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Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          October 31, 2015             

Hallowe'en Boos to You!

This update gives you some last minute reminders on:

  • Safety tips for trick or treaters,
  • Changing your clocks to Standard Time before you go to bed tonight,
  • Info on E-Splost and City of Lilburn Post 1 Council Candidates
  • Some upcoming events

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. www.lilburncp.com or read it later. Please submit items in Word documents by the 20th of the month.)


Hallowe'en Safety

From Gwinnett County Fire Department

Click HERE for a video on Hallowe'en Safety.


         

From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

Nextdoor.com offers a means of informing neighbors if your house is a candy supply zone. Check it out if you haven’t already.

**

BBB offers the following tips to ensure that you and your children have a safe and fun Halloween night. (This article has been edited for length.  Go to this LINK for the full version.)

Candy Safety:
Eating sweet treats is a big part of the fun on Halloween. If you’re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:

  • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  • Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
  • Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Lawn Safety:

  • If the tag says “Indoor Use Only,” keep electronic products inside and minimize your liability.
  • Make your yard a No Tripping Zone
  • Keep the good stuff out of reach. Besides being notoriously clumsy, kids are also insatiably curious.

Costume Safety:

  • Make sure the costume fits – not too small or too big. Also, make sure children aren’t overloaded. If they can circumnavigate the house without bowling over a lamp or smashing the big screen, they can probably make it along the sidewalk in safety.
  • “Seeing” works both ways. Consider how well the child can see inside the mask. Likewise, consider how well children can be seen at night in their costume.
  • Consider the footwear. Practicality counts more than having the perfect costume footwear. Selecting the proper footwear can avoid a Halloween misstep.

Final Thoughts:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

For companies you can trust, please visit bbb.org/atlanta.

http://patch.com/georgia/lilburn/bbb-tips-having-safe-halloween

UPCOMING EVENTS

Daylight Saving Ends, Standard Time Begins, Nov.1

Oct. 31 Change your clocks back one hour before going to bed. 

Nov. 1:  Some are celebrating the Day of the Dead.  Click HERE for more info.

Nov. 2:  Special Elections in the County and City.  (more inside the Update)

Nov. 7:  Free Tour of Wynne Russell 10 am until noon.

Nov. 7:  Luxomni BBQ.

Nov. 8:  City of Lilburn Veteran's Day Celebration, (more inside the Update)


Lilburn Community Partnership

Have Your Holiday Gathering at the Wynne Russell House

The Wynne-Russell House will be decorated for Christmas this year and will be an ideal location for your holiday gathering of up to 40. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For multiple rentals, contact info@lilburncp.comLINK for information on the house and events.


Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
 
The Wynne Russell Historic Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:00 am.  Visitors are welcome.
 
Wynne-Russell  Free Tour Sat. Nov. 7
 
Longtime resident Elmer Nash will be hosting a free tour of the Wynne Russell Historical Home on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 am until noon.  This will be the last of the free tours until spring.
 
Family Pictures Nov. 14.
 
Plan now to have a unique family Christmas photo taken at the Wynne Russell Historic Home. Between the hours of 11:am and 2:pm, professional photographer Richard Ferris will take family photos, including pets, on the front porch of the home and post your picture on his website where you can download it without charge. Depending on the weather, the photo may be taken inside.  Sitting fee is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Register your time slot through info@lilburncp.com.

News from the City

 
 
 
 

Upcoming

(Check the City website for updates)

City Council Meeting, Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 pm.

Work session starts at 6:30 pm.
 
Veteran's Day, Sunday, Nov. 8,  2-4 pm
 
 
 
Following a ceremony in Lilburn City Park honoring local veterans, the Continental Dance Orchestra will perform swing music and patriotic favorites.
 
 

 COMMUNITY EVENTS

Annual BBQ at Luxomni Church, Nov. 7th

On the first Saturday of November each year the Luxomni/Lilburn community comes together for an incredible time of food, fellowship and fun with the Luxomni Baptist Church BBQ, Bake and Yard Sale!   A pork plate sells for $8.00 and additional chopped pork and Brunswick stew can be purchased by the pound and quart. In addition to the mouth watering BBQ, you’ll want to stock up on some of the many baked goods prepared by hand by the ladies of the church.  Be sure to stop by Youth Yard Sale. which helps fund the annual youth summer trip.

