It has been reported that in the early morning hours of 09/08/12, several vehicles were entered and at least one bicycle was stolen. One common element was that all of the vehicles were unlocked.
Please be vigilant, secure your outdoor property and lock your vehicles.
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The Gwinnett County Board of Education has called for a referendum on continuing the one-cent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) for education for another five years. The question will be on the county’s November 8, 2011 ballot.
Language as it appears on the ballot:
Shall a special one percent sales and use tax be continued in the special district of Gwinnett County for a period of time not to exceed 20 calendar quarters and for the raising of an estimated amount of $876,000,000, to be distributed among the Gwinnett County School District and the City of Buford School District for the purpose of funding the following projects: (i) for Gwinnett County School District: (A) developing sites for and constructing and equipping new schools, support facilities and athletic facilities; (B) making additions to, acquiring or renovating and equipping existing schools, support facilities and athletic facilities; (C) purchasing and refurbishing school buses and other support vehicles; (D) making existing lease/purchase payments with respect to the acquisition of new and existing schools and support facilities; (E) modernizing technology and making system-wide technology improvements in the Gwinnett School District, and (F) acquiring digital instructional materials, software, textbooks and library materials (collectively, the “Gwinnett Projects”), at a cost of approximately $858,900,000; and (ii) for the City of Buford School District: (A) acquiring new sites for the construction of new schools, support facilities and athletic facilities and the expansion of existing schools and support facilities; (B) developing sites for constructing and equipping new schools, support facilities and athletic facilities; (C) making additions to, acquiring or renovating, equipping and modernizing existing schools, support facilities and athletic facilities; (D) making existing or new lease/purchase payments or payments with respect to the acquisition of new and existing schools and support facilities along with buses and other transportation vehicles, textbooks, library books and other media; and (E) modernizing technology and making system-wide technology improvements, at a cost of approximately $17,100,000? If continuation of the tax is approved by the voters, such vote shall also constitute approval of the issuance of general obligation debt of the Gwinnett County School District in a principal amount not to exceed $275,000,000 for the purpose of funding all or a portion of the Gwinnett Projects.
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Gwinnett police announced that car break-ins are on the increase. They say that cars are being struck in and around at the aquatic center area on Rockbridge Road in Lilburn. “Middle of the day quick smash through the window,” Gwinnett Police Cpl. Jake Smith said. “People are grabbing what is just left out, or the property they have seen them load into the trunk.”
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Gwinnett County septic system records have been digitized and incorporated into the Gwinnett County GIS database. There is no cost to browse the online GIS database.
For the uninitiated, the GIS database has a learning curve, but once you get the hang of it there’s a lot of beneficial information readily available. For the rest who might be familiar with the GIS be warned that it has been updated including the web address.
To get to the GIS:
Go to www.gwinnettcounty.com and select GIS Data Browser from the Popular Links pull down menu.
Or click here:
Or click here:
Now, I’ve tried a number of different browsers with this particular application and have found that MSIE is about the only viable option. Additionally, you’ll have to allow popups.
It will be extremely helpful to you to have your parcel ID available to search for your property. Otherwise you might be in for a lengthy search. Your parcel ID is available on your property tax bill.
If you have your parcel ID number open the GIS app as described above then mouseover the “Searches” link found at the upper left under the GIS logo. Select “Parcel Search” from the drop down menu.
Once you have your property in focus click on the “i” button on the app’s toolbar. This will change your cursor to a crosshair (+). Now, click on your property. A popup window will appear with another drop down menu. Select “Septic tank parcels” from this list and you will be provided some dialogue along with a “Doc name” link. Click on this link and a PDF copy of your septic system will generate.
There are other handy bits of information from this same drop down menu such as “Land Parcels” which will generate data including purchase price, purchase date and property valuation.
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Updated June 2, 2011
The Georgia Water Stewardship Act signed by Governor Sonny Perdue went into effect June 2, 2010. The bill allows daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants every day from 4:00pm – 10:00am as long as a shut-off nozzle is used.
All other outdoor water usage (e.g., washing cars, personal pressure washing) is to follow the watering schedule based on street address shown below:
Monday - Even addresses
Tuesday - Odd addresses
Wednesday - Even addresses
Thursday - Odd addresses
Friday - No other outdoor water usage is permitted
Saturday - Even addresses
Sunday - Odd addresses
Frequently asked questions about outdoor water use:
I heard I can water my yard every day. Is that true?
Yes. Citizens in Georgia can now water any day of the week, regardless of your address, between 4:00pm and 10:00am as long as a shut-off nozzle is used.
Can I also wash my car or pressure wash my house any day?
No. The new state law only relates to landscape uses—the odd/even schedule remains in place for all other outdoor uses.
Are parks included in the new schedule?
Sports fields and parks are exempt from the hourly restrictions. These areas may be watered any time or day.
If I put in new landscape, do I have to water between 4:00pm and 10:00am?
No. Newly installed landscape is also exempt from the hourly restrictions for the first 30 days following installation.
What about drip irrigation?
