LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville Councilman Peter K. (P.K.) Martin IV announced here Monday night that he would not seek re-election in the city’s fall election.
Martin, a Lawrenceville native who made the announcement at the monthly meeting of the city council, said that he would still remain active in the community.
“I appreciate all the time I’ve had here on the council. It’s been a great honor to serve you,” he told the audience.
“The good news is that we have a great team up here (council), and a better team behind the scenes,” said Martin, a councilman in Lawrenceville since 2005.
In other business, the council unanimously rejected an application from Premier Pawn and Jewelry, to allow the establishment of a small business/financial lender at 626 Ga. Highway 20. According to owner David Johns, the business is a small financial institution which makes both secure and unsecure 30-day loans. “We do not fit the definition of pawn in Georgia,” said attorney Doug Dillard, who represented Johns. Residents opposing the application in the public hearing stated that pawn shops historically bring crime to an area, including possibly accepting stolen property.
The council also:
· Adopted its 2013-14 annual budget of $83,934,550, a reduction of $331,564 from the current budget.
· Agreed to a bid from Contour Grading to demolish the Rock House and salon located on Jackson Street.
· Passed the following Consent Agenda items: $5,237 to Bo Phillips Company for traffic cones, $49,983 for audio and video enhancements for police interview rooms, waived the $2,000 event fee for the Rock ‘n Ribville festival, and $3,921 for a power pole safety inspection.
· Accepted a low bid from Peach Landscaping of $23,685 to do drainage improvements at Wildwood Lane and Wildwood Court, including curb repair.
· Announced that its Sept. 2 meeting be changed to Sept. 4 because of the Labor Day holiday.
· Heard a proclamation by Mayor Judy Johnson that Sept. 2-6 be proclaimed National Payroll Week.