Norcross sets property tax millage rate

NORCROSS -- City leaders voted Monday evening to set the 2012 property tax millage rate at 6.424, the same rate that applied to property owners in 2011. According to city manager Rudolph Smith, the new millage rate would have to be raised to 7.018 in order to collect what was collected last year. The Service Delivery Strategy settlement and annexations "worked to the city's favor," according to councilman Craig Newton.

National Night Out set for Tuesday

The city of Norcross and its police department, in partnership with Target Corporation, will host the city's first ever National Night Out from 4 to 9 p.m. today at Thrasher Park. The event is designed to promote crime prevention and grow community partnerships.

Free hot dogs and drinks will be provided by the Norcross Masonic Lodge, and a door prize (a gas grill) and children's activities, along with entertainment, have been arranged for the entire evening.

Decision delayed on digital display reader board

City leaders voted Monday to delay making a decision regarding the purchase of a digital display reader board for the downtown Norcross area. The purpose for the board would be to post city alerts and inform residents of upcoming activities and events.

During the city's August policy work session, Mayor Bucky Johnson and council members will review further information regarding price, maintenance and other specifics before making a decision regarding whether to purchase the board. Cost estimates for the board range from $20,000 to $26,000, though Downtown Development Authority chairman Pat Eidt said Monday that he believes the cost will be closer to $20,000 and that a private donation may cover about half of that cost. Eidt stated Monday that he has not yet looked into the maintenance costs of the display, which has been described as being much like a large television or computer monitor.

Rezoning approved for truck/trailer storage terminal

A rezoning was approved Monday evening that will allow a truck and trailer storage terminal on Goshen Springs Road for Birchwood Food Trucking. Birchwood Foods employs about 200 people and makes and distributes hamburger patties for Wendy's restaurants, Walmart and other customers.

Global Mall, located near the Goshen Springs Road property (there is no street address for the rezoned property) support the new facility as long as traffic flow and safety concerns are addressed in the rezoning conditions.

Public Art proposal OK'd by city council

A budget not to exceed $5,000 was approved for a sculpture garden at The Nest in Norcross. Named the "Talk the Talk" phone project, recycled items such as old telephones will be used as a major design element in the sculpture.

Mayor pro tem Andrew Hixson, and councilmen David McLeroy and Craig Newton stressed the need for a detailed accounting of the money spent on this project, as about 60 percent of the proposed budget lists intangible items, such as services and time.