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Snellville intersection gets turn lane quick-fix

POLITICAL NOTEBOOK

Gwinnett isn't the only government interested in finding quick solutions to traffic problems.

Snellville Councilman Bruce Garraway sent out a press release a week ago extolling the latest quick-fix, left turn lanes and signals for the intersection of Dogwood Road and Ga. Highway 124.

"It used to be considered a side road for neighborhoods, but it's become a way to get across the city without taking (U.S. Highway) 78 and (Ga.) 124," Garraway said. "It had become a death trap to play chicken and try to turn. ... It's definitely a traffic reliever."

Garraway thanked county Chairman Charles Bannister for help with the problem, which had nearby residents calling for help.

But the thank-you list

wasn't long enough to satisfy Commissioner Mike Beaudreau.

Beaudreau said he worked on the traffic issue since he campaigned in Snellville two years ago, along with Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer - Garraway's political rival - and state and county Department of Transportation staff.

"Politicians like to take credit for a lot of things," Beaudreau said. "But it takes a team to make a project like that happen. It wasn't a one-man show or a two-man show."

Beaudreau said he appreciated Garraway's work, but he said the reason the project took a long time was because of state government regulations - regulations that are there for a reason.

"We would all like government to act faster and more efficiently, but because we want our tax dollars used wisely, they have a procedure," he said. "When politicians constantly try to take credit for things and not acknowledge past decisions, I think it hurts the voters' view of us and our credibility. The people on the staff deserve the credit."

While Garraway and Oberholtzer are expected to battle for the mayoral seat in November, Beaudreau said he isn't taking sides in the race. He simply wanted to make a point about the project.

And Garraway said he was sorry if anyone felt left out.

"It's sad that something that's good for the residents is going to have some kind of political backlash," he said.

Another tele-town hall

meeting

U.S. Rep. John Linder will host a telephone town hall meeting this week.

Linder, R-Duluth, has used the service to answer constituent questions ranging from immigration, government spending, and his FairTax legislation.

"This technology has been tremendously successful in bringing together the entire Seventh District," Linder said. "I have received a lot of really positive feedback from my constituents. We are experiencing a very high volume of callers, and I am extremely grateful for the insights they share."

Linder has asked that participants call in slightly before 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to

1-888-989-6513. Callers will be asked for the pass code, "Linder Town Hall," and

will then be placed into the call.

"I will keep my comments to a minimum and will focus mainly on listening to you," Linder said. "What I am really interested in is answering my constituents' questions and gathering their comments so I can take their message back to Washington. We are working our way through some very turbulent issues in Congress, and this is an excellent opportunity for people to participate in the debate over the direction our country is going to take. I hope they take advantage of it."

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.