Commissioner, congressman planning town hall meetings

Voters will have a lot of opportunities this week to meet their elected officials.

A congressman and a county commissioner have planned town hall meetings, and the Chamber of Commerce will host another for representatives in the General Assembly.

First, Commissioner Mike Beaudreau will begin Monday a series of six town hall meetings, which he's calling a 2007 Tour of Neighborhoods.

During the tour, he will provide updates on recent changes to improve efficiency and responsiveness in the police's quality-of-life unit, as well as local projects including roads, public safety, sewers, parks and zoning issues.

The first event will be held at 7 p.m. in the senior center room of Grayson City Hall.

He'll host another 7 p.m. session Friday at the Five Forks library, and meetings will be held April 5 at the Mountain Park Activity Building, April 19 at Snellville City Hall and April 23 at the Dacula Park Activity Building. The final meeting will be held at the Centerville Community Center, but a date for the session was not included in a press release.

For more information, call Beaudreau at 770-822-7003.

Those who want to talk to U.S. Rep. John Linder won't even have to leave home.

Linder is hosting his second tele-town-hall meeting with constituents at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

"What a great opportunity this tool provides for the entire district to come together and exchange ideas," Linder said. "Quite apart from the literally hundreds of dollars in gasoline saved by eliminating the commute of those who attend my traditional in-person meetings, the tele-town-hall meetings are an opportunity to reach out to constituents who have not been able to attend my town hall meetings in the past."

To participate, call 1-888-989-6513 at the appointed time, and give the passcode "Linder Town Hall."

On Thursday, a panel of Gwinnett's representatives and senators will be on hand to update residents on this year's legislative session.

The event is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, and it comes two days after the General Assembly's Day 30, which is when legislation must pass one chamber of the body to receive passage this year.

Councilman gets


Snellville City Councilman Bruce Garraway has been appointed to the state Board of Juvenile Justice.

Gov. Sonny Perdue announced the appointment Friday, although he listed Garraway as living in Grayson.

Garraway, who serves as mayor pro tempore and is considered a possible candidate for this year's mayoral race, will represent the 7th Congressional District on the board. He is a high school history teacher at Killian Hill Christian School.

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

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.