Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Follow J. Max Davis, crime fighter, in his pursuit of some bad guys through this interactive map.
Maybe Brookhaven's soon-to-be-announced police chief should deputize the mayor. This past Friday, March 29, Mayor J. Max Davis had stopped at the Valero gas station at the intersection of Johnson Ferry and Ashford Dunwoody roads. "I saw three young guys on foot, kind of rushing past my car in sort of an agitated state," Davis said. "They were heading toward the Corner Pizza at the other end of that big intersection, toward a wooded area." A few moments later, Davis saw a female chasing after the men, also on foot. "She ran into the Valero parking lot, and was talking to the police on her cell phone," he said. "She told me that the men had stolen some items from the Dollar Tree Store." Davis then got into his car, and drove toward the …
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 …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A full-blown budget controversy has erupted in the new city less than three months into its existence.
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis is vigorously refuting a city councilman's assertion that the new city will soon face either a tax increase or cutback in services because of a budget shortfall. "It's almost like a piece of propagnda from the NoCity campaign," Davis said, referring to a Monday email from District 2 city councilman Jim Eyre. "He's making unknown assumptions that are being treated as fact. "We're not going to be raising taxes or cutting services in Brookhaven." Eyre's email said that Davis' proposed budget will result in a revenue shortfall for 2013. "The dilemma we have is that the city's revenue for 2013 is substantially lower than it will be in later years as the timing of the city start up as detailed in our City Charter …
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 …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The mayor has released his proposed budget to the Brookhaven City Council.
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis is proposing a $15.7 million budget for the new city's fiscal year of 2013. In a memorandum sent to the city council on Friday, Jan. 25, Davis saidthe budget will present challenges. "Our first year budget revenues are significantly less than they will be in our first full year of operations and revenue projected for 2014," he said. "However, our FY 2013 Budget anticipates enough revenue to support a responsive and transparent city while remaining within the millage rate cap outlined in the charter. "For our first year, I recommend we adopt the 3.35 mill maximum outlined in the charter. Though my preference is a lower millage rate, I do not feel that would be a responsible recommendation for our first year …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Replay Patch's live coverage as the city of Brookhaven officially became a reality at 12:01 am Monday morning, Dec. 17, 2012.
With cheers, applause and a ringing cowbell, Brookhaven GA officially became DeKalb County's largest city at 12:01 am Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Patch was live throughout the evening and early morning with coverage of the Brookhaven City Council meetings. One meeting was held at 10 pm on Sunday night, and the other convened at 12:01 am Monday morning. You can replay our live streaming coverage of both meetings above this article. Some highlights of the meetings: Related Items: Your Complete Guide To Brookhaven Incorporation.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The mayor and city council held their second meeting on Wednesday night.
The Brookhaven City Council held its second meeting on Wednesday night, and appointed Marie Lewis Garrett as its interim city manager. Garrett served as Johns Creek's interim city manager during that city's start up phase. The city council also contracted with Slavin Management Consultants to search for a permanent city manager. The meeting was held at St. Martin's Episcopal School.
Monday, November 5, 2012
J. Max Davis, Brookhaven mayoral candidate, answers Five Questions From Patch.
1. In this day and age of intense scrutiny, and especially considering the recent, hotly contested debate and vote over Brookhaven municipalization, why are you running for mayor? Davis: I am running to be Brookhaven’s first Mayor because I know we can significantly improve our community if we utilize our charter in the best and most efficient way possible. As a small businessman I understand what it means to make a payroll and how controlling costs is fundamental to a successful enterprise. The charter specifically allows our city to control costs through the local outsourcing of many city services. The Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven is in the process of setting up this open bidding system and it will be implemented and run by the …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Mayoral candidate J. Max Davis said he has accepted campaign contributions from prospective vendors, but that won't affect future decisions.
As Brookhaven marches ahead towards cityhood, the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven and its committees of volunteers are researching and compiling options of vendors to provide services the city will need. Some of those potential vendors have contributed to the campaign of mayoral candidate J. Max Davis. Davis explained that he had accepted vendor campaign contributions at the Monday mayoral forum at Oglethorpe. He was not able to tell Brookhaven Patch which vendors have contributed to his campaign. Fellow mayoral candidate Larry Danese said he turned down offers of campaign contributions from potential vendors because doing so is “totally and completely wrong.” “It just would not cross my mind to do it,” Danese told Patch. He said it …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Brookhaven's very first mayoral candidate forum went out without a hitch last night.
Brookhaven's first ever mayoral debate concluded on Wednesday night before 9 p.m. without a single rebuttal. The forum, hosted by the Ashford Park Civic Association and the Drew Valley Civic Association, took place at Ashford Park Elementary at 7 p.m. Wednesday. About 70 people attended the event and about a dozen of them asked questions of the candidates. The three candidates– Larry Danese, J. Max Davis and Sandy Murray–were permitted to offer a rebuttal if another candidate mentioned them by name during a response to any question. However, that never happened and in fact, the candidates often found points on which to agree. "I thought it went really well," said Erica Mymudes, treasurer for the APCA. "I was happy there were no personal …