Focus On Gwinnett Cities

Focus On Gwinnett Cities

Duluth using bingo to encourage residents, visitors to support city's restaurants

Gwinnett Daily Post

December 2, 2020

Duluth has launched a new effort, called Eat Local Bingo, to promote the city's restaurants and boost business that has been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Snellville, developer reach agreement for City Market lease

Gwinnett Daily Post

December 2, 2020

Snellville has reached an agreement with a developer to develop and lease the City Market that will be at the heart of the city's The Grove at Towne Center development.

 

Lawrencville asking for public input on proposal to install speed cameras near schools

Gwinnett Daily Post

December 1, 2020

The Lawrenceville City Council will hear a proposal to install speed cameras in five school zones.

 

Lawrenceville may add speed cameras to 5 school zones

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

December 1, 2020

After a police study showed up to 95% of drivers speeding in city school zones, Lawrenceville City Council is considering putting up speed cameras to issue more tickets.

 

Braselton mega-project again deferred

Braselton News

December 1, 2020

A proposed mega-development on Jesse Cronic Rd. in Braselton has again been deferred before the Braselton Planning Commission.

 

Norcross approves survey work for Norfolk Southern Pedestrian Crossings

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 30, 2020

The Norcross City Council recently approved the use of $14,400 ($12,000 for survey, plus 20% contingency) of SPLOST transportation funds for survey work for the Norfolk Southern Pedestrian Crossing project.

 

Lawrenceville, Aurora Theatre celebrate new performing arts center

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 30, 2020

“The completion and grand opening of this facility will be a visual representation of Lawrenceville’s commitment to the arts,” said Mayor David Still.

 

Norcross to add Spanish to tree plaques in Pinnacle Park

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 30, 2020

Earlier this year, the Norcross Tree Preservation Board proposed a project to place tree identification plaques at 16 trees in Pinnacle Park, 250 Pinnacle Way. The city provided $4,000 for the project.

 

Norcross to add digital message display to gateway monument sign

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 30, 2020

The Norcross City Council recently approved $19,400 for the installation of a digital message center display in the gateway monument sign at the corner of Holcomb Bridge Road and Peachtree Industrial Boulevard.

 

Three-story mural to adorn side of newly-renovated Suwanee court building

Access North Georgia

November 30, 2020

The newly-renovated Suwanee municipal court building will soon feature a three-story mural on the outside of the facility.

 

Final structural beam placed for the expanded Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center

Access North Georgia

November 30, 2020

To commemorate the moment, the City of Lawrenceville Mayor and Council, Downtown Development Authority, representatives from the Aurora Theatre and others gathered for a Topping Out Ceremony at the site.

 

Suwanee approves plan for new townhomes on Peachtree Industrial

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 24, 2020

A proposal for new townhomes was given the go-ahead by the Suwanee City Council following an approval to rezone about 16.3 acres on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard south of McGinnis Ferry Road between the two shopping centers McGinnis Crossing and Plaza at Suwanee Station.

 

Lawrenceville approves purchase of covert concealment system

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 24, 2020

The Lawrenceville City Council recently approved the purchase of a 1286 Covert Concealment System from Sandoval Customs Creations for use by the police department.

 

Electronics disposal facility approved for Lawrenceville

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 24, 2020

Prior to approval, city council members visited the company’s Norcross location and were encouraged by the fact that no electronics are placed in landfills and there appears to be no environmental risk associated with the recycling process.

 

Snellville, developer agree on City Market development agreement

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 24, 2020

Mid Cast LLC will partner with Snellville to design, build and lease the City Market building planned for The Grove at Towne Center.

 

Duluth supports local businesses with Eat Local Bingo

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 24, 2020

In another effort to help support local businesses through the pandemic, Duluth has introduced Eat Local Bingo.

 

Suwanee awards contract for street resurfacing

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 24, 2020

The Suwanee City Council recently selected Allied Paving Contractors, Inc. for a $1,016,057 contract to complete street resurfacing. Six contractors submitted bids for the work with Allied Paving coming in as the lowest bidder.

 

Cities in Gwinnett, Forsyth among winners in latest round of GDOT grants

Access North Georgia

November 23, 2020

The cities of Sugar Hill, Buford and Cumming will be given a cut of the overall grant pool of $821,163, and were among 22 recipients selected by the GDOT this year.

 

New hotel, townhomes proposed in Snellville

Atlanta Business Chronicle

November 23, 2020

Both project are scheduled to be reviewed at the Nov. 24 meeting of the Snellville planning commission.

 

Lawrenceville appoints new Chief Judge of Municipal Court

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 19, 2020

Lawrenceville has appointed Judge Ethan P.H. Pham as Chief Judge of the Municipal Court of Lawrenceville.

 

As Norcross celebrates 150th birthday, mayor says city has reached $1 billion tax digest milestone for the first time ever

Gwinnett Daily Post

November 18, 2020

The virtual format of Newton's State of the City Address included the mayor traveling around the city and talking about progress made in the city in the last year, as well as projects on the horizon.

 

Norcross releases virtual state of the city to celebrate 150th anniversary

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 17, 2020

Norcross Mayor Craig Newton has taken his State of the City address on a special virtual tour of the city, showcasing changes and accomplishments over the past 150 years, including updates on some anticipated developments to expect in 2021.

 

Braselton to hold all-day planning meeting

Braselton News

November 17, 2020

The Braselton Town Council will hold an all-day planning meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

 

Braselton to consider drive-thru for smoothie chain

Braselton News

November 16, 2020

The Braselton Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to consider a request for a conditional use permit for a retail center with a food service drive-thru (targeting a national smoothie chain).

