City offering grants to encourage beautification

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett's county seat is doing more than the usual spring cleaning during the Great American Clean-up Gwinnett Challenge.

Lawrenceville officials are being proactive in encouraging residents to clean-up their neighborhoods, even offering grants to help the effort.

After members of the Lawrenceville Neighborhood Association sought help for struggling residents, the city set aside $20,000, which can be awarded in matching grants for projects to spruce up the neighborhood.

"This is a real opportunity for Lawrenceville neighborhoods to make significant improvements to their community," Councilman P.K. Martin said. "Also, it provides a chance for neighbors to build relationships through community collaboration.

"One thing I have learned is that the people with the best ideas are the residents of a specific neighborhood," he added. "As a resident, you see areas that can use improvement, that a government official or staff may miss by simply driving through. People on the ground know what work needs to be done and this is their opportunity to affect meaningful change."

Grant applications are available at www.lawrencevillega.org.

Residents can also earn some cash for projects that promote beautification, through prizes offered by Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful.

To help with the revitalization effort during March, April and May, the city has offered to place dumpsters in a neighborhood for wa weekend, allowing people to remove unsightly items.

A homeowner representative will be responsible for notifying neighbors that a dumpster will be available on the given weekend, a press release said, noting that paint and tires cannot be placed in these dumpsters and will not be accepted. Request for dumpsters during the above mentioned months should be sent to tommy.mcdaniel@lawrencevillegaweb.org. Dumpsters are delivered on Friday and picked up on Monday.

For people who don't have a specific project in mind, the city is seeking volunteers to help in four specific areas of the community. The release said any civic group, scout organization, college or high school team interested in participating in this program should email Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson at judyjordan.johnson@lawrencevillegaweb.org. Volunteers can also sign up with Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful to volunteer with the Great American Clean-Up.