Gwinnett County Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Make plans to attend Gwinnett County's annual Veterans Day Ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00am at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial. This event is held each year to celebrate our county's military veterans and public service personnel. The Fallen Heroes Memorial is located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. For more information about the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com


Election News from Gwinnett

Special Election Voting Information

Note that no voting will take place on Monday, November 2. If you did not vote early or absentee, you must cast your ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 at your voting precinct. For more information, visit the Elections webpage or call 678.226.7210.
 

Vote November 3rd between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm at your regular poling place in a special election to decide whether or not to continue the current E-SPLOST for education. (Yes, we have already been paying a little extra to fund our nationally acclaimed school system. For more on national awards, go to Gwinnett Daily Post LINK.)

See below for information gathered by Parkview High School Newsletter Panther Pause .

GCPS Plan for 2017-2020

To learn even more, an informational pamphlet from GCPS is provided.   CLICK HERE


City of Lilburn Special Election Tues. Nov. 3rd

Lilburn has only one contested race to decide: that of Post 1 held by Council Member Teresa Czyz.

Registered city voters may vote in the special city election today until 4:30 pm at City Hall, and Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 am until 7 pm.

Learn More About the Candidates

LCP sent a questionnaire to each of the Post 1 candidates: Brian Burchik, Teresa Czyz, and Michelle West. The questions and their unedited responses are below.

***

Brian Burchik, Self-employed – founder of Live Fully, LLC

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

My background (grew up in Lilburn) and professional life has uniquely positioned me for serving in city council. For 8 years, I served as a pastor, which involved organizational leadership & vision setting, creating events that cultivate community, and recruiting/training over one hundred adult volunteers to serve over 400 students. Now, as an entrepreneur, I understand the importance of small business, while engaging in the community, such as starting a running club, creating Lilburn merchandise, and recruiting numerous families to Lilburn.

Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

I desire to hold office because I want to represent the next generation of Lilburn families that will work to build Lilburn’s best future possible. As a city, Lilburn’s potential is incredible, but we need a representative in the council that can share and voice the vision of the next generation that is raising families and thinking through what kind of city they want their kids to experience and love. Additionally, I hope to help increase social/business life in the downtown area, champion entrepreneurship in our town so that people start their businesses here, and to cultivate city pride in its residents. I’m also very passionate about seeing all schools thrive that are located in Lilburn.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)
 

I believe Lilburn is a family-oriented community that has proven to be an incredible place to raise kids and build a life. This strength needs to continue to grow. Lilburn also has a charm and small town feel, which is increasingly becoming the very thing that people are seeking to be a part of. Our downtown area has the potential to be a walkable community where people, young and old, can reclaim the “small town” way that is a more connected and holistic way of living. Maintaining the charm of Lilburn while embracing growth and development is of the utmost importance.

Another strength of Lilburn is its diversity, both in terms of ethnicity as well as age. We must continue to embrace and celebrate all the different cultures here. Also, I believe that the different age demographics need each other. Young millenials that are just starting to build their lives and grow their families need the support, wisdom, and grounding that comes from being in relationship with more seasoned adults, such as empty nesters or retirees. And those empty nesters can find incredible purpose and significance in coming alongside the next generation. To cultivate unity in our diversity will make Lilburn an incredibly unique place to live.


What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

Lilburn’s Next Generation

I will continue working to attract the next generation of adults and families to put down roots in Lilburn and join in building its best future possible. Every great organization, whether a business, a school, or more broadly an entire city must pass the baton from one generation to the next so that the community can continue to flourish.

Champion the Entrepreneurial Spirit

As a small business owner, I am passionate about fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in our city. Specifically, I will champion efforts to bring a small business incubator to Lilburn that will offer workspace opportunity and encourage collaboration for current entrepreneurs and future start-ups that will positively impact our city. Rather than ambitious entrepreneurs feeling like they have to leave Lilburn to go to larger cities, I want to change the perspective so they see Lilburn as a place to develop their businesses.

Increase Social Life in Downtown

Every great community has places for people to gather and connect, and our city has a unique opportunity to establish new restaurants and a coffee shop in the walk-able downtown area. I will work to bring high quality businesses here, as well as supporting development in our beautiful park so that our downtown is an increasingly attractive place for people to live and visit.

**

Teresa A. Czyz, Georgia Transmission Corporation - Electrical Engineer

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

I currently serve on City Council, so I have the knowledge and experience to understand what it takes to serve you.

