News Line for Woodstock

Woodstock approves water facility upgrade
The city of Woodstock’s Rubes Creek Water Reclamation Facility will get an upgrade in June to replace outdated equipment that treats the incoming wastewater.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Cities celebrate spring with eclectic themes
The cities of Woodstock and Canton will welcome crowds tonight to celebrate the season with eclectic downtown festivals.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council rejects appeal to waive developer’s fee
The Woodstock City Council on Monday unanimously denied an Atlanta-based developer’s appeal asking the city to waive nearly $35,000 in impact fees on a residential development.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

Walton expansion OK’d by council
The Marietta-based developer behind Woodstock West by Walton was given the green light by the City Council on Monday to move forward with an expansion of the 2013 award-winning development.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock PD receives mobile command unit
City residents can expect to see a more commanding presence from police beginning in mid-May, after the Woodstock City Council unanimously voted to accept a mobile command unit as a donation.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Study: Woodstock is Georgia’s 4th top city for homeownership
The city of Woodstock grabbed a top spot in a recent homeownership study of the best Georgia cities with more than 15,000 residents.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

New event highlights Woodstock’s dining options
An upcoming event in downtown Woodstock promises unique dining opportunities and specially priced menus at city restaurants.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock PD receives mobile command unit
City residents can expect to see a more commanding presence from police beginning in mid-May, after the Woodstock City Council unanimously voted to accept a mobile command unit as a donation.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock Council postpones Walton development vote
An award-winning community is looking to expand its footprint in downtown Woodstock, possibly adding 119 new housing units in the heart of the city at Market and Reeves streets.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock downtown wins statewide award
Woodstock was one of 12 Georgia cities recognized for its downtown area improvements in 2013, just three years after gaining Main Street accreditation.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Gas station comes to Ridgewalk Parkway
Woodstock approved an Atlanta-based company’s plans to build a gas station at the corner of Ridgewalk Parkway and Rope Mill Road across from the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta, but not without hearing from a few concerned residents first.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock approves police salary incentive, vows long-term solution
Woodstock is trying to keep police officers on board by giving them a one-time pay incentive and vowing to increase pay for veteran officers, following concern about the city’s high officer turnover rate and non-competitive salaries.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Three Cherokee cities make list of state’s 50 safest
Residents across Cherokee County may rest a little easier after the county’s three most populated cities were named to a list of the state’s 50 safest cities.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock to talk police compensation
The city manager is scheduled to discuss a police compensation plan at the Woodstock City Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at The Chambers at City Center on Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock OKs new subdivision
The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved an Alpharetta-based developer’s plans to build a subdivision south of Highway 92 on the Butterworth property at its meeting Monday at The Chambers at City Center.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock event planning abuzz
Business owners, city officials and other community members filled The Chambers at City Center on Friday morning for Woodstock Buzz to hear about the state of the city and upcoming events.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock Police accepting applications for safety academy
The Woodstock Police Department will accept applications until Feb. 25 for the spring 2014 “Citizens’ Public Safety Academy,” set to begin Feb. 27.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Mayor: Woodstock hit high notes in 2013
With violent crime down 57 percent and 501 new downtown residences created, the mayor of Woodstock said in his State of the City address 2013 was an extremely successful and award-winning year.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock's priorities: City officials talk fire, police, amphitheater for ’14
City leaders set priorities for 2014 that include choosing a location for a third fire station, doing salary studies for each department and scaling back amphitheater plans.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Auditor: Woodstock ‘made great strides’
The Woodstock City Council heard about its 2013 financial audit during a presentation at the council’s first meeting of the year Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock taking applications for spring public safety academy
The Woodstock Police Department is accepting applications for the spring 2014 Citizens Public Safety Academy scheduled to begin on Feb. 27.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock down to one open spot in downtown core
New businesses hoping to move into the city’s popular downtown could be disappointed as the core district is close to running out of space.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Johnson prepares for council position
