The Daily Post gives a thumbs up to Gwinnett citizens who have stood apart this week.

Owning up

Gwinnett's commissioners are tossing around an ordinance idea that would force property owners to designate a local resident to act as an agent.

We give the idea a thumbs up and hope the ordinance is looked upon favorably.

It's difficult to convince a property owner to mow or clear away junk when you can't find the guy. This ordinance would hold owners accountable for assuring their property is kept up.

We also favor District 2 Commissioner Bert Nasuti's idea to expand the proposed ordinance - not yet scheduled for a vote - to include rental property.

We're pleased that District 1 Commissioner Lorraine Green seems to agree.

"If you have a lease on a property, you're just as responsible for mowing the grass," she said.

We believe this proposal would hold property owners' feet to the fire.

Funding found

The county will receive nearly $1 million more in federal grants than was anticipated late last year.

The county's annual share of Housing and Urban Development grants dwindled compared to 2005. The $5.9 million is lower than last year's funding in every category except for emergency shelter grants, which came out $994 higher.

But the boost may be enough to help the IMPACT! Group finish a 10-year project to revitalize a Beaver Ruin area neighborhood.

Marina Peed, executive director of the nonprofit, was glad to hear her organization is getting the additional $100,000 in HOME program grants.

If the nonprofit also gets a state grant, she said the funding would complete a $8 million package that has helped turn around Beaver Springs Lane.

After buying the first "crack house" in 1997, the organization has been modernizing the circa-1970s duplexes and quadriplexes.

Over the years, support from the government and interested businesses has helped the nonprofit buy all but two properties.

According to a new action plan recently OK'd by county commissioners, the biggest community development block grant will go to the Partnership Against Domestic Violence for upgrades to its Women's Shelter.

Grants are also going to computer equipment for several nonprofits and housing, community center and sidewalk projects in Lawrenceville, Norcross, Buford, Dacula, Duluth and Snellville.