Aside from the swearing-in ceremonies for the councilmen and police officers, the city council agenda for the January meeting was fairly slim.
The consent agenda started with only two items, but one was axed: The Petco 5k Dogs-in-the-Park special use permit item was no longer applicable to Norcross because the organization chose another city for the event.
The other item, to approve or deny a contract to start construction on the City Hall Wingo Street Parking Lot Project, was turned into a discussion item that ended up being tabled for one month.
Originally passed by the council in October, the parking project proposes to reconstruct city hall's current six-space lot into 18 spaces. The council debated for months on the topic, with members saying the city needs more parking, while other councilmen disagreed, stating that downtown does not have a parking problem.
The council eventually voted 4-1, with Councilman David McLeroy voting against it. He said he wanted to keep the cut-through in the parking lot, which the new project would get rid of.
His concern was echoed in the January meeting when Norcross Community Development Director Chris McCrary showed an alternative proposal to expand parking at city hall that would keep the cut-through. The alternative, which can be seen above, loses four of the 18 proposed spaces.
Mayor Bucky Johnson said he prefered if the parking spaces were angled instead of straight, but McCrary said that one or two spaces may be lost. There is an enlongated driveway at one end of the lot proposal, but McCrary explained that it's there to pick up the grade.
The council voted 5-0 to wait on making a decision on the project. Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Hixson voiced that he wants to see what the possible costs would be for the alternative project, which were not available at the meeting. McCrary stated that it would be slightly less than the previous proposal, though.
"I don't think this is the time to move forward on this project," said . "There are some other things we could be doing, and also probably waiting for the parking committee ... and the [Downtown Development Authority] to come up with more comprehensive solutions to our parking."
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