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Lilburn to buy land to relocate library

LILBURN - Plans were put into motion here Monday night for the construction of a new Lilburn library.

The Mayor and City Council approved the purchase of almost five acres of property for the relocation of the library on Church Street near Main Street. Gwinnett County and the Library Board will be responsible for the design, site preparation, and construction of the facility, but the city will work with the county on the exterior design of the new building.

According to City Councilman Eddie Price, funding for the library from the Georgia Fund 1 program is not to exceed $1.5 million.

In a public hearing, the council, after recommendation from the city planning staff, rezoned property at 98 and 104 First Ave. from residential to office space to allow the placement of several offices, including the city planning and economic development offices and the tax office, into one area under the Old Town Lilburn Overlay Zone. This area has been designed for residential and commercial use.

In other business, the council:

· Approved a budget amendment for $415,000 as a hike in the Capital Projects Fund for already approved City Hall and Police Department renovations.

· OK'd the signage design proposals from Sky Designs for the City Park and Greenway Trails, changing the name from Green Trail to Greenway Trail.

· Made application to the U.S. Department of Justice for the Edward Byrne Memorial JAG grant for an award of $19,847 to buy essential patrol equipment and to pay for other public safety expenses.

· Granted permission to Walton EMC to occupy city streets and public places.

· Issued a special-use permit to James K. Williams to install and operate an emission inspection station at 4760 Lawrenceville Highway.