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Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership          December 18, 2015

Mid-December is such a delightful time of year as many of us wrap up our Christmas preparations. It is so gratifying to see the generosity of our community as many, regardless of faith, come together to help those in need by showing visible acts of love and kindness for all.

The Christmas Parade day picture shows the flags at half-staff in memory of recent victims of terrorism.  It  is a stark reminder that amid  the joy we feel at this time of year, many are saddened and we pray that one day we will experience "peace on earth."

Included this month is a pictorial recap of the City Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade thanks to Richard Ferris Photography

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. or read it later.)

Tree Lighting and Parade Recap

The first week of December was a busy week for the City staffers as the Public Works and Event staff planned for ringing in the holiday season with the City's traditional Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade. 

The Tree Lighting has come a long way from past years when it was just prior to the December Council meeting (second Monday). A small crowd would gather to sing  a few Christmas carols at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Main Street.  The Mayor would then throw the switch at the end of the countdown for the lighting of the tree The gathering would then come inside City Hall for refreshments and the council meeting.

The early trees were cedar planted on the corner where the plaza is and never grew very big because of having to be replaced after succumbing to an old creosote-laden railroad bed beneath. The last tree that survived was the current Leyland Cyprus that was transplanted in the park in when the streetscaping was completed several years ago.

The early Christmas parades were organized by the Lilburn Business Association in 1990 and were plagued with rain for the first three years. The parade lined up in the Market Place Shopping center and crossed Hwy. 29 causing traffic to come to a stand-still for quite a while as the parade units made their way toward Main St.  As today, distributing candy was a favorite tradition, and Santa, decked out in his finest, rode in a carriage as he greeted the gathered crowd along Main St. After the parade, he spent the afternoon at City Hall visiting with parents and children.

Recent tree lightings and parades have certainly evolved and many thanks to the current sponsors and staff who work so hard to keep these traditions fun and engaging.

Lilburn Community Partnership News

Appreciation to Council Member Teresa Czyz

The LCP would like to recognize and thank Teresa Czyz for her service to the City of Lilburn residents during the past 13 months as she filled the unexpired term of Thomas Wight.

Christmas Social

The Lilburn Community Partnership held its Christmas Social at the Wynne-Russell House on Wed. Dec. 9. A great time was had by all.

Board Meeting

The LCP Board will meet at the Wynne-Russell House on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 8:30 am.  Currently the Board is seeking volunteers to help with data entry, graphic design, and for WR clean-ups and events.  Plan to come to the board meeting to find out more about what we do or contact us through

Wynne-Russell Preservation Committee News

Grounds Clean-up: The Preservation Committee held a clean-up at the Wynne-Russell House on Friday, Dec. 11.  Members raked, trimmed, cleaned of the parking and spread pine straw.  One major project was removing the monkey grass and weeds around the cemetery to reveal the old granite border.

Christmas Open House - The Preservation Committee and the LCP hosted A Christmas Open House on Sat. Dec. 12.  It included a Cookie Swap, Bow Making Class, Bake Sale and Crafters.  Funds raised will help maintain the house and grounds.

Next Meeting: The Preservation Committee will hold its Jan.-Dec. meeting on Wed. Dec. 30, at 5 pm at the Wynne-Russell House. Committee members will review a proposal for an outdoor meeting event structure. Visitors welcome.

Need a Gathering Place?

The Wynne-Russell House, a beautiful historic home, is a wonderful venue for seated meetings of 25-30 and larger groups such as family reunions, showers, and weddings of up to 50 inside and 100 on the grounds. Rental rates are $25 per hour with a two-hour minimum.  For rental info, contact info@lilburncp.comLINK for information on the house and events.


News from the City


City Holiday Closings

City of Lilburn administrative offices will be closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1 for the holidays. Services necessary to ensure public safety will continue as usual.

The city website provides a wealth of information and resources for city residents. Online ticket payment, permit forms, out-of-town house check requests, and more is available at

As Christmas and New Year's are holidays for garbage pick-up; those who have Friday pick-ups will have Saturday pick-ups on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Employees Recognized

Dec. 17, 2015

On Dec. 16, 2015, the City of Lilburn recognized employees for their top achievements at an annual awards luncheon at City Hall.

