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Five Questions With Ben Vinson, Chair, Brookhaven Commission

The head of Gov. Nathan Deal's Brookhaven commission says the group aims to complete its work by Nov. 6.


Editor's Note: On Aug. 31, . Ben Vinson, an attorney at McKenna, Long & Aldridge, chairs the group of volunteers before the mayor and city council take office.

1. What will be the commission's first task or set of tasks?

Vinson: Establish a regular meeting schedule and location so the public is aware and can attend. Devise a system of committees to research and make recommendations on the primary aspects of the city (location of city hall, key staff positions, plan for service delivery). Involve commission members and citizens with the committees. Eventually produce a written report with recommendations on each aspect from the committees and the commission.

2. How often will the commission meet?

Vinson: Weekly or biweekly, depending on need.

3. Will the commission meet in public or private, or a combination of both?

Vinson: The full commission will always meet in public and provide notice of same.

4. All of the races have crowded fields of candidates, meaning that runoffs are almost inevitable after the Nov. 6 election. Does that put even more pressure on the commission

Vinson: The commission will aim to complete its work by Nov 6, so the possibility of runoffs will not necessarily add more time pressure for now. But there might be added importance to the role of the commission should several council seats and the mayor’s race go into a runoff. We are prepared to continue work as needed and assist with transition to mayor and council.

5. What role will the commission play after the city officially begins operations on Dec. 17, 2012?

Vinson: When mayor and council take office the commission by law will cease to exist. I predict each commission member will be willing to provide explanation and assistance as desired by mayor and council in the future, but technically our role will end when the city officially begins.

Grieg Ericsson September 11, 2012 at 04:05 PM
AO. Who are you and what office are you running for? - Phil
don Gabacho September 11, 2012 at 04:07 PM
"I've turned a new leaf and will add to real conversation on here only, and not stoop to the sewer of those bomb throwers."---AshfordObserver "New leaf"? From whose script? "Troublemakers"? The US Constitution is a "bomb"? "Stoop"? You have already stooped so low that you'd have to look up to see down. Where can you possibly go from there?
Mark Lawson September 11, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Kim: I am new to this site having been told about it by one of my grown children. Thank you for taking the time to respond to some of the people here. I would like to attend the meeting that is coming up and would like to make more meetings as well. I hope that there will be some kind of place that will be on the WWW to let us know about goings on. I do know that you can get a free website at a place like wordpress.com to put information up for the new city. It may not be great but it sure seems like a lot of people on here are wanting some kind of central place right away. Best, M K Lawson
AshfordObserver September 11, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Me run for office? No thanks. I don't have skeletons in my closet. I have a storage facility with multiple floors/retina access and thumbprint technology.
Kim Gokce September 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Mark: I will be strongly petitioning my fellow commissioners to leverage digital communications to the fullest. Communications is my one self-proclaimed skill and I will do my utmost to ensure only turtles sleeping in Peachtree and Nancy Creeks may miss a message from the Commission.

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