Friday, May 24, 2013
There's plenty of things to do in downtown Norcross this holiday weekend (May 24-27).
Don't have anything planned for Memorial weekend? Check out these events: On Friday, catch the first show of the Norcross Summer Concert Series with Terry Lee & The GT's. The band will be rocking covers and tributes from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Thrasher Park. Bring a blanket and a lawn chair, along with some food and enjoy the music. Also, don't forget to bring a non-perishable food item to help the Norcross Cooperative Ministry. Click here to see the lineup for the entire summer. The annual Strawberry Stroll & 5K returns Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Thrasher Park for its third year. The event, which is organized by Norcross-based company RockTenn, aims to benefit KingdomKids, a local nonprofit that grants wishes (similar to the …
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Patch readers share their experience and opinions on eateries around town, check out what they have to say about these Norcross restaurants.
As many of you know Norcross Patch has a comprehensive list of businesses, schools, restaurants and retail stores in the community. The listings are located in a tab at the top of the homepage marked "directory." Select a category or just browse through the listings. You can also rate and review hundreds of Norcross businesses and restaurants in the directory. Businesses are rated on a scale of one to five with five stars being excellent and one star indicating a poor rating. Click on the links below to read the reviews on these Norcross restaurants. Share your opinion about a local business. Visit our directory, search for the business you want to review and look for the "Rate this business" link directly beneath the company name. If …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Norcross city leaders deliberated on a number of agenda items at its monthly Policy Work Session on Monday night.
At its monthly Policy Work Session, the Norcross City Council held a public hearing for the proposed land acquisition of a 12.2 acre parcel that includes a retention pond and two-story commercial building. Lindsey Acciarito, a Brookhollow Village resident, spoke out in favor of the city acquiring the land and cleaning the area for residents and employees of a nearby commercial park to use. The plans include refurbishing a walking trail that rings the pond. "I want to encourage you to vote in favor of the retention pond. This city is great at making beautiful parks. But we feel forgotten over there," said Acciarito referring to the area near Brookhollow Road where she lives. "I think we'd feel more a part of Norcross and it would be a …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Gwinnett County will begin changing out city water meters for its own meters beginning April 26.
Thursday, April 25
Get ready, Norcross: The county is coming in soon to switch out the water meters. Starting Friday, April 26, Gwinnett County is changing out the city water meters for its own, according to the city of Norcross website. The switch comes after the Norcross City Council approved the intergovernmental agreement to sell its water and wastewater system to Gwinnett. Only half of the city's residents and businesses should have their meters changed since the other half are already being serviced by the county. The official start date for all city accounts to move over to the county is May 13. UWS is the contractor handling this meter replacement and will be in Norcross working until early May. The city of Norcross notes that the company's logo (…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Two positions are currently open on the city board.
Friday, April 5
The city of Norcross is looking for applicants to fill two open spots on the Planning and Zoning Board. According to the Norcross website: The City of Norcross is currently accepting application[s] for the Planning and Zoning Board. The Planning and Zoning Board makes recommendations to the City Council on rezoning applications, special use permits, and changes to the Zoning Ordinance. The recommendations of the Board are not binding, but rather meant to allow a full discussion and analysis of the development request. City Manager Rudolph Smith wrote in an email that there are currently three board members to date. While it's enough for a quorum to conduct meetings, he continued, if one of the three is out for any reason, it could cause a …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Here's what you need to know about the intergovernmental agreement concerning Gwinnett County purchasing Norcross' water and sewer system.
The city of Norcross plans to sell its water and sewer system to Gwinnett County. The decision, which now rests on the shoulders of the Norcross City Council, could happen as early next Monday, April 1, at the regular council meeting. Before the April city council meeting, there were two other meetings that covered this topic: a special-called meeting before last week's policy work session, and the town hall meeting last Monday. As discussed in this week's town hall meeting, here's what you need to know about the upcoming transition: -Rates are expected to increase by $7.50 on average per month for both water and sewer, according to Alisha Voutas, the customer service manager for Gwinnett County's Department of Water Resources. This number…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement Tuesday to purchase the water and wastewater systems from the city of Norcross.
Wednesday, February 27
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved an intergovernmental agreement Tuesday to purchase the water and wastewater systems from the city of Norcross. The Norcross City Council is expected to hear public comment in March and act on the agreement in April, according to a news release. If approved by both governments, nearly 2,200 city water and sewer customers will be billed directly by the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources starting in May or June. “I’m very proud of the way our crews respond to water and sewer emergencies for our current customers and know that we’ll provide the same great service to our newest customers,” Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said in the release. The $2 million purchase will add …
Friday, November 16, 2012
It's no doubt that, even though the east side of Buford Highway is now in the city limits of Norcross, there's still a cultural gap.
Ever since the annexation of the east side of Buford Highway almost a year ago, city of Norcross officials and involved citizens living in the older parts have been wondering: What's the best way to connect people on both sides of the highway? It's no doubt that, even though the east side of Buford Highway is now in the city limits of Norcross, there's still a cultural gap between with the east and west. The east side is extremely diverse with dozens and dozens of cultures, and the population there is huge. But the citizens engaged in Norcross events such as city hall meetings and festivals still come mainly from the west side. The topic has been tackled in the city's Norcross Together events, which included a leadership summit and a …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
One parent went to drop off her daughter at the school one day and everything was gone inside.
In March, reader Alda Manning wrote to Patch saying that her granddaughter's preschool appeared to have closed out of the blue. Manning explained that her granddaughter's father intended to drop her off March 6 at Peachtree Corners Preschool & Academy, a Montessori-style institution in the city of Norcross that taught children ages 2 through 5. When they arrived at the school, everything inside was gone. The phone number was inactive, and there was no sign on the outside to tell parents what happened. Did your child go to the school? Do you know what happened to it? Let us know in the comments. Manning expressed how disappointed she was, especially since the school had been one of the best preschools she's dealt with. "As far as experience…
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Tobacco use would be prohibited on all city property, including parks and sidewalks, but not the streets.
At Monday's monthly council meeting, the Norcross City Council voted 3-1 in favor of a no smoking ordinance, banning the use of all tobacco products on city property. "It's about the quality of life," said Councilman Ross Kaul, who spearheaded the ban. "I just think that everybody feels it's the direction that we should go." A ban on smoking inside city buildings has been active for some time, so the new Tobacco Free Facilities Ordinance makes it all inclusive: tobacco use would be prohibited on all city property, including parks and sidewalks, but not the streets. What do you think of the tobacco ban? Tell us in the comments. With Mayor Pro Tem Andrew Hixson officiating the meeting since Mayor Bucky Johnson was absent (therefore, Hixson …