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New agreement forged between Gwinnett government, nonprofit

LAWRENCEVILLE — Five years after a lawsuit over solid waste caused a rift between the county government and Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, commissioners voted Tuesday to restore a relationship with the nonprofit.

Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash described the agreement as “a return to GC&B’s roots.” The deal gives the nonprofit administration of the county Adopt-A-Road program and Take Pride in Gwinnett program as well as educational programs relating to increasing recycling and reducing graffiti and litter and other environmental issues.

“We have found that these are areas where GC&B can be more effective than Gwinnett County government, and we are contracting with GC&B for some services that fit in this category,” Nash said. “For example, as the local affiliate of the National Adopt-A-Road program. GC&B is uniquely positioned to manage this important volunteer effort aimed at keeping roadways in Gwinnett free of trash. GC&B also is the local affiliate for Keep America Beautiful Inc. and can bring the support of the national organization to programs here in Gwinnett.

“GC&B has a long history with educational programs and has considerable experience in rallying volunteers to address community issues, such as graffiti and conservation of natural resources,” she added, saying that the organization’s large volunteer force can be used to help the community further. “As we have found over the last few years, volunteers can be a critical part of delivering county services. With the help of GC&B, we don’t have to start from scratch to bring together volunteers who are interested in beautifying Gwinnett and keeping it an attractive, clean community.”

In 2008, the county severed its ties to the nonprofit after a judge ruled that the county could not turn over its solid waste program administration. The lawsuit eventually resulted in a controversial program dividing the county into districts and assigning trash haulers to the residential areas, charging residents on property tax bills.

Connie Wiggins, the director of Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, said the nonprofit “significantly scaled back our programs and services” after the 2008 ruling, but basic programs such as Adopt-A-Road continued.

“We are looking forward to working with the county in the future,” she said.

Commissioner John Heard said much of the county’s success can be attributed to the organization.

“We are who we are in a big way, due to what Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has done,” Heard said.

Comments

ntstar4 1 year, 4 months ago

That is good news. I use to report graffiti to GC&B and it was taken care of quickly. I have not had anyone to report it to for the last few years. At least not anyone that would get it taken care of.

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Linda 1 year, 4 months ago

have you contact gwinnett quality of life 770-513-5020? I have reported a few things in my subdivision by phone and online. QualityofLife@gwinnettcounty.com

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Linda 1 year, 4 months ago

I am sorry to hear this, they were so involved with the horrible trash plan

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Don 1 year, 4 months ago

"If you put lipstick on a pig you still have a pig."

I am sorry to hear that the sitting BOC have decided to rejoin with the group that cost taxpayers millions of $$$"s. Connie Wiggins should be lucky to still have a job after the trash debacle.

Hey can I start a business and get prison labor at $0.30 per hour? Can I get the county to build me a facility and do a lease back at cents on the dollar?

I guess what goes around comes around and GC&B is coming back around. Is this the beginning of our old ways in Gwinnett and the BOC?

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JHogan 1 year, 4 months ago

If you can prove any of the allegations in your post, then you should get a medal.

Can you provide such proof? I would think the GDP would dearly love to be able to document such skullduggery. They don't seem to be too concerned with the details of most things, and this one would be right down their alley.

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R 1 year, 3 months ago

It seems your attempt at discrediting comments didn't quite make it...

GDP is great with sports, I'll give them 4 stars on local schools sports and that is well deserved (and if possible should expand a bit for our youth) but investigative reporting? That's been shallow for quite the while.

Even the AJC of all things usually (and with regularity) breaks our news a week before you see it here- even allowing for short week publishing.

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Don 1 year, 4 months ago

Well how much were the legal fees for the trash plan case and how much was the settlement for the company that had the exclusive prior to going to court? We will never know the total.

GC*B uses Butch Conway's inmates to staff the Satellite Road center. Really not hard to document when the van shuttling them in shows up everyday.

Look at the bond for the rebuild of the center after the fire. Now look at the lease agreements.

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R 1 year, 3 months ago

"volunteers can be a critical part of delivering county services."

YIKES!! That's the mindset that got us in court to start with!!! Volunteers do volunteering - PERIOD for a common interest.

Claiming this is a "county service" is RED line wrong. Just be sure we have clean, clear bidding on these grants/contracts and that there is OPEN and recorded competition before selection. You might be surprised what other "organizations" could provide rather than sole sourcing if they only got a chance.

Someone paid 3 attorneys for the trash case for those associated with GC&B - they were BETTER represented than County County citizens. High price for a "nonprofit"

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