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POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Community forums to begin next week

Camie Young

Camie Young

Gwinnett officials will begin a listening tour this week.

The first in a series of citizens’ forums is set for Thursday, after commissioners promised to go to the public for solutions on issues such as county finances. The series was promised by district commissioners hoping to regain trust after last year’s indictment of Commissioner Kevin Kenerly and resignation of Chairman Charles Bannister.

While the forum does not have a specific theme and residents are free to discuss any topics they wish, the event will include a brief presentation on the county’s financial outlook, since commissioners have an $18 million budget gap to fill.

Plans are to hold a session in each of the county’s four commission districts, with the first scheduled for the District 3. It is set for 7 p.m. Thursday in the community room of Fire Station 30, located at 1052 Ozora Road in Loganville.

The second forum has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 31 at George Pierce Park’s community center, located at 55 Buford Highway in Suwanee.

Two other forums are expected to be held in February, although they have not yet been set.

All members of the commission are expected to attend the forums.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.

Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.

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