Strong storms that roared through Gwinnett Sunday night caused lightning damage and down wires, according to Gwinnett Fire, which sent the following activity report: Firefighters responded at 9:18p.m. to a neighbor report of a house fire next door in the 2200 block of Duck Hollow Trace, NW in Lawrenceville. The caller advised that occupants were home at the time and were evacuating. More...
Buford native Trent Jarrett, a gymnast at the University of Illinois-Chicago, will be competing on television's American Ninja Warrior. His competition will air June 1. Now, the summer after his 21st birthday, the trained gymnast will take on the challenging obstacle courses he's dreamed of since his youth as season seven of "American Ninja Warrior" began Monday on NBC. More...
The location sits at 11725 Cotton Creek Entry, which is near its intersection with Old Milton Parkway. The location is the former site of the Cotton Creek Car Wash and its hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. More...
Jason Bell of Dacula graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University during the Spring 2015 Commencement Ceremony held on Saturday, May 9 in Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center. Bell earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in management and was one of approximately 300 graduates. More...
We Americans are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth, where we are able to enjoy freedoms that most can only dream of. We Americans are blessed to live in the greatest country on earth, where we are able to enjoy freedoms that most can only dream of. More...
All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on May 26. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. More...
Summer is here, and it’s time to celebrate
with a trip to one of the award-winning Parks and Recreation aquatic centers
and pools! All aquatic facilities will be open beginning Saturday, May 23. Come
make a splash and stay cool this summer at one of the many leisure play pools,
which offer fun features such as beach entry, water play structures, giant
water slides, picnic areas, and more. Parks and Recreation offers a wide-array
of amenities for both fun and learning, including private, semi-private, and
group swim lessons as well as private party rental opportunities.
All the pools are accessible for people with
disabilities and safe, supervised swimming places for patrons of all ages.
hours differ based on location.
Before visiting one
of our facilities, be sure to read up on proper
rules, and pool
The Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services would like remind citizens that a ban on outdoor/open burning is in place annually from May 1 through September 30.In accordance with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources ban on open burning, 54 counties in Georgia (including Gwinnett) are responsible for complying with the state-issued burn ban.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division imposes an annual ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations. During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels.The EPD has identified outdoor/open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.Consequently, open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties is restricted during the warm weather season.
The safe and cautious use of residential grills for outdoor cooking is still allowed and does not require a permit.The use of grills on balconies of apartment buildings is totally prohibited under the Gwinnett County Fire Ordinance.
The following types of outdoor/open burning are banned:
You may not burn trees, limbs, or any other yard waste. This includes a ban on the use of air curtain destructors for land clearing. This is in addition to a year-round ban on burning household waste.
The following types of outdoor/open burning are still allowed, provided the proper permits are obtained:
Fires for agricultural practices zoned RA-200/residential agricultural or a forestry service prescribed burn.
Fires for the purpose of training of firefighting personnel.
Permits are required for all Bonfires for activities sponsored by educational, civic, religious, or other groups for the purpose of celebration. For information on permits, click here or call 678.518.6000.
For additional information, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction Division/Fire Marshal’s Office at 678.518.4980 or go to the website at www.gwinnettfiremarshal.com. More...
Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and Safe Kids
Gwinnett are urging residents of all ages to stay safe while visiting swimming
pools during the busy Memorial Day weekend and the rest of the summer. Both
agencies have teamed up to promote year-round swimming pool safety. Memorial
Day weekend marks the opening of many neighborhood, community, and backyard
to Safe Kids Georgia, drownings can happen any time of the year, but parents
and caregivers should be particularly vigilant during warmer months when the
numbers of drowning incidents increase. Many facilities such as backyard,
apartment complex, and subdivision pools have no lifeguard on duty and require
extra diligence from parents and caregivers to ensure safety. In 2014, Gwinnett
firefighters responded to 17 drowning or near-drowning incidents.
order to stay safe and enjoy the summer, safety officials suggest following some
simple pool safety rules:
Supervise: Never take your eyes off of children
who are in and around the water.
Use barriers: Fences with self-closing or self-latching
gates and secured doors with alarms can prevent young children from
wandering into the pool.
Avoid entrapment: Suction from a pool drain is so
powerful it can trap an adult underwater.Be sure to check for and
replace missing or broken drain covers.
Learn to swim: To stay safe in the water, all
family members should learn how to swim. Wear an approved floatation
device if you can’t swim.
