Community signs on to PACT program

SUWANEE - Town Center/Madison Retail became the first mixed-use community in Suwanee to get on board with the city's Police and Citizens Together initiative.

According to Capt. Clyde Myers of the Suwanee Police Department, Town Center/Madison retail joins the 23 other city neighborhoods already active in PACT.

This latest addition to the community safety and awareness initiative, Town Center/Madison Retail had both residents and business owners participating. PACT complements neighborhood watch programs, with a liaison officer being assigned to each participating community.

Rezoning will pave way

for restaurant

A rezoning was approved by the mayor and city council Tuesday night for 2.47 acres located at the intersection of Moore Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

Moore Partners Suwanee II plans to build a 13,000-square-foot building that could house a least one restaurant. According to Corbitt Woods, the applicant's representative, feedback from area residents indicates that "the area desperately needs sit-down restaurants."

Planning and Community Development Director Marty Allen said Tuesday that a 50-foot buffer will be maintained between the planned project and nearby neighborhoods.

City to auction surplus items

Suwanee will auction off the remaining property of the late Rae Hewell on Aug. 25.

The Hewell property, now commonly referred to as the Sims Lake property, became the city's property as the result of a deal struck between Hewell and the city in 2003. After Hewell's death in May 2003, relatives and friends took many of the items left behind in the estate, but more than 900 items remain to be auctioned next month.

According to mayor Nick Masino, several "very unique" pieces of art (many Asian), estate furniture, fossils, crystals, shells and sculptures will be auctioned. Vehicles and golf carts will also be included in the sale.

The auction will be held at Pierce's Corner Antiques in historic Old Town Suwanee. The time for the auction has not yet been set.

Mayor's seat to be open

Suwanee residents will get the chance in November to vote for a new mayor as well as to fill two council posts. Masino will move on to a new position with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and will not run for re-election. Councilwoman Jeanne Rispin and mayor pro tem Jimmy Burnette Jr. will both seek re-election.

Voters will also get an opportunity to approve or deny the city's use of tax allocation districts. Residents can learn more about TADs by logging on to www.suwanee.com.