Lilburn beefs up graffiti ordinance

LILBURN -- By action of the City Council on Monday night, Lilburn is beefing up its sentencing guidelines for violating the city's graffiti ordinance.

"We are concerned about this deeply, and now we can give full authority to the police department to move forward on this," said Mayor Johnny Crist about the new ordinance. Crist said the new law is fully enforceable in juvenile court for individuals involved with graffiti.

In other action, the council:

... Passed an ordinance to regulate pain management clinics or "pill mills" in the city. The new law will provide for requirements of businesses that prescribe and/or dispense drugs for their operation. The moratorium on building these offices has been lifted now that the ordinance is in place.

"We don't want Lilburn to become a hub" for undercover prescription mills, Crist said.

... Amended the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance to cite the property or lease holder who allows "brown baggers" to consume liquor on site without a license.

... Revised the Occupation Tax Ordinance to allow the city to suspend or revoke a business license if the holder of a license is cited with an ordinance violation or is convicted of a crime.

... Allocated $23,084 to install, upgrade, and relocate the existing Iron Sky Monitoring Station for the police department and other critical surveillance areas with funds coming from the Federal Forfeiture Department of Justice account.

... Abolished the ordinance establishing the Downtown Development Authority in 1984 so as not to conflict with the new DDA started in 2006.

... Honored the Parkview High School Panthers Baseball Team for winning the AAAAA State Championship in 2012.

... Listed the following upcoming dates: U.S. Congressman Rob Woodall's Town Hall Meeting, today, City Auditorium; and Lilburn Town Hall Meeting to discuss home foreclosures with a panel of experts, Aug. 20.