Berkeley Lake amends sign ordinance

BERKELEY LAKE -- City council members voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a sign ordinance and to amend it to allow temporary signs in the GC-A district of Berkeley Lake. These moves paved the way for business owners to continue to do business, now that they have been annexed into Berkeley Lake's city limits.

"I got an email from one of our business owners. She was very grateful for these changes. They make (Berkeley Lake) more business-friendly," Mayor Lois Salter said.

Both city attorney Dick Carothers and the city's Planning and Zoning Board reviewed and approved the ordinance and amendment before it came before Salter and city council again Thursday evening.Millage rate public hearing scheduledA special-called council meeting and public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 6 at City Hall. The meeting will serve as a public hearing preceding approval of the rate of 2.8 mills for 2012, a 49 percent reduction according to city administrator Tom Rozier.Dam repairs 'on schedule'Clay Reichert, an engineer with Clark Patterson Lee, updated city council members Thursday on the progress of the Lake Berkeley dam repairs. "We're pretty much on schedule," Reichert said, noting that currently, excavation under North Berkeley Lake Road is under way.

Council members, in an attempt to keep the project moving along without delay, also voted to expedite the approval process of change orders not exceeding $25,000. Salter may also call an additional council meeting during the months of August through October in order to keep forward progress going on the repairs. Should Salter call the additional meetings during those months, they will be held on the first Thursday of each month.