Snellville Tourism and Trade Association looking toward summer

SNELLVILLE — During Monday night’s city council meeting, Snellville Tourism and Trade Association President Don Britt updated Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer and the City Council on plans his organization is making for spring and summer events and celebrations.

The groundwork is already being laid for the Snellville Days parade and the popular Farmers Market. According to one volunteer, there are already 36 produce vendors and 12 craft vendors committed to selling their wares at the Market.

Britt was also excited about securing a popular half-marathon race to be run in the city June 18. One of a series of four Georgia Cup races in the entire state, the Snellville half-marathon route has not yet been decided. Britt is working with police chief Roy Whitehead to determine the best possible route for the race, and about 2,000 runners are expected to compete.

Councilman Tom Witts thanked Britt for the hard work involved in getting a half-marathon race to come to Snellville.

A “summer blastoff” is also in the works, with a concert and a family day already being planned for June, and the fourth of July celebration is also on STAT’s radar.

City council meetings go paperless

Oberholtzer, council members and city staff members referred to their iPads on Monday night for the council meeting agenda and supporting documentation, According to Erika Fleeman, the city’s IT administrator, the city will save money on paper, copier toner and employee time required to create the often bulky meeting packets.

Councilman Tod Warner added that, with the use of electronic documentation, now residents can view meeting agendas and other issues before arriving at council meetings, where action is often taken on the same night.

“These (iPads) aren’t toys; they’re useful tools,” Warner said.

Lapides says Evermore CID executive director salary should be reviewed

Garry Lapides, Snellville’s representative on the Evermore CD board, said Monday that the organization is still searching for an executive director Lapides also added that, in his opinion, the executive director’s $120,000 salary should be reviewed.

“There’s 10, 20 more times required of a city manager than of the executive director of this board,” said Lapides, who added that the customary 2:30 p.m. meeting time is under review, as well. According to Lapides, the people who are stakeholders and those who pay the bills should be able to attend CID meetings without the difficulty of getting to an afternoon meeting held at an inconvenient time.