Know how to respond: Learn CPR and basic water rescue
additional information on water safety, please visit www.safekids.org.To schedule a water
safety program, please contact the Gwinnett Fire Community Risk Reduction
Division at 678.518.4845 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gwinnett County Office of Emergency Management is offering free Community
Emergency Response Team, or CERT training to Gwinnett County residents
beginning May 26, 2015. These
courses educate residents about disaster preparedness for emergencies that may
impact their community. Residents are trained in basic disaster response skills
such as fire safety, light
search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
are open to all Gwinnett County residents 18 years and older who pass a
background check provided by the Gwinnett County Police Department. The
training consists of eight sessions that take place from 6:30pm to 9:00pm on
Tuesdays. A course review and disaster simulation will take place on Saturday,
July 11 from 8:00am to noon. For more information or to sign up for the course,
please email email@example.com. Sign up soon; class
size is limited to 25 participants. More...
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Gwinnett County Treatment Courts: Enforcing accountability to fight drug abuse and crime
Repeat offenders are all too common in court systems throughout the U.S., but Gwinnett County’s courts have developed a proactive approach to reduce this number by bringing together public safety and public health professionals to treat the root of the problem. Find out more about the County’s Treatment Courts.
Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center
Community Risk Reduction
Crime Prevention Unit
DOT Road Condition Assessment Team
FLAME Mentoring Program
Fleet Management Division
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Green Communities Program
Grants Business Unit
Human Resources Recruitment
Neighborhood Stabilization Program
Parks Maintenance Team
Performance Analysis 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
Gwinnett commissioners on Tuesday awarded construction contracts for
four pedestrian safety projects.
One project will build new sidewalks on the north side of McDonough
Drive from Dawson Boulevard to Graves Road, bus shelter pads for future bus
shelters, plus curb, gutter, and drainage improvements. CMES Inc. was the
lowest of four bidders at $334,544. Completion is planned for mid-2016. Funding
comes from the 2014 SPLOST program and a federal stimulus grant.
Three other projects will connect existing sidewalks near Little
Mulberry Park including the south side of Hog Mountain Road from east of
Mulberry Oaks Court to Hamilton Mill Parkway and the north side of Hog Mountain
Road from Ridgemill Terrace to Jim Moore Road, from east of Jim Moore Road to
Greenside Court and from west of Patrick Road to Pine Road. The third project
will construct sidewalk along the east side of Jim Moore Road from Greenside
Court to the existing sidewalk north of Greenside Court. Curb, gutter and other
drainage improvements are included in all three projects. Ohmshiv Construction
LLC was the lowest of three bidders at $879,254.50. The 2009 SPLOST program is
funding the improvements, which should be finished by mid-2016.
Board Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “I’m proud that we are continuing
to make pedestrian safety improvements with SPLOST funds.” More...
Ga., May 21, 2015) – All Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) aquatic
facilities open on Saturday, May 23 of Memorial Day weekend. Most of the aquatic centers and leisure play pools
conveniently located throughout Gwinnett County, offer fun features such as
beach entry, water play structures, giant water slides, picnic areas and more!
Visitors will find a wide array of amenities for both fun and learning,
including private, semi-private, and group swim lessonsannually for all
ages. May is also National Water Safety Month, and GCPR would like to highlight
some tips for a safe and enjoyable day at the pool:
Never leave a child unattended in a pool or spa and always watch
your child when he or she is in or near water
Teach children basic water safety tips
Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to
Have a telephone close by when you or your family are using a pool
If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa
GCPR recognizes the vital role that swimming and aquatic-related
activities relate to good physical and mental health and enhance the quality of
life for all people. “Learning how to swim saves lives,” said Christine
Greenfield, Aquatics Coordinator. “We encourage all families to enroll in swim
lessons and safety programs by contacting your local pool.” All GCPR pools are
accessible for people with disabilities and offer safe, supervised swimming
places for patrons of all ages. For more details on admission fees, specific
amenities, hours of operation or information on facility rentals, visit www.gwinnettparks.com. More...
