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Saturday, January 10 2015
Distributed by Lilburn Community Partnership                                 January 10, 2015

Reviewing Priorities

We have passed the Winter Solstice, and the days will start becoming noticeably longer, giving us the impression that we have more time. Maybe that's why traditionally we have made January a time for resolutions to improve our lives. We feel we have a little more time to accomplish things that are important to us.  Of course we also know we need to let go of some things as we organize for the coming year.  

If you are at a loss for help in setting some new goals, this month's newsletter will give you some ideas as you peruse the contents: helping an old house, donating items to a non-profit, joining a civic group, attending city or county meetings and seminars, and adopting new ways to go green.

Picking up trash in your neighborhood is a start and you can count the progress on your fit bit. Why not add your community to your priority list for 2105? Any time that you can invest in greater Lilburn will make it greener, cleaner and friendlier for all of us.     

(Go to the Blog page to translate this issue. or read it later.)

Move Over Laws

Submitted by Margot Ashley, President of SafetySmart Lilburn 

During this holiday season of travel, adherence to the Move Over Laws was obviously not at the forefront of motorists’ minds. One in five cars did not move out of the adjacent lane, away from vehicles stopped on the side of the road.

When “rubber-neckers” look to see what is causing a traffic snarl, the natural tendency is to turn the wheel in that direction, leading to potential injury of the people on the side of the road.  Even when emergency lights are flashing, there is a much higher possibility of emergency personnel being injured by another vehicle coming too close to the traffic stop.  Thirty percent of all accidents are the result of a second crash in the midst of a traffic stop.

In the last ten years, 164 officers have been killed nationwide.  More law enforcement officers die due to traffic accidents than by any other line-of-duty cause of death; more than a quarter of those killed in the line of duty are struck by vehicles passing while the officer is outside his car during a traffic stop.  (more) 


From the Lilburn Community Partnership
LCP After Hours 2015 Schedule
The Lilburn Community Partnerhsip will kick off 2015 with its first After Hours event on Tuesday, January 20 from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm at the Lil'Barn Restaurant (formerly the Oyster Barn) located at 411 Beaver Ruin Rd. near the Hwy. 29 intersection in Lilburn.
Previously referred to as "Business After Hours" Board Member Michael Taylor, who is heading up the event series, states that "We want to empahsize that LCP After Hours is for the entire community - residents, business operators, non-profits and government leaders to come together, meet each other and get timely information on issues that are of interest to those who live, work and play in the Lilburn area." 
As is customary, the evening will begin with a "Meet and Greet" with refreshments provided by the hosting business, The Lil'Barn, followed by a program speaker (tbd) and then door prize drawings of giveaways provided by business operators who introduce their business as part of the give-away. Be sure to mark your calendar for January's event and future events:  March 17,  May 19, August 18, and October 20.  Make plans now to attend this great series of opportunities to learn more about our Lilburn Community.  Contact Michael Taylor at if you are interested in hosting a future event or would like more information.  

December Events

December was a busy month for the Wynne Russell House.  LCP volunteers decorated the house, hosted tours and photo sessions on Nov. 8, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.  Dec. 20 included a Cookie Swap that was well attended and is sure to be scheduled again next year.  Judy Nash of the Lilburn Woman's Club and Michael Taylor of the Lilburn Community Partnership judged the Cookie Swap . The winning cookies were for taste, appearance and presentation.  Richard Ferris took pictures and they can be viewed at this LINK.   In addition to the Cookie Swap, attendees enjoyed historic tours conducted by Elmer Nash and also had a opportunity to purchase holiday gifts from crafters. 

New Sign

Those who have lamented the delapidated sign that has marked the entrance to the house grounds will be happy to know that thanks to Global Signs on Steve Reynolds Blvd., Sonny Franks of Sign Creations and a nice donation from the Lilburn Woman's Club combined with funds raised at last year's Taste of Lilburn event, there is now a beautiful new sign to greet visitors. 

New Heating/AC

One of the limitations of the Wynne-Russell house has been the lack of air conditioning for the summer and adequate heat for the winter. Thanks to Spence Heating and Lennox Dealer Randy Head we now have a brand new heating system.  With their donation of the system and some labor along with funds raised through donations from a birthday function, the Wynne-Russell is on its way to being comfortable for functions in the winter cold and summer heat.  (Amazing that someone lived in the house until 1971 without air-conditioning!) 


