Delegation to Bring Cityhood Back into Spotlight

DeKalb legislative delegation to hear presentations from cityhood groups.

Map shows proposed boundaries of Lakeside, Briarcliff and Tucker
Map shows proposed boundaries of Lakeside, Briarcliff and Tucker

DeKalb’s legislative delegation is hosting a hearing Thursday on the county's cityhood movements, and it's sure to draw a significant audience of supporters, detractors and observers to the state Capitol.

The hearing, which starts at 10 a.m., will be held in room 606 at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, 18 Capitol Square, Atlanta. The meeting is open to the public. Call 404-656-0109 for more information.

Each cityhood group will be given a short time to make presentations to the legislators.

While there has been continued discussion of the issue through the holidays on Patch blogs and other articles and an AJC forum on DeKalb cityhood, the hearing refocuses media attention on the issue before the Legislature convenes next week.

Cityhood supporters were particularly incensed by comments from DeKalb interim CEO Lee May in the AJC forum as well as in an article which cited a "growing chorus" in DeKalb wanting to put the brakes on new cities. (Subscription required). May has called for a three-year moratorium on new cities.

Also, there has been considerable backlash in comments here and on other sites after a Dec. 20 WAOK radio interview in which former DeKalb CEO Vernon Jones interviewed suspended CEO Burrell Ellis, who is under indictment on corruption charges. Both decried the cityhood movement as divisive and said it amounts to "resegregation" in a diverse county.

The interview did not gather much attention until articles quoted from it after the new year.

COBI officials this week have stepped up their social media presence in an effort to reach supporters. And COBI board member Herman Lorenz continues to file regular blogs here, which draw a number of regular comments from supporters and critics of the cityhood proposals.

Lakeside City Alliance, with the exception of the AJC forum, has been relatively quiet since Dec. 12, when they held their last public meeting at Lakeside High School. (See Tucker Patch for the latest on Tucker 2014's efforts.)

Will a cityhood bill get through the Legislature this session? What do you think will happen? Tell us in the comments below.

Matthew R. Lee January 08, 2014 at 11:12 PM
RandyRand, I wonder if you would be as rude if you had the integrity to use your real name in this forum?
RandyRand January 09, 2014 at 08:46 AM
Let’s all see how the Democrats of the Dekalb Delegation proceed on the cityhood issues before we establish a standard for rudeness on this issue Matthew. And as far as my name goes, let’s just say I am known as RandyRand much the same way Tucker is known as Tucker, we are both non official!
RandyRand January 09, 2014 at 09:31 AM
The concept of ”integrity” M Lee, now there is term the Tucker “community “ loosely grasps! Beginning with direct excerpts from the Tucker Civic Associations “Open Letter” issued last spring, let’s all explore the concept of ”integrity”. Quoting directly from the TCA president’s letter: “Several years ago, the Tucker Civic Association initiated a community-based exploratory group to determine the feasibility of incorporating Tucker into a city. This exploratory group included experts from Georgia Tech. The general findings of the study were that Tucker did not have a sufficient commercial tax base to make cityhood financially feasible without increasing the proposed city limits to include the Northlake area and parts of Brookhaven. The Tucker Community was not willing to "land grab" into other areas, choosing to respect other individual communities”. In contrast to this statement several months ago, Tucker is now claiming the Northlake area and other large areas inside I285 only for the money, and without offering the areas inside I285 anything they really need,ie; a focused police presents! Many would call call this reversal a sham of the lowest integrity!
Matthew R. Lee January 15, 2014 at 03:15 PM
Maybe I’m misunderstanding your statement about integrity, RandyRand. Tucker2014 presented the geographic boundaries for the City of Tucker, not the Tucker Civic Association (TCA). Two separate organizations with different purposes and different ideas. I’m not sure what areas the TCA considered a land grab in 2006 or where they stand on the issue today. The area south of LaVista Road and along both sides of Montreal Road has been Tucker for over a century. The portion of 30345 on the Tucker map isn’t new. For example, a 1991 map in the Atlanta Constitution includes the area east of Henderson Mill Road in Tucker. The Northlake Community Alliance (NCA) is in a partnership with the Tucker Community Improvement District. The NCA made the announcement last September. The Northlake portion of Tucker is connected to the rest of Tucker historically, socially, and financially.


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