I’ve lived in Lilburn for 13 years and have been involved in the community by organizing NNO for 4 years, serving on Lilburn’s Alcohol Review Board and Planning Commission and by also serving on boards of SafetySmart Liburn and the Lilburn Community Garden.

Please check my website, www.teresa4council.com, for more information about my qualifications.

Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

It’s simple, because I really do care about the people of this community.  I believe the safety of our residents is a priority, as is a good quality of life.

I want to hold the office to advocate for body cameras for the police, to bring a K-9 unit to the city, to install a Tornado Warning System for our residents, to support expansion of the trails and continuation of park events.

Finally, I want to serve because the people of Lilburn deserve representatives that will help them, speak for them, and protect them in an honorable and trustworthy way.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)

I believe that one of Lilburn’s greatest strengths is our low crime rate.  The Lilburn Police Department (LPD), clearly, one of the finest police departments in the Greater Atlanta area, has done an excellent job in building relationships with neighborhoods and businesses.  I believe that they should continue to expand and maintain neighborhood and business watches by using organizations like SafetySmart Lilburn and the Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership.  Communication between watches is the key and if we can use the LPD as the “center of the wheel” to send out important information to our watch leaders, this will continue to make Lilburn one of the safest places to live.

A strength also lies with the many different kind of people who call this city home.  We all share similar goals:  a safe neighborhood, good schools, a home where we feel secure and a community that cares.  There are opportunities to attend ethnic festivals and events throughout Lilburn.  We have our own International Festival, which celebrates the uniqueness of our community.   I would hope that we use this cultural diversity to learn from one another and about one another.

What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

The biggest issue that needs to be addressed is the mistrust that many citizens feel toward city government.  Many people, who I have talked to, feel disenfranchised, feel like decisions are being made with no due consideration given to them as taxpayers.  We should give our residents the chance to express their concerns and ask questions prior to making decisions that could impact their taxes and their neighborhoods.  They deserve to know what’s going on and we need to be willing to listen.  It’s perceived that “minds are already made up”.  That we don’t care what they think.  And honestly, I believe that if we have good justification for what we are doing, then we should be able to communicate our position and should be able to adequately address their questions and concerns.  Realistically, we won’t win over everyone, but I believe that the majority of people will at least appreciate that we were open and honest and gave them a chance to voice their questions and concerns.  We need to improve communication and build trust between our citizens and their government.  And, I believe, it all starts with allowing our residents, our taxpayers the chance to express their voice.

**

Michelle West, M West Legal, LLC, State Bar of Georgia - Attorney

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

I have participated in numerous city, county, community and professional leadership programs and boards over the past several years.   This experience, coupled with being an attorney and certified mediator, has served to prepare me for the position I seek on the Council.  I direct you to my website www.michelleforlilburn.com to see a complete list of my qualifications since I am limited here in my response.


Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

Practically speaking, I am passionate about being of service and championing the rights and voices of people whether it is through my profession or in a service oriented community position.  I believe in Lilburn’s potential.  I seek to use my qualifications, mentioned above and more specifically at www.michelleforlilburn.com , to assist the Council in its improvement of our great city.  My keen sense of collaboration, negotiation, relationship-building and inquiry are some of my many traits that would add value to our Council.  I have a fresh perspective and am willing to look at all issues with the community’s interests at the center of any decision.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)

Lilburn’s strengths are its small town charm, schools, geographic location, public safety and sense of community.  Although growth is inevitable, these strengths can be leveraged to bring in responsible and calculated development.  Lilburn has a unique quaint atmosphere, which sets it apart from many cities in Gwinnett County.  Its geographic location makes it easily accessible to Atlanta and the greater metro area while maintaining a somewhat small town feel.  This characteristic should be considered when ensuring that all development is in line with the balanced interests of the residents and business.  Lilburn should play up these strengths to bring in reasonable development that will serve to bolster our community and tax base.  Since we are a bedroom community that many northern city residents have to pass to reach their destination we should ensure that we have businesses that both our residents and non-residents would want to frequent, as another means of raising revenue for our city businesses and city alike.  Our great schools and public safety can also be utilized to demonstrate that there is value in continued investment our community, which is furthered bolstered by great our sense of community.

