Lilburn approves salary package

LILBURN - Employees of the city will be receiving a new salary and benefits package, thanks to action by the Lilburn City Council on Monday night.

Following a staff recommendation, the Council agreed to several revisions in employee benefits, including:

A 2 per cent hike in the compensation plan to reflect a cost of living adjustment.

A decrease in the retirement vesting period from seven to five years.

The adoption of a long-term disability program administered by AFLAC insurance company at a annual cost of $10,837.80.

Approval of an annual leave "buy-back" plan outlined by the city manager's office. This is a one-time buy back, not to exceed 80 hours at a time.

Several board appointments and council responsibilities also were approved at the meeting, including naming Scott Batterton as mayor pro-tem, and the Gwinnett Daily Post as the city's legal organ.

In other business, the Council:

· Approved a resolution authorizing the submission of a grant request to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Program for a multi-use trail in connection with the city's Greenway Trails. Tabled was a revision of the rules for the Greenway Trails.

· Decided to wait a year to establish tax allocation districts because of the downturn in the economy.

· Approved a special-use permit for Auto Glass Fitters to operate an auto glass storage and installation business at 4275 Lawrenceville Highway as part of the U.S. Highway 29 Overlay Plan.

· Mayor Diana Preston read a proclamation honoring Kimberly Gittings of Lilburn as the new Miss Georgia USA 2009. Kimberly, a graduate of Parkview High School in Lilburn, will compete in the Miss USA Pageant on April 19.