In a media release, the City of Briarcliff Initiative (COBI) announced this week that it has entered into a contract with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia for a city feasibility study, sponsored by Georgia State House member, Mary Margaret Oliver.
The study costs $30,000, which COBI successfully raised in just five weeks. COBI treasurer, Chuck Williams, CPA announced that 98 percent of the money was donated by individual residents and neighborhood civic associations within the proposed boundaries of the City of Briarcliff.
Allen Venet, President of COBI, stated that this was a remarkable achievement and is a vote of confidence by the residents in the proposed City of Briarcliff. “The people of central DeKalb County and their civic associations want a new city with sensible boundaries with a government more accountable to voters,” said Venet.
The proposed City of Briarcliff includes the area inside the perimeter, between I-85 on the north and the City of Decatur on the south, including the key institutions of Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
The COBI funded study will be considered by the Georgia legislature in its session beginning in January 2014.