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Oakwood retreat will focus on the future
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Oakwood retreat
Here are details about the Oakwood City Council retreat:
When: 1:30-6 tonight
Where: Oakwood City Hall, 4035 Walnut Circle
Contacts: 770-534-2365 or

Oakwood plans to take stock of itself, particularly in the area of economic development, during a City Council retreat set for today at City Hall.

“I’m just going to try to focus us on where we think our next step is — kind of inventory where we are now and the results we have had,” City Manager Stan Brown said last week.

Talk also will focus on “what we want to pursue for the future,” he said. “We have had some good results in this area.”

The national economic downturn hasn’t spared Oakwood, but hasn’t devastated the South Hall city either.

The city has moved along with the Georgia Department of Transportation on the final segment of Thurmon Tanner Parkway, which is set for a Dec. 31 completion, and wrapped up a downtown improvement project that included new landscaping and sidewalks.

Also, the city bought 32 acres earlier this year for an industrial park on White Road.

The property eventually will serve as the new home of the public works department, making room in the city’s old-town district as part of the Oakwood 2030 long-term vision plan.

And then last week, state and area government officials announced that California-based King’s Hawaiian plans to start up a bakery and distribution operation in Oakwood, with plans to create 126 new jobs over two years and then an additional 100 jobs about 2015.

The company plans to complete construction on an existing 111,000-square-foot building in the Oakwood South Industrial Park off McEver Road. Pattillo Industrial Real Estate will develop the operation.

Also planned at the retreat, which is set for 1:30-6 p.m., is a discussion of accomplishments last year and City Council members talking with city officials about city plans in the next couple of years.

The council also plans to hold its monthly meeting at 7 tonight at City Hall.

At that meeting, the council plans to vote on a contract for paving short sections of several roads.

The work, which involves milling, patching and overlaying, is scheduled to wrap up by Nov. 30.

Paving is slated for Pointers Court, Mundy Mill Drive from Mundy Mill Road to Oakwood Road, Shawnee Drive between McClure Drive and Covey Trail, and Candlestick Lane from Township Drive to the city limits.

Also, work is set for the heavily traveled areas of Plainview Road, from the Interstate 985 overpass to Atlanta Highway, and McEver Road, from Oakwood to Flat Creek roads.