With the effective date of the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act less than two months away, Buford city officials voted Monday night to begin putting plans in place for security and screenings at public meetings.
House Bill 60 will allow licensed weapon holders to carry firearms into government buildings unless there are security checkpoints or metal detectors. The Buford City Commission's May 5 vote will authorize staff to develop the screening procedures necessary to comply with the law.
"I am a hunter and I love my guns but there are places they are proper and places they are not proper," Chairman Phillip Beard said.
The legislation, he explained, means city officials must address how to provide a safe place for citizens to meet.
"Whatever we have to do to meet the new law, we want to authorize our city manager and our public safety director to acquire the necessary equipment to make our buildings safe," he added.
In other business, the city commission:
- Approved a special use permit to allow 25.5 acres on Maddox Road be rezoned as a R-100 CSO subdivision with modifications. The acreage will be added to a previously rezoned 108-lot R-100 CSO subdivision.
- Authorized Chairman Beard to sign an intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County for sewer service in an area off Bogan Road.
- Adopted and authorized the chairman to sign a memorandum of agreement between the Gwinnett Soil and Water Conservation District and the City of Buford.
- Authorized the chairman and city manager to sign the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia 2013 year-end settlement form.
- Authorized the city manager to sign an extension of the annual contract for construction and maintenance of water lines.
- Authorized the chairman to sign a resolution to enter into a contract for the acquisition of right-of-way with the Georgia Department of Transportation for South Lee pedestrian facility improvements.
- Authorized the city manager to proceed with the purchase of radios and associated equipment for public safety and safety-sensitive departments.
- Approved the reappointment of Leon Johnson as a Buford Housing Authority Board member.
- Authorized the city manager to sign the release of pledged funds with People's Bank and Trust.
- Approved payment #10 and change order #7 for the South Hill Street pedestrian facilities project.
- Authorized payment #6 for School Drive improvement projects.
- Authorized the chairman to sign the documents necessary to accept a sanitary sewer easement from the Simpson family.
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