After weeks of discussion, the Canton City Council voted Thursday evening to set an election for the vacant Ward 2 Council seat.

The council approved the intergovernmental agreement between Canton and Cherokee County, which states that the Cherokee County Board of Elections will conduct the election. City staff held discussions with the Cherokee County Board of Elections and the county regarding concerns with pricing that were brought up at the previous city council meeting. City Manager Billy Peppers said that the county agreed with city staff that $14,000 as a max seemed like a reasonable amount to cover an election.

The election will take place on Nov. 3. Qualifying will be held at Canton City Hall, located at 110 Academy St., on Aug. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Voter registration for the election ends on Oct. 5, with early voting beginning on Oct. 12. Early voting can be done by mail or in person at the Cherokee County Elections and Registration office in Canton, or in person during the week of advanced voting. Additional advanced voting locations may be announced.

In non-election related news, the council approved three requests for townhouse developments. The first request that was approved came from Brad Fisher for an amendment to a previously approved conditional-use permit. He received approval from council to construct a five-unit multi-family townhouse structure at 227 Marietta St. at a December 2019 council meeting. Fisher has since acquired additional adjacent property at 370 W. Marietta St. and 471 E. Marietta St. that will now be the site of an additional six to seven units.

The second and third requests that were approved pertaining to townhouse development came from TPA Group, LLC to amend the existing master plan for Pod B of the Bluffs in Canton to allow for single family attached units, as well as a conditional-use permit to add an additional 70 townhouses in that same pod. In 2018, the applicant was granted approval to construct 97 townhouse units in Pod B. Since then, this type has been a popular house type, which is why the developer will now be adding additional units.

A Neighborhood Traffic Control Program was also approved, which will give residents a way to request an item without having to first go to council. This program will also help them better understand the process, the pros and cons of additional traffic control devices, and what is needed of the residents. It also gives city staff a step by step process to go by when traffic control devices are requested. This process will ensure that residents have all the background information and support prior to bringing the item to council for approval.

An initial request letter must be received from a citizen requesting that a traffic control device be installed or removed at one or more specific locations within a subdivision. Once a request letter has been received, a copy of the City of Canton Neighborhood Traffic Control Program will be sent to the requesting citizen, as well as the homeowner’s association, if applicable. A defined service area will also be determined. A meeting with the Development Services Manager is also required.

Council then approved the Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget and millage rate, set at 5.4. The millage rate accounts for all city services including police, fire, recreation, streets, municipal courts, community development, code compliance, building and safety services, and administration.

The Fiscal Year 2021 Operating Budget is from Oct. 1, 2020, to Sept. 30, 2021.

Lastly, the council approved a rezoning petition from the Development Authority of Cherokee County on an approximately 50 acre tract of land located on Knox Bridge Highway. The property will be rezoned from single family residential to light industrial for a possible corporate park.

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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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