After entering into executive session at a recent meeting, the Woodstock City Council returned from the session to approve a moratorium on permits for car wash facilities in the city.

“This item is a proposed 30-day moratorium on the acceptance of any public hearing applications for car wash businesses, so this proposal would run through Dec. 15 as proposed right now,” Director of Community Development Brantley Day said. “It provides staff enough time to do research and begin drafts and changes to the city code to bring forth for your consideration.”

In a follow-up conversation, Day explained this would give city staff the time to do some research into ways the term “car wash” could be more specifically defined in city code, as well as proposing to the council ways the code can effectively regulate the use of car washes based on the goals and policies of the city council, along with the city’s comprehensive plan.

After approving a motion to officially add this item to the meeting agenda, the council approved the moratorium in a unanimous vote.

The council also took action on an item involving the design of wayfinding signs to be used throughout town. Initially part of the consent agenda, the topic was pulled for additional discussion, with a few of the council members expressing concern on the design of these signs, believing some of the suggested designs could be too difficult to read.

“I tried to get the designer on the phone today to talk about that,” Director of Economic Development Brian Stockton said. “There’s nothing pressing that we can’t table this and go back and get some answers on it.”

The motion to table this matter until the next meeting was then approved in a unanimous vote.

The Woodstock City Council also handled the following:

  • The consent agenda, which included budget amendments regarding software for the police department and additional money for the grants given to local food pantries, the purchase of two Ford F-150 trucks for use by city departments, the repeal of an unused policy for service providers to third parties, an easement agreement for a trail or sidewalk along Main Street at 101 Henderson Street, an intergovernmental agreement with Cherokee County for Premier One Software, a revision to the city’s organizational chart, the adoption of a resolution for the 2020 Smart Woodstock Citywide Strategy and Smart Corridor Study Recommendations and a bike trail easement at the future Meritage development behind Costco, was approved.
  • After being pulled from the consent agenda, the council approved a motion to table updates and revisions to the council’s policy manual.
  • A motion to extend the 90-day moratorium on issuing land development permits along Main Street between Rope Mill Road and the Haney Walk roundabout was approved. “It’s taking a little longer to get the stormwater improvements designed and out for bids, so we’d like to request an extension of the moratorium,” City Manager Jeff Moon said.
  • The council voted to approve a budget amendment and work authorization with the Arcadis firm to draw up a design and provide a cost estimate for a possible extension on Mill Street to cross the railroad and connect to Wheeler Street. Councilman Warren Johnson recused himself from the matter to avoid any potential conflict of interest.
  • In recognition of Veterans Day, Mayor Donnie Henriques read a proclamation, calling on the city and its residents to honor those who served in the armed forces. He also said this was the same proclamation he had read when recording the city’s Veterans Day ceremony, as it had been decided to hold a virtual ceremony this year.
  • Henriques also read a proclamation, recognizing how much of a public health concern suicide is in an effort to bring a greater awareness to the issue.
  • Moon reminded the council members to be considering dates for the 2021 planning retreat, as this will be a discussion point during the council’s next meeting. He also informed the council he had made an emergency purchase totaling approximately $13,500 for laptop computers the city could have up and running to be ready for the conversion of the computer aided dispatch system used by the Cherokee E-911 agency, and that this would be a budget amendment item up for approval at the next meeting.
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