The house has also benefitted by some recent donations:  a few months ago a storage chest that was in the house in 1850 was donated by a Russell family descsendant.  A few weeks ago, two rocking chairs, a hundred year old crocheted bedspread, and two china platters belonging to the late Mary Carroll were donated.  

Call for Volunteers

The events have brought attention to maintenance needs in the house and several residents have volunteered to help with maintenance and restoration. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact as we will be organizing efforts to make this house ready for more community gatherings.

Call for Craft Vendors

During the November and December events we had several crafters who indicated an interest in organizing a weekend craft fair for the early fall. If you are interested in joining this effort, please contact or call Diana Preston, 678-230-9058 for more information.

Save March 21 for Taste of Lilburn

Lilburn Community Partnership organizers are making plans for Taste of Lilburn 2015.  Last year's first event was immensely popular and sold out early.  Look for updates on new and returning restaurants at  Limited tables available for exhibitors who would like display tables.  Call Diana Preston at 678-230-9058 for participation and sponsorship information.  Funds raised at this event go toward the Wynne Russell House and LCP programming.

Lilburn Festival Committee Sets Date for STBW

Just months after Lilburn's First International Festival, the Committee has met and decided to host the Small Town, Big World Festival on Saturday, September 12 with hours of 10 am until 2 pm.  After conducting surveys of participants and attendees and getting feedback, it was determined the the hours would remain the same as last year.  Organizers will follow suggestions for improving the layout, set-up times, more food vendors and possibly have two stages for entertainment.  Overall the surveys indicated both attendees and participants were very happy with how we organized the first festival.  

The Festival Committee invites community sponsors to come forward and help present the best ever festival for 2015.  Contact or Diana Preston at 678-230-9058.  

Feature Article

Thank you Gerald McDowell

                                                                    Recently, city staff, and community leaders met at the Barn Smokehouse to bid Gerald McDowell, Executive Director of the Lilburn Community Improvement District good luck and appreciation for his service to the Lilburn Community.  In mid-December Gerald accepted the position of Executive Director of Airport West Community Improvement district to start this month.  

Gerald's tenure in Gwinnett actually began in 2005 with Gwinnett Village CID, and in 2009 he began work under the supervision of the Lilburn Community Partnership Board to guide the formation process of the Lilburn Community Improvement District. Once the Lilburn CID was formed, the CID board then hired Gerald as their executive director. Since the forming of the CID, Gerald has had a tremendous presence in our community at civic and business events keeping us informed of the CID's redevelopment efforts.

In a relatively short time, our community has seen the benefit of a more beautiful and safe commercial corridor with the planted medians and plans in the works for improved intersections and pedestrian/bike friendly pathways. Gerald's passion for improving the Lilburn environs has benefitted not only the business community but the residential areas as well. 

Some of those present at his going away lunch were City Manager Bill Johnsa, Chief Bruce Hedley and Chuck Warbington, Gwinnett Village Executive Director.  Community leaders from the Downtown Development Authority, SafetySmart, Lilburn Woman's Club, the Lilburn Community Partnership and Lilburn Community Improvement District included Michael and Jimi Taylor, Ben and Sandra Hawkins, Elmer and Judy Nash, John Souter, Ed O'Connor, Linda Newton, Margot Ashley, and Diana Preston. 

We want to thank Gerald McDowell for his years of serving our community and his contributions toward making Lilburn a destination of choice.   


 News from the City


Project proposed for Main Street

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The Lilburn Planning Commission has recommended approval of a proposed development for businesses and residences on the southwest corner of Main Street and Lawrenceville Highway (US 29). The project would be located across the street from the future City Hall/Library. City Council will hold a public hearing and consider final approval of the permit on Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, 76 Main St.

Nacoochee Corporation’s plans show businesses fronting Lawrenceville Highway and Main Street, and a multi-story residential building fronting Church Street and Main Street. A parking deck would be constructed in the center of the square with the same design elements of the businesses and homes.

Project Facts (more)

Business License Renewals

If you are a business owner in the City of Lilburn, please note the information below posted on  the City of Lilburn Web site.

Annual renewals are required for a City of Lilburn business license, also known as an occupational tax certificate. Renewals must be filed by January 31 every year. The administration fee is $75.

