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The Sugar Hill Council honored the Lanier High School girls basketball team for winning the GHSA State AAAAAA Championship.  The Lady Longhorns brought home the first-ever state championship to LHS.  Photo courtesy City of Sugar Hill

April 8, 2019 – Sugar Hill Mayor Steve Edwards called the April Sugar Hill Council meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. at Sugar Hill City Hall.

Mayor Edwards presented a proclamation to Dr. Christopher Martin, principal of Lanier High School, and to the state champion Lady Longhorns girls basketball team for their AAAAAA GHSA Georgia State Basketball Championship win. Mike McRee, the “Voice of the Longhorns” announcer for the school’s games, read the proclamation from the city to the team and Head Coach Tim Slater for their many hours of hard work, dedication and teamwork this season. The proclamation was presented to the team of six seniors, four juniors, four sophomores, three freshmen, coaches, administration, student body, and parents.

Mayor Edwards (on one knee) presenting a ceremonial ball to Lanier High School Athletic Director Matt McDonald for the team to sign. The ball will be put on display in city hall.
Mayor Edwards (on one knee) presenting a ceremonial ball to Lanier High School Athletic Director Matt McDonald for the team to sign. The ball will be put on display in city hall. Photo credit Jim Simpson

Mayor Edwards then presented the team with a commemorative basketball signed by him and the entire city council, while another ball signed by the team and coaches will be put on display in city hall.

City Clerk Jane Whittington stated that the city processed 241 passports in March, and budget billing for gas utility bills open enrollment will begin this month with forms for signups to be mailed with next week’s bills. There were fifteen new businesses in March, seven home-based and eight commercial.

The commemorative basketball presented to the Lady Longhorns.  Photo courtesy City of Sugar Hill

City Manager Paul Radford presented highlights from the management report, including attendance numbers for the Eagle Theatre, a significant majority of which were first-time visitors to the venue. The concert series at The Bowl begins May 4 with national acts through August 3, with more concerts to be announced over the coming weeks.

Assistant City Manager Troy Besseche gave an update on continuing development and construction projects.

Mercy Montgomery provided an overview of April events and E Center news including the Sugar Hill Business Alliance’s April After Hours event at Central City Tavern on April 11.

Sugar Hill Youth Council Members Alexis Ducote and Camryn Flores presented details about the council’s upcoming Opioid Crisis Symposium on April 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. in the E Center Community Room. Panels will discuss details and insights into combating the opioid crisis on the local and state levels.

There was no consent agenda and no old business.

A public hearing for Town Center Overlay Design Review 19-00278 was presented, requesting design review approval for the demolition and removal of an existing home and the construction of a new single-family detached home in its place at 986 Whitehead Road. Council Member Brandon Hembree motioned to approve, Council Member Cohen seconded and the measure was approved.

Gwinnett County Service Agreement for Inmate Service Crews seeks to approve two service contracts for Gwinnett County Corrections inmate crews to assist with maintenance of city streets and golf course, at an increase to $375 per day paid by the city to Gwinnett County. Council Member Curtis Northrup motioned to approve the one contract subject to legal review and to be signed off by Mayor Edwards, seconded by Council Member Hembree and approved by the council.

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

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