LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. & WIRRAL, United Kingdom-- -- Richland Technologies , a worldwide leader in embedded computing solutions for safety-critical systems, and LDRA , the leader in standards compliance, automated software verification, source code analysis and test tools, today announced a close working relationship resulting in standard methodologies across multiple industries. More...
At long last, the modeling campaign for children's clothing retailer OshKosh B'Gosh featuring a child with Down syndrome has begun. Asher Nash, of Buford, Georgia, is being featured in the ad campaign that began on December 2 and will run until the end of the month. More...
It was just a regular Saturday afternoon for Buford, Georgia resident Robin McFadden and her sons-until they bumped into comedian Jeff Foxworthy while shopping for groceries at a local Publix . McFadden was in the process of paying and didn't even realize Foxworthy was standing right behind them. More...
Authorities say a Snellville man bit a man on the shoulder and stabbed him in the neck after forcing his way into a home on Dawsonville Highway. Warrants were obtained Nov. 23 for Noe Ortiz-Palafox, 32, and he was arrested Friday. More...
A toddler with Down's Syndrome has won a modelling job with a children's retailer - after initially having his photos rejected. It comes after an agency looking for children to appear in the adverts refused to submit his photos to the company because "the criteria didn't specify they were looking for a baby with special needs." More...
Bill Frazier, Matt Cosson, Greg Davis and other riders rest after making the 12-mile ride from Frazier's Harley-Davidson in Buford to the Chattahoochee Baptist Association in Gainesville at the 24th annual Toy Ride held Sunday. Surely Santa Claus won't be stopped by rain, sleet or snow. More...
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing for the proposed 2017 budget on Monday, December 5 at 7:00pm in the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center auditorium, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville.
Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash presented a proposed $1.56 billion budget for fiscal year 2017 to the public and the Board of Commissioners during a briefing on November 15. The proposed budget is up about 5.5 percent from this year and includes a $1.18 billion operating budget plus another $384 million for capital improvements.
Nash said, “This proposal is in line with Gwinnett’s history of sustainable, conservative budgeting practices and looks at least three to five years ahead at future implications of our decisions. The primary focus of this proposed budget is on retaining employees, supporting public safety, expanding the judiciary to meet demand and enhancing community engagement.”
The operating budget 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 such as a four percent pay-for-performance raise for eligible employees, continuation of longevity pay and revamped pay for police officers, sheriff deputies and corrections officers are also contained in the budget proposal. As indicated during the discussion of the 2017 proposed budget, the Board of Commissioners has requested the County Administrator and Human Resources staff to put together for the Board’s consideration additional steps to address attrition issues with certain positions where competition with other jurisdictions and with the private sector is greatest.
Earlier this month, voters approved the renewal of the special purpose local option sales tax. The new six-year SPLOST program will begin when the 2014 program ends in April. The estimated $950 million it could raise 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, a new gym at George Pierce Park plus expansions and improvements at other parks. 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.
Nash again tapped residents and business people to serve as volunteers on a budget review committee. They heard presentations from elected officials and department directors in late summer and studied departmental business plans, budget needs and revenue projections before making their recommendations for the 2017 budget.
Residents may provide both oral or written comments about the budget during the public hearing or through an online comment form through Saturday, December 31.The Board plans to adopt the 2017 budget on Tuesday, January 3.
The proposed budget is available for viewing online and as a hard copy in the Financial Services office at GJAC, Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
Quick links for the proposed 2017 budget
Proposed 2017 budget resolution summary
Budget highlights presentation
Make written comments More...
Gwinnett County schools will spread the holiday spirit at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center throughout December. Come out and enjoy the sounds of the holidays during your lunch break. Performances will take place on the second floor of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, located at 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville, on the second floor across from the Jury Assembly Room. The performances will be aired on TVgwinnett, the County’s government access cable television, and made available on demand on this webpage. Click the links below to watch the performances.
Holiday Performances Schedule
Thursday, December 1
11:00am – 11:30am
Friday, December 2
11:00am – 11:30am
Winn Holt Elementary
Monday, December 5
11:00am – 11:30am
Tuesday, December 6
11:00am – 11:30am
Wednesday, December 7
11:00am – 11:30am
Friday, December 9
11:40am – 12:10pm
Friday, December 9
12:20pm – 12:50pm
Monday, December 12
11:40am – 12:10pm
Wednesday, December 14
11:00am – 11:30am
Wednesday, December 14
11:40am – 12:10pm
Friday, December 16
11:00am – 11:30am
Cooking is the leading cause of residential fires year-round, but such fires peak on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and Christmas Eve. Gwinnett firefighters urge you to stay safe with these practical home fire safety tips:
Use a timer to remind you that something’s cooking
Turn off stove burners if you have to leave the kitchen
Keep flammable materials away from the cooktop
Don’t wear loose or dangling clothes while cooking
Keep kids and pets away from heat and open flames
Don’t cook when sleepy or after drinking too much alcohol
Install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Have a household fire escape plan and hold fire drills
Escape a fire quickly – call 911 from outside
Bonfires, burning yard waste, and fireworks are banned until the drought ends
Grilling, smoking, and campfires are banned in County parks temporarily
GCPD’s Holiday Task Force activated Thanksgiving night and continues through New Year’s Eve with an increased police pres­ence at major retail outlets around the county. Gwinnett police officers offer these tips for safe holiday shopping and travel:
Park your vehicle in a well-lit area
Shop with others and allow retail employees to help you get packages to your vehicle
Don’t carry large amounts of cash and use secure forms of payment
Observe your surroundings and report any suspicious or loitering persons
Store packages in the trunk of your vehicle
When traveling, arrange for someone to collect your mail and newspapers
Do not announce travel plans on answering machines or social networking sites
Do not drink and drive – call a taxi or use a designated driver
Visit www.GwinnettSafety411.com for more tips on staying safe during the holidays. More...
