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City manager proposes trimmed down budget for Lilburn

LILBURN -- Lilburn City Manager Bill Johnsa introduced Monday night a trimmed down draft of a $5.7 million annual budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 for the city.

The city council will consider adoption of the new budget, which is $558,000 less than the current year, at its meeting June 14.

"We're continuing to work on the budget," Johnsa said. "We still have a deficit of $150,000 to $160,000." He added the new figures do not call for a millage increase for taxpayers.

Highlights of the budget include:

* No new positions created.

* Elimination of two city positions and the freezing of two current jobs.

* No overtime, except for police services.

* Elimination of non-essential travel.

In other business, the council:

* Agreed to work on modifying the city zoning ordinance and comprehensive land use plan, including a freeze on re-zoning requests.

* Agreed to explore using social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, for city use, and to make "significant changes" to the city Web page.

* ... Amended its Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance to allow for wine-tasting events and to define licensed pharmacies and drugstores as retail establishments.

* Accepted a grant from Gwinnett County government to pay for street lighting and completion of sidewalks for the Hillcrest Road Project.

* Agreed to apply to the Gwinnett County Community Development Block Program for funds to aid in removing barriers for pedestrians by connecting gaps in the citywide sidewalk system.

* Recognized Jazmin Garcia, a fourth-grader at Lilburn Elementary School, for winning "Best of Show" in the "Spring into Art" Show sponsored by the Lilburn Woman's Club.