Sugar Hill collects artifacts for new city hall

SUGAR HILL -- As Sugar Hill prepares for rebirth with completion of its new $11 million city hall late this year, it isn't neglecting its origin.

Announced at its City Council's monthly meeting Monday night were more artifacts collected for display in a downstairs community room in the three-story, 33,000-square-foot hall at Broad Street and Temple Drive downtown.

Gwinnett County's fourth-largest city long has been asking residents to contribute memorabilia of the city's early days for a glass-enclosed display and even a time capsule to be opened in some 50 or 100 years. Residents are urged at the city's fall festival Oct. 20 to sign a list, potentially for nostalgic inclusion in the capsule.

Among belongings revealed at Monday's meeting were primitive bowling pins and a ball from the city's bowling center long ago, as well as a picture of groundbreaking for the current city hall in 1973. Prized, however, was a ledger of City Council minutes from the city's founding in 1939, conveyed between former mayors E.E. Camp and George Haggard and unexpectedly given last week to Mayor Gary Pirkle.

Combined, the memorabilia will provide context of the 73-year-old city, begun by fable when an overloaded freight wagon destined north lost a wheel atop a hill and spilled its large bags of sugar.

Also at Monday's meeting, the council:

-- Voted to allow traffic from an insurance office at 492 Riverside Road to exit the property's rear onto Suwanee Dam Road because visibility onto Riverside was insufficient.

-- Voted to renew its contract with Buford's Phillips State Prison for inmate labor for maintenance of its golf course and roads.

-- Voted to join cities entering into an agreement with Gwinnett County to initiate an excise tax on energy sales to manufacturers.