The luncheon was made possible by generous donations from the community. Employees, board members, council members and their families enjoyed musical entertainment and lunch together. City Manager Bill Johnsa and Police Chief Bruce Hedley presented awards marking time served and accomplishments achieved in 2015.

The final award of the day was presented to the Lilburn City Council. “We couldn’t do any of this without the leadership that we have,” Johnsa said. Each member of the council was given a plaque in appreciation of their continued support of the city employees.

Employee Awards:
Applause Awards – Monthly award given to an employee who goes above and beyond, many times helping citizens in need. This program was started in August 2014. Employees are nominated by other employees or council members and are selected by committee.
Brad Rosselle, David Boltze, Roz Schmitt, Wayne DuBose, Joellen Wilson, Almedin Ajanovic, Monica Sims, Kaleigh Frederick, Richard Johnson, Chris Dusik, Chris Hall

Service Awards – 5 Years: Darren Baumann, Tim Haxton, Bert Ross
10 Years: Keith Boles, Robin Berta-Miller, Chris Dusik15 Years: Mike Ward

Lilburn Police Department awards:
Officer of the Year – Officer Matthew Madden

Lilburn Police Ambassador (sworn) – Officer Almedin Ajanovic

Lilburn Police Ambassador (non-sworn) – Monica Sims

Supervisor of the Year – Lt. Chris Dusik

Top Gun Award – Seung (Steve ) Suk

Safe Driving Award – Officer Andy Blimline

Meritorious Service Awards –
Sgt. Brian McGann, Officer Jose Hernandez, Officer Gary Livingston, Officer Rebecca Turner, Inv. Bert Ross, Lt. Rob Worley, Sgt. Rob Kirschner, Officer Almedin Ajanovic, Officer Vince DiFatta, Lt. Chris Dusik, Officer Richard (Micky) White, Officer Ryan Long, Capt. Thom Bardugon, Officer Andy Blimline

Media Contact: Nikki Perry, Public Relations Manager,, 678-551-1196


National Night Out 2015 Wins Award

Dec. 7, 2015

The Lilburn Police Department is proud to announce that Lilburn's 2015 National Night Out was awarded 27th place out of 220 similarly-sized cities nationwide by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW).

The national awards program honors registered cities, military bases, and various communities on participation and success of their National Night Out efforts. Lilburn placed in the top 12 percent of entries in the category for areas with a population of 5,000 to 15,000. Last year, the city placed 40th.

For six years, the police department and SafetySmart Lilburn have partnered to hold this event, which drew 1,500 people to Lilburn City Park on Aug. 4, 2015. National Night Out is a nationwide event designed to generate citizen support and participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthen neighborhood spirit, and build police-community relationships. National Night Out now involves over 38.5 million people and 16,124 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.

“Lilburn’s annual event is truly a community event involving the Lilburn Police Department, volunteers, local restaurants, and neighboring law enforcement agencies, who volunteer their time and talent to make this event a success,” said Police Chief Bruce Hedley. “The City would also like to acknowledge all of the sponsors and non-profit groups that participate and support this event, especially SafetySmart Lilburn, whose volunteers are critical to the success of National Night Out.”

Winners are listed on the NATW website,, and the City will receive a plaque for its achievement.

Event Details

Media Contact: >/b>Bruce Hedley, Chief of Police, 404-516-0101,

2016 Citizens Police Academy

(The deadline has passed, but call to see if there is still space.)

When:  Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, every Thursday from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Where:  Lilburn Police Department, 76 Main St., Lilburn, GA.  
How to apply:  Applications can be downloaded online or a copy can be picked up in the Lilburn Police Department lobby.
Application deadline:  Dec. 15, 2015, at 5 p.m.  
Questions:  Sgt. Tim Allen, 770-279-3712, tallen@cityoflilburn.comFor security reasons, you must enable JavaScript to view this E-mail address.


Business Info

Thanks to Connie Georges and Simply Special Cleaning Services for donating monthly cleaning of the Wynne-Russell House.  Check out their website for gift certificate ideas.

