City Council Update

Tucker CIty Council meeting on May 24, 2021.

Tucker’s Mayor and City Council met twice during the month of May, discussing and dealing with a number of issues of importance in the City.

At the meeting on May 10, Council voted 6-0 to award a nearly $48,000 contract for assessing the condition of the City’s streets to Stantec. Three years ago, Stantec performed the same service, traversing every mile of Tucker’s public roadways to assess the conditions. The data was used to help city officials prioritize which roads would be resurfaced first in the past four SPLOST-funded road resurfacing campaigns. Roads will be re-prioritized moving forward based on this new data.

Council also held first reads and public hearings on a pair of issues. The first was an ordinance to amend the City Code, adopting a model ordinance from the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District. This ordinance would impact water recycling from new car washes in the City. The second issue was a rezoning and concurrent variance to allow for 80 townhomes in Tucker’s Northlake area. Neither of these issues was voted on and both are expected to come up again at the Council’s meeting on June 14.

On May 24, the Mayor and Council held a work session followed by a special called meeting. During the work session, Council heard a presentation from members of the Urban Land Institute leadership program on a study they performed on the Northlake Festival Shopping Center. The findings suggested Northlake Festival could someday be an ideal location for a performing arts center, walkable retail and mixed-use development. They also discussed ways to improve the intersection at Lavista Road where Fellowship Road crosses over onto Chamblee Tucker Road. City Engineer Ken Hildebrandt presented several possible solutions, including reversing traffic flow on Lynburn Drive and adding a northbound left turn lane from Fellowship onto Lavista.

The special called meeting gave Council the chance to solicit input on the Fiscal Year 2022 budget. There was a first read and public hearing on the roughly $16 million budget. No formal action was taken, as there are still upcoming opportunities for residents to give feedback. Council then approved a contract amendment for the Outdoor Fitness Court to be installed on the old DeKalb County Library property on Church Street, as well as a contract for replacement of two bridges at Probst Park.

The next meeting of the Mayor and City Council will be Monday June 14 at 7 p.m. at City Hall (1975 Lakeside Parkway, Suite 350B).

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