Brookhaven residents won’t have municipal elections this fall like their neighbors in Sandy Springs, but there will be a vote for community leadership for the northern part of Brookhaven.
The Ashford Alliance Community Association (AACA) is planning to move its elections for officers from January to October, with the nomination process in September, although the officers still will be seated in January.
Alliance President Ron Sprinkle explained the move during the AACA’s June general membership meeting at Merrill Gardens. He said community organizations tend to have their best attendance from January to June, then slack off in summer, pick up again in September and October, and fade again as the year ends.
Making nominations and holding elections during those fall meetings, Sprinkle said, “will allow the incoming president … to have time to get a program ready for January, as opposed to being elected the first week in January, scrambling around, trying to find somebody, maybe missing January or not having much luck with February and maybe missing the best attended months.”
The alliance also welcomed a fresh face to the board at the meeting, Gail Davidson, who represents the Cambridge Park Civic Association. She is filling a former board member’s unexpired term, but Sprinkle said the board hopes she will run for election to the board in her own right.
Facing the summer slowdown, the alliance spent much of the meeting brainstorming about topics and speakers for the rest of the year.
Already in the works are a return appearance from the Georgia Department of Transportation to talk about the updated Revive285 plans; a presentation in the fall from the consulting firm rewriting the county zoning ordinance; and a regular speaker from the DeKalb police once the department’s leadership is finalized. Sprinkle said it appears the North Precinct will stay in its Dunwoody building across from Perimeter Mall, “so that’s a good thing.”
Among the ideas raised at the meeting:
• A fall appearance by county CEO Burrell Ellis to discuss his progress in his first year.
• Individual meetings with the county commissioners who represent the AACA area, Elaine Boyer and Kathie Gannon.
• A discussion about how much growth the county’s infrastructure, including the water system, can handle.
The AACA’s next general membership meeting is planned for July 16 at 7 p.m. Visit www.ashfordalliance.org for details, including location. The alliance also is working on a big gathering for the Night Out Against Crime in August.
— Michael Jacobs