Friday, July 8, 2011
Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris optimistic about reaching accord.
County Commission Chair Charlotte Nash and representatives of most of the Gwinnett cities met for the first time Wednesday (July 6) with the subject of the long-standing Service Delivery Strategy dispute on the table. Wednesday’s Gwinnett Municipal Association meeting went into executive session for the talk because the SDS dispute is under litigation. “It was a very positive talk,” said Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson, who has been at the head of negotiations over the dispute, which has left the county and cities unable to renew state contracts since the year began. “There was progress made last night,” Johnson said Thursday. “Chairman Nash is exhibiting a common sense approach to solving the service delivery conflicts,” said Duluth Mayor …
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Ten-year tax could generate as much as $18.6 billion statewide.
New figures show a proposed transportation sales tax could generate as much as $8.4 billion in the Atlanta metro area over a 10-year period. Statewide, the tax could rake in up to $18.6 billion for transportation projects during the same period, according to estimates released by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Next year, voters will be asked to approve the 1 percent, 10-year sales tax for the purpose of funding transportation projects. Voters in each of Georgia’s 12 regions will be presented with a list of transportation projects for that region. If voters pass the tax, money collected within that region will be used to fund the specified projects. Gwinnett is part of the Atlanta Regional Commission region. Members of the …
Saturday, June 11, 2011
District 3 commissioner says he wants to see what offers come in and discuss "fact versus fiction."
Gwinnett County District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau spent a good part of his June 11 constituent meeting defending his recent actions regarding the Lawrenceville airport. Few people were present for the 11 a.m. meeting at Harbins Park, but the majority of those in attendance expressed concern regarding the potential commercialization of Briscoe Field. Dacula resident Randy Taczynski said he believes Gwinnett County is one of the most irresponsible governments in the United States. Taczynski shared several concerns including recent land deal controversies, the Gwinnett Braves stadium and, in particular, the recent controversy regarding the commercialization of Briscoe Field. Taczynski, a homeowner in Apalachee Woods The Glens, said he …
Friday, May 20, 2011
Chairman meets with representatives from area homeowners associations and citizens' groups.
Almost 40 people representing a dozen Gwinnett County neighborhoods, two citizens' groups and a local political organization met May 19 at the Apalachee Farms clubhouse in Dacula to discuss a pressing concern for area residents – the potential commercialization of Briscoe Field. Charlotte Nash, chairman of the Gwinett County Board of Commissioners and a Dacula native, was also in attendance to provide additional insight into the increasingly contentious issue. Last month, hundreds of residents gathered at 12Stone church to provide input at the behest of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners regarding a resolution proposed by District 4 Commissioner John Heard that would have removed commercial service from consideration at the …
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Gwinnett County's new Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash pointed to restoring public trust and budget crisis as key issues.
Well over 500 business and community leaders filled the Gwinnett Center's Tommy Hughes Ballroom on Wednesday to hear the county's new Board of Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash offer her first State of the County Address. The annual event, which usually take place in January, was delayed until a special election this past March was held to decide on a new county chairman. Newly elected Nash replaced Charles Bannister, who resigned last fall in the midst of a grand jury probe over county land deals. Nash, a former county administrator, took over the top spot during a failing economy that has forced the county to look for every means to cut expenses and reduce spending. She also came along when the public's trust was at an all time low …
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
District 3 commissioner Mike Beaudreau proposed substitute motion which does not limit commercialization.
Commercial service at Briscoe Field will remain an option for now. Last month, District 4 Commissioner John Heard proposed a resolution to remove commercial service from consideration at the Lawrenceville airport. The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted April 19 to table the resolution in order to hold a public hearing for the purpose of gathering citizen input on the matter. Hundreds attended the April 28 meeting at 12Stone Church in which opponents to commercial service far outnumbered those in support. On May 3, before the commission voted on Heard’s resolution, District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau proposed a substitute motion to direct staff to issue a request for proposals (RFPs) for privatization which could include …
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Twenty firefighter positions to remain unfilled.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
New cost cutting measures approved Tuesday by the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will save the county an estimated $1.5 million. The approved cuts include $722,000 from the Fire and Emergency Services budget and $127,000 from the Gwinnett County Police Department budget. Elections, transportation, support services and community services budgets will also be cut. Additionally, minor reductions in law, fleet, water, sewer and stormwater expenses were included. Four jobs will be eliminated -- three vacant jobs in transportation and one in transit -- and 20 vacant firefighter positions will remain unfilled. Commissioners also approved a recommendation to increase fees for participants in the Work Alternative Program. First time …
Monday, March 28, 2011
Charlotte Nash officially took the oath of office Monday afternoon.
A packed auditorium at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center cheered and applauded loudly as Charlotte Nash was officially sworn is as the new Chairman of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Monday afternoon. The Dacula native easily beat out three opponents in the March 15th Special Election. Nash garnered 56 percent of the votes. Nash will complete the unexpired term of former Chairman Charles Bannister.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The Dacula resident and former county administrator gets 55 percent in a four-person race.
Dacula native Charlotte Nash easily won election Tuesday as the new chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners. Nash, a Republican, comfortably defeated three rivals. Nash got 55.99 percent of the 19,099 votes cast with all 156 precincts reporting, defeating Libertarian Will Costa of Lilburn, Republican Duane Kissel of Snellville and Republican Larry Gause of Tucker. A former county adminisrator, Nash will fill out the remaining term of former chairman Charles Bannister, who resigned in October to avoid a possible grand-jury indictment on a perjury charge related to county land deals. “Thank you, thank you, thank you,” Nash said Tuesday night to a large crowd of friends, family, volunteers and supporters at Stars and Strikes in …