Suwanee citizen survey shows upward trends

SUWANEE — City manager Marty Allen on Tuesday presented the results of the 2010 National Citizen Survey during the city council meeting.

The survey is a statistical tool used by government jurisdictions throughout the country to gauge resident satisfaction with safety, cleanliness, amenities, schools and other services. Of the 1,200 surveys mailed to random recipients in the city, 334 were returned completed.

Overall, Suwanee ranked 10th out of 365 participating jurisdictions. Results indicate a positive trend rising in the areas of community quality and design, public safety, economic sustainability, recreation, environmental preservation and treatment, community, civic engagement and public trust. Suwanee first employed the National Citizen Survey in 2008 and will do so again in 2012.

“We want to know how we stack up, how we trend over time,” said Allen. A detailed presentation of the survey results will be on the city’s website this week.

Spelling Bee winners recognized

Mayor Pro Tem Jace Brooks publicly recognized winners of the recent local, county and state spelling bees. Winners from Suwanee schools were: Maddie Edwards, Nicholas McCOrmick, Christy Daniel, Sumedh Garimella, Asad Ladhanic and Shruthi Santhanam.

Designer chosen for police substation

Suwanee has selected Atlanta-based Tunnell Spangler Walsh for design and preconstruction services for a new police substation to be built in the Suwanee Gateway. Construction may begin as early as late 2011 on the approximately 7,000-square-foot facility.

“Placing a police substation in the heavily commercial, heavily traveled Suwanee Gateway area serves several purposes,” Allen said. “Most importantly, it serves an operational need to provide ongoing training opportunities for our police personnel, reducing the need for them to travel to other jurisdictions for such training.”

The Suwanee Police Department substation will be designed and built using SPLOST public safety funds. The city if Suwanee will pay TSW $118,220 for design and pre-construction services.