Come out to Agavero Cantina on Sundays for live Jazz 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

From Bambinelli's:  Let Us Do the Cooking for You! We would love to help with your holiday catering needs! All of our catering comes with our fresh house salad and irresistible garlic rolls! We always have free delivery for your convenience. Our per person pricing also takes the work out of planning your order. We prefer 24 hours notice for orders but most can be ready in about an hour. We also offer take and bake lasagna for your convenience! Bambinelli's will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

ADB Advertising has a special on jackets – Regular $60 Three Season’s jacket now $39.99 which includes embroidery included up to 5,000 stiches. Minimum order 12 pieces. Offer expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Lilburn Community News

Year-end Report and Call for Members


2015 was a good year for the Lilburn Arts Alliance, we had a number of very interesting and educational meetings as well as two successful art shows. Additionally we received our 501 (c) (3) designation which makes us a qualified non-profit. This is great news for us because it means that membership fees and donations to the Alliance are now tax deductible.

We are excited about this upcoming year. Our bi-monthly meetings will be held at a new venue. The Wynne-Russell House is a historic Lilburn facility which has been upgraded with central air and heat along with other electrical improvements. This location provides us with an intimate meeting space as well as a place to hold classes and exhibitions.

We are making plans for two exhibitions in the upcoming year as well as a number of other activities for our membership. We are very hopeful that you will join us in 2016 as a member or a supporter of our cause to expand the presence of the arts in the Lilburn community. Joining or renewing your membership is now easier than ever with our online form:

Online Form

The Lilburn Arts Alliance’s next meeting at the Wynne-Russell House, 4685 Wynne-Russell Dr, is Wednesday, January 13 th at 7PM, featuring Judith Surowiec as our guest speaker. Ms. Surowiec is an amazing artist with a boundless imagination.
She will be showing samples of her work and discussing her journey as an artist with the group. From her website you can see what motivates this very talented individual:

Check the Facebook page for updates and future meeting info Guests are always welcome.

Please contact Andy Triemer, President, at (770) 931-2295 or visit their website for more information about the Lilburn Arts Alliance.

News from Lilburn Lions Club

The Lilburn Lions Club has had a great first year making a positive difference in the Lilburn Community.  The Club has provided vision screenings, eye exams and glasses.  They have also helped paint the athletic building at Berkmar High School and currently are selling pecans to help fund more eye exams and glasses.

The Club will start the new year by changing their meeting time to once a month, the second Tuesday, from 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School.  The next meeting is Jan. 14 and visitors are welcome.

Lilburn Woman's Club

The Lilburn Woman's Club has had a busy December between their Annual Auction on Dec. 3 and participating in the Christmas Parade. 

Along with over 100 ladies who attended the Lilburn Woman’s club annual Christmas Dinner and Auction were special guests – Louise Radloff, Gwinnett County Board of Education, Ida Dorvee, GFWC Georgia President, Kim Sekulow – GFWC GA Recording Secretary and other friends from sister GFWC club – the Stone Mountain Woman’s Club.  Lilburn Mayor Johnny Crist was great again this his third year as our auctioneer!  The Auction raised  $2840 to buy clothing, books and toys for 35 children – students identified by their school and the student’s siblings.   The silent auction bake sale raised about $400 for the Lilburn Co-Op.  It was a fun and lovely evening with an even lovelier outcome – some Lilburn children will have a special Christmas who otherwise might have had none.


From SafetySmart Lilburn

(Submitted by Margot Ashley, President)

Veterans: Beware of Free Phone Offers

BBB Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia, with information obtained from the Federal Trade Commission, is issuing a warning to our veterans to be cautious of offers of free phones.

“Free” might end up costing you a lot of money. The FTC has heard about booths like these — and what happens next. Months later, veterans who signed up for the program get notices saying they need to provide personal information and documents to prove they meet the income requirements — something the people pitching the program never mentioned. Many veterans find that their incomes are too high to qualify for the program, and face losing service or paying for something they thought would be free.

Here are the facts: there is a government program — called Lifeline — that offers free or discounted phone service. It’s supported by the Universal Service Fund — a fund all telephone companies and other telecommunications providers pay into (a cost you might see passed on to you in the form of a “Universal Service” line charge on your phone bill). But the program is based on income, not whether you’re a veteran. If you don’t meet the income requirements, you don’t qualify.

To learn more about the Lifeline program, check out the FCC’s Lifeline: Affordable Telephone Service for Income-Eligible Subscribers.

Even if you don’t qualify, try checking with your phone service provider to see if they offer any discounts for veterans. Think you might be eligible for the program? Go to and use the pre-screening tool from the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) to see if you might qualify for a free phone. The site also lets you search for Lifeline providers in your state.

