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Inside Water wise Public to have say in stream buffer ordinance COMMUNITY 2

Brookhaven Reporter

MARCH 21 — APRIL 3, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 6

Welcome home City hall relocates within city limits COMMUNITY 3




A league of their own

Back to black MARTA has turned ‘fiscal ship’ around COMMUNITY 4

The right stuff? Guest educators question SAT’s relevance COMMENTARY 6

Flower power

Our new feature explores fun within two-hour drive ROAD TRIPS 14-15

Down, not out

From left, Oliver Jackoniski, Brody Garrard, William O’Neil, Bryce Matlock and Kota Suttle, members of the “Tin Caps,” the 6-year-old boys team, stand ready during Opening Ceremonies for the Murphey Candler Little League Baseball season on March 7.

Brookhaven considers joining ChatComm BY MELISSA WEINMAN

Baptist church struggles to survive FAITH 16

Stan Jester Q&A DeKalb has a ‘spending problem,’ he says COMMUNITY 19


Millar: “These people were not treated fairly” BY MELISSA WEINMAN

City officials are considering signing Brookhaven up for the private 911 authority known as ChatComm. Brookhaven Police Chief Gary Yandura told City Council on March 11 that he believes using ChatComm to dispatch 911 calls would be better for residents and police officers. “Response times will be vastly improved,” Yandura said. Currently, DeKalb County provides the city’s emergency dispatch service. If the council votes to join ChatComm, Brookhaven would follow other new cities that have chosen to drop countyprovided 911 for the private service. The Chattahoochee River 911 Authority, or ChatComm, is a public-private partnership operated by the cities of Sandy Springs and Johns Creek, and iXP Corporation. The city of Dunwoody is a ChatComm subscriber, but does not own a stake in the operation.

Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), who’s backed bills to create each of the new cities in the metro Atlanta area, fell short in his effort to get the proposed city of Lakeside approved in the Legislature. At a March 17 meeting of the House Governmental Affairs Committee, Millar withdrew his bill to incorporate a city of Lakeside in central DeKalb County after committee members said they weren’t ready to approve it. “What you’re basically telling 70,000 people is they don’t have the opportunity to vote this year,” Millar said. Millar said he would not be bringing the bill back before the Legislature next year. “These people were not treated fairly,” Millar said. “When Republicans don’t let people vote for self determination … then



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