Commuter Alert: South Clayton and South Perry Streets

Published: January 18, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Commuter Alert: S. Clayton and S. Perry Streets

 The City of Lawrenceville’s contractor, GS Construction, will begin a Water Main Replacement Project on Monday, 1/23/17, that will last approximately 3 months.

The project will begin on South Clayton Street, between Crogan and Luckie Streets and will affect 2 lanes of traffic. Once the South Clayton Street portion of the project is completed, the contractor will begin on South Perry Street, near Gwinnett County Fire Station 15, and will proceed towards Nash Street.

Please expect traffic interruptions between 8am and 5pm each day, Monday through Friday. We will be communicating additional information at the end of each week and informing the businesses that may be directly impacted the following week by this project. Please visit www.lawrencevillega.org to stay informed of project updates.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this project as we continue moving Lawrenceville forward!!

Lawrenceville Commuter Alert: Railroad Crossings Closed

Published: January 13, 2017

Lawrenceville Commuter Alert:

Beginning January 17, CSX Railroad crossings in Lawrenceville at Maltbie Street and North Clayton Street will be CLOSED for maintenance and construction work. The crossings will be closed for approximately 3-4 days each but could go longer, depending on weather and other factors beyond human control.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for their understanding and cooperation during the project. Please follow the posted detour signs or seek alternate routes and plan to add additional time to your commute. Should there be any questions, comments or concerns about the project, please contact Lawrenceville’s Director of Public Works, Dennis Billew, at 770.277.7531.

Lawrenceville Police Department Hosts ‘Bridge the Gap’ Forum

Published: January 13, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Lawrenceville Police Department Hosts ‘Bridge the Gap’ Forum

The Lawrenceville Police Department will host its first-ever “Bridge the Gap” Forum, an event to establish communications with citizens, strengthen community and police relations and discuss the roles, rights, and responsibilities of both parties to assist with this important project. The Forum will begin at 7:00PM on January 19th at Lawrenceville City Hall on the fourth floor in the Council Chambers. Members of the public are invited and encouraged to attend this Forum.

Jeff Dickerson, President of Dickerson Communications and renowned public affairs specialist, will moderate this inaugural Forum. With over three decades of journalism and communications expertise, Dickerson offers unprecedented experience in bridging communication gaps and leading communities forward.  The forum will also employ a four-member panel comprising two law enforcement officials and two civic members.

The Lawrenceville Police Department expects to host future Forums and continue building a dialogue to bring the community together. For more information on the Lawrenceville Police Department, visit www.lawrencevillepd.com and for information on City operations in general, visit www.lawrencevillega.org.

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For further information contact:  CPT Tim Wallis – (770) 670-5033

Released: 12 January 2017

Authority: 011/065

Winter Storm Safety Tips

Published: January 5, 2017

Winter storms can range from a moderate snow over a few hours to a blizzard with blinding, wind-driven snow that lasts for several days. Some winter storms are large enough to affect several states, while others affect only a single community. Many winter storms are accompanied by dangerously low temperatures and sometimes by strong winds, icing, sleet and freezing rain.

Regardless of the severity of a winter storm, you should be prepared in order to remain safe during these events.

Know the Difference

  • Winter Storm Outlook – Winter storm conditions are possible in the next 2 to 5 days.
  • Winter Weather Advisory – Winter weather conditions are expected to cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. When caution is used, these situations should not be life threatening.
  • Winter Storm Watch – Winter storm conditions are possible within the next 36 to 48 hours. People in a watch area should review their winter storm plans and stay informed about weather conditions.
  • Winter Storm Warning – Life-threatening, severe winter conditions have begun or will begin within 24 hours. People in a warning area should take precautions immediately.

Prepare

  • Winterize your vehicle and keep the gas tank full. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Insulate your home by installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic from the inside to keep cold air out.
  • Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected every year.
  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.
  • Put together a supply kit:
    • Water—at least a 3-day supply; one gallon per person per day.
    • Food—at least a 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food.
    • Flashlight
    • Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible).
    • Extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, etc.).
    • Multi-purpose tool.
    • Sanitation and personal hygiene items.
    • Copies of personal documents (medication list and pertinent medical information, proof of address, deed/lease to home, passports, birth certificates, insurance policies).
    • Cell phone with chargers.
    • Family and emergency contact information.
    • Extra cash
    • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers).
    • Pet supplies (collar, leash, ID, food, carrier, bowl).
    • Tools/supplies for securing your home.
    • Sand, rock salt or non-clumping kitty litter to make walkways and steps less slippery.
    • Warm coats, gloves or mittens, hats, boots and extra blankets and warm clothing for all household members.
    • Ample alternate heating methods such as fireplaces or wood- or coal-burning stoves.