 

Lawrenceville appoints Ethan Pham as city's new Municipal Court chief judge

Gwinnett Daily Post

November 16, 2020

Ethan Pham, who is currently an associate judge for the cities of Norcross, Morrow and Chamblee, will replace retiring Judge Dennis Still in January.

 

Dennis Billew transitioning after a decade as Lawrenceville's city engineer

Gwinnett Daily Post

November 16, 2020

For the last decade, Billew has served as Lawrenceville’s city engineer and now has decided to transition from his current position to take another engineering job with the city.

 

Duluth amends alcohol code, home delivery, wine tastings now allowed

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 13, 2020

The Duluth City Council recently voted to change the city’s alcohol code due to the passage of HB879, which was signed into law by Governor Kemp Aug. 2.

 

Duluth investigating space for new restaurant, gathering area

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 13, 2020

In Duluth’s ongoing efforts to make downtown a gathering place, the city is considering adding a 2,500-square-foot restaurant building on the Downtown Paver Lot, the parking area between Taylor Park/City Hall and the Truck and Tap restaurant.

 

Suwanee adjusts operating hours for breweries, excise taxes

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 12, 2020

The Suwanee City Council recently approved an ordinance amendment that adjusts the operating hours for breweries as well as excise taxes required by state law for canned/bottled beer.

 

Suwanee awarded Creativity Fund project grant from Explore Gwinnett

Gwinnett Daily Post

November 12, 2020

Explore Gwinnett, the county’s convention and visitors’ bureau, has awarded the City of Suwanee Public Arts Commission a Gwinnett Creativity Fund project grant. The grants provide support for arts and cultural initiatives within Gwinnett County for 2021.

 

Duluth police first law enforcement agency in Georgia to adopt 911 system that uses video, text messages and GPS

Gwinnett Daily Post

November 11, 2020

The Duluth Police Department is trying out a way of providing 911 services to residents that is new in Georgia.

 

Sugar Hill offering virtual conversation about Main Street Georgia program

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 10, 2020

Sugar Hill hosted a virtual conversation about downtown Sugar Hill and the city’s participation in the Main Street Georgia program.

 

Explore Gwinnett grant will help fund new mural in Suwanee

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 10, 2020

Explore Gwinnett, the county’s convention and visitors' bureau, has awarded the Suwanee Public Arts Commission a $10,000 Gwinnett Creativity Fund project grant.

 

Snellville Police Department wins Governor's Cup for highway safety for second straight year

Gwinnett Daily Post

November 10, 2020

For the second straight year, the Snellville Police Department has won the Georgia Governor’s Challenge, which highlights outstanding achievement in highway safety enforcement and education.

 

Braselton approves road ordinance, other routine items

Braselton News

November 10, 2020

Braselton leaders recently gave the go-ahead on a road naming and addressing ordinance, along with a handful of other routine items.

 

New mural 'rocks' Suwanee Town Center

Gwinnett Daily Post

November 10, 2020

Paul McCartney, check. Elvis, check. Aretha, check. Those three and several other rock legends now have a permanent home at Suwanee Town Center thanks to local artist Kim Pitts.

 

Duluth seeks public input on Pine Needle Drive intersection

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 5, 2020

Duluth is conducting a virtual public input survey concerning the Pine Needle Drive Intersection Project now through Nov. 30 at www.duluthga.net/pineneedle.

 

Norcross hosting Buford Highway master plan meeting

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 5, 2020

With the help of the Sizemore Group, Norcross is working to develop a strategic revitalization and redevelopment plan for the 1.85-mile long Buford Highway corridor that lies within the city.

 

Suwanee approves zoning change for new homes on Main Street

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 5, 2020

Following a public hearing, the Suwanee City Council voted to approve a zoning change that will allow for the construction of 4 single family detached homes at the corner of Main Street and Stonecypher Road in Old Town.

 

You can watch Braselton’s tree lighting ceremony and Santa read “The Night Before Christmas” online this year

Gainesville Times

November 4, 2020

Downtown Braselton’s tree lighting ceremony will have to be viewed behind a screen this year because it’s going virtual.

 

Snellville approves annual paving, stormwater projects

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 2, 2020

The Snellville City Council recently approved the annual Department of Public Works stormwater drainage and paving projects.

 

School zone speed cameras are up and fining drivers in Norcross

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

November 2, 2020

New school zone speed detection cameras are operational in Norcross. Reasoning for the cameras comes from the Norcross Police Department.

 

Lawrenceville adding health, safety upgrades to $35M theater project

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 30, 2020

The Lawrenceville Performing Arts Center is on track to complete a $35 million expansion in the spring, and it will have new health and safety measures intended to prevent the spread of diseases, including coronavirus.

 

Sugar Hill survey seeks input on housing market

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 30, 2020

Sugar Hill is seeking input from the community through a survey on the housing market. The survey results will help shape the city’s comprehensive update of the housing assessment first prepared in 2016.

 

Snellville adopts updated unified development code

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 30, 2020

Snellville’s City Council recently voted unanimously to adopt the city’s Unified Development Ordinance, which updates and consolidates the city’s existing zoning and development regulations.

 

Duluth amends standards for tractor trailer parking, signage

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 28, 2020

Following a recent public hearing, the Duluth City Council voted to make amendments to the Duluth Unified Development Code relating to improved Community Standards.

 

A guide to downtown Lawrenceville

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 28, 2020

Downtown Lawrenceville is a mix of the old and new, with historic landmarks such as the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse, which was built in 1885, along with newer shops, restaurants and housing.

