A project to update streets in downtown Woodstock is getting closer to starting, with the Woodstock City Council approving allowing a company to start the bidding process this week.
The council authorized the Arcadis development firm Monday to handle the bidding process for the Hub Transformation Project. The project includes adding a dedicated eastbound left-turn lane on Towne Lake Parkway at the Main Street intersection and a roundabout at the intersection of Towne Lake Parkway and Mill Street. It also includes changing the layout of the streets at the Pinehill Drive, Paden Street and Mill Street intersection to allow traffic to more easily get on and off these roads.
In a 5-0 vote, the council approved allowing Arcadis to move forward in producing these documents and taking care of bidding for the project. Councilman Warren Johnson recused himself from the vote on this item because he works for Arcadis.
Woodstock Elementary School Principal Ann Jordan presented a plaque to the city in recognition of the city being selected as the school’s Partner of the Year for 2021.
The council approved a variance request for a house under construction at 101 Henderson Street. Lyle and Kendall Maurer said a miscalculation led to the foundation being poured partly in a buffer area around a stream there. The Maurers also said it would cost roughly $100,000 to have the foundation removed and re-poured outside the buffer. The council agreed to let the Maurers pay just over $2,000 into the city’s Open Space Bank fund as compensation for encroaching into the buffer.
- Final approval was given for amendments to the city code related to both golf carts being used on city streets and vendors setting up on city property.
- Initial approval was made on a change to the city’s alcohol laws, clearly defining commercial sales and consumption of alcohol in mixed-use buildings in the city. This item will return to the council for final approval at its April 26 meeting.
- Updates to the city’s Greenprints Trail Plan were approved, reflecting work that had been completed or was in the process of completion since the plan was last updated in 2017. City officials said this would help more effectively tie Woodstock’s trail system with those in Holly Springs and Cobb County.