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.
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...
Get to know your water at Shoal Creek Filter Plant this Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm as we show appreciation to our water professionals and recognize the vital role clean and safe drinking water plays in our daily lives. The free open house will include kids’ activities, crafts, free lunch of hotdogs and chips, plus tours of the Shoal Creek Filter Plant. Gwinnett County water professionals will be on hand to answer your questions about the drinking water we supply to Gwinnett County, as well as any other questions you may have about water in Gwinnett. Shoal Creek Filter Plant is located at 1755 Buford Dam Road in Buford. For more information, please call 678.376.7126. More...
The General Primary/Nonpartisan General Election will take place Tuesday, May 24 at your regular voting precinct. To find your voting precinct or view a sample ballot, visit the Georgia Secretary of State’s My Voter Page.
Registered voters may request an absentee ballot by mail or cast their ballot in person from May 2 to May 20, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Gwinnett County Elections Office, located at 455 Grayson Highway in Lawrenceville.
There are several other options to cast your ballot in advance of the May 24 election:
Saturday voting: May 7 and May 14 at the Elections Office from 8:00am to 5:00pm
Satellite voting: Saturday, May 14 from 8:00am to 5:00pm and Monday through Friday, May 16 – 20 from 9:00am to 7:00pm; visit the Satellite Voting webpage for locations.
Poll workers still needed for upcoming elections
The Voter Registrations and Elections Division needs dedicated citizens to serve as paid poll officials for the 2016 elections. Successful poll officials demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, take direction well, and are detail oriented. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of Gwinnett County, at least 16 years old, and able to read, write, and speak English. Those who were convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude or judicially determined to be mentally incompetent are not eligible to serve as a poll official.
To apply, visit www.gwinnettcountyjobs.com. More...
Gwinnett County will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30, 2016, at 1:00pm at the Fallen Heroes Memorial in Lawrenceville. This event is held each year to celebrate and honor our county's military heroes and public service personnel.
Members of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and honor guard units from the Gwinnett County Corrections, Fire and Emergency Services, Police Department, Sheriff's Office, and the Lawrenceville Police Department will take part in this event.
The Fallen Heroes Memorial is located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. For more information about the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com. More...
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Our Police and Fire Citizens Academies: Going backstage with public safety
There are enough police and firefighter shows on TV for anyone to think they can be an expert at crime scene forensics or rescue a child from a 10-story burning building, but the professionals who do these jobs for a living everyday can attest that it’s not as easy (or entertaining) as it looks on screen. To give Gwinnett residents a real-world, behind-the-scenes view of their public safety operations, both the Gwinnett County Police and Fire and Emergency Services departments offer citizens academies. Find out more.
Accounting Division (YOU ARE why Laurie is HERE)
Animal Welfare and Enforcement Center
Community Risk Reduction
County’s Treatment Courts
Crime Prevention Unit
DOSS Capital Projects Section
DOT Road Condition Assessment Team
Family and Consumer Sciences section
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
Plan Review Team (YOU ARE why John is HERE)
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
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 4, 2016) — A water wise landscape is one that has been carefully designed, installed and managed to maximize water efficiency. Any landscape, whether new or well established, can be made more water efficient by carrying out a few simple steps.
Join Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources for a free “Water Wise Landscaping” Workshop presented by Robert Brannen, Director of the Gwinnett Extension Services. The workshop will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, Conference Room C.
Mr. Brannen will be presenting methods and tips to help transform your yard into a water wise landscape, saving you money and maintenance time. All attendees will receive a free, outdoor water efficiency kit.
Space is limited, so pre-registration is recommended. To pre-register, send an email with your name, address and phone number to DWRconserve@gwinnettcounty.com or call 678-376-7126.
The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources is a publicly-owned utility committed to providing excellent water, wastewater, and stormwater services at the best possible value to residents and businesses. DWR is widely recognized for innovation and service excellence as well as stewardship of the environmental resources in Gwinnett County. For more information, visit www.gwinnettH2O.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 3, 2016) – Gwinnett County commissioners today approved a contract with highest scoring firm Gilbane Building Company to build an addition to the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center and a new parking deck. The voter-approved 2009 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax program is funding the bulk of the $75 million project with the remainder coming from the capital project fund.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “As our population approaches 1 million people, demand on the Gwinnett County court system continues to grow. Additional courtrooms and associated facilities are needed to serve jurors, victims, judges, prosecutors, attorneys, witnesses and others who visit the courts. I am thankful to all of the voters who recognized the need for additional court facilities and approved SPLOST to fund the expansion.”
The new 180,000 square-foot building will consist of four stories and a lower level and will house courtrooms, a jury assembly room and holding cells. A security clearance lobby will connect the new building and an adjacent 1,500-space parking structure. The three new structures will be located in the space occupied by the current parking structure. The new building will also connect to the existing Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.
Chief Superior Court Judge Melodie Snell Conner said, “On behalf of the judiciary, we are excited and grateful that this project is finally underway. Over the last several years, the Court system and related agencies have completely outgrown the current courthouse. This much needed and anticipated expansion will greatly enable us to better serve the citizens of Gwinnett and insure that all litigation in the Gwinnett Courts is handled as expeditiously and safely as possible. While we know the building process will inevitably cause some confusion and disruption, the ultimate benefit of additional larger courtrooms and office space as well as increased juror assembly space is well worth the temporary discomfort. We look forward to working with County administrators in moving the project forward as quickly and smoothly as possible.”
