Council member Taylor Anderson called the May Sugar Hill Council meeting to order at promptly 7:30 p.m. at the Sugar Hill City Hall.

Council member Marc Cohen gave a proclamation to the graduating members of the Sugar Hill Youth Council and Youth Ambassadors for their accomplishments. Youth Mayor Bhaumi Shah, Mayor Pro-Tem Lexi Ducote and council members Avery Tam, Daniel Park and Harshika Mehta were among the students honored. 

Student L. Robertson won the Historic Preservation Society scholarship. Her essay discussed how the year 2020 had impacted her and her community. She explained how social justice movements, such as the Black Lives Matter movement, impacted the city. 

Council member Marc Cohen proclaimed May 2021 as Mental Health Awareness month. And in honor of city clerk appreciation week, Sugar Hill’s Jane Whittington was recognized for the work she has done for the city. 

The city also dedicated the month of May 2021 as Building Safety month to recognize the work its employees do to maintain the safety and strength of the community. 

In council reports, council member Mar Cohen informed residents of local events. North Gwinnett High School’s Rebecca Carlisle is nominated for the 2021Teacher of the State award.

Council member Susie Walker wished all residents a happy Mother’s Day.

Brandon Hembree wanted to thank Nadia Merritt and Mike Sullivan, who were recognized for their work with the Youth Council. 

Nic Greene congratulated all graduates in both high school and community college within the community.

Economic Development Director Meghan Carnell announced new hires, including Lexi Ducote, who will be joining for event coordination and Victoria Richberg as the communications coordinator. 

Newly appointed Youth Mayor Pro Tem Maya Lawrence and Youth Mayor Milen Patel announced their positions. 

In new business, the city council amended the General Fund Cultural Resource Department Budget by $5,000. The additional money will be applied to the Players Guild. The council appointed Megan Carnell to the Players Guild. 

Jonathan Chang was appointed to the Downtown Development Authority. 

A zoning ordinance amendment was proposed for a residential multi-family development. More information on the zoning amendments can be found here. The city received an application to change the zoning from residential multi family zoning to a medium density mixed residential district. The goal is for affordable housing to be created within the city. The request was approved. 

An application for a design review was submitted for a five-unit townhome residential structure. The request was approved and more information can be found here. 

A construction contract for Gold Mine Park to TriScapes Inc. was approved. The amount totaled $928,877.64.

The city approved an addition of four streets, two access drives and a parking lot with Allied Paving. The amount totals $895,500.

District 3 Northeast has selected council member Marc Cohen as president and Lawrenceville council member Victoria Jones as vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association. 

A project spearheaded by Congresswoman Carolyn Bordeaux requires funding assistance for a bridge construction near Highway 20 connecting the Sugar Hill Greenway.

This concluded the regular meeting. The council and staff went into executive session.

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