DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Monday night, on two different sides of DeKalb County, two groups came together to discuss similar goals: forming a new city.
Members of the Stonecrest City Alliance addressed a packed auditorium at the Stonecrest Library in south DeKalb County, answering questions about the area's push to become a city.
SCA board member Brenda Cornelius cited recent allegations against DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis as further reason to move away from county government.
"They're not being accountable. They're making promises they are not keeping. Making decisions without public input," she said.
Less than 20 miles away, residents of the Tucker community gathered at The Greater Good BBQ to discuss their own cityhood efforts.
"We have decided to push for cityhood in response to what the community has asked for," said Tucker 2014 president Sonja Szubski.
"Tucker does not want to be split apart. We want to remain Tucker," she added, referencing planned maps that would have proposed cities of Lakeside, Briarcliff and Tucker overlapping in some areas.
Lakeside City Alliance recently raised $30,000 to commission a feasibility study, the next step in their push toward cityhood. LCA chair Mary Kay Woodworth said many of the disputed areas in the Tucker/Lakeside proposed maps have traditionally been considered part of the Northlake area.
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) said the city push has turned into a turf war. She says she's working with county officials and other lawmakers to develop a plan for city formation.
"We would prefer a rational process with consistent plans about maps [instead of] just the land grab mentality that's going on now," she said.
A proposed city complete a feasibility study and be approved by the Georgia Legislature. The issue would then go on a ballot to be voted up or down during next year's election.