Outdoor burning temporarily banned
All outdoor burning is banned due to ongoing drought conditions and severe fire danger, according to the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The ban on outdoor burning includes the burning of all yard waste and debris (leaves, branches, twigs, and pine straw), commercial land clearing, and pit burns as well as the discontinuance of permits for all bonfires.
At this time the ban on outdoor burning does not include commercially available fire bowls, fire pits, chimineas, or masonry outdoor fireplaces. Only clean, untreated wood should be used in these devices.
The ban on outdoor burning is temporary and will be rescinded when significant rainfall has occurred and the drought conditions have improved substantially.
More information is available on the Gwinnett County Fire Marshal’s website at www.gwinnettfiremarshal.com. You may also contact their office at 678.518.4980, Monday through Friday between 8:00am and 5:00pm.
Smoking, grilling, and campfires temporarily banned in parks
Smoking, use of outdoor grills, and campfires are banned in all Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation facilities. The temporary ban will remain in place as long as the risk of wildfire due to prolonged drought conditions remains high.
Gwinnett residents and visitors enjoy 10,000 acres of tranquil parkland, natural greenspace and athletic venues for social and recreational activities, making it extremely important to protect our parks and keep patrons safe from the potential threat of wildfires. The ban was put in place in response to grass fire incidents at County parks in recent weeks. The fires have not damaged any structures, but the threat of flames burning close to park buildings, athletic fields, and private property puts people and resources at risk.
During the ban, park patrons will not be allowed to use grills without a permit and should refrain from smoking or building campfires while visiting park properties. Anyone caught violating the temporary ban could face substantial fines imposed by the County and may be held responsible for restitution based on damage or personal injury caused by the fire.
Public safety officials and parks and recreation staff urge resident to act safely and responsibly while visiting County parks and other outdoor areas. A small spark from an unintentional fire could quickly get out of control due to dry groundcover, low humidity and increased winds.
Fireworks also banned due to drought conditions
Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order on November 14 banning the use of fireworks in 110 counties, including Gwinnett, due to the extreme drought and risk of wildfires. The ban will remain in effect while drought conditions persist. To view the executive order click here. More...
On November 17, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a Level 2 drought response for 52 Georgia counties, including Gwinnett. In response to this declaration, Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources would like to remind residents of current watering restrictions, as well as other ways to conserve water. For details, click here or visit www.gwinnetth2o.com. More...
The Georgia Recreation and Park Association recognized Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation as the number one park agency in the state serving populations of 150,001 during the group’s annual conference in November. The association credited Gwinnett’s diversity and growth in addition to public-private partnerships, alternative funding mechanisms, creative planning, design and development, and resident input. The award demonstrates excellence in citizen involvement and support systems, long-range planning, fiscal resource management, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, technological integration, program planning, and assessment.
Parks and Recreation took home two additional awards that highlight the importance of community partnerships and volunteer service. The State Volunteer Award was presented to Hi-Hope Service Center as one of Parks and Recreation’s community partners. Hi-Hope’s volunteers have provided more than 6,600 hours of service over an 11-year span. Doris Warpole was recognized for her service to Gwinnett Senior Softball League for the past 14 years and her recent volunteer work with the Gwinnett Senior Golden Games. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 6, 2016) – Connecting pedestrians to neighborhoods, schools and commercial properties near U.S 78 in Snellville is the goal of a new sidewalk project approved Tuesday by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners.
The project will add about a half-mile of sidewalk along the east side of Skyland Drive from Street Deville to Eldorado Place. The project also includes new curb and gutter along with drainage improvements. The board approved the $185,747 construction contract with Omshiv Construction LLC, the lowest of five responsive bidders.
“This SPLOST-funded sidewalk project will make walking safer between homes, schools and businesses in this area,” said District 3 Commissioner Tommy Hunter. “Building this sidewalk near South Gwinnett High School and Britt Elementary will also improve traffic flow and provide an alternative to driving for local residents.” More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 6, 2016) – A Gwinnett County facility in Buford that has served as a base for the provision of various health and human services since 1997 will undergo an extensive renovation and expansion. Commissioners approved a $1.76 million construction contract on Tuesday with Beatty Construction Inc. The architect is Lord Aeck Sargent.
