Tucker’s City Council met twice in the month of February, looking closely at issues pertaining to transportation and parks.
At their February 11 meeting, Council voted to allocate $2.3 million for new road resurfacing projects. City Engineer Ken Hildebrandt presented to Council on plans for a largely SPLOST-funded spring resurfacing push that will cover 24 streets, starting with Livsey Drive. Of the $2.3 million, $1.2 million is a combination of money left over from the 2018 resurfacings and higher-than-expected revenues. The remaining $1.1 million was unallocated money that will be transferred from the City Manager’s budget to the City Engineer’s budget. At that same meeting, Council voted unanimously to approve $39,793 to replace two aging HVAC units at Tucker Recreation Center.
Council met again on February 25, spending the bulk of the meeting discussing the City’s Transportation Master Plan. Tim Preece of consulting firm VHB presented a draft of the plan, which will identify needs and guide transportation decisions in the City for years to come. Specifically, Preece discussed possible improvements involving transit, sidewalks, traffic patterns and intersections. Council then voted to renew an agreement between the City and the Wade Walker YMCA that will have the Y staff Summer Camp at Tucker Recreation Center. The agreement maintains the $95 weekly rate from last summer.
There was one change to the City Code. That came on a 6-0 to approve changes to the nuisance ordinance. The move is designed to address unsafe properties or structures and empower the City to remedy those by imposing a tax lien, when necessary.
Finally, Council approved a resolution opposing Georgia House Bill 302. The legislation, currently being considered under the Gold Dome, would strip localities of the authority to enact building standards in many circumstances, including exterior building color, exterior building materials, roofing materials and roofing styles.