Tucker’s Mayor and City Council held a pair of work sessions and meetings during the month of October, deciding on issues ranging from code amendments to land use cases. At the meeting on October 14, Council voted 5-1 to amend the City Code to prohibit sharable powered mobility devices. Those devices, commonly referred to as e-scooters and e-bikes, have been prohibited in many other cities based on safety concerns. Council then voted 6-0 to approve an ordinance dealing with prohibition of public alcoholic beverage consumption or open container transport. The move was largely clerical, as the code section was adopted last year, but left out of an amendment in codification.
On October 28, the Council voted 5-2 to approve a rezoning and special land use permit (SLUP) for a commercial development with a drive-thru at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Lynburn Drive. The vote will allow a proposed Arby’s restaurant with a drive-thru to be constructed as part of an 11,200 square foot shopping center that includes the drive-thru restaurant, as well as another commercial building on the corner. The other land use case on the agenda was a pair of SLUPs to allow fuel pumps and alcohol sales at 4246 Lavista Road, the current site of a Chevron gas station. The issue came before Council on a first read, with an anticipated vote happening in November.
At that meeting, Council also voted unanimously to approve three action items, including:
- a contract for $31,742 to install six retractable height basketball goals in the Tucker Recreation Center gym
- a contract for $346,214 in general fund and SPLOST money for construction of a sidewalk on the east side of Idlewood Road from Lawrenceville Highway to Tucker Middle School
- an agreement for the City to partner with the Tucker Summit Community Improvement District (CID) on the application for $600,000 in grant money from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank. This money would go toward design work of improvements at US-78 and Mountain Industrial Boulevard.
The next City Council meeting will be on November 12 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).