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Blueprint meeting reset for Feb. 20

2/14/2014, 2:43 p.m.

A diverse group of citizens from across DeKalb County will meet on Feb. 20 at the Decatur Library to discuss a “Blueprint to Redefine DeKalb County.”

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Kathie Gannon

The meeting was rescheduled from Feb. 11 because of this week’s ice and snow storm.

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

She says it’s a framework for a conversation that the county needs to have about the myriad of problems facing it.

“We need a set of solutions that are as broad as the problems we face,” Gannon said. “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 says it is 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 and the complete Blueprint document, visit www.KathieGannon.com.