Because of changes made to the application, a conditional use permit case that failed to pass at a recent meeting was tabled for additional action by the Woodstock City Council at Monday night’s meeting.
The permit application came from Glamorous Motors, which was seeking the permit in order to purchase the site on Main Street the company currently leases for the operation of its dealership. Process Planner Dakota Carruthers briefly reviewed the case with the council, including the conditions put forth by the Development Process Committee, such as that the permit would be attached to Glamorous Motors, the current fence along the front of the property would have to be removed and replaced with a metal picket fence and that no washing or mechanical work could be done on the cars at that site. She also said she believed the plans received from Glamorous Motors had not changed, although company representative Rami Sulieman that an updated plan had been submitted to the city recently. Sulieman said the dealership would be willing to let this be tabled so city staff could review the updates in detail.
“Staff has not had the chance to review this plan,” Carruthers said. “I believe this opens us up to the option of tabling so that staff can have time to review the plan and we can present it back to you all.”
Agreeing with the suggestion to table the matter, Councilman Colin Ake said, “I’d love to learn more about the proposed plan.”
A motion was then put forth to approve tabling the case, which passed in a 6-0 vote.
The council also heard from Director of Economic Development Brian Stockton, who discussed proposed improvements to the streetscape along Arnold Mill Road directly east of Main Street. Stockton said this idea came up as a result of the city looking at various road improvement projects. The idea included the addition of trees along both sides of the road, a center island of trees and relocating utility lines underground on the south side of Arnold Mill Road. As part of the work, City Manager Jeff Moon said the city would no longer have to put up temporary fences during events at the amphitheater or other similar events.
“I like it. It looks good,” Councilman David Potts said. “I think we need permanent fencing along that road anyways, so I say let’s look further into it.”
Councilman Warren Johnson added, “I think it looks good. The only question that I’ve got, I’m sure this is a conceptual design, but as far as the island in the median, is just ensuring we leave plenty of turn lanes so that traffic continues to move.”
The Woodstock City Council also handled the following:
The consent agenda, which included a budget amendment reflecting a financial contribution from Transport Solutions of America for pedestrian improvements along Arnold Mill Road; a budget amendment to use storm water fund reserves to purchase stream and wetland mitigation credits for the first phase of the Walton development; the second reading of amendments to speed zones and the downtown speed study implementation; the second reading of the moratorium on single-family residential development activity; the second reading of proposed changes to the city’s alcohol ordinance; the second reading for the extension of the car wash moratorium; the second reading of the Dossey annexation on Arnold Mill Road; the ratification of the purchase of 0.04 acres of right-of-way on Main Street; a request from Cherokee County Water and Sewer Authority to change a portion of the utility service area for three parcels near Trickum ♦ Road; the approval of right-of-way acquisition for the Georgia Highway 92 at Neese Road intersection improvement project and the acceptance of a right-of-way dedication on Arnold Mill Road from Transport Systems of America, was approved.
♦ A motion to table one item from the consent agenda, regarding the second reading of definition revisions in the city’s land development ordinance, was approved.
♦ Woodstock Fire Department Assistant Chief Jimmy Eley informed the council that the fire department had applied for a pair of grants that would allow for the purchase of thermal imaging cameras that would be equipped on the agency’s fire engines.
♦ After Johnson recused himself to avoid any potential conflict of interest, the council approved authorizing a work agreement with Arcadis for staking all easements and rights-of-way involved in the projects to improve Mill Street and Towne Lake Parkway.
♦ With the city having approved the second reading on the speed limit changes, Potts asked Assistant City Manager Rob Hogan what the timeline on getting the new speed limits signs installed on the affected roads. Hogan responded the signs should be placed within the near future, although this would depend on how many signs had already been ordered and how quickly they were received.
♦ Mayor Donnie Henriques read out a proclamation declaring Feb. 19 to be Arbor Day in the City of Woodstock.
♦ During the announcement portion of the meeting, Councilman Brian Wolfe said a blood drive sponsored by U-Haul will be held on Feb. 26 and that the city w♦ ould be giving away 700 tree seedlings as part of its Arbor Day celebrations. Seedlings can be picked up at the City Hall Annex on Highway 92, the Woodstock Visitors Center on Main Street and the William G. Long Senior Center on Arnold Mill Road.
♦ At the end of the meeting, the council entered into an executive session, with no items coming from the session upon its return to open meeting.