Clocks for Sugar Hill's new city hall to arrive soon

SUGAR HILL -- Need to know the time?

You'll soon be able to see it a half mile from downtown Sugar Hill.

The Sugar Hill City Council announced at its monthly meeting Monday night that clocks for the cupola atop its new city hall soon will be delivered and mounted some 35 feet above the two-story hall's copper penny metal roof.

"It'll be the first thing you see when you take off from Lawrenceville airport," Councilman Curtis Northrup said.

The four-sided cupola and its clocks will be a crowning element of the downtown city hall at West Broad Street and Temple Drive. Gwinnett's fourth-largest city showed pictures Monday of the 33,000-square-foot building, whose exterior is largely complete and whose interior is scheduled to be near year's end.

"You'll be able to see it from a long way off," City Manager Bob Hail said of the cupola. "That'll be the crowning glory of the building itself."

In other meeting developments:

-- The council announced planned purchases of two residences. One is the home of Curtis Lumpkin on West Broad near the traffic circle at Whitehead Road downtown. The $92,000 purchase will add about 70 feet to the already roughly 450 feet of road frontage just beyond City Hall.

In exchange for paying its roughly $12,000 of back taxes and liens, the city plans to acquire and raze the dilapidated home of Swain Stewart, which it condemned in May. Doing so will give residents of Stewart's Frontier Forest subdivision relief from an allegedly rodent-infested home that's long been near collapse. It also gives the city a potential $40,000 profit should it sell the land.

-- The city also formalized its process of approving residential plats. Instead of Hail's signature in effect accepting responsibility for a developing subdivision's streets, street lights, sidewalks, etc., the council must ratify the plat and more formally accept responsibility.

Mayor Gary Pirkle urged the change to more clearly delineate when responsibility for subdivision's public portions pass from developers to the city.


Say_that_again 2 years, 11 months ago

"It's about time!" But seriously, with the obvious pun out of the way, how much did the city spend so lazy people within sight can know the time without having to look at their wrist watch or phone? Assuming you value this "time check" at a nickel, how many people must verify the time for these clocks to be worth the cost?


SickandTired 2 years, 11 months ago

"It'll be the first thing you see when you take off from Lawrenceville airport," Councilman Curtis Northrup said Oh Curtis, because that is so important. What an idiotic statement. How much money did Mayor Pirkle and the Sugar Hill city council members waste on that clock by the gazebo? If I remember correctly it was in the $30K range.


dudleyo 2 years, 11 months ago

Instead of wasting 30k on a silly clock, the city should get it's own police force. I moved out of the city because of the increase in crime. The city has a mayor that doesn't even know how to return email's from concrned citizens that live in the city. Time to get a new mayor.


NewsReader 2 years, 11 months ago

Seriously, you want a police force? LOL!


kevin 2 years, 11 months ago

The people voted for this crooked bunch. You reap what you sow.


Basscat 2 years, 11 months ago

Clocks? Yippee.....Really? So retarded. Such an utter waste of money! Next!


R 2 years, 11 months ago

Come on the Buford City hall has clocks ....


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