Commissioners approve $147K for environmental services

Under the terms of an amendment approved Tuesday night, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful (GCB) will reap the benefit of having an inmate work crew at its recycling facility and will provide additional services to the county over the next 12 months.

The county entered into an agreement with the nonprofit environmental education organization on July 1, 2013 which specified GCB would provide certain services and educational programs related to increased recycling, waste reduction, beautification programs and other environmental issues. The original term of the agreement, which included a payment of $97,563, was set to end at the end of July. The amendment approved by commissioners Tuesday night will extend the agreement through July 31, 2015 at an additional cost of $147,563.

The amendment will provide GCB with a work crew of 15-20 inmates to be used at their recycling facility and spells out additional services to be provided by GCB. Specifically, GCB will be tasked with developing an educational program aimed at increasing business and commercial recycling, implementing a campaign to raise awareness of the correlation between litter and property values in high litter areas, and creating and maintaining an expanded and updated recycling directory. Those services, according to county officials, will “provide a substantial benefit to the citizens of Gwinnett County.”

In other business during the July 22 meeting, commissioners approved an update to the Unified Development Ordinance which adds or revises requirements in several areas. Among the changes approved Tuesday night are modifications to R-75 zoning district to change minimum lot size and setbacks, an update of standard drawing details and modifications to the Open Space Conservation District to clarify open space credits, preferred plantings, transition area requirements and the minimum parcel requirement.

The Unified Development Ordinance was adopted by the Board of Commissioners in February of 2014.