Lilburn delays residential annexations
Still has sights on businesses

LILBURN - The Lilburn City Council voted Monday night to delay for at least one year a plan for residential annexation into the Downtown Development Authority area, which includes the U.S. Highway 29 corridor district.

At the same time the council agreed - despite opposition from Gwinnett County business owners - to continue with its proposal to annex several commercial properties into the city.

"A lot of people have been trying to annex into the city in past years," Lilburn Mayor Diana Preston said, adding that if new businesses were annexed into the city under the plan, new city police officers would be hired as needed.

"I don't want to be part of the city," one business owner told the council.

Other owners complained that if their businesses were annexed, they would lose patrons because of the city's ordinance that prohibits pool playing, video games, and karaoke.

However, another owner spoke in favor of annexation, saying that progress needs to be made rather than letting an area go stagnant.

Preston said several informational meetings are planned before any action would be taken.

In other action, the council:

· Approved mid-year budget amendments for fiscal year 2008-09.

"We ended up with more money from SPLOST than originally planned," Preston said.

· Agreed to buy 18 police vehicles and approved the Georgia Municipal Association lease program to fund the balance for 12 cars under a three-year program.

· Approved the sale of property located at 49 Springwood Drive for $94,899, authorizing the property as provided under the Officer Next Door Program.

· Adopted the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Community Agenda, which extends Lilburn's status as a local government by the State Department of Community Affairs.