Super City, Super People!
Suwanee Fest returns to Town Center Park September 17 and 18! Nearly 200 vendors and exhibitors, 15 entertainment acts, a four-part training course for superheroes-in-training, and one amazing parade are just some of the highlights of this beloved fall tradition. New to the event this year:
- Revamped Family Fun Zone
- Stand at Attention Competition
- Tiger Tails Pet Tent
- Headliner Who's Bad: Michael Jackson Tribute Band
*Food truck line-up is subject to change.
Last Events of the Summer
The city is wrapping up it's summer events schedule with the last Food Truck Friday and Movies Under the Stars of the year:
Movies Under the Stars: August 27
7:00 p.m. – Zootopia | 8:45 p.m. – Avengers: Age of Ultron
Movies are free and open to the public. Bring chairs, blankets, and snacks. No alcohol may be brought into the park, but food and beverages, including beer and wine, may be purchased from Town Center merchants.
Food Truck Friday: September 2
Hosted by Suwanee Youth Leaders | Theme: Beach Party
The SYL class has been split into two teams and challenged to plan and execute the events, with the title of "Best Food Truck Friday" on the line! Food Trucks scheduled to appear:
Run Like a Superhero
Whether you're as fast as The Flash or as slow and steady as a Ninja Turtle, you can participate in the 16th annual Suwanee Fest Superhero 5K & 10K Classic on Saturday, September 10. Presented by Georgia Fitness, this event benefits childhood obesity initiatives to help kids in Gwinnett County become active in sports, after school programs, and live a healthy lifestyle. The annual Suwanee Fest races, including a children's 1K fun run, begin and finish at Town Center Park. Superhero costumes are strongly encouraged! Prizes will be awarded for overall winners as well as best costumes. Click here to register.
- 7:30 a.m. – 5K
- 8:30 a.m. – 10K
- 8:35 a.m. – Fun Run
No Elections Scheduled at City Hall
No election activity is scheduled at Suwanee City Hall for 2016. For information related to Gwinnett County elections, please click the appropriate link below:
City of Suwanee Awarded for Superior Management
For the eighth consecutive year, the City of Suwanee has been recognized by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for superior performance management.
"The certificate program recognizes communities that have demonstrated leadership in continuous improvement and community engagement using performance analysis," said ICMA Executive Director Robert J. O'Neill, Jr. "Performance analysis is an integral component of professional local government management, and jurisdictions meeting the certificate qualifications serve as examples for other governments to follow."
According to ICMA, the certificate program assesses a local government's performance management program and encourages analysis of results by comparing to peers and gauging performance over time. Performance management aids in cost reduction, program prioritization, and quality improvement while encouraging accountability and transparency.
Suwanee's Proposed Millage Rate to Remain at 4.93
The City of Suwanee has proposed a millage rate of 4.93 mills, the same proposed rate used in the adopted FY 2017 budget and the same rate used by the City over the past four years.
City Council is expected to adopt an FY2017 millage rate at its August 23 meeting. Because the proposed rate is anticipated to generate a 5.18 percent increase in property tax revenues, due to rising property values, the City of Suwanee will hold three public hearings on this increase.
- Thursday, August 11 at 5:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 23 at noon
- Tuesday, August 23 at 6:30 p.m.
City of Suwanee Saves $3M Through Bond Refinance
The Suwanee City Council adopted a bond resolution and bond purchase agreement at their May 24, 2016 City Council Meeting and voted to approve the refinancing of the city's outstanding Open Space bonds, resulting in savings of $3 million over the life of the bond for Suwanee tax payers.
Based on current market conditions and Suwanee's AAA bond rating, the city was able to forward refund the approximately $12.3 million bond and lock-in at a 1.96 percent rate (formerly 4.3 percent) with JPMorgan Chase. This option provides a fiscal year comparison savings of $3 million, as well as shortening the outstanding debt from 16 to 10 years.
"The City's credit and reputation again brought strong interest from the banking sector, and we received some great bids," said Amie Sakmar, City of Suwanee Financial Services Director. "Suwanee is thrilled to be partnering once again with JPMorgan Chase in these efforts to be good stewards of the taxpayers' money."
Last fall, the City of Suwanee refinanced 2006 revenue bonds – also with JPMorgan Chase – that were used to help fund construction of Suwanee City Hall, saving the city approximately $180,000.
"This allows us the opportunity to save the taxpayers millions of dollars by getting out-of-debt sooner," said Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette. "Like the previous refunding, it's a win-win situation."
Suwanee Police Named Georgia Agency of the Year
The Georgia Chapter of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Academy Associates (FBINAA) presented the Suwanee Police Department with the Phyllis Goodwin Agency of the Year Award at the organization's annual summer conference last week.
The annual award recognizes agencies that excel in support of the FBINAA Georgia Chapter. Criteria for the award is measured in the categories of how the agency's efforts present themselves in a manner that lend strength, dignity, and credit to the law enforcement profession, the impact the agency's efforts have had on the Georgia chapter of the FBINAA, and the positive impacts involving agency programs and services made in the community.
"I have been a strong supporter of the FBI National Academy since graduating from the 155th session in 1986," said Suwanee Chief of Police Mike Jones. "The organization does so much to enhance law enforcement profession as a whole. I am humbled at the recognition that the Suwanee Police Department has received from the FBINAA."
Farmers Market Season Continues Through October 1
The season of fresh produce, lovely flowers, and yummy baked goods returns to Suwanee when the City's Farmers Market opens at Town Center Park Saturday, May 7. The market is open 8 am-noon Saturdays through October 1.
"The Suwanee Farmers Market has a loyal customer and farmer base," notes Suwanee Events Manager Amy Doherty. "Our market is almost as much a social event as it is an opportunity to access locally grown produce and a variety of other items, such as salsa, honey, eggs and meat, seafood, and baked goods."
Welcome to the Welcome Center
In a joint venture, the City of Suwanee and North Gwinnett Arts Association (NGAA) have entered into a partnership that allows the NGAA to have much-needed studio and class space in Suwanee Town Center, while also creating and staffing a welcome center for the city.
"The joint welcome and arts center allows the city to have a presence that extends beyond the normal business hours," said Marty Allen, Suwanee City Manager. "City Hall is closed on weekends and after 5 p.m., which is when a large percentage of visitors are in Town Center. A welcome center affords us the opportunity to serve as ambassadors to visitors, and leveraging a collaboration with the NGAA provides a welcoming presence."
Located at 3930 Charleston Market Street, the 2,297 square-foot facility will feature studio space, art classes and workshops, open studio time, and a gallery. The welcome center will be open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.