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Stockbridge considers creating community improvement districts

 

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  A lengthy agenda was addressed Monday night by the Stockbridge City Council in what was the final meeting for Mayor Mark Alarcon and council members Harold Cochran and Shirley Dabney.

  Two requests for local legislation were approved. One would create a technology fee in the municipal court that would fund the technology needs of the court, and the other would allow certain areas in the city the option of forming community improvement districts.

  The court technology fee request was part of the consent agenda and not discussed at Monday’s meeting. As for the CID, Alarcon stressed that this was simply the first step in a process that would require legislative approval as well as the OK of a majority of the affected property owners.

  As city manager David Milliron put it, a CID gives property owners in a specified area the ability to essentially tax themselves to finance certain improvements. He said a certain area has already been discussed as a possible CID but is not being made public at this time.

  Two other agenda items in the early moments of the meeting had a familiar outcome, being approved by all council members except for Alphonso Thomas.

  In the case of a lease agreement with Sprint regarding the water tower across the street from City Hall, as well as an agreement with The Spyglass Group for a full audit of the city’s primary telephone services, Thomas said that no action should be taken until the new mayor and council members take office next month.

Thomas was given the opportunity to make his comments on both issues, but no other discussion was heard and the votes were 4-1 in favor of both measures.

  Conditional use permits were granted for CrossRoad Christian Church, Generation Church, and Next Generation Bible Church. All of these congregations currently meet in commercial spaces, Milliron said. All three permits were approved unanimously.

  For more information on action taken at the City Council meeting or to view a video of the meeting on demand, visit the city’s web site at www.cityofstockbridge.com.

 

 

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