UPDATED 05/17/2012 - We have been informed that indeed, the City of Lilburn has experienced the loss of an officer in the line of duty. This week, especially, we remember Officer Michael T. Hester, who was shot and killed in the line of duty on April 19, 1994. Along with the Lilburn Police Department, the Patch family remembers and wishes to honor his service to the citizens of Lilburn.
The Lilburn City Council handled a lengthy agenda at its monthly meeting Monday night.
During ceremonial matters of the meeting, Mayor Johnny Crist accepted artwork made by Alyssa Valentine, a second-grader student at R.D. Head Elementary who won Best in Show from Lilburn Woman’s Club “Spring Into Art” Show. The art will be “gladly displayed at City Hall,” according to Crist.
Crist presented a proclamation to Police Capt. Ben Haynes in honor of National Police Memorial Week. On Tuesday, May 15, the flag will fly at half staff at City Hall in honor of those in public safety who have died in the line of duty. Lilburn has never lost a member of their force in the line of duty.
The Town Hall Meeting scheduled for the fourth Monday of each month will be moved to Tuesday this month due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Of specific interest will be discussion of Big League Dreams and Lilburn’s budget, which is to pass in June.
In the public comments portion, Diane Sanderson asked the council to please respond to rumors concerning the value of the land purchase involved in the Big League Dreams deal and if it had been appraised. City Manager Bill Johnsa explained that the land was appraised by Gwinnett County and the City with minimal difference in the appraisal price of approximately $1,300,000 after structural discounts.
Action Items Included:
- Recommendation that Mayor and Council approve Gwinnett Urban County Cooperation Agreement for 2013-2015 and authorize the Mayor to execute on behalf of the City. All approved.
- Purchase of Property at 326/330 Main Street as part of the Main Street re-alignment. Approval was granted 3-1 to advance funds to the DDA to make this purchase.
- Amendment to Intergovernmental Agreement to provide 911 services approved 4-0.
- Purchase of Mobile Computer Terminals and Wireless Mobiles required for 911 service consolidation was approved 4-0. This allows for direct dispatch to officers from 911, possibly reducing response times by about a minute.
- Purchase of X-2 Tasers for police department approved 4-0.
- Amendment to contract with Advanced Disposal for a set rate of $13.12 per month per household and a longer contract for consideration. Representatives from Advanced Disposal may petition the council each year for increase. Approved 4-0.
- Ethics Ordinance for the City of Lilburn officials and employees approved 4-0. The ordinance will be online for citizens to review soon.
- City of Lilburn protocol manual and City Council Code of Conduct approved 4-0. This manual outlines how the City of Lilburn and its officials will conduct business and relationships with citizens.
- Amendment to Alcohol Beverage Ordinance passed 4-0 outlining that a pitcher is any container more than 32 ounces; profits and nonprofits may apply for special event alcohol permits under particular guidelines; and glass containers are prohibited at these events.