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Carole Townsend

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County to purchase Norcross' water system for $2 million

NORCROSS -- Gwinnett County will purchase the city of Norcross' water/wastewater system for a price of $2 million, following a vote to move forward with the sale by City Council members Monday night.. The changeover, which will affect the city's current 2200 water and sewer accounts, will result in

Snellville police dogs receive vests, trauma kits

Snellville K-9s Duko and Coop will be wearing brand new, state-of-the-art ballistic K-9 vests, thanks to Animal Forensic Associates of Lilburn.

Loganville staff, officials announce 'Relay for Ray' initiative

LOGANVILLE -- City Manager Bill Jones presented Mayor Ray Nunley with a one-of-a-kind T-shirt during Thursday night's City Council meeting. It read "Relay for Ray.". Jones, addressing Nunley with several city staff members standing with him, announced that city employees, elected officials, residents and friends

Snellville extends moratorium on assisted living facilities, more

SNELLVILLE -- City leaders Monday evening passed a resolution extending a moratorium on accepting new permit applications for assisted living facilities, group homes, personal care homes and community living arrangements. According to Councilman Dave Emanuel, state and federal regulations regarding these types of homes have changed, and the city needs

Dacula accepts annexation application

DACULA -- City officials voted unanimously Thursday to accept an annexation application from Gwinnett Metro Baptist NCF, with the applicant being Nation of Christ Church. The 5.64 acre property is located at Ace McMillan Road and Harbins Road.. Thursday's action indicates neither acceptance nor rejection of the proposed annexation; rather

Norcross leaders table immigration program

NORCROSS -- City Council members voted Monday to table consideration of an EB-5 immigrant visa program, an immigrant visa category in which a foreign national who invests $500,000 in approved investment projects or $1 million in a business that creates 10 jobs in the United States may be granted

Loganville tables variance, faces possible lawsuit

LOGANVILLE -- City Council leaders Thursday voted to approve a rezoning but table a variance request, drawing fire from law firm Mahaffey Pickens Tucker, which represents the applicant on both matters.. Attorney David Gussio said during Thursday's council meeting that, if the council did not vote the same on both

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Snellville mayor delivers State of the City address

Mayor Kelly Kautz on Monday delivered the annual State of the City address during the regularly scheduled council meeting.

Dacula leaders approve annexation for mixed use project

DACULA -- City Council members voted Thursday to approve the annexation and rezoning of 156.83 acres, located adjacent to the southeast quadrant of the intersection of Winder Highway and Ga. Highway 316. The proposed use for the land is a planned mixed use development.. The supplied concept plan proposes 2.5

Loganville honors American Legion leader's 36 years of service

LOGANVILLE -- Mayor Ray Nunley and City Council members publicly honored Bobby Boss on Thursday evening, thanking him for commanding the local American Legion for 36 years.. Boss' wife Evelyn was also recognized for her patience and support of the Legion's efforts and the demands on her husband's time and

Dacula amends alcohol, sign ordinances

DACULA -- City leaders Thursday made changes to the Dacula Alcohol Beverage Ordinance, accommodating the voters' November decision to allow liquor stores within the city limits. By a vote of 181-76, city residents decided to allow the package stores in the city, which will be limited to one for every

Winder council approves permit for day care facility

WINDER -- City Council members voted Tuesday to approve a conditional-use permit to Early Learning Center Property Management Inc.. The applicant plans to use the existing structure on the property located at 37 S. Center St. for a day care center for 80-plus children ages 6 weeks to

Norcross council action paves way for new development

NORCROSS -- City Council members Monday voted to pave the way for a six-house development on just more than one acre located at 152 Thrasher St. in Norcross. The development will be adjacent to Colonel Jones Park, and with the neighborhood Homeowners Association's vote of approval, the common area

Suwanee recognizes artist, residents for donations

Mayor Jimmy Burnette paid special recognition Tuesday evening to three people, for their donations of a painting and a sculpture to the city of Suwanee.

Snellville mulls changes to sign ordinance

SNELLVILLE -- Mayor Kelly Kautz, city council members and Board of Appeals members met during a special-called work session Monday to discuss possible changes to the city's sign ordinance. Jon Davis, Snellville's Planning Director, said during the work session that the city's ordinance is "completely and deliberately content neutral"

Berkeley Lake approves permit for auto body repair shop

BERKELEY LAKE -- City leaders Thursday unanimously approved a special-use permit for an auto body repair shop located at 4540 S. Berkeley Lake Road. The applicant assured mayor Lois Salter and the council that the chemicals used in the course of performing the repair work will be monitored and

