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Stalemate continues in Snellville

SNELLVILLE The appointment of volunteer members to various boards is a common order of business in any Gwinnett city, except Snellville. During Monday night's City Council meeting, two board appointments were on the agenda as new city business, and both were met with controversy.

Tod Warner, a longtime Planning Commission board member and former city councilman, was nominated by councilman Tom Witts on Monday to serve at Post 4 of the city's Planning Commission. Witts referred to Warner as "an absolute attribute" to the city, and as a businessman Witts said it is wise to choose the most-qualified person for any job. With several city ordinances under review -- namely the one governing standards for Group Homes -- Witts said that Warner's experience is critical.

Before the matter was put to a vote, Mayor Kelly Kautz made the statement that "this is a matter pending litigation," referring to the pending lawsuit between her and some of the council members. Because of that litigation, Kautz said she would not support Warner's nomination.

When Tim Van Valkenburg was nominated Monday to serve at Post 4 on the Board of Appeals, Kautz took the same stance.

In both instances, the council voted 4-2 to approve the nominations, with Kautz and councilman Mike Sabbagh casting the "no" votes.

Later in the meeting, when the public was given the opportunity to speak, Snellville resident Joel Davenoprt again publicly called for the "immediate resignation" of Kautz, citing ongoing litigation and dissension as a waste of city time, money and effort, and asking, "How is it possible to move Snellville forward?"

Community Garden grand opening a success

Councilman Bobby Howard presided over the grand opening celebration of Snellville's Community Garden at 4 p.m. Sunday, also welcoming Suwanee Mayor Jimmy Burnette and about 80 other people to the ceremony. Snellville's garden, according to Howard, is modeled after Suwanee's highly successful community garden launched several years ago.

All of the currently available garden plots have been sold, and more will come available to interested gardeners as soon as possible.

Kautz publicly apologized for missing the grand opening ceremony for "family time" on Sunday.

Economic Development Ordinance adopted

Council members and Kautz voted unanimously Monday to adopt an Economic Development Ordinance, originally drafted by Gwinnett Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Nick Masino, and adopted by Suwanee and other cities in Gwinnett.

Commenting on the move, Snellville city manager Butch Sanders said, "It's very important for Snellville to be involved in economic development at a high level."

Sanders working to produce new budget

In his report to the mayor and council Monday, Sanders also reported that he is working with staff department heads to produce the new fiscal year budget. He thanked city staff members for their patience in working with him as a relatively new city manager and said he would meet with Kautz and council members in "small group meetings" during the process before publicly presenting the proposed budget.

City to purchase new truck

Council members voted to approve a lease agreement finalizing the city purchase of a jet vacuum sewer truck, a move that will modernize the city's capabilities, according to Sanders. The total purchase price is $219,000, with the first payment of $56,663 due this year. The lease agreement was made under the Georgia Municipal Association Leasing Program.

Comments

kevin 1 year, 3 months ago

Mayor Kelly Kautz doesn't want to vote against her only ally! She should have been removed as Mayor years ago. Snellville has always been a close second to Chicago,

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Karl 1 year, 3 months ago

From the article: "Mayor Kelly Kautz made the statement that "this is a matter pending litigation," referring to the pending lawsuit between her and some of the council members."

I thought a judge slapped Krazy Kautz down in court three or four weeks ago with the lawsuit this simpleton of a mayor filed against the council. What's up?

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daddyspot 1 year, 3 months ago

That was a completely different lawsuit that the Mayor filed in regards to her not having the authority to fire the City Attorney. This is a different lawsuit that she has filed because she feels that she should be the only one that has the power to appoint anyone to a position.

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Karl 1 year, 3 months ago

She soon will file a lawsuit to declare herself 'Supreme Despot For Life'

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Haughton 1 year, 3 months ago

Recently had a public sighting of her while she was out about the city running errands. The image she left with me that day while on her private time was just a bad if not worse than what she portrays as Mayor. Nothing that was criminally or morally bad in her persona, but knowing who she was --- it is just downright pathetic that she is the Mayor of Snellville. A below average image. I have come to the conclussion she doesn't care what anyone thinks of her.

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NewsReader 1 year, 3 months ago

Just like the Whitehouse, elections have consequences. Here's a novel idea. If you don't like her, why not vote her out of office in the next election? In the meantime, all of this drama that is Snellville makes for some very entertaining reading on a very regular basis. LOL!

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Karl 1 year, 3 months ago

@ the writer of headline for this article: How do two 4-2 votes equal a "Stalemate" as you put it? The good guys had twice as many votes as the knuckleheads did.

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MichelleCouch 1 year, 3 months ago

Karl, I am confused also about the pending litigation. Did or is Kautz appealing Judge Hamilton's verdict????

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Karl 1 year, 3 months ago

You got me! I thought all the lawsuits this looney-toon mayor filed had been dealt with, and none going in her favor.

I have no idea what she's talking about in the quote above from last night's meeting.

Maybe she has selective memory and doesn't remember the beat-down she recently was subjected to in court. Maybe she doesn't think she must abide by the court's ruling in the matter. I wouldn't put it past her. She hinges on the un-stable.

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rocknroll 1 year, 3 months ago

Checked with a few people I know who are in the know. Looks like the judge only ruled on a few things not everything that the lawsuit is about. Hey Karl maybe your right the looney toon mayor just like to lose lawsuits. I hear she has a lot of experience at that because she is as bad a lawyer as she is a mayor.

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Coolray 1 year, 3 months ago

The "people" always elect the politicians they deserve to have.

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Karl 1 year, 3 months ago

Well, the idjits that voted for Kooky Kelly deserve her, but those that voted for Barbara Bender, unfortunately, are stuck with this numbskull mayor.

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