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Ribbon cut on new Elizabeth H. Williams Library

officials cut ribbonSNELLVILLE (September 18, 2023) —The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners, in partnership with the Gwinnett County Public Library Board of Trustees and the City of Snellville, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of the Elizabeth H. Williams Branch of the Gwinnett County Public Library and the City of Snellville Business Center today.

“We are so excited for what this new branch will bring to our city,” said Barbara Bender, Mayor of Snellville. “Having a space to connect with the broader Snellville community and foster learning and collaboration is of utmost importance, so it was a priority for us to include a space fit for this in The Grove at Towne Center Development.”

The new branch is located at the heart of the Grove at Towne Center development in Snellville, Georgia, a highly anticipated urban hub boasting a unique, walkable downtown experience. The state-of-the-art Gwinnett Library building contains two floors, the first a traditional county public library, with the second housing THRIVE | Coworking, an Atlanta-based hybrid workspace slated for official opening later this year.

library computer boy“The new library building is a true work of art, much like the entirety of The Grove at Towne Center development,” said Shannon Dixon, Executive Vice President of CASTO Southeast. “It’s so rewarding to see all the uniquely selected and carefully incorporated elements come together as construction continues on the project. The new library building is just one of many remarkable components that contributes to the significance of this new development.” 

library insideThe Elizabeth H. Williams Branch boasts approximately 24,000 square feet of space, which is twice the size of the previous branch. The library features a meeting room with a capacity for 120, collaboration room with seating up to ten, two learning labs with sound attenuation, 20 computer stations, three group study rooms, 128 parking deck spaces, Amazon lockers and 39 hours per week of Open Access time outside regular branch hours.

For more information on The Grove at Towne Center, visit



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Applicants set for liquor store license lottery

SNELLVILLE – A lottery scheduled for Sept. 25, 2023 will determine which one of five proposals will earn the right to open a package store in city limits.

In a Nov. 8, 2022 Special Election, Snellville voters approved a question that made way for the issuance of a license to operate a package store.

Of the nine applications initially received for review, three were deemed complete and approved. Two applicants, whose applications did not meet all qualifications, chose not two appeal their denial, while four went through the appeal process Monday.

Jatin Shah, of SP 23 LLC, and Kelly Kautz and Rahim Asani of Snellville Beverage Center LLC successfully appealed City Manager Butch Sanders’ decision to deny their applications after Mayor and Council heard reasons why their applications should be accepted and placed in the lottery. If chosen in the lottery Shah’s package store would be located at 2752 Main St., near McDonald’s, while Kautz and Asani’s would be located a 2145 Main St. – the former Autobell Car Wash.

The following applicants will also be in the lottery to be held at City Hall Sept. 25:

  • Niko Patel, Chandan99, 1945 Pharrs Road, near Hampton Inn & Suites

  • Maxie Price, Traditional Distillery, 1913 Main St., near QuickTrip on 78

  • Maxie Price, Traditional Distillery, 1943 Main St., near QuickTrip on 78

Posted Sept. 13, 2023


Solicitantes listos para la lotería de licencias de licorería

SNELLVILLE – Una lotería programada para el 25 de septiembre de 2023 determinará cuál de las cinco propuestas obtendrá el derecho de abrir una tienda de paquetes en los límites de la ciudad.

En una elección especial del 8 de noviembre de 2022, los votantes de Snellville aprobaron una pregunta que dio paso a la emisión de una licencia para operar una tienda de paquetes. De las nueve solicitudes recibidas inicialmente para su revisión, tres se consideraron completas y aprobadas. Dos solicitantes, cuyas solicitudes no cumplían con todos los requisitos, optaron por no apelar su denegación, mientras que cuatro pasaron por el proceso de apelación el lunes. Jatin Shah, de SP 23 LLC, y Kelly Kautz y Rahim Asani de Snellville Beverage Center LLC apelaron con éxito la decisión del administrador de la ciudad, Butch Sanders, de rechazar sus solicitudes después de que el alcalde y el concejo escucharon las razones por las que sus solicitudes deberían ser aceptadas y colocadas en la lotería. Si se elige en la lotería, la tienda de paquetes Shah's estaría ubicada en 2752 Main St., cerca de McDonald's, mientras que Kautz y Asani's estaría ubicada en 2145 Main St., el antiguo Autobell Car Wash.

Los siguientes solicitantes también estarán en la lotería que se llevará a cabo en el Ayuntamiento el 25 de septiembre: • Niko Patel, Chandan99, 1945 Pharrs Road, cerca de Hampton Inn & Suites • Maxie Price, destilería tradicional, 1913 Main St., cerca de QuickTrip en 78 • Maxie Price, Destilería Tradicional, 1943 Main St., cerca de QuickTrip en 78


City Releases Bid for Repair of Storm Water Drainage Systems


Wednesday August 23, 2023

The City of Snellville (City) is soliciting competitive sealed bids from qualified contractors to provide all 
labor and materials required for the repair of Storm Water Drainage Systems and related infrastructure, 
including pipe of various sizes and materials, catch basins, headwalls, curb and road restoration, erosion 
controls, seeding/sodding, rip rap, etc, with related tie-ins and appurtenances at eleven (11) locations, 
within the city limits of Snellville, Georgia 30078.

