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Brookhaven leaders set up committees
by LaTria Garnigan
September 26, 2012 12:20 PM | 1491 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal<br>
From left, Todd Lantier, Jed Beardsley, Ben Vinson and J.D. Clockadale.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal
From left, Todd Lantier, Jed Beardsley, Ben Vinson and J.D. Clockadale.
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At its second meeting Sept. 20, the Governor’s Commission on the city of Brookhaven took several action items. Among the first was the unanimous approval of the consent agenda, which included the acceptance of gift funds from the Citizens of North DeKalb and the Brookhaven Community Connection organizations.

The commissioners also accepted a donation of office space from Thomas Properties and the Peachtree Group. Spearheaded by Commissioner Jed Beardsley, the building – a modest white house – will serve as a base for the volunteer group and a way for residents to contact members.

The furnished house, which has been used as an office space before, features four to five small offices and is located at 2536 Caldwell Road.

One of the most important items of the evening was Chairman Ben Vinson’s appointment of committees and co-chairs. Vinson added the 10 committees are broken down into two categories: core function and working committees. Each commissioner will co-chair a specific committee, which will also feature citizen volunteers. Those volunteers will be announced at Thursday’s meeting.

The core committees are:

 contract and proposements — J.D. Clockadale, co-chair

 executive search — Todd Lantier, co-chair

 offices and facilities — Beardsley, co-chair

 project management and communications — Kim Gokce, co-chair

 transition services – Vinson, co-chair

The working committees are:

 finance — Lantier, co-chair

 planning and zoning/code enforcement — Beardsley, co-chair

 police — Clockadale, co-chair

 parks and recreation — Gokce, co-chair

 public works — Gokce, co-chair

Also, at the meeting, the commission approved the Brookhaven Community Spirit Art contest, thought up by Beardsley. The contest will feature students from kindergarten to 12th grade at local schools and those who live in the city. The deadline for submission for the schools is Oct. 23, with those students who reside in the city but do not attend a local school having an earlier deadline. All entrants will be submitted to the Vinson at the commission’s office space.

One item of new business, Vinson added he was in the process of bringing on an executive secretary who will assist Gokce with communications. Vinson also decided to work with the Georgia Municipal Association in training mayoral and city council candidates.

What's next:
The commission will name and recognize citizen volunteers who have been chosen to serve on the established committees.
The next meeting will be Thursday, 8 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal School.

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