Should you have any further questions please call our office at 404-766-0875 or visit our website at

Redistricting vote set for January 21

     Gwinnett County Public Schools has launched a redistricting effort that will result in the establishment of attendance zones for two new schools and balance enrollment in existing schools. The Fall 2015 Redistricting will affect 31 existing schools and involve more than 6,800 current students. This process will create the attendance zone for the new Baldwin Elementary School and a new middle school in the Duluth Cluster, both of which will open in August of 2016. In addition, the redistricting will affect the following existing clusters:  Duluth, Lanier, Meadowcreek, Mill Creek, Mountain View, Norcross, and Parkview. 
     On Nov. 16, 2015, starting boundary maps and input forms were made available in schools and on the GCPS website. Community members were able to provide feedback via the input forms through Dec. 11. Public meetings are scheduled for Jan. 7 and on Jan. 21. The School Board is expected to approve the redistricting plan at its Jan. 21 meeting.  The Redistricting Schedule, Starting Boundary Maps, and Input forms are found below.
     Gwinnett County Public Schools uses an inclusive redistricting process that allows the school system to gather input from educators, parents, and community members on the proposed revisions. The redistricting process begins with the development of proposed maps that use set school system criteria. These criteria include looking at current enrollment, enrollment forecasts, enrollment histories, existing identifiable boundaries, school locations, and student transportation. 
     For more information about the redistricting process call the GCPS Planning Department at 678-301-7085.

Click on the cluster maps below to see the boundary changes. (When downloading, please note that this is a large PDF. You can zoom in to see more specific areas on the map. Additionally, maps are available at the schools involved in this redistricting process.)

Boundary Maps and supporting information:

Input Forms (EnglishSpanishKoreanVietnameseChinese)

From Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful


Since our inception in 1980, Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful has been proud to accept glass bottles and jars among our long list of items for recycling. However - beginning January 1, 2016 – the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett will no longer be able to accept glass bottles and jars at our facility. To provide you with many reasons why this difficult decision has been made, we have created this fact sheet - including research compiled by the National Waste & Recycling Association. We encourage you to change your recycling habits and either find alternatives to glass bottles and jars when shopping or get into the habit of putting your glass in with your trash.

Some little-known facts about glass:

  • Not All Glass is Recyclable - Many glass bottle manufacturers that use recycled glass to make new bottles can only use certain types of glass. Drinking glasses, ceramic plates, pottery, windowpane glass, mirrors, fluorescent light bulbs and more are not accepted. Many of these materials are being placed in the glass recycling bins at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett. The impact is that good glass cannot be separated and all the glass ends up in a landfill.
  • Glass Must Be Sorted By Color - Most glass manufacturers require that glass be sorted by color. They want clean streams of just clear glass, brown glass or green glass. Many recyclers at the Recycling Bank of Gwinnett are mixing the colors. The impact is the good glass cannot be separated and all the glass ends up in a landfill.
  • Glass is Heavy - Glass bottles and jars far outweigh containers made of plastic, metal or paper. The limited number of glass processing facilities, their geographic distance from collection sites and transportation costs make glass recycling too costly financially and environmentally.
  • Keep Glass Out of Your Curbside Bins - Many cities in Gwinnett and around the nation have already stopped collecting glass at the curb. A local major processor of curbside recycling in Metro Atlanta has notified its suppliers that mixed glass is no longer an acceptable recycling material and has given notice that it will no longer accept glass at its facility. Even if your recycling company still allows glass in your curbside bin, you should still consider keeping it out. Putting glass in your curbside bin results in broken mixed glass. The broken glass mixes with paper and plastics, contaminating these good recyclables and the sorting process, as well. Most recycling processing facilities are sending the broken mixed glass to a landfill because there is no manufacturer that needs or wants this glass.
  • Glass Bottles and Jars are Non-toxic Products - Glass is made from sand, limestone and soda ash.  When glass goes into a landfill, it is not harming the environment or atmosphere.

We encourage you to change your glass recycling habits. Reuse your glass bottles and jars or put them in with your trash. When shopping, purchase your favorite products in packaging other than glass. By keeping glass out of the recycling stream, you are improving the recycling process so that more good recyclables - paper, cardboard, aluminum cans and plastic bottles - can be recovered for Georgia manufacturers who need and want these materials. Although it is difficult to say goodbye to recycling glass, it will help ensure a clean recycling stream, and keep Georgia's manufacturing sector and economy strong.