 

Duluth amends comprehensive plan

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 23, 2020

Following a recent public hearing, the Duluth City Council voted to update the city’s comprehensive plan, FORWARDuluth, to ensure it meets the needs of the community.

 

Duluth approves funding to resurface 14 streets

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 22, 2020

The Duluth City Council recently awarded the 2020 Mill, Patch and Resurface Project to Garrett Paving Company, the lowest of 5 companies bidding for the work.

 

Duluth approves alcohol patio sales

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 22, 2020

The Duluth City Council recently amended the Duluth Code of Ordinances regarding the outside delivery of alcoholic beverages to reflect state law.

 

Snellville Police, Eastside Medical Center teaming up for drug take back event

Gwinnett Daily Post

October 22, 2020

Snellville police and Eastside Medical Center are teaming up this weekend to collect unused and expired medications that residents have laying around their homes.

 

Snellville police receive traffic enforcement grant

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 21, 2020

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has chosen the Snellville Police Department as one of 21 law enforcement agencies to receive a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant for 2021.

 

Suwanee holding collaborative art project at Town Center Park on Sunday

Gwinnett Daily Post

October 21, 2020

"For a $20 donation to Suwanee Public Art, families can spend a fall afternoon painting one of the brand-new bistro tables dotting the park," city officials said in an announcement. "The tables are part of the city’s effort to create more open air opportunities for digital learning, working, and dining."

 

New interactive map shows construction and zoning in Sugar Hill

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 19, 2020

Sugar Hill has developed a new web-based Interactive Development Map showing projects under construction as well as zoning cases. The map offers search tools for projects within Sugar Hill city limits as well as nearby unincorporated Gwinnett.

 

Duluth to add outdoor seating deck near Town Green fountain

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 19, 2020

In an effort to provide more seating options for citizens visiting downtown Duluth, the City Council has authorized the construction of an outdoor seating deck area adjacent to the fountain at Town Green.

 

Braselton rejects townhomes project

Braselton News

October 14, 2020

Braselton leaders rejected a request this week for a townhomes project in an industrial section of town.

 

Norcross city hall reopens to the public for early voting

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 8, 2020

Norcross City Hall will reopen to the public beginning Oct. 12 to accommodate advanced voting ahead of the November elections.

 

Lawrenceville's 'red carpet' to Georgia Gwinnett College on track to open in early 2021

Gwinnett Daily Post

October 8, 2020

Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington envisions the city’s College Corridor as being something akin to what people would expect to see at a Hollywood film premiere once it is finished.

 

Duluth seeks volunteers to work with Veterans Flag/Marker Committee

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 6, 2020

Each year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Duluth honors Veterans with individual U.S. flags placed on crosses. The flags line the streets of Duluth for miles honoring local Veterans.

 

Escape the 'pandemic blues' as a participant or observer at Paint Duluth

Gwinnett Daily Post

October 5, 2020

During the event, residents and visitors to Duluth can enjoy the sight of 50 or more artists as they create depictions of Duluth’s many landmarks.

 

ART BEAT: Escape the 'pandemic blues' as a participant or observer at Paint Duluth

Gwinnett Daily Post

October 2, 2020

“Paint Duluth” will be one activity the pandemic can’t spoil.

 

Suwanee offering 2021 alcohol license tax credits to businesses

Gwinnett Daily Post

October 1, 2020

The Suwanee City Council recently voted to grant an alcohol license tax credit for next year to help businesses hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Lawrenceville approves independent living facility for recently retired

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 1, 2020

The Lawrenceville City Council recently approved a rezoning application and special use permit to allow for a 132-unit retirement community, independent living facility. The development will be age‐restricted to residents 55 years old and older.

 

Norcross ready to hire new city manager

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 1, 2020

Norcross City Manager, Rudolph Smith, announced earlier this year that he was retiring in Sept. after 22 years with the city. In July, Norcross began the process of selecting a new city manager.

 

Traffic calming islands planned for Settles Bridge Road in Suwanee

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 1, 2020

Three traffic calming islands will be installed at strategic locations along Settles Bridge Road at a total cost of $72,940. The work includes erosion and sediment control, curb replacement, pavement striping, as well as traffic signage.

 

Duluth hosting outdoor painting event with 50 artists

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

October 1, 2020

More than 50 artists will paint images of Duluth at outdoor stations around the city’s downtown for three days in October.

 

Suwanee creates alcohol license tax credit program

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 30, 2020

The city is offering this as a one-time credit and all licensees will be responsible for the full license fees in future years.

 

Hunter-Walker Trail opens in Norcross

Gwinnett Daily Post

September 30, 2020

“Although newly constructed, the Hunter-Walker Trail has a long history in the City of Norcross,” Norcross Mayor Craig Newton said. “Prior to being an ‘official trail,’ this path served as a cut-through to the park for many residents."

 

Lawrenceville OKs new Family Promise homeless shelter on Moon Road

Gwinnett Daily Post

September 30, 2020

Officials from Family Promise of Gwinnett had reason to cheer Monday night after they got the green light from the Lawrenceville City Council to operate a homeless shelter in the city.

 

Sugar Hill residents invited to weigh in on greenway concept

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 28, 2020

As Sugar Hill moves forward with the development of their portion of the Gwinnett County Trails Master Plan, the city is inviting residents to take a survey to learn about the draft concept to connect Ga. 20 neighborhoods to downtown and Richland Creek.

 

Duluth approves townhomes on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 24, 2020

Following a recent public hearing, the Duluth City Council approved a request from McKinley Homes US to rezone about 8.58 acres for the construction of 72 single-family townhomes.

