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Brookhaven District 4

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  • Dale Boone

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What experience do you bring to the job to set policy for your city and what is your motivation to serve?

What, in your opinion, is the biggest budget issue facing your city and how, if elected would you propose to address it?

How should your city address the issues of lobbyist gifts, ethical behavior, and transparency in government?

Legal Permanent Residents and naturalized citizens contribute over a billion dollars in state and local taxes each year. How will you help ensure your city is a welcoming place for foreign born entrepreneurs and their families?

Cities across the country are embracing aggressive goals to reduce carbon pollution. What do you believe your municipality should do to support cleaner air?

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For the last 5 years I have served as a founding Councilman for Brookhaven and I have been part of every decision that has birthed this wonderful City. My promise was to incorporate sound business principles in the everyday decision-making process of running a government and I am very proud of the outcome. As the elder statesman on a millennial dominated Council, I assumed the role of ensuring open, respectful and constructive communication. This emphasis on team cooperation has also enabled me to develop strong partnerships with individuals and agencies on the local, regional, state and federal level. These relationships will be of immense value as the City enters an explosive growth period over the next 4 years. I am a founding Board Member of the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce and serve as the Government Liaison between our business community and the City; I am a founding Board Member of BIA - The Brookhaven Innovation Academy, the first City sponsored State Charter School in GA; and a 2015 graduate of Leadership DeKalb.

I am very passionate about the role I play in the evolution of our City and my motivation to serve is based on my desire to continue providing positive leadership. With all the effort put forth to date and with all the constructive guidance I have provided, I am motivated to continue.
Biggest budget issues over the next 4 years will focus on funding the City’s portion of what is sure to be an explosive development era. The opportunities include: CHOA and the building of their new headquarters, 8 story emergency Pediatric Care Center (under construction), and relocation of their Clifton corridor hospital to I-85 and N. Druid Hills Rd; the impact of the HAWKS new headquarters facilities now open in Brookhaven; the 42-acre redevelopment of Executive Park by Emory at I-85 and N. Druid Hills Rd; the evolving redevelopment of the Buford Hwy corridor; the potential development of the Corporate Square Office and Industrial Park; the development of the Brookhaven MARTA Station (TOD-Transit Oriented Development); and relocation of City Hall and Police Department into City owned properties.

These are huge undertakings and will have a significant impact on defining what Brookhaven will be like for the next 25 to 50 years+. Handling our portion of the costs will necessitate the City entering the bond market. Fortunately, the early policies put in place by Council anticipated this coming need. The business oriented actions we subsequently took focused on ensuring we were positioning ourself for an initial AAA bond rating. With this tool in place, we will enhance our capabilities to make the best long-term decisions that will benefit all. Over the next 4+ years the City will deal with development investments of 2-3 Billion dollars+ and District 4 will be "ground zero".
Since our first year of incorporation, the City of Brookhaven has been awarded the title of "City of Ethics" by the Georgia Municipal Association and we have maintained that standing each and every year thereafter. Our Charter clearly states what is expected of each elected official, including the topic of how to address gifts from lobbyist. To ensure compliance, the City instituted a 2-step review: City Manager is charged with the responsibility of providing a full audit to Council each year; City Council then has the responsibility of securing a separate and independent auditor that audits the City Manager's work to ensure full transparency. This policy has worked very well and clearly sets expectation levels.

In addition, I have supported the City's efforts to post online all bid requests, submissions and review of award for public scrutiny. This will go into effect starting January 1, 2018. In addition, I plan to initiate a review of posting the City's checkbook online so all transactions would be visible in real time.
Brookhaven has a rich cultural diversity that is basically located along the Buford Hwy corridor in District 4. Up and down this highway we have a wide offering of restaurants, shops and professional services - most of which are family run entrepreneurial businesses. To help celebrate, support and develop this valuable diversity I have initiated and endorsed several programs.

First, Council has communicated to our development community that we expect future projects in and around this corridor to contain an affordable housing component. This assists in ensuring there is a capable workforce available to run a business allowing for continuance of these businesses. Secondly, I initiated a move last summer to have Brookhaven become a certified "Welcoming City" by the national organization "Welcoming America." I secured unanimous support from my fellow Council members and on October 10, 2017 we received formal recognition. As I stated in my press release: "It is important we embrace everyone in our diverse community. Becoming a “Welcoming City” will give us the tools to foster engagement with all our residents as well as newcomers to our great City.
We are currently experimenting with the use of electric cars for our Parks and Code Enforcement Officers. Upon review the intent is to make a full transition. In addition, we are beginning the process to seek a permanent home for the Brookhaven City Hall. When we do, one of the considerations will be to install solar panels with a goal of supplying 100% of our power needs. Any excess will be sold back into the marketplace. I am interested in also reviewing a more aggressive build out of electric charge stations at all city facilities; working with the Chamber of Commerce and local electric car dealers to incentivize of charging stations at commercial establishments; and installing solar panels to operate street lamps. Lastly, I am currently working with the non-profit organization called ‘5 Gyres’ on outlawing foam and plastic products at restaurant and commercial establishments in lieu of paper based products. Initially this will be a Brookhaven initiative but the intent is to have it instituted on a much larger regional scale. logo


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