After he called Atlanta congressman John Lewis a 'racist pig' on social media, Republican politician Tommy Hunter is the target of protesters calling for him to step down from his county commissioner job. Mr. Hunter took aim at the longtime Georgia Democrat and revered civil rights leader in a pair of Facebook posts published over the weekend after Mr. Lewis publicly criticized the legitimacy of President-elect Donald Trump in a recent interview. More...
Cason Cleveland Productions chooses FLEXLite NXG 2.6mm LED video technology as the focal point for the new auditorium in Snellville, Georgia Originally founded in 1987, 12Stone Church has grown to include eight campuses throughout Georgia serving the communities in Gwinnett, Hall, and Barrow counties. In their most recent expansion, the congregation completed a full renovation of a large retail location in Snellville, GA, and in doing so they needed to create a full worship environment. More...
Over eleven years ago, The Livseys' created the "Promised Land Difference Maker Awards", that acknowledge Americans of all races who are visionaries, and are keeping Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dream, alive, not for fanfare or community recognition, but merely by the way they choose to make a difference one person at a time. 1925 Tom Livsey's grandfather Robert Livsey purchased a third of the 1500 acres known as 'The Promised Land' Plantation', and the original Thomas Maguire plantation house, affectionately referred to as 'The Big House'. More...
Republicans are still slamming Rep. John Lewis for questioning President-elect Trump's legitimacy - and now one has gone so far as to accuse him of racism. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that Tommy Hunter, a Republican member of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, called Lewis a "racist pig" on his Facebook page over the weekend, while also questioning the congressman's own legitimacy. More...
Here's to get $600.00 worth of national article/ talk show for only $300 this week. Its OurTown Media way to help celebrate and empower local businesses to keep Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream Alive. More...
Forsyth County Schools Superintendent Jeff Bearden raised the issue at a called meeting Monday, which was held during the Board of Education's annual retreat, saying he has heard the topic discussed numerous times since he became superintendent in September 2014. "We get approached on a pretty regular basis by folks willing to give us the signage in exchange, obviously, for them wanting to sell advertising," Bearden said. More...
Medical device maker Guided Therapeutics wants to raise $5 million in new financing, according to its S-1 filing . The company has effected numerous structural and other financial changes in recent months, and the stock has been punished as a result. More...
Trump is mad a John Lewis, the moral conscience of American politics, for calling him an illegitimate president. So he lashed out on twitter, saying Lewis has never done anything in his career. More...
The Gwinnett Extension is offering varieties of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pomegranate, goji berry, native azaleas, and other landscape plants as part of its annual sale. Pecan trees and Titan blueberries, which produce blueberries the size of quarters, will all be offered this year. Orders will be taken through March 7, 2017. Visit www.gwinnettextension.com or call 678.377.4010 to request an order form. More...
FOCUS ON is a monthly feature that tells how your county government employees focus on providing high-quality services to you each and every day.
Accounting Division (YOU ARE why Laurie is HERE)
Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center
Community Risk Reduction
County’s Treatment Courts
Crime Prevention Unit
District Attorney's Criminal Investigations Division
DOSS Capital Projects Section
DOT Road Condition Assessment Team
DWR Customer Care Division
Family and Consumer Sciences Section
FLAME Mentoring Program
Fleet Management Division
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Green Communities Program
Grants Business Unit
Gwinnett’s Community Outreach Program (YOU ARE why Nicole is Here)
Home-Delivered Meals Program
Human Resources Recruitment
Health and Human Services Centers (YOU ARE why Doris is Here)
Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Parks Maintenance Team
Performance Analysis Division
Plan Review Team (YOU ARE why John is HERE)
Police and Fire Citizens Academies
Public Relations Team (YOU ARE why Andrew is HERE)
Quality of Life Unit
Recorder's Court (YOU ARE why Sheryl is HERE)
Sheriff’s Office Jail Division
Solid Waste and Recovered Materials Division
Swiftwater Rescue Team
Tax Commissioner Customer Service Operations
Traffic Control Center
TVGwinnett Production Team
Victim Witness Program
Voter Registrations and Elections Division
Have you ever wondered why a fire truck responds to your medical emergency, why the County has a SPLOST program, or how clean water gets to your house? The Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy can help answer those questions and more.
Gwinnett County Government is accepting applications for the Spring 2017 class of Gwinnett 101: Citizens Academy. It’s a free program that seeks to develop and nurture informed and engaged residents, students, and business owners in Gwinnett. Class members will get a first-hand glimpse of how the County works and build a network with others who live, work, and learn in Gwinnett.
Classes will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 9:00pm beginning with an orientation on Tuesday, April 11 and ending with graduation and recognition by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, June 27.
