Tucker’s Mayor and City Council gathered Monday night at the City Hall Annex for their final September meeting. The main issue before Council was a second read of an ordinance to amend the City Code pertaining to open containers of alcohol. The ordinance was amended, then passed on a 6-0 vote. The final ordinance approved by Council will prohibit transporting open containers anywhere in the City except for in the case of a special permit associated with a festival.
Council then voted 6-0 to approve a resolution regarding reimbursement for potential capital projects. The resolution empowers Council, should they want to bond for a major capital project in the next two years, to include in that bond any recent capital purchases within the past 60 days. The City could then reimburse itself from the general fund.
The next matter addressed by Council was a series of revisions to the Community Development Fee Schedule. The changes were requested by City staff to allow for a fee schedule that would be streamlined and easier for developers and the public to understand. The resolution, which will raise some fees and while lowering others, is projected to be revenue neutral. It passed on a 6-0 vote.
The final vote by City Council was a 6-0 to approve a contract with TSW to conduct Tucker’s Downtown Master Plan. The goal of the plan will be to create a feasible development vision for the downtown with renderings and a market study. The effort, whose $80,000 price tag will be a 50-50 split between the City of Tucker and the Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District, will show potential build out options, as well as opportunities for streetscapes and civic spaces in Downtown Tucker. It should be complete around mid-2019.
Following an executive session, Council returned and voted unanimously to authorize the Mayor to negotiate and execute a contract to make City Manager Tami Hanlin an employee of the City. Hanlin is currently working with the City under a contract with service provider Jacobs. The vote also authorizes the Mayor to establish a retirement program for City employees. The last part of the vote deals with amending the services contract with Jacobs to remove the “Interim City Manager” from the City’s agreement with an anticipated effective date of November 1.
The Mayor and City Council hold their next meeting October 8 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).