Briarcliff Statement on Cityhood Progress

Here is a 2/6 statement from Briarcliff. http://www.prlog.org/12278743-briarcliff-statement-on-cityhood-progress.html

Atlanta, GA, February 6, 2014 -- The City of Briarcliff Initiative remains confident the Briarcliff cityhood bill will move forward. The group has recently finalized a charter that provides a strong framework for cityhood and is awaiting presentation in the Georgia House within this legislative session. Recently Briarcliff was presented in two meetings of the DeKalb County legislative delegation.

The DeKalb Delegation on January 9th urged Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker to resolve its borders together. The DeKalb Delegation suggested a formal mediation process to take place within 10-days. Representatives of each city group committed to do so in response to a direct question from Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver.

Tucker later responded by declining to share in the cost of mediation and let the deadline expire. Lakeside did not respond at all.

Allen Venet, President of City of Briarcliff Initiative comments, “Briarcliff followed the DeKalb Delegation’s recommendation to pursue mediation among the three proposed cities. This included Briarcliff presenting dates and an extensive list of unbiased mediators to pick from. Neither Tucker or Lakeside was interested in this path.”

Briarcliff met independently with both Tucker and Lakeside but neither group indicated a willingness to compromise in any significant way.

Venet continues, “We were disappointed an agreement could not be reached with Tucker in the Northlake residential and commercial area around Briarcliff Road in Atlanta. We discussed several alternatives, but did not receive an acceptance or proposal on behalf of the Tucker cityhood group. The result is a Lakeside map progressing in the legislative session that extends far into Tucker’s proposed borders and does not address cityhood for central DeKalb along the southern parts of Briarcliff’s proposed borders.”

The Briarcliff initiative remains committed to cities with logical and fair borders, and are actively pursuing those goals in this legislative session. The group remains open to discussions with other groups to arrive at a solution that makes sense for central DeKalb.

To learn more about Briarcliff visit http://briarcliffga.org/. For immediate cityhood updates visit and like https://www.facebook.com/briarcliffga.

About City of Briarcliff Initiative:
The City of Briarcliff Initiative, Inc. is a non-profit corporation chartered under the laws of the state of Georgia. The group seeks to enable residents to form a new city government in central DeKalb County that would serve all people within the community and promote the health, welfare, and safety of the general public.

Media Contact:
Keith Hanks
City of Briarcliff Initiative, Inc.

Longerthanu February 08, 2014 at 08:27 PM
So what areas does Briarcliff expect to lose among the current annexation effort?
Cheryl Miller February 09, 2014 at 12:36 PM
Thanks Keith. You and Herman really do seem to be nice guys who are trying to at least convince the public that they can trust you. Problem is that you still encompass the entire (or most of) Lakeside area and there are so very shady political types over there whom I believe are partially to blame for the downfall of our school system. I am not so sure I would want to take the chance of giving them the power to do to a city what they did with the school system, but since I am not in your map (by a very short distance of possibly a mile OTP in the Northlake area south of Laville Hwy., I don't have a voice in terms of voting for Briarcliff to exist or to become a city. I am curious if there will be any effort in the Northlake area, if you get it, to respect the grave site and/or retain the Henderson name since he is credited with being the founder of Tucker? If you have not considered it, please do. Maybe Tucker could feel better about any sort of deal if there was some kind of an agreement that our heritage would not just be destroyed. Really, we do need some kind of a small history museum or something in this area because the battle of Atlanta took a significant turn when the troops crossed the Peachtree Creek, which runs through our area (and my backyard) ... My main question to you is this... if your bill was intended for the Druid Hill Neighborhood, do you have anyone on their homeowner's association or any notable members of that community involved in your effort? And, if you are about the best ideas from all political parties, who are your Democrats? I know you answered this once before, but I think you only gave me Republicans and Libertarian (corporate) names. DO you have Democrats to lead in your movement that wishes to govern them? And have you talked at all with the other ares who ARE planning to try and get a city school system about joining forces with them? Are they interested? Thank you!
Cheryl Miller February 09, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Also, was your single family home to apartment/rental dwellings a part of your viability study? If yes, does this look like a good mix to you or something you would want to change? Is your charter avaialbe for the public to read? Are there any businesses you used in the feasibility study that would be forced out of your boundaries once you became a city. I know the Pink Pony made a good point about that happening in Brookhaven. Their money was used to sell the referendum, but they were then cast out (or are in the process of being cast out) as soon as the city was formed!
Keith Hanks February 11, 2014 at 07:27 PM
Hi Cheryl, Lots of questions. I'll hit the high level theme. Charter is with MMO. That will go public. Here's some expectations around the charter. The Briarcliff Charter is different by design from other charters that could be considered "rubber stamped." We've said this several times and we view this as a strength. Alot of thought an consideration went into avoiding pitfalls of past cities. Here's the challenge, charters are high level by design. They form the city at 10,000 feet, including the number of city council members, whether they are full time or part time, and their salaries. They don't spell the details. That doesn't come til later and those decisions happen from the first round of elected officials (I have no intent on public office, never have). This is why those initial city elections are so important when a city gets that far. This is also why none of the cityhood groups can/should 'promise' anything (ex. "Will you 'pledge' to do 'X' with this public park"). In terms of schools, there's alot of chatter about creating separate city school systems and options for new cities in the current session. Hasn't been part of the cityhood talks, isn't a driver behind cityhood for Briarcliff. You'll hear it described as the "biggest non-issue in cityhood for Briarcliff."
Keith Hanks February 11, 2014 at 07:40 PM
On the Henderson grave site / history preservation. Nothing I've heard said about renaming, repurposing, or moving the grave site. You're the first person I've heard bring it up. Don't know if its a rumor circulating or just something you want to confirm as a person concerned with history. Again falls under that category of cityhood groups can't promise anything at that detail, but in this case I'll put in a personal opinion, I don't know why anyone would make any changes to the existing site. We've got a small grave site about 500 ft from our house, maybe 100-200 graves, going back to the late 1800s with some people being buried there within the last 20 years.


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