Snellville swears in members

SNELLVILLE -- Three council members were sworn into office during Snellville's Monday night council meeting. Two are new to the council -- Tom Witts and Mike Sabbagh -- and Barbara Bender is a returning councilwoman.

In a surprising move during that same meeting, councilwoman Kelly Kautz extended an "olive branch" to all of her governing colleagues, though she said she was reluctant to do so after reading "certain Facebook pages" during the recent campaign. Kautz invited mayor Jerry Oberholtzer, council members and city manager Russell Treadway to dine together with her this month at Summit Chase Country Club.

Newly elected Sabbagh invited the mayor and council, as well as audience members, to gather at his home Monday evening for coffee.

Each council member and Oberholtzer expressed a desire to work together for the good of the city and its residents from now forward.

"We've got a lot to get accomplished over the next two years. It's going to be a roller-coaster ride. We don't know what's coming," Oberholtzer said.

Bender's term as mayor pro tem extended

Bender, who won her council seat last week by a handful of votes, has had her term as mayor pro tem extended through Dec. 31 of this year. Councilman Tod Warner reminded council that, when Bender was named to the office earlier this year her re-election in November was not guaranteed. If Bender had not been re-elected to her seat, the office of mayor pro tem would have been vacant also.