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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.

Gwinnett County boasts Great Parks

Gwinnett County seems to be racking up the accolades, the latest being recognized as the number one park agency in the state serving populations of 80,001+ by the Georgia Recreation and Park Association.

As one of the fastest growing, aging and culturally diverse counties in the state, Gwinnett has experienced unparalleled growth in population, diversity and economic challenges over the past year and has risen to this challenge through fostering public/private partnerships, tapping alternative funding mechanism, creative planning, design and development and with citizen involvement and input.

This award demonstrates excellence in citizen involvement and support systems, long-range planning, fiscal resource management, environmental stewardship, historic preservation, technological integration, program planning and assessment.

For more information on Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation, call 770.822.8840 or visit www.

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.

Commissioners Approve Construction on Ivy Creek Greenway

Construction will soon get underway on another piece of the Ivy Creek Greenway trail. Currently one section of the Greenway is complete and it extends from the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center to the Mall of Georgia.

On Tuesday, commissioners approved trail construction within George Pierce Park. This trail will connect the city’s Suwanee Creek Greenway to the existing multi-use trails in the county park.

There will be a trailhead near the adult softball parking lot with benches and signage, almost a mile of paved, multi-purpose trail with retaining walls, and 1,850 feet of boardwalk with scenic overlooks.

New concrete steps near the lower parking area for the soccer fields will connect to an existing gravel trail.

Gwinnett Going Green, perhaps.

Back in April 2009, Gwinnett County hired a consultant to analyze its electricity accounts and recommend ways to reduce the $22 million it was spending to power its offices, courtrooms, water and sewer systems, traffic and street lights, computers, sports fields, the jail, the prison and other County facilities.