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Lilburn approves sign system, police program

LILBURN - The continuing Main Street Streetscape Project in Old Town Lilburn got another boost Monday night, as the Lilburn City Council approved the installation of a system of public signs and symbols for the revitalized area.

Sky Design has been tapped to spearhead this coordinated system for pedestrians and vehicles.

"We do need to upgrade our signs and make this area a prettier place," said Councilman Jimmy Swaim.

The Council adopted a resolution which calls for a special election to fill the Post 4 vacancy. The position was previously occupied by Councilwoman Diana Preston who has resigned to run for mayor this year.

The special election will be part of the regular general election on Nov. 6, which also includes a tax issue, the mayor's race and two regular council posts. The Post 4 term will extend to Dec. 31, 2009.

Preston and Councilman Jimmy Swaim will face each other in the mayor's election. Mayor Jack Bolton has decided not to seek re-election.

In other council business, the panel approved funds not to exceed $280,000 to establish an "Officer Next Door" housing incentive program. This program is designed to place a police officer into a house in a neighborhood that is in decline, showing "wear and tear."

The council also:

n Approved a shared leave policy which will allow a city employee to share his or her leave with a co-worker who has run out of sick leave.

n Adopted a resolution on the Georgia Recreation Trail Grant Program, which means the city must provide a 20 percent match for this project, not to exceed $100,000 through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

n Commended members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade of the Georgia State Defense Force in Winder, for successfully aiding in crowd and traffic control at the Hindu Mandir Grand Opening Parade, which attracted an estimated 20,000 people on Aug. 25.