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What Will The Brookhaven Commission Actually Do?

That's one of the questions surrounding the formation of our new city, so here's the answer.


Now that , what will the organization actually do?

Courtesy of commission member Kim Gocke, here are the duties and responsibilities of the commission as outlined in the bill that authorized the Brookhaven cityhood vote:

"Governor's Commission

After the approval of this Act in the referendum as provided in Section 6.02, the Governor's Commission on Brookhaven shall be appointed pursuant to subsection (g) of Code Section 36-31-8 of the O.C.G.A.

All five interim representatives on such commission shall be residents of the area encompassed by the City of Brookhaven and shall meet any qualifications contained in subsection (g) of Code Section 36-31-8 of the O.C.G.A.

The five interim representatives shall include at least one representative who resides in each council district. The Governor shall appoint one of the interim representatives as the chairperson who shall preside at meetings of the commission.

All meetings of the commission shall be subject to Chapter 14 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A. regarding open and public meetings, as it now exists or is subsequently amended.

After the qualifying period ends for the initial members of the governing authority, but prior to the election for such initial members, the  commission shall conduct a training seminar for all of the qualified candidates for mayor and city council on the duties, responsibilities, obligations, and laws regarding service on a municipal governing authority. For the presentation of such seminar, the commission is authorized to enlist the assistance of the Georgia Municipal Association, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of the University of Georgia, and similar organizations.

The commission shall, in addition to conducting such seminar and performing its other duties prescribed in subsection (g) of Code Section 36-31-8 of the O.C.G.A., prepare and present a written report to the new mayor and city council on the following matters:

(1) Backgrounds and qualifications of possible candidates for the positions of city manager, city attorney, city clerk, and city accountant;

(2) A proposed plan for cost-effectively privatizing the delivery of as many city services as practicable based upon the best practices of other municipalities; and

(3) Possible locations and pricing for leased city office facilities.

Such report shall be made public via the Internet on the day immediately following the general election date of the mayor and city council and shall be delivered to the newly elected mayor and city council. The commission shall stand dissolved when the members of the first city council take office."

