The Norcross City Council will discuss adding parking at City Hall, banning drinking in city parks and other issues tonight, October 1, 2012.
Topics to be discussed include:
- Parking spaces at City Hall. The parking study implementation project at Norcross City Hall would add 11 parking spaces. The project was tabled at the last city council meeting so that the council could look at cost estimates for different paving materials. According to the agenda, asphalt is estimated to cost $28,100 and pervious pavement will cost almost $41,000.
- Guidelines and requirements for Transportation Study. The council is looking at requiring a traffic impact study for certain proposed developments. The argument is that “all development generates traffic, and it may generate enough traffic to create congestion and thus require the community to invest more capital funds into the transportation network in the form of new roads, traffic signals and intersection improvements,” according to a proposed new ordinance. By requiring a traffic impact study, the city can better plan for problems that may occur.
- Request from the Norcross Station Cafe to pay for painting and repairing the outside of the building. The Norcross Station Cafe is in a historic train depot on South Peachtree Street that was built in 1909, and still has memorabilia from the days of being a train depot. The city owns the building. The restaurant is asking the city to pay $18,700 for cleaning, painting and repairing gutters on the outside of the building.
- Review a special alcohol permit for Concerts in the Park. The concerts are held in Thrasher Park, and are charity fundraisers sponsored jointly by Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in conjunction with the Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation. The concerts will be held Sept. 29, Oct. 12 and 20. All proceeds go to benefit the Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation in support of their scholarship fund and community enrichment initiatives. The permit is to allow people to bring alcohol into the park for the October concerts.
- Banning alcohol on city property, including parks. The city council would have to change the law to ban alcohol. As proposed, this would not apply to city owned buildings, including the Community Center, the Welcome Center, the Norcross Arts Center/Rectory, Kudzu and the historic Train Depot that houses the Norcross Station Cafe.
The council meets at 6:30 p.m. for a work session in the Second Floor Conference Room, and the regular council meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Both meetings are held at City Hall, 65 Lawrenceville Street, and are open to the public.