Woodstock OKs city manager’s contract to 2015
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
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WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock City Council voted 4-1 Monday night, with council member Liz Baxter opposed, to revise Woodstock City Manager Jeff Moon’s contract with the city.

Baxter took issue with approving the contract nine months before Moon’s contract expires, calling the vote “extremely early.”

Moon’s contract is now extended through Dec. 31, 2015, and reflects his salary of $137,891.29, the same he made in 2012.

Moon has been Woodstock’s city manager since 2008, and his salary when he was hired was $125,000, according to city records.

The city manager said he’s never asked for a salary increase from any city council he’s worked for in a year when employees were not given an increase.

“I have not done that this year, either,” Moon said. “I just wanted to publicly state that what we asked council for is to extend my contract two years, and I agree to work for 2013 and 2014 for what I make today. I will turn down any salary increases over the next two years.”

Moon’s contract was also modified to state he cannot apply for a position within Cherokee County, rather than the heftier 100-mile restriction surrounding the city that was previously agreed upon.

He said this adjustment is to preserve any future employment opportunities elsewhere.

“Since this is an election year and you never know what’s going to happen, I may find myself next January with a council or a mayor that I either a) don’t want to work for or b) they don’t want me to work for them,” Moon said.

Moon said he still owns a home in Orange Beach, Ala., where he previously served as city manager, and the prior contract stipulation would put him in a difficult situation if he needed to relocate for work.

In an added agenda item, the council also approved authorizing Mayor Donnie Henriques to execute the deeds for a previously agreed upon right-of-way swap with Horizon Group Properties.

The agreement between the city and Horizons is part of the Woodstock Parkway relocation, in which both entities collaborated on as part of the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta project.

Moon said the move would help Horizons close various transactions more quickly in the coming months leading up to the opening of the outlet mall.

For the third year, the 97.1 The River Wing & Rock festival is set to come back to Woodstock.

The Woodstock City Council voted at its Monday meeting to approve a temporary alcohol license for USA Entertainment Inc. to host the free event at the Park at City Center from Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2.

Shane Aubrey, organizer of the wing-centric chow fest, told council he’s excited to bring back the eighth annual festival to Woodstock for the third year and plans to extend the event with a Friday night concert in addition to the usual Saturday and Sunday events.

Aubrey said the event will have two areas on the lower level of the park where alcohol will be served. Similar to last year, the event will have arts and crafts vendors and kids’ activities on the top level and music, entertainment, food and alcohol on the lower level.

Councilmember Chris Casdia said event organizers made changes last year to the event to allow more Woodstock-based businesses to be centrally featured and he was pleased with the adjustments.

“Shane is more cognizant of that and divided up what are perceived as prime locations,” Casdia said.

Aubrey agreed last year’s setup worked well and he’s happy to have the city’s seal of approval.

The festival will run from 6 p.m. May 31; 12 to 10 p.m. June 1 and 12 to 6 p.m. June 2.

Council member Randy Brewer was not present.

The council also:

* Approved second and final reading of the Merrill Gardens annexation and rezoning for a 150-unit assisted living facility;

* Approved a clarification for the Oakhurst subdivision rezoning with the correct site plan with 157 lots;

* Approved a contract agreement with Comcast to allow the company access to city buildings to begin the installation of dark fiber;

* Cancelled the March 18 work session; and

* Met in closed session to discuss potential litigation and a personnel matter. After returning to open session, the council voted unanimously to decline to hear an appeal from an employee who was terminated by the city.

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