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Cityhood committee votes Friday

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Cityhood committee votes Friday

House DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee on Governmental Affairs meets on Dec. 3. From Left to right: Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming), Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville), Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) and Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta). Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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House DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee on Governmental Affairs meets on Dec. 3. From Left to right: Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming), Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville), Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) and Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta). Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

House DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee on Governmental Affairs meets on Dec. 3. From Left to right: Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming), Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville), Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem) and Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta). Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

A panel tasked with refereeing a dispute between the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker will vote on maps on Friday, Dec. 19.

The House Governmental Affairs committee appointed the five-member DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee after supporters of the two cities failed to reach an agreement on their boundaries. The panel – comprised of two Democrats from DeKalb County and three Republicans from outside the county – held a hearing on Dec. 3 that drew hundreds of people to the capitol.

According to a media advisory, the meeting will be held from 9 am to 11 am in the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.

The cityhood movement has existing cities and unincorporated communities in DeKalb County scrambling to stake their claims to any part of the county that isn’t in a city ahead of the 2015 session. Decatur approved its annexation master plan earlier this week. Avondale estates won’t vote on its plan until January.

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