even endorse would be paramount to condoning?
don Gabacho December 11, 2012 at 08:17 PM
"Mr. don Gabacho, to clarify: I don’t want to get involved with the government in Washington. I don’t want to get involved with the government under the Gold Dome. I don’t even want to get involved with the government in Decatur."---Hamburger I can certainly understand that. Neither had I. Or the MxGov in Mx, the MxGov in Washington, the MxGov under the Gold Dome, the MxGov in Decatur and the MxGov in, now, Brookhaven. Yet there it is. It has never been, as I'm sure it is with you, me getting involved with government rather than government involving itself with me.
don Gabacho December 12, 2012 at 05:47 PM
"Seems these people were far more comfortable when all decisions were made 15 miles away and they safely didn't have any personal accountability."----John McGrew Though it certainly serves the purpose you state, the City of "Dunwoody" is not "15 miles away."
don Gabacho December 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
"As the Governor's Commission on Brookhaven's tenure comes to close tomorrow at approximately 7:00pm,"---Kim Gocke Not according to the legislation and referendum granting "12:01 December 17" to be the change-over date. Who made this decision?
don Gabacho December 12, 2012 at 07:59 PM
"As the Governor's Commission on Brookhaven's tenure comes to close tomorrow at approximately 7:00pm,"---Kim Gocke Not according to the legislation and referendum granting "12:01 December 17" to be the change-over date. Who made this decision?

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