Tucker's Mayor and City Council held their first March meeting Monday night voting on three very high-profile projects. The first project involves lighting for the tennis courts at Henderson Park. Council voted unanimously to enter into a contract with West Georgia Lighting for $97,000. The vote means the lights should be in place by summertime.
Next, Council voted to hire Lowe Engineers for construction design services on a previously-funded sidewalk along Idlewood Road. The sidewalk would be constructed on the east side of Idlewood between Tucker Middle School and Lawrenceville Highway. The contract with Lowe Engineers is for $51,205 and the design work should be complete within 90 days.
The third project Council voted on deals with oversight of the City’s spring road resurfacing projects. They voted unanimously to give Construction Engineering Inspection (CEI) services to BM&K for the price of $55,846.60. CEI oversight ensures that road work is done to GDOT specifications and can actually save money on the project.
Earlier in the meeting, the Mayor and Council issued a pair of proclamations. One proclamation was in honor of Chief James Conroy, who is retiring from the DeKalb County Police Department after 28 years of service. The Mayor also recognized Assistant Chief Greg Padrick, who was recently promoted after serving as commander of the Tucker Precinct. He then introduced Tucker Precinct’s new commander, Major Craig Medlin.
The Mayor also issued a proclamation to members of the Tucker Civic Association for their work in promoting the Yellow Dot Program. The resolution is aimed at spreading the word about the program, which assists police and first responders to be better equipped with information to handle medical emergencies.
Finally, the Mayor offered up, and City Council ratified, a list of names for service on Tucker’s Community Council. The new Community Council for 2019 will be Will Arroyo, Suzanne Borchert, Seth Burrow, Linda Clark, Thomas Lupo, Frank Luton, Jan Mixon, Cara Schroeder and Jonathan Vaughters.
The Mayor and City Council hold their next meeting on March 25 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).