What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

One of Lilburn’s major issues, based on resident feedback, is traffic/ congestion.  I agree with the saying that “we are not in traffic, we are traffic.”  As further development continues traffic and congestion will likely increase.  It would be premature to propose how I would address this issue considering I do not currently have all the facts.  However, given what I do know at this time, I would propose doing research through the Department of Transportation on all high traffic areas, the numbers of cars present daily and the existence of accidents that have occurred at the most prominent intersections or roadways.  I would then propose collaboration with the county in establishing a method of combatting this trend.  Although an intersection may be a non-city street, many times it is close enough to the city to affect its residents.  Just because a road is a not a city road, we must still keep a dialogue going with the county so that traffic does not continue to adversely impact the quality of life for all citizens.  Another option would be to make our city a more walkable community, working with our Community Improvement District and working to obtain necessary funding to implement suggestions for improvements on the Lawrenceville Highway corridor.

Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to info@lilburncp.com, attention Diana Preston.

 
Contents
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
HALLOWE'EN SAFETY
Fire Department
SafetySmart Lilburn
UPCOMING EVENTS
Change Your Clocks
Day of the Dead
Wynne-Russell Tour
Luxomni BBQ
Veterans' Day
LILBURN COMMUNITY PARTERSHIP
Historic Preservation Com.
Holiday Rentals
Meeting
Free Tour
Family Photos
CITY OF LILBURN
Council Meeting
Veterans Celebration
COMMUNITY EVENTS
Luxomni BBQ
Veterans Day Ceremony
 COUNTY ELECTION INFO
E-SPLOST Info
LILBURN CANDIDATE INFO
Brian Burchik
Teresa Czyz
Michelle West
 
 
 
 

 
 

Sponsors

Bambinelli's

Mail & Package Center

Music Go Round

Legacy Station

City of Lilburn

Kona Ice

SafetySmart Lilburn

Sign Creations

1910 Public House

Taqueria Los Hermanos

Lilburn Farmers' Market

Small Town 
Big World
Festival
Sponsors
 
 
Platinum
 
 
 
 

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Patrons

Gwinnett Human Relations Commission

Carothers & Mitchell

Attorneys at Law

Music on Main Street

Friends

Dr. Scott Batterton

Eddie's Automotive

Lilburn Woman's Club

Muslims for Peace

 
 
 
 
 
 
Info Links
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          October 31, 2015             

Hallowe'en Boos to You!

This update gives you some last minute reminders on:

  • Safety tips for trick or treaters,
  • Changing your clocks to Standard Time before you go to bed tonight,
  • Info on E-Splost and City of Lilburn Post 1 Council Candidates
  • Some upcoming events

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. www.lilburncp.com or read it later. Please submit items in Word documents by the 20th of the month.)


Hallowe'en Safety

From Gwinnett County Fire Department

Click HERE for a video on Hallowe'en Safety.


         

From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

Nextdoor.com offers a means of informing neighbors if your house is a candy supply zone. Check it out if you haven’t already.

**

BBB offers the following tips to ensure that you and your children have a safe and fun Halloween night. (This article has been edited for length.  Go to this LINK for the full version.)

Candy Safety:
Eating sweet treats is a big part of the fun on Halloween. If you’re trick-or-treating, health and safety experts say you should remember these tips:

  • Don’t eat candy until it has been inspected at home.
  • Trick-or-treaters should eat a snack before heading out, so they won’t be tempted to nibble on treats that haven’t been inspected.
  • Tell children not to accept—or eat—anything that isn’t commercially wrapped.
  • Parents of very young children should remove any choking hazards such as gum, peanuts, hard candies, or small toys.
  • Inspect commercially wrapped treats for signs of tampering, such as an unusual appearance or discoloration, tiny pinholes, or tears in wrappers. Throw away anything that looks suspicious.

Lawn Safety:

  • If the tag says “Indoor Use Only,” keep electronic products inside and minimize your liability.
  • Make your yard a No Tripping Zone
  • Keep the good stuff out of reach. Besides being notoriously clumsy, kids are also insatiably curious.

Costume Safety:

  • Make sure the costume fits – not too small or too big. Also, make sure children aren’t overloaded. If they can circumnavigate the house without bowling over a lamp or smashing the big screen, they can probably make it along the sidewalk in safety.
  • “Seeing” works both ways. Consider how well the child can see inside the mask. Likewise, consider how well children can be seen at night in their costume.
  • Consider the footwear. Practicality counts more than having the perfect costume footwear. Selecting the proper footwear can avoid a Halloween misstep.

