Lilburn to give roads makeover with grant

LILBURN -- Boxwood Court, Bradley Woods, Kettle Court, and Kettlewood Drive will receive makeovers thanks to a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) passed Monday night by the Lilburn City Council.

The Council selected the streets because "they're the ones that need the most attention" in the city for various improvements, Mayor Johnny Crist said.

Lilburn will provide $30,000 in matching funds, while $82,000 will be furnished by the Georgia Department of Transportation for the 2013 project.

In other business, the Council OK'd a vacant/foreclosed property ordinance which will regulate unoccupied houses.

"This is high on our priority list to clean up Lilburn," Crist said.

According to the new law, if a house is not occupied in 60 days, the owner must register it with the city, and be responsible for maintenance of the property, such as lawn care.

The Council also:

-- Reappointed all members of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) whose terms expire this year. New terms for these members will run out in 2016.

-- Approved an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County for use of the 800 MHz radio system which will allow Lilburn police officers with shoulder radios to communicate with other jurisdictions.

-- OK'd training orientation programs for newly appointed city board and commission members effective Jan. 1, 2013.