Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Harvest Farm Plots
The City of Suwanee is now accepting applications for plots at Suwanee's Harvest Farm organic community garden are now being accepted for 2017 (their 7th growing season!).
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.
Everyone has a History
Stop by Suwanee City Hall and pick up one of our new historic landmark brochures, complete with a self-guided tour through the historic district, including the 1910 Suwanee First Methodist Church, Pierce's Corner, and the former hotel that now houses Huthmaker Violins!
The City of Suwanee has numerous historical landmarks, specifically in the Old Town Suwanee area. This approximately 56-acre historic district contains both commercial and residential areas dating from around 1871 to the early 1960s, which are primarily oriented in a linear fashion along Main Street and run parallel to the Norfolk Southern railroad corridor.
Although currently known for its community vibe, world-class Town Center Park development, and high quality-of-life, the City of Suwanee originated from humble beginnings. As is the case with many communities in our area, Suwanee's growth is tied to the evolution of transportation. A small agricultural town with strong ties to the railroad eventually grew to become the community we know and love today.
New Wayfinding Signage
Citizens and visitors alike will begin noticing new wayfinding signage throughout the City of Suwanee, alerting travelers to city and county parks, Suwanee's historic downtown, and other notable locations.
The new signs will serve to help visitors – as well as residents – find community and cultural destinations throughout the city. The wayfinding signage has been placed in 13 locations, and will not only provide directional information, but serve to highlight the city's wide range of attractions through universal design standards that are reflective of the city's brand identity.
"In addition to basic navigation, our wayfinding signage introduces the 'personality' of Suwanee and connects to our brand and promote further points of interest that people may not have been aware of," said Assistant City Manager Denise Brinson.
Suwanee Awarded for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The City of Suwanee's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) recently won the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, which Suwanee has now won for 13 consecutive years. Given by Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, the Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.
The submitted financial documents are judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the documents.
"The City of Suwanee's CAFR is "the tale of Suwanee," told through numbers," said city Financial Services Director Amie Sakmar. "It also includes some interesting statistics, graphs, and pictures. Preparing a CAFR is considered best practices in governmental finance."
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."
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:
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."
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.
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.