Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails
Mark your calendars now for the Suwanee social event of 2016: Guess Who's Coming to Cocktails, hosted at Town Center March 5 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM. Join the swankiest, hippest, and best dressed of Suwanee at this black-and-white, black-tie optional event in support of the Suwanee public art initiative.
"Public art has become such a part of the fabric of our community," says Public Arts Commission member Cherie Heringer. "We wanted to create an annual event to celebrate the arts and to encourage residents to continue to support public art, not just financially but through involvement as well."
Party-goers can look forward to cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, music, and dancing, plus an opportunity to brush elbows with mystery guests – possibly a prominent artist? Perhaps a renowned author? Perchance, a celebrated athlete?
Tickets are available starting at $100. Reserved tables for six are available for $1,200, and other arts patronage levels range from $5,000-$20,000 with increasing sponsor benefits. Visit SuwaneeGuessWhosComing.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
Do you LOVE to Run?
The annual Suwanee Sweetheart Sprint is a fun 5K that begins and ends at Suwanee's Town Center Park. Beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 13, this Peachtree Road Race-certified course is an out-and-back along the Suwanee Creek Greenway.
A primary fundraiser for the Buford/North Gwinnett Rotary Club, proceeds from the Sweetheart Sprint are used to support a variety of community organizations. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.suwaneesweetheartsprint.com, or call 678-995-6860.
Suwanee in Search of Farmers, Food Trucks, and Warm Spring Breezes
Warm days, fresh produce, and eating al fresco will return to Suwanee before you know it! The Suwanee Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays, May through the first week in October, at Town Center Park.
The Market is in search of farmers, herb and flower growers, butchers, bakers, jams and soap makers, and others to participate in its 12th season. Click here for more information.
Food Truck Fridays will return to Suwanee in April, May, June, August, and September, with each month will bringing great food and music from 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm (music begins at 7:00). Interested food truck vendors can apply to be part of these annual events by clicking here.
Suwanee Seeks Artists Willing to "Go Out on a Limb"
The City of Suwanee is accepting proposals and samples from artists who wish to have their work considered for the City's month-long, award-winning Art on a Limb program.
Through Art on a Limb, two pieces of original artwork are hidden along the Suwanee Creek Greenway or at one of the City's parks each day throughout the month of May. Those who find the art pieces get to keep the unique trail treasures.
Past Art on a Limb pieces have included clay orbs, small paintings on canvas as well as pieces of the City's old water tower, magnets, gourds painted to look like birds, the Suwanee S shaped from metal, and pottery pieces that include leaves found along the Greenway.
What Will Your Garden Grow?
There are still a few plots available at Suwanee's Harvest Farm organic community garden! Garden plots are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis with priority given to City residents, property owners, and taxpayers as well as returning gardeners.
Plots are available in three different sizes, with the annual fee ranging from $50-$100. City of Suwanee residents/taxpayers receive a 25 percent discount.
Annual fees include use of a raised bed, utilities, basic community tools, social and educational events, and, when available, compost. Gardeners incur personal expenses for items such as seeds, plants, amendments, stakes, and trellises.
Click here for more information about Harvest Farm, or to apply for a 2016 plot.
May the Road Rise Up to Meet You at the 6th Annual Shamrock 5K
Say "Top o'the mornin'" and join us on Saturday, March 19 for the 6th Annual Suwanee Kiwanis Shamrock 5K.
This Peachtree Roadrace qualifier begins and ends at Suwanee Town Center Park. The course is mostly hard surface on the Suwanee Greenway. It is a fast, flat run with a few hills at the very end. Enjoy nature's beautiful springtime flora and fauna as you race to the finish line!
Contact Adam Edge for more information.
Bond refinancing to save about $180K
With authorization from the Suwanee Urban Redevelopment Agency, the City of Suwanee plans to close in November on an agreement with JP Morgan Chase to refinance 2006 revenue bonds that were used to help fund construction of Suwanee City Hall. The City still owes about $4 million on the original $6.5 million bonds and, through refinancing at an interest rate of 1.94%, will save approximately $180,000, or about 4.65 percent, across the 11-year payment period that remains.
JP Morgan Chase offered the City a 1.94% fixed interest rate. The original interest rate on the bonds was 3.5%.
"The City's debt policy requires that, unless terms are changed, a savings of at least 3% must be realized in order to refinance debt," says Financial Services Director Amie Sakmar. "Suwanee's strong financial position – we have a AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor's – make us a good investment, and market conditions and low interest rates make this a good time to refinance. Premier financial institutions like JP Morgan Chase want to partner with us because we're a secure bet."
The City of Suwanee also has about $13 million in general obligation bonds (remaining from $17.7 million in bonds that were originally issued in 2002), which were used to acquire open space and build parks. The City refinanced those bonds in 2006 and cannot, according to IRS rules, refinance again within a 10-year period.
Suwanee Election Results
In the November 3rd municipal election, Suwanee voters elected incumbents Doug Ireland and Dick Goodman to serve another four-year term. Mayor Jimmy Burnette ran unopposed and will return for another term.
Below are the uncertified election results for Suwanee:
Council Post 1
Council Post 2