Avondale Estates, GA – The Avondale Estates City Commission will meet for a regular session on Wednesday, August 25th at 5:30 p.m., immediately followed by a working session. The City Commission meetings are held in person at City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, and are available through Zoom.
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During the regular session, the city board will review a contract with Brown and Caldwell on the scope of the stormwater supply policy. The contract cannot exceed $ 46,633, which is part of the total requested funding for this project of approximately $ 55,000.
Brown and Caldwell have proposed developing two policy options to determine financial responsibility in areas where, on the agenda, public infrastructure meets private infrastructure.
During the working session, the city commission will continue discussions related to the tree, such as members of the tree council, changing the tree order, changing the tree list and discussions about the possibilities of the city Christmas tree.
The city commission had previously asked city officials to look at a loophole in a tree ordinance related to permitting land disruption and residents’ ability to fell trees. The loophole is the land disruption permit requirement to remove a tree, but if someone doesn’t apply for a land disruption permit, “you can do what you want,” Bryant said at the July 28 meeting.
The city also has a tree board ordinance, which regulates the tasks and responsibilities of the tree board and also specifies the types of trees that may be planted in city rights of way, parks and green spaces. Commissioners Lisa Shortell and Dee Merriam suggested changing the tree list to remove trees such as crepe myrtle from the tall tree list.
“That doesn’t mean we can’t have crepe myrtle in our town. It just means we don’t want them to take up space where it is appropriate to plant treetops, ”Shortell said at the July 28 meeting.
The Tree Board consists of seven members appointed by the mayor for a two-year term. The city tree commissioner is a member of the board. The Tree Board currently has one member and the city is looking for applicants to fill multiple positions.
The Tree Board examines, investigates, advises and advises the city manager, who, according to the city website, is preparing a written plan for the maintenance of trees and shrubs in parks, along streets and in other public spaces.
At the meeting on July 28th, the commissioners supported the revival of the tree board and the filling of the vacancies. They agreed that the Tree Board needs clearer direction from the City Commission and some suggestions have been made that this may be done through the Tree Ordinance.
The city commission has also debated the future of the holly on Clarendon Avenue, which will serve as the Christmas tree for the annual tree lights. The city commission’s consensus was that city workers should consider options to save the tree for another year or to use a tree on a nearby lot by the bell tower that year and eventually place the Christmas tree on the city’s greenery.
In addition, the city commission will discuss an amendment order for the US Street Diet Project 278 during the working session. City officials are demanding that the workload for Edwards Pittman Environmental Services be expanded to include the traffic lights on South Avondale Road and Clarendon Avenue in the project, which costs approximately $ 28,000.
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