For more info: LINK

Environmental Heritage Center

Need a break from the holiday rush?

Spend some quality family time at the EHC. Join us for our Visitor's Service program December 19, 21, 22, 23, 26, and 27.

The Environmental and Heritage Center (EHC) encourages you to get in touch with your "green" side and consider upcycling as a part of your holiday traditions. During the month of December, visitors will enjoy creating holiday crafts and gifts using recycled materials from around their homes.

Registration Deadline for Spring Semester Home School Classes Is Approaching Fast!

 Be sure and sign up today for some great enrichment classes connected to both science and social studies!

  • Super Science and Social Studies for K-3rd Grades
  • Upper Elementary Tuesday Labs for 4th-5th Grades
  • Exploring Math Through Literature for 3rd - 5th Grades
  • Kinetic Art for Middle and High School
  • Southern Folk Art for Elementary School for 1st - 5th Grades
  • Math & Hands-on Equations for Middle School Sessions 3 and 4 Grades
  • Biotechnology, Genetics and Pedigrees for High School - Lab
  • Writing Workshop for Grades 4th to 8th
  • Gourmet Lab for Middle School - Lab
  • Homegrown Botany and Genetics Middle School - Lab
  • Thursday Study Hall Option

For more information and to register click here. 

News from Gwinnett County

Christmas Holiday Hours 

All offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of residents, will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. All offices will resume regular working hours on Monday, December 28. A Magistrate Court judge will be available at the Gwinnett County Detention Center during the holiday. Christmas Day and New Year's Day are trash and recycling holidays in unincorporated Gwinnett County; therefore collections will be delayed by one day after the holidays. To view the holiday schedule, please visit

Candlelight Tour at McDaniel Farm 

December 19 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Celebrate the season with a candlelight tour of the 1930s McDaniel family farm. Step back in time with a costumed guide as you discover historic customs and traditions celebrated during the holiday season. End the tour with a warm beverage and special holiday craft. Cost: $8; free for Environmental and Heritage Center members. Register online or visit for more information and additional dates. McDaniel Farm Park, 3251 McDaniel Road in Duluth.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Once the holidays are over, don't forget to recycle your Christmas tree. From December 26 through January 16 residents can drop off their live, undecorated trees at one of the  convenient locations  in Gwinnett County. The trees will be chipped during Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful's Bring One for the Chipper event on Saturday, January 23 from 9:00am to noon at Bethesda Park, located at 225 Bethesda Church Road in Lawrenceville, near the soccer fields. The mulch from the trees will be used for County parks, roadway landscaping, facilities, etc.
 Please note that unless you have a yard waste contract with your hauler, trees will not be collected curbside.

Drop off your live Christmas tree from December 26 to January 16 to be recycled at various locations in Gwinnett County. These trees will be chipped into mulch and used for County parks and facilities. Visit for a list of locations. Fire stations will accept trees 24/7 and other facilities will accept them during regular business hours.

Septic Tank Maintenance Workshop - FREE

January 7 at 6:00pm. Septic systems require regular maintenance in order to continue working properly and reduce the likelihood of costly repairs. Participants in this workshop may be eligible to receive a 5 percent credit on their stormwater utility fee. Space is limited, so register in advance by providing your name, address, and phone number to or call 678.376.7193. Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service - FREE

January 18 from 9:00am to noon. In the spirit of the MLK Day holiday, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, in partnership with Volunteer Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, will host the third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Great Day of Service volunteer event. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or groups at Harbins Park, 2995 Luke Edwards Road in Dacula.


 (Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 15, 2015) – Construction of an outdoor classroom along the Ivy Creek Greenway at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center and more trails in Tribble Mill Park were approved by commissioners on Tuesday.

The 2009 SPLOST program will provide almost $100,000 for the outdoor plaza and seating area to be built by low bidder Bayne Development Group LLC of Winder. EHC Director Steve Cannon said, “This new amenity will provide needed programming space for summer camps, scouting programs, K-12 educational classes and other environmental education programs.”

