Lawrenceville Breaks Ground on New $20M Public Works Facility

Published: February 28, 2017


Lawrenceville Breaks Ground on New $20M Public Works Facility

City Uses Public Investment to Build New Home for Over 100 Employees



The City of Lawrenceville held a groundbreaking ceremony today to celebrate the future site of its Public Works operations that included a traditional shovel ceremony commemorating the start of construction for the new facility that will soon be home to 112 city employees. The total investment of the project is estimated to be around $20 million.

“We are grateful for all of those involved that have made it possible to build this new facility for some of the most crucial departments in the city. The departments that will be housed there are the backbone of Lawrenceville and what they contribute to the city every day is absolutely invaluable”, said Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson.

Croft and Associates, the architectural and engineering firm managing the project, will begin prep of the site this month. Construction will be completed by Reeves Young, with architectural design competed by Precision Planning and an intersection being added to Pike Street by E.R. Snell Contractor, Inc. Facility operations to be housed out of the new site include Electric, Gas, Damage Prevention, Fleet Maintenance and Streets and Sanitation Services.

The new facility is being completely funded through public investment with the use of bonds and is scheduled for completion in early 2018.

For project updates and more information on the City of Lawrenceville, please visit

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Lawrenceville Events Win Regional Awards, Bring Home the Gold and Bronze

Published: February 24, 2017


Lawrenceville Events Win Regional Awards, Bring Home the Gold and Bronze

Local Community Events Win 2017 Kaleidoscope Awards from the Southeast Festivals and Events Association



The City of Lawrenceville received accolades for two of its annual community events, Hometown Christmas Parade and Rock’n Ribville, as among the best in the Southeast. The Hometown Christmas Parade took home the Gold for Best Photo (photo taken by Brad Fryman) and Bronze for Best New Event and Rock’n Ribville received the Bronze Award for Best Event (under $75,000 budget). The awards ceremony was held in conjunction with the 14th Annual SFEA Conference that includes festival and event organizers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

“The quality of submissions continues to increase each year making it more difficult for the judges to select the winners,” noted Brenda Pierce, executive director for SFEA.  “Of course, to ‘win gold,’ becomes all the sweeter when there is additional competition and the recognition a festival receives for winning is priceless.”

The Kaleidoscope Award winners are chosen by a panel of experts in event planning, marketing and tourism. The judges scored each entry based on originality, creativity, media impact, volunteer programs, and the overall impact to the community.

Lawrenceville City Manager, Chuck Warbington added, “Events hosted by the City are some of the greatest contributors to building a community that maintains a strong sense of place, in turn, creating a more vibrant and attractive community. We are so proud of every team member that helps make these events possible and appreciate the hard work they put in day after day.”

For information on all upcoming events in Lawrenceville, visit and connect with us at Also, make plans to join us in the City’s Historic Downtown Square for the first event of the season, St. Paddy’s on Perry, March 17th from 4pm-10pm!

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Lawrenceville Announces 2017 Event Lineup

Published: February 9, 2017


 Lawrenceville Announces 2017 Event Lineup

 City Organizes Community Activities throughout the Downtown District

The City of Lawrenceville announces the schedule of community events for 2017, including all of the City-sponsored activities and events happening in the Historic Downtown District. Lawrenceville will continue its annual tradition of bringing hometown favorite events to the Lawrenceville Square but will also feature some new events as well.

Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson said “We are excited to be able to host these events throughout the year for people to enjoy and provide the framework for creating memories with friends and family in the process. Being able to generate a sense of community among residents and visitors alike is Lawrenceville’s focus and prides itself in hosting these events year after year.”

Make plans to visit Lawrenceville and experience any of the following family-friendly events taking place throughout 2017:


March 9 – April 16          The Bridges of Madison County

March 17                           St. Paddy’s on Perry

March 18                           Gwinnett Life Run

March 31                           “Moonlit Garden Dreams” Homeschool Prom


April 7 – April 30          A Bicycle Country/Pais de Bicicleta

April 15                            Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

April 15                            1st Baptist Church of Lawrenceville Easter Egg Hunt

