Governor's Brookhaven Commission Announces First Meeting

The commission will meet on Thursday, Sept. 13, at St. Martin's Episcopal School.

The will hold its first meeting on Thursday's Sept. 13, at 8 pm, at St. Martin's Episcopal School.

The announcement came late Monday afteroon.

St. Martins Episcopal School is located at 3110-A Ashford Dunwoody Road. The meeting is open to the public.

"The purpose of this meeting will be to commence operation of the Governor’s Commission and begin the process of serving as interim representatives for the City of Brookhaven," Deal's office said in a statement.

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Jack of Kings September 11, 2012 at 02:08 AM
I really do not expect those posters that take whining to an art form to be attending. It is better that they presume a lack of transparency rather than to be "disappointed" that the process appears to be transparent. I would think that every candidate for council and mayor should attend, if not for only to maintain their own continuity of understanding what is going on.
Grieg Ericsson September 11, 2012 at 02:16 AM
But you CAN run from good J Max.
Grieg Ericsson September 11, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Phil, Please wear those tight white pants of yours.
HamBurger September 11, 2012 at 02:21 AM
That show the underwear lines . . . We always get a kick out of your presence . . . Please pass the yellow mustard!
Brookhaven Maven September 11, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Mr. Gokce -- Glad you are on the commission. Thank you for the official meeting notification. Since there is no official Brookhaven publication, lots of folks rely on e-mails, blogs, web sites like Community Radar, and word of mouth. I will do my part in getting this information out to my neighbors and friends, but is there something more that the commission can do to alert the general public about this event? I know a lot of people in the previously unincorporated area subscribe to the City of Chamblee Newsletter. Maybe you could ask them to send out a blast to their listing. It might also be a good idea to call or visit the schools in the Brookhaven footprint and ask that a blurb be sent home with the kids tomorrow or Wednesday. One day's notice is better than none. I'm sure the PTAs and PTSAs at the elementary schools maintain an e-distribution and can send out an e-blast on a moment's notice, if the schools won't cooperate. The Ashford Alliance appears to have gone dormant, but they maintained an e-list of dozens of neighborhood associations in the footprint. You might want to ask Sandy Murray to send a notice (to be forwarded to homeowners) to their membership. She, or someone at the Alliance, should have a fairly current list of neighborhood groups. Thank you in advance for anything you can do to make this process as transparent and and the populace as well-engaged as you can. -- The Maven
"E Pluribus Unum" September 11, 2012 at 01:17 PM
AO and Phil....you guys are a piece of work. Give it a rest. Get a little more comfortable with dissent....the show's only now starting. Holding people accountable for big, bold promises is not complaining. Holding folks accountable for lower taxes, better services, unquestionable ethics, transparency, and a gold standard promise in responsiveness to ALL the city residents is not whining. Damn, are you two totally, blindly buying into all the hype? Are you just naive? Are you on the inside benefitinng somehow with Yesers? Are you meek,lemmings running over the cliff? Are you afraid of truth and accountability. You two are the perfect blind mice for those in power to have their way. Are you capable of seeing any danger in what we are now doing. And don't give me that crap we all "have to get on board" or the city will fail. The reason the city will fail is because those in office are not held accountable for big, bold promises.
"E Pluribus Unum" September 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Shawn, for whatever was perceived as NOT BEING provided by DeKalb County is NOW in the hands of the city of Brookhaven. The line has been drawn...let's see if all the goodies promised can be delivered. The July 31st vote asked for it. The focus now is squarely on Brookhaven. No more excuses. The past is past. The future is now according to the July 31st vote. Put up.
"E Pluribus Unum" September 11, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Shawn...I'm sorry. I didn't directly respond to your "benefit" question. I have serious doubts. The benefits sound nice, but the data was flawed to really trust the promises made. If you look at what folks did, they vilified DC without having true, objective data to stand on. Yes relied on emotion and shaky data to paint a better future. Now, I will not resist the new city in anyway. But I now expect delivery of big, bold promises made. 5 years from now it all gets sorted out in the wash...dosen't it?
"E Pluribus Unum" September 11, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Last point Shawn...if I look at the beginning of today's thread, it was AO and Phil who piled on early. Nothing shared before their comments earned their stereotyping ( those who voted no won't attend meetings) or broad brush negatively (whining).
"E Pluribus Unum" September 11, 2012 at 03:21 PM
TomMiller why should I even care or respond to your "get over yourself" comment? Don't flatter yourself that you think I would even consider anything you asked or said. Also, what did I say that was so uncomfortable to you for your stated arrogance?
TomMiller September 11, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Folks in my neighborhood will be at the meeting and hope to get involved in whatever needs to get done. Looking forward to hearing what happens as I am out of town. Time to roll up sleeves and get to work. For our neighborhood police presence is at the top of the list. Little things like sidewalk repair and cutting back trees and huge overgrowth on sidewalks are on the list. Expect 2-5 people to be there from our area.
Grieg Ericsson September 11, 2012 at 04:10 PM
I hope all 49,188 people show up and all want to talk about what office Phil is running for. I think the campaign slogan should be "Phil. The Rill Dill"
Grieg Ericsson September 11, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Shawn, Phil would like to know what office you are running for. Thanks.
