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.