A Message from Lawrenceville

Posted on: December 3rd, 2016 at 11:28 am

We would like to thank everyone who came out to our Inaugural Hometown Christmas Parade featuring the Budweiser Clydesdales! An estimated 30,000 people were in attendance!

Though hard work was done after the Parade finished, we are asking patrons, downtown businesses and City residents to be patient with us as we work to clean up the Downtown over the next few days following this wonderful event.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!!!

EPD Declares Drought Response Level Two for Lawrenceville and Surrounding Region

Posted on: November 17th, 2016 at 3:32 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 EPD Declares Drought Response Level Two for Lawrenceville and Surrounding Region

 State Agency ups the level of restrictions to water usage in 16-County District

 

LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – November 17, 2016

Georgia EPD Director Dunn announced today that the State is officially in Drought Response Level Two water restriction.  With this change comes new responsibilities and requirements for the City of Lawrenceville and the 16-County district surrounding it.

According to the Drought Response Strategies Handbook, Level Two requires all residents and businesses in Georgia to comply with restrictions including but not limited to the following:

  1. General Outdoor Watering. Outdoor irrigation for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants, as described in Rule 391-3-30-.03(1)(a), shall be limited to two days a week on an odd-even schedule. Even numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesday and Saturday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Odd numbered addresses may irrigate on Thursday and Sunday between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. “Even numbered address” means an address number ending with the number 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, or the site does not have a numbered address. “Odd numbered address” means an address ending with the number 1, 3, 5, 7, or 9.
  2. The following outdoor water uses shall not be allowed, except as provided below:
    1. Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, except when necessary for public health and safety;
    2. Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools, and waterfalls;
    3. Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing;
    4. Washing vehicles, such as cars, boats, trailers, motorbikes, airplanes, or golf carts;
    5. Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection; and
    6. Charity, or non-commercial fund-raiser, car washes.

The City’s Water Department heads will be attending an online meeting coordinated by the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District Friday, November 18, to discuss strategies for the 16-County district. More information will follow in the coming days to keep residents and businesses informed on additional requirements and compliance standards. Lawrenceville thanks its residents and businesses for their cooperation during this time.

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Lawrenceville Earns Coveted Award for Financial Reporting

Posted on: October 12th, 2016 at 5:39 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Lawrenceville Earns Coveted Award for Financial Reporting

Highest Form of Governmental Accounting Recognition Granted to City Finance Department

 

LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – October 12, 2016

The City of Lawrenceville’s Finance Department has been awarded its first-ever “Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting” (CAFR) award by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). This annual award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The honor has been received after the City’s first attempt at the CAFR process, which represents a significant accomplishment by a government agency and its management team.

“Lawrenceville’s mission to provide the highest quality services to its citizens and business community is achieved through the talents of a well-trained and knowledgeable staff,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We are proud of our Finance Department for attaining this notable achievement and maintaining Lawrenceville’s standard of expertise.”

The CAFR is judged by an impartial panel in order to maintain the program’s high standards and integrity.  Lawrenceville Finance Director, Donna Wiernik added, “We really appreciate the constant support of our Mayor and Council. Our team worked very hard to compile this report, which includes ten years of statistical information.”

The City of Lawrenceville aims to continue this level of excellence within the Finance Department and all other departments in order to better serve the community. Moving forward, the City’s Finance Department hopes to obtain a CAFR certificate each year while continuing to provide quality financial reports for the citizens of Lawrenceville.

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville, visit www.LawrencevilleGa.org.

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City of Lawrenceville and Downtown Development Authority Announce Recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion

Posted on: October 5th, 2016 at 5:41 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

City of Lawrenceville and Downtown Development Authority Announce Recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion

The Heritage Trail Walkway Commemorates Willie Frank Bailey and James Victor Hood, Sr.

 

LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – October 5, 2016

The City of Lawrenceville and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) have announced Willie Frank Bailey and James Victor Hood, Sr. as the 2017 recipients of the Heritage Trail medallions and recognition. The walking trail was constructed in 2013 to pay homage to individuals – throughout Gwinnett County history – who have made significant influences to the city. The walkway commences at the Gwinnett Fallen Heroes Memorial, ends in front of the Rhodes Jordan Park and is marked all along the way by medallions commemorating individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the development or wellbeing of Lawrenceville and/or its residents.

“We are very pleased with our 2017 recipients of the Heritage Trail Medallion,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “This year’s honorees were known for investing their personal time, efforts, and finances into the betterment of the Lawrenceville community and its residents.”

