Police department gets new paint job

AUBURN - The Auburn Police Department had a recent windfall that brightened up the workplace.

After the city's Municipal Court dealt the agency a community service worker who is an excellent painter, Police Chief Fred Brown did not waste a minute. He allocated $800 to buy more than 20 gallons of paint, and the work began.

Now Brown is happy to give visitors a tour of the newly painted quarters including the classroom, hallway, five offices and front lobby. Pointing to the gray walls of the courtroom, Brown said, "This is next."

With 240 hours of community service, the worker also painted numerous doors and doorjambs, Brown said.

Auburn to sell police vehicles

AUBURN - Auburn Police Chief Fred Brown announced the impending sale of three police vehicles, including a Ford that carries a minimum bid of $800 and a Chevrolet that will be sold for no less than $700.

Interested parties may pick up bid sheets at Auburn City Hall. The department must receive all bids by 4 p.m. Aug. 25.

Auburn public works director gives update

AUBURN - Auburn public works director David Hawthorne told the council his department has installed 547 new service lines and touch-read meters in Auburn's water service area. He said budget restraints will prevent the city from replacing any more meters, but Auburn will continue to replace service lines.

In the past three months, 54 street lights were reported out, so at $9.50 per light, each month the city was paying more than $500 for electricity that was not being used, Hawthorne said.

During a storm on July 13, lightning struck the ground on Kilcrease Road and ended up splitting an

8-inch pipe in the water line that was supplying four subdivisions. When the

line erupted, pressure dropped in three other neighborhoods.

To comply with requirements of an areawide water testing program, Auburn has established a flushing program for all fire hydrants. The area includes 75 sites and requires 40 hours of work per month.

Karaoke tea party to be held

DULUTH - Local mothers and daughters are invited to Gwinnett Place Mall for a "Mamma Mia!" tea party.

The Broadway musical is coming to the Fox Theatre Tuesday through Sunday. ABBA fans will have the chance to belt out their favorite songs while mixing and mingling with the show's cast members, who will be on hand to sign autographs, take pictures and judge the karaoke competition.

Participants can win prizes and even a free pair of tickets to see "Mamma Mia!" at The Fox

Theatre during its Atlanta

engagement.

The tea party will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the mall's center court. The mall is located at 2100 Pleasant Hill Road. For more information, call Guest Services at 770-476-5160 or visit www.simon.com.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.