Metal building ban considered

LAWRENCEVILLE - By a unanimous vote of 4-0, the Lawrenceville Council on Monday passed the first reading of amendments to the city's zoning ordinance that would prohibit construction of metal buildings.

The ban on new metal buildings would apply in business, office-institutional and manufacturing zoning districts. Acceptable materials for building facades would be brick, stone, cementitious stucco, wood, hardiplank and glass. Standing seam metal roofs would be allowed.

Existing metal buildings would be grandfathered. The council had imposed an emergency moratorium in April on accepting applications and issuing permits for metal buildings in the city

The moratorium was proposed by Councilman Bob Clark to provide time for the council to develop architectural standards to upgrade the city's aesthetics. A second reading of the amendments is expected to be on the agenda at the council's July meeting.

The council granted a waiver on the moratorium on behalf of the Kendall Todd company that allows it to proceed with a small addition at the rear of an existing metal building at 185 Industrial Park Circle.

In other action:

· The council approved the expenditure of $25,450 for the purchase of a mobile auto license tag reader for the Lawrenceville Police Department from drug asset forfeiture funds. In a recent blitz conducted by Lawrenceville police, the use of a demonstration reader resulted in recovery of a stolen vehicle and three arrests, Police Chief Randy Johnson said.

· An appeal from the Lifepoint Community Church in Loganville for a temporary business license to sell sparklers from a tent in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Lawrenceville was denied by the council. Councilwoman Marie Beiser expressed concern that the church fundraiser would compete with sales by other local merchants.

· Implementation of a $3.25 convenience fee for online credit and debit card payments to the city was approved.

· Mayor Rex Millsaps announced that an amendment to the city charter that would expand his voting powers was being removed from the agenda since the council had learned passage of legislation by the Georgia General Assembly would be required.

The council had passed the first reading of the ordinance at its April meeting. A discussion on requesting local legislators to introduce the legislation was added to the agenda for the council's next work session.

· State Rep. Lee Thompson presented a copy of a resolution passed by the Georgia House of Representatives in its recent session honoring the life and memory of late Lawrenceville mayor Bartow Jenkins to his family during the meeting.