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Suwanee grants auto shop special-use permit

SUWANEE - By unanimous vote Tuesday night, Suwanee city council members voted to grant a special-use permit for about 2.5 acres located at 3580 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Suwanee Plaza LLC asked for the permit for an automotive service repair business to be part of the adjacent body shop. According to the applicant, the body shop owners need the auto repair service shop in order to perform repairs related to auto body work done on their customers' cars.

Suwanee Plaza tenant John Buonamia, owner of J & L Automotive opposed the special-use permit, saying that the body shop owners were in fact trying to open a stand-alone auto repair service shop. Buonamia's attorney Dick Carothers said the city would never approve such a business without a connection to the adjoining body shop. Carothers asked council members to add a condition to the special-use permit that clearly restricts auto repairs to those necessary only as a result of body work done in the adjoining shop.

City council members agreed and added Carothers' requested condition to the permit.

Two North Gwinnett students honored

Mayor Dave Williams presented two North Gwinnett students with certificates of recognition Tuesday as a way of honoring their outstanding achievements. Jeffrey Angell, a senior at North Gwinnett High School, scored a perfect score of 36 on the ACT, and 2350 (out of a possible 2400) on the SAT college entrance exams. Angell also has dual enrollment at Georgia Tech and has a total of 12 Advanced Placement courses under his belt. As a result, Angell will enter Brigham Young University next year as a Junior.

Williams, whose alma mater is Georgia Tech, quipped that "I tried to do that at Tech, but they wouldn't let me. At least not as a college Junior, anyway."

Collin Jones, a North Gwinnett 2008 graduate, will enter Harvard University this fall. A pioneer in developing a successful leadership program at North Gwinnett, Jones will study philosophy of religion at Harvard.

"We like to recognize achievement and celebrate that here in Suwanee," said Williams.

City seeking volunteers

Seats are open on Suwanee's Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals. Citizens interested in serving the city in this capacity have until Sept. 30 to submit a letter of interest. Anyone wishing to volunteer for either of these boards should contact Suwanee's Planning Director, Josh Campbell.

Public Works facility expansion planned

Council members gave Williams the authorization Tuesday to enter into a purchase/sale agreement for land to be used to house the city's Public Works facility. According to City Manager Marty Allen, the location of the intended site is on Buford Highway, south of McGinnis Ferry Road.