Brookhaven Buzz - July 2018

BrookhavenBuzz Covering Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Dunwoody & Doraville • LOCAL, POSITIVE COMMUNITY NEWS H ometown n ews A tlAntA Volume 28, No. 7 • JULY 2018 PRICELESS ISSUE! Brookhaven Launches Project Services Online It’s amazing how good use of technology can at once lower con- sumer costs while increas- ing efficiency and conve- nience, and so is the case with a new portal on the City of Brookhaven website. Residents and contractors can make electronic applications for various city services such as inspections, plan submittals and, as well, track project status through a user-friendly portal. Brookhaven launched it on May 21. The Brookhaven Community Development Depart- ment hosted 2 sessions this past spring in preparation for the launch and Project Portal for Development Services is underway. It’s in a good spirit of customer service and continuous improvement. “We’re always striving to make our processes more efficient,” says Mayor John Ernst, “for our residents, businesses and staff.” It also makes for an even more responsive city government that prides itself on service. Advantages of the new online portal are many. Online submission of plans cuts unnecessary costs of printing. Application for various permits doesn’t require visits to City Hall. You can make payments online and schedule inspections from your mobile device, and that’s 24/7. Notifications by city email for reviews, approvals and updates keep citizens up-to-date. And it’s easy to view open permits, zoning cases and code enforcement on the handy Portal map. Continued on page 7 DeKalb Public Library Kicks Off Summer Youth Reading Program London Smith, 9, (l) and Drew Knight, 7, take home information for the DeKalb Public Library Summer Reading Program during the Libraries Rock! kick-off party at the Tucker Recreation Center. The DeKalb Public Library kicked off its annual summer reading program with a party at the Tucker Rec- reation Center that included singing and dancing with Mr. Jason of Jason’s Music Party and information on this year’s theme Libraries Rock! Youth Service Coordinator for DeKalb Public Library, Gina Jenkins said “It’s very important that the kids continue to read over the summer so they can keep their learning skills up to par. We use incentives to energize the program to keep the children reading.” Jenkins said the more the children read the better the opportunity is for them to win passes to cultural and entertainment events throughout the county. To top it off and remove any reason not to participate, a Fine- Free Summer is also in effect for materials checked out from the children’s and teen’s collections through August 31. For details go to or visit any DeKalb Public Library Branch. –Story and photo: Dean Hesse