Tucker’s Mayor and City Council held a work session and meeting on Monday night, their first gathering using Zoom technology. This technology allowed citizens who are sheltering in place to observe the meeting by viewing it online.
The first issue discussed was an amendment to the City’s alcohol ordinance. This proposed change would empower the City to revoke an alcohol license for businesses who do not comply with city audits, as well as creating stricter policies toward businesses who are routinely late in paying their alcohol excise tax. The issue was before Council on a first read, meaning no vote was taken. Next, Council voted to unanimously approve an amended meeting calendar for 2020. This move was made to reflect changes to the land use process, specifically with Community Council ceasing operation. It also will move Planning Commission meetings to the third Thursday of the month.
Council then held discussion on a possible acquisition of Smoke Rise Bath & Racquet Club. There were a number of outstanding questions, so Council voted unanimously to defer the issue to a future meeting.
The next issue was approval of a bid for buildout of a new city hall. City staff has outgrown its current spaces at City Hall and the City Hall Annex, necessitating a move to a new space. That new space is located at Lakeside Center off Northlake Parkway. Council approved the following agreements in conjunction with the project:
- General contracting for $1,188,341 with Cornerstone
- Cabling and security to GC&E for $187,529
- State contract for IT equipment to SHI for $70,150
- Audio visual to Diversify for $174,555
- Furniture to Office Creations for $241,756
Lastly, the City Finance Director presented to the Mayor and Council a draft of the Fiscal Year 2021 budget. That draft budget, while preliminary, is available online for the public to view.
The Mayor and Council will hold a budget work session on April 20 at a time to be determined at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue). Their next meeting will take place on April 27 at 7 p.m.