Chamblee, GA, February 16, 2016 – Commentary – Several City of Chamblee residents have supplied the following Open Letter regarding the proposed annexation of the “LaVista Hills” area into Chamblee.
Mayor Clarkson and Chamblee City Council,
We are happy to hear that the City of Chamblee will be having a second question and answer session tonight regarding the possible annexation of a portion of the former proposed LaVista Hills area. Since Chamblee has only recently gathered data on the area to be annexed, and none of this data has been published, many current Chamblee residents have unanswered questions about the proposed annexation. Many also desire to express their opinions on the issue, whether those opinions are based on financial data, the size/footprint of the new city, etc.
While we understand that there are rumors that the new City of Tucker will attempt to annex the properties in/around Northlake Mall, and that there is only so much time left into the current state legislative session, this is a very important decision that should not be rushed. Current Chamblee residents need to be given more information including financial data, given time to digest that information, and then given the opportunity to express their opinion in town hall meetings and polls.
How can Chamblee residents accurately be polled regarding annexation? There are many ways to do this, but among the most efficient ways to do so is via Nextdoor. Many Chamblee residents participate in Nextdoor via the Nextdoor.com website and/or app. As a Nextdoor public agency partner, Chamblee has the ability to send a message or poll all Chamblee residents through Nextdoor, so why not do so? After all, on Nextdoor, every neighbor has to verify their address. In addition, every neighbor signs in with their real name. Just like in person. (Sources: https://nextdoor.com/agency/ and https://nextdoor.com/about_us/).
Of course there are many other ways to poll current Chamblee residents on this issue available to you in addition to Nextdoor. The point is, before Council rushes to vote on this issue, more time is needed for current residents to learn about this issue and share their feedback with you. Your decision of whether or not to endorse this annexation is a decision that should be made in months, not days or weeks.
Sincerely, current Chamblee residents:
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