Bring your renewal application to City Hall or mail to: 
City of Lilburn
76 Main St.
Lilburn, GA 30047


Business License Renewal Application  

Application for Pain Management Clinics

Application for Pawn Shops and Precious Metals Dealers

(If you are an business owner in Gwinnett County your business license renewal is not due until April 1st. )

Recycle Christmas Trees in Lilburn

There are several locations in Lilburn to recycle your Christmas tree. Bring your "naked" tree to the site of the former city maintenance shop, located at 107 Railroad Ave. across from City Hall. Trees may be dropped off near the concrete blocks in the parking lot any time until Jan. 31, 2015.

The trees will be chipped into mulch, which will be available for public self-pickup as available in Lilburn City Park next to the pavilion. Contact Public Works at 770-638-2196 with questions.

Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful invites residents to drop off their live Christmas trees between Dec. 26 and Jan. 16 at the following local fire departments:
•Fire Station 2, 12 Harmony Grove Rd., 30047
•Fire Station 3, 4394 Five Forks-Trickum Rd., 30047
•Fire Station 22, 2180 Stone Dr., 30047

 Get involved in Lilburn!

The City of Lilburn is now accepting applications for Civic Leadership Matters, a new training/mentoring program led by Mayor Johnny Crist. The class is geared toward those who sincerely desire to learn, grow and serve in some capacity in the City of Lilburn. Those who live in the City of Lilburn will receive priority seating. Applications are due January 12, 2015.

This 6-month course will challenge the participants to understand the political landscape specific to municipal governance in the 10-county region. Each participant will leave with an individualized pathway of growth.

The class will convene on the third Tuesday of the month beginning January 23, 2015, and graduation is scheduled for June 16. City, county, and state elected officials, industry and business leaders will address the class. Two speakers are scheduled per evening.

Topics include the following:
A. Leadership, "Likeability," and Life-Long Learning
B. Introduction to City Government - DDA, CID, PD and Mayor and City Council responsibilities
C. Gwinnett County History and Governance and Issues
D. Considering the Atlanta 10-county region - The ARC
E. Movies, Money and the Atlanta Airport - our largest employer
F. Why Schools Count and Gold Dome Decisions

Civic Leadership Matters Application

The Gwinnett County Jail has a great program called Operation Second Chance which is a unique partnership between the Society of Humane Friends and the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office. The program gives carefully selected inmates an opportunity to give back to society by involving them in providing foster care, basic obedience training and socialization to homeless animals.  At the same time the inmates benefit through enhancing their social and vocational skills. The program is taught by volunteers who instruct the inmates on how to properly care for and train assigned dogs and cats. During the program, each dog and cat will be socialized through interaction with people and other animals. Not only does the program give a second chance to these unwanted animals that would be otherwise euthanized, but it also provides social and job skills to inmates in the area of dog training and grooming, as well as unconditional love.
For more information about Operation Second Chance click here

Bring One for the Chipper 

Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, in partnership with Gwinnett County, is hosting the annual Bring One for the Chipper event. Drop off your live Christmas tree until January 16 at various locations in Gwinnett County; visit for a list of locations. Fire stations will accept trees 24/7 and other facilities will accept them during regular business hours. The trees will be chipped into mulch at Bethesda Park in Lawrenceville on Saturday, January 24 and used for County parks and facilities. To volunteer for this event, visit

Septic Tank Maintenance Workshop

January 15 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Attend this free workshop and learn what to look for when a problem exists, what to look for in a good contractor, and what permitting requirements are for new systems. For more information and to register, email or call 678.376.7193. Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Court in Norcross.

An Engaging Affair Winter Bridal Show

January 18 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Meet with wedding professionals to discuss options for your special day. Stay for the bridal gown fashion show, games, and door prizes. Grooms are always free. Registration is $6 before January 16 and $7 at the door. The first 30 brides receive a free t-shirt. For more information, call 770.822.5450. Gwinnett Historic Courthouse 185 West Crogan Street in Lawrenceville.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

On January 19, in the spirit of the MLK Day holiday, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, in partnership with Volunteer Gwinnett and the Gwinnett Neighborhood Leadership Institute, will host the second annual Martin Luther King Jr. Great Day of Service volunteer event. Volunteers can sign up as individuals or groups at

County to build new 26-acre park on Five Forks Trickum Road

Construction is slated to begin soon on the new J.B. Williams Park at 4925 Five Forks Trickum Road in Lilburn. Gwinnett commissioners approved a $5.18 million construction contract with Vertical Earth Inc. of Cumming.

