Decatur Commission – Parkwood, Google Fiber on agenda

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 18, 2014
An image from the Parkwood service delivery report. Source: City of Decatur

An image from the Parkwood service delivery report. Source: City of Decatur

Decatur’s City Commission will meet on Monday and will consider annexing the Parkwood neighborhood into the city limits.

Commissioners will also consider approving a resolution to “Support efforts to bring Google Fiber to this community” and giving City Manager Peggy Merriss the authority to execute documents needed to complete the internet search giant’s checklist.

The Parkwood Annexation would bring 77 parcels into the city limits, 16 of which already are partially in the city limits. The annexation would also include a 3 acre green space, Parkwood Park. Not every homeowner signed the petition. According to a letter written by one of the objecting homeowners to commissioners, 54 owners signed the petition and 22 did not sign. The letter, written by  Scott and Lisa Gordon, asked for a delay. The Gordons have a son who is a rising senior at Druid Hills High School. The Gordons wrote to commissioners that if this annexation takes effect this summer, he will have to attend his final year at Decatur High.

Homeowners in favor of the annexation provided commissioners a copy of school board policy that says any current or rising senior who moves out of the district can continue to attend their current high school. If the annexation is approved on Monday, it would become effective July 1, according to a draft of the ordinance published on the city’s website.

The April 21 City Commission meeting starts with a work session at 6:30 pm and the regular meeting starts at 7:30 pm. The meetings are held at City Hall, located at 509 North McDonough Street.

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