The Johns Creek City Council on Monday gave the thumbs up to a St. Brigid Catholic Church expansion, wine tastings and election qualifying fees and dates.
As St. Brigid is close to acquiring some adjacent land, it requested the city's permission to add about two acres to its campus at Old Alabama and Brumbelow roads. The addition would include expanding an existing church building and constructing a two-story parking deck.
Representatives for the church told the council that the request addressed two of the church's main concerns – the need for more meeting space and overflow parking. One of the biggest complaints the church receives from neighbors, it said, is overflow parking into neighborhoods during peak church hours.
According to the plan, due to landscaping the parking deck would not be visible from Old Alabama, and would be only slightly visible from Brumbelow. Also, because of the slope of the land, the parking deck would have the appearance of being a flat parking surface.
In other business:
• The council amended the city's alcohol ordinance to allow businesses selling wine and growlers to offer tastings and classes. The amendment limits the number of times a customer can taste samples, as well as the floor space the tastings are conducted in.
• The council also set qualifying dates and fees for this year's municipal elections. City council posts 1, 3 and 5, held by Randall Johnson, Karen Richardson and Kelly Stewart, respectively, will be up for election on Nov. 5, along with the mayor's seat, held by Mike Bodker.
The qualifying fee for each council seat is $450, and the fee for mayor is $750. Candidates must file to qualify at City Hall from Monday, Aug. 26, through Wednesday, Aug. 28, between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
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