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Balfour, Sheldon recognized for aiding county

Just weeks before they head back to the Gold Dome, Rep. Donna Sheldon and Sen. Don Balfour got some kudos for the work they did during the last legislative session.

Staffers from the Association County Commissioners of Georgia recognized the pair during Wednesday's Board of Commissioners meeting.

Kem Kimbrough thanked Balfour, R-Snellville, the head of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, for holding an impromptu hallway meeting on the last day of the session to make sure a bill to provide other post-employment benefits to county workers made it to the floor for a vote.

Sheldon, R-Dacula, was recognized for her work bringing city and county leaders together for a compromise, giving counties more of a say in annexation matters.

During the negotiations, Sheldon acted as a disciplinarian, a marriage counselor, a hostage negotiator and a friend, said the ACCG's Matt Hicks.

After taking photos with the legislators, Chairman Charles Bannister took the time to remind Balfour and Sheldon of the county's long wish-list for the upcoming session.

"We have a lot on the plate before you this year, very important matters, and I know you'll take care of us," he said of weighty issues such as transportation funding and water supply.

After Wednesday's meeting, county staffers rolled out a cake for County Administrator Jock Connell.

Connell turns 50 today.

If you enjoy the early episodes of "American Idol," tune in to the county's cable television channel to hear commissioners belt out "Happy Birthday."

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.