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    Eric Robert

    If they are sharing facilities then they should reduce the size of the proposed parking lot in the park and have people use the school parking during peak park times. Peak park times would be after school hours and on weekends and holidays when the park is closed.

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    Thomas Porter

    John: I think you’re a great representative (though not mine) and I don’t care a bit that you weren’t there for the hearing & vote, my only issue is the speed and lack of public input & expression. With alarming frequency more and more decisions are being made in the used car manner: “You need to decide now, there’s somebody coming to buy the car in an hour.”

    This is probably a good decision in the long run, but it’s a trade-off between education, park size, old growth trees and traffic. The public should have had input. It wasn’t transparent and that is a message for the remaining Council & Mayor.

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    Good point Thomas, but just think of all the “Studies” that all this cash can buy.

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    Thomas, I agree with you. One reason,the school system came out with this deal ,the vote on the school sales tax is just, two weeks away.

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    DCSD would have moved on this property a year ago but deferred to the City’s intentions au Skyland. I personally felt it was being too kind but respect that their good faith gesture. As a result, we last the chance to have a school they’re by 2018. But the result is still good even if later than I’d like. SPLOST vote is completely independent of this effort. DCSD has jad urgency about this since last summer and the clock was running out. It really is that simple.

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    Wow, swype skills fail …

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    Hilarious–I’m trying to picture the entirely new staff that would be required establish COUNTY/city IGA’s govern taking (as in “Taking(s)” property off of the COUNTY tax roles–or property that would have potentially been ON the tax roles. On another note, how close will a city government get in this case to taking up DCSD policies–in this case, redistricting. At some point, it should be considered unconstitutional government activism. How can a city government claim a mandate–did they hold a town hall on what city residents think about school policy? We’re real close to setting constitutional precedent(s) here. I don’t even think Decatur government intercedes on their own school issues–and both are legitimate agencies.

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    School systems and municipal governments (city, county, all levels) all over the country work together across a range of issues by necessity (community development, transportation, security, etc.). One of the largest and longest complaints I’ve heard in our DeKalb community is how UN co-operative our government agencies have been with each other to our detriment. The school system complains that municipalities do not include them in their planning processes so they are always behind the curve in demand planning. Municipalities complain the school systems make decisions that affect economic development (heard anything about Assembly TAD). Whether we want to acknowledge it or not the City of Brookhaven MUST collaborate with DCSD across many dimensions for the most effective service delivery. What level of cooperation between such agencies do you support? Or are they best to continue working as adversaries in isolation as we have in DeKalb for decades? The results do not seem positive recently …

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