Woodstock City Council members last week approved updates to the city’s billboard rules following a public hearing on the issue.
The proposed changes to the city’s billboard standard included requiring that new billboards being designed be located at least 1,500 feet away from existing billboards, increasing the distance between new billboards and land zoned for residential uses from 500 feet to 1,000 feet and requiring revisions being made to new billboards be prepared by an engineer to help confirm the accuracy of all necessary measurements. With nobody signed up to address the council on the issue, the public hearing was closed and the council voted to approve the updates.
At its July 13 meeting, the Woodstock City Council also handled the following items:
♦ The consent agenda, which included accepting the donation of police dog Tessa from the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation;
♦ Accepting the donation of a Kustom Signals Pro Laser III from the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation for use in traffic enforcement;
♦ Ratifying the purchase of 117 Dupree Road for $245,000 and the purchase of Lot 46 on Independence Way in the Colony Woods subdivision for $15,000;
♦ A resolution for temporarily amending the city’s fee schedule for the implementation of a business assistance package;
♦ The acceptance of a reorganization chart for the parks and rec department and related position title changes;
♦ A budget amendment to cover changes made when reorganizing the parks and rec department, the renewal of the city’s licensing agreement for the city’s GIS (geographic information system) mapping software;
♦ Waiving the public input meeting for an annexation case on Towne Lake Parkway involving Northside Hospital;
♦ The third reading of the proposed changes to the city’s tree preservation standards and the third reading on amendments to the city code regarding punishments for violations of the code, was approved.
♦ After being broken out from the rest of the consent agenda, the public hearing regarding a commercial development on the corner of Georgia Highway 92 and Neese Road, as well as project change orders for both the Rope Mill Road Project and the Main-Brooke Turn Lane Project were approved. The council was informed that the public hearing was being waived for the commercial site due to time constraints on the matter, as the developer is on a tight timeline. The change order on the Rope Mill Road Project expanded the work to include between Cardinal Drive and Inwood Walk, as well as between Angela Court and the entrance to Woodstock Elementary School, while the change order on the Main-Brooke Turn Lane Project covered improvements that would enable a more natural straight edge beyond the intersection. Prior to the approval of the road project change orders, Councilman David Potts recused himself from the two votes, citing a conflict of interest.
♦ When making his announcements, Councilman Colin Ake reminded everyone that the Woodstock Farm Fresh Market was open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and that both The Ultimate Queen Celebration featuring Marc Martel and the Steep Canyon Rangers concerts were having to be delayed until the 2021 Woodstock Summer Concert Series. Ake also said the local American Legion post had put out a drop box in The Park at City Center where old and worn-out American flags could be dropped off to be properly disposed of.
The council approved tabling an application from Toll Brothers, Inc. until the Aug. 10 meeting. The application submitted to the city requested 28 acres of land currently in unincorporated Cherokee County and zoned for residential requiring lots of 80,000 square feet be annexed into the city and rezoned to a residential classification allowing for denser development for the purpose of creating a development of single-family detached homes.♦
An intergovernmental agreement with the city of Mountain Park was approved. Under the agreement, Mountain Park will be able to piggyback onto the next paving bid project Woodstock engages in.
The council was notified that a pump at one of the city’s 19 wastewater pump stations had broken down and had to be replaced. Efforts to replace the pump had begun before the council meeting, as it was deemed an emergency repair, but city protocol required the council be notified of the matter, with procurements on the work set to come before the council in the near future.