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Berkeley Lake OKs greenspace site management plan

BERKELEY LAKE - The greenspace site management plan submitted by Debbie Robinson at the April 17 council meeting has been reviewed and approved by the mayor and council.

Basically, the two tracts of greenspace that require a plan have their own individual templates set up so the Berkeley Lake Conservancy can track progress from year to year. Much input went into the development of these plans, including surveys conducted by foresters Dale Higdon and Lonnie Varnedo, Berkeley Lake citizen surveys, Gwinnett County, the state of Georgia and others.

Liz Nicholas has been named wildlife adviser, and Susan Hanson is the botanical adviser. Both of these women are Berkeley Lake residents. Most of the 2005 action items consist of identifying and preparing an inventory of both animal and plant life in the spaces.

Driveway culvert ordinance withdrawn

In Thursday night's council meeting, Councilwoman Marcie Zielazienski made a motion to withdraw the proposed driveway culvert ordinance presented at the last meeting. Zielazienski recently walked Lakeshore drive and identified 112 drives with no culverts, 42 with clogged culverts and 23 with clear and open culverts.

"I think it's best that first the ordinance review committee and then the public works committee review this ordinance," Zielazienski said.

In other business

Mayor Lois Salter appointed Berkeley Lake resident Bill Smith to the public works committee.

The EPA has approved the city's storm-water management plan.

All council meeting minutes dating back to 1956 are now on the city's Web site.