Snellville approves truck purchases, amends alcohol ordinance

SNELLVILLE -- A vacuum and sewer truck that the Snellville city manager said would reduce cleanup time of storm drains, was approved to be purchased on Monday by the City Council.

The truck, which will be used by the Storm Water Department, will eventually cost $219,504, but the city has agreed to lease it for a four-year period from the Environmental Products of Georgia, with an initial payment of about $58,000.

"This truck will save us significant time and manpower," City Manager Butch Sanders said. "We won't be working by hand anymore."

Councilman Dave Emanuel added that he witnessed the truck clear a drain in an hour that would have taken three or four days by hand.

"It's entertaining to watch," he said.

Also at the council meeting, a first reading to amend the city's alcohol ordinance to allow for the sale of growlers was waived and action is expected to taken at the January meeting. If approved, Snellville would be the fourth Gwinnett city to allow for the sale of growlers after Duluth, Suwanee and Lawrenceville.

The council also approved what Sanders called "housekeeping" measures related to the settlement of the Service Delivery Strategy settlement about police radio systems and an emergency operations plan.

After a staff committee reviewed five engineering firms, Sanders recommended the engineering firm Clark, Patterson and Lee to be used on an on-call basis, which the council passed.

The council also approved a purchase of a 2013 Ford Explorer for the police department.

After it received eight bids, the Council approved staff's recommendation of a $547,768 paving contract with E.R. Snell to resurface portions of 16 streets.

A nomination of Gina Foster for the Evermore Community Improvement District was brought by Mayor Kelly Kautz, and a motion made by Councilman Mike Sabbagh, but it failed after it didn't receive any support.

The council honored Shiloh High and Georgia Tech graduate, Jacob Tzegaegbe, who recently received a Marshall Scholarship, which is given annually to U.S. students pursuing post-secondary education in England. Tzegaegbe plans to use the scholarship to pursue his doctorate in civil engineering at the University College London next year. The scholarship will pay for all education-related expenses during his two years in London.