Items of note during the work session:
- Policy on smoking at the park: signs should be going up soon to let the public know it's against the law to smoke in the park.
- Economic Development Commitment Statement: It was suggested that the city create an official statement as they move forward with developing our local economy. The statement was presented to the council as complete, but councilmembers wanted the chance to read over it and possibly make some change.s
- Options to address lower Johnson Lake dam: full story available here.
- Sign ordinance: ready for first reading on Jan. 14.
- Appointed personnel: a solicitor for the city may be facing termination at the beginning of the year. (Editor's note: not sure what's happening here. Will let you know when I do.)
- Sidewalk progress across from South Gwinnett High School: the city is looking for grant money to put in a sidewalk by the school.
- Amendment to alcohol ordinance: a new art school is opening in Snellville, and the owner would like to offer "bring your own (alcoholic) beverage" sessions, similar to the "sip-and-paint" concept. The city's alcohol ordinance would have to be updated to reflect that. First reading should be held in January.
- Opportunity zone update: Nothing has been able to move forward because the Urban Redevelopment Authority committee has not met yet.
- Economic development update: the Snellville business toolbox website is doing very well, with visits from multiple nations and states.
Regular Business and Public Hearing:
Jacob Tzegaegbe, a Shiloh High grad and Georgia Tech student, was honored by the city for receiving the Marshall scholarship. The scholarship is given to U.S. students pursuing post-secondary education in England. Tzegaegbe will study civil engineering at the University College in London.
- 1st reading: Consideration and action on ordinance to amend Chapter 6 governing alcohol to allow the sale of growlers in permitted locations - motion was made to waive the first reading, and the item will be placed on the Jan. 14 agenda.
- Consideration and action on intergovernmental agreement with Gwinnett County to use the 800 MHz system and authorize the Mayor to execute the documents. Passed unanimous.
- Consideration and action on resolution to adopt the revised emergency operations plan for Gwinnett County and its municipalities. Passed unanimous.
- Consideration and action on award of bid for purchase of 2013 Sport Utility Vehicle for the Police Department. Passed unanimous.
- Consideration and action on award of bid for engineering services for the City of Snellville. Passed unanimous.
- Consideration and action on award of bid for purchase of a combination vacuum/sewer truck. Passed unanimous.
- Consideration and action on award of bid for annual paving contract. Passed unanimous.
- Mayor's nomination and council's confirmation of Gina Foster for the Evermore Community Improvement District Board Appointment. Failed for lack of a second motion.