A House committee agreed recently the residents of Brookhaven should be allowed to vote this summer on whether to create a city, but it may not be called Brookhaven.
Against protestations from Rep. Mike Jacobs, the legislator championing the cityhood vote, Rep. Edward Lindsey attached an amendment to House Bill 636 to change the name of the proposed city to Ashford.
Lindsey represents residents on the Atlanta side of historic Brookhaven. He also lives there and said some of his neighbors and stakeholders expressed concerns over naming a DeKalb County city “Brookhaven.”
“My amendment will hopefully further a dialogue on the name as it goes through the General Assembly,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey said his amendment was not a “be all and end all” name change—he simply wanted to encourage dialogue among all of the stakeholders.
“I want to get everyone to the table and get all of the people with interests in it to be heard,” Lindsey said.
The bill is currently in the House rules committee and Lindsey, who is a member of the committee, said he expects the bill to move to the floor of the House within the next two weeks.
“I do support the bill and I voted for it in committee, and as the House majority whip I do firmly believe that if I propose an amendment to the bill I need to support the bill,” Lindsey said.
Jacobs said he anticipated a name change back to the city of Brookhaven when the bill reached the Senate.
“The argument rings hollow when a single drive around the community will reveal that there is a lot of Brookhaven in DeKalb County that is not historic Brookhaven,” Jacobs said.
However, Lindsey said there are a lot of good names to choose from other than Brookhaven or Ashford, and he felt confident the stakeholders would come up with one.
“I’ll have to quote Shakespeare on this one and say, ‘A rose with any other name would smell just as sweet,’” Lindsey said.
If HB 636 passes it would allow residents in DeKalb to vote on a referendum to create the proposed city in the July primary election.