Decatur, Avondale, still working on maps

Neither Decatur nor Avondale Estates will have annexation “wish list” maps completed by Saturday’s deadline set by Amy Carter (R-Valdosta), chairman of the House Governmental Affairs Committee.

The deadline applies to DeKalb County’s proposed new cities, and if an agreement on boundaries can’t be reached Carter has said she’ll appoint a panel of five state House members to produce a boundary map no later than Dec. 31.

Avondale initially hoped to beat the Nov. 15 deadline, but completion of its map is now uncertain, while Decatur will vote on its map Dec. 15.

“Technically [legislators] can take what’s on our [wish list],” Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said. “They have that power. But it’s unlikely because [existing DeKalb cities agreed to] honor each other’s map, and I’d hope the general assembly will do the same.”

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