Residents who are interested in participating in the program must be at least 18 years old and be a resident and/or business owner in Gwinnett or attend a Gwinnett college or university. They must also have an interest in learning about county government and be able to attend all sessions. Class size is limited to 30 participants who will be chosen by a selection committee.
Applications are available online at www.gwinnett101.com and must be received by Friday, March 3 in order to participate in the Spring 2017 session.
For more information about Gwinnett 101, visit www.gwinnett101.com. More...
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as National Radon Action Month. Radon is a radioactive gas that is invisible, tasteless, and odorless, and it can be harmful to you. In fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. For more information about radon and how to test your home for radon exposure, visit the Cooperative Extension Services’ Radon Education webpage. More...
The Gwinnett United Ebony Society will host a parade that will begin on Langley Drive in Lawrenceville at 10:00am and end at Moore Middle School, which is located at the intersection of Lawrenceville Highway and Johnson Road. TVgwinnett will be at the event, so you can catch highlights on demand on the county's website. More...
Chairman Charlotte Nash, District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks, and District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter were sworn in last month following their November reelection. Family and friends joined the board members for the swearing-in ceremonies performed by Probate Judge Chris Ballar on December 30 at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
Nash and Brooks begin their second four-year terms January 1, both having first taken office following special elections in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Hunter is starting his second four-year term.
District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard and District 4 Commissioner John Heard round out the five-member Board of Commissioners.
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(Lawrenceville, Ga., July 19, 2016) – Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday officially called for a referendum to be placed on the Nov. 8 general election ballot for the renewal of the one-cent special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST. The current SPLOST program ends next March.
The County and all 16 Gwinnett cities have again agreed to share the proceeds, as they have since 2001. The new program could raise an estimated $950 million over six years to be used for transportation improvements along with public safety, parks and recreation, library relocations and renovations, civic center expansion, senior service facilities and city administrative, parking and cultural facilities plus city water and sewer capital improvements.
Gwinnett County will receive 78.76 percent of the proceeds and the cities will receive 21.24 percent. The County has determined that 65 percent of its share, or an estimated $486 million, will be dedicated to transportation projects such as roads, streets, bridges and sidewalks, including $30.8 million for joint city/county transportation projects. The County has also agreed to set aside approximately $3.2 million for joint parks and recreation improvements.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “Transportation improvements continue to be our biggest need and local government leaders agreed that everyone who uses our roads should help pay the cost of improvements. And as we have done in the past, the County will form another citizens committee soon to review and prioritize prospective transportation project categories.
“Gwinnett County is also committed to addressing our growing senior population and will continue funding for senior centers and equipment in the proposed SPLOST program,” added Nash.
Gwinnett voters have approved a nearly continuous series of SPLOST programs since 1985 that have raised more than $2.9 billion, allowing the County to minimize long-term debt and save more than $1 billion in financing costs compared to issuing bonds.
The current SPLOST ends on March 31, 2017, and is expected to generate about $453 million, with more than half devoted to transportation projects and the rest going to public safety, parks, libraries, senior services, and city improvements.
Additional information about SPLOST can be found online at www.gwinnettSPLOST.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 9, 2017) – The Citizens Project Selection Committee will meet tonight to vote on school safety projects to be funded by the 2017 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
The group, known as the CPSC, is to meet at 6:30 p.m. in Conference Room C in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center in Lawrenceville.
“The CPSC got its first look at the recommended school safety projects last month,” said Alan Chapman, director of the Gwinnett County Department of Transportation. “In addition to the vote tonight, staff will provide a presentation on bridges and roadway drainage improvements.”
This is the fifth scheduled meeting of the CPSC. The group met twice before the SPLOST referendum to familiarize themselves with the process and to identify category funding levels if the SPLOST were approved.
Prior to the vote, the CPSC allocated funding across these categories of Transportation projects:
Bridges, Culverts and Transportation Drainage,
Capital Projects Rehabilitation and Resurfacing,
Residential Speed Control,
Road Safety and Alignment,
Sidewalks and Pedestrian Safety,
Transportation Planning, and
Since the SPLOST vote, the CPSC received presentations and voted on these project categories:
Rehabilitation and Resurfacing,
Residential Speed Control, and
The CPSC is made up of 11 members and 11 alternates self-selected to represent various constituencies in Gwinnett County. For additional information about citizen input and the 2017 SPLOST, please visit www.gwinnettcpsc.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 9, 2017) – Now that the Lilburn Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library has moved into the new home it shares with Lilburn City Hall, the old building will be renovated to become an activity building with a classroom, a community room with a catering kitchen, a dance studio, new restrooms and storage space.
