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Political Notebook: County leaders on water panel

At least four Gwinnettians will have a hand in determining the state's water contingency plan.

Gov. Sonny Perdue created a task force of business, government and environmental leaders last week to try to find a solution for the looming possibility that Atlanta area utilities will not be able to draw water from Lake Lanier, after a court ruling.

The group of 80, lead by co-chairs Coca-Cola Enterprises Chairman and CEO John Brock and Tim Lowe of Lowe Engineers, have been asked to meet this fall and present possible solutions such as reservoirs to the 2010 General Assembly.

Among the leaders are Rep. Donna Sheldon, R-Dacula, Chairman Charles Bannister and business leaders Virgil Williams, Brad Currey and Kerry Armstrong.

Dunwoody senator Dan Weber, whose district includes the Peachtree Corners area of Gwinnett, is also on the task force.

Sheldon said she was honored by the appointment.

"Water supply and planning are some of the most crucial issues facing not only Gwinnett County, but the entire state of Georgia," she said in a statement.

Another endorsement

Brett Harrell's list of former city officials supporting him in a state House race keeps growing.

Last week, two former city attorneys backed the former Snellville mayor, who is running for House District 106, after incumbent Melvin Everson engaged in a labor commissioners campaign.

Michael Byrne said Harrell showed "tremendous faith, fortitude and leadership," during the tragic collapse of a billboard in 2001, which Thomas Mitchell said Harrell gets the job done without worrying about the credit.

"Brett Harrell has a unique ability to see the big picture, to envision solutions others miss and to build alliances to accomplish goals," Mitchell said. "Brett Harrell simply delivers."

Also seeking the post in the 2010 Republican primary is City Councilman Warren Auld.

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.