Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Town hall meeting on Ashford, er, Brookhaven… whatever

Posted By on Wed, Feb 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

State Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Whatever, will host a cage match, er, town hall meeting on the volatile subject of a city of Brookhaven on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Talmage Room of the student center of Oglethorpe University.

Apart from Brookhaven — and, for the record, Mike says, "I agree that we need to revisit the name 'Ashford'" — other topics for consideration include transportation and education policy, yada yada, county commission and school board redistricting, blah blah blah, a proposal for a countywide “City of DeKalb,” etc. etc., and…

Wait a second! I'm sorry, what was that last one? A CITY OF DEKALB COUNTY?!? How does that even make sense?

Yes, according to one of DeKalb's 43 independent newspapers, Cross Roads News, state Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-DeKalb, last week proposed turning all of unincorporated DeKalb into a county/city hybrid creature. Apparently, this idea has been around for a number of years, but would seem extra tempting now to those who'd like to prevent every subdivision and commercial node from getting their own city charter. Not that we have any examples of such a thing being done in Georgia, but incorporating all the parts of DeKalb that aren't nailed down would, theoretically, not only put the ixnay on any new cities, but would kill all future annexation dreams for the county's existing cities.

How likely is any of this to happen? My guess is, about as likely as you'll ever hear the phrase "Brookhaven Mayor Vernon Jones."

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