LAWRENCEVILLE -- Because of a proliferation of new bail bond businesses opening recently in Lawrenceville, the City Council has placed a moratorium on starting new ones for nine months.
This action took place Monday night at the council's regular monthly meeting.
According to Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson, there have been four bail bond operations that have opened on Buford Drive within the past year. "We need this moratorium while we look into this to make sure the zoning is in place," she said.
During the moratorium period, there will be further study done as part of the overall zoning process, said City Attorney Lee Thompson.
This action will not affect any current bail bond businesses that already have permits.
In other business, the council:
-- Approved the name of the new city park's green space as Lawrenceville Lawn from a name suggested by Tara Winter.
-- Made the following personnel appointments: Mike Hutchins (gas superintendent), Lisa McKnight (assistant gas superintendent), Dennis Ballew (public works director), Steve North (assistant city manager), and Tracy Tullis (human resources manager).
-- OK'd an expenditure of $947,000 for curbing in Forest Hills/Windsor Farms subdivision.
-- Agreed to clean the atmospheric corrosion off the gas pipe on the bridge over Highway 120, and refurbish the pipe.
-- Replaced and revised its official zoning map and passed an amendment to its electronic signs ordinance.
-- Announced that on May 28 there will be a breakfast for veterans of World War II at the First Baptist Church of Lawrenceville at 8 a.m.
-- Announced that June 1 will be Lawrenceville Night at the Gwinnett Braves game.
-- Honored the 100th anniversary of the Girls Scouts with a proclamation.
-- Named today as "Child Care Provider Appreciation Day."