 

Duluth approves $176K for public safety security fencing

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 23, 2020

The Duluth City Council recently approved a contract to install fencing and gate access for the Public Safety Center building at 3276 Buford Highway.

 

Norcross trashes idea to enclose downtown trash compactor

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 23, 2020

The Norcross City Council recently changed course on plans to add a trash compactor enclosure behind Paizanos restaurant at 7 Jones St. The city had previously contracted with Malco Construction for the Downtown Norcross Compactor Enclosure project in the amount of $114,682.

 

Braselton planners to consider Jesse Cronic Rd. rezoning

Braselton News

September 23, 2020

Braselton planners will consider a rezoning request next week for a massive mixed use project off Jesse Cronic Rd.

 

Fireworks for Christmas? You never know what 2020 will bring

Gwinnett Daily Post

September 22, 2020

With the way 2020 has gone so far, it’s never too early for some good news — even if you have to wait until Christmas. That’s how the city of Lawrenceville feels about its latest announcement that Santa Claus is coming to town, and he’s bringing fireworks.

 

Norcross citizens invited to help shape Buford Highway corridor

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 22, 2020

Norcross is looking for individuals from the community to participate as part of a Buford Highway Corridor steering committee. The city is coordinating a Master Plan with the help of the Sizemore Group for strategic revitalization and redevelopment of the 1.85-mile long Buford Highway corridor.

 

Norcross completes Hunter-Walker Trail

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 17, 2020

Construction on the Hunter-Walker Trail, a 0.17-mile trail connecting Hunter Street and Rossie Brundage Park in Norcross, is now complete.

 

Norcross passes mask requirement for city-owned spaces

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 17, 2020

The city of Norcross has passed a resolution requiring people to wear masks in indoor spaces owned or leased by the city.

 

Snellville's The Grove at Town Center project on track to break ground this year

Gwinnett Daily Post

September 14, 2020

The city and co-developers CASTO and MidCity recently announced that a City Market construction and leasing agreement for the development had been reached and approved by the city council.

 

Duluth residents invited to complete housing survey

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 11, 2020

Residents in Duluth are invited to complete a 2020 Residential Community Preference Survey. The anonymous survey is the first in a series designed to help city leaders plan for the future of Duluth.

 

Duluth civic meeting planned as virtual event

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 11, 2020

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris and Mayor Pro Tem Kelvin J. Kelkenberg will conduct the city’s second Connect Duluth: Virtual Civic Meeting 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23. The outreach program is designed to inspire meaningful conversations between members of the community and city leaders.

 

Braselton to consider mixed use development with 220 rental homes

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 11, 2020

The residential component of the proposed project would include 220 homes under one ownership made available to rent individually.

 

Braselton bought a Jackson County home and plans to sell it. Here's why

Gainesville Times

September 9, 2020

“The property owner didn’t want to sell us a portion of her property but was interested in selling it all,” Town Manager Jennifer Scott said. “So, we purchased the home and lot, built the lift station, have replatted (the property), and are now selling the home.”

 

Braselton holding public hearing on capital improvement plan update

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 8, 2020

Braselton will hold a public hearing in the Braselton Police and Municipal Court Facility, 5040 Highway 53 to discuss the 2021-2025 Capital Improvement Element update.

 

Gwinnett leaders agree to buy Lawrenceville water system

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 3, 2020

Gwinnett County will buy the city of Lawrenceville’s water system. County commissioners approved the sale Tuesday, after the city council passed the measure the day before.

 

Buford proposes millage rate and sets date to approve 2021 budget

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 1, 2020

The proposed tax increase for a home valued at $275,000 is approximately $118.80, and for a non-homestead property valued at $625,000, property taxes will increase by about $270.

 

Suwanee works out agreement with HOA for trail access

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 1, 2020

The Suwanee City Council recently approved an agreement with the Pierce Point subdivision homeowners association for access and trail maintenance to the Suwanee Creek Greenway.

 

Suwanee sets qualifying to fill open council seat

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 1, 2020

Citizens in Suwanee will have the opportunity to elect a new council member Nov. 3.

 

Fundraiser in Sugar Hill to provide veterinary scholarships

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 1, 2020

In honor of the new ducks taking up residence in downtown Sugar Hill, the city is partnering with Quantum Bank for a fundraiser benefitting the Gwinnett Tech Foundation. The city will be selling white, rubber ducks to benefit the Parker Killian Gives Moore Scholarship.

 

Lawrenceville approved as a Purple Heart City

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 1, 2020

At the city’s most recent council meeting, Mayor David Still read a proclamation declaring Lawrenceville as a Purple Heart City by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

 

Braselton to consider zoning for 318 new homes

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

September 1, 2020

The proposed project on the south side of Duncan Creek Road would include 141 acres and include a recreation area at the rear of the property with a cabana, pool and “tot lot” with about 28 acres of passive open space.

 

Lawrenceville to purchase Villa Lodge & Suites

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 31, 2020

The Lawrenceville City Council recently approved an agreement with the Downtown Development Authority to purchase 512 West Crogan Street, also known as Villa Lodge & Suites.

 

Lawrenceville intends to sell water system to county

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 28, 2020

The city of Lawrenceville plans to sell its water system to Gwinnett County.

 

Lawrenceville leaders considering selling city's water distribution system to Gwinnett County

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 27, 2020

The Lawrenceville City Council is expected to meet next week to make a city a major decision concerning the city's water distribution system.

