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County government collects awards

Gwinnett County’s award shelf is filling up.

In recent months, the county government has collected a number of national and state awards, taking home prizes that touch many of its functions, including volunteer initiatives, parks, transportation, the fire department and water and sewer programs.

“Many of these awards showcase collaboration among different parts of the county organization,” Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said, celebrating the county’s employees. “Great things happen when people get creative and work across departmental lines. I applaud the county staff for what they do every day and take pride in the fact that outside organizations also recognize their efforts.”

The National Association of Counties acknowledged Gwinnett with achievement awards for its Volunteer Gwinnett effort, Gwinnett Parks and Recreation’s waterfowl management plan, an internal training program on the county’s new code of ethics and a human services program called SeniorBSafe, operated jointly by the fire department and community services.

The volunteer and code of ethics programs also won awards from the National Association of County Information Officers, a press release noted.

The National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials honored Gwinnett for its waterfowl management plan and a teens program, which gives work experience to pre-teens as camp counselors and directors.

In addition, the county’s transportation staff earned the Outstanding Public Member Agency award from the Intelligent Society of Georgia for enhancements to its traffic monitoring system.

The press release noted two awards from the Georgia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers for two water resources projects: the South Gwinnett Wastewater improvement project, which saves the county $3.85 million in operating costs each year, and the stream restoration project at Sweetwater Creek at Old Norcross Road, which helps reduce erosion and improves water quality.

And for the 15th year in a row, the county’s finance office earned the Achievement of Excellence Award from the National Purchasing Institute.