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Brushy Creek project to add to Suwanee's greenway

SUWANEE -- The popular greenway system in Suwanee will soon grow another branch.

Suwanee's City Council on Tuesday awarded a contract to construct a Brushy Creek Greenway project to add another avenue to Town Center.

The Brushy Creek Greenway project would include pedestrian crossing improvements at Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Suwanee Dam Road. A multi-use trail would go from Suwanee Dam Road to Stonecypher Road and Main Street. The city chose to award the contract to Kentucky-based engineering firm QK4 after it received four bids for the $105,000 project. QK4 has an office in Norcross.

The city recently finished the first phase of rehabilitation work on the Suwanee Creek Greenway between Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Martin Farm Road. The second section of the project, between Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road and Suwanee Elementary, is closed until July. The project was originally slated to be finished in June, but has been delayed by weather.

At the meeting, Jusarang Presbyterian Church was approved to meet at 553 Satellite Blvd. The five-year old church, which has about 40 members, has searched for a permanent home for three years, pastor Billy Go said. As part of the city's conditions, the church must monitor its growth in relation to parking.

Action was also taken on amending the city's zoning ordinance to make violations consistent. Planning director Josh Campbell said the city handles one or two cases each year. The new violations would be $1,000 and 60 days in jail, and each day would be treated as a separate violation.

The City Council also recognized Peachtree Ridge High School orchestra teacher Bernadette Scruggs. Scruggs was recently honored as the 2012 Georgia American String Teacher Association Educator of the Year.

Shadowbrook Baptist Church pastor Bobby Linkous was honored for 20 years of service at the church. Linkous was hired by the church in 1992 as a youth pastor. Wednesday is recognized as Bobby Linkous Day in Suwanee.

The council also honored William "Coach Mac" McDaniel Sr., 80, who passed away in March. McDaniel was the first baseball and basketball coach at North Gwinnett High School, which opened in 1958. McDaniel was later principal from 1969-73. The baseball field at North was named after McDaniel in 2001. McDaniel retired from the National Guard in Atlanta in 1991 as a brigadier general and assistant adjunct general.