 

Snellville breaks ground on Greenway Trail project

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 27, 2020

Snellville officials recently broke ground on the Greenway Trail, a project that will provide a trail system around the city's The Grove at Towne Center development.

 

Four candidates qualify for open council seats in Norcross

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 27, 2020

Qualifying to become a candidate for Norcross city council member closed Aug. 21.

 

Miss out on July Fourth fireworks? Braselton is holding a ‘Red, White and Blue Redo’ Sept. 5

Gainesville Times

August 25, 2020

To protect residents and visitors, Nikki Perry, Braselton’s tourism director, said the city plans to host a “reverse parade.” Instead of allowing spectators to line the streets and watch floats and decorated vehicles pass by, the opposite will happen.

 

Duluth to show 'Grease' in drive-in movie theater format

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 24, 2020

The city of Duluth is offering residents a chance to watch a movie that reminisces about the 1950's in a setting evokes that era: a drive-in movie theater.

 

Sugar Hill announces downtown duck names

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 21, 2020

Social distancing is apparently not required for Sugar Hill’s new downtown ducks. The team of ducks has grown from two to four during the time it has taken the city to conduct a friendly contest to name the ducks. This week, the city announced their names: Sugar, Shine, Walter and Gracie.

 

Duluth approves contract for system upgrade maintenance

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 21, 2020

The Duluth City Council recently agreed to execute a 10-year system upgrade maintenance agreement with Motorola Solutions. The maintenance agreement is necessary to operate the city’s current dispatching equipment/software.

 

Sugar Hill seeks high school students for youth council

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 19, 2020

The Sugar Hill Youth Council is designed to help high school students learn how and why local government works and why participation in the process is important to democratic governance. The city is accepting applications now through 5 p.m. Aug. 21.

 

Norcross seeking volunteers for boards, authorities

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 19, 2020

Volunteers are needed in Norcross for the Historic Preservation Commission, Housing Authority and Architectural Review Board, as well as the Public Arts Commission and Sustainable Norcross Commission.

 

Dacula approves 49 homes on Drowning Creek Road

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 19, 2020

The Dacula City Council recently approved a request by William H. Mobley Estates for the annexation of 34.14 acres, rezoning and variances to allow for the construction of 49 single-family homes off Drowning Creek Road.

 

Lawrenceville to put spotlight on artists and performers

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 17, 2020

Lawrenceville is seeking artists and performers to provide live entertainment in Downtown Lawrenceville.

 

Norcross City Manager Rudolph Smith preparing to retire after 40 years in municipal government

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 17, 2020

After four decades in municipal government, including more than two decades with the city of Norcross, City Manager Rudolph Smith is preparing to retire.

 

Downtown Lawrenceville parking deck ahead of schedule

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 17, 2020

Construction crews working on one of the city’s major downtown projects, the parking deck between Chestnut and Jackson Streets have been able to make good progress on that project, according to City Manager Chuck Warbington.

 

Duluth to use SPLOST and grant funds for street improvements

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 14, 2020

Duluth will use a 2020 Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) and 2017 SPLOST monies to fund full depth reclamation of a number of city streets.

 

Suwanee reduces revenue projections due to pandemic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 12, 2020

Suwanee began the new fiscal year July 1 with a $13.4 million balanced operating budget representing a 3.3% decrease in operating expenditures as compared to FY 2020.

 

Lawrenceville approves zoning for 12 townhomes on Moon Road

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 12, 2020

Zoning for has been approved 12 new townhomes on Moon Road at its intersection with Old Snellville Highway in Lawrenceville.

 

Norcross artist brightening Hunter-Walker Trail

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 11, 2020

The city is reminding visitors along the trail to be respectful of Dr. Domschke’s artistry and give her space to complete her work at safe social distance.

 

Suwanee plans to keep millage rate the same, public hearings scheduled

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 10, 2020

Suwanee officials are planning to keep the city’s millage rate at the same level that it’s been at for nearly a decade, city officials announced Friday.

 

Snellville canceling most events through at least October because of COVID-19

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 10, 2020

The city announced the suspension of Snellville Tourism and Trade events on Thursday. The only events expected to continue this fall are the Snellville Farmer’s Market and Food Truck Friday events.

 

Snellville opts to keep same millage rate for property taxes

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 10, 2020

The approval of the millage rate, which determines how much property owners will pay the city in property taxes, come on the heels of the City Council’s adoption of a $13.06 million city budget in June.

 

Norcross adopts same millage rate resulting in slight property tax increase

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 7, 2020

Based on the city’s tax digest and following a series of public hearings, the Norcross City Council voted recently to set the 2020 millage rate at 6.749 mills. This is the same rate as was adopted in 2019.

 

Lawrenceville keeps millage rate at 1.826 mills

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 7, 2020

Following a series of public hearings, Lawrenceville’s Mayor and City Council voted to adopt a 2020 millage rate of 1.826 mills. This is the same millage rate as adopted in 2019 and one of the lowest municipal rates for property tax in the county.

 

Suwanee to participate in task force to prevent elder abuse

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 6, 2020

The Suwanee City Council recently voted to adopt a memorandum of understanding with the Office of the District Attorney Gwinnett Judicial Circuit to participate in a task force to prevent elder abuse.

 

Duluth seeks stories from the city’s past

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 6, 2020

As Duluth embarks on the revitalization of Rogers Bridge, the city is seeking nostalgic stories and photos from the city’s past.

 

Snellville refuses to raise millage rate sixth year in a row

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 6, 2020

Following a series of public hearings, Snellville’s Mayor and City Council voted to approve a millage rate of 4.588 mills. This is the sixth year in a row the city has adopted the same millage rate.

