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Masino to give his last State of the City speech

SUWANEE - Suwanee Mayor Nick Masino on Wednesday evening is giving his final State of the City address.

Masino said he plans to talk about the city's accomplishments and how they compare to the previous year. The acquisition of park land, the number of events held by the city, community policing and the number of calls for police service are among the topics to be discussed.

The address will be held at

6 p.m. Wednesday at Frank's Place, upstairs at Ippolito's in Suwanee Town Center Park. The restaurant overlooks the park, which Masino said is the initiative of which he's most proud.

Masino, who has been Suwanee's mayor for eight years, will not seek re-election this November because he accepted a job earlier this year with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce as vice president of economic development.

"My wife asks me all the time, 'Are you sad? Are you disappointed?'" Masino said. "I guess that's the difference between men and women. I've moved on to a different chapter. The city's going to keep rolling in a positive direction. The City Council works well together, and they'll work well with the new mayor.

"I'm looking forward to next year sitting in the audience (at the State of the City address)."

Last month, Dave Williams, who served on the City Council from 1998 to 2001, announced his plans to run in the mayoral election.

Candidates interested in running for mayor or for council posts 1 and 2 - held by Jimmy Burnette and Jeannine Rispin, respectively - must file a "notice of candidacy" at City Hall. Qualifying begins at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 27 and closes at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29. The qualification fee is $108 for City Council positions and $180 for mayor.