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Lilburn names new acting city clerk

Newly appointed Acting Lilburn City Clerk Melissa L. Penate is shown with Mayor Johnny Crist following Monday night’s council meeting.  Penate succeeds longtime City Clerk Kathy Maner who retired at the end of June. (Staff Photo by Randy Cox)

Newly appointed Acting Lilburn City Clerk Melissa L. Penate is shown with Mayor Johnny Crist following Monday night’s council meeting. Penate succeeds longtime City Clerk Kathy Maner who retired at the end of June. (Staff Photo by Randy Cox)

LILBURN -- Melissa L. Penate was appointed Monday night as the new acting city clerk by the Council, succeeding Kathy Maner who recently retired after serving as city clerk for 20 years.

Previous to her clerk position, Maner had served five years as the Lilburn receptionist. She will be honored Thursday at a retirement party.

In other business, the Council:

... Approved the annual millage rate for 2013 at 4.45 mills, the same as last year's. Lilburn had received the tax digest from Gwinnett County in late June.

"I understand taxes will be going down," said Mayor Johnny Crist. And, according to Councilman Tim Dunn, by keeping the millage rate the same for five years, the city has saved taxpayers $1.2 million.

... Adopted a revised special event policy for activities in the city.

... OK'd changes to the personnel policies and procedures manual.

... Tabled amendments to the city traffic and vehicles code.

... Announced the following events: opening of 1910 Public House restaurant at the old Main Street Blue Rooster location on July 31; Lilburn Daze, Oct. 12; "Sparkle in the Park" fireworks display, rescheduled for Sept. 1 (Labor Day weekend); "National Night Out" on Aug. 6 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and the Lilburn Farmers' Market, Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. through August 2013.