Suwanee amends ordinance for LED lights

SUWANEE -- LED lights working more as signs than lights were addressed on Tuesday at Suwanee's City Council meeting.

The lights, typically strips around windows, have been a growing trend recently across several business types, from restaurants to nail salons and convenience stores. Some of the lights are a hazard when looked at directly, especially for motorists, city manager Marty Allen said. The Council approved an amendment to modify a zoning ordinance toprohibit use of LED light strips for signage.

The Council also authorized Gwinnett County to install an upgraded traffic light at McGinnis Ferry and Scales Road, which would cost no more than $25,000.

Former Suwanee City Councilman Jace Brooks, a Gwinnett County Commissioner, has said the McGinnis Ferry-Scales intersection became busier after the McGinnis Extension opened nearly two years ago.

The intersection was the site of a double fatal wrong-way wreck in late November that killed a Bogart man and a Suwanee woman.

In other policy decisions, the Council approved an agreement with Gwinnett County to use election equipment, adopted a short-term work program for the next four years and adopted a resolution to honor long-time retiring employees.

Mayor Jimmy Burnette recognized Annandale Village resident Hope Norris, who painted a scene of City Hall and the surrounding area. Burnette also reconized the state championship runner-up finish of the North Gwinnett High girls basketball team with several players and coaches in attendance. Police Chief Mike Jones saluted his department's recent state re-certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, and gave a special recognition to Lt. Dan Clark.

During the audience participation portion of the meeting, residents Linda Fleming and Jimmy Spiro voiced their displeasure about a meeting last week with state officials about a proposed National Historic District in Old Town. Fleming said officials rolled their eyes and didn't answer a lot of questions during the public meeting. Spiro said the officials' reaction bordered on being condescending.

Fleming lamented that the map of the proposed district has been revised three times, and she questioned the motive behind the proposed district.