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County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

County fills $18 Million Gap in 2011

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- (submitted by News for Neighborhoods) Gwinnett County's adopted 2011 budget included an $18 million deficit. While that gap represented less than one percent of the total budget, using fund balance to fill the deficit would have been unsustainable.

Everdry Roofing to provide free roof for Atlanta resident

Everdry Roofing to provide free roof for Atlanta resident

BUFORD, Ga. – Everdry Roofing Inc., a 100% female owned roofing business that won a “Best of Gwinnett 2010” is donating a free roof to some lucky Metro Atlanta resident.

This opportunity is, only, open to families and non-profits in need are eligible. Nominees will be judged on need, community involvement, and service to others. A panel of judges, who represent the Gwinnett Chamber members and leaders, will select five finalists and from the one finalist will be chosen to receive a full roof replacement, including all material and labor.

Nominations can only be made at facebook.com/everdryroofing Program nominations must be received no later than April 15, 2011. Recipients will be announced April 22, 2011.

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.

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40 New Trees Take Root in Suwanee

40 New Trees Take Root in Suwanee

Suwanee, GA--  (submitted by the City of Suwanee)  

When the City of Suwanee conducted a tree inventory in late 2009, it found that the community had 3,866 public trees in parks, medians, and along streets. It also found that, while most of the trees were healthy, some had died, others were in need of maintenance, and still others would require careful monitoring. This week, in an effort to more proactively manage Suwanee’s urban forest, the City planted 40 trees, replacing those that had died.

Seventeen of those 40 trees were planted along Main Street, seven at Sims Lake Park, and four in the median along Suwanee Dam/Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road; the remainder are scattered throughout the community.

Gwinnett Residents Encouraged to use Free Xmas Tree Recycling Service

Gwinnett Residents Encouraged to use Free Xmas Tree Recycling Service

Gwinnett County, GA--  (submitted by Gwinnett County Govt.) 

Just one month ago over 1,000 Gwinnett residents participated in the first annual America Recycles Day celebration at Coolray Field. The paper and electronics recycling event saved the equivalent of 255 trees, 74,700 gallons of oil, 45 cubic feet of landfill space, 60,000 kilowatts of energy, 105,000 gallons of water and prevented over 700 tons of air pollution.

“The County’s inaugural America Recycles Day celebration was a success; however, we still need to keep this momentum going even through the holidays,” said Casey Snyder, the County’s solid waste director.

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.