Bill Grant

Mayor Bill Grant gave his state of Canton address in front of the citizens of Canton before Thursday's city council meeting.

The Canton City Council has approved on second reading updates to the city's alcohol ordinance, which include a new entertainment district.

The new ordinance, which re-establishes an entertainment district in downtown Canton, will take effect immediately. The licensing changes within the ordinance will not take effect until next year.

Before Thursday's council meeting, Canton Mayor Bill Grant gave his state of the city speech, promising to move Canton forward. Highlights of the speech include progress made on the Etowah River Trail Extension and future plans for the extension, designs for the downtown parking deck and the overall family friendly feeling that Canton exudes.  

Also at the meeting, a request to amend the approved master plan within Pod 1 of The Bluffs was also approved, allowing AT&T to add telecommunication facilities as an allowed use for 1130 Bluffs Parkway, which is the site of the Cherokee County Administrative Building.

The telecommunications tower will be used for wireless service. As The Bluffs continues to develop, the tower will be able to provide more wireless service. The height of the tower, which is 260 feet, will allow for more carriers.

Leslie Carroll from Providence Consulting, who is representing AT&T, stated at a planning commission meeting that the coverage area for the tower will include I-575, Great Sky, Technology Park, Overlook and several other residential developments.

A resolution of support to submit Canton’s application for grant funding for Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative and Community Development was also approved. The ARC established two grant programs for local government planning assistance, the Livable Centers Initiative and the Community Development Assistance Program.

The Livable Centers Initiative grant program will allow local jurisdictions to re-envision their communities as vibrant, walkable places that offer increased mobility options, encourage healthy lifestyles and provide improved access to jobs and services through planning, implementation, training, and facilitation.

The approval of this program will allow an application for the development of a master plan for Marietta Highway area to be submitted.

Other agenda items that were approved included:

-The 2020 Health Insurance Benefits renewal with revised deductibles at a 10% increase.

-A resolution to adopt a capital improvements plan and five year short term work plan for impact fee program.

-A resolution to establish cable and video franchise fee.

-Award Change Order No. 2 to Atkins for Construction Management Services for Georgia Highway 20 utility relocation in the amount of $55,380.00.

-A T-Mobile cell tower lease agreement.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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