Berkeley Lake geese may soon be escorted away

BERKELEY LAKE - The geese around Berkeley Lake are beautiful and entertaining, but they're a problem.

At least that's what Berkeley Lake homeowners think, and they want help from the city to have them removed.

Two years ago the Department of Natural Resources removed some of the bothersome birds, but the city would not grant the DNR officers permission to walk on the dam to round up those creatures. Unfortunately, that is where a lot of them prefer to loiter.

Now, the geese are still a nuisance (some are tagged, which means they returned to the lake), making the lake beach and boat docks unpleasant places to walk, to say the least. This time around, the DNR again wants money - around $2,500 - to help defray the cost of removal, and the Berkeley Lake Homeowners' Association (BLHA) has asked the city to pay it.

"This (request) is for the BLHA and not the city, so the city shouldn't pay anything for it," said Councilman Bernie Cohen. Council woman Debbie Guthrie agreed, as did City Attorney Dick Carothers. According to Mayor Lois Salter, the city will grant the DNR access to the dam but will not pay for the removal of the geese.

Alcoholic beverage ordinance adopted

After months of consideration and re-work, the alcoholic beverage ordinance was officially adopted Thursday night. The final version of the ordinance can be reviewed on the city's Web site.

City reviewing ordinance amendment to define "livestock"

City officials are reviewing Chapter 30 of the city ordinances to provide for a definition of "livestock" and to lay out guidelines for animal owners.

The amendment was put on first read Thursday night and will now be reviewed by the Berkeley Lake Ordinance Committee. Council members also have about two weeks to submit their input to Salter.

Advanced disposal contract renewed

The city's waste removal contract was renewed Thursday night. Company representative Steve Edwards asked the council to approve at $.56 per month increase per household to compensate for skyrocketing fuel costs.

The increase was approved and, according to Edwards, will be locked in for one calendar year from the July 1 commencement date.

Precision Planning pitches officials for city hall bid

Bill Cornell and Elizabeth Hudson of Precision Planning presented their ideas to the mayor and council Thursday night concerning the new city hall building.

The city's facilities committee has been researching firms that have the capability to execute such a project, and Precision Planning is the second company to make a presentation to council.

With other similar projects under their belt for cities including Snellville, Lilburn, Sugar Hill and Suwanee, Hudson said he felt confident that his firm has the experience to build exactly what the city needs