Tucker’s Mayor and City Council held their final February meeting Monday night at the City Hall Annex, holding a pair of public hearings.
The first public hearing addressed a rezoning and concurrent variance petitions for a planned 99,000 square foot commercial development at the intersection of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. After extensive discussion, Council voted 6-0 to defer the issue to the March 9 meeting, giving staff and the applicant more time to work out conditions.
The second public hearing was to consider amendments to the City Charter. This was a first read, meaning the issue will go for a second read, third read and anticipated vote at future meetings.
Council cast a major vote in approving a $4.44 million contract for SPLOST-funded road resurfacing. Gwinnett County-based E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. submitted the low bid and will perform the work, which will cover 79 streets and 19.2 miles of roadway throughout the 2020 calendar year.
They then voted to authorize an agreement for the installation of 133 solar panels on the roof of Tucker Recreation Center. Over time, the panels are expected to generate 86 percent of the energy needed to power the building. The project is being done in conjunction with German-based solar power battery manufacturer sonnen, a subsidiary of Shell, which has its North American headquarters and manufacturing facility in Tucker.
Finally, Council held a first read of an annexation petition from the owner of 2954 Thornridge Drive. The property is adjacent to the City boundary, just off Livsey Road. The petition will have to come back before Council a second time for a final vote.
The next City Council meeting will be on Monday March 9 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).