LAWRENCEVILLE -- By a unanimous vote, the Lawrenceville City Council approved an $84.2 million budget for 2012-13 on Monday night.
According to City Manager Robert P. Baroni, the budget is balanced, and offers the same programs and services that were in the 2011-12 budget with a few exceptions.
One change is an increase of $126,453 in additional revenues for the Police Department due to a lawsuit settlement. One amendment includes funds set aside for new personnel positions and salary adjustments pending review by the Atlanta Regional Commission.
The council also approved an alcohol ordinance amendment, which lists the license fees for drinking establishments as follows: wine shops and brew pubs $2,500, art shops and growler retailers $500 per year.
In other business, the council:
-- Voted to spend $41,972 on a 911 emergency call update, which will provide equipment for one-button transfer calls from the Gwinnett County Police Department.
-- Created a registry for foreclosed, vacant and delinquent properties following the allowance now under state law.
-- Changed its Internet data service provider for the Rhodes Jordan Water Treatment Plant, saving about $300 each month.
-- Approved a new water department automatic meter-reading system.
The council also agreed to make the following expenditures on its consent agenda: $18,000 for system pressure monitoring data transmission for the water department, $4,700 for hydraulic fluid for a grinder, $101,957 for Luckie Street Underground materials, $12,900 to buy 400 auto-read meters, $12,308 for change orders and unit cost adjustments for the Reba Road storm drain and $6,800 for installation of curbs and flowers around signs.
The next meeting of the Lawrenceville City Council will be postponed until Sept. 10 since the first Monday falls on Labor Day.