Lilburn talks HOT lanes

LILBURN — Lilburn residents received a report at the Lilburn City Council meeting Monday night on just how the new High Occupancy Toll lanes are going to operate on Interstate 85.

Newly appointed Capt. Ben Haynes of the Police Department’s Support Services, reported that he met with Mayor Diana Preston and a representative from the Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority about the conversion of the High Occupancy Vehicle lanes to HOT lanes on a 15-mile stretch on I-85 from Gwinnett to DeKalb County.

The HOV lanes had been used for two occupants or more in an automobile, or emergency vehicles and buses, but the HOT lanes will be for three persons or more in a car at no cost, provided they have the new Peach Pass transponder.

A single individual is allowed to travel in the new HOT lanes using a transponder, but will be required to pay a fee of 60 cents to $6 per mile depending on congestion.

“The more people who ride in the new lane, the more it’s going to cost,” Haynes said.

If a vehicle enters the new lane without a Peach Pass or the old Cruise Card, the driver will be fined $25.

The program is scheduled to begin on a Saturday in mid-September, Haynes said. Drivers can sign up for the free Peach Pass by visiting www.peachpass.com.

In other business, the council:

• Adopted an ordinance that would provide for fees regarding sanitation collection.

• Revised the occupation tax structure for businesses in the city.

• Postponed a public hearing on the new zoning resolution until the next regular council meeting on Sept. 12.

• Approved an agreement with Precision Planning, Inc. for engineering and design of the Main Street realignment project. $69,967 was okayed for the project which includes the proposed City Hall and Gwinnett County Library.

• Restricted the sale or advertising of used motor vehicles displayed or parked in the city.

• Provided for new alcoholic beverage license fees.

• OK’d the Gateway Feature Design for signage submitted by Sky Design.

• Accepted a donation of $500 from the Girl Scout Council of Northeast Georgia for the use of city park for the Lilburn Day Camp.

• Announced that the city elections will be held Nov. 8 for mayor, Posts 1 and 2, with the qualifying period to run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29 through Sept. 2

• Announced the promotion of Lt. Mike Johnson to Captain of Operations.