Drip irrigation is completely exempt from the outdoor rules. It may be used any time or day.
What exemptions exist to the new hourly restrictions?
• Commercial agriculture
• Alternative sources of water (grey water, rain water, condensate, etc.)
• Irrigation of food gardens
• Irrigation of newly installed or reseeded turf for the first 30 days following installation
• Drip irrigation or soaker hoses
• Hand watering with a shut-off nozzle
• Water from a private well
• Irrigation of plants for sale
• Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public recreational turf
• Installation and maintenance of irrigation systems
• Hydro seeding
Are professional pressure washers hired to wash my house subject to restrictions based on my address?
No. Commercial businesses are exempt from day of the week restrictions.
Can I have a charity car wash on any day regardless of the address?
No. Unfortunately, charity car washes, like at home car washes, are subject to the odd/even schedule. This is determined by the address of the facility hosting the car wash. Partnering with a professional car wash is exempt from the odd/even schedule due to the company’s professional exemption.
• If you have any questions regarding Watering Restriction, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 678-376-7100.
• For more information on exemptions and forms to submit violations, visit the Gwinnett County Department of Water Resources’ water conservation webpage through www.gwinnettcounty.com.
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I was paid a visit today, at my home, by Michael Allen Buckner who has an extensive arrest record for theft by deception. He came to my door asking for gas money or gas stating that he lived around the corner and had run out. I told him that I recognized him and he hurriedly left. He was driving a dark blue Jeep Cherokee 4×4 with a heavily damaged front end leaving the radiator exposed. I believe the tag number was BQZ 5117.
I immediately called Gwinnett County Police at 770-513-5700 to report the incident. Officer Hall with GCPD arrived at my home within just a few minutes to take my statement. I provided him the postings from this website along with his mug shot and data. Officer Hall stated that there was a flyer of Michael Allen Buckner circulating around the precinct and that they were pursuing him. Officer Hall stated that anyone spotting him should call 9-1-1 immediately.
• Mug shot
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Frank Theaters has reopened Stone Mountain Festival 6. Ticket prices are very reasonable and they’ve spruced up the place a bit.
Stone Mountain Festival 6
1825 Rockbridge Rd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Movie Line: 770-469-6605
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The Parkview Panthers beat Colquitt County today 8-2 at Colquitt and will play for the Class AAAAA Georgia State Championship against Hillgrove - at home in the Big Orange Jungle - this Saturday, May 28th.
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Police reports may be obtained in person at Gwinnett County Police Department Headquarters. Reports are no longer available at police precincts; however, citizens have the convenience of obtaining reports online.
Copies of police reports are available in person at Police Headquarters located at 770 Hi-Hope Road in Lawrenceville from 8:00am to 4:30pm, Monday - Friday. There is a charge of $0.25 per page for incident reports and a flat $5 charge for accident reports. Copies may also be requested by mail to: Gwinnett County Police Department, Attn: Records, P.O. Box 602 Lawrenceville, GA 30046 (must include case number, name, $3 for incident reports or $5 for accident reports payable by cashier’s check to Gwinnett County Police, and self-addressed stamped envelope).
In addition, the department has many options for citizens to file and obtain a police report online. Citizens can access and purchase copies of vehicle collision reports 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at www.buycrash.com, an online service provided by the Police Department, Open Portal Solutions, and Georgia DOT.
Citizens may also file certain incidents (Theft by Taking, Entering Auto, Identity Fraud, Criminal Trespass, Criminal Damage, and Theft of Lost or Mislaid Property) without having to wait for an officer’s response using an online police reporting system. Residents will be able to print a temporary copy of the report immediately after submitting the report. The report will then be reviewed by police personnel and once approved, the filing person will receive an e-mail with a free copy of the report attached. The report will transfer into the department’s record management system and will be investigated the same as if the report had been filed by an officer.
• Gwinnett County Police Department: http://www.gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Departments/Police
• Gwinnett Online Police Reporting: http://www.gwinnettcounty.com/portal/gwinnett/Departments/Police/OnlineCitizenPoliceReporting
• Start a Report: http://www.gwinnettcounty.com/static/departments/police/online_crime_reporting/start-report.html
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Graduation for the Class of 2011 will be conducted Friday May 27, 2011 at 8:00pm in the stadium.
Parkview High School
998 Cole Drive
Lilburn, GA 30047-5422
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Gwinnett County is reporting that Five Forks Trickum Road from Ashton Lane to Oxford Hall Drive will require intermittent lane closures through August 2011 for roadway widening and improvements, weather permitting. Any such closures will be between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm. Additionally, Five Forks Trickum from Cole Drive to Spring Mill Drive will require intermittent lane closures through May for roadway improvements, weather permitting. Any such closures will be between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm.
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The Gwinnett County fire department is reminding citizens about Georgia’s annual total ban on outdoor burning from May 1st to September 30th.
The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) imposes the ban to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations.
Some open burning is still allowed with proper permits — fires for agricultural practices zoned RA-200/residential agricultural, a forestry service prescribed burn and bonfires for activities sponsored by educational, civic or religious groups.