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Suwanee officers recognized for performance

SUWANEE - Police chief Mike Jones and Deputy chief Janet Moon recognized several police officers Tuesday night for their outstanding contribution to the city's public safety.

Officer Jody Spivey received the city's Top Gun Award, winning the distinction in a training competition for best shooting score. The Chief's Award, given to "unsung heroes" in the department, went to Sgt. Jeff Dickens. Dickens serves in the chief's capacity when Jones is off duty.

Police officer Shannon Hitchcock received an award for her dedication to the city's DUI Task Force. The Civilian Employee of the Year Award, bestowed by her peers, went to Michelle Shepherd, a Suwanee communications officer. The Officer of the Year Award was given to Fred Schumacher.

"We administrators couldn't do our jobs without these people who work so hard. We're blessed to have them," Jones said.

City to pursue grant money for police department

City council members voted to authorize staff to apply for two grants to benefit the Suwanee police department. The Community Oriented Policing Services grant provides funds from the Department of Justice for the hiring of new officers. The Recovery Act Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant provides funds for capital projects for the department.

Short-term work plan adopted

Council members also voted to adopt a short-term work plan for fiscal years 2009 to 2013, which outlines various planned projects, the year of implementation and estimated costs. The plan includes such projects as updating and implementing the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan, possibly creating an historic district in the city and developing an Interstate 85 Business District Economic Plan. Transportation projects, Main Street development and promotion and median enhancements are also listed in the plan.

Many other projects are also included in the short-term work plan. A complete list of the planned projects may be obtained by request from City Hall.