Lilburn council swears in members

LILBURN - After swearing in new councilmember Eddie Price and returning council member Diana Preston, the Lilburn City Council discussed two zoning issues Monday.

The council tabled the first request to allow property owners more time to work with their neighbors. The request was to rezone a property on Dogwood Drive from residential to commercial zoning to allow a book publishing company to operate.

"When parcels like this are adjacent to residential property, they must have a buffer between the commercial property and the residential property," City Planner Kevin McOmber. "When you put that buffer in place on this property, there is no room for a building."

Property owners Lynne Baker and Mary Ogenaarekhua presented a letter from neighboring property owners stating they would also be seeking commercial rezoning in the near future.

If all the properties are commercially zoned, there is no need for a buffer. By tabling the request, Baker and Ogenaarekhua will have the opportunity to get neighboring property owners to apply for rezoning at the same time and avoid the buffer requirements.

The second zoning issue was for a special-use permit to allow landscaping company Kart Enterprises Inc. to store vehicles outside its storage suite on U.S. Highway 29. The council approved the request with the condition the vehicles only be parked in the back corner of the lot and an opaque fence be built to shield the vehicles from sight.

More sidewalks

The council also went forward with a construction contract for $472,727 to install sidewalks as a part of the City's Connecting Sidewalk Project.

The council approved the contract with Lewallen Construction Inc. to begin work on the sidewalks along Indian Trial and Arcado Road.

"We received several bids for the project," Council member Ken Swaim said. "This was the best one and we checked with Georgia DOT to make sure (Lewallen) had a good reputation."

In other business, the Lilburn City Council:

•Approved a liquor license for Las Chelas Mexican Restaurant on Indian Trail Road.

•Voted to table a decision on changes to the alcohol ordinance until the next meeting.

•Approved a request from the Girl Scouts to use Lilburn City Park for their annual day camp. This will be the 25th year the Girl Scouts will use the park.