City of Lakeside: Threat … or menace?

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(By the way, you can check out Chain Gang Elementary from the DeKalb County Library.  Brambleman, too.)

Anyway, Game on.  Despite the fact that a city of Lakeside doesn’t make much sense except for some rather obvious and partisan reasons, The Lakeside City Alliance has met its fundraising goal and issued the following press release, which is, as you know, the first function of any government.  (I do not endorse this message.)

From the Lakeside City Alliance:

Lakeside City Alliance Commissions Feasibility Study Group Reaches $30k Fundraising Goal to Hire UGA ATLANTA (June 25, 2013) – The Lakeside City Alliance announced today that it has signed a contract with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia to commence a feasibility study for the proposed city of Lakeside. Leaders of the organization made the announcement today after reaching its fundraising goal of $30,000 to pay for the study.

“We are grateful that so many citizens in our community contributed to fund this study, which will determine whether we have the financial capacity within our borders to incorporate as a city,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, chairman of the LCA. “We have enormous momentum in support of our efforts, and we received a strong, positive response from residents throughout this area of North DeKalb county.”

“The events of the past few weeks in the county have contributed to a heightened desire by many to study the feasibility of becoming a city,” she said.

The Carl Vinson Institute will commence the financial study this summer and estimates that their work will be completed by late fall.  The Georgia General Assembly will use the study when it considers legislation next year for a potential vote on incorporation of a city of Lakeside later in the year.

“We are eager to see what the University of Georgia experts have to say,” Woodworth added.

Volunteers formed the Lakeside City Alliance earlier this year to explore the pros and cons of incorporation of a new city in the north DeKalb community. The non-profit is comprised of area residents seeking to improve their community and is studying cityhood as a potential method of providing local control and a more efficient delivery of government services by keeping a small portion of county tax revenue in the local community for public safety, zoning,  parks and other potential services.

State Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody) introduced legislation during the 2013 legislative session to allow a potential city of Lakeside to incorporate based on the outcome of a CVI study and a vote of area residents next year. If the study indicates that the city of Lakeside is feasible, it would be up to the General Assembly to put the proposal on the ballot in 2014 for local voters.

LCA has proposed city boundaries of approximately 20 square miles with approximately 63,000 residents.  The current map is based on community input, and the boundaries could change again over the next few months as the community offers further feedback on the proposal.  LCA will continue to  keep to the community’s expressed desire not to create a vast, overpopulated and disconnected area that encompasses too large an area to be considered a true community of interest.

The current boundaries include North Druid Hills Road to the south, Interstate 85 to the west and the Embry Hills community to the northeast.

Information about the Lakeside City Alliance and its map can be found at LCA’s   website: (www.lakesidealliance.org)

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