January was a big month for the Mayor and City Council, as they were sworn in during the January 8 meeting. Mayor Frank Auman and Council members Matt Robbins and Michelle Penkava all took the oath for a second time, while District One Councilwoman Pat Soltys became the body’s newest member.
During that January 8 meeting, Council approved $36,860 to fund a pavement management study. That money will come out of the City’s SPLOST funds. Council also confirmed the Mayor’s nominations of 28 people to serve on the City’s boards and commissions. Most of those people were subsequently sworn in at the Council’s January 22 meeting.
Because of the length of the agenda, the January 8 meeting carried over to January 9, where the Council held five public hearings on land use cases. The only case to actually have a vote was a proposed 19-unit single family development near Montreal Park. Council voted 7-0 to approve the rezoning and concurrent variances needed to move the project forward.
Council held their final meeting of the month on the 22nd, taking up two land use development cases. The first was a 6-1 vote to deny a proposed residential development on Saren Court. They then voted to approve construction of a Speedway gas station at the intersection of E. Ponce de Leon Ave. and Mountain Industrial Blvd. A budget amendment, including $30,650 for painting and repairs at Tucker Recreation Center, was approved on a unanimous vote.