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Suwanee City Council recognizes art teacher, city employee

SUWANEE -- The Suwanee City Council recognized a city employee and art teacher at its regular meeting, where it also approved two alcohol licenses.

On Tuesday, by unanimous vote, council members approved the alcohol license for Hacienda Corralejo Mexican Flair and Tequila Bar at 3890 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, and Hammerhead Seafood at 415 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. The council also recognized North Gwinnett High School art teacher Debi West, and building inspector Susan Carpenter.

Carpenter recently gained additional certification by the American Association of Code Enforcement, and city planning director Josh Campbell applauded her effort.

"All of these certifications are great, but it's results that matter," Campbell said. "She's taken our department from a reactive unit that takes complaints, to a proactive one that looks for solutions."

West, who has taught at North for the last five years after 14 at the elementary level, was recently recognized as an Outstanding Art Sponsor of the Year by the National Art Education Association.

"I don't teach art, I teach children," West said. "It's such an honor to be recognized for their awesomeness."

During the audience participation portion of the meeting Jennifer Falk, a co-owner of Everett's Music Barn, voiced her support of the creation of a historic district in Old Town. Falk pointed to state and federal tax credits, which would be a tool property owners could use to improve and preserve buildings.