Ga., May 20, 2015) – Gwinnett County will host the 12th annual
Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 25 at 1 p.m. at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes
Memorial in Lawrenceville. The public is invited to attend this observance to
pay tribute to the men and women who have served honorably in the military,
during wartime or peacetime, and to memorialize the fallen heroes who have
sacrificed their lives to protect our nation.
keynote address will be given by Sergeant Major Patrick C. Amos, 91B, Combat
Medic, U.S. Army. Other officials scheduled to speak include U.S. Rep. Rob
Woodall, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash,
district commissioners and the mayors of Lawrenceville and Lilburn. Law
enforcement honor guard members will also take part in the ceremony.
a special tribute this year, Nash will present a proclamation in honor of Col.
Frank E. Naughton, a WWII veteran and one of the County’s first Magistrate
Court judges. Naughton died on Feb. 3 at the age of 96 and was recently laid to
rest in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.
Memorial Day ceremony will be televised at 7:30 p.m. on May 25 on TVgwinnett,
the county’s local government access cable channel. TVgwinnett programming is
also available streaming and on demand at www.tvgwinnett.com.
Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice
and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, honors all
Gwinnett residents who died in the line of duty in military or public service.
The memorial opened in 2003 and was built with funds from private donations and
Gwinnett County government. For additional information about the memorial,
visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com. More...
WHAT: All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on May 26. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday.
Memorial Day is not a trash and recycling holiday for solid waste providers in unincorporated Gwinnett County, so trash and recycling collections are scheduled as normal. The Gwinnett County Solid Waste and Recovered Materials call center will be closed that day, but hauler call centers will be open. Residents can visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com to find their hauler’s contact information. Residents who live in a city should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collections will be delayed due to the holiday.
WHEN: County offices will be closed Monday, May 25 and will reopen during normal business hours on Tuesday, May 26. More...
Citizens Project Selection Committee (CPSC) was established to assist the
Gwinnett County Department of Transportation in recommending projects for the
2014 Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) based on 10 project categories.
Representatives for homeowners, businesses, civic leaders, environmental
concerns, schools and senior citizens make up the committee. Members are
responsible for sharing information with their interest groups and facilitating
open communication between Gwinnett County Government and citizens.
WHAT: This committee meeting will be an opportunity to provide the CPSC with an
update on and adjustment to the 2014 SPLOST Program.
WHEN:Wednesday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
WHERE:Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Conference Room C
75 Langley Drive
Lawrenceville, Ga. 30046 More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 19, 2015) – A new bridge across the Alcovy
River is coming to Old Fountain Road and safety and alignment upgrades are in
store for Old Norcross Road at its intersection with Ingram Road. Gwinnett
commissioners awarded construction contracts for both projects on Tuesday using
funds from the 2009 SPLOST program.
The bridge replacement project will raise the roadway to improve sight
distance and add a center turn lane to provide for left turns into
neighborhoods adjacent to the bridge. Sidewalk, curb and gutter and drainage
improvements are also included in the $2.8 million contract. Massana
Construction was the lowest responsive bidder. Old Fountain Road will be closed
for approximately four months after clearing and utility relocations. The
detour will take drivers from Prospect Road to Prospect Church Road to Old
Peachtree Road and the reverse. Work is expected to be completed in the middle
of next year.
A second project will raise Ingram Road to improve sight distance and
safety at its intersection with Old Norcross Road. The project will add a right
turn lane from Old Norcross Road onto Ingram Road along with sidewalk, curb and
gutter and drainage improvements. CMES Inc. was the lowest responsive bidder at
$502,905.50. Work should be completed by the end of the year. More...
WHAT:County officials will
celebrate the opening of the new Employee Wellness Center with a ribbon cutting
ceremony. The Wellness Center features five exam rooms, a multipurpose room for
training and wellness activities, laboratory, office space for medical and
wellness staff and a dispensary carrying a supply of generic, pre-packaged
medications for prescriptions written by center staff.
Charlotte Nash and all Board of Commissioners members will participate in the
ceremony. Representatives from Healthstat Inc., Kaiser Permanente and other
healthcare providers for the center will attend the event.
WHEN:Tuesday, May 19,
2015, at 3:30 p.m.
The Employee Wellness
Center is located on the second floor of the Gwinnett County Government Annex,
750 South Perry Street in Lawrenceville.
WHY:The Employee Wellness Center is the first facility of its kind to be built
exclusively for Gwinnett employees, retirees and their dependents. Cobb
County’s employee health center is a similar facility also managed by
Healthstat Inc. Gwinnett County’s wellness center will serve as a convenient
and affordable option for employees and their dependents to seek preventive,
routine and acute care in addition to disease management and ongoing wellness