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18 December 2018

2018 Woodstock's Year in Review

Written by Rhonda Pezello

Every January, the mayor is tasked with recapping the highlights of the prior year at Woodstock’s City Council meeting in what is fondly known as the “State of the City Address.” This year, the mayor will give this address at the January 28 Regular Meeting of the Mayor and Council at 7:00pm at The Chambers at City Center (8534 Main Street, Woodstock).
To give you a preview of what you might hear, here are a few of the exciting things that happened in 2018:
Mayor Donnie Henriques and Council Member Warren Johnson were re-elected to serve another four-year term. We said goodbye to Council Members Bob Mueller and Bud Leonard, who chose not to seek re-election, and welcomed new Council Members Colin Ake and Brian Wolfe. All four were sworn in on January 8, 2018.

On January 4, 2018, the mayor and council, county commissioners, and others gathered at Woofstock Dog Park to officially open the Towne Lake Pass Trail that runs from Woofstock Park along Noonday Creek to Towne Lake Hills South.

The William G. Long Senior Center was expanded to accommodate growing membership.
Woodstock Parks and Recreation held its first ever Music Mondays in May and the Bacon & Banjos Bluegrass & Bacon Festival, Art in the Park, Paint N Paws, and Nature Art Camp.

On July 21, a ribbon cutting and reception was held for the unveiling of the new Woodstock Community Mural by artist AnnaLysa Kimball, which is located on the Mill Street wall of the Woodstock Pharmacy.

The Woodstock Visitors Center was renovated and received a prestigious award at the 2018 Georgia Governor’s Tourism Conference as “2018’s Most Creative Community Public Relations Initiative.”

The Woodstock Parks and Recreation Department earned national re-accreditation from the Commission for Accreditation of Parks and Recreation Agencies and the National Recreation and Park Association.

At press time, the Streetscapes II project on Main Street from Oak Street to Fowler Street was at or near completion. The project includes new brick planters, sidewalks, curbs, ADA ramp, parking spaces, and landscaping improvements.

The City welcomed the relocation of PLAE Hard from Main Street to its new location at 108 Arnold Mill Road; the expansion of Reformation Brewery with the opening of their new location on Oak Street in downtown Woodstock; the grand opening of Costo on Ridgewalk Parkway; and much more!

And that’s not all, folks! We have much more exciting highlights to share, and we look forward to even more accomplishments, business growth, improvements, community events, and “firsts” to experience in 2019.

If you haven’t yet, please “like” our Facebook page at @WOODSTOCKGAGOVT and/or sign up to receive City notifications at, and select “Stay Connected.”

The mayor and council meet every second, third, and fourth Monday of the month, and the Woodstock Planning Commission meets the first Thursday of the month. All meetings are held at The Chambers at City Center (8534 Main Street, Woodstock) at 7:00pm and are open to the public. You can also view our Mayor and Council and Woodstock Planning Commission Meeting Videos, Minutes, and Agendas online at

Happy New Year!

About the Author

Rhonda Pezello

Rhonda Pezello

Rhonda Pezzello is a certified municipal clerk for the City of Woodstock. 770-592-6000.