Snellville redefines authority's jurisdiction

SNELLVILLE - In Monday night's council meeting, Mayor Jerry Oberholzer and the City Council passed a resolution changing the geographical designation of the city's Downtown Development Authority.

Added were about 20.16 acres that include the old Snellville Police Department. Removed from the DDA region are about 7.16 acres, primarily Nob Hill home sites.

Councilman Robert Jenkins asked why the old Police Department property needs to be included in the region.

Jimmy Norton, president of the DDA, said, "The inclusion of the old Police Department property in the DDA will enhance the property's value."

When Jenkins asked why the Nob Hill home sites, recently added to the DDA area, were being removed, City Manager Jeff Timler said the Nob Hill residents had concerns about the DDA designation for select residential properties.

Town Center banners to be presented soon

Norton presented the mayor and council with sample Town Center banner designs Monday night. He also asked the council and all Snellville residents to visit the DDA Web site, snellvilledda.org.

The Town Center banners are being sold as a means of advertising for local businesses.

"This is a way for us to raise funds as well as market our city," Norton said.

Oberholzer and the council will have final say in the banner design, and Norton said he hopes to have some samples ready for review at the July 11 council meeting.

Banner advertising is selling for about $500 per banner for a 10-month period, excluding holidays. Holiday banners will be displayed at the appropriate times.

City park director honors Snellville Days marshals

Cindy Bonacci, Snellville's park director, recognized three women for serving as Snellville Days marshals.

"Since the theme this year was 'A Place to Call Home,' we chose three foster parents for Snellville Days Grand Marshals," Bonacci said.

Kim Costner, Michelle Mason and Toni Kelly were presented with plaques, engraved paperweights and Snellville Days T-shirts.

Mayor recognizes Marine

Oberholzer recognized Snellville resident Michael Hamrick during Monday night's council meeting.

Hamrick, a Marine for four years, recently left the service and will begin college soon, preparing to be a federal marshal.

"I've told Michael that there will always be a job here for him with our Police Department should he ever want it," Oberholzer said.