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Snellville fireworks still exploding

SNELLVILLE -- The battle of wills between new Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz and some city council members continues, and Monday's city council meeting was no exception.

The much-discussed issue of Snellville Tourism and Trade appointments reared its head Monday, with Kautz saying that the bylaws of the organization state that three members of the Board of Directors are to be appointed by the mayor and council. STAT President Don Britt had a slate of candidates ready to present for approval, but Kautz postponed the nominations until the Feb. 13 council meeting,

"I understand my nominations have caused quite a stir," said Kautz.

Councilman Tom Witts wanted to vote on the STAT board appointments presented by Britt and his organization, but Kautz told him he was out of order. Upon appeals, Kautz raised her voice repeatedly telling both Witts and councilman Bobby Howard they were out of order.

In an email communication with the Gwinnett Daily Post, Kautz outlined her position: "The term of office for the STAT board of directors has expired. It is circulating that I am attempting to remove 3 board members. That is not accurate. I am not nominating those 3 members to be the City representative to the board. However, there are 9 positions in total on the board and the STAT members can vote to have these 3 board members remain on the board and regardless they will remain as general members of STAT."

Other board appointments by Kautz failed to garner a majority vote, so the board appointments at issue will remain vacant. These boards include Planning Commission, Parks and Recreation and Art Jurors.

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