Gwinnett County is using a construction manager at risk approach, a project delivery method that entails a commitment by the construction manager to deliver the project within a guaranteed maximum price based on construction documents and specifications at the time of award, plus any reasonably inferred items or tasks. This approach also allows for more flexibility in phasing the work to accommodate uninterrupted operations of the building.
The Gilbane team has built 59 courthouses in the past 10 years, including 16 in Georgia, and more than 50 parking decks in the past 5 years. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 3, 2016) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday awarded more than $1.8 million in contracts to build three transportation projects, two of which are in the Gwinnett Place area. CMES was the low bidder on two intersection improvement projects and a pedestrian safety project.
With a bid of $780,639.40, CMES will install sidewalks along Steve Reynolds Boulevard from Venture Drive to Shackleford Road and improve the intersection of Pleasant Hill Road and Gwinnett Place Drive. The intersection improvement will provide access to Gwinnett Place mall for southbound motorists on Pleasant Hill Road via Gwinnett Place Drive. Funding comes from the 2009 SPLOST program with a contribution from the Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District.
CMES will also improve the intersection of Suwanee Dam Road and West Price Road adjacent to North Gwinnett High School. Funds for the $1,062,498.30 contract are coming from the school safety category in the 2014 SPLOST program. The project includes the installation of a traffic signal and left turn lanes on West Price Road as well as curb and gutter and drainage improvements.
District 1 Commissioner Jace Brooks said, “I’m excited about these projects. The additional connectivity and mobility at Gwinnett Place will make it easier for pedestrians and motorists to get around, and the intersection improvements at Suwanee Dam Road and West Price Road are much needed.”
More information about these and other SPLOST road improvement projects is available on the County’s website at www.gwinnettcounty.com. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 3, 2016) – Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation and Live Healthy Gwinnett will be celebrating National Kids to Parks Day with the annual Spring Into Summer Wellness Festival including a 1, 2, 3K Glow & Show event on Saturday, May 21 at Tribble Mill Park. The festival begins at 5 p.m. and is free to attend. Participants will experience wellness exhibitors, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, entertainment, inflatables, giant lawn games, food vendors, park-wide activities and more! This year’s event sponsors engaging families to adopt new, fun and healthy habits include: Gwinnett Medical Center, Sprouts Farmers Market, WellCare of Georgia, True Source Family Chiropractic, Revved Up Kids, Stars and Strikes and View Point Health.
Following the festival at 8 p.m., the 1, 2, 3K Glow & Show will begin with a Glow in the Dark 3K Fun Walk/Run for $10/person. Fee includes a glow in the dark T-Shirt and two glow bands. All proceeds will benefit the Gwinnett Parks Foundation’s Health and Wellness Scholarship fund. Pre-register at 1, 2, 3K Glow & Show by May 9 to guarantee T-shirt. Onsite registration and packet pickup will begin at 5 p.m. and the 3K will be followed by a free Move on the lawn showing The Good Dinosaur.
For more information contact Lindsey Jorstad at email@example.com. Tribble Mill Park is located at 2125 Tribble Mill Parkway, Lawrenceville 30045. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 3, 2016) – The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition has selected Live Healthy Gwinnett to receive a 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. The award is given annually to individuals or organizations who improve the lives of others within their community by providing or enhancing opportunities to engage in sports, physical activities, fitness and nutrition-related programs.
Live Healthy Gwinnett takes aggressive steps to improve the health and wellness in a community of more than 877,900 residents and is honored to receive a 2016 President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition Community Leadership Award. Live Healthy Gwinnett’s comprehensive wellness program enables people to choose more effective ways to handle stress, maintain healthy habits and preserve healthy relationships. In 2015, Live Healthy Gwinnett offered and/or was an organizing part of more than 90 program, classes and special events resulting in a direct impact to more than 3,870 community members.
“The community partners of Live Healthy Gwinnett work consistently to promote opportunities for individuals to lead healthy lifestyles through physical activity and/or healthy nutrition,” said Shellie Pfohl, Executive Director of the Office of the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. “Because of Live Healthy Gwinnett’s efforts and contributions, the Gwinnett community can embrace a more active lifestyle. Together, we are all working to make our nation a healthier one by helping individuals across the nation live vibrant, vivacious, and productive lives.”
“We are pleased to be recognized for Live Healthy Gwinnett’s efforts in promoting health and wellness in our community,” said Gwinnett Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash. “I am so proud of the work that our staff and partners have done to make such a positive impact on our residents and I encourage everyone to continue to take advantage of these wellness programs in order to live happier, healthier lives.”
This year, in honor of its 60th Anniversary, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition presented the Community Leadership Award to 60 recipients across the country for making sports, physical activity, fitness, and nutrition-related programs available in their communities. For more information visit www.livehealthygwinnett.com or contact Lindsey Jorstad at firstname.lastname@example.org. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., May 2, 2016) – The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners and the Gwinnett County Water and Sewerage Authority recently approved the refunding of selected maturities of the 2008 Water and Sewer bonds to take advantage of favorable interest rates and the associated debt service savings. The rates dropped from between 4 and 5 percent to approximately 1.69 percent, which will result in net present value savings of about $18.5 million. Since 2011, Gwinnett County has taken advantage of the low interest rate environment to refund water and sewer bonds resulting in more than $50 million in debt service savings over the life of those bonds.
Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “Strong demand for Gwinnett County Government bonds means significant savings over the long run when we choose to refund debt. It’s similar to when a homeowner refinances a mortgage and saves money due to lower interest payments on the note.”
Gwinnett has maintained a triple-AAA bond rating, the highest credit rating possible, from each of the three major rating agencies since 1997. Approximately 1 percent of all counties in the United States hold the designation. More...