Designed to complement existing facilities at nearby Mountain Park Park, the highlights include a 325-foot lighted baseball field with bleachers, a central plaza and a restroom/concession building. Other major park components include a 1.8-acre fenced dog park, a skate plaza, and a three-quarter mile paved trail, plus a picnic pavilion, playground and open play lawn.

The County bought the 26-acre property in 2008 from the J.B. Williams family. A citizens' steering committee helped develop the master plan and the final design was approved by the Recreation Authority last year. Funding comes from the 2009 SPLOST program

Southeast Gwinnett Road Improvements

 (Lawrenceville, Ga., Jan. 7, 2015) – Pedestrian and intersection improvements are coming to two new schools that will open in August and an intersection on U.S. 78. Commissioners approved construction contracts for the three SPLOST-funded projects on Tuesday.

The Graves Road intersection at McDonough Drive will get a traffic signal and an entrance to the new Graves Elementary School will be created. The $2.1 million contract, which also includes area sidewalks that connect the school to Graves Park, went to low bidder C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc.

The existing signal will be modified and turn lanes and sidewalks will be installed at the entrance to the new Baggett Elementary School at Old Norcross Road and Oakland Road. CMES Inc. of Lilburn was the lowest of five bidders at $1 million for the contract that also includes new turn lanes on Cruse Road.

Both projects will be complete prior to the August school opening dates.

Scholarships for High School Seniors & College Students

Scholarships available for Georgia high school seniors and college undergraduates

(Lawrenceville, Ga., Dec. 22, 2014) – The Constitutional Officers of Gwinnett County, Sheriff Butch Conway, Clerk of Courts Richard Alexander, Probate Judge Christopher Ballar and Tax Commissioner Richard Steele, in partnership with the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia, are pleased to announce a scholarship contest for Georgia high school seniors and current college undergraduates.

Each year, the Constitutional Officer’s Association of Georgia offers Georgia students a chance to win scholarships. This year, the association will offer three scholarships, one each in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. To be eligible for this year’s scholarship, students must be residents of Georgia, graduate from high school by the spring of 2015, or be enrolled in an accredited Georgia college or university. Students must also seek a degree in a field related to government/law enforcement, political science, accounting, finance, business or pre-law.

To apply, applicants must submit a typed, 1,000-word essay that answers the question “How can the local governing authority and the four local constitutional officers in your county partner together to provide a more efficient and cost-effective government?” and provide a letter of acceptance or enrollment from an institution of higher education, a copy of a college application or transcript to provide verification of degree field, and the COAG scholarship application.

All completed applications, documentation and completed essays should be mailed flat in a 9x12 envelope to Suzanne Cross, COAG, P.O. Box 1644, Decatur, Ga , 30031, by April 1, 2015.

For more information, visit or contact Suzanne Cross at (404) 377-1364 or

Click here to see the newest issue of Gwinnett L.I.F.E., your complete program guide to great activities for you to play, live and learn. 

Or visit and click "Online Registration" for our new online activity search and registration! As of December, 2014 you'll need to create a new login and password to get on our way to fun! 

If you want a copy of Gwinnett L.I.F.E., you can pick one up at Gwinnett County park facilities and libraries, the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, the Gwinnett Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center. 

If you have questions, please e-mail

Design29 Update
The Lilburn Community Improvement District requests input from the community through its website: The site is a great outlet for providing feedback and accessing the latest news.  Check the website for a January community meeting date and time. 

Meetings are always open to the public and are held at the Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street.

February 11th Meeting, 7 pm

The Lilburn Arts Alliance will hold an open discussion meeting on Wednesday, February 11th,
7PM, including our popular Show and Tell segment featuring one of our talented members. If
you are interested in the arts and want to get involved, this is the time and place. 

March 11th Meeting, 7 pm

The Lilburn Arts Alliance presents multi-award winning artist, Donna Biggee, who has gained recognition with her ability to capture light and reflection in vivid landscapes.  A respresentational artist with an emphasis in oils and pastels, Donna's works are inspired by the expressed beauty in nature.  Donna will do a live demo of her artistry.

