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Group to mull county future

2/8/2014, 4:56 p.m.

A diverse group of citizens from across DeKalb County will meet on Feb. 11 at the Decatur Library to discuss a “Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County.”

The document, drafted by Super District 6 Commissioner Kathie Gannon, was completed with input from several sources.

“The Blueprint is a framework for a conversation we need to have about the myriad of problems facing DeKalb.” Gannon said. “We need a set of solutions that are as broad as the problems we face. There is no silver bullet that will fix DeKalb. It will take a consensus building effort.”

The Blueprint contains recommendations regarding cityhood, Board of Ethics, purchasing procedures and other issues.

Gannon calls it a beginning.

“I don’t expect everyone will agree with everything,” she said. “But I hope we can agree on the general direction in the Blueprint. There will be give and take as we reach a consensus.”

Gannon said the Blueprint has been circulated to the Board of Commissioners and citizens, and that action is needed.

“If the citizens and leadership of DeKalb do not find solutions and consensus, our future will be determined by the General Assembly and a series of isolated events,” she said.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the ground floor meeting room. The library is at 215 Sycamore St. For more information visit www.KathieGannon.com.