County Approves SDS Proposed Settlement
The proposed settlement will establish new service districts among other things.
The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved a proposed settlement with the county's cities in the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) lawsuit late Tuesday afternoon.
The proposal establishes new service districts for Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Police Services, Loganville Emergency MedicalServices, and Planning, Development, Zoning and Code Enforcement Services. These will go into effect in 2012.
Countless hours and a lot of hard work have gone into reaching this agreement,” said Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash in a release. “The issues involved in funding and operating a major metropolitan county with 15 cities are incredibly complex. I would like to thank everyone who had a role in resolving these issues – all of the mayors, council members and city staff, as well as our district commissioners and County staff. Without their commitment to resolving these issues, a settlement could not have been reached.”
The cities must now each approve the settlement before they and the county submit the consent order to the Court for consideration and approval. The consent order will also ask the Court to lift sanctions prohibiting Gwinnett cities and county agencies from receiving state loans, grants and permits-- including permits to use speed detection devices such as radar guns.