Please visit the bid page for more information.



Mixed-use development approved for corner of Rosebud Road and Highway 78

Mixed-use 78Mayor and Council approved a rezone Monday, making way for a mixed-use development at the corner of Rosebud Road and Highway 78.

Once tapped as a site for a Kroger grocery store, developers requested the rezone General Business District to Mixed‐Use District and a special use permit for the project encompassing 300 multi‐family apartments (mixed‐use building type), 28 single-family attached townhomes and 51,000 square feet of retail, commercial, office and amenity space.

In 2015, Mayor and Council approved a largescale Kroger concept but due to downturns in the market., the plan was scrapped.

The 22.85 acre site is located at the easternmost city limits boundary and southwest of Highway 78  and  Rosebud  Road  intersection. The same corner was home to the Brooks family homestead.



Desarrollo de uso mixto aprobado para la esquina de Rosebud Road y Highway 78

El alcalde y el consejo aprobaron una rezonificación el lunes, dando paso a un desarrollo de uso mixto en la esquina de Rosebud Road y Highway 78.
Una vez designado como sitio para una tienda de abarrotes Kroger, los desarrolladores solicitaron la rezonificación del Distrito Comercial General a Distrito de Uso Mixto y un permiso de uso especial para el proyecto que abarca 300 apartamentos multifamiliares (tipo de edificio de uso mixto), 28 apartamentos unifamiliares adjuntos casas adosadas y 51,000 pies cuadrados de espacio comercial, comercial, de oficinas y de servicios.
En 2015, el alcalde y el consejo aprobaron un concepto de Kroger a gran escala, pero debido a las recesiones en el mercado, el plan se descartó.
El sitio de 22.85 acres está ubicado en el límite más oriental de los límites de la ciudad y al suroeste de la intersección de la autopista 78 y Rosebud Road. La misma esquina albergaba la granja de la familia Brooks.


Posted: Aug 15, 2023


Enrollment for curbside recycling pickup, extra garbage carts re-opened

Effective Aug 1, 2023, the City of Snellville will be re-opening enrollment for curbside recycling and extra garbage carts. Service will start the month following enrollment and will be prorated through the original enrollment date of May 1. Recycling and extra garbage carts will be delivered during the last week of the enrollment month. Payment options are as follows:

  1. Phone - credit/debit accepted during Public Works office hours Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m by calling 770-985-3527
  2. In person – accepts cash, check and credit card payment at the Public Works Office. Hours are Monday – Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Office is located at 2491 Marigold Road.

Aug. 1, 2023

Original information

Dear Citizens of Snellville,

The City of Snellville began its new optional subscription-based recycling and extra garbage cart program on Monday, May 1. 

Please know those who have not signed up for the program will have their recycling bins picked up over the course of the next several pick up dates. 

Please know you may opt into the recycling program for a $144 fee or receive an additional garbage cart for $120 by contacting the Public Works Department at 770-985-3527. 

We, as a city, are truly sorry for any confusion that occurred during this new program’s roll out, but every attempt was made to educate citizens about the program beforehand through both individual resident letters and social media outlets.

As a reminder, per the city’s contract with Waste Management, plastics numbers one through seven will continue to be taken at curbside. Only plastics numbered one and two will be accepted at the city’s Recycling Center on Marigold Road.

Those who signed up for an additional garbage cart will receive the proper equipment by the end of this week. 

Thank you for your cooperation.


Mayor and Council approve millage rate

SNELLVILLE — Mayor and Council approved a millage rate of 4.00 mills on Monday evening. This is the same levy as last year and significantly lower than the 4.588 mills which was the rate from 2014 - 2022.

The median house value in Snellville is about $298,000 and, according to city officials, this median homeowner would pay $476 in taxes this year before exemptions were applied.

Mayor and Council recently approved the city’s FY’24 operating budget of $15.33 million and this millage rate will meet the tax revenue projection included in that budget.

Taxes collected from this millage form the largest revenue source the city has and are necessary to balance the new budget. 

Overall digest growth has been strong the last few years as the economy has recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic and that has helped Mayor and Council to reduce/maintain the millage rate.


Snellville police looking for participants to join Citizens Police Academy

CPAThe Snellville Police Department is offering a Citizens Police Academy class in order to strengthen the bond of friendship and cooperation between the city’s officers and the people it serves.

The 34th session of the class runs nine weeks on from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays beginning Sept. 7 and ending Nov. 2. The program is designed to help citizens gain a better understanding of the risks and responsibilities of police officers.

