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Lilburn moves forward on City Hall

LILBURN -- Within the next two to three years, the city of Lilburn plans to have a brand-new City Hall complex built, thanks to SPLOST funding and a joint venture with Gwinnett County.

At its regular meeting here Monday night, the council voted to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett for the design and construction of a new Lilburn City Hall and Lilburn Library near Main Street and U.S. Highway 29.

Lilburn also agreed to an architectural and engineering services agreement with Precision Planning Inc. in an amount not to exceed $388,381. This represents 54.5 per cent of the projected costs. Lilburn will use SPLOST money to pay for its share, while the remainder of the funding is expected to come from the county.

The library/city hall will be housed in one building on five acres with the library occupying the first level, and Lilburn on the second and third floors, according to Mayor Diana Preston. Council meetings will take place at the new complex.

"Having one building will help us save on maintenance and other costs," said Councilman Johnny Crist. He added that the city police department will take over the present city hall location when the new facility is completed. The present council auditorium will become a police court.

In other business, council members received no public comments concerning the construction of a new $20 million sports complex for travel baseball teams that Lilburn has proposed. At the last meeting, the council approved a license agreement to grant a 100 percent refundable payment of $450,000 in SPLOST money to Big League Dreams USA, sports park operators, for a feasibility study to determine the possibility of building six baseball fields and parking on approximately 40 acres of property at the old Jackson Creek Sewer Treatment Plant at Indian Trail Road near U.S. Highway 29.

Mayor Preston said the Council will hold a work session on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. concerning the new sports complex, and there will be a Mayor's Update on the complex Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

The council also:

  • Approved the installation of two additional stop signs on Hood Road at Remington Court, including "stop ahead" warning signs to be placed in appropriate locations.

  • Approved revisions to the city's Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Ordinance.

  • OK'd a Special Event Alcohol License for charitable or nonprofit organizations as recently approved by the Alcohol Review Board.