Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Who are we and what are we looking to preserve?
By a Tucker Citizen The North DeKalb Cityhood movements are going to change Tucker. Whether we incorporate or stay unincorporated, new economic and social forces will change the dynamic of our community in the coming years. A key question that we need to consider as we engage in our own cityhood discussion is, who are we and what are we looking to preserve? This is important for our future and once we have established goals we can then weigh our options for how to proceed. The cityhood debate will continue to focus on costs and the delivery of essential services, however Tucker has something else that must be considered. Tucker has a history and identity that is deserving of preservation. This is truly what is at stake and requires an …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Members of the county delegation will meet at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church on May 6.
Members of DeKalb County's legislative delegation will hold a town hall meeting on growing cityhood efforts countywide next month. The meeting will be held at Clairmont Hills Baptist Church on Monday, May 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., according to Decatur state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, who sent an email to supporters this week. The meeting will cover the process of creating new cities, associated tax implications and alternatives to cityhood, Oliver said. As it stands, bills have been filed to potentially support new cities in Tucker, the Lakeside High School area, the Druid Hills-Briarcliff area and Stonecrest. In her email, Oliver listed all the related bills filed this year: HB 22---Primary Sponsor Mary Margaret Oliver. HB 22 sets …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
A summary of a recent informal survey.
Patch has received the results of an informal survey conducted by a group of Tucker community members in conjunction with Yared Alemu, a licensed psychologist with ProActive Management Consulting. We make no claims on its veracity and present it as an interesting item in the continuing cityhood debate: "Not surprisingly, nearly half of the 210 respondents from at least 15 neighborhoods (both inside and outside the LCA Map) would like additional information before they can finalize a decision. Regarding the question about joining Lakeside City Alliance to pursue further study of incorporation, there was an even split: 41% in favor, 42% against, with 16% unsure. Concerning Tucker incorporation separate from LCA, there was a three-way split…
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A local homeowner writes about cityhood.
By Shaun Dodson I was lucky enough to make it into the meeting Monday night at Tucker Middle School. The meeting was interesting, with representatives from many of the great organizations that have been formed over the years to support and grow the Tucker Community. As a homeowner in the Tucker community and as an individual working with Development Authorities throughout Georgia, I have a personal and professional interest in the topic. I was impressed by each organization’s presentation on the great efforts they make for the Tucker Community, but I couldn’t help but keep thinking to myself “What does this have to do with opposing a study on cityhood? Wouldn’t an incorporated city give these organizations a locally controlled Chamber of …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A bill filed today allows for "thoughtful discussion" on the possibility of incorporation.
A placeholder bill was filed on behalf of Tucker in the state legislature today by Representatives Billy Mitchell, Michele Henson and "Coach" Williams, it was announced moments ago. House bill 677 [see PDF at right] provides time for thoughtful discussions on the potential for Tucker to incorporate as a city. Stay tuned for more details, and check back for announcements of upcoming community meetings regarding Tucker cityhood here on Patch.
Friday, February 1, 2013
"A fractured county will not lift us out of the economic recession," DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis said this week.
Friday, February 1
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week recent and ongoing cityhood movements and annexations harm county services, and the state legislature needs to grant the county more oversight over these issues. Continued withdrawls of land from unincorporated DeKalb County into existing or new municipalities also threaten to slow the county's economic recovery, Ellis said Tuesday before a group of county businessmen Tuesday in his 2013 State of the County speech. The speech was given at the Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center off Clairmont Road. Here is the text of Ellis' thoughts specifically on those two issues: During the past two years, DeKalb County has been forced to take a defensive posture at the Georgia General Assembly. …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
No additional cityhood meeting was scheduled at the end.
After a second meeting about the cityhood process, are we any closer to seeing another municipality sprout out of the ground in northern DeKalb County? It's hard to say. Local leaders offered conflicting views on whether the area might be a good fit for cityhood at Oak Grove United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Former Republican state Rep. Kevin Levitas, District 82, organized the second meeting to include a balance of opinions, pro and con, on the subject. Republican state Rep. Tom Taylor, District 79, and Robert Wittenstein, a former Dunwoody city council candidate, were recruited to represent the positives of cityhood. DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon, District 6, and Democratic state Rep. Billy Mitchell, District 88, were …