:: Plaque for Buice
Gwinnett officials recently hosted a dedication ceremony to commend Maron Buice, community leader and former county commissioner, who originated the Park and Ride Lots in Gwinnett County.
Board Chairman Charlotte Nash and State Senator Renee Unterman commended Buice for his service and unveiled a plaque in his honor.
In his initial term as commissioner, Buice established the first Park and Ride Lot at I-985 after receiving complaints from constituents.
Residents were upset about getting parking tickets for leaving their cars along Georgia Highway 20 while carpooling to the General Motors
plant in Doraville.
Around 1972, Buice
noticed a nearby vacant lot owned by the state of Georgia, so he
contacted the state and worked out the construction and the County's first Park
and Ride lot was made available for commuters to park and carpool.
Chairman Charlotte Nash says: "Maron Buice is one of those people who helped establish Gwinnett County's reputation of being proactive and finding innovative solutions to our problems.
, who now lives near Morganton, said at the dedication: "It's been a privilege to serve the citizens of this great county for so long, and I'm thankful to receive this honor-especially while I'm still around to enjoy it.
served four consecutive terms for a total of 16 years on the Gwinnett County
Board of Commissioners from 1969 to 1984.
To date, Buice
holds the record of longest serving Gwinnett County commissioner.