Tuesday, July 17, 2012
LPD Chief Randy Johnson will lead the task force. Several other Gwinnett agencies are also involved, as a result of the SDS settlement.
The Lawrenceville Police Department and several other Gwinnett law enforcement agencies are planning to form an inter-agency drug and vice task force, as a result of the Service Delivery Strategy Settlement. Plans call for Lawrenceville Police Chief Randy Johnson to be the board chairman. The Gwinnett Metro Task force will investigate and prosecute the offenders through mutual aid where violations occur within the named cities in the agreement. Any case that occurs outside the city or leads to violations outside the city will be turned over the Gwinnett County Police. The cases made by the Gwinnett Metro Task force will be turned over to the appropriate court system. -- How do you feel about this agency? Tell us in the comments below. …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Payments are in annual and one-time forms. The new deal also creates Special Service Districts for various functions.
The talk was of compromise Tuesday from both Gwinnett County and various city officials when an agreement was announced to end the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) dispute that began in 2009. But you probably won't see any of the 16 cities in the agreement turning down any of the money coming their way. An estimated $28 million will be going from Gwinnett funds to the cities over a matter of years as a result of the agreement that was accepted Tuesday. Formal approval also must be granted by Judge David Barrett of Blairsville, who presided over the legal matter and handed down a ruling in September that strongly favored the cities. But Tuesday's deal was crafted with the idea of making the judge's decision easy. The issue was double …
Mayors from Gwinnett's 16 cities gathered at the Historic Courthouse to sign the historic agreement.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Mayors from the county met at the Historic Courthouse to sign the documents.
Mayors from the 16 Gwinnett County cities, including newly formed Peachtree Corners, signed an agreement to bring an end to the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) lawsuit. The mayors and County Commissioners in attendance posed for a photo at the Historic Courthouse after each city and County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charlotte Nash signed the agreement. Lawrenceville Patch will have more on this story.
The proposed settlement will establish new service districts among other things.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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 …
Monday, February 6, 2012
A joint city-county ceremony was held Tuesday evening in Lawrenceville.
Updated Feb. 8, 2012 Suwanee, Loganville, Lilburn, Norcross and Dacula added their approvals Tuesday evening to the Service Delivery Strategy agreement. Earlier Tuesday, the Gwinnett County Board Of Commissioners approved the deal with cities in the Gwinnett Municipal Association (GwMA), doing their part to end a multimillion-dollar dispute that began in 2009. Showing the fluidity of the situation, the agenda item on the SDS matter was added by the BOC after its afternoon meeting began. "This is still active litigation," noted BOC Chairman Charlotte Nash after the commissioners' approval. However, terms of the settlement strongly favor the cities, and are in the $20 million range. For instance, some terms call for Gwinnett to make a $5.1 …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson delivered the address at January's City Council Meeting.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
On Monday January 9th, Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson delivered the State of the City Address prior to the January City Council meeting. Lawrenceville Patch obtained a copy of the address and is publishing it in it's entirety for residents to read: STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS It has been an honor to serve as your mayor this year and I am mindful of the responsibilities as the leader of this community. Each week there are important decisions to be made but these decisions are not mine alone. As mayor, I have a role in these decisions but I also depend on my council for advice and support. Mrs. Marie Beiser, Mr. Bob Clark, Mr. P.K. Martin, and Mr. Tony Powell will help me determine the needs of Lawrenceville and set a course for the direction of …
Monday, December 19, 2011
Conference call Monday is the latest development in the continuing legal dispute.
The lingering Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) situation between Gwinnett County and many of its cities continues, with cities in the Gwinnett Municipal Association holding a conference call Monday on the matter. Randy Meacham, executive director of the Gwinnett Municipal Association, said Monday afternoon that cities in the GwMA held a conference call earlier in the day about the SDS issue. Gwinnett County officials were not involved in the call, Meacham said. However, settlement talks between the GwMA and Gwinnett County have continued since a court ruling in September was issued strongly favoring the cities. A settlement offer apparently is not on the table, as Meacham said Monday's conference call concerned what the cities might be …
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The recent Service Delivery Strategy court ruling has some interesting statistics.
It's not hard to find a Top 10 list, but the recentService Delivery Strategy court ruling for Gwinnett County provides some interesting material for one. Judge David Barrett of Blairsville included much numerical research in his ruling; the matter had been in his hands since August 2010. So let's take a look at some of what the judge included:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
County is ordered to set up special service districts to fund some services. Police radar use remains unclear.
Now that the ruling in the long-running Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) legal dispute between Gwinnett County and many of its cities has been issued, the question is: What happens now? Also, when will the Gwinnett Police Department and several of the police departments in affected cities be able to use radar to track speeders again? The answers: The SDS ruling favors the cities in the Gwinnett Municipal Association on key matters. Barrett's order expressly said that the county has no authority to levy a tax or fee on residents of a city whose municipality does not accept and jointly fund an SDS service, such as police. The county now must set up by Nov. 1 Special Service Districts to handle funding for some services, such as transit, tax …