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Norcross names Smith city manager

NORCROSS - City council members voted unanimously Monday night to appoint Rudolph Smith city manager.

Smith has served as interim city manager since November, stepping in to take Warren Hutmacher's position when the former manager resigned.

Smith has been employed by the city for about 12 years.

"We did a national search for a city manager, and Rudolph came out on top," Mayor Bucky Johnson said. Smith served as the city's finance director and city manager simultaneously, until interim finance director Karen Dixon was appointed.

"We look forward to many years with Rudolph as city manager," Johnson said.

City pursuing annexation

City leaders gave the go-ahead Monday for city staff to pursue the necessary actions to facilitate the annexation of Technology Park and parcels of land east of the city to Interstate 85. Norcross is working with Gwinnett County in an effort to ensure mutual agreement for both entities.

"This (annexation) squares off our borders," Johnson said. City officials have to take the proposal before the state legislature this session. Pending approval, residents of both areas will vote on the matter this fall.

Technology Park is home to two large hotels, and those tax revenues are valuable to Gwinnett County. The proposed annexation of the land east of the city makes the deal more attractive to Gwinnett. The city's Livable Centers Initiative study includes market research that supports the proposed annexation. The area between the current city border and I-85 is part of the Community Improvement District.

"Any time you do an annexation, there's some give and take," Smith said.

"This is not a done deal yet," Johnson said.

Farmers Market receives support from city, DDA

Council members voted to give $3,000 of DDA funds to help promote the Norcross Farmers Market. The market, comprised of 27 merchants, will be held weekly every Tuesday night in spring and summer.

According to councilman Charlie Riehm, "The farmers market will bring a lot of foot traffic to the city," thus benefitting other businesses as well as providing local residents a source of fresh, locally grown produce.