Lawrenceville mayor sworn in for second term

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Lawrenceville Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson received the oath of office for her second term Monday night, along with two members of the City Council.

Also being sworn in at the regular council meeting were council members Marie Beiser and Tony Powell.

Councilman Bob Clark was appointed to serve as mayor pro-tem.

The council also approved qualifying fees of $216 for this year's election of council posts now held by Clark and P.K. Martin.

In her State of the City Address, Mayor Johnson noted the accomplishments of Gwinnett Medical Center, particularly in the heart unit, and Georgia Gwinnett College, which is beginning intercollegiate sports activities. Johnson also pointed out that the city's millage rate will remain at 2.16.

The council OK'd the rezoning of three tracts at 530 and 526 Lyle Circle to light manufacturing. A contractor's office will be built there with truck activity first thing in the morning and at closing time, according to owner Michael Salvo.

"We want to make any aesthetic improvements to make the neighbors happy," he said.

There has been some opposition from neighbors worried about noise once the property has been rezoned.

In other business, the council:

-- Made several consent agenda decisions, including the following expenditures: $49,730 for a firearms target system, $6,813 for parts for a Morbark grinder, $56,926 for a pressure control truck, $66,980 for a replacement backhoe, $86,325 for a gas leak survey, up to $55,000 in salary for the assistant director of the gas department, now a vacant position, and the purchase of a 2005 Toyota Camry with asset forfeiture funds.-- Honored the Gwinnett County chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority on its 10th anniversary.