SNELLVILLE -- Council woman Diane Krause had a goal in mind when she campaigned for her council seat last fall. A former public safety professional, Krause is passionate about emergency notification for the Snellville community. After researching several types of systems, the Code Red emergency alert system got her attention. Police Chief Roy Whitehead, already a fan of Code Red, talked to residents present during Monday's city council meeting about the system that Loganville, Sandy Springs and DeKalb County already use.
One of the advantages of Code Red, according to Whitehead, is that the warning system can specifically target residents directly in the path of an oncoming danger, such as a tornado. At an estimated cost of $9,900 annually, the system is much less expensive than a more conventional warning siren, and often residents do not know what the danger is when a siren sounds.
When residents and property owners sign up to receive Code Red warnings, they can be notified by e-mail, land line, cellphone and/or text message.
Krause said Monday that she wants to hold a forum in which to explore Code Red and possibly other options with residents in the near future.
Snellville entrepreneur council to launch small business resource
Waylee George, who steers the successful Snellville Entrepreneur Council, told Mayor Kelly Kautz and council members Monday that on May 24, a new website will launch that will prove to be a useful tool for small businesses. Snellvillebusinesstoolbox.com, according to George, will be "one of the best resources for small businesses since sliced bread."
Warm weather events scheduled
Another item on Krause's agenda for the Snellville has been a citywide beach party. On May 19, 60 tons of sand will be dumped on the Towne Green, and a day full of beach music and fun will be the newest addition to the city's annual outdoor events.
Kelly McAloon, representing the Snellville Tourism and Trade (STAT) board Monday, also announced that the award-winning Snellville Farmers Market will be open from 8 a.m. 12 p.m. on Sat., June 2. Thirty-four vendors have been approved to participate this year.
Treadway headed to Tennessee
Snellville's city manager, Dr. Russell Treadway, will leave his position in Snellville next week. Treadway and his family are moving back to Sevierville, Tenn., where Treadway will take on the position of that city's manager.
An interim city manager for Snellville has not yet been approved.
"Give Hunger the Boot" program gets a boost
Councilman Dave Emanuel's "Give Hunger the Boot" program, launched last fall, was recognized by Kautz and fellow council members for its contribution to the Southeast Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, which feeds families who are in need of assistance. To date, the program has raised more than $7,000 in food and financial contributions for the co-op, which is straining under the skyrocketing needs of families who need the ministry's resources as a result of the ailing economy.