Snellville air, soil emissions ordinance to be presented in Oct.

SNELLVILLE - Councilwoman Kelly Kautz announced Monday that she will present an ordinance next month that will outline how and when city officials will regulate emissions from incinerators within the city. The 12-page document is modeled after a similar Pennsylvania ordinance.

"I respectfully disagree with our city attorney," stated Kautz, referring to city attorney Mike Williams' remarks earlier this month that Snellville officials do not have the authority to regulate emissions coming from the controversial crematory adjacent to the Abington subdivision.

According to Kautz, the ordinance she drafted deals with air quality control in the city and does not target crematories or any other specific business. Any business with an incinerator would be subject to emissions control and regulation under Kautz's proposed ordinance.

The ordinance will be presented at the Oct. 13 city council meeting.

Rezoning of land adjacent to crematory postponed

The parcel of land located at 2108 East Main Street in Snellville will not be rezoned until Oct. 13, if it's rezoned at all. The applicant, Marce Hayles, asked to have the .478 acre property rezoned from residential to Office Professional use with the intent to install professional offices and required parking on the lot. Hayles also asked for a variance eliminating the required 50-ft. buffer.

Residents of Abington, the neighborhood directly adjacent to the crematory that abuts Abington Drive, spoke in opposition to the buffer reduction. Some even went as far as to imply that the buffer reduction was in some way designed to benefit crematory owners or would somehow allow additional parking on the crematory property.

Mayor pro tem Warren Auld suggested that the rezoning be postponed until city staff could determine whether such a large reduction is necessary. The matter was postponed until the Oct. 13 city council meeting.

Councilman Robert Jenkins thanked the applicant's representative, Chad Smith, for his patience and understanding. Jenkins remarked that the council was "trying to be sensitive to the neighbors" in light of the recent controversy surrounding the crematory and its residential neighbors.