 

Lawrenceville trying out new sidewalk dining on downtown square

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 5, 2020

The city recently completed construction of a new bricked in area in front of Local Republic and McCray’s Tavern on Perry Street. While it currently looks like just another sidewalk area, it will soon have tables and diners enjoying meals, starting around the middle of this month.

 

Lawrenceville Mayor David Still: All remaining large 2020 events canceled

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 4, 2020

Lawrenceville has cancelled all of the remaining large events it had planned for the rest of this year because of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic, Mayor David Still announced Sunday.

 

Braselton to celebrate groundbreaking for new fire station

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 3, 2020

While all social distancing protocols will be in place, city leaders and the fire board plan to take a photo with the engineer/architects and contractors.

 

Suwanee to use grant for pedestrian and bicycle plan update

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 3, 2020

Suwanee was awarded $160,000 to complete a study of potential projects for the city’s pedestrian and bicycle plan update. To receive the funds, the city has entered into a contract with the Atlanta Regional Commission, which administers the funds.

 

Gwinnett health officials, local leaders launch campaign to urge residents participation in COVID-19 fight

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 3, 2020

The Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale Health Departments is teaming up with Gwinnett’s 16 cities and other community partners in the county for a campaign to urge residents to be “team players” and take precautions to stop the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus.

 

Snellville seeking input on proposed Unified Development Ordinance

Gwinnett Daily Post

August 3, 2020

Snellville officials are asking residents to weigh in on the city’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance that is set to be adopted later this year.

 

Braselton approves comp plan

Braselton News

August 3, 2020

Braselton has formally adopted an updated comprehensive plan.

 

Lawrenceville working to cut down on police response to security system false alarms

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 31, 2020

Security systems alerted the Lawrenceville Police Department of potential break-ins 2,473 times in 2019. All but six of them were false alarms, according to police data, but officers responded to every one.

 

Snellville seeks public input on unified development ordinance

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 30, 2020

Snellville is seeking input from residents on the proposed Unified Development Ordinance. The UDO brings together the city’s ordinances and regulations into one document making it easier for residents, builders and city officials to find information about land use, subdivisions, flood and environmental protection and building standards.

 

Berkeley Lake rolls back millage rate to lower taxes

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 30, 2020

The Berkeley Lake City Council recently approved a 2020 rollback millage rate of 1.755 mills.

 

Snellville approves open containers in new downtown district

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 30, 2020

nellville has created the Towne Center Entertainment District, an area anchored by a forthcoming mixed-use development that will become the city’s new downtown.

 

Buford reducing millage rate; but tax increase still expected

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 29, 2020

The Buford Board of Commissioners is tentatively planning to set the 2020 millage rate at 12.65 mills, less than the 2019 rate of 12.70, but still considered a tax increase by state officials.

 

Longtime Lawrenceville Municipal Court Judge Dennis Still set to retire in December

Gwinnett Daily Post

July 29, 2020

After 42 years as an attorney and judge in Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville Municipal Court Judge Dennis T. Still will retire from the bench at the end of the year.

 

Lawrenceville officials looking forward to new opportunities with new amphitheater

Gwinnett Daily Post

July 29, 2020

The Lawrenceville Lawn has been the site of big concerts for years, but the city has never actually had a permanent stage for musicians and other performers to perform on.

 

Sugar Hill plans to keep millage rate the same this year.

Gwinnett Daily Post

July 27, 2020

Sugar Hill residents shouldn’t have any trouble remembering the city’s proposed 2020 millage rate. It’s the same rate that the city has had for the last 16 years: 3.8 mills.

 

City of Sugar Hill sets FY21 budget hearings

Access North Georgia

July 27, 2020

The City of Sugar Hill has tentatively adopted a 2020 millage rate of 3.8 mils, which is the same millage rate the city has adopted for 16 consecutive years.

 

Lawrenceville City Council wants Confederate monument removed from Gwinnett Historic Courthouse grounds

Gwinnett Daily Post

July 21, 2020

Lawrenceville's mayor and city council have said the Confederate monument currently located on the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse grounds can be in someplace like a museum, but they no longer want it on the Lawrenceville Square.

 

Calls grow for removal of Confederate monument in Lawrenceville

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 20, 2020

Lawrenceville city leaders have joined the chorus of voices calling for Gwinnett County to remove a Confederate monument from the town square.

 

Lawrenceville officials will now enforce public assembly ordinance

Access North Georgia

July 16, 2020

For the last several weeks, officials in the city of Lawrenceville have allowed impromptu demonstrations for groups who want to voice their opinions on concerns over current events, but as of this week, organizers for future protests will need to file a proper application per an established city ordinance.

 

Lawrenceville says public assembly ordinance to be enforced, protestors must now go through application, approval process

Gwinnett Daily Post

July 15, 2020

Lawrenceville officials announced Tuesday that they will begin enforcing the city's public assembly guidelines again, ending a period where protesters were allowed to demonstrate in the county seat without first getting approval to do so.

 

Norcross selects firm to create Buford Highway master plan

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 15, 2020

Norcross has chosen the Sizemore Group, LLC to conduct an in-depth study and develop a plan for the Buford Highway Corridor. The $91,000 contract is funded by the Electric Fund as an Economic Development Contribution.

 

Norcross to implement new cemetery master plan

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 15, 2020

The Norcross City Council recently approved the go-ahead for the Public Works, Utilities and Parks department to begin implementation of the Cemetery Master Plan directives compiled by L.F. Sloan Consulting and reviewed by the cemetery review committee.

