Due to the additional length and depth of the Dream Catcher Drive stormwater project, the Woodstock City Council approved a more than $75,000 increase in spending for the project at Monday night’s meeting.

Rob Hogan of the Public Works Department explained that the project was a substantial one to begin with and when work began it became obvious changes would be required.

“It quickly became obvious that the depth and the width was going to have to be expanded,” Hogan said. “It became really a monumental project at that point. I told Jeff Moon this, at the time, it almost looked like we were constructing a skyscraper in the area. It was huge.”

Information presented at the meeting explained this change order involved a total cost of $75,622.24, a large portion of which Hogan explained involved the transportation of dirt to and from the site. As the area being worked on was not conducive to having the dirt left at the site, he said it had to be hauled off to a different location and brought back when the project was wrapping up.

However, now that the repair work and landscaping have been completed, Hogan said it is virtually impossible to tell any work had taken place there.

When considering all of the work that had to be done, Councilman Rob Usher said he was glad it was done and knew residents in the area had to be glad as well. Taking a closer look at photos of the project, Councilman Warren Johnson asked Hogan if this project was really as close to the houses in the neighborhood as the images made it appear to be.

“Yes, it is, and it goes under the road,” Hogan said. “This is a major, 72 inch storm water pipe that’s really carrying a stream under Dream Catcher Drive. It goes from one section of the neighborhood, under the road, between two houses and then back into the woods where it becomes a natural stream again.”

In an unrelated matter, a public hearing had been scheduled for the meeting involving amendments to zoning conditions and variances on property located at 8859 and 8959 Main St. However, attorney Parks Huff, representing the applicant Pope & Land Enterprises, Inc., submitted a request to the council to have the hearing tabled until September, which the council approved.

The Woodstock City Council also addressed the following items:

- The consent agenda, which included:

♦ A second reading on the proposed changes to the city’s billboard regulations;

♦ The replacement of a pump at the Weatherstone/Trickum Pump Station; and

♦ The adoption of an agreement regarding $3.2 million Woodstock received from the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank for road improvements in the downtown area, was approved.

- During the announcements portion of the meeting, Councilman Colin Ake reminded everyone that responses are still needed for the U.S. Census and that bills from the city can be paid online by going to the city’s website.

- The council approved both a work authorization for the conceptual design of a dual left turn lane for the northbound entrance to Interstate 575 from Towne Lake Parkway and authorization for as-needed work services for Fiscal Year 2021 with the Arcadis company.

- Before the meeting ended, Assistant City Manager Coty Thigpen asked the council members for direction on how they would like to proceed with future council meetings. The general consensus was that the council members were feeling comfortable overall with returning to in-person meetings, but wanted to leave in place a way members could participate remotely if needed.

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