Page 3A The Champion Free Press, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012
Deal appoints commission to facilitate services for Brookhaven
by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comGov.
appointed a ve-member
commission in preparationof the establishment of thecity of Brookhaven, whichwas approved by voters inJuly.Under legislation passed by the General Assembly,upon voter-approval of thecity Deal was tasked with
creating a ve-member
panel consisting of a chair-man and four others who re-side in each council districtwithin the city.The commission will beresponsible for facilitatingthe provision of communityservices and facilities, col-lection of taxes and fees andthe negotiation of intergov-ernmental agreements in preparation of the new city.
who servesas technical project manager for AT&T, will representDistrict 4 on the commis-sion. Gökçe said the com-mission doesn’t have muchto report at the moment because it’s still in the “for-mative” phases of develop-ment.“As individual commis-sioners we’re all waiting toget together and start thatagenda based on the stat-ute,” Gökçe said. Althoughthe commissioners have yetto meet, Gökçe said their duties are clearly outlined inthe statute that calls for thecommission’s creation.“The commission hasno budget and no decision-making authority as I under-stand it, and we’re preparingthe way for the decision
makers or the elected of
-cials,” Gökçe said.Previously, Gökçeworked as a manager for the Coca-Cola Company, project manager for Bell-South Telecommunicationsand BellSouth BusinessSystems. He has also servedas the founding director for the Brookhaven CommunityConnection and the CrossKeys Foundation.Gökçe said the statuteoutlined several duties for the commission, includinghosting training seminars
for all qualied candidates
as to what their roles will be if they’re chosen to leadBrookhaven in some capac-ity.The commission is alsoresponsible for produc-ing two reports to presentto Brookhaven’s electedleaders–one of possibleservice providers if thecity chooses to outsourceany municipal servicesand another to recom-mend facilities to housethe city staff and police.Additionally, Gökçe saidthe commission is taskedwith identifying candi-
dates to ll appointed city
positions such as the citymanager, clerk and attor-ney.The rest of the com-mission consists of chair-man
, an at-torney at McKenna Long& Aldridge and chairmanof the Georgia Immigra-tion Enforcement ReviewBoard who previouslyserved as majority caucuscounsel in the GeorgiaHouse of Representatives.
willrepresent District 1 and iscurrently the director of marketing promotions for RaceTrac Petroleum Inc.Clockadale also chairsa private security patrolstaffed by off-duty DeKalb
County Police ofcers and
is a founding member of Brookhaven Yes and Citi-zens for North DeKalb.
Todd E. Lantier
willrepresent District 2 and iscurrently a sales manager for MassMutual FinancialGroup/Capstone FinancialPartners. He is president of the Brookhaven CommunityConnection and a foundingmember of the Ashford Park School Education Founda-tion.
will rep-resent District 3. He is a
shareholder in the law rm
Baker, Donelson, Bearman,Caldwell & Berkowitz, andspecializes in real estate andtax law. He also serves as president of the board of theHistoric Brookhaven Neigh- borhood Association.A special election has been scheduled for Nov. 6to choose a mayor and four city council representatives.Each term lasts until 2015;the last day to register tovote in the election is Oct.18.“This is about your neighbors making decisionsabout your local governmentservices,” Rep.
said. Jacobs was a vo-cal proponent in the creationof the city and authored the bill that allowed Brookhav-en to incorporate, which passed through the GeneralAssembly earlier this year.The cityhood referendum passed with 54.66 percentvoting in favor and 45.35 percent against it.
“Fifty-ve percent is a
solid majority,” Jacobs said.“However, it’s also clear that there were [residents]opposed to cityhood andthe time has come to bringtogether the proponents andopponents and build some-thing great.”
A list of all qualied
candidates for the electionis available at the DeKalbCounty Voter Registrationand Elections website atwww.web.co.dekalb.ga.us/Voter/default.html under the “Current Elections” tab.
A street guide dening the
city council districts is alsoavailable on the website.
Proposed Substantial Amendment to the 2008-2012Consolidated Plan, including the 2008 Annual Action PlanFor
the Neighborhood Stabilization Program 1
The DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department is proposing asubstantial amendment to the 2008-2012 Consolidated Plan, including the 2008 Annual Action Plan. This substantial amendment will amend the budget of NeighborhoodStabilization Program 1 (NSP1) Application submitted to HUD in 2008. In accordancewith the Housing and Economic Recovery Act 2008, the Department of Housing andUrban Development has allocated $18,545,013 in emergency funding for assistancewith the redevelopment of abandoned and foreclosed properties.The purpose of this amendment is to revise the budget to show the planned use of additional program income and any subsequent changes that may be necessary on theuse of NSP1 funds. The budget categories include acquisition, rehabilitation anddisposition of foreclosed homes; establishment of land banks; demolition of blightedstructures; redevelopment of vacant properties; and, complying with all NeighborhoodStabilization Program 1 (NSP-1) requirements. All citizens are invited to review the Proposed Substantial Amendment to the 2008-2012Consolidated Plan, including the 2008 Annual Action Plan for the NeighborhoodStabilization Program 1 from
September 13, 2012 – September 28, 2012
on theDeKalb County website, http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/commdev/publicNotices.html, andat the location identified below.
DeKalb County Human and Community Development Department150 East Ponce de Leon Avenue, Suite 330, Decatur, Georgia 30030Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Comment forms may be obtained and completed at the above listed location. Commentsmay also be faxed or emailed to the Human and Community Development Department
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