City Council Wrap Up – July 13, 2020

City Council 7-13-20Tucker’s Mayor and City Council met Monday night, taking several steps including unanimous passage of a millage rate. The City rate, which will remain unchanged at 0.9 mills for the upcoming fiscal year, is allocated for improvements in Tucker’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Council also held discussion on ballot language for a November referendum to take on Public Works and Stormwater from DeKalb County. Any action was ultimately tabled, but the issue will come back for consideration at a special called Council meeting on Monday July 20 at 8 a.m.

Earlier in the meeting, Council heard a presentation on a study of the Lawrenceville Highway corridor from Hugh Howell Road to Old Norcross Road, a stretch that encompasses the Cofer Crossing Shopping Center. That study, conducted by consultants from VHB, looked at traffic patterns, signal timing and pedestrian movements and included both short- and long-term recommendations for improvements.

They then voted to award a contract for sidewalk construction along Cowan Road and Lynburn Drive. That contract was awarded to Construction 57 for $247,660.

Council approved Mayor Auman’s appointments to a handful of City boards and commissions, including:

  • Reappointing Keith Easterling and Joe Singleton to the Zoning Board of Appeals for terms that run through February 2022.
  • Reappointing Jessica Vargas to the Planning Commission for a term that runs through January 2022 and appointing Frank Sapp for a term that runs through January 2022.
  • Activating and delegating project powers to the Urban Redevelopment Agency, and appointing City Manager Tami Hanlin and Community & Economic Development Director John McHenry to the body, while tapping Derik West to a two-year term on the body.

At the start of the meeting, Mayor Auman swore in new DeKalb County Police Chief Mirtha Ramos.

The next meeting of the Mayor and City Council is scheduled for Monday July 20 at 8 a.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).

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