Winder water department wins awards

WINDER -- City Water Distribution Director Roger Wilhelm announced Tuesday that the staff in his department recently won two prestigious state awards. The first award, the "Golden Backhoe," is bestowed to the water department with the best record for safety and "preventable damage," or the fewest incidents of

Loganville mayor, council spar over alcohol ordinance fees

LOGANVILLE -- City council members voted Thursday to table for no more than 90 days a decision regarding proposed changes to the Loganville alcohol ordinance.. The work session held earlier this week made it clear, according to councilman Mark Kiddoo, that "we are not ready to move forward" on the

Norcross holds off on creating arts commission

NORCROSS -- Norcross councilman Charlie Riehm on Monday proposed that the City Council create and appoint five members to a Norcross Arts Commission, thereby officially throwing municipal support behind the arts in the city.

Dacula to charge for sanitation on county tax bill

DACULA -- City leaders voted Thursday to go ahead with plans to bill city property owners for garbage collection on their annual Gwinnett County property tax bills. "We've had two town hall meetings to discuss whether to (do this)," Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said.. The city has heretofore billed residents

Berkeley Lake leaders considering auto body shop

BERKELEY LAKE -- Mayor Lois Salter and city council members Thursday listened as deputy city administrator Pat Chapman reviewed a special-use application for an auto body repair shop located at 4540 South Berkeley Lake Road. The application specifies that the type of work to be done on the premises

Loganville council hammers out ethics ordinance details

LOGANVILLE -- Several amendments to the city of Loganville's ethics ordinance were presented to mayor Ray Nunley and council members Thursday evening by city attorney Karen Woodward. One of the changes contested by council members and voiced by councilman Mike Jones was a measure preventing a filing of ethics complaints

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GMC stresses need for bigger NICU

Gwinnett Medical Center is planing a new neonatal intensive care unit to be constructed at their Lawrenceville campus.

Dacula mulls adding sanitation fees to property tax bills

DACULA -- In the coming weeks, Dacula residents and property owners will get the chance to meet with city leaders to discuss the possibility of adding city sanitation fees to property tax bills.

Norcross leaders approve traffic study guidelines, ordinance

NORCROSS -- Mayor pro tem Andrew Hixson and city council members voted Monday to approve a Traffic Study Guidelines Ordinance and the necessary associated parameters. In effect, the ordinance requires developers of new projects 100,000 square feet and more to provide a traffic impact study to assess the amount of

Loganville Town Center on the drawing board

LOGANVILLE -- Years of waiting and planning for a city town center in Loganville are starting to pay off, according to city councilwoman Michelle Lynch. A conceptual drawing of a city gathering spot was on display at Thursday's city council meeting, complete with a pavilion, sidewalks, benches, lighting and landscaping

Winder approves day care center zoning

WINDER -- The city's zoning board of appeals Tuesday evening approved a conditional-use request for Connie Wilbanks to open a children's day care center at 74 Church St. The center, to be named Cribs and Crayons, will occupy the existing structure at that address, which is located in the

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Mill Creek student making a difference through service

Charles Orgbon is doing his part to make the world a better, and greener, place to live.

Dacula approves $24K sewer project

DACULA — City leaders gave the go-ahead Thursday night for Precision Planning Inc., to engineer a sanitary sewer system from the Stanley Road pump to Lakeside Drive in Dacula. The cost, $24,350, is “a pretty good deal for all that’s involved,” said city administrator Jim Osborn.

Norcross leaders table decision on digital reader board

NORCROSS -- City Councilmen Tuesday voted to table the final decision on the purchase of a digital reader board, with a proposed location at the railroad tracks in the heart of downtown Norcross. Currently, the city's information board is near the same location downtown, and the messages are changed manually

Loganville closes land deals for public park, pavilion

LOGANVILLE -- City officials voted Thursday to go ahead with the purchase of the land located at 235 Main St. (formerly Catfish College restaurant). The purchase price was $220,810.36. Recently, the city also purchased the parcel of land at 4400 Pecan St. Mayor Ray Nunley stated that both parcels will

Winder approves permit for Hardee's restaurant

WINDER -- City Council members voted to approve a conditional use permit for construction of a Hardee's restaurant with a drive-thru at 113 North Broad St. in the downtown area. The special permit was required to accommodate the drive-thru portion of the restaurant.. Though several area residents and

Norcross sets property tax millage rate

NORCROSS -- City leaders voted Monday evening to set the 2012 property tax millage rate at 6.424, the same rate that applied to property owners in 2011. According to city manager Rudolph Smith, the new millage rate would have to be raised to 7.018 in order to collect what was

Proposed Dacula annexation on hold

DACULA -- The proposed annexation of approximately 156.83 acres from unincorporated Gwinnett County into the Dacula city limits has been put on hold for review and arbitration, according to Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks.. The parcels of property are located adjacent to U.S. Highway 29 north of Ga. Highway 316 and

