DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader, who represents Brookhaven, will be the principal speaker at the upcoming July meeting of the Brookhaven Community Connection (BCC), an organization established months ago to bring together the business and residential interests of the unincorporated community.

The meeting will be Tuesday, July 14, at 8 a.m. at the Hudson Grille, located in the Brookhaven Station shopping center, 4046 Peachtree Road. The meetings begin with a half-hour of networking at 8 a.m. (a new starting time) and end at 9:30 a.m.

BCC members attend the meetings free of charge. For non-members, the cost is $5.

“We representatives of businesses, as well as residents will come to meet Brookhaven’s representative to DeKalb County’s government and hear his vision for the future of our community,” said BCC President Kelly Brantley. “Jeff Rader has made a career of taking a key role in solving some of the most pressing public policy problems in our area.”

Two issues that may well be part of Rader’s discussion are the DeKalb Development Authority and its support of tax incentive programs for the Sembler’s Company’s Town Brookhaven development, and the recent cutting down of 17 oak trees along Dresden Drive, on county right-of-way in front of the Park Village commercial development. (See related stories on page 1 of this issue.)

–John Schaffner