Lawrenceville adopts resolution identifying six projects as goals

LAWRENCEVILLE - Lawrenceville's mayor and city council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday identifying six projects as priorities.

"During the annual retreat of the mayor, city council and department heads, we arrived at six goals to concentrate on for the next two years," Mayor Rex Millsaps said.

The priority projects the city wants to accomplish by Jan. 1, 2011, include:

· Complete construction and relocation of the police station.

· Examine potential sites to relocate the Utilities Department and plan future use of the property to be vacated.

· Develop and proceed with the College Corridor Overlay District linking Lawrenceville with Georgia Gwinnett College.

· Retain a consultant to study the city's computer system and implement upgrades, including a remedy for Web site and software crashes.

· Develop a plan and design to upgrade streets, signage and walkways, including city gateways, that will give Lawrenceville a uniform branded appearance.

· Adopt a plan that designates the location of tax allocation districts within the city.

The resolution authorizes the mayor to assign individuals to create timelines for each project and make quarterly reports to the mayor and council on progress toward completion.

Councilwoman Marie Beiser made the motion to adopt the resolution, and Councilman Bob Clark seconded it. Councilmen Mike Crow and P.K. Martin also voted for the resolution.

The annual retreat was conducted Jan. 23.

In other action, the council approved an agreement with Norcross-based Hayes, James & Associates to design Phase II of the Heritage Trail. The 1.8-mile multi-purpose trail is proposed to run south from the Gwinnett Justice and Administrative Center to Forest Hills Subdivision. The process includes public hearings for resident input.

Applicant John B. Williams was allowed to withdraw a request to rezone 23.5 acres at Ga. Highway 29 (Winder Highway) and Hosea Road from highway service business to light manufacturing. The rezoning was sought to make the property more marketable, however, the council was inclined to deny the rezoning without a tenant and development plans. The property previously had been used for trailer storage.