The 24,415-square-foot Buford Human Services Center at 2755 Sawnee Avenue currently houses public health, dental and mental health agencies along with senior services, various support groups and the federal Women, Infants and Children services program. Together, they provide more than 3,000 hours of programming a year aimed at preventing homelessness, helping with energy bills, assisting first-time homebuyers and offering nutrition programs, job interview preparation and tax help.
The work includes replacing the HVAC system, ceilings, lighting and roof; improvements to site drainage and pedestrian circulation; and interior reconfiguration to create additional community meeting areas. The 2014 SPLOST program will fund renovations to the portion of the building that houses the Buford Senior Center. The improvements will included an expanded dining room and upgraded serving area that serves about 10,000 meals to seniors each year. There will also be a new drop-off area, covered patio, activities room, personal care room, expanded lounge area, renovated restrooms and new interior finishes and furnishings.
The total contract is funded 62 percent from the Capital Project Fund with the remainder coming from SPLOST. More...
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 6, 2016) – Two Gwinnett County teens will be honored for going above and beyond in their dedication to the well-being of the state. Lauren and Steven Grant Seroyer will be presented with the Outstanding Georgia Citizens Award by District 100 State House Representative Dewey McClain. The presentation will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 at Shorty Howell Park Activity Building. The twins attend Peachtree Ridge High School and have created the C.A.R.E (Community Assistance Resource Effort) Closet after a conversation with a classmate who was hungry and had no access to food at home. The C.A.R.E Closet is a confidential school-based food pantry sponsored by various high school clubs, local businesses and non-profit organizations to provide their peers and community members with a basic need that is essential for their academic success.
Lauren worked with counselors to make sure the closet is confidential, so no child would have to be embarrassed to ask for help. The twins found support from all the classmates and different clubs in school. With the success of the C.A.R.E Closet, Lauren applied and was one of two Spark Award recipients from the local chapter of the United Way. The organization was awarded $25,000 to help launch this program in other schools in the Gwinnett County. State House Representative Dewey McClain said, “I am very proud of the accomplishments of the twins, they are role models and citizens we like to have in our community.” Representative Dewey McClain is also a board member of the Gwinnett Parks Foundation.
(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 2, 2016) – Abby Carter manages juries for Gwinnett County courts, so she knows that the phone calls some local residents have been getting are a scam.
Typically the caller says it’s the Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office calling to tell the victims that they didn’t show up for jury duty and that they now owe a fine of as much as $900, which can be paid over the phone with a pre-paid debit card. This is a scam, Carter says.
“Law enforcement agencies do not call people and demand money. These callers often use names of people who really do work for the agency they’re impersonating and often have some information about their victims as well. That makes them sound more credible, but it’s a scam,” said Carter.
Every year, thousands of potential jurors in Gwinnett are selected randomly by computer from a database of registered voters and licensed drivers and summoned by mail. The summons explains the one-day-or-one-trial system and gives instructions on when and where to report for duty. If you don’t show up, they contact you again – also by mail.
If you’ve been scammed, report it to the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office Investigative Services Division at (770) 619-6655. More...
WHAT: All Gwinnett County government offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 24 – 25 for the Thanksgiving Day holiday. County offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 28. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday.
Thursday, Nov. 24 is a trash and recycling holiday for residents living in unincorporated Gwinnett County. Collection scheduled on that day will be rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 25 and Friday collection will be rescheduled to Saturday, Nov. 26. Only Thursday and Friday collections will be affected. Residents can visit www.sustainablegwinnett.com to find their hauler’s contact information. Residents who live within city limits should contact their trash and recycling provider to find out if collection will be delayed due to the holiday.
WHEN: County offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 24 to Friday, Nov. 25, 2016, and will reopen during normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. More...
(Buford, Ga., Nov. 17, 2016) – The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) invites you to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern holiday season and return to a more tranquil time when a brightly lit home full of family and neighbors made for a warm and festive winter’s night.
Become engulfed by the sights, smells and sounds of holidays past as the EHC offers candlelight tours of McDaniel Farm beginning Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016, and running throughout the month.
McDaniel Farm will be aglow with the warmth of candles and decorated with fresh greenery and period holiday ornaments as costumed guides share historic customs and traditions from the Victorian period and provide guests with a glimpse of everyday life on a family farm. After the tour, guests will enjoy a delicious cup of hot chocolate or apple cider as well as have the opportunity to make a holiday craft.
The one and a half hour guided candlelight tour will be offered on various dates starting on Thursday, Dec. 1. Tours begin at 7 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. In addition to Dec. 1, tours will be offered on Dec. 2, 8, 10, 16, 17, 18, 20, and 21.
The program fee for the candlelight tour is $8 per person. EHC members and children age 2 and under are free. Pre-registration is required and must be done online at www.gwinnettEHC.org.
McDaniel Farm is located at 3251 McDaniel Road, Duluth, Ga., 30096. More...