Suwanee Council honors Brooks

SUWANEE -- Known as a "numbers guy" who kept the rest of the Council on its toes in terms of city budgets, Jace Brooks was honored on Tuesday night for his decade-long service to the city.

Brooks, who recently joined the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, resigned from the Suwanee City Council earlier this year. The Council and staff presented Brooks with a picture album and plaque with images and a newsletter article about his tenure with the city.

Also at the meeting, the city honored Suwanee Police Officer Elton Hassell for recently being awarded an Officer of the Year award from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety. Hassell participated in the Metro Atlanta Enforcement Network, and earned the city a $10,000 grant and several police devices and accessories for officers and patrol cars.

The City Council approved an alcohol beverage license for a new restaurant at 2855 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd. The restaurant, Senor Quintin Mex Grill, will replace Shroomers Pizzeria, said owner Jesus Guerra-Lopez.

Guerra-Lopez will also own the new restaurant, which he expects to open in mid-January.

Mayor Jimmy Burnette said the State of the City address is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Jan. 9.

The Council also authorized a contract to demolish obsolete buildings on city park sites for $24,500.

Burnette also started a parade of thank yous and well wishes for Brooks, who was honored in front of at least former elected officials in the audience.

Denise Brinson, director of economic and community development, said Brooks would finally get his food truck wish, after he had mentioned the idea "about 10 times." Brinson said there would be four "Food Truck Fridays" during next year's event season.

Mayor Pro Tem Dan Foster said Brooks was, "truly a mentor to me," when Foster came on the Council.

First-year Councilman Doug Ireland said it was Brooks' public service philosophy that inspired him to get involved.

Councilman Kevin McOmber called Brooks a "man of integrity" who has his priorities straight.

"If you ever need anything personally or professionally," McOmber said to Brooks, "you can lean on us."