Category: Brookhaven Reporter

Brookhaven community activist challenges Ernst for mayor

Brookhaven voters will see a contested race for mayor this fall after a neighborhood activist qualified Aug. 23 to challenge incumbent John Ernst. Jennifer Heath filed to run for mayor on the final day of qualifying. Heath helped found the We Are Brookhaven homeowners’ organization in 2016 following dissatisfaction with the City Council’s leadership on issues including the Brookhaven-Oglethorpe MARTA Station redevelopment and development along Dresden Drive. Ernst is seeking a second term as mayor. In other races, District 3 Councilmember Bates Mattison announced Aug. 23 he decided not to seek reelection so he could spend more time with...

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Brookhaven Councilmember Mattison won’t run for relection

Brookhaven City Councilmember Bates Mattison announced Aug. 23 that he has decided not to seek reelection and instead to spend more time with his family. The announcement comes as a surprise. Mattison, who represents District 3, has stated for several weeks he planned to seek reelection and told the Reporter only a day earlier in a text message he planned to qualify to run again on Aug. 23, the last day to do so. Mattison has served on the council since the city was incorporated in 2012. “After discussing it with my family and friends, I have decided not...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Aug. 30

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Abernathy Road closures Aug. 26-30, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., westbound (no location given). Abernathy Road lane closures Aug. 24, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., eastbound between Glenridge Drive and Barfield Road, one right lane. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closure Aug. 28-29, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Aug. 23-24 and...

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Another candidate joins District 3 Brookhaven City Council race

A new candidate has qualified for the District 3 Brookhaven City Council race. Dimitrius Owens qualified on Aug. 22. He was not immediately available for an interview. Owens joins Madeleine Simmons in the race for the District 3 seat. Incumbent Bates Mattison said he plans to qualify for reelection on Aug. 23, the final day to do so. Those who have qualified so far are: For mayor: John Ernst (incumbent) For City Council District 1: Linley Jones (incumbent) For City Council District 3: Madeleine Simmons and Dimitrius Owens Candidates can qualify Aug. 23 between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m....

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Qualifying begins in Brookhaven mayoral, council races

Candidates began qualifying Aug. 21 for the Brookhaven mayoral and City Council races this fall. More candidates may emerge with qualifying continuing on Aug. 22. Those who qualified Aug. 21: For mayor: John Ernst (incumbent) For City Council District 1: Linley Jones (incumbent) For City Council District 3: Madeleine Simmons District 3 incumbent Bates Mattison previously said he will run for reelection, but he had yet to qualify on the first day. Candidates can qualify Aug. 22 between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. The election is Nov....

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Brookhaven completes West Nancy Creek/Ashford-Dunwoody Road intersection project

The city of Brookhaven has completed intersection work at West Nancy Creek Drive and Ashford-Dunwoody Road in Brookhaven that includes new turn lanes and sidewalks. The intersection improvements include left-turn lanes in both directions on West Nancy Creek Drive; upgraded traffic signals with left-turn arrows in every direction of traffic; and sidewalks and multiuse paths. The City Council approved a $250,000 contract to CMEC, LLC last year to do the intersection work. Funding came from the special local option sales tax, or SPLOST, approved by DeKalb voters in 2017. It is the first major intersection project that was approved...

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DeKalb Schools seeks input on E-SPLOST budget, potential $265M bond

Increasing construction costs are forcing the DeKalb County School District to find ways to cover costs for education special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters three years ago, including the possibility of asking them to vote next year on a potential $265 million general obligation bond. School administrators are holding a series of public meetings to discuss E-SPLOST options that also include delaying certain projects. A meeting at Chamblee High School, 3688 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, is set for Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. For other meeting locations, visit www.dekalbschoolsga.org/e-splost/e-splost-and-go-bond-2019/. A key part of the proposed options is a...

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Qualifying for Brookhaven council races to run Aug. 21-22

Brookhaven’s mayoral and two City Council seats are up for election this year, with qualifying set for Aug. 21-22. Those interested in running can file to qualify between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on both days at City Hall, 4362 Peachtree Road. The election is Nov. 5. The qualifying fee is 3% of the annual salary for the seats. The fee to run for mayor is $480 and for council seats it is $360. The mayor is paid an annual salary of $16,000; council candidates are paid $12,000 a year. Mayor John Ernst...

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Brookhaven Police crime reports, July 28-Aug. 11

From Brookhaven Police reports dated July 28 through Aug. 11. The following information was pulled from Brookhaven’s Police-2-Citizen website. Theft and Burglary 4100 block of D’Youville Trace — On July 28, in the evening, a theft by taking auto incident was reported. 3700 block of Buford Highway — On July 28, at night, a theft by taking auto incident was reported. 3700 block of Buford Highway — On July 29, in the early morning, items were reported stolen from a car. 1000 block of Pine Grove Avenue — On July 29, in the early morning, an entering auto attempt...

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Transform 285/400 traffic changes through Aug. 24

The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of lane and ramp closures and other traffic changes for Transform 285/400, its massive project to reconstruct the I-285/Ga. 400 interchange. Schedules may change based on the work and the weather. Ashford-Dunwoody Road ramp closures Aug. 19-23, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Ga. 400 ramp closures Aug. 16-17, 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., northbound ramp to I-285 westbound closed. Aug. 17-18, 10 p.m. to 7 a.m., MARTA North Springs Station ramp to Ga. 400 northbound closed. Aug. 17-18 and 23-24, 9 p.m. to 9...

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History Center to debut exhibit about centennial of women’s right to vote

An exhibit noting the 2020 centennial of women gaining the federal right to vote is the subject of a new exhibit debuting Aug. 16 at the Atlanta History Center in Buckhead. “Any Great Change” will commemorate the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which bars the government from denying the right to vote on the basis of sex. Its ratification followed a long struggle by women’s rights advocates. The exhibit will run through Jan. 31, 2021 at the Swan House at the History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road. It is included with the regular museum admission of $21.50...

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What nickname should the new I-285/Ga. 400 interchange sport?

The Perimeter Pretzel? Maybe the GDOT Knot? The state is in the midst of rebuilding the I-285 and Ga. 400 interchange into a network of ramps and bridges that will rival the scale of Spaghetti Junction at I-285 and I-85. The one way the project doesn’t measure up, at least so far, is in its lack of a Spaghetti Junction-style nickname. When the new interchange is complete in late 2020, could it be known as the Traffic Twister? The Rush-Hour Ramen or the Ramp-O-Rama? The Reporter would like to hear your suggestions. Love or hate our ideas? Have some...

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