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Mayor to Present State of the City Address During Jan. 28 Council Meeting

Changes to the city charter will be also voted on. Check out the rest of the agenda for tonight's city council meeting.

Snellville City Council will meet Jan. 28 for a regularly scheduled meeting at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. A work session will be held at 6:30 p.m. The full notes can be found on the City's website

Work Session Discussion Items:

  • Update on policy regarding a ban on smoking in public parks
  • The lower Johnson lake and dam in the Summit Chase neighborhood will be discussed once more. Click here for background information. 
  • Update on Snellville's economic development
  • Update on the Living Centers Initiative

Council Meeting Discussion Items

  • Proclamations will be read in honor of Dr. Richard Carlin, Black History Month and Tisha Rowland
  • Volunteer of the Year award will be presented to Joanne Fuller
  • Mayor Kelly Kautz will present a State of the City address
  • The council will discuss allowing wine to be served at an art shop for Sip and Paint classes. This would amend the current alcohol code.
  • A number of changes to the city charter will be discussed during a second reading. They include clarifying the scope of the mayor's power. The section that reads "The mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the city government and shall enforce the laws of the city and shall require the faithful performance of all administrative duties" will be deleted if the motion passes.
  • Additionally, the following section will be added if the motion passes: "Except for the purposes of inquiries and investigations, the mayor, the city council, and councilmembers shall deal with city officers and employees who are subject to the direction and supervision of the city manager solely through the city manager; and the mayor, the city council, or council members shall not give orders to any such city officer or employee, either publicly or privately."
Brenda Lee January 28, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Crystal, do you know what will be discussed about the Summit Chase dam and lake? In other words, anything new? I pulled down the agenda for tonight and all I see is that Councilman Sabbagh wants to bring it up for discussion.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 01:55 PM
That's all I know too, but I know that they want to get it resolved quickly. Hopefully this will lead to a final resolution.
Pat Binger January 28, 2013 at 02:15 PM
There will be no resolution from the City on the Summit Chase dam tonight nor any night. The lake is private property and any resolution must come from the Summit Chase Homeowners Assoc. I don't understand why this councilman wants to keep bringing it up in a meeting of the city council.
Brenda Lee January 28, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Pat, I agree 100% that the Summit Chase dam and lake is not a city issue. It is and has always been the responsibility of the Summit Chase HOA. Councilman Sabbagh is grandstanding the issue because he needs to look likelike he's ddoing something important.
just sayin' January 28, 2013 at 04:27 PM
What time will the meeting end? Can the public attend? Can questions be asked at this meeting? Sorry for questions I am a newbee. Thank you.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 04:33 PM
No problem! Yes, the public can attend and is encouraged to. There is no telling what time the meeting will be over, unfortunately. And yes, you can ask questions during the "public comment" section. Most people do this at the very end of the meeting, but the mayor will also ask after each separate discussion item if anyone has any questions or comments. So, for example, if you want to comment on the situation at Summit Chase, or if you have a comment or question that isn't related to any of the discussion items, you would just wait until the end of the meeting. Generally, the meetings last an hour, but they can go longer.
Crystal Huskey (Editor) January 28, 2013 at 04:34 PM
You would want to show up at the 7:30 council meeting, maybe ten minutes early or so.

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