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Snellville, crematory settle suit
City to pay $120,000

SNELLVILLE - Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer announced Monday evening that the city has settled a lawsuit with crematory owner Chris Nuzum.

The settlement puts to bed one of the biggest snafus in the history of Snellville by permanently closing the controversial crematory located near residential neighborhoods and South Gwinnett High School.

The terms of the settlement include a cash payment of $120,000 from the city to Nuzum. Nuzum has six months to remove the retort, or the instrument used to cremate human bodies, from the building. Nuzum will likely sell the property and according to Oberholtzer, a crematory will never be allowed at that address again.

"Most likely, we will rezone the property" once it's sold, said the mayor.