LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Lawrenceville City Council voted Monday night to amend its water rates for customers to reflect an increase from the rate the city pays to Gwinnett County for water.
Since the county increased its rates by 3.4 percent for Lawrenceville, the city will hike the rates its customers pay by the same percentage.
"It's recommended the city pass along the 3.4 percent to customers so there's no loss in revenue and we can provide quality and efficient service to our clients," said David Leonard of Precision Planning.
The Council also certified the results from the Nov. 8 election and Dec. 6 runoff. Voters approved packaged alcohol sales by a vote of 1,002 to 591. Councilman Peter (P.K) Martin defeated former Lawrenceville Mayor Rex A. Millsaps in a runoff for Post 4, and Bob Clark captured the Post 3 seat vacated by Councilwoman Katie Hart Smith.
Smith who recently was named Health Care Professional of the Year in Gwinnett County had served two years in Post 3.
"It's been an honor to serve you for the last two years," she said. "I am so thankful for your support."
In other business, the council:
• Appointed Councilman Tony Powell as mayor pro-tem beginning Jan. 1, 2012.
• Approved the first reading of an ordinance prohibiting smoking on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College except in designated areas.
• OK'd the low bid of $852,919 from Griffin Brothers for raw water transmission facilities.
• Approved $45,000 for next year's funding for the Lawrenceville Visitor's Information Center staffing with no increase from the previous year.
• Approved a low bid of $29,150 from Gresco Utility Supply Co. for the subdivision decorative lighting project.
• OK'd the first readings for the rezoning of a parcel from BG to LM at 305 Equipment Court, along with allowance for two billboards.
• Recognized Carolyn Fong for winning a national art award for her artwork to be featured on the cover of the new McGraw-Hill math book.