Tucker’s Mayor and City Council met twice during the month of February. The first meeting took place on February 10 with the Council getting a presentation on the City’s Downtown Master Plan. After being briefed, Council voted unanimously to accept the plan, which has been in the works since early 2019, was completed in collaboration with the Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District (CID) and lays out a vision and strategy for the future of Tucker’s historic downtown area.
Council then gave approval to a pair of ordinances. The first was a move to amend the City’s budget calendar, allowing more time for revenue projections to be compiled before a draft budget is actually presented to the Council. Next, they approved a small cell ordinance. This ordinance aligns the City of Tucker Code with state regulations when it comes to streaming wireless facilities and antennae.
In a series of smaller votes, the Council approved:
- an amended contract with professional service provider Jacobs
- an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Public Facility Authority for a lease on a new City Hall
- an IGA with DeKalb County for upcoming parks projects
- adding to the Parks and Recreation fee schedule
Council met again on February 24, approving a road resurfacing contract with E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. E.R. Snell will complete work on 79 streets within the city limits of Tucker, a $4.4 million project that will be paid for with SPLOST funds.
Council also voted 6-0 to grant a deferral of a rezoning and concurrent variances for a proposed 13.99-acre commercial complex at the intersection of Hugh Howell Road and Mountain Industrial Boulevard. The issue will come back for a second read and anticipated vote at the Council meeting on March 9.
They then voted to authorize an agreement for the installation of 133 solar panels on the roof of Tucker Recreation Center. Over time, the panels are expected to generate 86 percent of the energy needed to power the building.
The next City Council meeting will be March 9 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).