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Snellville set to open Farmers Market

SNELLVILLE -- Snellville will host its first-ever farmers market from 8 a.m. to noon June 5.

"We have 32 vendors signed up as of today," said Gretchen Schulz, who added that a grand opening celebration of the market is slated for June 19.

The Farmers Market will be open for business every Saturday through October. According to Schulz, patrons can look forward to shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods, homemade candies, cooking tools and much more at the market.

Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer read a proclamation during Monday's City Council meeting naming June 5 Farmers Market Day in Snellville. The proclamation also recognized the committee members for their dedication and many hours of work.

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender and councilman Tom Witts worked with a committee of residents to make the farmers market project a reality this year.

CVS gets a 'no' to digital sign request

City council members denied a request by CVS Pharmacy on Monday to erect a digital monument sign at the location at 1938 Scenic Highway. John Rhodes Jr., representing CVS, reminded council members that South Gwinnett High School has a digital sign on its property, also in the city limits. With respect to CVS, Rhodes said that digital signs reduce the likelihood of vandalism and save the company time and money.

Snellville city code does not allow digital signs; Oberholtzer pointed out that the city's Zoning Board of Appeals approved South Gwinnett's sign, not the council. Other variances were granted to CVS on Monday, including buffer and landscaping allowances.

Several city ordinances are being rewritten to bring them up to date, and some council members expressed concern about granting CVS the right to erect a digital sign, then putting an ordinance on the books that still prohibits the signs.

"I do not want to put our sign ordinance in jeopardy before it's fully in place," councilman Tod Warner said.

Bender said all of the pharmacies in that location -- including Eckerd and Rite-Aid -- have done business without a digital sign for about 15 years.

"I think we really need to look at these electronic signs. They can be a danger," Bender said.

Chevron station may get makeover

The Chevron station located at the corner of Oak Road and Ga. Highway 124 may be getting a makeover if city leaders have their way.

Scenic Emissions plans to lease the abandoned car wash building on the Chevron property, converting the building to an emissions inspection station.

Council members plan to use this proposed lease of the car wash as leverage to give the property owner incentive to clean up and landscape the property.

"This is a major intersection in our city," Witts said.

Oberholtzer also said that the appearance of the property has declined over the past few years, and he would like to see it improved.

The improved landscape plan will have to be approved by Snellville's Planning and Development Director Harmit Bedi.