Keep eye out for sewer dumping

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett County is asking for help from the public to catch people who are prying up sewer system manhole covers to dump various kinds of waste.

"People have been dumping everything from grease and chemicals to septic tank pumping," said Acting Director of Water Resources Lynn Smarr. "It's not only illegal but it's also dangerous for the perpetrators and our employees. We're asking anyone who sees suspicious activity to report it immediately."

Residents can call Gwinnett police at 770-513-5100 or Water Resources at 678-376-7000. Both lines are staffed 24 hours a day. County vehicles are clearly marked and Water Resources employees wear uniforms.

County bridge repairs ratified

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Emergency repairs to three roadway bridges damaged in the floods last September were officially ratified by the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.

The work began immediately under emergency contracts issued to minimize road closings following the flood. Two were completed and opened to traffic within 30 days and the third, while remaining open to traffic, is now nearing completion. E.R. Snell Contractor Inc. was the low responsive bidder on all three contracts for a total of $1.15 million.

The three bridges are located on Garner Road over Garner Creek, Martin Nash Road over Turkey Creek and Club Drive over Sweetwater Creek.

Water upgrades OK'd

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a contract on Tuesday for $21.4 million in upgrades and improvements to the Crooked Creek Water Reclamation Facility.

Pizzagalli Construction Co., Inc. was the lowest of seven bidders for the work to be done at the plant off Holcomb Bridge Road near Norcross.

Federal stimulus funds will pay a portion of the interest cost on recovery zone economic development bonds for the project.