Loganville parade leaves behind debt, controversy

LOGANVILLE -- The city of Loganville's Independence Day parade is reportedly the third largest in Georgia, according to Jerry Golden, parade committee coordinator and owner of Golden Productions in Loganville. But along with its size, this year's American Legion Post 233 July 4th parade also carried a lot of questions

Dacula millage rate set

DACULA -- Following the required three public hearings before taking action, Dacula council members adopted a 2012-2013 millage rate of 5.703 Thursday evening. The previous year's rate was 5.128. Property owners whose property values have remained the same as in 2011 may realize a slight increase in taxes; those whose

Norcross leaders repeal tobacco-free facilities ordinance

NORCROSS -- City council members voted unanimously Monday to repeal an unpopular ordinance that banned tobacco use in Norcross. The ordinance, originally proposed by councilman Ross Kaul as the result of resident complaints about secondhand smoke, was passed in May of this year. Once it became law, however, residents complained

Berkeley Lake amends sign ordinance

BERKELEY LAKE -- City council members voted unanimously Thursday to adopt a sign ordinance and to amend it to allow temporary signs in the GC-A district of Berkeley Lake. These moves paved the way for business owners to continue to do business, now that they have been annexed into

City leaders honor Loganville High School baseball team

LOGANVILLE -- Mayor Ray Nunley and City Council members publicly congratulated the Loganville High School baseball team Thursday evening, presenting head coach Jeff Segars with a framed proclamation commemorating the State AAA championship win.. "This accomplishment is very special to me and to the city," Nunley said, then told

Dacula plans how to allocate proposed TIA funds

DACULA -- At Thursday night's city council meeting, city leaders voted to combine potential Transportation Investment Act funds with the city's SPLOST funds, a move that will speed up Dacula's five-year improvement plan. The July TIA vote, if passed, could result in about $1.5 million over a 10-year

Berkeley Lake road assessment complete

Berkeley Lake road assessment complete. BERKELEY LAKE -- According to Clay Reichert, an engineer with Clark Patterson Lee, a recently commissioned assessment of the roads in Berkeley Lake has been completed. Reichert reported his findings to mayor Lois Salter and city council members Thursday, concluding that, while there are several

Winder sets curfew for juveniles

WINDER -- In the interest of safety and order, Winder officials on Tuesday approved a Juvenile Curfew Ordinance that sets a curfew for those age 16 and younger.. The ordinance also specifies penalties ad enforcement procedures.. City Administrator Donald Toms presented a first draft of the ordinance to city leaders

Norcross bans smoking in city parks

NORCROSS -- By a vote of 3-1 on Monday, Norcross council members voted to ban the use of all tobacco products on city property, including city parks and park sidewalks.

Dacula city leaders name new park

DACULA -- The new downtown city park in Dacula will be named Olde Mill Park at Historic Downtown Dacula, after a unanimous vote by council members Monday.. The official dedication ceremony will be held after the city's Memorial Day parade about noon on May 28.. Other suggested names for the

Loganville to purchase 5 new police cars

The city of Loganville will purchase five new fully equipped police cars, thanks to a $165,000 check from Gwinnett as part of the Service Delivery Strategy settlement, and in part to confiscated resources from drug dealers

Sparks fly in Snellville; police chief now wears two hats

SNELLVILLE -- Police chief Roy Whitehead will serve as Snellville's interim city manager until a permanent replacement is found to replace Russell Treadway, who announced his resignation two months ago. Whitehead was nominated by Mayor Kelly Kautz and, after some heated discussion and a called executive session in the middle

Dacula City Park enhancements approved

DACULA -- The city's newest park, located at Second Avenue and Wilson Street in downtown Dacula, will include some additional cosmetic and practical improvements thanks to Thursday's City Council approval.. Mike Moon, the city's public works supervisor, has performed much of the work in the park himself, including building the

Traffic accidents in Winder cut in half

WINDER -- According to Winder police chief Dennis Dorsey, the number of traffic accidents in Winder has dropped from 826 in 2007 to 445 last year.

Norcross leaders say 'no' to Family Dollar on Beaver Ruin Road

With a unanimous 4-0 vote Monday night, Norcross city council members voted against rezoning the property located at 2570 Beaver Ruin Road from Office and Industrial use to Commercial use.

Snellville leaders considering Code Red emergency alert system

SNELLVILLE -- Council woman Diane Krause had a goal in mind when she campaigned for her council seat last fall. A former public safety professional, Krause is passionate about emergency notification for the Snellville community. After researching several types of systems, the Code Red emergency alert system got her attention