Woodstock council to review Main St. makeover plans
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
October 14, 2012 01:10 AM | 1500 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock City Council will view a presentation of a draft plan for the city’s Livable Centers Initiative at its special called meeting and work session Monday.

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

The city’s consulting team for the project, Joel Reed, Pond & Co., will explain the drafted 10-year update that has served as the basis for much of the renovations seen in the downtown area.

So far, the LCI project has led to the installation of wider sidewalks, new streetlights and trees along Main Street and a conversion of parking spots from parallel to angled spaces.

Part of the Atlanta Regional Commission, the program awards planning grants to local governments and nonprofit organizations to plan for improvements to existing centers and corridors that are consistent with ARC development policies.

Woodstock’s original plan was adopted in 2002 and the 10-year update is required for the city to maintain its LCI status.

Also at the meeting, the council will consider requesting the Georgia Department of Transportation to transfer project funds from the project set to extend the city’s streetscape project north between Towne Lake Parkway and Rope Mill Road along Main Street to the southern end of the project between Oak Street and Fowler Street.

City staff and design engineers discovered the initial project presented issues that were not part of the scope of the grant and will present a map to show how the request would change the project.

Transferring the funds to the south end of the project will increase parking along the railroad tracks across from Century House, according to city staff. Additionally, it will extend and improve sidewalks along both sides of Main Street toward Fowler Street; add crosswalks from the east to west sides of Main Street, allowing pedestrians to safely cross from the new Walton Apartments to the shops and restaurants on the east side; and, if deemed appropriate, would add a traffic signal to the intersection of Main Street and Fowler Street.

In other business, the council will:

* Consider an alcohol waiver for Woodstock Art & Wine Festival and the temporary closing of East Main Street Nov. 3-4 for patron safety. The event takes place in Woodstock City Park and alcohol consumption will be contained to a wine-tasting garden;

* Consider a proposal by CMA Inc., a communications company aimed at connecting cities and wireless providers together to provide wireless coverage from mini-cell towers installed on streetlights, poles and buildings that enhance wireless coverage. Potential revenue for the agreement will not be determined unless the city allows CMA to work with vendors to determine interest;

* Consider using Public Stuff, a request tracking system, to track citizen requests rather than the one provided by the city’s internet service provider. The system is in the process of being tested by city staff;

* Hear an update on the city’s change of fiscal year from July 1 through June 30 to Oct. 1 to Sept. 30; and

* Consider a planning commission ordinance revision to allow for a leave of absence of a member.
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