Willie Frank Bailey founded W.F. Bailey’s Construction Company and was among the first African American business owners, both in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County. He invested in the City of Lawrenceville by serving on the Lawrenceville Housing Authority, offering his craftsmanship skills, serving on the St. Vincent De Paul Society, and serving as a member of the Saint Lawrence Catholic Church. Bailey offered several hundred men and women in the community an opportunity for employment and even inspired many of his employees to also explore entrepreneurship.

Likewise, after moving to Lawrenceville in 1924 to join the Agriculture Finance Corporation, James Victor (Jim Vic) Hood, Sr. established himself as a true leader and mentor in the community. He later moved on to the First National Bank of Lawrenceville, where he served for 44 years as a Cashier, Executive Vice President, President, and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the First National Bank of Lawrenceville became the largest bank in Gwinnett County before it was eventually sold in 1986. A notable member of the community, Hood was known for his dedication to supporting Lawrenceville’s citizens. He was known to offer personal loans to assist those who couldn’t qualify based on bank standards and often assisted individuals whose needs the bank could not afford. In 1938, he founded Hood Insurance Agency, which continues to serve the needs of Lawrenceville citizens today.

Medallion recipients are chosen annually and as the trail continues to grow, residents and tourists are able to explore the community and learn much more about its history.

The application and nomination process will begin again on March 15, 2017 and will continue through May 15. Applications will be available for download at www.LawrencevilleGa.org and can be returned to the Economic Development Office at City Hall or emailed to ldda@lawrencevillega.org.

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Lawrenceville Police Department Outfits Officers with Body-Worn Cameras

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 at 3:47 pm

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Lawrenceville Police Department Outfits Officers with Body-Worn Cameras

City Council approves $161,297 in Asset Forfeiture Funds for Acquisition

 

LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – October 4, 2016

The City of Lawrenceville voted to outfit Lawrenceville Police Officers with body-worn cameras at its October 2016 Council meeting. The Department will use asset forfeiture funds to acquire 75 body cameras, 9 in-car cameras and warranty packages that will adequately supply each on-duty officer with the necessary equipment.

“It is important to us that our Lawrenceville Police Department is equipped with the appropriate technology to effectively protect and serve our community,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “We are eager to repurpose these seized funds for the benefit of our businesses, residents, and visitors alike.”

Body-worn cameras are used to preserve evidence and provide an accurate account of activity for on-duty officers.

Chief Randy Johnson added, “The Lawrenceville Police Department already maintains a high level of accountability with its officers. Having a video record of events while on-duty will support our regular routine and ability to serve the community.”

For more information on City meetings and news, visit www.lawrencevillega.org or to learn more about the Lawrenceville Police Department, go to www.lawrencevillepd.com.

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Lawrenceville Earns Second American Public Gas Association Recognition

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Lawrenceville Earns Second American Public Gas Association Recognition

Gas Utilities Department Receives Safety Award

The City of Lawrenceville’s Gas Utilities Department received it second award of the year from the American Public Gas Association. For the second consecutive year, the department received the “Safety Award” which recognized the team based on the number of employee hours worked and the number of hours lost to accident or injury during the 2015 calendar year.

“We are very proud to be the home of an award-winning gas utilities department,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “The City invests significant time and resources into ensuring that our gas utilities department is run safely and efficiently for the benefit of both our employees and customers.”

Earlier this year, the department also earned System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) at the SILVER level from the American Public Gas Association. SOAR is designed to recognize those public gas systems that have achieved excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility.

“The Gas Department has worked diligently to improve on our safety record,” said Mike Hutchins, Gas Department Director. “This award shows the continued success in this area.”
Two years ago, the local community experienced several outages due to low gas pressures. The City of Lawrenceville’s gas department proposed two major projects – recently approved by City Council – that will serve to solve the gas pressure issue in the community. The City has selected a contractor to implement these projects and logistics are currently being coordinated. The goal is to design and develop a new delivery point into the natural gas system and to create a 12 inch 13 mile pipe that will run from Walnut Grove into the Grayson area.

To find out more about the City of Lawrenceville and the projects taking place around town, visit www.lawrencevillega.org.

City Maintenance Project Announcement

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 at 10:37 am

City Maintenance Project Announcement:

The City of Lawrenceville Gas Department will be performing maintenance on many of our residential gas meters. This project will require us to interrupt service to your home while we complete our upgrades. We apologize for any inconvenience and we will relight your pilots free of charge after our work is completed. If your service has been interrupted due to this project we will leave a door hanger notice and you can contact our office at 770-963-3332 for service reconnection.

