Lilburn council backs commuter rail

LILBURN - The establishment and operation of commuter rail passenger service in the Athens to Atlanta corridor moved a little closer to reality here Monday night, as the Lilburn City Council approved an expenditure of $10,000 for a local government agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Rail Passenger Authority.

"We feel that the commuter rail line benefits the city of Lilburn, and we want to show our support," said Mayor Jack Bolton, who said the funds approved tonight will help pay some of the expenses in seeking federal money for the project. Bolton added that the city will benefit from the economic development of the ongoing project.

The council also authorized Bolton to enter into a construction contract with Messana Construction LLC to provide certain improvements regarding the Camp Creek Greenway Project, a walking/hiking trail that will use concrete instead of asphalt for the greenway surface.

Approved was Phase 1 that starts at Rockbridge Road at a cost not to exceed $1,614,000. This funding will come from the special option sales tax and grants. HDR Engineering was tapped to provide construction oversight for the project.

In other business, the panel:

•Approved several amendments to the zoning resolution related to the Mixed-Use Redevelopment Overlay District located near Main Street in Lilburn.

•Executed an agreement with Georgia Power for relocation of utilities associated with the Main Street Streetscape Improvement Project at a cost of $316,729.

•Amended the city zoning resolution for the adoption of the official zoning map, a housekeeping measure for updates and corrections.

•Approved a special use permit to allow Osborne Bodyworks Inc. to operate an automotive paint and body shop at 4240 Wayside Court. Conditions include allowing no more than 20 vehicles stored outside the shop.

•Approved the application of Roy and Peggy Akin for a variance from the Stream Buffer Protection Ordinance that requires a 50-foot stream buffer with a 75-foot impervious surface setback. Approved was the applicant's request for a 25-foot stream buffer located on Jennifer Lane in Harmony Grove Estates.

•Agreed to give Doug Dorough a special-use permit for a landscape contractor business with outdoor storage at property located at 5454 Lawrenceville Highway.

•Adopted a resolution supporting the development of the Gwinnett Village Community District Indian Trail Corridor Study Project.

•Recognized April 22-28 as Georgia Cities Week to showcase cities and the services that they provide.

•Approved the request for short-term disability benefits for police officer Steve Bentley.