Snellville city clerk Lowery resigns

SNELLVILLE - City clerk and Chief Financial Officer Sharon Lowery, after 25 years of employment with the city of Snellville, has resigned her position to take a job as the first clerk for the city of Dunwoody.

Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer named Melissa Arnold, a purchasing agent for Snellville, as interim city manager.

"I'm very excited about this new position. They're building everything from the ground up," Lowery said.

Her last day with the city of Snellville was Monday.

Former mayor Brett Harrell and former councilman Joe Anderson both expressed their admiration for Lowery as a fiercely loyal professional, devoted to the city and its citizens. Oberholtzer and several council members echoed those sentiments during Monday night's council meeting.

"She has always treated the people of this town with great respect," Anderson said.

"She is the consummate professional ... our loss is Dunwoody's gain," Oberholtzer said.

Qualifying fees set

An election will be held Nov. 3, for council posts 3, 4 and 5. The qualifying fee for candidates is $120. Qualifying opens Aug. 31 and closes Sept. 4.

Treadway presents city's mid-year financial status

City Manager Russell Treadway presented a brief snapshot of Snellville's mid-year financial status Monday night. Three major concerns Treadway noted during his presentation were: erosion of the general fund balance, subsidization of the sanitation fund from the general fund and the city's lack of a stormwater fee.

Money is constantly transferred from the general fund to the city's sanitation fund in order to help pay for the service. That practice, while legal and often practiced in other cities, is depleting the general fund and will continue to widen the gap between where the fund should be and where it actually is without intervention. Treadway also said the sagging economy has slowed business in the city, so income generated from businesses' waste disposal has dwindled.

Residents can view the report on the city's Web site.