Category: Brookhaven Reporter

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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Robin’s Nest: Even laundry, cooking and cleaning feels like a vacation in the mountains

I don’t usually do nothing. I’m not a do-nothing person. But here, in the mountains in our house built of logs, I feel like I have not only permission but almost an obligation to do nothing. If it’s pouring outside, I can spend the day listening to the rain on our metal roof while lying on the couch with a good book. If it’s warm outside, I can choose the hammock. In the morning, I sit on the deck perched on a tall chair with a cup of coffee, watching as the mist rises like steam over the river...

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Brookhaven ends design contract for public safety HQ amid reports of firm’s closure

Brookhaven is ending its contract with a major architecture firm that suddenly closed and is being sued in another state for not completing contracted work, according to media reports. The city terminated its $800,000 contract with Atlanta-based Rosser International at the City Council’s Aug. 13 meeting. The city hired the firm in May 2018 to complete engineering and architectural designs for the city’s new public safety and municipal court headquarters to be built on the Peachtree Creek Greenway. City Manager Christian Sigman said the city received the construction drawings from Rosser it paid for and remains on track to...

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Brookhaven officials cut ribbon on new ‘tree house’ at Briarwood Park playground

Brookhaven city leaders cut the ribbon Aug. 12 to officially open on what has been dubbed the “tree house” playground equipment at Briarwood Park located at 2235 Briarwood Way N.E. The new equipment includes three elevated wooden structures, like tree houses, that are connected by rope ladders to allow children to climb back and forth. “This treehouse feature is something new and different that engages children and holds their attention, which was what was called for in the master plans that were developed from resident input,” said Mayor John Ernst in a press release. Cost the new playground equipment...

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