UPDATED: Briarcliff, Lakeside can’t reach deal with Tucker
A day after a missing a deadline set by the state Legislature, three groups looking to create new DeKalb County cities reported that they can’t come to a mutual agreement about their maps.
The supporters of Briarcliff and Lakeside said they will make an announcement Monday about their proposal to create a city that combines both maps. They’ll also announce what the city’s name will be. Leading up to the deadline and throughout Saturday it became clear that supporters of Tucker and Lakeside-Briarcliff were not making progress.
Speaking late Sunday, Mary Kay Woodworth, with LakesideYES and Allen Venet with the City of Briarcliff Initiative said the three groups were unable to reach a compromise.
“We are disappointed that we were not able to reach agreement with Tucker, despite our best efforts,” Woodworth said. “We look forward to the next step of the process as we strive to create a new city in North/Central DeKalb County.”
The state House Governmental Affairs Committee established the Nov. 15 deadline for the new maps after cityhood bills failed in the 2014 session. House Governmental Affairs Committee Charwoman Rep. Amy Carter, R-Valdosta, has said she will appoint a panel of five House members to draw the maps if the groups missed the deadline.
State Rep. Mike Jacobs, R-Brookhaven, sent an email to all three groups on Friday. He said the deadline would not be extended.
“If there is a map to which at least two of the three parties have agreed, you may feel free to deliver it … for purposes of showing your progress. This is not a requirement, however,” Jacobs wrote.
Venet said he expects Carter to appoint the panel, but said Briarcliff and Lakeside will plead their case.
“We certainly assume that the Georgia House will follow through with their plan to have a five member panel, and while we are deeply disappointed that we couldn’t reach a compromise with Tucker 2015, we look forward to making our case before the panel,” he said. “We hope to announce our map tomorrow.”
Michelle Penkava, with Tucker 2015, issued a statement late Sunday evening.
“Although it is unfortunate that all parties did not come to a mutually beneficial agreement by the Nov. 15th legislative deadline, we appreciate the opportunity given to us by the State Legislature to determine city boundaries at the local level and want to thank former Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd for the time he invested in these discussions,” Penksava said. “The Tucker community remains committed to cityhood for Tucker, and trusts that the process as determined by House Governmental Affairs Committee Chair Rep. Amy Carter will bring about a solution that is fair and respectful of our long-standing and recognized community while allowing our neighbors in other areas to achieve their own vision of local control.”