Spring Art Exhibit, March 28

March 28th marks the date of our Spring Art Exhibit, at the Lilburn City Hall, 76 Main Street, from 11AM to 4PM. Stop by to see and buy original art by our creative artists. Works include paintings, photography, mixed media and 3-Dimensional art. 

Calling all Artists - this is open to all artists, you do not have to be a member of the Lilburn Arts Alliance to exhibit your work (although it is encouraged). Please visit our website for more information about how to enter, deadline and fees.

Lions Club Sets Meeting Schedule

Next Meeting:  January 22, 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School

The new Lilburn Lions Club had their second meeting on Thursday, Jan. 8. Under the leadership of President Leslie Edwin, Secretary Pat Gabilondo and Treasurer Al Taylor, the members voted to meet twice a month: the second Thursday of the month at noon at the Taste of Paradise Restaurant located in the Market Place Shopping Center at 4805 Lawrenceville Hwy. in Lilburn (intersection of Indian Trail Rd. and US 29) and the second meeting the fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm at Berkmar Middle School, located opposite the Post Office on Hwy. 29 at the traffic light at Postal Way. 

Members also set a date for the club's chartering to be held on Saturday, March 28 at 6:30 pm in the Media Center at Berkmar High School. The Club currently has 25 members and continues to invite those interested to attend meetings. Anyone who joins prior to the chartering will be considered a charter member.

For more information on joining the Lilburn Lions, contact Diana Preston, Membership Chair at  For information on Lion's Club International, please follow this LINK.

Lilburn Woman's Club News
Lilburn Relay Rally Returns

The Lilburn Relay Rally is coming back to Lilburn City Park on April 24, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Sponsored by the Lilburn Woman's Club, this event is a fund raiser for the American Cancer Society's Gwinnett Realy for Life.  Survivors will be honored at a reception in the City Hall.  

You can be part of this event. Participant registration is free. Go to this LINK to participate as an individual, join a team, form a team or donate. Simply click "Sign up" and then "Start a Team" or "Donate."  

If you would like to be a Sponsor and be on the event banner, on the t-shirt and in event publicity, contact Pat Swan at or Gail Zarnik at

Recycle Your Christmas Cards 

Recycle your Christmas and other greeting cards by saving the fronts of the cards and turning them in to the Mail and Package Center in Beaver Ruin Village Center.  A LWC volunteer will pick them up and the club will send them to St. Jude's Children's Ranch to be repurposed. Please do not include Disney, Hallmark or American Greeting cards.  

Lilburn Business Association

The Lilburn Business Association will meet on Thursday, Jan. 20 at 11:30 am at Killian Hall, 908 Killian Hill Rd. Lilburn.  Rick Kent of Creative Business Solutions will speak on "What's New in Healthcare Exchanges." Lunch is $15 for non-members.

From Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful--

15 Easy Ways to Go Green in 2015

With the arrival of a New Year, so follows the rush to develop a list of meaningful – yet doable – New Year’s resolutions. Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful weighs in with our list of 15 Easy Ways to Go Green in 2015. Don’t just make a statement in the New Year… make a difference.

  1. Recycle… Properly:
  2. Adopt a “Less is More” Attitude
  3. Start Composting
  4. Start Your Own Garden or Take Part in a Community Garden
  5. Shop From Farmers Markets
  6. Dine at Local Farm-to-Table Restaurants
  7. Re-think Bath Time
  8. Donate Gently Used Clothes and Houehold Items
  9. Power Down
  10. Consolidate Errand Runs
  11. Encourage Green Practices at Work
  12. Make Sure Your School is a Green School 
  13. Volunteer Your Time to an Eco-Focused Non-Profit.
  14. Donate to an Eco-Focused Non-Profit Make a tax-deductible donation to Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful in order to support programs throughout the community. 
  15. Attend Gwinnett Clean & Beautiful’s 35th Birthday and Annual Awards Dinner: We cordially invite you to attend our 35th Birthday and Annual Awards Dinner on January 23, 2015. It will be hosted at The Gwinnett Center in Duluth from 6 to 11 p.m. – complete with ECoS Community Hero Awards, live entertainment from Herman Pennamon & Friends, a wonderful dinner catered by Proof in the Pudding, and more. Reserve your seat TODAY!

For even more “green” tips and trends, please visit
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