Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Ex-commissioner Mike Beaudreau is alleged to have significantly outspent his fellow commissioners while in office.
Wednesday, March 20
During his eight years on the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, former District 3 representative Mike Beaudreau spent $22,797 while the combined expenses for the other commissioners he served with during his two terms was $15,936 according to a WSBTV report. Those expenses are now being investigated by Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter, according to a WSBTV article. Porter, the article states, had been asked previously to look into the expenditures, but did not pursue an investigation since the expenses had been approved by the county finance director. Porter told WSBTV his office has since obtained new information that has prompted an investigation. Read the full article and watch a video report on WSBTV. Beaudreau lost…
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Chairman says transportation is a priority for Gwinnett in 2013.
Transportation projects were plentiful on the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners' agenda Tuesday (February 5). And the commissioners approved several, with some price tags ranging into seven figures. Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash said that transportation is a priority for the commissioners in 2013, and that Transportation Director Kim Conroy had been given the signal to move ahead with some projects. Among the projects approved Tuesday: -- How will these projects affect your commute? What else would you like to see the commissioners take on in 2013? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The commissioners hold their first Febuary 2013 meeting Tuesday.
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners plans to consider some financial expenditures for public safety and emergency response items at their regular work session meeting Tuesday (February 5). The work session is scheduled for 10 a.m., with the regular business meeting set for 3 p.m. According to the work session agenda, Gwinnett Police are in line to accept a grant of about $108,000 from the Department of Homeland Security. Also, an additional $3 million is being requested by Support Services to purchase law enforcement and emergency vehicles to avoid a 2014 model year price increase. According to county documents, the Homeland Security grant would be used to purchase such items as helmets, face shields and portable lighting items for first …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Public comment on the proposed 2013 budget will be allowed. No vote will be taken.
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting Monday, December 10, at 7 p.m. to allow public comment on the proposed 2013 budget. The planned $1.3 billion budget, a reduction from the 2012 spending plan, was rolled out in November. However, no formal vote on the 2013 budget is planned before January. Monday's meeting will be at the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center, 75 Langley Drive. The 2013 budget is the first full county budget document since the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS0 settlement was reached in February 2012 between the county and cities in the Gwinnett Municipal Association. That settlement, among other things, mandated certain payments from the county to the cities and called for service …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Former Gwinnett County Commissioner Shirley Lasseter and two others are scheduled to be sentenced for accepting bribes.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Sentencing for former Gwinnett County Commissioner and one-time Duluth Mayor Shirley Lasseter is scheduled for today at 2pm in federal district court in Atlanta. On May 31, Lasseter pleaded guilty to accepting $36,500 in bribes in 2011 from an undercover FBI agent posing as a real estate developer to support a proposed development on Boggs Road. She faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. Lasseter resigned from the Board of Commissioners the same day. Her son John Fanning and Carl “Skip” Cain pleaded guilty to participating in the bribery scheme as well as to drug trafficking. Both also face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. Sentencing for all three was originally …
Friday, July 20, 2012
As promised during their June meeting, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners took the steps to take plans to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville, Ga. off the table.
Friday, July 20, 2012
On June 5th, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted to reject plans to privatize Briscoe Field in Lawrenceville. They also moved to withdraw the preliminary application to the Federal Aviation Administration pursuant to the FAA’s Airport Privatization Pilot Program. Gwinnett County announced Friday they received a letter from the FAA dated July 5th confirming that Briscoe Field has been removed from privatization program. These actions officially end the possibility of privatization and commercialization of Briscoe Field.
Monday, June 18, 2012
The four candidates for Gwinnett County Commission District 3 answer questions submitted by Patch readers.
Next month, voters in Gwinnett County District 3 will decide if Mike Beaudreau, Tommy Hunter, Mike Korom or Jerry Oberholtzer will serve as the area's next county commissioner. Patch asked each of the candidates to answer a series of questions relating to current political issues. The questionnaires were based in part on questions submitted by readers. Patch did not limit the length of the responses. Each candidate's answers are presented unedited and in their entirety. Today's question is "Why are you seeking election as the Gwinnett County District 3 commissioner?" Candidate: Mike Beaudreau Occupation: national accounts manager Campaign website: www.mikebeaudreau.com Campaign Facebook page: Mike Beaudreau Campaign Twitter account: @…
Friday, June 15, 2012
Mike Beaudreau, Jerry Oberholtzer, Mike Korom and Tommy Hunter attempt to win over voters during two-hour question and answer session.
Being the incumbent can be tough. After eight years as the District 3 Gwinnett County Commissioner, incumbent Mike Beaudreau has made a number of decisions which challengers Jerry Oberholtzer, Tommy Hunter and Mike Korom were eager to question during a June 14 candidate forum at Stars and Strikes in Dacula. Each candidate was given the opportunity to ask two questions of another candidate. Five of the six questions asked by Hunter, Korom and Oberholtzer were directed at Beaudreau -- most calling the incumbent’s bona fides as a fiscal conservative into question. Hunter asked how Beaudreau could support the county trash plan based on conservative principles. “How do you rectify in your mind taking away the right of the residents to choose …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
The Gwinnett Board of Commissioners essentially killed all plans to privatize the Lawrenceville, Ga. 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. Beaudreau said he would now like to look at some of the Citizen’s Task Force on how to more effectively and efficiently use the airport. “Right now, we have an asset that I …
Brett Smith is urging the Gwinnett Board of Commissioners to wait until Lasseter's seat is filled.
CEO of Propeller Airports Brett Smith is asking for the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners to wait to vote on the fate of Briscoe Field. The commissioners are expected to reject a plan to commercialize Briscoe Tuesday afternoon. Smith said the commission should delay the vote until the District 1 seat is filled. The seat was left vacant when Shirley Lasseter resigned after pleading guilty to federal bribery charges. "The four remaining commissioners should not proceed with a vote when voices of more than 200,000 citizens, from an entire district, are not going to be represented," said Smith. Smith claims the BOC blocked him from making his proposal public. The CEO said the commercialization could actually be good for the community…