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Lilburn to allow leashed pets on lawns in city park

LILBURN — For the first time in its history, Lilburn is allowing leashed pets on the lawns throughout the city park, and not just on its walking trails.

The rule change, aimed at parkgoers and event attendees who want to play with their pets on the park grass, was approved at Monday’s City Council meeting. City employees will be instructed to place additional pet waste disposal receptacles throughout the park as part of the program.

“It’s a good PR move,” Councilman Tim Dunn said. “Pet owners will enforce the cleanup rule among themselves.”

“It’s been a real swing of the pendulum,” he said, from chasing down pet owners to inquiring about the kind of dog they have.

In addition, Lilburn agreed to fund the installation of new signs in Lilburn City Park and Camp Creek Greenway Trail to be more consistent with Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation rules, which already are enforced at Lions Club Park and Bryson Park.

In other business, Lilburn has made it possible for the Killian Hill Baptist Church and Christian School to use a public address system on its soccer field.

A sound test was performed July 22 at the school’s athletic field located at Arcado Road. According to witnesses of the test, which used a directional speaker with a maximum noise level, no sound could be heard at the Jamestown subdivision. An adjacent property owner attended, stating he had no objection to the speaker.

The school agreed to install a speaker on a pole at the southernmost corner of the field, pointed toward the building. In addition, the applicant said it would plant a minimum of six Leyland Cypress trees along the back side of the pole to further shield noise from the adjacent neighborhood.

Dunn said the applicant is still subject to the city sound ordinance, not to exceed a certain decibel level during late night hours.

The Council also:

• Held a public hearing to receive input regarding the city’s development of the Americans with Disabilities Act Transition Plan, which seeks to address areas of non-compliance previously identified in a survey of structures, sidewalks/curb cuts, parking lots, etc., in the city, which are subject to requirements of the ADA’s Title II.

Interested individuals also may submit comments in writing to: Doug Stacks, City of Lilburn ADA Coordinator, 76 Main St., Lilburn, GA 30047, no later than Aug. 22. A copy of the proposed plan is available for inspection at City Hall, 76 Main St., or the City Planning & Economic Development Office, First Avenue Annex, 98 First Ave., or access the city’s website at www.cityoflilburn.com. A final plan proposal will be presented to the council at its next meeting on Sept. 8.

• Agreed to amend its Alcohol Beverage Ordinance to allow the sale of refillable growler containers at city restaurants.

• Announced a Federal Mitigation Assistance grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency of $131,450, for the acquisition, demolition, and cleanup of 2.3 acres at 26 Camp Creek Road. The house on the property, located on the left after crossing the railroad tracks, suffered significant damage during the 2009 flood. The seller has the house under contract and is to vacate the premises by Aug. 25. The land will be added to the existing city park.

• Announced the following events: Lilburn Food Truck Tuesdays, City Park, on the second Tuesday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. Visitors can sample food from the trucks and listen to music. Saturday, Sept. 20, an antique car show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.