Final Thoughts:

  • Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.
  • Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible.
  • Only walk on sidewalks or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.
  • Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats unless you know the cook well.
  • Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Otherwise, stay outside.

For companies you can trust, please visit bbb.org/atlanta.

http://patch.com/georgia/lilburn/bbb-tips-having-safe-halloween

UPCOMING EVENTS

Daylight Saving Ends, Standard Time Begins, Nov.1

Oct. 31 Change your clocks back one hour before going to bed. 

Nov. 1:  Some are celebrating the Day of the Dead.  Click HERE for more info.

Nov. 2:  Special Elections in the County and City.  (more inside the Update)

Nov. 7:  Free Tour of Wynne Russell 10 am until noon.

Nov. 7:  Luxomni BBQ.

Nov. 8:  City of Lilburn Veteran's Day Celebration, (more inside the Update)


Lilburn Community Partnership

Have Your Holiday Gathering at the Wynne Russell House

The Wynne-Russell House will be decorated for Christmas this year and will be an ideal location for your holiday gathering of up to 40. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For multiple rentals, contact info@lilburncp.comLINK for information on the house and events.


Wynne-Russell Historic Preservation Committee News
 
The Wynne Russell Historic Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 5:00 am.  Visitors are welcome.
 
Wynne-Russell  Free Tour Sat. Nov. 7
 
Longtime resident Elmer Nash will be hosting a free tour of the Wynne Russell Historical Home on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10 am until noon.  This will be the last of the free tours until spring.
 
Family Pictures Nov. 14.
 
Plan now to have a unique family Christmas photo taken at the Wynne Russell Historic Home. Between the hours of 11:am and 2:pm, professional photographer Richard Ferris will take family photos, including pets, on the front porch of the home and post your picture on his website where you can download it without charge. Depending on the weather, the photo may be taken inside.  Sitting fee is $10 and all proceeds benefit the Wynne-Russell House. Register your time slot through info@lilburncp.com.

News from the City

 
 
 
 

Upcoming

(Check the City website for updates)

City Council Meeting, Monday, Nov. 9, 7:30 pm.

Work session starts at 6:30 pm.
 
Veteran's Day, Sunday, Nov. 8,  2-4 pm
 
 
 
Following a ceremony in Lilburn City Park honoring local veterans, the Continental Dance Orchestra will perform swing music and patriotic favorites.
 
 

 COMMUNITY EVENTS

Annual BBQ at Luxomni Church, Nov. 7th

On the first Saturday of November each year the Luxomni/Lilburn community comes together for an incredible time of food, fellowship and fun with the Luxomni Baptist Church BBQ, Bake and Yard Sale!   A pork plate sells for $8.00 and additional chopped pork and Brunswick stew can be purchased by the pound and quart. In addition to the mouth watering BBQ, you’ll want to stock up on some of the many baked goods prepared by hand by the ladies of the church.  Be sure to stop by Youth Yard Sale. which helps fund the annual youth summer trip.

Gwinnett County Veterans Day, Nov. 11

Make plans to attend Gwinnett County's annual Veterans Day Ceremony, which will be held Wednesday, November 11 at 11:00am at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial. This event is held each year to celebrate our county's military veterans and public service personnel. The Fallen Heroes Memorial is located on the grounds of the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive in Lawrenceville. For more information about the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, visit www.gwinnettfallenheroes.com


Election News from Gwinnett

Special Election Voting Information

Note that no voting will take place on Monday, November 2. If you did not vote early or absentee, you must cast your ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3 at your voting precinct. For more information, visit the Elections webpage or call 678.226.7210.
 

Vote November 3rd between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm at your regular poling place in a special election to decide whether or not to continue the current E-SPLOST for education. (Yes, we have already been paying a little extra to fund our nationally acclaimed school system. For more on national awards, go to Gwinnett Daily Post LINK.)

See below for information gathered by Parkview High School Newsletter Panther Pause .

GCPS Plan for 2017-2020

To learn even more, an informational pamphlet from GCPS is provided.   CLICK HERE


City of Lilburn Special Election Tues. Nov. 3rd

Lilburn has only one contested race to decide: that of Post 1 held by Council Member Teresa Czyz.

Registered city voters may vote in the special city election today until 4:30 pm at City Hall, and Tuesday, Nov. 3 from 7 am until 7 pm.

