SNELLVILLE - In an attempt to further Snellville's 6-year-old initiative to clean up run-down areas of the city, council members voted Monday night to enlist the help of the Police Department with code enforcement.
Councilman Bruce Garraway expressed his satisfaction with the council's action, citing studies that prove that criminals are more likely to commit crimes in areas that appear unkempt and "lacking social control."
"These are quality of life issues in our community, and as our community becomes older this will help us be proactive and not reactive," said Garraway. "I realize that some residents may be frustrated and bothered, especially at first."
Police Chief Roy Whitehead said, "The idea is to get voluntary compliance, not to write a lot of citations."
Whitehead said first offenders will get educated instead of getting a citation. They will also be given time to comply with the code in question. If that citizen still is not in compliance after the grace period expires, then a citation will be issued.
This new approach to code enforcement has another advantage: Citizens calling to report code violations can do so anonymously. Now tipsters can call or e-mail officials to report violations without fear of reprisal from neighbors or acquaintances who may be in violation.
Citizens should report violations by calling 770-985-3555, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
for historic cemetery fence
The $23,725 needed to replace the fence around Snellville's historic cemetery was approved Monday night with a unanimous vote by city council members.
"I'm very excited about this project," said Garraway, who said Snellville residents who have family members interred in the cemetery donated $5,000 toward replacing the dilapidated and rotting fence with a 5-foot ornamental structure.
Councilman Robert Jenkins said, "we have money budgeted for this project, and I urge my fellow council members to support it."