Some of the classes included in this training will be domestic violence, traffic stops, building searches, driving under the influence and firearms safety. This program also includes a ride along opportunity with a Snellville police officer.

The program is open to all Snellville-area residents 18 years and older. The academy is free and attendees do not have to live in city limits. Visit for an application or pick one up at the Snellville Police Department. A background investigation will be conducted on all applicants prior to acceptance in the academy.

Applications must be returned no later than Aug. 28. Space is limited and the application must be filled out completely and notarized.

For more information contact Sgt. Smith at 770-985-3545 or


Call and Qualifying for November 7, 2023 General Election


Notice is hereby given that the City of Snellville will hold a General Election on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 for the purpose of electing three (3) members of City Council. The posts to be voted on are the Mayor, currently held by Barbara Bender, Post 1 currently held by Dave Emanuel, and Post 2 currently held by Solange Destang.

The qualifying period for candidates opens Monday, August 21, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. and closes on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, at 4:30 p.m. The hours of qualifying each day shall be from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Any person desiring to run for this office shall qualify in the office of the City Clerk by filing a Notice of Candidacy. The qualifying fee for Mayor is $360.00 (three hundred and sixty dollars) and qualifying fee for Council is $240.00 (two hundred forty dollars).  These fees shall be paid by check or money order.

Advance Voting for the November 7, 2023, election will be Monday through Friday starting October 16, 2023, through Friday, November 3, 2023, with Saturday voting on October 21, 2023, and October 28, 2023.  The hours of voting each day shall be 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The voter registration deadline is October 10, 2023 for persons to be eligible to vote in the Municipal General Election and, if necessary, Runoff.

This election will be held in the Snellville City Hall, located at 2342 Oak Road, Snellville, Georgia.  The polls will open for the November 7, 2023 General Election at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 7:00 p.m.  If no candidate receives a majority vote, then a runoff election will be held on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at the same location.

Filed this 12th day of July, 2023
Melisa Arnold
City Clerk



Se pone en conocimiento del publico que la Ciudad de Snellville llevara a cabo una Eleccion General el martes, 7 de Noviembre 2023 para el proposito de elegir tres (3) miembros de Concejo municipal.  Los puestos que seran votados son para el Alcalde, de momento ocupado por Barbara Bender, Puesto 1, de momento ocupado por Dave Emanuel, y  Puesto 2, de momento ocupado por Solange Destang.

El periodo de calificacion abre el lunes, 21 de Agosto 2023 a las 8:30 a.m. y cierra el miercoles, 23 de Agosto 2023 a las 4:30 p. m. Las horas de calificacion cada dia seran de las 8:30 a.m. hasta las 4:30 p.m. Cualquier persona que desea presentarse como candidato debe calificar en la oficina del Secretario Municipal de la Ciudad con un Anuncio de la Candidatura. La tarifa para calificar para el Alcalde trescientos sesenta dolares ($360.00) y la tarifa para calificar para el Puesto de Concejo 1 y 2 es doscientos cuarenta dolares ($240.00).  La tarifa para calificar debe ser pagada por cheque o giro postal.

Votacion Avanzada para la eleccion 7 de Noviembre 2023 sera de lunes a viernes comenzando el 16 de Octubre 2023 hasta el viernes, 3 de Noviembre 2023 con votacion de sabado el 21 de Octubre 2023 y el 28 de Octubre 2023. Las horas de votacion cada dia seran de 9:00 a.m. hasta las 5:00 p.m.

La fecha tope para inscripcion de votantes es el 10 de Octubre 2023 para toda la persona elegible para votar en la Eleccion Municipal General y, si es necesario, la segunda vuelta.

Esta eleccion se celebrara en el Palacio Municipal de Snellville, localizado en el 2342 Oak Road, Snellville, Georgia. Las urnas se abriran para la Eleccion General 7 de Noviembre 2023 a las 7:00 a.m. y cierran a las 7:00 p.m.  Si ningun candidato recibe el voto mayoritario una segunda vuelta se tomara acabo el martes, 5 de Diciembre 2023 en el mismo lugar.

Presentado el dia 12 de Julio, 2023
Melisa Arnold
Secretario Municipal de la Ciudad


Press Release Announcing Proposed Property Tax Increase

The City of Snellville announces its intention to increase the 2023 property taxes it will levy this year by 10.80 percentage over the rollback millage rate.

Each year, the Gwinnett County Tax Assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the Gwinnett County Tax Assessors is required by law to re‐determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called a reassessment.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The budget adopted by the City of Snellville requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate, therefore, before the City of Snellville sets a final millage rate, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the Snellville City Hall, 2342 Oak Road, Snellville, Georgia on Monday, July 10, 2023 at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 24, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. and Monday, July 24, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.