Tucker’s City Council held a two-night marathon meeting at the City Hall Annex to kick off the new year. The meeting, split between Monday and Tuesday because of the length of the agenda, was the first for the newly-elected Mayor and City Council.
The first order of business on Monday night was the swearing in of the new Council. Mayor Frank Auman and Council members Matt Robbins and Michelle Penkava all took the oath of office for the second time. District One Councilwoman Pat Soltys was sworn in as the only new member of the City Council. Later in the meeting, Penkava was reappointed as Mayor Pro-Tem.
Council then moved to confirm the Mayor’s nominees for the City’s volunteer boards and commissions. The full list of appointments to the Alcohol Review Board, Community Council, Construction Board of Appeals, Downtown Development Authority, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals can be found here.
The remaining action item from Monday’s agenda was Council’s consideration of funding a pavement management study. By a 7-0 vote, Council approved the $36,860 expenditure. The funding for the pavement management study will come from Tucker’s SPLOST funds.
On Tuesday night, Council dove into a packed agenda of five land use cases. They began by granting a deferral request from the developer of a pair of proposed residential projects along Lawrenceville Highway. The developer asked for more time in anticipation of making changes to the site plans. The issue will now come up as the first of two reads at the City Council meeting on February 12.
Next, they held a public hearing on a 19-unit single family development near Montreal Park. After listening to the developer’s representative, as well as input from residents, Council voted unanimously to grant the rezoning and concurrent variances needed to send the project forward.
Council then held a first read on the proposed 18-unit residential development on Saren Court. The project went before Council in 2017, but was held over to give the developer a chance to revise the site plan to accommodate an additional stream buffer. The second read and vote on this project are anticipated for January 22.
The last item on the agenda was a first read on a pair of special land use permits (SLUPs) and a concurrent variance for a Speedway gas station and convenience store at the intersection of E. Ponce de Leon Avenue and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The second read and vote on this project are anticipate for January 22.