City Council Update

Vitual-City-Council-April-27-2020Tucker’s Mayor and City Council held three meetings, all virtual, during the month of April.

The first meeting took place on April 13, where Council took the important step of approving a series of contracts for buildout of a new City Hall. After outgrowing their current spaces, City staff are moving operations into the facility at 1975 Lakeside Parkway, just off Northlake Parkway. The other issue Council took action on was to unanimously approve an amended meeting calendar for 2020. This move was made to reflect changes to the land use process, specifically with Community Council ceasing operation. It will also move Planning Commission meetings to the third Thursday of the month.

At a special called meeting on April 20, Council had their first chance to ask questions about the proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget. That draft budget assumes a 20 percent drop in revenues due to economic impact of the coronavirus. It also establishes a $1.7 million contingency. A final vote on the budget will happen later this spring. As far as action items, Council approved the acquisition of Smoke Rise Bath & Racquet Club on a 6-1 vote. The club, which has long been a staple in Tucker’s Smoke Rise community, will give the City a second public swimming pool with additional tennis and pickleball courts. They also approved an amendment to the City’s alcohol ordinance. This change will empower the City to revoke an alcohol license for businesses who do not comply with city audits, as well as creating stricter policies toward businesses who are routinely late in paying their alcohol excise tax.

The final meeting of the month took place on April 27. Council approved a $108,095 contract with TriScapes to reconstruct eight intersection radii in the City. They also approved a handful of appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals, Downtown Development Authority and Planning Commission.

The next meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be on May 11 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).

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