Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners essentially killed all plans to privatize the Lawrenceville airport at their first meeting since the resignation of Shirley Lasseter.
Years of heated debate from both sides came to an end with one word--"Aye." On Tuesday afternoon, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to reject plans to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. The crowd of mostly expansion opponents wearing red shirts broke out in cheers and applause after the vote was cast. "The effects of this airport expansion would not only be bore by the people of Lawrenceville, but also the folks in District 3 in Dacula would certainly be affected," said District 3 Commissioner Mike Beaudreau as he explained his vote. Do you agree with the Board of Commissioners' decision? Tell us about it in the comments. Beaudreau said he would now like to look at some of the Citizen’s Task Force on how …
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Commissioners also make some appointments to a new I-85 advisory panel.
Gwinnett County's elected leaders unanimously approved Tuesday afternoon a $1.3 billion budget for 2012 that does not require the use of reserve funds. Because of about $5 million in reductions identified since the planned budget was announced in November, the county does not need to dip into reserve funds to balance the budget, which was necessary in 2011. Gwinnett BOC Chairman Charlotte Nash issued "a hearty thank you" to county staff that made the final cuts. The budget planning process began with a revenue shortfall of over $30 million. Also Tuesday, commissioners created and made appointments to a Gwinnett County Policy Advisory Committee for the I-85 Alternative Analysis Study. Each of the commissioners and the chairman gets one …
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Commissioners unanimous in moving forward with examining plans for privatizing Briscoe Field.
Showing the political unity that has been advised, Gwinnett's Board of Commissionersunanimously approved plans Tuesday for a citizens review panel and for moving forward with proposals regarding the potential privatization of county-owned Briscoe Field. Meeting in Lawrenceville, the commissioners named eight people to the Citizens Review Committee (there will be 11 total) and empowered Infrastructure Management Group (IMG) to provide counseling in the proposal process. The board also scrapped previous qualifications submitted. "The process has been restarted," Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said after the meeting. "This Board Of Commissioners has made that decision." The next step will be for the county to issue Request for Proposals (…
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.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
In an attempt to hear the comments, concerns and questions of its more than 800,000 residents, Gwinnett's Board of Commissioners are holding four Citizens' Forums across the county. The third took place in Norcross Tuesday night.
Three Gwinnett commissioners visited Lucky Shoals Community Recreation Center Tuesday evening to listen to what constituents had to say. Part of the Board of Commissioners and Gwinnett County’s Citizens’ Forum, it was the third stop of four scheduled on the public relations tour. Gwinett County’s Deputy County Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Aaron Bovos started the evening on a positive note, but acknowledging the predicament it finds itself in during the ongoing economic downturn. With the real estate market hurting nationwide and the county bringing in less revenue from property taxes, the Board of Commissioners found Gwinnett facing an $18 million deficit. “The challenge really is how do we provide the same level or an equal …
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The meeting will give local residents a chance to voice their concerns about the county directly.
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners will host their third forum tonight in Norcross at Lucky Shoals Community Recreation Center at 7 p.m. After a presentation about the financial outlook of the county, the floor will be open to citizens to ask questions and share their thoughts. Aaron Bovos, the Deputy County Administrator, will host the first part of the talk. The scheduled Gwinnett Village CID board meeting will postponed so that citizens can attend. Editor's note: The members of the board will speak, not the candidates for chair. The earlier version was incorrect.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Some candidates have favorable view of transportation tax, others opposed to the 1 percent sales tax.
In the final segment of our weeklong series, we asked each of the candidates for chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners if he or she favored the imposition of a 1 percent sales tax to fund transportation projects. The transportation tax, or TSPLOST, is set to go before the voters in 2012. Candidates Charlotte Nash of Dacula, Larry Gause of Tucker, Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville and Will Costa of Lilburn were each asked if they support the TSPLOST and what projects they would like to see funded should the tax pass. We did not limit the length of the responses. Each candidate’s answer is presented unedited and in its entirety. QUESTION: Are you in favor of the TSPLOST? What local projects would you like to see funded? DUANE …
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The four candidates for chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners weigh in on the biggest issues facing the county.
In part two of our weeklong series, Patch asked each of the candidates for chair of the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to identify the three biggest issues facing the county. Candidates Charlotte Nash of Dacula, Larry Gause of Tucker, Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville and Will Costa of Lilburn identified a variety of problems including budget issues, crime, loss of public trust and declining property values. Patch did not limit the length of the responses. Each candidate’s answer is presented unedited and in its entirety. Patch asked, "In your opinion, what are the three biggest issues facing Gwinnett County?" LARRY GAUSE: DUANE KISSEL: I could use some of the cliche answers and say crime, drugs and gangs. While these are …
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Four candidates vying for chance to lead Gwinnett County
n just a few weeks, voting for the next chair of the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners will get underway. Though the special election to fill former Gwinnett County chairman Charles Bannister's unexpired term is not until March 15, absentee voting begins Feb. 14. Four candidates – Charlotte Nash of Dacula, Larry Gause of Tucker, Gerald Duane Kissel of Snellville and Will Costa of Lilburn – remain in the running. Two other candidates, Bob Clark and Timothy Swiney, withdrew from the race last month. The winner of the March special election will assume responsibility for managing Gwinnett County’s $977.5 million operating budget. The new chair must also deal with an $18 million deficit, a declining tax digest and the possibility of further …