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Snellville postpones action
on emissions ordinance again

SNELLVILLE - City leaders Monday night again postponed taking any action regarding a proposed air/soli emissions ordinance.

The matter will be considered again on Jan. 26. According to councilwoman Kelly Kautz, the state attorney general's office has advised that no written opinion regarding whether a city may impose emissions regulations will be issued until after the holidays.

Kautz originally proposed adoption of an ordinance that would allow Snellville lawmakers to impose air and soil emission regulations on businesses that operate incinerators, such as hospitals and crematories. City attorney Mike Williams said then that he did not think the city had such authority. Kautz then asked that Williams solicit state attorney general's opinion on the matter.

2008 city financial audit presented

Jimmy Whitaker, the certified public accountant who performed the city's 2008 financial audit, reported his findings to Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and council members during Monday night's meeting. Whitaker reported that the city has about $29.5 million in total assets and about $6.8 million in liabilities, resulting in net assets of about $22.6 million.

Whitaker also pointed out that Snellville lost about $282,000 last year by providing solid waste collection and disposal to its residents free of charge. The city's general fund was used to close that gap in the 2008 fiscal year.

City code amended to outline order of business

City leaders approved a change to the order of business observed during city council meetings Monday night.

Acting on a proposed amendment raised by Mayor Pro Tem Warren Auld, council members voted to list "mayor and council comments" on every agenda, immediately preceding public comments.

According to Auld, those items were listed on each agenda until August of this year. Mayor and council comments were not officially approved items on council meeting agendas, but for 6 years, they were on every agenda.

Auld also said that in August "mayor comments" began appearing on agendas, listed after "public comments."

"The person who has the last word" is important in itself, said Auld.

While the change made Monday night is a minor one, Auld said discussions regarding the amendment brought about conversations about how business in general is done in the city. Auld predicted further changes coming once those discussions are completed.

"I want to make sure we're following the rule of law ... even in the simple things," Auld said.