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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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Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Dr. Joke, I bet this taught you a lot about 'recon' before you rent a space didn't it. There was nothing new about the situation you found. It's probably been that way since Manuel was in charge.
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 12:22 AM
don, There's a little more to it than that. And it has more to do with 'people not from our neighborhood' but we just had the first few battles of a Civil War over that.
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Dean, I hope those 5,590 people are read to work themselves to the bone in service to our new 'city'. I'm not holding my breath.
HDM August 02, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Keep 'em working, Eddie.
Local Representation August 02, 2012 at 01:15 AM
I am so glad that we have our own city. I see nothing but blue skies under our own management, rather than the management of some non-local authority representing 700,000 other people ( or fewer as the privilege would have it!). For the naysayers - show me the proof of which you speak. I only see emotional argument, no facts, no foundation, no basis, just divisiveness and trumped up concerns that ranged from racial accusations to economic loss. It is easy to get bitter when you have no foundation. Now grow up and make a positive difference - rinse the sand off your lollipop for crying out loud!
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Any referendum?...---Dr. Mutt No. Now read what I said: "Any referendum contrived by Central Authority." "TSPOST Referendum resoundly defeated..." It wasn't Central Authority's. "It's Federal! It's Federal! It's Federal!"
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Blue skies and clear days... Reminds me of lyrics from 'The Brains' and former Brokehaven resident 'Darryl W. Rhodes (winner of the 1977 'Brookhaven Beach Seaport Authority' achievement award). So make it happen! You will probably find that it is much easier to throw 'sand' than it is to 'Govern'.
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 03:22 AM
"Per GA law and as described in Section 6 of the City Charter, the governor appoints the commission."---Eric Because it is DeKalb County which denied us the right to vote. Right? "I would send a letter to his office stating your qualifications and what council district you live in, since one person from each district must be appointed." You would? If you want such a letter to be of any use to the recipients, please do pre-fold as an airplane.
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 04:10 AM
"There's a little more to it than that." ---Eddie E. Ii live about five minutes away from there. Walking. Several decades ago I taught my two nephews and a niece how to play basketball there. They refused to play by the rules; and, after awhile I let them. It was great fun. After some two decades in Mexico, I got home and, from time to time, enjoyed playing with the illegals there who would arrive like clockwork. Right about three in the afternoon. After putting in their eight hours landscaping. Within minutes, they'd want to get their MxConsulates out of the States too. If only to then be able for themselves to get back home. They, btw, never played by any real rules too. For the same reason they refuse pedestrian signs for crossing or walking along highways. It was great fun. The day I went to the court and the rims had disappeared, I was pissed. I fervently wished the police would get the vandal. Then the backboards and posts disappeared. For a while there we'd play soccer on the asphalt that was left. Something happened though. After only a few successive weekend games of soccer. They quit coming. I have no idea why....
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 04:23 AM
...Then came a Memorial Day, and some big fish (Mx for a Mx fat cat) with his huge entourage of sycophants paying him all due homage, while blasting Norteno, utterly monopolized the covered patio with the picnic table and barbeque, plus some forty feet around. If they were the illegals, and I had told them Oye, today is a special day reserved for honoring countrymen lost in war, they would have immediately stopped playing and, curiously quiet, ask a few questions about the special day. They would not have to then be told to leave the area for the families who were waiting nearby thinking they would have their park for the occasion. They'd actually leave with their heads down ashamed of themselves for not having noticed and in respect. Do you think I bothered with the Big Fish and his entourage? Yesterday some BYesser whined that there was something wrong with our park's grass. DeKalb County had not cut it the day before the arrival of these BYessers for their political rally. The county, it was complained, cut the grass only the day after the BYessers had climbed back in their Suvs and left. Granted. It didn't look like a golfing green, but not only was there absolutely nothing wrong with the grass, but I know of no one who actually lives within blocks of the park who ever wanted it to be a golfing green either.
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 04:34 AM
P.S.: Btw, while I did not bother to say anything to the Mx Fat Cat & his entourage in homage, I did notice him eying me while I walked toward and through what he and his entourage staked out as his space; and while walking though drilled that man with a stare. I noticed to that he recognized me though I did not recognize him. That happens often to me with Mexicans. I noticed too, he and his entourage has never been back. Probably laundering some money while playing golf with some bankers somewhere across P'Tree.
Sparrow Cutlet August 02, 2012 at 11:48 AM
don Gabacho, the election's over why are you still posting nonsense? Doubt they are still going to pay you for these posts. Think the last paying gig was holding the signs outtside the precinct. If you are doing this for kicks, then I'd suggest a new hobby. Because now you just seem like a f*cking dumbass.
Jack of Kings August 02, 2012 at 12:01 PM
@Eddie E.--- Are you going to try to contribute (with your input, volunteer committee attendance, etc.) towards making Brookhaven a success? Or did you sign up for a longer enlistment with the Peanut Gallery?
Dr. Jeff August 02, 2012 at 02:45 PM
LOL!!!! TSPLOST, not TSPOST... Typo.... At any rate TSPLOST is not federal as you stated.... It was created by Central Authority, GA House Bill 277. As a central authority referendum it was defeated!
