Tucker’s Mayor and City Council met Monday night to discuss the proposed millage rate, City branding and improvements to Tucker parks.
The meeting started earlier than usual, at 6:45, to satisfy state mandates regarding millage rate public hearings. The proposal to establish a City millage rate of 0.9 mils is in response to DeKalb County reducing its millage rate for parks. The net amount paid by Tucker property owners would actually be less in the coming year than it was in previous years. The millage rate is scheduled for a third read, public hearing and adoption by Council at their meeting on June 26.
Council also heard a presentation from consults from sky design, the Atlanta-based firm that is directing the City’s first-ever branding process. The branding, which is scheduled to be complete in the fall, seeks to cultivate a shared vision for what Tucker is and what it hopes to become in the future.
There were two votes pertaining to improvements in Tucker’s parks. The first vote was a unanimous approval of $62,582.85 for repair and expansion of the dock at Lake Erin. The project is the latest collaboration between the City and DeKalb County on improvements in Henderson Park. The second vote, also unanimous, authorized $19,000 for a change order for the tennis court lighting project at Henderson Park. The expenditure was necessitated when crews digging the footings for the light poles hit rock, preventing them from digging deep enough to complete the project. With this vote, the tennis court lights are expected to be finished later this summer.
Council also held public hearings on amendments to the City’s zoning code and official zoning map. The changes are being brought about by the Overlay Rewrite project overseen by consultants from TSW. A second read and final vote are anticipated for June 26.
With the Mayor and much of the Council attending the Georgia Municipal Association annual conference later this month, the next Council meeting will be pushed from its customary Monday date to Wednesday June 26. It will start at 7 p.m. at the City Council Chamber (4228 First Avenue).