Citizens to offer input on road projects list

LAWRENCEVILLE - Starting today, citizens can have a say in which road to widen, whether to build a sidewalk to the nearby park or fix that pothole.

In a meeting tonight, residents can volunteer for the project selection process for a proposed sales tax extension.

At the meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, people can vote for their own representatives on the eight-person committee.

Transportation officials have created slots for three homeowners and a representative for the business community, environmentalists, developers, schools and civic leaders. About 1,200 people have been invited to participate in the open meeting.

The committee will be tasked with prioritizing the expected $381 million in county road projects from a five-year extension of the 1 percent sales tax, which is on ballots in November.

The citizen review process has been used for the past three sales tax programs.

"We hope to generate a great deal of interest and assure diverse representation on the committee, so we're sending letters, talking to the media and putting information on the county's Web site," County Administrator Jock Connell said.

For more information, call the Gwinnett Department of Transportation at 770-822-7400 or go to www.gwinnettcounty.com.

· What: Organizational meeting for Citizens Project Selection Committee

· When: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday

· Where: Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville