Lawrenceville adopts new landscaping ordinance

LAWRENCEVILLE — Landscaping was on the minds of the members of the Lawrenceville City Council on Monday night as the body adopted a new landscaping ordinance following recommendations from a local consultant.

David Manchester, a retired former groundscape manager with the Gwinnett County School System, reviewed the ordinance for the council and made suggestions of which plants should be used.

“Some of the trees mentioned in it should not be planted because they can become a nuisance,” he said.

Even native dogwoods, he said, can contract a fungus disease after a few years, so he recommended using a similar tree called the Chinese dogwood, which is immune to the fungus.

“They stand more upright than the native dogwood,” he said.

Pines trees also were recommended for planting.

“There are a few that provide good cover, such as the Virginia pine, which will grow just about anywhere,” he said.

He further suggested using pines as part of a buffer with other trees and plants.

Manchester agreed to send his recommendations in written form to Josh Ferguson, director of planning and zoning.

In other business, the council:

• Allowed for the construction of an EMC sign requested by Anytime Lawrenceville bail bonding company at 771 Buford Drive. The sign is not to be larger than 64 square feet, and must be set back from the road by at least two feet.

•Agreed to the following consent agenda purchases: $9,900 for mapping software for the police department; $159,078 for gas department relief valves and regulators; $71,722 for telemetry equipment; $290,170 for commercial demand and residential meters, and modules for the Electric Department; and $3,434 per month for janitorial services for City Hall.

• Proclaimed March 2014 as American Red Cross Month.