Norcross annexes St. Patrick's Catholic Church property

NORCROSS - City officials Monday night voted to annex the 10 acres located at 2140 Beaver Ruin Road, the St. Patrick's Catholic Church property.

The parcel was previously zoned in Gwinnett for multi-family residential use. City council members rezoned the property for office and institutional use to accommodate the church, the rectory and the a future church day care center.

Officials considering bed and breakfasts

City staff and leaders are considering an amendment to city code which would allow for possible bed and breakfast use. The change to the text will both define a bed and breakfast hotel and designate areas in the city in which these businesses may locate.

The Planning and Zoning Board asked for more time to research the possibilities as well as the implications of such a provision. Council members agreed to postpone a decision until the September council meeting.

Councilman Charlie Riehm announced that a small task force is forming, and that group will make its recommendations to Mayor Bucky Johnson and City Council members at the September policy session.

Vogtle contracts approved

Council members voted unanimously to approve additional Plant Vogtle units as well as power sales contracts for the city's future use.

According to Johnson, the two added units will generate 500 mega-watts of power and will take about 10 years to build. Norcross wants 3.8 mega-watts when construction of the two units is complete and just over four more mega-watts after 20 years of operation.

"The city's relationship with MEAG (the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia) has been very positive. In the coming years, we'll have a lot of need for additional power," said councilman Keith Shewbert. Council members voted 5-0 to approve the addition of two more units and the power sales contracts.

City OKs study, plans to make Ruth Street one-way

City leaders approved the spending of about $7,000 in SPLOST funds for an engineering study to develop concept plans for making Ruth Street a one-way road.

This change to Ruth Street will allow only limited access from Holcomb Bridge Road, thereby alleviating traffic hazards and headaches.

Council members OK'd funding the study, but the decision regarding Ruth Street will not be made until the study and concept plans have been reviewed by city staff and leaders.