Learn More About the Candidates

LCP sent a questionnaire to each of the Post 1 candidates: Brian Burchik, Teresa Czyz, and Michelle West. The questions and their unedited responses are below.

***

Brian Burchik, Self-employed – founder of Live Fully, LLC

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

My background (grew up in Lilburn) and professional life has uniquely positioned me for serving in city council. For 8 years, I served as a pastor, which involved organizational leadership & vision setting, creating events that cultivate community, and recruiting/training over one hundred adult volunteers to serve over 400 students. Now, as an entrepreneur, I understand the importance of small business, while engaging in the community, such as starting a running club, creating Lilburn merchandise, and recruiting numerous families to Lilburn.

Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

I desire to hold office because I want to represent the next generation of Lilburn families that will work to build Lilburn’s best future possible. As a city, Lilburn’s potential is incredible, but we need a representative in the council that can share and voice the vision of the next generation that is raising families and thinking through what kind of city they want their kids to experience and love. Additionally, I hope to help increase social/business life in the downtown area, champion entrepreneurship in our town so that people start their businesses here, and to cultivate city pride in its residents. I’m also very passionate about seeing all schools thrive that are located in Lilburn.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)
 

I believe Lilburn is a family-oriented community that has proven to be an incredible place to raise kids and build a life. This strength needs to continue to grow. Lilburn also has a charm and small town feel, which is increasingly becoming the very thing that people are seeking to be a part of. Our downtown area has the potential to be a walkable community where people, young and old, can reclaim the “small town” way that is a more connected and holistic way of living. Maintaining the charm of Lilburn while embracing growth and development is of the utmost importance.

Another strength of Lilburn is its diversity, both in terms of ethnicity as well as age. We must continue to embrace and celebrate all the different cultures here. Also, I believe that the different age demographics need each other. Young millenials that are just starting to build their lives and grow their families need the support, wisdom, and grounding that comes from being in relationship with more seasoned adults, such as empty nesters or retirees. And those empty nesters can find incredible purpose and significance in coming alongside the next generation. To cultivate unity in our diversity will make Lilburn an incredibly unique place to live.


What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

Lilburn’s Next Generation

I will continue working to attract the next generation of adults and families to put down roots in Lilburn and join in building its best future possible. Every great organization, whether a business, a school, or more broadly an entire city must pass the baton from one generation to the next so that the community can continue to flourish.

Champion the Entrepreneurial Spirit

As a small business owner, I am passionate about fostering an entrepreneurial spirit in our city. Specifically, I will champion efforts to bring a small business incubator to Lilburn that will offer workspace opportunity and encourage collaboration for current entrepreneurs and future start-ups that will positively impact our city. Rather than ambitious entrepreneurs feeling like they have to leave Lilburn to go to larger cities, I want to change the perspective so they see Lilburn as a place to develop their businesses.

Increase Social Life in Downtown

Every great community has places for people to gather and connect, and our city has a unique opportunity to establish new restaurants and a coffee shop in the walk-able downtown area. I will work to bring high quality businesses here, as well as supporting development in our beautiful park so that our downtown is an increasingly attractive place for people to live and visit.

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Teresa A. Czyz, Georgia Transmission Corporation - Electrical Engineer

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

I currently serve on City Council, so I have the knowledge and experience to understand what it takes to serve you.

I’ve lived in Lilburn for 13 years and have been involved in the community by organizing NNO for 4 years, serving on Lilburn’s Alcohol Review Board and Planning Commission and by also serving on boards of SafetySmart Liburn and the Lilburn Community Garden.

Please check my website, www.teresa4council.com, for more information about my qualifications.

Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

It’s simple, because I really do care about the people of this community.  I believe the safety of our residents is a priority, as is a good quality of life.

I want to hold the office to advocate for body cameras for the police, to bring a K-9 unit to the city, to install a Tornado Warning System for our residents, to support expansion of the trails and continuation of park events.

Finally, I want to serve because the people of Lilburn deserve representatives that will help them, speak for them, and protect them in an honorable and trustworthy way.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)

I believe that one of Lilburn’s greatest strengths is our low crime rate.  The Lilburn Police Department (LPD), clearly, one of the finest police departments in the Greater Atlanta area, has done an excellent job in building relationships with neighborhoods and businesses.  I believe that they should continue to expand and maintain neighborhood and business watches by using organizations like SafetySmart Lilburn and the Lilburn Citizens Police Academy Partnership.  Communication between watches is the key and if we can use the LPD as the “center of the wheel” to send out important information to our watch leaders, this will continue to make Lilburn one of the safest places to live.