 

Drought Response Declaration and Water Conservation Reminder

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 at 11:47 am

Drought Response Declaration

On September 9, 2016, the Georgia Environmental Protection Division declared a state-wide Level 1 drought response.  In response to this declaration, the City of Lawrenceville Water Department would like to remind residents of current restrictions, as well as other ways to conserve water.  The declaration follows a wet winter, but a dry spring and summer.  According to the National Weather Service, from March through August, Atlanta received 16.59 inches of rain – around 8.5 inches less than the 30 year average for the same six-month period.  We do not know how long the dry weather will continue.  Rainfall may return to normal, but we need to be prepared for the possibility that this is a long-term drought.

Watering Restrictions

The City of Lawrenceville follows the state’s permanent year-round outdoor watering restrictions, which allows landscape and lawn irrigation any day of the week, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Currently, all other outdoor water use is allowed any day, any time.  Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about current guidelines for Outdoor Water Use.

City of Lawrenceville Response

 The City has a robust track record of water conservation.  Since its creation in 2001, the City has been a member of and has participated in an array of Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District (MNGWPD) initiatives including:

  • A toilet rebate program that has replaced more than 250 high efficiency toilets in the City alone.
  • A multi-tiered pricing structure that charges higher rates the more water that is used, encouraging conservation.

 Steps City of Lawrenceville Residents Can Take To Conserve Water

It’s important to note that dry periods are part of the normal weather cycle.  We do not know how long this drought may last, so we all need to do our part to conserve.

As a reminder, here are some ways City of Lawrenceville residents can save water:

  • Using a rain gauge to determine how much it has rained over the week before watering outdoor plants. Most outdoor plants need an inch of water per week.
  • Water in several short sessions instead of one long session. This reduces runoff and allows water to infiltrate into soil and plant roots.
  • Only water lawns when needed. If the blades of grass don’t bounce back after walking across the lawn, it is time to water.  Water lawns and plants in the early morning or late in the evening.
  • Check and repair leaks inside and outside the home.
  • Shorten showers an turn off water when shaving or brushing teeth.
  • Fill dishwashers and washing machines. Make sure there is a full load every time.

Public Notice – Phone Scammers Targeting Utility Customers

Posted on: September 7th, 2016 at 2:49 pm

Warning!  Scammers Calling in Attempt to Defraud Customers

 

Please be aware!  The City’s Utility Department and Police Department have received reports that scammers are calling Utility Customers stating that the customer’s account is past due and then threatening to disconnect their service.

In one particular case, the scammer went to the extreme to “spoof” the City’s main phone number to make it look like the call was actually coming from City Hall.  The scammer told the customer that their last three online payments were not processed and demanded that the customer pay by a pre-paid card acquired from a local grocery store.  The customer was smart and came to City Hall to verify in person.  The Police Department was notified and is currently investigating.

Please know that the City does not call customers to demand payment by phone.  Our Customer Service Representatives are not allowed to receive credit card numbers for processing by phone.  The City provides five methods for customers to make payments:

  • Online via our Website (Credit/Debit Card)
  • By Phone using our automated payment system (Credit/Debit Card)
  • Reoccurring Direct Bank Draft from Checking or Savings Accounts
  • At City Hall (Cash, Check, Money Order or Credit/Debit Card)
  • By Mail (Check or Money Order)

Should you receive a call that you believe is questionable and could be a scam, please contact the City directly in person or by phone at 770.963.2414.

Public Notice: Utility Service Vehicles Added to the ‘Move Over’ Law

Posted on: September 1st, 2016 at 4:46 pm

On April 19th, Governor Deal signed House Bill – HB 767, which adds utility service vehicles to the “Spencer Pass Law” requiring motor vehicles to Move Over when approaching stopped vehicles. Governor Deal signed HB 767 during a statewide event to recognize Lineman Appreciation Month

The bill requires any motorist approaching utility linemen at an active work site, as indicated by traffic cones or flashing yellow, amber, white or red lights, to change lanes or reduce their speed to a reasonable and proper speed below the posted speed limit. Any motorist who does not change lanes or drop their speed to avoid the utility works can be fined up to $250 per incident. The new bill, effective July 1, applies to all types of utility works, including electric, natural gas, cable and telecommunications works, right-of-way crews or utility contractors.

We want every City utility worker to make it home safely every night. When you see service vehicles stopped on the side of the road, please make every effort to safely move over to another lane to keep all workers safe!

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