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 03:31 PM
" don Gabacho, the election's over..." ---Joe her What election? "...why are you still posting nonsense?" Ooops! I did say: "Probably laundering some money while playing golf with some bankers somewhere across P'Tree." It should have read: "Probably laundering some money while playing golf with some bankers somewhere across P'Tree over there in 'Brookhaven'." "Doubt they are still going to pay you for these posts." You accusing me of taking money from those clowns in Decatur? "If you are doing this for kicks..."? No. Just not rolling over for even more kicks. I did get a kick out of knowing what would be reported to be the final percentages of the voting on the so-called referendum would be though You know: when the local news showed the first percentage results favoring 'Brookhaven No', I knew that would be the final percentage flipped over to Brookhaven Yes. Isn't computer programing easy? BTW Jose, how many monikers does "Joe-her" make for you now? Just how much extra are they paying you for every moniker you post under?
AshfordObserver August 02, 2012 at 03:43 PM
"Pony up and make it happen." Uh...EDDIE E .. that is what I do when I pay my taxes, right? And pay the user fee, and get an insurance policy rider to protect Dekalb Co, and am FORCED to hire dekalb security, plus a supervisor to unlock a Blackburn field ... but you knew all of that right? To rent a field for an hour? Call me naive - I thought a field should have some grass on it. Any. Or that a lake like MCander should have safe walking paths - even the internal email to the Dek CEO noted such severe erosion at that lake from no upkeep was in violation of State Regs ... but you knew that since you walked there. .. or have you?
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 06:37 PM
AO, Haven't been there in years. Not in my neighborhood. Don't care.
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 06:39 PM
I pay my taxes and that is all I intend to contribute to this abomination. Except to complain about potholes, uncut grass in the parks, inadequate police coverage, you know, all the things that apparently make life worth living in the Dun-Jilted Crescent!
Eddie E. August 02, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Genius, My business is not in Brokehaven. In any case, I have always maintained things well above code compliance. I also could explain things to the 'new overlords' about appropriate stormwater runoff protection procedures for several types of small businesses, for a fee, (I kinda re-wrote the compliance manual). I feel no obligation to do anything as those who were insistent on the absolute necessity of this new layer of government have had such an insistent playbook I can only assume they have a plan for what they want to do. Even if they don't it wouldn't matter as the 'yes' votes came from their side of Peachtree (my precinct was solid NO) and it follows that the overlords elected will shake out in much the same way. It seems quite obvious that there will be no room for dissent or discussion, no matter what the never-been-elected-to-anything-leader said yesterday.
don Gabacho August 02, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Eric, the question had been asked: "Has the positions already been decided?" You responded: "Per GA law and as described in Section 6 of the City Charter, the governor appoints the commission."--- And then advised sending a letter to the Governor. Why did you not say instead, that the USA is a free country. That, if a US Citizen unencumbered by conflict of interest, including dual-citizenship, sought or conferred, renounced or even unrenounced, the fellow has the right to seek public office anywhere in the USA? And the only permission required to obtain office is election by your fellow citizens to that office?
Eric H August 02, 2012 at 07:22 PM
Though 2 precincts south of Peachtree voted yes and one was a tie.
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 12:12 AM
"LOL!!!! TSPLOST, not TSPOST... Typo.... " ---Jeff That's a quote. Copied and pasted from your previous post. "...TSPLOST is not federal as you stated...." I did not "state." I quoted. Yet a again, read what I wrote: "It's Federal!, It's Federal!, It's Federal!" Obviously my quoting someone else does not make anything "Federal;" just as who I am quoting, and his cadre, certainly know. "It was created by Central Authority, GA House Bill 277." The house is not "Central Authority." "As a central authority referendum it was defeated!" Obviously, the first essential in learning how to read what others write is to actually read what others write.
Dr. Jeff August 03, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Eddie.... Do you prefer that individuals who live in the area you label Dun-Jilted crescent no longer patronize your Chamblee business? If we have not, as yet, needed your services, should we not patronize your facility? None of us would want to disturb you when you want "to be left alone".
Grubbyknees August 03, 2012 at 03:01 AM
"We are coming to get ALL of you!" "Every single person who voted against the city, you are now a sitting duck! " Really? I guess no one is suppose to voice an opinion (or vote) unless it agrees with you? They have a word for that sort of government, and it isn't democracy.
don Gabacho August 03, 2012 at 03:14 AM
You first freak! And my, what a wonderful disposition you have...."---Dr. Mutt FreddieK certainly has you pegged. You demonstrate, again and again, that you cannot distinguish between determination (such as mine) and obsession (such as yours), while you will hurt others while you even claimed never to have hurt anyone, libel persons while you libel, and, even now, demonstrate your own "freak" disposition while even falsely denouncing another for his. You are certainly conscious of it as it requires some training, or at least, practice. In Mexico, it is an aspect of what is called "cantinflear." Nowadays, it is rarely inflicted by a single person rather than a group taking turns. As in a troupe of actors/imposters.
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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