Norcross swears in members, will buy traffic cameras

NORCROSS - Norcross council members Charlie Riehm and Terry Bowie were sworn in at Tuesday night's council meeting, marking the dawn of what appears to be a new era in that city's government.

Early in the meeting, Mayor Lillian Webb opened solicitations from eight attorneys bidding to fill the vacancy left by former city attorney Peter Boyce. Councilman Mike Lovelady suggested the council appoint an interim attorney to handle city business until the interview and selection process is complete.

Lovelady's selection for interim counsel was Joe Fowler, one of the eight applicants. Councilman Bruce Smith said Boyce should continue his service until a new city attorney is hired. But Lovelady, Riehm and Bowie prevailed in pushing through Fowler's interim appointment.

Webb also announced her appointment for the 2006 mayor pro tem position, councilman David McLeroy.

Riehm said since McLeroy has previously served as mayor pro tem, Lovelady would be a better choice, but Smith thought otherwise.

"I would like to see David in this position. He brings more stability to the role," Smith said.

But Riehm, Lovelady and Bowie prevailed, and Lovelady was named mayor pro tem.

Bare, Hopton leave office

Josh Bare and Tim Hopton, the two councilmen leaving the council seats now occupied by Riehm and Bowie, were presented with proclamations from Webb thanking them for their dedication and service to the city.

Bare served two years and was the youngest councilman ever voted into office in Norcross. Hopton, who served for six years and did not run for re-election, congratulated the two new members and wished the city leaders well in their future efforts.

City OKs traffic light cameras

By a unanimous vote, councilmembers approved the purchase of red light cameras from Laser Craft, a vendor who supplies the service to other Gwinnett cities. At a cost of $8,280 per month to monitor traffic in two directions at an intersection, officials said the safety issues far outweigh the cost involved.