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Dear Decaturish – The morning of Nov. 4

Annexation, new cities D'ish

Dear Decaturish – The morning of Nov. 4

A map of the proposed city of LaVista Hills
A map of the proposed city of LaVista Hills

A map of the proposed city of LaVista Hills

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Dear Decaturish,

What will the headline on Decaturish read Nov. 4? For several years the discussion of how to improve Middle DeKalb County has been active. There is near unanimous support that Middle DeKalb needs some love, but “how?”

The “how” is a question has deeply divided the community. As this debate continued it seemed like there was a weekly scandal in DeKalb hitting the news.

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 On Nov. 3rd, the opportunity to incorporate and form a city of approximately 67,000 will be decided. The idea of having elected officials represent and live locally is foreign to many.

Within the LaVista Hills footprint there are over 20 elected officials at the state Rep, State Senate, and County Commissioner level.

– Of this group, a few visit residents regularly, however too many don’t visit or would get lost driving in the community if not for GPS.

– Is this a reason the LaVista Hills community doesn’t always get the attention it deserves?

– Of this group, only one elected official, Rep. Scott Holcomb lives in the LaVista Hills footprint.

– Rep Holcomb helped move the bill through the Legislature and is on the record that he believes the community deserves an opportunity to vote on its future.

If this vote passes there will be a shift. It’s not an overnight shift. Municipal services not taken over by the city will continue to be managed by the county. This means there will be a relationship between the new city and the county. In this relationship the residents of LaVista Hills will have significantly more leverage to address topics the community wants to focus on. This is a good thing.

Nov. 4th is going to be an interesting day. The mechanisms available to focus on improving the community are vastly increased if the residents decide to vote YES.

– Keith Hanks

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