Norcross leaders consider change to 4-year terms

NORCROSS - City Council members discussed changing terms of office for elected officials from 2 years to 4 years Monday night.

According to councilman Keith Shewbert, the thinking behind the proposed change is that frequent turnover of council members affects the council's effectiveness.

"It's disruptive to change that often," he said.

Only about 48 of Georgia's 511 cities have 2-year terms for elected officials.

Two years ago, 42 percent of Norcross voters supported the change in a non-binding referendum that, according to Shewbert, was not widely publicized. City leaders want to get the term change item in the 2009 legislative packet. The issue will be discussed further and then go to a city council vote in a special Dec. 15 meeting.

Council adopts resolution for Activity Center

City council members voted unanimously to formally adopt an LCI study for the Norcross Activity Center, the area loosely defined as the Interstate 85, Beaver Ruin Road, Buford Highway and North Norcross Tucker area.

Dennis Madsen of Urban Collage consulted with city staff and leaders to draft the study, which will bring in $4 million of grant money to improve transportation and livability in the area.

2009 budget adopted

City leaders voted to adopt a $30.9 million budget for 2009 Monday night.

The budget breakdown provides, among other categories, $517,000 for stormwater management and improvement projects for the year.

Purchase approved for new public works facility

The property located at 345 Lively St. will soon belong to the city of Norcross.

Valued at about $1.1 million, the parcel of land and existing warehouse structure on it will house the city's public works department.

City staff members estimate that about $100,000 in repairs and modifications will get the building ready to accommodate public works employees and equipment.

Funds generated by the 2009 special purpose local option sales tax will be used for the purchase and modifications. The property at 54 Jones St. will be freed up for another use by the city once the move is made to the new location.