Lawrenceville mayor gives State of the City Address

LAWRENCEVILLE — Lawrenceville’s City Council started off 2014 with the swearing in of two city council members, including one serving his first term, and hearing Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson’s State of the City Address.

In Monday night’s session, Keith Roche took the oath of office for his first term as councilman. City Councilman Bob Clark was sworn in for his second term. Both new members will become the first ones to serve the new four-year terms instead of two.

Also, Councilwoman Marie Beiser was appointed mayor pro-tem.

In her address, Johnson outlined the city’s accomplishments last year, including work at the Gwinnett Medical Center and Georgia Gwinnett College. She also stated the council’s biggest accomplishment was to resolve all inherited violations assessed to the city Gas Department by the Georgia Public Service Commission, thus avoiding a fine of $3.5 million.

The council also approved the following consent agenda items: a bid of $10,173 to Incode Company for software maintenance, purchase of a Canon copier for the Records Department for $11,815, issuance of a parade permit to United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County for the Martin Luther King Jr. parade on Jan. 20 at 10 a.m., spending $3,560 for parking striping on Perry St. between Pike and Oak, approval of a compensatory time policy change for city employees exempt from overtime pay, and $227,000 for small purchases.

In other business, the council tabled several items, including a request from All Pro Carts for window signs; and amendments to regulate the use of window and door signs, outdoor storage provisions and family day care homes.