NORCROSS — City Manager Rudolph Smith on Monday advised Mayor Bucky Johnson and City Council members that he and his staff plan wait until the Aug. 19 policy work session to make any recommendations about the city’s millage rate for the upcoming fiscal year.
Should the millage rate be raised after all factors are considered, there will be two more public hearings before any action is taken.
Shade structure to be built at Webb Field
Council members voted to approve a cost not to exceed $23,000 for the construction of two shade pergolas in Webb Field. The original bid was for $56,106 to build the pergolas and an additional shade structure, but only the pergolas were approved. SPLOST funds earmarked for recreation will be used to fund the project.
Councilman Keith Shewbert stated his concern that too many “ideas that bubble up” are being brought before the council for approval, when the proper action would be for each department to forecast and budget their needs for the coming year. “I want to see projects like this go through the proper channels, so we’re not stealing from Peter to pay Paul,” Shewbert said.
Structured parking concept reviewed
Forsite Group, a civil engineering company, presented a concept to Johnson and council members Monday for structured parking at the city’s community center. The plan, if approved, will provide another 300 parking spaces on land the city recently bought for that purpose.
Karen Jenkins, representing the Forsite Group at Monday’s council meeting, said the design uses the sloped topography to build the parking structure in a manner that makes the best use of the land and the money spent for construction. One of the design goals was to avoid obstructing the view, and the plan presented Monday accomplishes that goal.
Railroad crossing study to commence
Moreland, Altobelli and Associates Inc., a consulting firm, has been selected by Norcross to conduct a study of the Holcomb Bridge Road railroad crossing. The study will be supplemental to the city’s Livable Centers Initiative study. The goal of the study is to identify ways in which safety and visibility, as well as traffic flow improvement, can be optimized.
According to Community Development Director Chris McCrary, the consultants’ efforts will be driven by a steering committee and resident input gathered at public meetings.