Stockbridge City Council holds meetings on annexations
By Monroe Roark
It was a busy week for the Stockbridge City Hall.
Beginning with the regular monthly meeting Dec. 12 and the swearing-in of Mayor Judy Neal, last week’s activities included two special called meetings that were mostly concerned with annexations of the proposed Jodeco South development and the Carriage Lake subdivision along with other properties along Walt Stephens Road.
A public hearing on the proposed 2017 budget led off the Dec. 12 agenda. The public hearing took place but the council voted to table the adoption of the budget until Dec. 27. Several citizens spoke and urged the council to pass a balanced budget.
Appointments to the Main Street Advisory Board and the Youth Council Advisory Committee were on the agenda. In light of the pending annexation of Carriage Lake, the council decided to extend the application period so residents in that neighborhood could apply if they so desired.
The council considered an ordinance that would ban smoking in vehicles containing minors. This was considered in the last session of the Georgia General Assembly but did not pass. Some council members wanted to research the issue more, specifically what action might still be considered at the state level and why it did not pass there, so the motion to adopt the ordinance failed. But the council voted to bring the issue back at its Jan. 9 meeting.
A soil erosion control ordinance was passed unanimously, and the council heard a draft presentation of a master trail plan for the city. A formal presentation is on the Jan. 9 agenda.
The council’s next work session is Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m. at City Hall.