 

 

Remain Safe

  • Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio or other local news channels for critical information on snow storms and blizzards from the National Weather Service (NWS).
  • Bring pets/companion animals inside during winter weather. Move other animals or livestock to sheltered areas and make sure that their access to food and water is not blocked by snow drifts, ice or other obstacles.
  • Running water, even at a trickle, helps prevent pipes from freezing.
  • All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside and kept clear.
  • Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
  • Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
  • Go to a designated public shelter if your home loses power or heat during periods of extreme cold. Avoid driving when conditions include sleet, freezing rain or drizzle, snow or dense fog. If travel is necessary, keep a disaster supplies kit in your vehicle.
  • Before tackling strenuous tasks in cold temperatures, consider your physical condition, the weather factors and the nature of the task.
  • Protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia by wearing warm, loose-fitting, lightweight clothing in several layers. Stay indoors, if possible.
  • Help people who require special assistance such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities and children.

 

Carbon Monoxide Safety

 

  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come indoors.
  • The primary hazards to avoid when using alternate sources for electricity, heating or cooking are carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire.
  • Install carbon monoxide alarms in central locations on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas to provide early warning of accumulating carbon monoxide.
  • If the carbon monoxide alarm sounds, move quickly to a fresh air location outdoors or by an open window or door.
  • Call for help from the fresh air location and remain there until emergency personnel arrive to assist you.

Source: American Red Cross (www.redcross.org)

2016 Stormwater Quality Workshops

Published: August 3, 2016

The Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources will be hosting the following Stormwater Quality workshops at the Gwinnett Justice & Administration Center throughout the remainder of the year.

Stormwater Workshops

Lawrenceville Earns National Recognition by American Public Gas Association

Published: June 16, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Lawrenceville Earns National Recognition by American Public Gas Association

Gas Utilities Department Awarded for Operational Excellence

 LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 16, 2016

The City of Lawrenceville’s Gas Utilities Department has earned System Operational Achievement Recognition (SOAR) at the SILVER level from the American Public Gas Association (AGPA). SOAR is designed to recognize those public gas systems that have achieved excellence in the operation of their natural gas utility. With SILVER level honorees earning 90-96% of possible points, the program is judged based on four categories: system integrity, system improvement, employee safety, and workforce development.

“We are so thrilled that the SOAR program is in place to recognize a hardworking group of individuals who strive  daily to ensure that our community and environment are both protected and preserved,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “By enforcing specific policies and procedures, our gas utilities team works diligently to provide excellent customer service to the community all while providing safe and top level utility services.”

The AGPA will host their annual conference on July 26th in Newport, Rhode Island, where honorees will be presented with a plaque signifying the recognition for excellence in gas utility operations. Lawrenceville’s Gas Department Director, Mike Hutchins will be on-hand to accept the award on behalf of the City.

“It’s certainly an honor to receive this recognition from the American Public Gas Association,” said Mike Hutchins, Director, Gas Department. “To my knowledge, we are the only municipal gas department in the state of Georgia that has achieved this level.”

The team recently scored exceptionally well on a routine audit verifying operator qualification rules and procedures and aspires to continue to provide exceptional services to the community while raising public awareness about safety laws and procedures.

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville and the Gas Utilities Department, visit www.LawrencevilleGa.org.

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2016 Lawrenceville Event Calendar

Published: June 10, 2016

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#LoveLawrenceville Campaign Launches on Social Media

Published: June 2, 2016

#LoveLawrenceville Campaign Launches on Social Media

County Seat Seeks Community Engagement Through Online Contest

LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – June 2, 2016

 The City of Lawrenceville has launched a new campaign online known simply as #LoveLawrenceville. Residents, business owners, visitors and fellow Gwinnettians are encouraged to Capture their favorite things about Lawrenceville, Share why they love those things on social media using the #LoveLawrenceville hashtag and enter the contest to win a plethora of Lawrenceville-related swag and prizes!

“We want the people of Lawrenceville to enjoy where they live,” said Chuck Warbington, City Manager. “The goal with this simple campaign is to increase Lawrenceville’s awareness and enhance the community’s pride. When you’re having fun and enjoying where you live, that naturally happens.”

Lawrenceville residents and guests are encouraged to participate in the campaign by capturing their memories and moments around the City and sharing the images on social media with the hashtag #LoveLawrenceville. By sharing these moments on social media, participants will have a chance to win swag and freebies gathered from a variety of local Lawrenceville businesses and restaurants and one lucky winner will be selected from the pool of submissions.

City officials hope to inspire two-way communication between the community at-large and local government. By visiting the City’s various social media outlets to participate in the #LoveLawrenceville discussions, residents and visitors will ultimately have access to pertinent City news and current information.

