BEWARE: You may be on Lavonia's radar
By Kandice Smith

Speeders in Lavonia better beware.

The Lavonia Police Department has received permission from both the state and the city council to begin using police radar on the state highways that run through the city. Council approved the list of roadways at the Monday night meeting. Police radar will now be used on Highway 17 from the south city limits to the north city limits, Highway 59 from the south city limits to the north city limits and on Highway 77 from south of the city limits to Highway 59 and north of the Hart County Line to south of Bartson Street.

As well as enforcing speed limits, council is looking toward future business growth by approving a building permit for the Rooker Specification III building. According to City Manager Gary Fesperman, this building will be a sister building to the last building that was built in the industrial park.

Council also approved site plans for a Holiday Inn Express and a Church of Christ church on Highway 59.

“A building permit was already approved for the church in the fall, but the DOT wouldn't allow the church to build a driveway leading from Highway 59,” Fesperman said. “So this site plan includes a rear entrance to the church.”

Helping out the Northeast Georgia Animal Shelter, council donated its surplus 1994 Ford van to transport animals it sends to different rescue groups around the nation.

A final amendment had to be made to the FY2006 general fund budget.

“We overlooked adding in the monies the city paid to Bobby Martin to collect our taxes,” Fesperman said. “We didn't catch it until we were doing the final overview.”

Council also heard the first reading of the grease trap ordinance.

“This ordinance was drafted at the request of our water and sewer department,” Fesperman said. “During the winter months, the city has a problem with grease build up.”

Once this ordinance is passed, any restaurant or industry with a grease catching system that has been deemed out of date by the city's department heads will have 45 days to replace the system.

Lastly, council approved the second readings on the zoning and annexation of property on Highway 17 owned by the estate of Phil Owens, the fence ordinance and the building height zoning ordinance change.

In other business, council:

€ Approved the employee handbook

€ Approved the declaration of surplus property

€ Approved the recommendation for a new historical residential district that encompasses the front of the library to the city limits on Highway 77