Special Olympics Volunteers Praised

City Council wraps up a long agenda in an one-hour meeting.

The Rundown gives you a summary of the  from Feb. 28.


  • Duane Helton, Clint Helton, Opie Mull and Chris Knock are all recognized for volunteering for the Special Olympics. They have spent eight years dedicating their personal time to the Special Olympics. City Manager Jeff Moon stressed the personal time these four men put into the program. "Each one of the guys has young children of their own, and they make this commitment to give back to the community," Moon said. They have spent most of their time in the softball program, but have recently moved their efforts to the basketball program. "It has truly become an honor and a privilege for us," Helton said. Their athletes have earned 45 medals in total.
  • In commemoration of , the city planted a Dogwood Tree to honor Firefighter Jeff Hughes, who has celebrated his 20th year as an employee of the city. Fire Chief Dave Soumas accepted a plaque on his behalf because he could not attend the meeting.
  • Soumas presented Cory Collogan with his Sergeant Engineer’s pin.
  • Soumas and Mayor Donnie Henriques did an official “swearing in” of the B swift and presented them with badges. They plan to swear in the rest of the firefighters at a later date.
  • Soumas recognized Faye Doss for her dedication and hard work with the . “Faye is the glue that holds us together,” Soumas said. “You wouldn’t believe what she does everyday. The dedication she has for us holds us together.”
  • City Manager presented the Georgia Municipal Association's Certificate of Achievement Awards to Henriques, Councilman Randy Brewer and Councilwoman Tracy Collins.
  • Northside Hospital-Cherokee and were presented with large plaques in appreciation for their 2010 title sponsorships to Woodstock's Summer Concert Series, July 4 FreedomFest and Christmas Jubilee.


  • Moon questioned the safety of children standing in medians on highways and soliciting and selling donuts or other goods for their cause. "We’ve reached the point where public safety is being thrown out the window," Moon said. "I would never let my child stand in the middle of Highway 92." Moon and the Council said they will research possibly laws and restrictions to be brought up again at the next meeting emphasizing this is a safety issue. The Council did bring up no Girl Scout groups have been seen, it's mainly been softball groups. And they are going to look for a way that their decision will not effect the adult groups.
  • The City of Woodstock received the deed from Cherokee County. The County deeded Woodstock the property, with a reversion clause if they are not reimbursed pursuant to the adopted agreement between the City and County. Woodstock needs to repay them by June 30, 2012. Elm Street can start on the Reese House as soon as they are ready.
  • Cherokee 911 will subcontract the work with Diversified Electronics to install the equipment at the Water Tower at 676 Neese Road.


  • The Council wants to brand the downtown site as the "City Center"; name the new meeting hall as "The Chambers at City Center" and rename the "Magnolia Hall". The Chambers family has been contacted regarding the dedication of "The Chambers" in memory of former Mayor and City Clerk, Evelyn Chambers. This is will be discussed in more detail at the next meeting. 
  • When a business purchases an occupation tax license or pays their regulatory fee, they will be required to give the City specific information about their business that we will report to the Georgia Department of Revenue to ensure proper payment of sales tax. The following information will be required: the legal name of the business, any associated trade names for the business, the mailing address for the business, the actual physical address of each location of the business, if it is different than the mailing address, the North American Industry Classification System Code (NAICS) applicable to such business and the sales and use tax identification number assigned to the business by the DOR, if the business is required by law to have such a number.
  • Woodstock Community Church has granted a public access and maintenance easement across the frontage of their new property on Rope Mill Road for a portion of the Greenprints Trail. The easement will allow the public to walk and ride bicycles along the trail and for the city to access and maintain the trail as well as install the future connection to the south.
  • The City received a FEMA Hazardous Mitigation Grant to acquire and demolish the Waldan Chase Apartments that were irreparably damaged during the Sept. 21, 2009, flood event. The total approved cost of the project was $2,386,600 with a federal share of $1,789,950, state share of $238,660 and a City share of $357,900. The total purchase price is $450,000. The City Attorney has reviewed and approved the purchase agreement.

Announcements / Events

March 1 - Registration Begins for Community Garden Plots

March 3 - Free Class Offered by : Theft from Vehicles at Woodstock Community Center from 7-8 p.m.

March 4 - Friday Night Live and Mardi Gras Parade in Downtown Woodstock

March 5 – Touch and Truck at Chick-fil-A, the City’s new Dump Truck will be present

March 5 - Greenprints Alliance Night with the Thrashers

March 5 - Towne Lake Rotary Charity Poker Tournament for Anna Crawford Children's Center

March 17 - Ward 6 Towne Hall Meeting (T. Basford) at the Deer Run West Clubhouse at 7 p.m.

March 18 - Last Day to Register for the Woodstock PD Citizens Police Academy

March 19 - Woodstock Jaycees Benefit Poker Tournament for (Soumas' Grandson)

March 26 - Greenprints Alliance StreetFest 2011 featuring "Drivin & Cryin" in Downtown Woodstock


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