Lilburn nixes increase on millage

LILBURN - No millage increase is the main feature of the proposed $6.1 million annual Lilburn City Budget and Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2009-10 announced by Mayor Diana Preston at the monthly council meeting.

"It's a lean budget with no raises for staff," Preston said. However, she added there will be no furloughs and no layoffs.

No comments on the budget were forthcoming during the public hearing and future meetings are planned. Budget items slated for more study are the red-light surveillance cameras on Rockbridge Road, confiscated assets, SPLOST and the Capital Improvement Fund budget.

The new budget, which is $500,000 less than last year, will be posted on the Lilburn web site.

In other business, the Council:

· Agreed to permanently revoke the alcoholic beverage license for Maria & Associates LLC, doing business as Contigo Peru III, as originally recommended to the Alcohol Review Board;

· Granted a special-use permit to Providence Christian Academy to use a public address system for its graduation exercises on May 21;

· Approved the appointment of Dr. Ken Johnson, a veterinarian in Lilburn, to the Alcohol Review Board to fill the remainder of the 2009 calendar year term;

· Appointed Steve Edwards, a councilman in Sugar Hill, to give the city's proxy vote as delegate at the annual Georgia Municipal Association convention since neither Preston nor any of the Lilburn council members will be able to attend;

· Approved the application of Tower Cloud telecommunications franchise to place telecommunications lines and facilities within the city's public rights of way;

· Agreed to spend $88,808 for Holly Ridge sidewalk and safety lighting installation; and

· Awarded to Advanced Disposal the contract for residential solid waste collection, recycling, yard waste and commercial solid waste programs beginning July 1.

Preston also proclaimed the week of May 10 through 16 as Police Memorial Week, and Friday as Peace Officers' Memorial Day.