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Sugar Hill City Council looks at fences, work crews, outdoor movies

SUGAR HILL -- At its monthly work session Monday night, the Sugar Hill City Council contemplated allowing one homeowner to construct a fence in drainage easement and another to keep an existing one there.

The council reviewed the city planning and development department's recommendation to grant both homeowners' requests. Resident Mitchell Ross at 5002 Bathgate Court, in the Abingdon Place subdivision, was seeking to replace a poorly maintained wooden fence erected by his home's builder more than 13 years ago. Similarly, resident Christi Grace at 5217 Blossom Brook Drive, in the Primrose Creek community, was requesting to keep an initially unpermitted fence erected three years ago partially in an easement.

Separately, the council discussed renewal of its $39,500 annual contract to rent work crews from Buford's Phillips State Prison. Like many cities, Sugar Hill uses prison crews to maintain its roads and city golf course.

The council also reviewed owner Heidi Smith Price's request to rezone 1.53 acres on North Price Road near Peachtree Industrial Boulevard from business to light industrial for construction of an additional office building and small, light metal fabrication shop. Her property at 249 N. Price includes a 35-year-old home rezoned for general business 14 years ago.

The council also discussed enhancements to the city's sign ordinances, specifically subdivision entrance signs, wall signs and the illumination, digital content and maximum height of billboards.

The council also refined its pending regulation of movies shown by residents in rented outdoor venues. The council discussed limiting showings to E.E. Robinson Park's amphitheater, Gary Pirkle Park, the Community Center and the not-yet-completed amenity pond amphitheater on Broad Street downtown. In addition to allowing movies rated only G, PG and PG-13 and requiring the city share in 10 percent of admission fees, regulations likely will require that showings for more than 250 residents involve a minimum of two security officers.