SNELLVILLE — City officials, including Mayor and Council, will take part in diversity training headed up by the Georgia Municipal Association.
The program, led by GMA Director of Equity and Inclusion Freddie Broome, is called EMBRACE and focuses on diversity, equity and inclusion.
According to the GMA website, “the EMBRACE webinar series emboldens, educates and nurtures employees, member cities, business and community organizations to embrace differences and encourage belonging by fostering relationships to advocate community engagement, equity and inclusion for the betterment of all.”
“Often people think it’s a program about race or gender,” Broome said. “Our EMBRACE program is so much more than that. It’s about making people aware of different cultures, the differences that are in their community whether its race, gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual identity, sexual orientation. At the end of the day we are all different and we have to find a way to (determine) how we bring those differences together to make our community stronger.”
NOTICE OF BID PW220824
CONTRACT FOR REPAIR OF STORM WATER DRAINAGE SYSTEMS
Wednesday August 24, 2022
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 ten (10) locations, within
the city limits of Snellville, Georgia 30078.
SNELLVILLE — Residents will be asked in November to vote on whether they want the city to issue licenses to businesses for package sales of alcohol.
Mayor and Council approved a measure to put the following question on the ballot Nov. 8: “Shall the governing authority of the City of Snellville, Georgia be authorized to issue licenses for the package sale of distilled spirits within the city limits of the City of Snellville?” Residents will be asked to vote “yes” or “no.”
This Special Election will be held in the Snellville City Hall Community Room, located at 2342 Oak Road. Polls will open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
If approved, Mayor and Council will determine the process of awarding liquor licenses through a new local ordinance including the number of licenses to be awarded. When stores will be able to sell liquor will also be determined in the new law.
Advance voting will be held Monday through Saturday, beginning Oct. 17, 2022 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Snellville City Hall. Advance voting ends at 5 p.m. Nov. 4.
The voter registration deadline for this Special Election is Oct. 11. This is the last day a person may register to vote in the Special Election.
The City of Snellville Police Department is looking for participants for the 32nd session of the Citizens’ Police Academy.
The popular class is designed to strengthen the bond of friendship and cooperation between citizens and the police department.
The six-week class takes place from 6-8 p.m., Sept. 15 and ends Oct 20. Classes take place at SPD headquarters, 2315 Wisteria Drive.
The program helps citizens gain a better understanding of the risks and responsibilities of officers. Some of the classes included in this training are Domestic Violence, Traffic Stops, Building Searches, Special Response Team and K-9 units. This program also includes a ride along program with a Snellville police officer.
Notarized applications must be returned no later than 5 p.m., Sept. 2.
You will be notified via e-mail or phone call, as to the status of your application.
SNELLVILLE — Two new sidewalk projects totaling 8,100 linear feet are planned for Pinehurst Road and Skyland Drive.
A well-attended public information open house took place July 11, kicking off the projects which will improve student safety near South Gwinnett High School and pedestrian safety on Pinehurst Road.
“Mayor and Council, headed by councilmembers Gretchen Schulz, Cristy Lenski and Tod Warner, mapped out future sidewalk needs for the city,” said City Manager Butch Sanders. “This is the first step in completing the whole plan. More sidewalks will be added in the future to provide our residents a very attractive amenity which raises property values and increases pedestrian safety.”
The Skyland Drive portion of the project calls for new sidewalks on the north side of Skyland Drive from just south of the intersection of Skyland Drive and Eldorado Place, where the sidewalk currently ends, to the intersection of Skyland Drive and Rockdale Circle. That portion totals 2,800 linear feet. The Pinehurst Road portion of the project calls for new sidewalks on the north side of Pinehurst Road from just south of the intersection of Pinehurst Road and North Road, where the sidewalk currently ends to the existing sidewalk near the entrance into Saddlebrook subdivision.
The $1.7 million project will be funded with American Rescue Plan Act funds. Following face-to-face meetings with homeowner’s along the proposed sidewalks to obtain temporary easements, construction could begin in spring of 2023 and be completed by early 2024, according to project engineer Lawrence K. Kaiser, president of Collaborative Infrastructure Services, Inc.
There will be another public information open house in the fall, Kaiser said.
SNELLVILLE — Mayor and Council approved a millage rate of 4.00 mills Monday, a rate lower than last year’s, meaning many Snellville residents will see a decrease in property taxes this year.
It was a priority of Mayor and Council to do what they could to counter an increase in property taxes following the county’s reassessment of homes in the city, City Manager Butch Sanders said. The current millage rate is 4.588 mills.
“We all understand the financial impact of the reassessment,” said Mayor Barbara Bender. “Even though we are glad to see our housing values increasing, we wanted to help offset the cost of the rising assessments.”
The median house value in Snellville is about $298,000, according to city officials. Based on the new millage, a house with that value will actually see a $70 savings in property taxes this year from $543 to $473.
Mayor and Council recently approved the city’s FY’23 balanced budget of $14.69 million. Taxes collected from this millage is the largest revenue source the city has and are necessary to balance the new budget.
Overall digest growth to $3.2 billion included many new development additions along with the state-mandated property reassessments.
SNELLVILLE — After 29 years of outstanding and dedicated service to the residents of Snellville, Public Works Director Gaye Johnson is retiring Aug. 1.
“It’s been an honor to work for the City of Snellville and a privilege,” she said at her retirement party Tuesday. “The people I’ve met throughout the years and I’ve worked with and for are awesome people. I could not have made it all these years without the support of everybody. It takes a team and a family and Snellville really is a family. I just hope everyone has the good luck to work as many years I’ve got to work in Snellville. Thank you all for caring about me, loving me and making my job as easy as it can be.”
At Monday night’s council meeting, she was honored with a proclamation and a key to the city for her dedication to her job and Snellville.
Johnson was hired as Public Works director on July 4, 1993 and created a family atmosphere within her team, achieving great results from their positive work place. Under her leadership. Johnson improved all of the city’s public services, be it sanitation, recycling, stormwater or landscaping, earning the department numerous awards and statewide accolades.
Johnson was instrumental in creating a stormwater management service, starting from scratch, which now ably serves the city’s residential and commercial properties.
“I, Barbara Bender, Mayor of the City of Snellville do hereby join with our City Council, all employees, and the Citizens of Snellville, who Gaye has faithfully served, to express our appreciation and gratitude for the service rendered to the City of Snellville for the past 29 years,” the proclamation reads.
Craig Barton, who has worked 15 years for Snellville Public Works, and was most recently promoted to assistant director last year, will now lead the department.
Johnson taught Barton a valuable lesson early in his career. “We are here more than we are at home, so we are like a family,” she told him.
“Gaye Johnson has been such an amazing director, mentor, friend and, most of all, like family,” Barton said. “I think the most important value she has taught me is understanding we are a family and caring for your staff and department will make your department successful.”
Barton said he and his staff will continue “to do our very best to provide Public Works services for citizens of Snellville.”
“I look forward to all the exciting changes in the development downtown with The Grove at Towne Center as well as being proactive with our stormwater and resurfacing infrastructure projects,” Barton said. “Mostly I look forward to filling the big shoes and legacy Gaye successfully leaves behind.”