Thursday, May 23, 2013
The new software allows the public to see how each council member voted on city issues in real time.
The City of Brookhaven will take another step toward transparency by streaming all city council meetings live online. Starting Tuesday, community members can start attending meetings virtually through the city web site. The live streaming is scheduled to be launched at the next city council meeting, scheduled for Tuesday at the Brookhaven Municipal Court. The new cloud-based software, provided by IQM2, allows viewers to watch live from a computer and later from smart devices. All videos will be archived on the city web site and tagged to links within the meeting agenda, enabling viewers to search and skip to specific portions of video footage. “Now residents can participate in their city government from the comfort of their own living room…
Monday, May 20, 2013
An editorial cartoon about Pink Pony's lawsuit against the city of Brookhaven by resident JD Clockadale.
Resident JD Clockadale sends in this cartoon about the Pink Pony's lawsuit against the city of Brookhaven. Read also:
Friday, May 17, 2013
The city anticipates generating $350,000 from street lights in 2013.
Brookhaven businesses will soon begin taking some of the burden off homeowners to help keep the city well-lit. DeKalb County currently only charges residential property owners to pay for street lights, although some commercial properties are included in these residential street light districts. But that will change starting in 2014. On Tuesday, the Brookhaven City Council voted unanimously to take over DeKalb’s street light assessment program and expand it to include commercial and multi-unit property owners. “Right now the residents have been carrying the entire community,” City Manager Marie L. Garrett said. “We want to create a level playing field and ensure the burden of keeping our local streets safe and well-lit is evenly divided …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The council will hold a 4:30 p.m. work session and a 7 p.m. regular meeting.
The Brookhaven City Council will meet in both a work session and a regular meeting Tuesday. Among the items on regular meeting's 7 p.m. agenda: See the city's website for additional agendas and documentation.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Brookhaven's government is holding its second town hall meeting at Ashford Park Elementary School.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The meeting will be held Monday, May 13 at Ashford Park Elementary School.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Stardust has opened in the old Dunkin Donuts location on Buford Highway.
Brookhaven has a new retail establishment, though you probably won't see many city leaders attending a ribbon-cutting anytime soon. Stardust, an adult-only store, is now open in the old Dunkin Donuts location on Buford Highway. City leaders were concerned that adult-only businesses might take advantage of a potential lack of oversight between the time the community was governed by DeKalb County and the time that Brookhaven laws officially began. Looks like one took advantage of the opportunity to set up shop within walking distance of the Pink Pony, as well as the city's new municipal court offices. The city issued this statement regarding Brookhaven's latest retailer: “Per the advice of the city attorney, we cannot comment on this issue…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The city council hired Mauldin & Jenkins to audit the city's financial activities.
An independent firm will provide audit services to Brookhaven. The Brookhaven City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to hire the public accounting firm of Atlanta-based Mauldin & Jenkins to audit the city's financial activities beginning with the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 2013. “They will look at the city’s finances and internal controls sufficiently to render an opinion on the accuracy of the financial reports,” City Manager Marie L. Garrett said. “We want to be transparent and have an outside party ensure that we are operating in compliance with sound fiscal policies.” In addition, the city will establish an audit committee comprised of residents and City Council representatives. The committee will serve as an independent and …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
The deadline is Wednesday at noon to submit your comments.
Wednesday, April 17, is the last day for residents to provide input on the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District. Any suggestions for technical input relative to the district should be submitted to email@example.com by noon on April 17. All comments will reviewed by the city's community development department. The district's boundaries include a portion of Ashford Park between Caldwell, Peachtree, Dresden and Redding. The Brookhaven Community Development Department is soliciting public comments on the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District. Recently, the Brookhaven City Council approved a three-month development moratorium in the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District. The moratorium, effective March 26, runs until midnight on June 25…
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Exterior upgrades will be made by the city under a $500,000 grant from DeKalb County.
The Brookhaven City Council last week passed new requirements for apartment landlords, and the message is simple: Clean up or lose your right to do business. The council voted unanimously during its April 9 meeting on a new ordinance that requires all multi-family housing units to be inspected in order to get a business license. Under the ordinance, an independent third-party will inspect the interior of each occupied unit in the city’s 72 apartment complexes to ensure compliance with minimum life safety standards. City staff will inspect the exterior of the complexes. The inspections will occur over the next 18 months. The ordiance speeds up the city's inspections schedule and forces apartment complexes to pick up the cost, according to …