A newly elected Woodstock councilman fell in love with the city when he moved there 13 years ago, and now, he is ready to take his seat at the council’s first meeting of the year Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock taking applications for spring public safety academy
The Woodstock Police Department is accepting applications for the spring 2014 Citizens Public Safety Academy scheduled to begin on Feb. 27.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock to hear audit presentation Monday
The Woodstock mayor and city council will get a look at its annual financial audit report Monday, when the council reconvenes for its first meeting of the year.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Greenprints trail system in Cherokee to lengthen
Officials with Woodstock’s Greenprints trail system hope to have two new segments opened early next year, adding about a mile and a half to the network.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Woodstock ends year with ‘financial housekeeping’
The Woodstock City Council did some “financial housekeeping” at its last meeting of the year on Monday, amending the city’s 2013 fiscal year budget, which ended on June 30, to reflect the city’s final revenue and expenditures for that fiscal year.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Downtown Woodstock residents speak out against rentals
A group of downtown Woodstock residents is speaking out about concerns that rentals at a condominium complex would hurt their neighborhood.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock councilman prepares for final meeting
Woodstock City Council member Randy Brewer was honored with a reception before the council met Monday night, as he prepares for his final meeting as a councilman next Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Citizen’s Public Safety Academy graduates 30 Woodstock residents
Thirty residents were recognized Nov. 22 for graduating from the Citizens’ Public Safety Academy at a graduation ceremony at the Chambers at City Center.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock Trolley to return this December
The Downtown Woodstock Trolley will return this December with the addition of a new stop at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock approves new 196-home subdivision
The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved a proposal from Oak Hall Companies to build a 196-home subdivision at the intersection of Trickum and Barnes roads at its meeting Monday at The Chambers at City Center.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock to vote on lifting apt. moratorium, consider rezoning
The Woodstock City Council will vote on lifting the city’s moratorium on apartment complexes at its Monday meeting at the Chambers at City Center at 7 p.m.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Elections head: Voter turnout about average
Cherokee County elections supervisor Janet Munda said the turnout for Election Day was “very low” generally but not surprising with just municipal positions and the special election for state Senate on the ballot.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock scavenger hunt nets $1,512 for downtown businesses
The Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt took place between Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, and took participants on a journey through Woodstock.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock gets one new city councilman
The Ward 3 and Ward 5 incumbents will head back to the Woodstock City Council and new councilman Warren Johnson will take the vacated Ward 1 seat, unofficial results following Tuesday’s election show.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock Ward 5 candidates see city the in a different light
Ward 5 incumbent Bud Leonard and candidate Susan Jones both have experience on the Woodstock City Council, but differ when it comes to how they think the city is doing.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council talks safety, crime
Crime is down in the city so far this year, an update given Monday by the police chief to the Woodstock City Council revealed.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Officials: Rise in early voting
With just days left in early voting for the Nov. 5 elections around Cherokee County, officials are reporting a slight uptick in the number of ballots cast so far.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Greenprints leaders share trail progress, talk future projects
Greenprints Alliance leaders updated residents on the progress of the city’s $30 million, 60-mile multi-use trail plan, during a meeting at The Chambers at City Center on Thursday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Greenprints Alliance community meeting tonight at The Chambers
Greenprints Alliance will conduct a public meeting tonight to explain Woodstock’s Master Plan of Trails and update residents about present and future trail projects.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock candidates talk traffic, availability of officials
Four of the six candidates on the ballot for the Woodstock City Council seats in the Nov. 5 election discussed what they saw as the city’s biggest issues and offered their solutions for the area’s ailments at a political forum at the Cherokee Arts Center on Wednesday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council unveils possible plan for city site
The Woodstock City Council voted to purchase a new fire engine to replace a severely damaged truck, and unveiled a possible expansion of the Chambers at City Center to include both city offices and private retail space.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Political forum for elections planned
A political forum for the candidates seeking office in the Canton and Woodstock city elections Nov. 5 is planned for Wednesday at the Cherokee County Arts Center.
Source: Cherokee Tribune