HamBurger September 11, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Mr. Tom, I had an issue with right-of-way vegetation a few years back on Windsor Parkway between Osborne and Mabry. I called DeKalb County and two days later all the vines and vegetation was cut back or eliminated. Amusingly, all the houses backing up to Windsor have their brick walls right up next to the road. These property owners should have taken care of this vegetation themselves just like they take care of their yards facing Wimberly Road. Regardlesss, that horrible DeKalb County came out and cleared the vegetation just the same. Amazing what a phone call can do. Too bad you and your neighbors were not involved in making our county better. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Eddie E. September 11, 2012 at 04:47 PM
As many people need to be there to find out: When will the new, giant, all encompassing Police Department be up and running (and has the union to protect those officers been selected)? What day in December will the Pave-a-Thon begin (and when do they get to my street)? How many additional code enforcement and zoning officers will be hired to handle the violations committed by builders and developers on a daily basis (safety, encroachment, storm water contamination, tree removal, asbestos sequestration, etc.)? How many full time park maintenance people will be deployed to produce the 'park nirvana' as promised'? And most important, do you have my correct address to send my GIANT Property Tax Refund Check and/or Property Tax Assessment Reduction?
"E Pluribus Unum" September 11, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Shawn, I respect your viewpoint and optimism. For me personally, I have a very low level of trust with the process and some of the leaders involved in setting up the vote for the July 31st vote. If the process was more deliberate, more effort to educate and get community input, and if credible, reliable data had been presented for all to see, then I would feel differently. But it didn't happen that way. With information and research I have been involved with, you have to change BEHAVIOR 7 times before another person begins to trust you. Words do not build trust...actions and behaviors. That is what I am waiting for. However, for the time being. I am highly suspicious of any good deeds and claims being made. I'm waiting on delivery of promises made. Should that happen, I'll be more trusting. As I said to you earlier, 5 years down the road we will all know the real deal. I sincerely hope you're right.
Grieg Ericsson September 11, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Eddie, Unfortunately your HOST tax credit will now go to the city. And you will be paying 2+ mills higher in taxes if they adopt the 3.35 millage rate. Sorry bro.
Booyah September 11, 2012 at 07:57 PM
@Greig, Let me say 'horse hockey'. You nor anyone knows if we will pay more or less. The County voted to lower the millage rate just before the referendum and can just as easily raise the millage rate. Suggesting we will pay 2+ mills higher; either says your a fortune teller, or a Dekalb finance employee. You 'no no no' folks predicted the county would be forced to raise millage rates if Brookhaven was established, and magically the rates are lowered. Just playing games with my money. I'm betting on a more professional approach from the new city manager instead of your old cronies.
Grieg Ericsson September 11, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Mr. Resident "A", How do you know that I am not a fortune teller or a Dekalb County employee? If you (sir/madame) (likely JMax Davis) are so ill informed ... the joke is on YOU. What is also not being talked about it the recent increase in the amount that cities will have to pay for Dekalb County special services. You are fooling yourself (sir/madame) (likely JMax Davis). Another thing that is not being discussed is this years HOST tax allocations which are very likely to be significantly lower than the CVI estimated. You keep on believing what you want to believe but in this case you are indeed false. Plus, say hello to more Franshise Fee's Mr. "A". BTW, I voted for the city. But for my own personal reasons and so I can run for office. Here is a handy couple of links for you (sir/madame) (likely JMax Davis). http://tinyurl.com/d5pj4l2 http://tinyurl.com/9kdqevw
Booyah September 11, 2012 at 09:49 PM
@Greg, HOST tax allocations will be significantly higher then originally estimated by CVI. If you had been keeping up with articles, Dekalb County forecast higher allocations to all cities. But a fortune teller would know that.
William Baxter September 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Why did Mr. Darnell broadcast the Clark University 911 Event and not the Dekalb County Event today? PS Clark U is in Fulton FYI We are still part of Dekalb Mr. Darnell
Booyah September 12, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Greg should not be allowed to call me or anyone else on this blog an 'idiot'
Tim Darnell (Editor) September 12, 2012 at 12:02 AM
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Grieg Ericsson September 12, 2012 at 12:18 AM
Dearest Mr. "A", You therefore art thou totally misinformed. Dost thou seek the information to changesth thou mind do call Eric Clarkson in Chamblee orst thy Mike Davis in Dunwoody and asketh them. Is this powder puft enough for you?
Grieg Ericsson September 12, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Dearest Mr. Timothy, Mr "A" was therefore art thou totally misinformed. Dost thou seek the information to changesth thou mind do call Eric Clarkson in Chamblee orst thy Mike Davis in Dunwoody and asketh them. Is this powder puft enough for you?
Grieg Ericsson September 12, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Dearest Mr. "A", You therefore art thou totally misinformed. Dost thou seek the information to changesth thou mind do call Eric Clarkson in Chamblee orst thy Mike Davis in Dunwoody and asketh them. Is this powder puft enough for you?
Eddie E. September 12, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Grieg, So now that we have to use real numbers (and the continuing if-then-else loops about allocation of host, etc. will not change the result) there will be NO HUGE TAX CUT. Promise number 1 (as elucidated by the State House Representative who started this ball rolling) is BROKEN! Which of the 5 'service' promises will be next?
AshfordObserver September 14, 2012 at 01:27 AM
What did you think?
Grieg Ericsson September 14, 2012 at 02:15 AM
I think J Max just got a slap in his fat patootie.
Grieg Ericsson September 14, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Name s Grieg BTW. Foo.


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