COVE Report – April 3, 2015

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Novus Die – The Legislative Results

Mason LaVista
The 2015 legislative session has concluded and a portion of the Mason Mill neighborhood remains in the proposed city of LaVista Hills. Should LaVista Hills be approved with the November ballot (only those in the proposed city boundaries can vote), the Mason Mill Civic Association will request de-annexation or annexation of the entire neighborhood. Thank you to those in VE who contacted legislators in support of our sister neighborhood. Here is the Mason Mill announcement from Mary Hinkel:

News From The Mason Mill Civic Association

As many of you know, the Georgia legislature struck a deal to allow a November vote on the new cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker.

Included in the LaVista Hills map are these areas of our neighborhood:
1.           the eastern side of Houston Mill from LaVista to Mason Mill
2.           property parcels on the northern side of Mason Mill between Houston Mill and the park
3.           all of Mason Woods Drive
4.           part of W. D. Thomson Park

(A copy of the agreed-upon map was posted by Patrick Noonan in a conversation stream on nextdoormasonmill. I do not yet have a link to the map that I can provide via Mailchimp.)

Here’s what Senator Parent’s office had to say:
”The boundary still stinks because it was done by census blocks instead of metes & bounds, but it was the only change we could accomplish with the assent of Reapportionment, the LaVista Hills folks, and Sen. Millar.”

Her office is arranging a meeting later in April for Mason Mill and Medlock representatives to talk again with LaVista Hills leaders, but this time the conversation will be about the process and timetable for de-annexing/annexing streets.

We intend to ask for their assistance in either de-annexing the streets/park listed above or fully annexing the entire neighborhood,  no matter which direction a majority of our neighbors wish, and to place W. D. Thomson Park in whichever jurisdiction the Mason Mill neighborhood decides.

After that meeting we’ll have a better understanding of our neighborhood’s future options with regards to cityhood issues.  Please be sure and put the civic association’s business meeting on your calendar for Sunday, May 4th at 4:00 p.m., as I’m sure much of the agenda will focus on this issue and next steps.

Personal Note:
I’d like to thank all of you for your great response to our calls for actions. We know firsthand that emails and calls do matter.

I’d also like to recognize Patrick Noonan for his good thinking and unceasing support and assistance, and Joella Walker for working with me at the state capitol.

And, we all owe a great deal of gratitude to Rep. Oliver and Senator Parent (and their staff) for their tireless efforts on our behalf.

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