What's The Next Step For Brookhaven?

A lot of work needs to be done before Dec. 17, 2012, when DeKalb's largest city becomes operational.

Now what?

by a margin of 55 to 45 percent. More than 10,000 of the community's registered voters participated in Tuesday's referendum. But months of often bitter debate may have left deep wounds in a community where more than 4,900 people voted to stay in DeKalb.

"This is America, and we'll make this new city work," said , president of the Ashford Park Civic Association. "We have to. We'll join hands and work together.

"It's amazing how many good and smart people who have been on both sides of the debate," he said. "If we can bring everyone together we can build a model city."

, president of BrookhavenYES, said .

"We don't hold grudges or negativity in our hearts," Davis said. "We want everyone to come together to build this new city."

The next step is for Gov. Nathan Deal to appoint a five-person commission to begin reviewing candidates for city manager, attorney, clerk and accountant. Davis said that commission could be announced as soon as next week.

The commission is also charged with finding the best locations for municipal offices. Davis has suggested in the past that Brookhaven Plaza, across from the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA station, .

Candidates for Brookhaven's four city council seats and mayor cannot qualify until after the July 31 election results have been certified by DeKalb County. Elections for Brookhaven's first set of elected officials will be held on Nov. 6, the same day as the general presidential election.

A new city of Brookhaven will assume operations at 12:01 a.m., on Dec. 17, 2012. All DeKalb ordinaances will remain in effect until Brookhaven's mayor and city council choose to change them.

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FreddieK August 03, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Doktor Jeffrey - play nice!!!
Jack of Kings August 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
These message boards will die a slow death if they continue to looking like whizzing contests. When the ratio of posts that present a point of view to name calling gets this out of whack ,the audience will go away--leaving the children to their small, petty arguments.
PeacePipe August 03, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Look at Brook Patch page hit stats, that point has returned. Sadly, the malevolent, anonymous voice of negativity, bigotry, and vitriol are clear in their messaging - Beware of Us. A few have humorously egged these posters on, although nobody seems to be laughing. The campaign was hard fought, comments online should be given exactly the minimal gravitas they deserve, while any deep mistrust needs to be met with head-on. People trust people they know. If you were not the first person to line up and vote "YES" for Brookhaven, fine, but also now give the new process a chance to live up to everyone's expectations. If nothing else, get involved early on so that your concerns, questions, comments, and voice may influence how Brookhaven is to become. "Anybody who don't like this life is CRAZY" Manual Maloof
Eric H August 03, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Yea the comments on this board ... And interestingly or sadly its from both sides.
Jeff September 12, 2012 at 10:06 PM
All the chatter stopped on 8/3. Anyone know how the building permit process is going to work ? As a new business owner in Town Brookhaven about to apply for a permit..what to do ? Will Dekalb halt permits in the interim ? Until the city is up and operational Jeff


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