Friday, March 8, 2013
They all made headlines this past week, and Patch unveils a new column looking at what the future might hold for these and other newsmakers in our communities.
Brookhaven Budget Worries. Well, we're not even three months into our new city and some folks are already predicting tax hikes or service cutbacks, or both. This week, Brookhaven residents received back-to-back robocalls, one from an anonymous caller and the other from Mayor J. Max Davis himself, arguing over some mysterious, undefined tax increases. Current Conditions: Rocky soil, indeed. But no one ever said this whole cityhood thing was going to be easy. Regardless of whatever Brookhaven's millage rate turns out to be - which is the key thing to keep in mind - Davis and the city council know that people are watching. ***** Scott Serpas. The rezoning request by this Brookhaven-based restaurateur was shot down this past week by the city…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
The proposed restaurant is on the site of the "Brookhaven White House."
The Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals rejected a rezoning request from local resident and restaurateur Scott Serpas Monday night for his proposed Caldwell Drive eatery. Serpas, according to Tomorrow's News Today, had plans to create a "neighborhood-centric casual eatery" in Brookhaven. His restaurant would have sat about 70 patrons. Serpas requested a variance to the Brookhaven-Peachtree Overlay District to allow for the construction of a structure less than two stories and 28 feet in height. But the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance opposed the rezoning, and according to the Brookhaven Post, had a significant presence at the zoning meeting on Monday night. "One of [our] chief concerns is that [we] estimate the restaurant will need…
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Residents received two back-to-back, automated calls late Monday afternoon and early evening, as the issue of an tax increase once again surfaces in the city.
No, we're not in the middle of an election season ... not yet, anyway. And the cityhood debate hasn't suddenly been resurrected. But you wouldn't know it from the robocalls that were burning up Brookhaven's phone lines on Monday night, as two distinctly different viewpoints of our new city were being espoused. At around 5:30 pm came a call from an unidentified female, claiming that "Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis has broken his promise to protect taxpayers by including a property tax increase in new taxes on electricity, land line phone services." The robocall also claimed that Davis' budget will raise "revenue on new taxes on utilitites, which gets passed onto us." The caller urged residents to call Davis and "nicely express your concern …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The city's zoning board of appeals is set to meet Monday night at 7 pm.
The Brookhaven Zoning Board of Appeals is set to consider a variance to the Overlay District at its 7 pm meeting tonight. The property in question is located at 2536 Caldwell Drive, the so-called "Brookhaven White House." Owner Scott Serpas wants a variance to the Overlay District to allow for the construction of a structure less than two stories and 28 feet in height. "The applicant wants open a restaurant, keeping the existing house structure and adding additional building, that will almost double the current footprint," said Thomas Porter of the Brookhaven-Peachtree Community Alliance, which opposes the rezoning. "The application requests a waiver of the height requirement under the zoning regulations," Porter said. "One of [our] chief…
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The assessments will begin on Monday, Feb. 25.
Beginning Monday, Feb. 25, Infrastructure Management Services (IMS) will begin an evaluation of the pavement condition of public roads in the City of Brookhaven. This pavement assessment analysis will allow Brookhaven to catalog and prioritize road repair needs and prepare plans to address future service requirements. Using an automated data collection vehicle specially equipped with video, lasers, computers and other assessment equipment, IMS will drive every public street and collect data on the pavement condition of each road. They will also collect information on other roadway assets such as road width, curbs and signs. The pavement condition survey is expected to take about two weeks to complete. Once the data is evaluated, the city …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The public can attend Saturday morning's meeting.
The Brookhaven City Council is set to hold a budget work session this Saturday, Feb. 23. The meeting will be held from 9 am to noon at the temporary Brookhaven city hall, 200 Ashford Center North, Suite 150, in Dunwoody. See Also: Patch's Comprehensive Coverage of the Brookhaven City Council
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Brookhaven mayor calls the process "the hardest" he's experienced in office so far.
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis has made his first committee appointments, a process he said "was the hardest I've gone through as mayor so far." "More than 30 names came across my desk," Davis said. "Some of these people I knew, and others I'd never met before. "I asked several questions of every single one of them, the most important being, 'Are you able to put aside any personal biases you have to make the best decisions possible for Brookhaven?' " The appointments were announced during Tuesday night's city council meeting. Stan Segal, named chairman of the city's planning commission, was a strong advocate for cityhood here on Patch. He was also a member of Citizens for North DeKalb, the group that funded a study to determine if it was …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Patch previews Tuesday night's city council and zoning board of appeals meetings.
The Brookhaven City Council and Zoning Board of Appeals are set to meet Tuesday night, Feb. 12, in Lupton Hall at Oglethorpe University. Administrative items dominate the city council's agenda, including ordinances regarding alcoholic beverage appeals and the issuance of business licenses. A discussion of Mayor J. Max Davis' budget is also on the agenda. Also on the agenda are Davis' nominations for muncipal court judge. If approved by the council, the judges are set to be sworn in on Tuesday night as well. This past week, Davis swore in several DeKalb police officers who are now authorized to write tickets and issue citations in Brookhaven until the city's police department is up and running, likely to be in mid-2013. The council is …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
The city will not have an interim police force.
DeKalb County police officers will soon be able to start writing tickets for the city of Brookhaven. On Wednesday, Brookhaven city officials will swear in current DeKalb County police officers who will be authorized to issue citations that will be legally recognized in the city’s new municipal court system. The city will not have its own interim police force, as had been earlier reported on other media outlets. “These officers will be able to write tickets that will appear in our municipal courts,” said Tisa Moore, spokesperson for the city. “They will have the power to issue citations that will be legally recognized in our municipal court system.” In a recent update to residents, Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis said the city must first …
Monday, January 28, 2013
The event was held this past Thursday at Marist.
The ciyty of Brookhaven held its first town hall meeting this past Thursday at Marist. Check out these video highlights. Related Items: Brookhaven Holds Town Hall Meeting at Marist Patch's Continuing Guide to Everything You Need to Know About the New City of Brookhaven