Friday, February 12, 2010
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Gwinnett Daily Post
LAWRENCEVILLE -- A judge has given county and city officials until the end of the month to resolve their differences before facing sanctions.
Judge David Barrett agreed to a Feb. 28 deadline for Gwinnett and its cities to lose qualified local government status, despite an earlier ruling naming Feb. 1. State officials had said the sanctions, which could include losing state and federal grants and permits, would wait until the end of the month.
City officials had sought the earlier deadline in an attempt to force county officials to take negotiations seriously, but county officials said that was unnecessary as a scheduling hearing for a trial is scheduled for March 19.
"The county is preparing a counter offer to the cities that is based on the best interests of all of our citizens, and I look forward to discussing this proposal in the very near future with Mayor (Bucky) Johnson, without attorneys present, to bring this matter to an acceptable resolution," Bannister said, referring to Norcross' mayor because he is chairman of the Gwinnett Municipal Association.