City Council held a pair of regular called meetings in April, laying the groundwork for a busy month of May.
One issue the Council discussed was a change to the City sign ordinance that would prohibit the so-called “feather signs” used by certain businesses. This was debated over a first read at the April 10 meeting, but no vote has happened yet.
They also held a pair of discussions about a possible Downtown Development Authority (DDA). A DDA, if instituted, would be an appointed body focused on spurring redevelopment in the City of Tucker. The discussions held on April 10 and 24 surrounded what the boundaries of a Tucker DDA would look like. This is another issue that is being studied and there has not been any action taken.
On the annexation front, Council voted 6-0 to approve a petition by the newly-renovated Masters Inn. The hotel sits just inside the Perimeter on Montreal Road. They also held a first read of an annexation petition for five properties on and around E. Ponce de Leon Ave. on the south side of the City. A final vote on that annexation will likely happen at the City Council meeting on May 8.
Mayor Auman also presented a proclamation declaring April 24, 2017 to be Tucker Historical Society Day. The proclamation came 125 years to the day that the first train rolled through what is now known as the City of Tucker.
Finally, the Council held their first meeting at their new dedicated meeting space, the City Hall Annex, at 4228 First Avenue.
The Annex will have a formal grand opening on May 12 from 1-3 p.m. Mayor Auman will deliver the first-ever State of the City Address that afternoon at 2 o’clock.