The Lula City Council recognized two Home Depot workers Monday night for their work in addressing vandalism at the Lula Veterans Park. Reece Gilmer and Marshall Smith were presented a proclamation from the mayor and council expressing appreciation for the donation of their time and talent by removing graffiti at the Veterans Park.
In other business at the meeting Monday night, the council:
•named the following citizens Yard of the Month recipients: Anita Collins, Courtney Thomas, Caroline McCravy, Cary Thrailkill and Adam Nix.
•adopted the Banks County Hazardous Mitigation Plan.
•approved an amendment to the sewer use ordinance to define industrial user and set surcharge fees. Industrial user is defined as a user subject to categorical pretreatment standards for a user that discharges and average of 25,000 gallons per day. The amendment was approved in order to satisfy Hall County regulations. In regard to surcharge fees, customers out of compliance with regulations will be charged one and half times the average monthly fee for three billing periods for the first violation, two times the average monthly fee for three billing periods for the second violation, and for the third violation, the customer will be charged three times the monthly fee for 12 months and service may be cancelled until violation is corrected.
•approved an ordinance to limit the duration of yard sales to up to three consecutive days, which will be counted as one yard sale. Current regulations define the frequency of yard sales to limit property owners to no more than five such yard sales in a calendar year.
•approved an ordinance that will establish regulations and set charges for disposal of fats, oils and grease by city businesses. Current customers will be allowed to use existing technology and equipment, but new customers will be required to upgrade as required by new regulations.
•approved an ordinance requiring permitting and inspection of exterior sewer and water lines. Customers will be required to allow city inspection of new water and sewer lines. Ordinance also establishes a permit fee of $65 for sewer line inspections and $65 for water line inspections. If a customer fails to obtain a permit prior to beginning work, a penalty of up to $100 may be accessed.
•held the first reading of an ordinance for annexation of 27.99 acres.
•approved writing off of $6,106 in water/sewer utility bills. The write off is for accounting purposes. City staff will continue to pursue collection of these fees.
•approved the purchase of a hauling trailer at a cost of $960.
•approved a contract with Baker Co. for calibration service at a cost of $847 per year for a three-year period.
•approved the purchase of a line locator at a cost of $3,923.
•accepted a bid of $600 for a 1997 Ford truck previously declared surplus by the city and rejected all bids on a Scagg mower. The only bid received for the mower was less than the minimum bid set by council.
•accepted a bid of $23,500 from Advanced Paving Co. for resurfacing the ballfield parking lot.
•approved a partial plan update to the city’s comprehensive plan. Georgia Department of Community Affairs requires cities to prepare a plan that outlines planned projects and to report accomplishments of projects and to update the plan to include new projects. City manager Dennis Bergin reported, of the 39 items previously identified in the city’s comprehensive plan, all but three items have been completed and those projects are currently under way.
•received an update on the 5k run for Lula Elementary School planned for October 19.
•received a report on a proposed “Do you know the law” community meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to reach out to juveniles to provide information regarding certain laws. The meeting is scheduled for September 12 7 p.m. at Lula City Hall.
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