Two resign from Evermore CID, more may do so later

SNELLVILLE — Two Evermore Community Improvement District board members are resigning.

Gary Custar, appointed to the board by Gwinnett County, and Jimmy Norton, appointed by the city of Snellville, said they are stepping down “to remain above the regular occurrences of scandal and divisiveness which has embroiled directors of the Evermore CID for the past two years,” according to their joint resignation letter.

Their resignations will be effective as soon as their replacements are named, the letter states.

The Evermore CID, which runs along U.S. Highway 78, is a self-taxing group of private property and business owners who joined together to revitalize the area between Snellville and Stone Mountain.

“Our service to this board has been guided by achieving results for the property owners of Evermore,” the letter states. “We have watched from the CID’s inception as projects were planned and measurable progress was made. For many years we participated in directing and accelerating those projects. In the last two years the initiative has been lost due to a lack of management, leadership and stewardship.”

More board resignations may follow. At a meeting earlier this month, board chairman Emory Morsberger suggested all seven board members retire. He said Tuesday that an announcement concerning the board will be made later this week.

Gwinnett County Commissioner Mike Beaudreau said he thinks the entire board should step down.

“I think all parties will come to their senses ... as a way to move the area forward,” he said. “It should be a smooth transition. (Interim Executive Director Wayne Hill) has got the experience to hold things together until they get their act together. Something has to be done.”

— Senior Writer Camie Young contributed to this report.