Monday, October 1, 2012
The Norcross City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. for a work session, and at 7 p.m. for the council meeting. The public is invited.
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: 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. See also: Norcross Council Tables Digital Display Reader, Additional Parking City Signage, Digital Board Discussed at Policy Session
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Ross Kaul, the original go-getter for the ordinance, announced that he will ask the council to put the repeal on its June policy work session.
Updated, 6:20 p.m. Councilman Ross Kaul announced at the PDC meeting Wednesday morning that he will ask the council to repeal the tobacco-free ordinance at its June policy work session. Kaul, who had spearheaded the effort and has worked on it since December last year, explained that he should have had more of the community involved in the initiative. He wishes to repeal the entire ordinance, which included banning tobacco use from all city property including parks, parking lots and sidewalks, before its effective date July 1. Many citizens and businesses have voiced opinions against the ordinance, mainly because of the sidewalks ban. What do you think of the repeal? Tell us in the comments. "I think I sold this wrong," said Kaul. "I took …
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Monday's meeting involved some rezoning, demolishing and a tree initiative.
Mayor Bucky Johnson and the city council met Monday, March 5, for Norcross' monthly council meeting to discuss a few items on the agenda. The session wasn't as fiery as last month's with the Family Dollar rezoning, but it was still noteworthy, nonetheless: -A proclamation was read at the beginning of the meeting to recognize March as American Red Cross Month for the city of Norcross. ARC Community Relations Officer Carisa Hettich was present to accept the proclamation. Additionally, there will be a blood drive in the second floor community room at city hall March 15 from noon to 5 p.m. -Officer Eddie G. Head was sworn in as a member of the Norcross Police Department. He's retired from both the National Guard and the Gwinnett County Police …
Monday, March 5, 2012
The session starts at 7 p.m.
The City Council and Mayor will meet tonight, March 5, at city hall for a work policy meeting and regular session. The session starts at 7 p.m. Items on the agenda include rezoning for 5854 Goshen Springs Road; demolishing the brick building at 87 S. Peachtree Street; and amending the waste management code enforcement for townhouses and condos. Also on the agenda is a resolution to promote the growth of trees in the city by funding the Norcross Tree Initiative. According to the PDF, the initiative is offering to plant one tree for the first hundred residents who submit an application and $50. The work policy session will take place in the second floor conference room at 6:30 p.m. and the regular council meeting with occur in the council …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Many who attended the Service Delivery Strategy meeting in Norcross also gave kudos to Mayor Bucky Johnson, one of the frontrunners of the deal.
At a special called meeting Tuesday evening, the Norcross City Council has added its formal approval unanimously to the pending Service Delivery Strategy. "We had a tremendous group working for us, and everybody rolled up their sleeves when they needed to work," Mayor Bucky Johnson said. "We've had good legal representation, good staff support [and] good collegial work among all the cities to bring us to this point." With Johnson also being a major figure in the SDS ordeal since the beginning, many who attended the meeting congratulated and gave him kudos for his hard work, too. Earlier Tuesday, the Gwinnett County Board Of Commissioners approved the deal with cities in the Gwinnett Municipal Association, doing their part to end a multi-…
Monday, December 5, 2011
Find the agenda for tonight's meeting of the Mayor and Council here.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The Mayor and City Council will hold a regularly scheduled meeting tonight at City Hall at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers. A work session will be held briefly beforehand at 6:30 in the 2nd floor conference room. A new police officer will be sworn in and a public hearing will be held about the $7.8 million 2012 fiscal year budget, which can be found attached to the meeting agenda. Other items on the agenda include: An update of the mission of the Norcross Development Authority, the annexation of part of a parcel in the Indian Village Shopping Center and a revision to the city ordinance on Commercial Filming, among other items.
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The so-called "Blue Law" repealed.
Updated Nov. 10 Norcross residents voted 70 percent to 30 percent in favor of allowing beer and wine sales in the city limits on Sunday. The referendum specifically allows for the sale of malt beverages and wine in the Norcross city limits between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. There are currently no shops selling hard liquor in Norcross and this vote mostly effects gas stations and supermarkets that sell beer and wine. The law would go into effect on Jan. 1, according to City Manager Rudolph Smith. Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed legistlation in April 2011 that would allow individual municipalities to decide if they want to sell alcohol on Sundays, clearing the way for the "blue laws" to be updated. Councilmember Andrew Hixson…
Newton got 57 percent of the vote; Greg McFarland had 43 percent.
Updated Nov. 9 at 1:24 p.m. Incumbent Craig Newton won re-election with 57 percent of the votes. His term will be for two more years, starting Jan. 1. Newton has already served six terms on the Norcross Council, with three terms as the Mayor Pro-Tem. Newton said he was "humbled" by the community's choice. He said in the next term he plans to "stay the course" with some of the major projects planned in the city, including plans to redevelop Buford Highway and invest in the area now being annexated into Norcross. "We know how to make tough decisions," said Newton of the current Mayor and Council. "We're interested in expanding and building, but we're doing it within our means." Challenger Greg McFarland fought hard in his first campaign…
Pets will be allowed on paved surfaces only.
The Norcross City Council voted 4-to-1 in favor of updating the city ordinance that bans dogs from parks. They’ve decided to allow pets on the paved areas—and agreed to revisit the issue in six months. Advocates of having pets in the city greenspaces are calling it a step in the right direction. “In an effort to reach a compromise, what I’m proposing is dogs in the paved parts only,” said Councilmember Charlie Riehm, who brought the motion before the Council. All Councilmembers voted in favor except Ross Kaul. Councilmember Andrew Hixson offered his own motion before the vote, which would allow dogs in all areas of the parks, but it was not seconded by any other councilmember, so it was stopped in its tracks. “I would like to commend …
Monday, October 31, 2011
The City Council passed a resolution that will let citizens vote on the issue.
The Norcross City Council voted 3-2 on July 11 in favor of a resolution to put Sunday beer and wine sales up for a vote on Nov. 8. Craig Newton and Ross Kaul voted against passing the resolution--but not because they disagreed with the fundamental idea. Kaul, who was leading the meeting in Mayor Bucky Johnson’s absence, expressed an interest in waiting until a later work-policy meeting to make the decision, since it will be known at that time if a special election will need to be held anyway. The seats for Mayor Bucky Johnson and Councilmembers Charlie Riehm and Craig Newton will be up for re-election in November. If no one challenges these elected officials, no election would be necessary. City Clerk Susan Wuerzner said that an election …