Hunter Park may see a new addition in the future. At the City Council Committee Meeting on Oct. 17, discussion began in reference to the Hunter Park Pavilion.
City officials said they will have city staff reach out to the members of the Masonic Lodge in Douglasville in order to have their input on the future design. Officials said it was only fair to the lodge since they are willing to pay half of the cost for the construction of the project, up to $15,000.
Once city employees sit down with members of the lodge, further discussion will be had about the frame of time in which the pavilion will be built. Parks and Recreation Director Travis Landrum said his main focus on any design that is brought to the table will be the ability for citizens to use it as a functioning space.
At Monday's meeting, two items were removed from the agenda until a later date regarding payment by the city for training by city officials.
The items were:
• A. Item 29-16-07 - Direct the City Legal Department to give notice that the City will consider adopting an ordinance to amend O-13-33, the compensation ordinance for elected officials, to authorize payment for expenses for attendance at meetings and training courses (a) for any position where the elected official serves pursuant to appointment by the City or ex officio, (b) for special Council meetings outside Douglas County, and (c) sponsored by ARC or DCA.
• B. Item 29-16-08 - Direct the City Legal Department to give notice that the City will consider adopting an ordinance to amend O-13-33, the compensation ordinance for elected officials, to authorize payment for expenses for attendance at meetings and training courses (a) for any position where the elected official serves pursuant to appointment by the City or ex officio, (b) for special Council meetings outside Douglas County, (c) sponsored by ARC or DCA; and (d) held for the National League of Cities.
Officials said, the proposed items will provide clarification of which training sessions officials can automatically attend. As the ordinance currently stands, officials can only attend training that fall under the Harold Holtz Municipal Training Institute, unless they receive approval from the council.
According to city officials, the proposed amendment is to broaden the approved training associations that are automatically included. This would provide flexibility so that recurring training that are always attended by officials can be included in the automatic approval.
Officials gave the example of training sessions held in conjunction with GMA (Georgia Municipal Association). It is estimated that the City Council will return to these items in 3-4 weeks, once more discussion has been had.
If passed, all other training hosted by associations outside of the new list would still require council approval, prior to the official attending the training.
At the conclusion of Monday's meeting Councilman Richard Segal reported that filming for the next installment of the "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" had wrapped up filming at a subdivision in the city.
City staff also wanted to announce the City of Douglasville's first Career Fair to be held on Nov. 2 from 3 p.m to 7 p.m at the Douglasville Conference Center.
The council unanimously approved the following items at its Monday meeting:
• A. Item 20-16-30 - Authorize the Mayor to sign the Grant Award and Special Conditions agreement with the U. S. Department of Justice to accept a FY 16 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant in the amount of $17,627. Public Safety Committee / Chairman Larry Yockey
•B. Item 23-16-10 - Authorize the Mayor to sign a Concessions Agreement with Barbecue West, LLC, doing business as Williamson Brothers Bar-B-Q, for sales of food and drinks at the City's Hunter Park. Parks & Recreation Committee / Chairman Chris Watts
Planning & Development Committee - Chairman Mark Adams
• A. Item 22-16-35 - Hold a public hearing and consider a request for a Special Land Use Permit for Personal Services- Massage Only for 3.38 +/- acres zoned CG (GeneralCommercial) at 2911 Chapel Hill Road located in Land Lot 24, District 1, Section 5, Parcel 8. Application made by Taifu Jin.
• B. Item 22-16-36 - Hold a public hearing and consider a request for a change in zoning from R-2 (Single-Family Detached Residential District) to CG (General Commercial) with a Special Land Use Permit for a Church or place of worship as an accessory use for 0.92 +/- acres at 6304 Fairburn Road located in Land Lot 21, District 1, Section 5C, Parcel 10. Application made by Afolake Mobolaji.
• C. Item 22-16-37 - Hold a public hearing and consider a request for a change in zoning from DCD (Design Concept Development District) with base zones of R-2 (SingleFamily Detached Residential District) & R-3 (Single-Family Detached Residential District) to R-2 (Single-Family Detached Residential District) for 3.32 +/- acres at 1476 Mount Vernon Road located in Land Lot 764, District 18, Section 2, Parcel 5. Application made by Jessie Mae Long.
• D. Item 22-16-38 - Hold a public hearing and consider a request for a Special Land Use Permit for automotive sales and services: new and used cars for 10 +/- acres zoned CG (General Commercial) at 7468 Douglas Boulevard located in Land Lot 159, District 2, Section 5, Parcel 26. Application made by Robert Armstrong. E. Item 22-16-39 - Request approval of final plat for the purpose of subdivision into three tracts, located at 7468 Douglas Blvd., in Land Lot 159, District 2, Section 5. Application by Robert Armstrong, Atlanta Land Group, LLC.