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Inmate crews help clean CID roads

NORCROSS — Inmates are working to clean up one of Gwinnett’s big business districts.

Crews from the Gwinnett Department of Corrections began picking up litter and cutting the grass in the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District area last month.

In the past, the crews have cleaned up roads in Gwinnett and in many cities, but the county struck a deal with the local CIDs earlier this year to extend the service to that area.

“This opportunity allows us to keep the inmates productive while providing cost-efficient labor and maintenance to the improvement district,” Warden David Peek said.

According to a press release, a crew of 10 to 12 inmates will be deployed five days a week to the area. The focus will be the Interstate 85 corridor from the DeKalb County line to Beaver Ruin Road, although some of the other roadways will also be cleaned.

The Gwinnett Village CID spends just under $300,000 for roadside maintenance of about 25 miles of state and local roads.

“We’ve worked hard to cultivate a roadside appeal here in Gwinnett Village,” said Chuck Warbington, the CID’s executive director. “These crews will allow us to do the same amount of maintenance for significant reduction of costs.”

Beautification has been a main priority of the business owners in the community since the CID was formed in 2006. In fact, the agency funded $1 million in landscaping improvements on I-85, as well as streetscape enhancements on Buford Highway and medians along Beaver Ruin Road.

“Our ultimate goal is to enhance the value of local properties and businesses in the district,” Warbington said. “We want to let people know that Gwinnett Village is open for business and we feel that maintaining an aesthetically pleasing landscape goes a long way in sending that message.”