 

Norcross selects design firm for police administration building

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 15, 2020

Norcross has chosen an architectural services firm to design the renovation of the existing Norcross Branch Public Library at 6025 Buford Highway into a new police administration building.

 

Town defers vote on new comp plan

Braselton News

July 14, 2020

The Braselton Town Council deferred a vote on an updated comp plan for the town on July 13.

 

Sugar Hill invites public to help shape future greenway phase

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 13, 2020

Sugar Hill is developing a conceptual design for an upcoming phase of the city’s 16-mile greenway. The public is invited to a virtual open house 2 to 3 p.m. July 15 to learn about how the existing conditions of the study area will influence the conceptual design and to consider alternative routes for this segment of the trail.

 

Sugar Hill cancels Sparks in the Park celebration because of COVID-19 concerns

Gwinnett Daily Post

July 10, 2020

The nation's 244th birthday won't be celebrated belatedly in Sugar Hill after all, city officials have announced.

 

Rotarians bring holiday meals to Duluth police on Fourth of July

Gwinnett Daily Post

July 6, 2020

Duluth Rotarians spent part of the Fourth of July serving some of the city's public servants.

 

Duluth officer praised for act of kindness toward stranded mom, child

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 2, 2020

Officer Addington with the Duluth Police is being praised on social media for his act of kindness.

 

Lawrenceville adding city jobs, giving raises amid pandemic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 2, 2020

Despite declining revenues that have caused other governments to furlough and lay off workers, the city of Lawrenceville was able to include seven new jobs and an average 7% raise for its employees in its latest budget, which took effect July 1.

 

Lawrenceville says no to mixed-use/apartments on University Parkway

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

July 1, 2020

Following a recent public hearing, the Lawrenceville City Council voted unanimously to deny a request for annexation of 42.1 acres currently in unincorporated Gwinnett, along University Parkway between Buford Drive and Collins Hill Road.

 

Braselton Main Street program earns national reaccreditation for investments to downtown

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 30, 2020

The Braselton Main Street program recently earned another reaccreditation certificate after meeting 10 rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

 

Gold Mine Park in Sugar Hill is ready for the bid phase

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 30, 2020

Sugar Hill is building a 9.2-acre “Gold Mine Park” that will sit along Level Creek Road and serve as a trail head to the Sugar Hill Greenway. The 16-mile trail, which will circle around the city, will take hikers by one of the city’s old gold mines.

 

Have some fun by helping Sugar Hill name the ducks

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 30, 2020

Sugar Hill has two new feathered friends and is seeking help to name them.

 

COVID-19 increase leads Norcross to appointments at city hall

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 30, 2020

Norcross will begin allowing visits to City Hall, 65 Lawrenceville St., and other city facilities by appointment on July 1.

 

Suwanee approves permit for livestock on Abbey Hill Road

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 30, 2020

The Suwanee City Council recently approved a special use permit to allow livestock at 181 Abbey Hill Road.

 

Braselton to consider rental townhomes request July 9

Braselton News

June 30, 2020

Braselton leaders will soon consider a request to allow a townhome development in a manufacturing section of the town.

 

Braselton Main Street program earns national reaccreditation

Braselton News

June 29, 2020

The Braselton Main Street program earned another reaccreditation certificate having completed another program of work based on the national association’s review process.

 

Four Gwinnett cities earn Main Street America accreditation

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 26, 2020

Main Street America has once again recognized four Gwinnett municipalities for having completed work based on the national association’s stringent review process. Auburn, Braselton, Lawrenceville and Suwanee have been recognized for their commitment to improving quality of life, economic development, historic preservation, tourism and job creation at the local level.

 

Suwanee approves contract for Town Center expansion work

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 26, 2020

Suwanee City Council approved a contract that will help move a project to expand the city’s Town Center one step closer to reality.

 

Lawrenceville passes $182 million annual budget

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 25, 2020

The Lawrenceville City Council recently voted to adopt an annual $182-million Fiscal Year 2021 budget focused on investment in four key areas: development/redevelopment, the arts, infrastructure and human capital investment.

 

Braselton to consider 161 for-rent townhomes on Broadway Avenue

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 25, 2020

Braselton’s Mayor and Town Council will hold a public hearing at 4 p.m. July 9 at the Braselton Police and Municipal Court Building, 5040 Ga. 53 to consider an application for rezoning to allow for the development of 161 attached single-family dwelling units on Broadway Avenue/Ga. 124.

 

Gwinnett solicitor wants Confederate monument in Lawrenceville removed

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 25, 2020

Gwinnett Solicitor Brian Whiteside said he plans by the end of the week to file a request to remove a Confederate memorial statue in Lawrenceville.

 

Lawrenceville adopts $182M 2021 budget, but warns millage rate increase is anticipated

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 24, 2020

Lawrenceville officials are anticipating raising the city’s millage rate by an undetermined amount in 2021 as they plan to spend the more than $180 million for operations during its upcoming fiscal year.

 

Snellville approves $13M budget, maintains millage rate for 6th year

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 24, 2020

The Snellville city council recently approved a $13,063,295 Fiscal Year 2021 balanced budget while trying to predict how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect city revenue. The city anticipates a 40 percent decrease in hotel/motel room tax, a 20 percent decrease in the Title Ad Valorem Tax and a 25 percent reduction in intangible taxes.

 

Norcross celebrates National Pollinator Week with array of activities

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 23, 2020

As a second year Bee City USA affiliate, Norcross is celebrating National Pollinator Week this week by distributing pollination-themed activity workbooks and seed packets to local children, as well as launching an all-new subsite devoted to sustainability on the city website.

