Lilburn switching to touch-screen voting machines

LILBURN -- For the first time in the city's history, Lilburn voters will have a chance to use touch-screen voting machines.

"No more cards," Mayor Johnny Crist said at Monday night's regular meeting of the Lilburn City Council.

The Council will be entering into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with Gwinnett County to use the Direct Record Electronic (DRE) system beginning with November's general election.

Crist said there will be no cost to the city for this agreement.

In other business, the Council:

-- Approved an Economic Development Ordinance which is designed to provide opportunities to attract new businesses to Lilburn by offering such incentives as business tax abatements.

-- Agreed for Crist to sign a deed that would abandon the rights of way of Vankirk Street and Schappett Terrace at the Church Street Station in Lilburn. This is part of the $10 million project to construct a 49,000-square-foot City Hall/Gwinnett County Library on the site.

-- Adopted a Title Ad Valorem Tax Fee IGA with Gwinnett County.

-- Approved a lease agreement between the city and Lilburn Community Garden Inc. for a lease of $10 per year. Approximately $12,000 has been raised for the garden.

-- Amended its Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance which only alters the law's language.

"We're not changing anything," Crist said.

-- Approved an application from 1910 Public House to sell beer, wine, and liquor for on-site consumption at 103 and 107 Main Street, while denying an application from Bella's Banquet Hall, located at 4800 Lawrenceville Highway, to sell beer for consumption on-site.

-- Announced the promotion of Thomas Bardugon to new police captain of support plus several other police department promotions.

-- Announced the following events: 2013-14 Fiscal Year Budget Hearing, Tuesday, May 28 at 7 p.m., at City Hall; Farmers' Market, Fridays from 4 to 8 p.m. beginning June 7; and "Sparkle in the Park" on July 4.