SNELLVILLE -- The Snellville City Council cut local restaurants a break Monday, voting unanimously to tweak the city's alcoholic beverage ordinance.
In the past, businesses applying for alcohol licenses had to pay a full year's fees, no matter what time of the year they were granted the permit. The change adopted Monday will prorate the fees accordingly.
"This was something that when we talked to some of our local business and restaurants, this was a complaint they had about the way we work," Mayor Kelly Kautz said. "Currently it didn't matter when you came into existence, you still had to pay for a full year."
The amendment to Snellville's alcohol ordinance also tweaked the due date of such fees. Kautz said the previous date of Dec. 31 was typically a "tough time" for restaurants to come up with the money.
The city will now collect ordinance fees on March 31, the same time it receives business and occupational taxes, Kautz said.
The motion passed by a 6-0 vote.
Art or not?
A sculpture proposed for Snellville's community garden didn't exactly meet opposition Monday, but Councilman Dave Emanuel abstained from voting.
Emanuel said he didn't "see" the project -- sketched out as a scarecrow fashioned from gardening tools which would be donated from Lowe's, Kautz said -- as true art.
"I can't vote for it as sculpture," Emanuel said. "I think if we're going to have sculpture, we should have sculpture."
Councilman Bobby Howard added that "art is the eye of the beholder," but joined the remainder of the council in voting to approve the sculpture.
"It is kind of whimsical," Howard said, "but it's a garden kind of thing."
Stormwater projects awarded
The council voted unanimously Monday to award contracts on several different stormwater projects throughout the city, the sum of which totalling approximately $376,000.
City Manager Butch Sanders said a total of 11 projects were awarded separately, saving the city an estimated $6,000 over granting the projects to a single contractor.
"I think we have good contractors and a good process that we went through," Sanders said.
A full list of the projects is available in Monday night's agenda packet at snellville.org.