Woodstock to hear fiber optic plans Monday
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From staff reports

The Woodstock City Council will consider a charter amendment to solidify its ability to appoint a solicitor and hear an update on plans to install fiber optic cables at its meeting Monday night.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Chambers at City Center at 8534 Main Street.

The council will hold a first reading and public hearing for a charter amendment to allow the council to appoint a solicitor.

City Manager Jeff Moon said the long-standing practice has been for the council to appoint a solicitor but this power is not spelled out in the city’s charter and the amendment is simply a clarification measure.

The contract for Woodstock’s Chief Solicitor Susan Miller was re-approved in 2010.

In other business, Jim Moore, information technology director, said his department along with public works has researched installing two fiber cables at the William G. Long Senior Center and Rubes Creek Water Reclamation Facility.

Moore said it would be possible to connect both facilities to the Woodstock Fire Department for a cost of $23,000, the same amount Comcast would charge to connect the sites. However, if installed by the city, Woodstock would not have to pay a $1,000 per-site fee to connect to the Comcast network and would eliminate the $500 per-month, per-site data service charge.

By implementing the fiber this way, the city would save approximately $11,000 per year in service charges. The cost of the implementation will be budgeted for the next fiscal year in October.

The council will also:

• Recognize the Woodstock Police Department Employee of the Quarter;

• Recognize donations received by the Woodstock Public Safety Foundation;

• Hear a financial presentation for March 2013;

• Consider a zoning extension request for 9.67 acres west of Neese Road;

• Consider variance requests from Panda Restaurant Group Inc. for a Panda Express restaurant in an outparcel of the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta;

• Consider second reading of an ordinance to allow for charitable solicitations from the public right-of-way;

• Consider a local auction contract with Jeff Dobson & Associates;

• Consider an alcohol license for Pizza Pi restaurant at 12910 Highway 92;

• Consider creation of a worker’s compensation self-insurance fund; and

• Consider utility billing reorganization.

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