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Lifeguards will provide free training and new water mains are on the way

(Lawrenceville, Ga., April 21, 2023) – The Board of Commissioners approved several updates and upgrades throughout the county earlier this week. Here is a glance at some of the actions taken:

Gwinnett lifeguards are ready for the summer thanks to Northside Hospital 

Gwinnett Community Services has accepted a $50,000 donation from Northside Hospital Gwinnett. These funds will help train Gwinnett lifeguards by using resources and materials from the American Red Cross. Each year, county lifeguards provide water safety to more than 500,000 visitors at the aquatic centers and pools.

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center gets an update

Since opening in 2006, the Blue Planet Exhibit Film has been one of the most popular attractions for school-aged children and residents. The learning-based film features lessons on the water cycle, habitats, constructive and destructive forces and weather. The film will receive an update that will include Gwinnett County branding, research initiatives at the Water Tower and the 2023 population count. This project is funded by the 2014 and 2017 SPLOST programs at a cost of $300,000.

Discovery Park will soon add a multi-use trail

The board approved an agreement between Gwinnett County and Georgia Power to install a multi-use paved, lighted and looped trail that extends around the perimeter of Discovery Park.

Backlogged criminal court cases will now be expedited

Gwinnett County has accepted a grant from the Georgia Public Defender Council in the amount of $83,333. Funding was established by the American Rescue Plan Act. This grant will be used to expedite the statewide backlog of criminal court cases caused by the pandemic and offset costs for indigent defense panel attorneys who handle violent felony cases.  

Board approves funding OneStop 4 Help tracking system

A new tracking application will give more technical support for OneStop 4 Help. The board approved funding for an e-referral system designed to make a portfolio for each resident. The portfolio allows residents to communicate directly with their providers and access the resources they need. This contract is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act at a cost of a $161,250.

Out with the old…subdivisions in Sugar Hill will receive new water mains

50-year-old water mains in the Lanier Forest and Millcreek Trace Subdivision in Sugar Hill will be replaced. The project will take approximately 480 days to complete and replace 2.5 miles of water mains.

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