Welcome to Brookhaven

August 12, 2012

Georgia has seen the creation of seven new municipalities since 2005: Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton, Chattahoochee Hills, Dunwoody, Peachtree Corners, and now Brookhaven.

Brookhaven is the first to be located entirely inside the Perimeter.

Brookhaven’s unique ITP character gave rise to the most spirited referendum campaign of the seven cities. Some neighborhoods had more “Brookhaven Yes” signs than “No” signs. Others had more “No City” signs than “Yes” signs. There were plenty of political mailers and phone calls on both sides of the debate.

And when the dust settled, 55% of the voters said “Yes” to chart a new course for our community. This is a solid majority, but also the closest margin of any of the seven new cities.

Now the difficult work begins.

Some of that work involves crucial efforts to attract the best and brightest police force, to establish plans to aggressively and equitably improve parks and resurface streets so that all of our neighborhoods can enjoy the results we are expecting to see, to adopt zoning ordinances that reflect the aspirations of our community, and to operate as cost-efficiently as possible.

Equally critical is the need to unite our community. Although “Yes” and “No” votes were counted on Election Day, that day has passed. Whether you were a “Yes” voter or a “No” voter does not matter when it comes to addressing crime, potholes, park improvements, zoning decisions, and millage rates.

Governor Deal soon will appoint a five-member commission comprised of local residents to handle the transition into cityhood.

Qualifying for mayor and four city council seats begins Monday, August 13, at 9:00 a.m. and concludes Wednesday, August 15, at 4:30 p.m. at the DeKalb County Elections Office on Memorial Drive at I-285 across from the jail.

Click here to read the official notice about qualifying to run for mayor and city council.

Click here to view a map of the four city council districts. Each city council candidate must reside in the district he or she is seeking to represent. The mayor is elected at large and may reside anywhere in the city.

The mayor and city council election will be November 6. If necessary, a run-off election will be held December 4 for those seats in which a single candidate failed to surpass 50% of the vote. The city begins operations December 17.

The mayor and city council have a responsibility to bring our community together.

And citizens have the responsibility to hold them accountable. Each of us will be 1 of 12,000 citizens in a Brookhaven city council district, as opposed to being 1 of 138,000 in a county commission district. City hall is likely to be centrally located somewhere along Peachtree Road, as compared to county offices in Downtown Decatur. The mayor and councilmembers will be our neighbors.

Government closest to the people is the most accountable. Our voices have been strengthened. As citizens, it’s a power we should use.

Together, we are Brookhaven. This is a time for optimism. As an individual citizen, I look forward to working with my neighbors to build something great.


This Weekend’s Tax Holiday & I-285 Lane Closures

August 10, 2012

Georgia’s back-to-school sales tax holiday has returned after a two-year hiatus. It is this Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11. Purchases of certain clothing, school supplies and computer equipment are tax-free for these two days.

Click here for an AJC FAQ on the sales tax holiday.

And the following was received from the Georgia Department of Transportation regarding I-285 lane closures this weekend:

The resurfacing project in the northwest quadrant of Interstate Highway 285 between Ashford Dunwoody and Paces Ferry roads will begin in the main travel lanes this weekend after poor weather conditions caused the postponement of the work last weekend. Two left lanes will be closed eastbound from New Northside Drive to Ashford Dunwoody Road all weekend.

Below is the work schedule for the weekend. With good weather, the contractors will pave according to Plan A below. If there is some poor weather, but not enough to stop all work for the weekend, the contractors will implement Plan B. Currently, based on the forecast, it looks like they will move forward with Plan A this weekend. However, that could change based on weather conditions.

PLAN A – TRAFFIC INTERRUPTION REPORT FOR WEEKEND
Eastbound Mainline & Inside Shoulder – 2 left lanes & inside shoulder closed, west end of project to east end of project
9:00pm Friday – 5:00am Monday
-1 crew milling and paving beginning at Chattahoochee River
-1 crew milling and paving beginning at Long Island Bridge

WB Exit 18 On Ramp from Paces Ferry Rd
9:00pm Friday – 5:00am Saturday

PLAN B – ALTERNATE TRAFFIC INTERRUPTION REPORT FOR WEEKEND
Exit 259 75 NB Off Ramp to 285 EB – Left Lane and shoulder closed
9:00pm Friday – 7:00pm Saturday

Exit 259 75 NB Off Ramp to 285 EB – Right Lane and shoulder closed
7:00pm Saturday – 7:00am Sunday


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