AshfordObserver September 04, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Sounds like job one is 1)Setting a training seminar 2)Adhering to this: All meetings of the commission shall be subject to Chapter 14 of Title 50 of the O.C.G.A. regarding open and public meetings, as it now exists or is subsequently amended. 3)get to work on Backgrounds and qualifications of possible candidates for the positions of city manager, city attorney, city clerk, and city accountant; (2) A proposed plan for cost-effectively privatizing the delivery of as many city services as practicable based upon the best practices of other municipalities; and (3) Possible locations and pricing for leased city office facilities. --- The Q will be how many meetings, when is the first one, and where. I am sure that the Muppets Gallery will have lots of potshots to take. I will attend at least the first meeting. It's there that the mundane work will get done. But hey, these 5 are doing the work FOR FREE so I can't wait to hear the criticisms .. or suggestions
Grieg Ericsson September 04, 2012 at 05:08 PM
The first thing would be to organize a forum and talk to the people. But hey, what do we know.
Steve Walker September 04, 2012 at 05:09 PM
seems to me job one should be the Police Chief and equipment for the Police Dept. as this is the most costly start up portion of the City. As well as the most costly during the transition time while it is to be contracted from the County.
Grieg Ericsson September 04, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Steve, We wont have a police for a good little while. The city will first have to go borrow the TAN notes to have any revenue at all. In hock from day one. Also - HOST money won't come in until late 2013 as it is paid in arrears.
HamBurger September 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Mr. Steve, “Definition of 'Tax Anticipation Note - TAN' A short-term debt security issued by a state or local government to finance an immediate project that will be repaid with future tax collections. State and local governments use tax anticipation notes to borrow money, typically for one year or less and at a low interest rate, in order to finance a capital expenditure such as the construction of a road or school. The government then uses the following year's tax revenue to repay the TANs.” The question is how much will the new city be charged for this loan? With his zeal for the creation of a new city, Rep. Mike Jacobs certainly did not allow much time for its well thought out creation. The commission will rely on the other new cities and the Georgia Municipal Association for the creation of our new city. Likewise, the newly elected officials, unless they have a working knowledge of government, will be dependent on others as well. It is going to be interesting seeing what we end up with. Please pass the yellow mustard!
Steve Walker September 04, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Hamburger, I am fully aware of what TAN's are, all of the recent city formations were started up using them and have worked out just fine.
Booyah September 04, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I believe Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Johns Creek all took between 4 - 6 months to stand up their police force.
Eric H September 04, 2012 at 09:05 PM
wouldn't any new city need to use TAN's since many taxes are collected after the services are provided. For example we are just paying are 2012 property taxes now and the HOST revenues from 2011 were just released. And DeKalb uses TANs.
AshfordObserver September 04, 2012 at 09:06 PM
I expect a lot of missteps early .. a lot of them. Some minor - website has incorrect information, the city folks pick a vendor from a faraway state that does not work out. Some big missteps - a person will have to resign or refuse a post bc of some sordid fact in his background ... Those who didn't want the city to succeed will say "I told you so" at every step. Or, maybe just maybe the pseudonym holders here will take an hour out of their busy lives and show up for a hearing or advocate for something in the new city. But hey, it's a free country, and bitching seems to be a constitutional right. right?
Eric H September 04, 2012 at 09:10 PM
By the way as this language from the Charter indicates the commission is basically gathering information that will then be given to the elected officials to use in the ultimate decision making process. I would expect the mayor and council people to also accept and consider relevant information provided to them by other persons or groups.
HamBurger September 04, 2012 at 09:23 PM
Mr. Grieg, somebody needs to tell that to Mr. Jonathan Byrd in Lynwood Park, he thinks that we will have an established police department by the first of the year. Rep. Mike Jacobs told him so. Special hamburger and a Cheerwine? More thin sliced onions?
Booyah September 04, 2012 at 09:46 PM
@Hamburger, It's clear you have a 'hair up your fanny' about Mike Jacobs. We get it, we've heard you for the past year. Can't you just give it a rest and stop gumming up these discussions.
HamBurger September 05, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Well, maybe we can take a lesson or three from Dunwoody . . . http://tinyurl.com/cqr9ue3 Special hamburger?
Booyah September 05, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Who ever writes this drivel is clever. If it's you, then you haven't demonstrated that cleverness on this blog. If it's not you, well you get my point.
Eddie E. September 05, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Part A, 'you betcha'. Part B, why put forth effort to 'accomplish' something I never wanted to accomplish? There's a reason I'm not an 'accomplished dancer'.
Eddie E. September 05, 2012 at 02:25 AM
Resident, It's just a primer for those of us who are not members of the Dekalb County republican Party.
Eddie E. September 05, 2012 at 02:57 AM
AR, Those of us in the 81st District will never forgive the little man for his insolence to our neighborhoods. But you can kiss him wherever you like.
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 05:07 AM
The prospect of police and a Police Chief being contracted by anyone non-elected is paramont to a police state. One reason among others for the nullification of this city.
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 05:31 AM
"For the presentation of such seminar, the commission is authorized to enlist the assistance of the Georgia Municipal Association, the Carl Vinson Institute of Government of the University of Georgia, and similar organizations." Given the posts, reasonably true, by Corey Self, that the so-called "citizens-committee" provided the CVI with the data information, including "baseline,' for the CVI's supposedly 'independent' study, and the CVI's acceptance of the information from C4DK, and thus the CVI forfeiting any credibility for being 'independent', I find it amazing that the Governor's Executive Order did not pointedly exclude the CVI from any "authorization" to "assist" to instead "authorize" it. Typical it has been though: this on-going disregard for the Public Trust.
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 05:38 AM
"But hey, it's a free country, and bitching seems to be a constitutional right. right?"--AshfordObsever Given your incessent proof, it must be.
Tom Reilly September 05, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I'm still waiting for "Hamburger" to reveal his true name. Backbone, anyone??--Tom Reilly
Tyler September 05, 2012 at 01:21 PM
My fellow Petrel, Before chickensh*t HamBooger, Grieg, or don Garbagio reveal themselves, the gates of Hades will close, the sky will fall, and yellow mustard will become illegal. I really feel for those who will work hard to make Brookhaven better as they are fighting DeKalb and their neighbors. The cost of a TAN is nominal, HamDouche. The anon write of the Dun blog is clever, uninvolved in any positive community activity, and generally regarded as an arm-chair a$$hole. A concert of negative blogs will not achieve anything, they are overrated. I pity folks who spend idle hours conjuring up negativity in the name of free speech. Keep up the good work to make Parks as nice as they can be, A Friend
HamBurger September 05, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Mr. Tom, so many anonymous folks on the Patch and you concern yourself with Mr. HamBurger? Why don’t you (or anyone else) share with us the contributors to C$ND? Surely that would be a more interesting story knowing who these people were and their motivations for creation of a new city. No one from C$ND or Brookhaven Yes wants to answer this question. Why? Please pass the yellow mustard!
HamBurger September 05, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Mr. Tyler, please share with us the bond rating of Brookhaven. By the way, HB 636 is all encompassing and will allow for yellow mustard to be outlawed by Brookhaven. Regarding TOD, I found it interesting just who holds the #5 spot for visits to that site: http://tinyurl.com/bvmf887
don Gabacho September 05, 2012 at 03:24 PM
"Mr. Grieg, somebody needs to tell that to Mr. Jonathan Byrd in Lynwood Park, he thinks that we will have an established police department by the first of the year. Rep. Mike Jacobs told him so."---Hamburger With whose "donations"?
Booyah September 05, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The Brookhaven bond rating, according to PorkBurger's field staff, could be AA2. Oh, that's right, they've never predicted anything correctly.
HamBurger September 05, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Ms. A Resident, you think that bond rating might be NR? Your manipulative posts are a continuation of the Brookhaven Yes sales job perpetuated by a group of folks with so much hatred for a government that they refused to fix so they created their own city. It is going to be very interesting watching you fix Brookhaven as it becomes clear that all of the elected and unelected folks associated with its creation were not as diligent as they should have been in researching its success. Of greater interest will be how these people are treated by area residents when they see them at the grocery store or Starbucks . . . Please pass those thin sliced onions and pickles!

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