Lilburn council postpones mosque vote

LILBURN -- An application to allow the Dar-E-Abbas AGA Islamic Organization to expand on U.S. Highway 29 and Hood Road will be the controversial subject of two upcoming meetings scheduled in Lawrenceville.

The Lilburn City Council voted unanimously here Monday night at its regular meeting to postpone the public hearing on the rezoning and special-use permit application to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. A vote is expected on the application at this special called meeting.

Council members asked the audience to hold their comments on the matter until next week's meeting, but they did answer a few questions concerning the setup.

Each side will be limited to 30 minutes for comment on the application and the meeting is being held in Lawrenceville to accommodate a large crowd. Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department and Lilburn Police Department will provide security for the event.

Mayor Pro-Tem Scott Batterton will preside since Mayor Diana Preston, who owns part of the 8.26 acres requested for rezoning, is recusing herself from presiding. The property is located at 5065 U.S. Highway 29, and 238, 288 and 405 Hood Road.

The group is asking the Council to rezone the acreage from Neighborhood Business (C-1) and Single Family Residential (R-100) to Agricultural Residential (RA-200).

The Lilburn City Planning and Zoning Commission also will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the GJAC to discuss the rezoning and application. Both meetings are open to the public.

In other business, the council:

* Commended Lilburn Police Officers Edward Rico Anderson, Jami Hollis, Matthew Price and Sgt. Stephen Weed, along with Richard Johnson of the Public Works Dept., for their efforts in rescuing a person trapped in rising waters on Camp Creek Road during the flood that occurred on Sept. 21.

* Recognized the Gwinnett County Police and Fire Departments, the Lawrenceville Police Department and Norcross Police Department for assisting the Lilburn Police during the flood.

* Approved a construction agreement with CSXT for installing a concrete crossing on Main Street for $14,017. Main Street will be temporarily closed during construction.

* Approved fee schedule amendments in the Alcohol Beverage Ordinance concerning guidelines for on-premise consumption.

* Honored Dr. Aimee Burgamy of Trickum Middle School for being named 2009 Great American Teacher of the Year.

* Honored Salem Missionary Baptist Church for its 175th anniversary. Built in 1834, the church now has 4,500 members.