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Lilburn explores possibility of tunnel

LILBURN - Possibly within the next year, if funding is made available, users of the trails at the Camp Creek Greenway project will be able to get to the park by walking underneath Killian Hill Road by way of a pedestrian tunnel.

The Lilburn City Council on Monday decided to support an application to the Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Cycle of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division to obtain money to assist in the tunnel project.

"We're trying to get the financing in place first," said Councilman Scott Batterton. "We like to know how to pay for things." Batterton added that he doesn't know what the total cost of the project might be.

In other business, the Council:

· Instructed the city's Planning Commission to propose amendments to an ordinance for regulating the size of banners for graduating seniors in city neighborhoods.

· Approved an amendment that would allow long-term city employees who have reached the maximum salary for their merit positions to receive a one-time "top out premium" cash bonus each year.

· Approved a special-use permit to allow for the construction of a liquor store at 4132 Lawrenceville Highway at the old Honey Baked Ham location. The store is to be located in the Lawrenceville Highway Corridor Overlay District.

· Announced the hiring of Doug Stacks as the new director of planning and economic development.

· Voted to annex .45 acre at 138 Arcado Road at the current R-100 residential zoning.

· Extended the franchise agreement with Robertson Sanitation for one year.

· Tabled an amendment concerning commercial vehicle parking.