“I’m glad we can repurpose the old building to continue serving the community with opportunities for recreation and fellowship,” said Lynette Howard, District 2 commissioner. “Like many parks facilities, the new spaces will also be available to rent for private functions.”
Under a $936,886 contract approved by Gwinnett commissioners last Tuesday, Diversified Construction of Georgia Inc. will renovate the building located on two acres at 788 Hillcrest Road NW. The contract calls for a new roof, flooring, lighting and fire protection system plus exterior upgrades that include landscaping, sidewalk, parking improvements and new signage. Diversified was the lowest of 11 bidders for the project.
The new Lilburn City Hall and Gwinnett County Branch Library opened at 340 Main Street in October of last year. The old library building, with 10,518 square feet, was one of the oldest and smallest branch libraries in Gwinnett County. The new library is almost 19,000 square feet plus another 5,000 square feet of shared public spaces. More...
The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) plans to explore STEAM (Science – Technology – Engineering –-Arts - Math) with a special event that highlights Georgia’s native mammals and how they survive the winter months.
The Discover Georgia’s Native Mammals event takes place at the EHC on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The program fee for the event is $8 per person. Children two-years-old and younger and EHC members are free.
Activities include demonstrations with a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 as visitors help a robotic squirrel gather acorns for the winter. Guests can also touch and experience the EHC’s vast collection of animal pelts, including those of a black bear, beaver, fox and more.
A special Squirrel-A-Palooza guided hike takes place at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. as visitors venture into the EHC forest and look through the eyes of native animals in their quest for survival.
Guests can also design and build their own beaver lodge as they explore the engineering skills of beavers. Additional activities include a Critters in the Cold class, various crafts that enhance an understanding of the EHC’s forest friends and a game of native mammal trivia.
Guests can pre-register or pay at the door. For more information about the Discover Georgia’s Native Mammals event and the EHC, visit www.gwinnettEHC.org. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 3, 2017) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday adopted a $1.56 billion budget for fiscal year 2017.The adopted budget is up about 5.6 percent from 2016 and includes a $1.18 billion operating budget plus another $384 million for capital improvements.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, ““The budget upholds Gwinnett’s history of sustainable, conservative budgeting practices while looking ahead at future implications of our decisions. I appreciate the citizen review team members, County staff and elected offices for their hard work in developing this year’s budget. The primary areas of focus for 2017 are retaining employees, supporting public safety, expanding the judiciary to meet demand and enhancing community engagement.”
The operating budget totals $1.18 billion, compared to $1.12 billion last year. It includes new positions in the public safety and judicial areas, including staffing for two new 24/7 ambulance units, along with additional staff to improve traffic management, reduce the waiting list for senior homemaking services and enhance the Board’s community outreach efforts. Workforce retention measures are also contained in the budget.
With the approval of the new six-year SPLOST program, an estimated $950 million is slated for county and city capital improvements in transportation, recreation, civic center expansion, public safety, libraries and senior services.
Capital improvements funded by SPLOST programs include an $82 million expansion of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, expansions and improvements at multiple County parks, library replacements in Duluth and Norcross and various road improvements. Construction on the courthouse expansion is slated to begin in the middle of 2017 and should be completed in late 2019. The senior center housed in the Norcross Human Services Center will also be renovated.
Water and sewer user fees will fund upgrades to water and sewer facilities, sewer line inspections using a new acoustic monitoring system to help locate clogs before spills occur, and more public education to keep fats, oils and grease out of the sewer system.
Six residents and business people volunteered on the Chairman’s budget review committee. They heard presentations and studied departmental business plans, budget needs and revenue projections before making recommendations for the budget. Commissioners also sought public input by holding a public hearing and accepting comments through the County’s website.
The budget resolution summary is posted on the County’s website at www.gwinnettcounty.com, and a comprehensive budget document will be published later in the year.
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 21, 2016) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to partner with the Sugarloaf Community Improvement District for various transportation studies within the limits of the CID.
This agreement will allow the CID to develop conceptual plans and cost estimates for various transportation projects along the main thoroughfares that roughly border the CID: Sugarloaf Parkway, Old Peachtree Road, Satellite Boulevard and Meadow Church Road. The CID will also review projects located within these boundaries.
“We are excited to work with Gwinnett County to explore transportation options,” said Alyssa Davis, the recently appointed CID director. “It is a great way to start off the New Year and the efforts of the new CID.”
The County will contribute a maximum of $100,000 in SPLOST funding toward the study costs that are related to roads, streets and bridges. The CID will be responsible for the balance.
The Sugarloaf CID, the county’s sixth, centers on the area around the Infinite Energy Center. The formation of the Sugarloaf CID was approved by the Board of Commissioners in May 2016. More...