Tucker’s Mayor and City Council held a special called meeting on Monday afternoon, dealing briefly with a few business items before taking a deep dive into the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.
The first vote taken was for approval of the acquisition of Smoke Rise Bath & Racquet Club. The club, which has long been a staple in Tucker’s Smoke Rise community, will give the City a second public swimming pool with additional tennis and pickleball courts. It also fills a need identified in Tucker’s Parks Master Plan for a park located in the east end of town.
Next, they approved an amendment to the City’s alcohol ordinance. This change will 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 third item was an amendment to the City’s purchasing policy. It allows the City to refer to GDOT’s procurement policy for any contracts that involve state or federal funding. The amendment was approved on a unanimous vote.
Lastly, Council held discussion on the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget. The budget draft assumes a 20 percent drop in revenues due to economic impact of the coronavirus. It also establishes a $1.7 million contingency. A final vote on the budget will happen in the coming months.
The Mayor and Council will meet next on Monday April 27 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue). The meeting will also be accessible to the public via Zoom.