Received via press release:
The City of Briarcliff Initiative, Inc. (COBI) announces 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% of the money was donated by individual residents and neighborhood civic associations within the proposed boundaries of the City of Briarcliff, a strong indication of community support for the Briarcliff initiative.
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 City of Briarcliff Initiative began because of the community desire to create a new city with logical, inclusive, boundaries compared to the arbitrary alternative proposed by others. 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) that help to define our community. Said Venet: “a new City of Briarcliff will be economically vibrant and culturally diverse, helping to improve both our area and all of DeKalb County by fostering sensible growth.”
The COBI funded study will be considered by the Georgia legislature in its session beginning in January 2014. In the coming months, the volunteers of COBI will be increasing their efforts for dialogue with residents and gather support for a City of Briarcliff whose slogan is “A Better City for All.”
A community meeting is set for 7:30 pm, Thursday, September 12 at the Clairmont Hills Baptist Church, 1995 Clairmont Road, Decatur, for all residents interested in learning more.