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Committee changes name of proposed city from Brookhaven to Ashford
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by Daniel Beauregarddaniel@dekalbchamp.comA House committeeagreed recently the residentsof Brookhaven should beallowed to vote this sum-mer on whether to create acity, but it may not be calledBrookhaven.Against protestationsfrom Rep.
,the legislator championingthe cityhood vote, Rep.
attached anamendment to House Bill636 to change the name of the proposed city to Ashford.Lindsey represents resi-dents on the Atlanta side of historic Brookhaven. He alsolives there and said some of his neighbors and stakehold-ers expressed concerns over naming a DeKalb Countycity “Brookhaven.”“My amendment willhopefully further a dia-logue on the name as it goesthrough the General Assem- bly,” Lindsey said.Lindsey said his amend-ment was not a “be all andend all” name change—hesimply wanted to encouragedialogue among all of thestakeholders.“I want to get everyoneto the table and get all of the people with interests in it to be heard,” Lindsey said.The bill is currently in theHouse rules committee andLindsey, who is a member of the committee, said he ex- pects the bill to move to theoor of the House within thenext two weeks.“I do support the bill andI voted for it in committee,and as the House majoritywhip I do rmly believe thatif I propose an amendment tothe bill I need to support the bill,” Lindsey said.Jacobs said he anticipateda name change back to thecity of Brookhaven when the bill reached the Senate.“The argument ringshollow when a single drivearound the community willreveal that there is a lotof Brookhaven in DeKalbCounty that is no
t historicBrookhaven,” Jacobs said.However, Lindsey saidthere are a lot of good namesto choose from other thanBrookhaven or Ashford, andhe felt condent the stake-holders would come up withone.“I’ll have to quote
on this one and say,‘A rose with any other namewould smell just as sweet,’”Lindsey said.If HB 636 passes it wouldallow residents in DeKalb tovote on a referendum to cre-ate the proposed city in theJuly primary elect
by Andrew Cauthenandrew@dekalbchamp.comA DeKalb County legisla-tor wants to reduce animaleuthanizations in Georgia.Rep.
has introduced House Bill782, called the Animal Eutha-nization Registry Bill, whichwould set up a registry inwhich animal shelters would be required to maintain a listof rescue groups that are will-ing to accept animals that arefacing euthanization.“It saves animals andsaves the shelter the cost of euthanizations,” Kendrick said.Once the registry is setup, animal shelters would berequired to notify all rescuegroups on the registry at leasttwo business days before theanimal is scheduled to be eu-thanized. A rescue group thatwants to take the animal mustrespond to the noticationwithin 24 hours and will thenhave two business days totake possession of the animal,according to the proposedlegislation.The bill would help shel-ters save money because thecost of euthanizing an ani-mal is more than the cost of implementation of this bill,said Kendrick, adding thatthe bill already had bipartisansupport.In DeKalb, of the 25,600animals taken in by theDeKalb County Animal Ser-vices and Enforcement Divi-sion from 2008-10, approxi-mately 15,600, or 61 percent,were euthanized.“We can solve this prob-lem for pets, many of whomwe consider family,” Kend-rick said.
DeKalb legislatorseeks toreduce animaleuthanizations