Medical Center to buy adjacent property

SNELLVILLE - Eastside Medical Center plans to buy 6.6 acres of land, formerly part of Surrey Farms subdivision and adjacent to medical center property.

In Monday night's City Council meeting, the property was rezoned to the same zoning as the existing hospital.

Mike Sullivan, who represented Eastside Medical Center in both its land-use change request and rezoning, said, "They're purchasing this property because it's adjacent and available. The hospital has no current or future plans to develop the property."

Council members approved the rezoning and land-use change unanimously.

The land was rezoned as an act of "due diligence," Sullivan said, as the Eastside owners in Nashville wanted to make the rezoning a condition of the purchase.

A related issue on Monday night's agenda was the city's abandonment of portions of several roads near the property. Part of Smokey Hollow Court, Huntington Court, New Hampton Place, Smokey Hollow Way and a portion of Hamilton Drive were officially abandoned by the city.

Snellville police enforcing commercial vehicle


City leaders OK'd an ordinance Monday night that allows Snellville police officers to enforce commercial vehicle regulations on city roads.

This action, along with Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer's signing of an agreement with the Georgia Department of Public Safety, allows Snellville officers to weigh and inspect commercial vehicles traveling city roads. Violators can now also be tried in Snellville's Municipal Court.

Snellville is the first city in Gwinnett to enact such an ordinance.