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City Policy Work Session Recap

The tobacco-free ordinance, the old Water Works building and Iron Sky were discussed.

Many topics were covered in Monday's lengthy policy work session for the city of Norcross, and it prompted lots of dialogue among its citizens.

After a long discussion from all sides on , the council decided that the ordinance will be voted on in the city council meeting in May. Councilman Ross Kaul said the ordinance would prohibit the use of tobacco products within 20 feet of all parks, trails and public buildings.

The decision to save or demolish the old Water Works building on Barton Street brought a large discussion, too. No decision was made at the session, so the topic will be back at another meeting.

The council discussed if the should be updated from 11 cameras to 30. With the increased number of cameras, said Kaul, they aim to cover all of the city of Norcross and also read all license plates that enters and leaves town.

Surrounding cities such as Duluth and Roswell are incorporating Iron Sky more into their towns, too, so Kaul said this would allow them to connect with the Gwinnett County tower.

Also on the agenda were severe weather sirens. The town will be adding four more sirens, including one in the area.

Were you a part of the discussion last night at the policy work session? Let us know in the comments.

Other items on the agenda included:

  • A statue of Sadhu Vaswani of India was proposed to be placed in .Vaswani is an educational figure and was compared to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the meeting.
  • Pond and Co. updated the council on , which will also be covered in the town hall meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Center. 
  • There was an update given on the . The updated meters would have Wifi and can allow users to see how much energy they've used, what the peaks are and what the balance is, all online.
  • The Safe Routes to School proposal was discussed and will be voted on in the upcoming city council meeting.
  • The council approved a new landscaping deal along the major roads in the city such as Holcomb Bridge Road and North Norcross Tucker Road.
  • A digital display reader board will be tested out to replace the bulletin board near Thrasher Park and the railroad tracks.
  • Around a dozen parking spaces was proposed to be added to the existing spots along the railroad tracks on Wingo Street, in addition to 20 spaces next to city hall.

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