Duluth asking for input on Red Clay

DULUTH -- Mayor Nancy Harris invited Duluth residents to provide input on proposed designs for replacing part of the Red Clay Theatre at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the theater.

Harris issued the invitation at the Duluth City Council's Monday meeting.

The older portion of the theater recently was demolished due to damage from heavy rain and flooding last fall. The newer part is still being used.

The upcoming public meeting is being sponsored by the Duluth Downtown Development Authority. Chris McGahee, economic development manager for the city, said design options include a box office, restrooms and gathering space that would provide an "entrance point" for the theater. Renderings will be displayed, he said.

The theater is located on Main Street in downtown Duluth.

The council authorized the city to enter into an agreement with GT Hill Planners Corp. to complete environmental studies required by the Georgia Department of Transportation for realignment of Ga. Highway 120 in an amount not to exceed $29,300. Special purpose local option sales tax funds are being used for the project.

The council also:

* Authorized swapping an easement with owners of The Hooch Golf Course required for the first portion of a multi-purpose trail that would run from Rogers Bridge to Pleasant Hill Road.

* Allowed the placement of "No Parking Anytime" signs in the Regency Park Drive cul-de-sac to discourage unauthorized parking. Vehicles parked in the cul-de-sac prohibit the school bus from turning around.

* Adopted a new alcohol beverage ordinance that changes penalties and requires mandatory training.

* Approved an amendment to the city charter that allows the city to maintain a minimum Capital Reserve Fund of $2 million. The current minimum is $3 million.