WOODSTOCK — In their first meeting of 2020, the Woodstock City Council saw the swearing-in of returning members and the appointment of a new mayor pro tem, as well as some personnel changes.

Returning to start new terms are council members Tracy Collins of Post 4, David Potts of Post 2 and Rob Usher of Post 6. All three were re-elected after they ran unopposed for their seats.

Mayor Donnie Henriques named Councilman Colin Ake as the new mayor pro tem. Usher was the previous mayor pro tem for two years.

City Manager Jeff Moon announced the creation of two new positions for the city: an assistant city manager and an assistant city manager of public works. Public Works Director Rob Hogan was promoted to the new public works position, and Jeremy Parker is the new director. Coty Thigpen is the assistant city manager.

Also at the meeting, the council:

♦ Appointed Brandon Williams to serve on the city’s planning commission, taking the place of Robert Tidwell, who is now the Woodstock municipal judge;

♦ Approved a resolution calling for local municipalities and Cherokee County to meet for Service Delivery Strategy negotiations;

♦ Approved on second reading the annexation of 2.26 acres located at 297 Rope Mill Road, planned for a medical office building;

♦ Approved on consent a six-month contract with lobbyist firm The Hudson Group for $30,000;

♦ Approved an extension for variances and permits for the planned Chick-fil-A Dwarf House demolition and replacement with a Truett’s Chick-fil-A.

♦ Formalized an agreement to accept a road segment of Ridge Trail and asphalt topping and striping from developer Stanley Martin, in exchange for a 50% contribution of $22,000, to complete an extension to the Inwood II neighborhood. When the project is finished, Ridge Trail will be a connector road between Ridgewalk Parkway and Olde Rope Mill Road.

♦ Granted easement for sewer at Bell Park off Ridgewalk Parkway, where the developer Meritage Homes will do the installation and will build an emergency driveway for the neighborhood.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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