City Council Proposed Revised Boundary Map

A map shows a proposed new map for city council wards.

A roundabout and other improvements planned for the north part of Neese Road in Woodstock are slated to get $3.9 million in state funding, and the city council has approved agreements for multiple other road projects.

The council unanimously approved an agreement recently with the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank, to accept $3.9 million in grant and loan funding for construction on Woodstock’s Neese Road Northern Segment Project, subject to final approval by the city attorney.

The $3.9 million comes from the state Road and Tollway Authority and includes a grant of $1 million and a loan of $2.9 million. The GTIB funding is provided for construction costs (about $3.5 million) and right-of-way acquisition ($397,575) for the project.

“This agreement secures the funding for construction of the Neese Road Northern Segment that proceeds from near Stations Drive northward to the intersection of Franklin Road,” said Assistant City Manager Rob Hogan.

The project includes a roundabout at the Washington Avenue, Driftwood Lane and Neese Road intersection, as well as a trail and a sidewalk along Neese Road.

The city council also unanimously approved an Arcadis work authorization for final design services and bid documentation services for the Neese Road Southern Segment, which is tentatively scheduled to advertise for request for bids in August 2022. The contract is $42,770 for both the final design and bid documentation processes.

The Neese Road Southern Segment Project is the second of The Southern section will begin near the intersection of Brentwood Lane, and will proceed northward to beyond Stations Drive, Hogan said.

The project will include establishing a more pedestrian-friendly, residential type of parkway and resolving the road’s most difficult of the blind hills and curves, according to the city.

“In most sections, there will be left turn lanes for street and driveway connections, with a landscaped median in areas where no turn lane is necessary, as well as a sidewalk and a Trail,” Hogan said. “The overall Neese Road plan will continue further to the north with two additional projects, planned to immediately proceed after each other.”

The Southern Segment is tentatively planned to begin construction in fall 2022 and be completed by mid-2023, according to Hogan.

There are four planned segment projects for Neese Road.

The council also unanimously approved an award for a request for bids for the construction of the Arnold Mill Road Streetscapes project to contractor Backbone Infrastructure, LLC for about $1.7 million.

The Arnold Mill Road Improvement and Streetscapes Project will start within the next 90 days and should be completed in early 2023, according to Hogan.

“This project includes a complete renovation of Arnold Mill Road from Main Street eastward through the intersection of Hubbard Road, including the addition of four turn lanes at the intersection (one in each direction), a relocation of the Trail along the northern side of AMR, the addition of new Streetscapes on the northern side, as well as new pedestrian entrances from the Trail into the Amphitheater and City Park,” Hogan said.

Additionally, the council unanimously approved awarding a bid by Wildcat Striping and Sealing for LMIG roadway resurfacing for about $704,412, to resurface streets in the Brookshire subdivision.

The city’s evaluation committee recommended an award for 18 of the 23 streets requested in the bid. The five streets not included in the recommendation will be part of next fiscal year’s project instead.

The streets will be scheduled for resurfacing in June and July, according to Hogan.

Council to weigh new ward map this summer

The Woodstock City Council heard recommendations from city staff Monday for new city council ward boundaries.

To ensure equal representation in all wards, the city has to update its ward boundaries to reflect population changes reflected in the U.S. Census results. The last change was adopted in 2012, after the 2010 Census.

Woodstock Mayor Michael Caldwell said the public hearing was “information only”.

“We as a city are trying to ensure that this is as publicly accessible and available as early as possible. This was not a required hearing but one we wanted to make sure we provided as early as we could so that citizens could see them, review, and have opinions,” he said.

No residents spoke at the public hearing.

City Manager Jeff Moon said the city has to address the recommendation as a charter amendment, and the council is expected to vote on the new map in July.

If the map presented Monday is approved, the following areas will move to a new ward:

♦ Camelia Place, Magnolias at Ridgewalk and Montclair at Ridgewalk in Ward 2 would move to Ward 6, represented by Councilman Rob Usher.

♦ Parts of Main Street would move from Ward 1 to Ward 2, represented by Councilman David Potts.

♦ Regency Village at Weatherstone, Rocky Springs townhomes, Evelyn Farms, and Nowlin Hall would move from Ward 3 to Ward 5, represented by Councilman Brian Wolfe.

♦ The Cornerstone Estates subdivision would move from Ward 3 to Ward 4, represented by Councilwoman Tracy Collins.

Also at the meeting, council members unanimously approved a contract with Cherokee County’s new medical director for public safety, for $7,500 per calendar year, to also be the city’s medical director after the previous director retired.

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