City Council Update

May 18th City Council Meeting
April was “budget month” for Tucker’s City Council, as they held two meetings and two work sessions to hammer out the budget for Fiscal Year 2019. All the work culminated on April 23 with a unanimous vote to approve a $12.8 million budget. The plan spells out funding for the City’s newly acquired parks, as well as setting priorities for the new SPLOST program. As the City grows, this budget allows for the creation of six full-time staff positions, including a Field Superintendent, an additional Code Enforcement Officer and a new Community Development planner. It also funds much talked about needs like a pilot program for security cameras in Tucker parks and upgrades to the restrooms at Tucker Recreation Center.

At the meeting on April 9, Council took action on a pair of transportation matters, as they approved contracts for a Transportation Master Plan and a Trail Master Plan. They then authorized the Mayor to execute four intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) with DeKalb County. The IGAs, which promise the County will continue to provide roads and drainage, storm water, police and 911 services to the City of Tucker, were subsequently approved by the DeKalb Board of Commissioners.

At the April 23 meeting, Council voted to deny a rezoning for a residential development along Lawrenceville Highway. The project, which called for 25 townhomes and 20 single-family detached homes to be located on the south side of Lawrenceville at Bishop Drive, failed on a 5-2 vote.

Council also unanimously adopted the City’s first-ever Comprehensive Plan. The Plan, which is the culmination of the year-and-a-half long “Tucker Tomorrow” input process, will guide land use and development decisions to be made in the City for decades to come.The next scheduled City Council meeting is May 14 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).

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