Site preparation on the proposed soap box derby park in Lithonia has been halted by the DeKalb County Board of Commissioners—pending approval by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
In a 6-0 vote June 12, commissioners passed a resolution requesting Ellis to stop preparation work on the 11-acre site adjacent to the Bransby YMCA on Rock Chapel Road in unincorporated Lithonia.
The resolution, introduced by Commissioner Elaine Boyer, states that “no county funding previously appropriated by the county was intended for construction on or the site preparation of this property as only the commission is authorized to prioritize capital improvements.”
“The board has the authority to prioritize capital projects and we never did that,” Boyer said. “ [Ellis] ignored the Organizational Act that says we prioritize capital projects. The law is the law. And he disregarded it.”
“When you have a clear directive from six commissioners, that’s