Berkeley Lake on track for December City Hall groundbreaking

BERKELEY LAKE - The pieces are falling into place for a December groundbreaking for the new Berkeley Lake City Hall building and park. According to facilities committee chair Barbara Carroll, construction documents are complete and a budget review of the project will take place the first week of December.

Value engineering of the entire project will be reviewed Dec. 12, and a guaranteed maximum price will be presented to the city council Dec. 18. Once city council gives the go-ahead, site development can begin. Carroll asked city council to schedule a special called meeting Dec. 10 in case the final budget numbers are too high. On that date, city council will direct the construction team where to make further adjustments to bring the cost down.

The groundbreaking date will be set and announced once the budget figures are approved.

Carroll also suggested Thursday that local artists be invited to display their works on a revolving basis in the new building, and council members agreed that would be a good opportunity for artists to gain exposure.

City adopts emergency operations plan

City officials adopted a resolution Thursday, committing Berkeley Lake to implementing Gwinnett County's emergency operations plan. According to city administrator Tom Rozier, the county's emergency operations plan needs to be supported and implemented by the city in order to ensure eligibility for FEMA and GEMA funds should an emergency arise.