Candidates for Brookhaven’s District 2 city council seat addressed some 40 audience members in a forum Sept. 18 at Ashford Park Elementary School.
Charlie Barry, Bill Brown, Tim Nama and John Park have thrown their hats in the ring for the Nov. 4 special election following the sudden resignation of Councilman Jim Eyre earlier this year.
After each took about 10 minutes to introduce themselves, they took a shot at a question asking how the city can encourage responsible development.
Barry said the city should implement alternate forms of transportation, with more bus stops and bike paths.
We need to “enforce the ordinances we have on the books,” Nama said, which hasn’t happened. He said those ordinances also needed to be strengthened.
Brown said infrastructure in Brookhaven is “non-existent” and that situation needs to be fixed before large developments are approved, such as when MARTA builds its planned mixed-use development at the Brookhaven station.
Park said that traffic problems need to be fixed, which could be accomplished by building a network of neighborhood parks with walkable, bike-rideable communities.
“We have four very competent candidates,” said Todd Lantier, chairman of the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, adding that a candidate debate will be held at the end of October.
The forum was sponsored by the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce and The Brookhaven Post.