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Big changes

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SEPT. 19 — OCT. 2, 2014 • VOL. 6 — NO. 19

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Trash or treasure?

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City adopts new parks, transportation plans BY ANN MARIE QUILL

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PHOTOS BY PHIL MOSIER

Left, Ashleigh Raley, a “shopper” from Jewell, Georgia, checks out a jewelry hanger, as neighborhood resident Tasha Moody, right, arranges her items for sale during Brookhaven Fields’ 20th annual yard sale on Sept. 6.

Plans intended to guide Brookhaven to become a more walkable, urban place have been adopted by the city. The Brookhaven City Council on Sept. 9 gave final approval to two of the plans, the Transportation Plan and Parks & Recreation Master Plan. A third, the city’s comprehensive plan, will be reconsidered after state review. The council delayed a decision on a fourth plan, intended to guide development along Buford Highway, until Oct.14. The council voted to transmit the comprehensive plan to Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs and the Atlanta Regional Commission for review, as required by state law. Council members stressed that the plans are not set in stone, and projects suggested in the plans would have to be budgeted and approved by council. Following public input, some changes to the parks plan included adding a master plan for each park as part of the overall plan, and removing both a suggested parking deck for Murphey Candler Park and 250 parking SEE CITY, PAGE 7

Police say military experience, gear a benefit

Where do Brookhaven’s plans stand?

BY ELLEN ELDRIDGE

Comprehensive Plan 2034: The council could vote as early as Nov. 18.

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Brookhaven is part of the North Metro SWAT Team. Sandy Springs owns a Hummer. Dunwoody’s police department has its own armored vehicle. Although images of violence and riot-gear-clad police in Ferguson, Mo., reverberated across the country, raising questions about the “militarization” of community police departments, local officers say that while that kind of gear is seldom, if ever, used here, they believe it is necessary to keep up with the criminals they confront.

Sandy Springs Police Chief Ken DeSimone points to a case of weapons in a conference room at police headquarters that was pulled off criminals. DeSimone says he has a Thompson submachine gun in his office. “We’re not outgunning the bad guys,” DeSimone said. “We’re just staying even with them.” Dunwoody Chief Billy Grogan says distinctions should be made between police gear and military gear. SEE LOCAL, PAGE 36

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09-19-2014 Brookhaven Reporter  
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