April 22                           Family Promise Bed Race

April 22                           Paws in the Park

April 29                           ArtsFest Gwinnett


May 4 – May 28            Split In Three

May 4                              Pizza with the Police

May 6                              Comic Book Day

May 12                            Movies on the Lawn

May 14                            Doll and Me Tea

May 19                            Summer Concert Series


June 9                             Movies on the Lawn

June 16                           Princess and Me Father-Daughter Dance

June 30                                Summer Concert Series


July 3                              Prelude to the 4th

July 14                            Movies on the Lawn

July 28                           Summer Concert Series


August 11                       Movies on the Lawn

August 25                      Summer Concert Series


September 16               Rock’n Ribville

September 29              Summer Concert Series


October 7                     Oktoberfest

October 14                   Fair on the Square

October 27                   Spooktacular on the Square

October 29                   Carnaval del Dia de los Muertos


Nov. 16 – Dec. 23       Christmas Canteen 2017

Nov. 23                         Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Nov. 24 – Dec. 23       A Christmas Carol

Nov. 25 – Dec. 23       The 12 Dates of Christmas


December 9                       Hometown Christmas Parade

December 31                     Flashlight 5K



  • Events listed in black are sponsored by the City of Lawrenceville.
  • Events listed in red are productions of the Aurora Theatre.
  • Events listed in blue are hosted by the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.

Additional details about the movie titles and concert headliners will be available soon! To find out the latest news and updates all of the Lawrenceville events at: You can also visit to learn more about other activities happening in the City of Lawrenceville.

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We want to hear from you!

Published: February 8, 2017

The City of Lawrenceville is seeking input from the community regarding website use and future public interaction.

The City is in the process of rebuilding a new comprehensive website that is user-friendly and encompasses the digital aspects that people want to see most from the City. We are working hard to create a source for communicating information and interacting with the public in ways that are best for the end users. As community stakeholders in the future of Lawrenceville, we want to hear from you. Your opinion is important to us!

We would like your feedback on the way you currently use the City’s website and how you communicate with the City if and when it’s needed. The online survey takes less than 2 minutes to complete and is open to all those who work, live or play in Lawrenceville.

Access the survey here:

Thank you in advance for your time in helping us continue making Lawrenceville great!!

Mayor Johnson Delivers Annual State of the City Address

Published: February 6, 2017

Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson delivered the annual State of the City Address at the Lawrenceville City Council meeting held tonight, February 6, at 7pm. For a copy of the presentation, please click here and to learn more about the address or to watch it online, please be sure to visit the City’s facebook page in the next few days for the post!

Lawrenceville Forms Financial Review Citizens Committee

Published: February 3, 2017


Lawrenceville Forms Financial Review Citizens Committee

County Seat Seeks Input into Budget Process, Encourages Transparency



The City of Lawrenceville will be forming a Financial Review Citizens Committee over the next month. The purpose of this committee is to educate citizens, business owners, and community leaders on the financial operations of the City and ultimately to encourage input into budgetary process in order to create better transparency with the public.

Chuck Warbington, City Manager, said of the committee, “We, as a City, want to be sure our plans continue to meet the needs of residents and businesses, share how we are investing the funds we receive and continue executing the goals our strategic plan. Financial planning is where it all begins and we look forward to working with the group appointed to this committee on making those things happen.”

The Committee will comprise 15 members that include five residents, five business representatives and five community leaders. Residents and business representatives will be appointed by the Mayor and Council, each responsible for appointing one resident and one business rep to the committee. The remaining five community leaders will be selected by the Mayor and approved by the Council for committee participation. Community leaders may come from faith-based institutions, non-profits or similar organizations within the City limits. At present, term limits for all appointments will not exceed two years. A schedule for the appointment process and future meetings is as follows:

2017/2018 Budget Cycle

  • Call for Nominations 2/6 – Council meeting
  • Citizen Committee Selection 3/6 – Council meeting
  • Overview Meetings with Staff Departments (Required)

2018/2019 Budget Cycle

  • Citizen Committee Presentations with Staff Budgets – Mar, Apr & May 2018
  • Recommendations to Council – Jun 2018

A call for nominations from the Mayor and Council will be held after the State of the City Address at Monday evening’s council meeting, February 6, 2017. For information on the City of Lawrenceville, go to and be sure to visit the City’s Historic Downtown Square for its first event of the season, St. Paddy’s on Perry, March 17th from 4pm-10pm!

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Commuter Alert: South Clayton and South Perry Streets

Published: January 18, 2017


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 to stay informed of project updates.

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

Lawrenceville Police Department Hosts ‘Bridge the Gap’ Forum

Published: January 13, 2017


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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 and for information on City operations in general, visit


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.


  • 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 (

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

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