City Council Update

Tucker Mayor and City Council meeting, September 14, 2020.Tucker’s Mayor and City Council met twice in the month of September, dealing with a number of relatively minor or administrative issues.

At the September 14 meeting, Council voted to approve an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with DeKalb County for funding to stabilize Johns Homestead. Commissioner Steve Bradshaw allocated just shy of $100,000 of county money for upkeep on the beloved historic home. Council’s vote allows the City to formally accept those funds and begin work on the property.

They also approved an agreement with Georgia Power that will pay the utility to install streetlights as part of the Tucker Streetscape Project. The City budgeted $250,000 for the work, but the Georgia Power estimate came in significantly under budget.

Council then voted unanimously to award a contract to Green Heart Enterprises for installation of MARTA bus stop pads throughout the City.

There were first reads, meaning no votes were taken, on a number of issues, including:

  • an ordinance to amend the City Code regarding choice in bail bondsmen
  • consideration of an ordinance for post-construction stormwater management
  • consideration of an ordinance for litter control
  • consideration of an ordinance for illicit discharge and illegal connection

Lastly, Council discussed a resolution for a municipal special election referendum that would see the City take over certain aspects of public works from DeKalb County. This continued discussion from previous meetings about a potential March referendum. They agreed to continue the discussion at the Council work session on October 26.

Council then held a work session and brief meeting on September 28. They discussed several topics in that work session including setting a meeting calendar for 2020, distribution of CARES Act funds and transportation capital projects happening around the City. They also approved the ordinance regarding bail bondsmen from the previous meeting. Following an executive session, Council voted unanimously to authorize the Mayor to acquire the old county library property on Church Street from DeKalb County.

The next meeting of the Mayor and City Council will take place on Tuesday October 13 at 7 p.m. at the City Hall Annex (4228 First Avenue).

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