 

Suwanee receives 2020 Main Street accreditation, recognizing revitalization and preservation efforts

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 23, 2020

The city of Suwanee has been designated as a 2020 Accredited Main Street America program, a top tier of recognition signifying a proven track record of successfully applying the Main Street Approach.

 

Norcross reactivates development authority

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 18, 2020

In a split vote, with Norcross Councilmember Josh Bare being the only to vote against the measure, the Norcross City Council voted recently to reactivate the Norcross Development Authority.

 

Suwanee invites public comment at Suwanee police assessment

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 18, 2020

A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will start assessing the Suwanee Police Department on June 22 to examine all aspects of the department’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.

 

Norcross approves community improvement district expansion

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 18, 2020

The Norcross City Council recently approved a resolution consenting to the expansion of Gateway85 Gwinnett Community Improvement District boundaries.

 

Norcross agrees to $115K contract for trash compactor enclosure

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 18, 2020

The Norcross City Council recently approved a contract for the construction and installation of a trash compactor enclosure.The new compactor will be constructed in the city‐owned parking lot on Wingo Street directly behind Paizanos.

 

Snellville leaders adopt resolution condemning racism

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 17, 2020

The City Council adopted a resolution that condemns racism and commits city departments, including the police department, to ensure a “culture of trust” exists between the city and residents. Fostering that culture is an attempt to improve race relations within Snellville.

 

Gwinnett to move forward with MARTA extension in possible transit vote

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 17, 2020

Lawrenceville City Manager Chuck Warbington, a member of the ATL Board and a longtime proponent of transit in the county, said he thought it was “critically important” to have a transit hub outside the Perimeter.

 

Sugar Hill condemns racism in city resolution

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 16, 2020

Sugar Hill City Council adopted a resolution condemning racism last week on the heels of weeks of protest.

 

Braselton council approves budget

Braselton News

June 16, 2020

The Braselton Town Council recently approved its General Fund budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

 

Sugar Hill City Council passes resolution condemning racism

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 14, 2020

Sugar Hill leaders took a stand against racism this past week by adopting a resolution condemning it and proclaiming that there was no place for it in the north Gwinnett city.

 

Dacula received donation of protective face masks

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 12, 2020

The donation presented by Donald P. Burke, CFO of Beaver Paper, provides the city with washable and reusable masks that will help protect city employees from the spread of the novel coronavirus as they return to work. The masks will also be available for city hall visitors

 

Protests against excessive police force in America continue in Gwinnett County for third week

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 12, 2020

“We are very proud of these young people and their commitment to raising awareness about critical issues affecting our society,” City Manager Butch Sanders said. “Snellville celebrates its diverse community and we are going to work to keep our neighbors together and continue to support minority-owned businesses.”

 

Snellville reschedules July 4 fireworks celebration

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 12, 2020

Due to concerns about COVID-19, Snellville has postponed the city’s Star Spangled Snellville celebration normally held on July 4. The event, complete with fireworks, food, entertainment and live music, will take place 3 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 on the Towne Green.

 

Snellville condemns racism in resolution, creates advisory council

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 11, 2020

The Snellville City Council passed a resolution condemning racism Monday night and committed to building a “culture of trust” between the city, its police department and residents.

 

Lawrenceville proposes $167 million budget for FY 2021

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 9, 2020

Lawrenceville held a public hearing on May 20 to review the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 2021 budget.

 

Lawrenceville approves apartment housing on Grayson Highway

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 9, 2020

The Lawrenceville City Council recently approved zoning and permits that will help move forward a 156-unit apartment complex on Grayson Highway, just south of its intersection with Applewood Drive.

 

Suwanee moves forward with Main Street drainage and parking project

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 7, 2020

Suwanee has agreed to a revised lease agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company for about 18,295 square feet of property along Main Street from Russell Street to a point in front of the Main Street Park basketball court. The area will accommodate the city’s Main Street plans to improve stormwater drainage, public parking, and a sidewalk.

 

Suwanee approves updated council code of conduct

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 7, 2020

The Suwanee City Council recently approved an updated version of the Council Code of Conduct. The 8-point code commits to “listening to each other objectively and openly.”

 

Lawrenceville approves Third Rail Distillers plan for Depot area

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 7, 2020

Following a recent public hearing, the Lawrenceville City Council approved a special use permit to allow Third Rail Distillers to provide a craft distillery with a tasting room in the Depot area on North Clayton Street at its intersection with Seaboard Airline railroad.

 

Dacula proposes maintaining millage rate at 4.806 mills

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

June 7, 2020

According to city documents, Dacula’s mayor and council “have carried out a deliberate strategy over the last several years to keep city taxes low without negatively impacting the quality of the city services provided to its citizens.”

 

Lawrenceville Police Chief Tim Wallis sits down with protest organizers to discuss police relations with African-Americans

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 7, 2020

The meeting was an opportunity for both sides of the recent protests in Lawrenceville, police and members of the local African-American community, to sit down and discuss the issues that have resulted in the protests.

 

Local leaders show demonstrators support in downtown Duluth

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 7, 2020

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris spoke just before the march began, with the demonstrators walking toward Buford Highway. “I know that we are all made in the image of God and that represents unconditional love,” Harris said. “And we need to have unconditional love for every race and every culture that’s around us,” she said.

 

Protests against excessive police force planned for Duluth, Suwanee and Lilburn on Friday

Gwinnett Daily Post

June 5, 2020

Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris is expected to join state legislators and representatives from the Gwinnett Chapter of the NAACP in a protest and march that is expected to take place around downtown Duluth from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m.