The first City of Buford Commission Meeting of 2018 was held on January 2nd at City Hall. City Officials were sworn in at this time.  Incoming Commissioner, Brad Weeks, was sworn in along with Commissioner Chris Burge  and School Board Members Pat Pirkle and Bruce Fricks. Chairman Beard was re-elected as Commission Chair and Commissioner Burge was re-elected as Vice Chairman.  Various department heads were also appointed.

Four zoning/special permit requests were heard.  Two acres on East Main Street were approved to be rezoned from O-I to R-100.  The Board approved the five lot submission with one home fronting Main St.  A Special Use Permit was approved for Remedy Diagnostics at 733 S Church St to allow automotive calibration. All work is to be performed inside and property must be kept free of automotive parts, junk vehicles or automotive repair equipment. A Special Use Permit was requested to be removed from 1424 Buford Business Blvd.  The removal of the permit requiring business condominium regulations to be part of development was approved. An Annexation and Rezoning was approved for 4.280 acres located at 2234 Shoal Creek Rd.  The property was rezoned from Mobile Home R02 to R-100 allowing for the parcel to be broken down into three lots.

Various financial items were approved including a deposit for a concert tour of Switzerland and Austria in June 2019 for the Buford Community Girls Chorus.  A 2% pay raise was also approved for city employees and the city’s workers compensation policy was renewed. Several payments were approved for various improvements throughout the city.

Bryan Kerlin gave his City Manager’s Report stating that the new gym would open on 1/6/18, the South Lee St project was still slated to wrap up in May, and the Waterworks plant was  installing apparatus to improve water pressure  in certain areas of the city as well as looking into the expansion of the plant.  Work continues on the new high school still slated to be done Summer 2019 with the connector road to Thompson Mill under way and widening to Buford Hwy continues.  The utility departments report all systems are performing well even with the frigid temps adding more demand to the system.  A special thanks to the Electrical department for the Christmas lights they installed.  In the works for the city is the construction of the Little League fields as well  plans are being finalized for the Historic Downtown parking deck slated to be built in between Main and Moreno streets.

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