POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: City Hall open for congressional work

Hank Johnson

Hank Johnson

Southern Gwinnett residents can go to City Hall now to get help from their congressman.

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, whose 4th District includes portions of Gwinnett, has partnered with local governments to provide better services to his constituents, he announced Wednesday.

While his main district office will continue to be located in Lithonia, constituents can call the office to make an appointment with a staffer at a location of their choice.

The mayor of Snellville, as well as leaders in Covington, Conyers and northern DeKalb, made an agreement to allow the congressman to use meeting space in city hall.

"I want to thank the respective mayors and the CEO (DeKalb's Burrell Ellis) for working with our office," Johnson said. "This way we can better serve our constituents by making services more accessible and also save taxpayer funds by holding down overhead costs. It's a win-win situation."

To make an appointment, call 770-978-2291.

Congressional offices work on behalf of constituents concerning veterans' benefits, Social Security and Medicare, military services issues, federal grants, immigration, IRS, passport applications, service academy nominations, small business assistance, federal student loans, Postal Service matters and Washington tours, among other areas.

Commissioner ailing

Commissioner John Heard is recovering from heart surgery.

The Lawrenceville resident went through open-heart surgery last week after problems were detected at a physical.

Heard checked in with commissioners Tuesday via the telephone, Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said during the day's business session.

She wished him well in his recovery and said leaders hoped he would return soon.

Political Notebook appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post. Camie Young can be reached via email at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com. For archived columns, go to www.gwinnettdailypost.com/politics.