A strength also lies with the many different kind of people who call this city home.  We all share similar goals:  a safe neighborhood, good schools, a home where we feel secure and a community that cares.  There are opportunities to attend ethnic festivals and events throughout Lilburn.  We have our own International Festival, which celebrates the uniqueness of our community.   I would hope that we use this cultural diversity to learn from one another and about one another.

What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

The biggest issue that needs to be addressed is the mistrust that many citizens feel toward city government.  Many people, who I have talked to, feel disenfranchised, feel like decisions are being made with no due consideration given to them as taxpayers.  We should give our residents the chance to express their concerns and ask questions prior to making decisions that could impact their taxes and their neighborhoods.  They deserve to know what’s going on and we need to be willing to listen.  It’s perceived that “minds are already made up”.  That we don’t care what they think.  And honestly, I believe that if we have good justification for what we are doing, then we should be able to communicate our position and should be able to adequately address their questions and concerns.  Realistically, we won’t win over everyone, but I believe that the majority of people will at least appreciate that we were open and honest and gave them a chance to voice their questions and concerns.  We need to improve communication and build trust between our citizens and their government.  And, I believe, it all starts with allowing our residents, our taxpayers the chance to express their voice.

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Michelle West, M West Legal, LLC, State Bar of Georgia - Attorney

What are your qualifications for serving as City Council Member? (75 words)

I have participated in numerous city, county, community and professional leadership programs and boards over the past several years.   This experience, coupled with being an attorney and certified mediator, has served to prepare me for the position I seek on the Council.  I direct you to my website www.michelleforlilburn.com to see a complete list of my qualifications since I am limited here in my response.


Why do you want to hold the office? (100)

Practically speaking, I am passionate about being of service and championing the rights and voices of people whether it is through my profession or in a service oriented community position.  I believe in Lilburn’s potential.  I seek to use my qualifications, mentioned above and more specifically at www.michelleforlilburn.com , to assist the Council in its improvement of our great city.  My keen sense of collaboration, negotiation, relationship-building and inquiry are some of my many traits that would add value to our Council.  I have a fresh perspective and am willing to look at all issues with the community’s interests at the center of any decision.

What do you consider Lilburn’s strengths to be and how should they be utilized? (200)

Lilburn’s strengths are its small town charm, schools, geographic location, public safety and sense of community.  Although growth is inevitable, these strengths can be leveraged to bring in responsible and calculated development.  Lilburn has a unique quaint atmosphere, which sets it apart from many cities in Gwinnett County.  Its geographic location makes it easily accessible to Atlanta and the greater metro area while maintaining a somewhat small town feel.  This characteristic should be considered when ensuring that all development is in line with the balanced interests of the residents and business.  Lilburn should play up these strengths to bring in reasonable development that will serve to bolster our community and tax base.  Since we are a bedroom community that many northern city residents have to pass to reach their destination we should ensure that we have businesses that both our residents and non-residents would want to frequent, as another means of raising revenue for our city businesses and city alike.  Our great schools and public safety can also be utilized to demonstrate that there is value in continued investment our community, which is furthered bolstered by great our sense of community.

What do you consider major issues in Lilburn and how do you propose addressing them? (200)

One of Lilburn’s major issues, based on resident feedback, is traffic/ congestion.  I agree with the saying that “we are not in traffic, we are traffic.”  As further development continues traffic and congestion will likely increase.  It would be premature to propose how I would address this issue considering I do not currently have all the facts.  However, given what I do know at this time, I would propose doing research through the Department of Transportation on all high traffic areas, the numbers of cars present daily and the existence of accidents that have occurred at the most prominent intersections or roadways.  I would then propose collaboration with the county in establishing a method of combatting this trend.  Although an intersection may be a non-city street, many times it is close enough to the city to affect its residents.  Just because a road is a not a city road, we must still keep a dialogue going with the county so that traffic does not continue to adversely impact the quality of life for all citizens.  Another option would be to make our city a more walkable community, working with our Community Improvement District and working to obtain necessary funding to implement suggestions for improvements on the Lawrenceville Highway corridor.

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