Dear Decaturish – Lakeside will listen to Medlock
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I wanted to correct a point that it appears you’ve attributed to (Medlock Park Neighborhood Association President) Lynn Ganim in this post – “The original Briarcliff maps included Medlock, but Lakeside doesn’t want them.”
It is correct that Medlock (and Clairmont Hills, Druid Hills, Woodland Hills, etc.) were not in the original Lakeside map. The statement that “Lakeside doesn’t want them” is false.
I have met with Lynn, Anne and others and Lakeside continues to stand by this position:
We believe that other communities who are not in the current Lakeside map have the right for self-determination of their status and future.
Communities in the North Decatur/Medlock/other could have a number of options – be part of a new city, potentially annex into Decatur or Atlanta (although we know that Decatur is currently only interested in commercial areas) or remain unincorporated for the time being and decide at a future time what would be their best option.
LakesideYES encourages these communities to poll/petition/survey their residents in order to determine the desires of their community. If this internal polling does indicate a strong desire to be included in a new city, we believe that would be the time to meet with you and begin a serious conversation with the community, legislators, consider financial viability and determine boundaries. Obviously, this effort must begin immediately.
Regards, Mary Kay Woodworth