Tucker’s City Council met three times in the month of November, holding a pair of meetings, as well as a planning retreat.
The November 13 meeting came on the heels of the referendum vote approving EHOST/SPLOST across DeKalb County. City Manager Tami Hanlin presented an update on the SPLOST at that City Council meeting. According to her report, the additional penny tax will begin to be collected in April 2018, with the City receiving funds monthly beginning in May.
Council also held a first read on an annexation petition by a group of five commercial properties along East Ponce de Leon Avenue. This annexation is expected to pass on a final vote in December.
Toward the end of the meeting, Council went into executive session, where they decided that the City would notify DeKalb County of their intention to take over operations of Tucker Recreation Center on January 1, 2018.
At the November 27 meeting, Council granted a deferral on a proposed 19-unit residential development on Saren Court. STS Development Group asked for more time to redesign the site plan as it was determined that there was an intermittent stream on adjoining parcels. Council approved the deferral to the December 11 meeting, when there will be a public hearing and anticipated final vote.
Council also approved a pair of ordinances on unanimous votes. One ordinance will prescribe rules and regulations for collection of garbage and refuse, as well as the unlawful deposit of litter in the City. The second makes changes to the building regulations code that will help the City deal with property owners who are in violation and whose properties will need City abatement. This will apply to ongoing code enforcement citations involving cases such as overgrown properties that are not responding to environmental court.
The City Council has just one scheduled meeting remaining in 2017. It will be held on Monday December 11 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).