Berkeley Lake officials discuss ethics standards

BERKELEY LAKE - The city's code of ethics was the hot topic at Berkeley Lake's City Council meeting.

In Thursday night's session, Councilman George Sipe brought up the issue.

"It would be good for us to review our general ethics codes," Sipe said.

City Attorney Dick Carothers advised each council member to review the Georgia Municipal Association's various models online.

"Gov. Sonny Perdue has been pushing for years to get more specific ethics legislation," Carothers said. "It's good for citizens to have a procedure to follow, but it's also a good thing for elected officials to have."

Any action officials decide to take will be addressed at future council meetings.

City to employ services

of building inspector

Mayor Lois Salter said citizens have been complaining for some time about the inconvenience of having to travel to Lawrenceville every time they need to obtain a building permit.

In response to this ongoing problem, Salter invited building inspector Craig Lokey to attend Thursday night's meeting and answer any questions citizens or council members had regarding this idea.

Sipe had several questions for Lokey, concerning questions about Lokey's certifications, how the service would be performed and billed and how often Lokey or one of his associates would be in the city to inspect building projects.

When Lokey satisfactorily answered Sipe's questions, Sipe suggested the city begin using Lokey's services beginning Jan. 1.

Salter thanked Sipe for the motion and suggested the city begin the new process even earlier.

Council agreed to begin as soon as possible.