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Avondale Estates City Commission to consider creating greenspace advisory committee

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Avondale Estates City Commission to consider creating greenspace advisory committee

City of Avondale Estates. Photo by Dean Hesse.

Avondale Estates, GA — The Avondale Estates City Commission will meet on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 5:30 p.m. for a regular meeting followed by a work session. The city commission meeting will be held at Avondale Estates City Hall, 21 N. Avondale Plaza, and via Zoom.

During the regular meeting, the city commission will hold the first reading of a few ordinances, including an ordinance to create the greenspace advisory committee. The city commission will also vote on two contracts for stormwater repairs.

To join the meeting via Zoom, click here. To call in, dial +1-301-715-8592. The webinar ID is 872 7673 3555.

To view the meeting agenda, click here.

Public comments can be made either by attending the meeting in-person or through Zoom.

The city commission began discussing the greenspace advisory committee and dissolving the tree, lake, and arboretum boards in November 2022. Assistant City Manager Shannon Powell presented recommendations for the makeup of the committee, its organizational structure and its duties at the Oct. 11 city commission meeting.

The committee would be five members – with the option to add honorary members and subcommittees as needed – and they would serve two-year terms. The honorary members would be non-voting members, the committee could bring in another area of expertise.

“We’re looking for people with education and backgrounds in landscape architecture, park planning, landscape design, horticulture, master gardeners, tree experience, environmental management, environmental engineering, or any related field that [the city commission] thinks would be appropriate within the context,” Powell said.

The committee would be responsible for helping with public education and outreach related to greenspace. They would provide recommendations and reports to the city manager related to greenspace initiatives and Lake Avondale. The committee would make recommendations to the city commission on proposed memorials or special matters. They’d be called to help with community-wide planting and landscaping events.

“This goes to both the city manager and [the city commission], which is comments and review of city parks and recreational needs and design, as well as any improvements to other parks,” Powell said.

In other business:

– The city commission will consider approving two contracts with Southern Premiere Contractors for up to $116,718 to repair a stormwater pipe on Lakeshore Drive, as well as another contract for up to $108,000 for stormwater repairs on Dunwick Drive.

– During the work session, Fabric Developers will give a presentation on the Town Green commercial development. Construction on the commercial development is slated to begin later this year.

The development will be completed in about a year and the Town Green will be fronted with retail space, restaurants, and outdoor seating. The Dale will be a 24,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial development. It is being built by ATG Partners, which is the development team of Fabric Developers, LLC, and Healey Weatherholtz Properties, according to a press release.

Fabric Developers developed the two-acre park portion of the Town Green project. Peter Constructive, Inc. will be the contractor for this $13 million development.

– The city commission will also discuss a stormwater concept design for Hess and Wiltshire, and the 2024 operating budget.

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