|Stonecrest ‘cityhood’ gains momentum, organizers push for feasibility study|
|Friday, 12 July 2013 02:30 | Written by Valerie J. Morgan|
The Stonecrest City Alliance is close to raising the $30,000 needed for the state-required feasibility study that would help determine if the Stonecrest area should become its own municipality.
“That crowd was the largest that we’ve had so far. We raised $4,000 at that meeting, bringing the total we have brought in so far to $20,000,” said Jason Lary, who is leading the Alliance.
Lary said the group must raise $10,000 more by the end of the month to pay for the study.
The Carl Vinson Institute requires five to six months to conduct the study, which is slated to get under way at the end of July. The study must be completed by December in order for the proposal to go before the General Assembly in January 2014, Lary said.
“Governor Deal expressed his pleasure of our self-determination to improve our quality of living and self-governance in Southeast DeKalb,” said Lary, who recently attended a luncheon where the governor was speaking.
Oliver Porter, founding father of the city of Sandy Springs, attended Lary’s July meeting at the Stonecrest Library. Porter, who authored a book on creating Sandy Springs, urged residents to learn as much as possible from the study before making up their minds about the cityhood proposal. He said Sandy Springs operates much more efficiently since its incorporation.
Lary said the proposed city of Stonecrest would contract fire and police protection from DeKalb County rather than start its own departments because of the exorbitant costs.
“I moved to this area because I wanted to be in an unincorporated area where we already have those services,” Coffield said.
But DeKalb NAACP President John Evans said residents in the Stonecrest area owe it to themselves to find out if they should form a new city.
“We cannot afford not to do this. We’re going to have to prove that we can do it. They are looking for us to fail,” said Evans.
Wesley Dowdy, who heads the Stonecrest Business Alliance, said he personally supports moving ahead with the study.
“The board has not voted formally on this one way or the other, but I support seeing at least what the study has to say. The more information we have, the better off we’ll be,” said Dowdy. “I can say this:
There’s a consensus of the board that there has to be some dramatic action as it relates to the DeKalb County government and the Stonecrest area. There’s been a lot of talk by the county in terms of economic development but that talk has not resulted into action.”
Dowdy said the Business Alliance plans to issue a resolution as it relates to DeKalb County government and the Stonecrest area.
“Frankly, I’m puzzled that our South DeKalb county leaders haven’t attended any of the community meetings concerning Stonecrest,” Lary said. “The county leaders in the North end have been very active in discussions where several cities are proposed.” They want to hear what their constituents have to say.”
The Stoncecrest City Alliance will meet Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6 o 8 p.m. at the Stonecrest Library, 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia.
The Stonecrest City Alliance is growing. Here is a look at who is serving on the board of directors and advisory board:
Board of Directors
|Last Updated on Friday, 12 July 2013 02:56|