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Suwanee lowers millage rate

SUWANEE -- City leaders on Tuesday adopted a 2011 millage rate of 5.70, a slight decrease from last year's rate of 5.77.

"While many other communities are having to increase tax rates in order to preserve services, we're very proud that Suwanee is able to offer our citizens a modest tax savings while maintaining our extremely high standards of customer service," City Manager Marty Allen said.

For the past eight years, Suwanee's millage rate has been the same or lower; the 5.77 percent rate has been in effect from 2005 until now.

Suwanee tax bills will be mailed Oct. 1 with payment due by Dec. 20. Gwinnett County bills taxpayers separately.

Philanthropist honored

Julie Scott, a 16-year resident of Suwanee, was honored by Mayor Dave Williams and the council. Scott and her husband Chuck, along with other family members, have for years made trips to Haiti supporting the poverty-ravaged country and a school of 1,600 students started by Chuck's parents in 1982.

Scott, according to Williams, has worked for years educating her community and raising funds for Haitians near Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas. The school, which also provides a lunch to students who otherwise may not have a meal, was heavily damaged during the earthquake.

Scott was quick to give credit to North Gwinnett cluster students, teachers, residents and business owners for their heroic fundraising and donation efforts.

"This community has sent almost $3,000 to the school" and hundreds of book bags, toys and other items for the students, according to Scott.

Williams presented Scott with a plaque and a proclamation denoting Aug. 25, 2010, "Julie Scott Day" in Suwanee.

Radar signs

This fall, Suwanee plans to install five digital driver feedback signs in the city. The radar-generated speeds will inform drivers how fast they are going along Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, McGinnis Ferry Road, Smithtown Road, Main Street and Settles Bridge Road.

"This initiative isn't about tickets; it's about driver awareness," said Police Chief Mike Jones, adding that the signs will not take photos, and data will not be used to issue citations. "We simply want to educate citizens and make them safer."

The city will contract with Radarsign for installation of the signs, which will cost approximately $33,000. Public safety-designated SPLOST funds will be used to fund the installation.

Parks to have cameras

City staff got the go-ahead from City Council members on Tuesday to negotiate a contract with Advergents, a company that will install video surveillance systems along the Suwanee Creek Greenway, in George Pierce Park and in Suwanee Creek Park.