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POLITICS: Beaudreau's goals include panels on ethics, animals

Camie Young

Camie Young

Commissioner Mike Beaudreau is looking for volunteers.

At this week’s listening session with the public, the District 3 representative distributed a list of goals for 2011 that included a number of panels and objectives.

In a newsletter outlining the goals, Beaudreau wrote, “2010 was a difficult year both for the county and its residents. I’m hoping that we can make 2011 the year of the turnaround, allowing us to continue to set an example for the metro area and the state that ‘Gwinnett is Great.’”

The list includes an Ethics Commission to find some resolution to the ethical questions explored by a special grand jury last year that found multiple no-nos in the county process to purchase land and even indicted a commissioner.

Beaudreau also wants to create an Animal Welfare Task Force, which may address some issues that have been plaguing the county for years in complaints about the animal shelter. The group would explore changes to the county’s animal control ordinance, change the responsibilities and composition of the Animal Advisory Board and see how more volunteers could work at the shelter.

An “Innovation Committee,” would come up with recommendations to control expenses, he said, noting the similarity to the Engage Gwinnett group that met last year.

Beaudreau also wants a summit on drug use, especially among youth, a “hard line” on illegal immigrants, a volunteer campaign, a plan to make the county transit system self-sufficient and a new name for the Department of Planning and Development to including economic development in the title.

“I’m sure that the new commission chairman will want to set some priorities after the election in March,” he wrote in a newsletter describing the agenda. “However these goals are achievable and we need to start to implement them.”

Beaudreau began collecting cards from people interested in providing feedback at Thursday’s listening session. He can be contacted at mike.beaudreau @gwinnettcounty.com.

Meet the chair candidates

Don’t forget about the upcoming debate.

On Monday, voters will get their first chance to hear from the four people vying to become county chairman in a March special election.

The event, sponsored by the Gwinnett GOP, will be held at 7 p.m. at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center.

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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