LILBURN The election last week of Mayor-Elect Johnny Crist and two council members was certified here Monday night by the Lilburn City Council in its regular session.
Crist who ousted Mayor Diana Preston for Lilburn's top spot had served on the city council as the mayor pro-tem. Councilman Scott Batterton, Post 2, was re-elected in a field of four candidates, and Thomas Wight becomes the newest member in Post 1 as he fills the seat left vacant by Crist.
When he takes office in January, Crist said he will be active in starting a campaign to solicit 13,000 e-mail addresses from residents in order to send out e-announcements on activities in the city.
"This will be big, and will include residents in the 30047 zip code because what we do in the city affects them," he said.
Crist said he wants to improve the communication infrastructure by placing informational videos on the city Website, and he would like to have leaders from each subdivision attend the council meetings and provide information which will help the city bring houses up to code.
The mayor-elect received his Doctor of Ministry degree in 1982, and he and his wife, Anne, began the Atlanta Vineyard Church.
As a council member, Crist pioneered the Lilburn Farmers' Market, started the annual bike parade and safety clinic, chaired the Lilburn Park and Events team, and has been the emcee for the Lilburn Idol competition for many seasons.
Crist is the third mayor Lilburn has had in the past few years, as Preston succeeded Jack Bolton when she was elected four years ago.
In other business, the Council:
... Approved recommendations from the Alcohol Review Board to allow businesses to continue under their present liquor licenses until renewals come due.
... Tabled until the December meeting a zoning resolution update.