County by county news for Sunday


Kennesaw opens biking and walking trails

Kennesaw has opened three biking and walking trails to connect to downtown.

The new trails start at First Baptist Church on North Main Street and link to Whispering Lake and Matlock trails off of Moon Station Road.

The city has received $301,000 from Georgia Department of Natural Resources grants to help build five trails since 2006. The community trail system will end at Jiles Road. Tucker McQueen for the AJC

Hopkins Road bridge replacement underway

The bridge on Hopkins Road over Wildhorse Creek in Powder Springs will be replaced, resulting in a two-month closure. Detour routes will be provided for the construction by Powder Springs and Cobb County.

The west sidewalks will extend to the Silver Comet Trail. Carolyn Cunningham for the AJC


Pedestrian safety projects approved

Gwinnett has approved construction of sidewalks and bus shelter pads along Buford Highway from Simpson Circle to Duluth Industrial Way with pedestrian traffic signals and crosswalks at the Simpson Circle intersection.

Also, a sidewalk will be built on Oakland Park Boulevard between U.S. 78 and the Gwinnett County Transit Park and Ride facility on Hewatt Road . The projects cost $624,142, with 95 percent paid by the Federal Transit Administration and the rest by local transit funds. A third project is a sidewalk along Cruse Road between Sugarloaf Parkway and Old Norcross Road with signals and crosswalks at Sugarloaf Parkway.

This $532,000 SPLOST-funded contract will also build sidewalks on Beaver Ruin Road from Rockborough Trail to Bailey Drive and on Peachtree Parkway/State Route 141 from Holcomb Bridge Road to Woodhill Drive. Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Norcross seniors losing utility discount

Norcross residents receiving senior citizen discounts on their city water and sewer bill will no longer receive one, now that billing for the utility has transferred to Gwinnett County to utilize its economy of scale. Per an agreement last month, the county replaced meters and last week took over billing and customer service for Norcross residents. Information: 678-421-2027. Michael Alpert for the AJC


Assessment notices to go out later this month

The Fulton County assessors office will mail about 345,000 assessment notices June 15, telling property owners their tax values and how much they can expect to pay. The notices start the clock on the 45-day appeal deadline.

They’re going out a month later than last year.

Chief Appraiser David Fitzgibbon cited staff vacancies and a need for quality control and editing. Two years ago the office sent overblown estimates to about 136,000 Atlanta property owners. Johnny Edwards


Holly Springs seeks park name suggestions

The city of Holly Springs is asking for citizen input on the naming of a planned 33-acre park. The City Council decided recently to accept citizen input until July 31. The so-called passive park on Hickory Road is tentatively set for an early summer, 2014 completion. To make suggestions: or 770-345-5536. Mark Woolsey for the AJC