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Lawrenceville proclaims Oct. 7 'Georgia Gwinnett College Recognition Day'

LAWRENCEVILLE — Georgia Gwinnett College’s Lawrenceville Campus received kudos Monday night for what it has done and what it will do.

Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson and City Council proclaimed Oct. 7 as “Georgia Gwinnett College Recognition Day,” presenting the award to the college’s Dr. Bob Lutz.

GGC recently was named one of the Top Five Colleges in the South by the U.S. News and World Report, and selected as a 2013-14 College of Distinction.

Council members Tony Powell and Marie Beiser commended the school for its state-of-the art athletics facilities for the Grizzlies’ baseball, soccer, tennis and other sports teams. The 10,000-student school also is developing a College of Nursing.

The council also voted to apply for an opportunity zone to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Under the new Urban Redevelopment law, urban areas are pinpointed for revitalization of neighborhoods, and to generate new uses for aging and agricultural land, among other uses.

In other business, the council:

• Rejected an application by Stuart Scruggs of 562 John Conner Court to allow tractor-trailer parking on a gravel surface. “This area is not constructed for large tractor-trailer trucks,” Councilwoman Beiser said. The application also was opposed by Dean Pruett, owner of a neighboring business, Capital Glass Company.

• Denied a special-use permit request for a window sign change at Jackie Hair Braiding. This was the first denial under the city’s new sign ordinance.

• Approved the following consent agenda items: $4,900 for software maintenance renewal; $3,000 to $5,000 for directional and information signage at the city parking deck; $10,000 for the 2013-14 Partnership Gwinnett agreement; and no more than $3,000 for Christmas decorations. March 1 was approved as the new renewal date for the city’s alcohol ordinance, and a parade permit was issued for the annual Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 28.