For more information about the City of Lawrenceville, visit www.lawrencevillega.org and for more information about the Love Lawrenceville Campaign, visit www.facebook.com/cityoflawrenceville

Lawrenceville Kicks Off Annual Summer Concert Series

Published: May 24, 2016

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Lawrenceville Kicks Off Annual Summer Concert Series
Country music star and popular tribute bands debut on Lawrenceville Lawn

LAWRENCEVILLE (GWINNETT/METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 24, 2016

The City of Lawrenceville officially kicks off the Summer Concert Series this Friday at 7pm with a live performance from country music artist, Josh Dorr, and special guest Samantha Stroh. Dorr, named one of Rolling Stone’s 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know, is best known for his radio hit singles “Save Your Breath” and “All or Nothing.” His latest single “Rocket” is currently available for download on iTunes and can also be streamed on Spotify.

Presented by US Auto Sales and partnering with Kicks 101.5 and Rock 100.5, Lawrenceville will continue its summertime tradition of bringing the annual Summer Concert Series to downtown Lawrenceville the last Friday of each month through September. Welcoming thousands of residents, visitors, and community influencers to enjoy a variety of musical genres under the stars on the Lawrenceville Lawn and a variety of local food truck cuisines to satisfy every member of the family.

“The Georgia tourism industry recently announced 2016 as the ‘Year of Georgia Music’ and Lawrenceville is actively participating in this movement,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Music effortlessly brings the community together so we have scheduled a variety of exciting musicians for our Summer Concert Series.”

Concert times are listed below and there is plenty of free parking throughout the Downtown District. Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets but please note that no grills or open flames will be allowed in the park. And we love your pets, but please leave them at home. Rain or shine, you won’t want to miss the amazing hits from your favorite local artists and famous cover bands.
Come early, bring a picnic dinner, discover a new favorite food truck meal, or have dinner at one of the incredible restaurants on the Square. Then, enjoy the short 1-block walk down to the Lawn before the music begins!

While the outdoor concerts are FREE events, VIP tables for $65 and sponsorships starting at $500 are available by calling the Visitor’s Center at 678.226.2639.

2016 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES LINEUP

  • May 27 – Josh Dorr, with special guest Samantha Stroh @ 7pm
    • Country Artists
    • Sponsored by Kicks 101.5
  • June 24 – The Return @ 8pm
    • The Beatles Tribute Band
  • July 29 – R&B, @ 8pm
    • R&B and Soul Band
  • August 26 – Departure @ 8pm
    • Journey Tribute Band
  • September 30 – Dream Police, with Wild Honey opening @ 7pm
    • Cheap Trick Tribute Band, Indie Rock
    • Sponsored by ROCK 100.5

*Concert Location:
Lawrenceville Lawn
210 Luckie Street
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

For more information about the Summer Concert Series and other events happening in Lawrenceville, call 678.226.2639 or visit us at LawrencevilleGa.org or on Facebook.com/CityofLawrenceville for the latest updates.

Lawrenceville Police Department Hosts Pizza with the Police

Published: May 20, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Lawrenceville Police Department Hosts Pizza with the Police

Local Law Enforcement Connects with the Community

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LAWRENCEVILLE (METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 20, 2016

The Lawrenceville Police Department hosted Pizza with the Police on the Lawrenceville Lawn Thursday, May 19th, with several community groups in attendance. Pizza with the Police brought together local law enforcement, residents and community members in an informal setting to foster relationships over a slice of pizza and desserts.

Sponsored by local businesses – Jet’s Pizza and Blue Rooster Bake Shop and Eatery, the event was marked by a variety of hands-on activities as guests also had the opportunity to tour the Mobile Command Center and view police demos while over 700 slices of pizza and 400 cupcakes were distributed.

“Effective policing strongly supports economic growth by developing an environment residents, tourists and business owners can trust,” said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson. “Lawrenceville believes in community policing as a tool for establishing confidence and a working relationship between the community and our local law enforcement.”

According to City officials, Pizza with the Police was intended to reaffirm the nature of interactions between law enforcement and the public. The informal nature of the event allowed for several residents and community members to establish relationships with the men and women who protect and serve Lawrenceville residents.

“We were encouraged by community turn-out of our Pizza with the Police event,” said Chief Randy Johnson, Lawrenceville Police Department. “I oversee a team of hard-working officers who are passionate about the community we serve and were excited to host this event for our citizens.”

The Lawrenceville Police Department will be partnering once again with the City this fall to host Rock’n Ribville on September 17, 2016.

For more information about Rock’n Ribville visit www.rocknribville.com and to learn more about your public safety team, visit http://www.lawrencevillepd.com/

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