SPLOST is also supplying a local match of $150,000 to supplement a state grant that will build new trails in the 718-acre Tribble Mill Park southeast of Lawrenceville. One section of trail will improve pedestrian connectivity to Archer High School nearby. The grant, from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is for $100,000. Tribble Mill Park features a fishing lake, a large meadow, 3.4 miles of paved trails plus other soft-surface equestrian and mountain bike trails.


WHAT:              Santa is coming to town for a swim. Before the holiday rush, join him for a fun holiday swim and have your picture taken. Children can write a wish list letter, enjoy holiday crafts, games and decorate a holiday cookie.

WHEN:             Saturday, Dec. 19, 11 a.m.

WHO:               General public. Children ages 7 – 10 must be accompanied by an adult 18 or over. $12 per child includes one free adult admission.

WHERE:           Bethesda Park Aquatic Center

225 Bethesda Church Road,Lawrenceville, GA 30044, 678-277-0880

Poll Officials Needed

The Gwinnett Voter Registrations and Elections Division needs dedicated citizens to serve as paid poll officials for the busy 2016 election year. Successful poll officials demonstrate patience, enjoy working with people, take direction well, possess basic computer skills, and are detail-oriented. If you are interested in applying, please visit and select the Elections Poll Official position.

Prepare plants for the cold

Cold winter days can be harsh on your landscape plants, so the Gwinnett Cooperative Extension Service suggests the following tips to protect your plants. Keep plants watered regularly to prevent leaves from drying due to cold air. Maintain a two- to three-inch layer of mulch around the plants at all times to insulate the root system and protect the soil from temperature fluctuations.

Gwinnett County is located in USDA hardiness zone 7b, which means that winter temperatures have the potential to drop as low as 5 degrees. If the temperature falls below 20 degrees, cover gardenias and camellias nightly with plastic anchored to the ground on all sides and remove it the following day. For more gardening and landscaping tips, contact the Cooperative Extension Service at 678.377.4010 or visit


(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 17, 2015) –The Georgia Department of Community Affairs has named Gwinnett County a PlanFirst Community. The honor recognizes and rewards communities that successfully implement long-range planning with public involvement, active engagement and proven progress toward achieving stated goals.

Leaders from Gwinnett’s Planning and Development, Transportation and Community Services departments received the three-year designation at Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting from DCA Outreach Coordinator Adriane Wood. They will also be recognized at the state Capitol in January.

In addition to statewide recognition, Gwinnett becomes eligible for reduced-rate loans from the Georgia Environmental Financing Authority, annual eligibility for community development block grants and bonus points on applications for various DCA programs.

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash said, “This honor recognizes our success in setting goals, providing leadership, encouraging community participation and effectively implementing our plans. Congratulations to all the staff who earned this designation.”

DCA developed the PlanFirst program in 2014 working with the Georgia Municipal Association, Association County Commissioners of Georgia, the Georgia Planning Association, regional commissions and the University of Georgia. Gwinnett received the distinction for 2016 along with six other communities: Columbus-Muscogee and Liberty counties and the cities of Dublin, Lula, Porterdale and Roswell. These communities join the inaugural group of 10 communities designated PlanFirst in 2015, which were Athens-Clarke, Coweta, Johnson and Jones counties and the cities of Braselton, Gainesville, Madison, Suwanee, Vienna and Woodstock.

“We are honored to recognize these communities for their comprehensive planning and consistent use of their planning strategies,” said DCA Director of the Office of Planning and Environmental Management Brian Johnson. “It is fundamental for sound economic development and enhanced quality of life for residents. DCA values their commitment to planning at the local level.”


Please submit story ideas, comments or suggestions to, attention Diana Preston.

If your organization or business would like to submit, send us your item in a Word document by Dec. 30 for publishing around Jan. 5.

Thanks Teresa Czyz
Christmas Social
Board Meeting
WR Preservation Com.
WR Rental Info.
Emplyee Recognition
National Night Out Award
Citizens Police Academy
Lilburn Arts Alliance
Lilburn Woman's Club
SafetySmart Lilburn
Free Phones?
School Redistricting
Gwinnett C & B
Glass Goes in the Trash
Home School Classes
Christmas Holiday Hours
Candlelight Tours
Christmas Tree Drop-offs
Septic Tank Workshop
MLK Day of Service
Outdoor Classroom
Swim with Santa
Poll Officials Needed
Prepare Plants for Cold
Planfirst Designation



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