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County Gets Boost In Funds For State Route Widening

LAWRENCEVILLE – (submitted by Gwinnett County Transportation) The Board of Commissioners approved an addendum to an agreement with Georgia DOT that will allow the County to accept an additional $28 million in funding for right-of-way acquisition to widen SR 20/Cumming Highway near Sugar Hill from Peachtree Industrial Boulevard to the Chattahoochee River.

The County received $11 million in federal and state funds in October 2010 to purchase right-of-way and easements from approximately 200 properties located along State Route 20. The County is funding land acquisition services associated with the project and acquisitions are now underway.    

This is the last of three projects to replace the only remaining two-lane sections of State Route 20 in Gwinnett.

ARC’s CREATE Community Awards Honor: Gwinnett County

ARC’s CREATE Community Awards Honor: Gwinnett County

ATLANTA — (ARC) Through the annual CREATE Community Local Government Awards program, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will recognize five local governments for their innovation and efforts to make the Atlanta region a better place.

The CREATE awards recognize several areas of achievement: Community Involvement & Collaboration (Fayette County), Regional Prosperity & Economic Development (City of Stone Mountain), Environmental Sustainability (Gwinnett County), Application & Innovation in Technology (Fulton County) and Educational Excellence (City of Decatur).

Environmental Sustainability:

AWARD WINNER –Gwinnett County, Gas to Energy Project

With their new “Gas to Energy” system being built at the F.

Proposed Light Rail Recieves Funds from FTA Alternatives Analysis Program

Proposed Light Rail Recieves Funds from FTA Alternatives Analysis Program

Atlanta, GA --- Two proposed light rail lines in the metro Atlanta region received a boost today in the form of federal funding awards. The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced $25.7 million in competitively awarded grants through the Alternative Analysis grant program to help community officials in 15 states evaluate and select the best options to help place new or expanded transit systems in their communities. Cobb and Gwinnett Counties were both beneficiaries of the program.

Gwinnett County, the Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District (CID) and Gwinnett Place CID jointly received a $600,000 grant to fund the analysis for a line the groups have been studying for three years.

Controlled Christmas Tree Burn at Lowe’s in Suwanee, December 18th

Controlled Christmas Tree Burn at Lowe’s in Suwanee, December 18th

On Saturday, December 18th, the Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Lowe’s Home Improvement Store in Suwanee, have teamed up to bring a powerful message of what can go wrong if you are not properly caring for a live Christmas tree. 

A mock room has been constructed in the parking lot and will be complete with a live tree and furnishings.  The tree will be burned to demonstrate the dangers of a live tree that is not properly cared for.  Information will also be available for those who use an artificial tree to decorate for the holidays.  This will be a highly graphic and visual demonstration.  The media is asked to please help get the word out about this important and timely event.  The media is also invited to attend and cover the burn.  The safety fair is from 11 a.m.

Changes for Gwinnett County Water Rules

During a recent meeting, Gwinnett commissioners voted to change a law on water conservation to meet rules set this year by the state legislature. The 2010 Georgia Water Stewardship Act (SB 370) requires local governments to adopt certain provisions by Jan. 1, 2011.

Water Resources Acting Director Lynn Smarr said the new regulations are necessary because Georgia needs to continue to preserve our water resources for now and future generations. The new ordinance allows outdoor watering for certain purposes seven days a week during non-drought periods but not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Uses allowed include irrigation for planting, growing, managing or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs or other plants.

Certain uses are unrestricted including commercial operations, personal food gardens, filling swimming pools, hand watering with a hose, soaker hoses, watering crops and recreation areas, and using reclaimed or well water.

Whole Foods Market Farmer-Owned Storewide Event, Saturday and Sunday

Meet the brand representatives and farmers who grow and produce products including dairy, juice, pork, rice, produce at the Whole Foods Market ‘Farmer Owned Storewide Event’ tomorrow and Sunday.

At the Whole Foods Market Farmer-Owned Storewide Event, you’ll get the inside scoop on exactly where your food comes from, what is in it, how it’s made and equally important, why it’s important for you to support farmer-owned brands and cooperatives. 

Participants will be able to sample delicious farm fresh products. During the events, guests will enjoy free samples of the represented products, receive coupons for participating brands, and interact with the farmer-owners and representatives of their respective brands.

                                 October 23 from 11 a.m.

Creatures of the Night Festival, 2-5 p.m.

According to the people of Gwinnett, the woods of the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center (GEHC) come alive at night. On Friday, October 23th, from 2-5 p.m. experience the Creatures of the Night Festival and the many environmentally focused tips they’re offering residents who want to have a “green” Halloween.

During this festival, nocturnal animals and their adaptations will woo crowds and entertain participants.