Norcross nixes traffic cameras

NORCROSS - City Council members decided Monday not to renew a contract with LaserCraft, the company that installed and monitored the two red-light cameras in Norcross.

Police Chief Dallas Stidd told the council that LaserCraft presented a new contract to the city for about 75 percent less than the previous contract. Stidd also informed the council that the red light cameras caused a decrease in traffic accidents at the monitored intersections.

"The cameras are a good idea. We did see a reduction in accidents" when they were active, Stidd said.

Councilman Andrew Hixson pointed out that the new LaserCraft contract allows the company to increase its fees by as much as 125 percent over the course of a year; the 75 percent reduction in fees was for 90 days only.

Councilman Ross Kaul remarked that, with the potential increase allowed in the new contract, renewing it would "make no sense" for the city.

Special-use permit granted to church in office park

The Lord's House Community Church, pastored by the Rev. Joseph Jackson, was granted a special-use permit Monday to lease a space at 3060 Holcomb Bridge Road in Peachtree Crossings Center office park. A special-use permit is required for any church that operates in a C-2 zone.

Election called

A Nov. 3 election will be held in Norcross to fill two expired council seats and the mayor's seat. The two council seats up for election are currently held by Councilman Charlie Riehm and Mayor Pro Tem Craig Newton. Bucky Johnson is the city's mayor.

Police Department to apply for grant

City leaders gave Stidd and his staff official approval Monday to apply for the Byrne Grant, $17,000 in federal stimulus money to be used for supplies and equipment.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program is the primary provider of federal crime justice funding to state and local jurisdictions.