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Goodman to run for Suwanee council seat

SUWANEE - Dick Goodman announced Monday that he intends to run for the city council seat being vacated by Jeannine Rispin. Rispin will marry soon and move outside the Suwanee city limits, thus becoming ineligible to hold a seat on the city council.

Goodman currently chairs the Suwanee Public Arts Commission and was recently elected to the Engage Gwinnett Committee. He has been married to his wife, Louise, for 34 years and is a freelance marketing communications writer.

"I am running for this seat, because I want to ensure that great things continue to happen for Suwanee," Goodman said.

A special municipal election will be held Nov. 3 to fill the vacated Post 2 seat.

Suwanee PD wins international recognition

Police chief Mike Jones and his staff were recently recognized by the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the Suwanee PACT (Police and Citizens Together) program. The program, which Jones implemented in 2000, joins residents and police officers in an effort to fight crime from both perspectives.

"This is an extraordinarily successful program. We've seen crime rates decline," Mayor Dave Williams said.

Jones will travel to the IACP conference Denver in October to receive the association's award in person.

Contract executed for PD expansion and Crossroads Center renovation

Williams got the go-ahead Tuesday to sign a contract with Blue Frog Construction LLC, of Suwanee, to construct the city's new police department expansion and renovate the Crossroads Center. The contract amount is not to exceed $165,321, or about half of what the city budgeted for the project last year.

According to city manager Marty Allen, the struggling economy and some value engineering cut the projected construction costs nearly in half.

Work on the projects should begin soon and be complete by the end of this year, according to Jessica Roth, Suwanee's assistant to the city manager.