City Council Wrap Up - May 13, 2019

Tucker’s City Council held a pair of meetings on Monday night dealing with several Parks and Recreation issues, as well as approving a major annexation into the City.

The first meeting, which began at 6:30, was a special called meeting organized to help expedite a heavier than normal agenda for the regular called meeting. Council voted unanimously to approve the City’s Parks Master Plan, a document which has been shaped by community input and guided by industry experts from Barge Design Solutions. Council also approved Barge Design Solutions to conduct a feasibility study on the future of Tucker Recreation Center. They also approved an agreement with Tucker-based Brightview Landscaping to renovate the multi-purpose field next to Tucker Recreation Center. The last item of business was a renewal of the City’s parks maintenance contract with Optech. That contract, which will also include janitorial services at Tucker Recreation Center, was approved unanimously by Council.

The highlight of the 7 o’clock meeting was a unanimous approval of an annexation petition by the owners of Northlake Mall. The petition sought to have five parcels of the mall annexed into the City of Tucker. That annexation will become official on June 1.

Later in the meeting, Council voted unanimously to approve a special land use permit (SLUP) and concurrent variances for a multi-warehouse facility on Northlake Center Drive. Council initially approved this petition in 2017, but the SLUP expired before developers took steps to begin work on the four story, 94,800 square foot climate-controlled warehouse. They followed that with a 6-1 vote to approve a text amendment to the City’s sign code. The changes stem from a Sign Ordinance Rewrite conducted over the course of several months by consultant TSW.

Council also held a first read and public hearing on a SLUP petition for a child day care facility at 1940 Idlewood Road. The petition will require a second read and vote at an upcoming meeting.

Earlier in the meeting, Mayor Auman appointed, and the City Council consented to, Jenny Emrich as the new Community Council member from District Two replacing Jan Mixon. The Mayor also presented a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month.

The Mayor and City Council meeting will meet next on Tuesday May 28 at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chamber (4228 First Avenue).

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