Road repairs, fireworks cost approved by Woodstock City Council
by Michelle Babcock
May 14, 2014 12:00 AM | 1384 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — Some downtown streets and parking lots will be repaired and repaved, after the Woodstock City Council approved a $278,000 project at its meeting Monday.

The council unanimously approved the road and lot repairs, including improvements to the Mill Street and Community Center parking lots.

Public Works Director Pat Flood said the cost proposed by Decatur-based Wildcat Striping and Sealing Company was a fair price and the council approved the company for the project.

The project includes plans to grade and repave the Mill Street Parking Lot, which is now a gravel lot. Plans also include repairing and repaving the Community Center Parking Lot.

Many roads will also be repaired as part of the project, including Moccasin Trail, Bear Cave Trail, Mill Street, Pinehill Drive and Highway 5 from the railroad tracks to Haney Road.

Councilman Bob Mueller made a motion to approve the project and Councilman Chris Casdia seconded the motion, which was unanimously approved by the council with Councilwoman Tessa Basford absent.

Also at the meeting, the council approved an additional $10,000 expense for the city’s Fourth of July fireworks display.

The total cost for the 2014 fireworks display is $15,000, with a $5,000 credit already in place from last year’s rained-out show.

The council approved the additional cost 4-1, with Councilwoman Liz Baxter opposed.

Baxter explained she was opposed to using additional city funds.

Preston Pooser, director of the city Parks and Recreation department, said the $5,000 credit with the fireworks company was left over from a deposit the city paid prior to the display being cancelled due to bad weather in 2013.

Pooser added the cost of fireworks is increasing and it would cost the

city more money to maintain the same length of show as previous years and “keep a decent show.”

Also at the meeting Monday:

• Mayor Donnie Henriques presented a proclamation, declaring May as Lupus Awareness Month;

• Henriques also presented a proclamation, declaring May 11 to 17 as National Police Officers Memorial Week;

• Misti Martin, executive director of the Cherokee county Development Authority, gave a presentation on development across the county, noting the work the authority does with cities across the county;

• Chief Financial Officer Robert Porche gave a presentation on the status of the city’s special revenue funds;

• The council approved a Marietta-based developer’s plans to build a 96-unit, campus-style assisted living facility on Rope Mill Road;

• And, the council approved a Smyrna-based developer’s plans to build a mixed-use community on the western frontage of Main Street, south of Barnsdale Terrace.

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