Duluth stream buffer gets go-ahead

DULUTH - The Duluth City Council on Monday unanimously voted to approve an amendment to the Duluth Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance.

A public hearing was initially held on the proposed amendment at the March 28 meeting. Although there were no public comments or citizen concerns, the council deferred the matter for further review.

Based on the state's model with several small modifications, approval of the ordinance amends the Duluth city code.

The amendment requires setbacks from 25 to 50 feet of undisturbed buffer area with no impervious surface within 75 feet of a stream. The amendment will be added to the stream buffer ordinance.

The state is requiring all cities and counties in north Georgia to adopt such an amendment. Failure to comply can result in a loss of state grants for the city of Duluth and exclusion from being a co-permittee with Gwinnett County.

Orchestrated success

The mayor and City Council of Duluth were serenaded by the Duluth High School Chamber Orchestra on Monday night. The serenade soon turned to accolades as the dignitaries congratulated the students on placing second in the nation in the National Orchestra Festival Competition in Reno, Nev.

The 41-member orchestra was one of 16 orchestras participating in the event. It was judged on technique, musicianship and selection of repertoire, just to name a few of the categories.

"We appreciate your talent," Mayor Shirley Fanning-Lasseter said. "We love you and are extremely proud."

Duluth High School was the only high school in Georgia to have students participate in the competition.