Snellville working to regulate personal care homes

SNELLVILLE - For several months, Snellville city leaders and staff have been working on an ordinance that will put some teeth into the regulation of personal care homes and group homes.

City Planning Director Harmit Bedi reported to Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and city council members that the draft ordinance has been researched, reviewed and crafted with the input of several knowledgeable participants.

According to Bedi, Snellville has 28 personal care homes registered with city licenses. Another 13 do not have a city license but hold state licenses. Councilman Warren Auld suggested that there may be as many as 59 personal care and group homes operating in the city.

"It is not a simple task to thread this particular needle," said Auld, who added that the purpose of the ordinance is to allow the city to enforce safety issues, fire code regulations and other important aspects of operating such a business.

A first reading of the ordinance was scheduled and waived on July 27. A public hearing will be held in September to gather citizen input, and action on the ordinance will be taken then.

Council approves adult day care center on Jan-Mar Road

An adult day care business will soon begin operating in the Snellville Commons business park off Jan-Mar Road. Council members voted unanimously Monday to grant the conditional-use permit required to operate such a business in an office/professional zoned area.

According to business representative Aysha Cooper, Sarah Care of Snellville will be the fourth such center to open in Georgia. The center will be an "upscale day out" for seniors, according to Cooper.

Financing details finalized for some 2009 SPLOST projects

Snellville will borrow $7,234,000 at an interest rate of 2.77 percent to "fast-track" certain 2009 SPLOST projects identified at recent council meetings. The purchase of Baker's Rock for a park, and a new public safety building for the Snellville Police Department will benefit from this transaction.

The life of the loan will be five years, and the city will pay $510,060 in interest over that period. The first payment of $774,000 is due in December of this year.

Councilman Robert Jenkins, although impressed with the terms of the loan and City Manager Russell Treadway's work on the deal, voted against the action citing the "ridiculous" per-acre price of $83,000 for the land at Baker's Rock.

Snellville is expected to collect about $16 million in 2009 SPLOST funds. Other projects will be funded on a "pay as you go" basis.