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Snellville leaders postpone dam repair discussion

SNELLVILLE – City leaders, on the advice of City Attorney Tony Powell, voted Monday to postpone a discussion about the necessary repairs to Lower Johnson Lake Dam in the Summit Chase subdivision.

Powel advised postponing the discussion, which should be included on the Aug. 12 regular meeting agenda, because of pending litigation. At issue is the question of who will pay for the necessary repairs, the Summit Chase subdivision, the city, or both.

John Fonda, speaking on behalf of homeowners in the Timberline Communities (Timberline, Misty River and Misty Fairways) presented a petition to Mayor Kelly Kautz and council members Monday. It included more than 100 signatures of homeowners “demanding” that the Summit Chase Homeowners Association take care of the problem as soon as possible.

According to Fonda, the lake has been an unhealthy eyesore for more than two years, and it has adversely impacted the property values of surrounding communities.

“We want to have our voices heard through petitions. We want a resolution as quickly as possible,” Fonda said, adding that residents of the communities he represents will be happy to assist the Summit Chase HOA with fundraising efforts.

Snellville to celebrate 90th ‘birthday’

The city will celebrate its 90th birthday next month, at the Aug. 12 regular city council meeting. Past mayors and council members will be on hand at that meeting to commemorate the milestone, and birthday cake will be served.

Oberholtzer honored

Former mayor Jerry Oberholtzer was honored Monday, with a proclamation recognizing his 12 years of service to Snellville. He served for one term as a councilman and two consecutive terms as mayor of the city.

“This is something that’s long overdue. … I want to apologize for that,” Kautz said, giving Oberholtzer credit for his vision for the city hall building and town green. The proclamation declares that March 10 of every year will be “Jerry Oberholtzer Day” in Snellville.

As he accepted the honor Monday, Oberholtzer admonished city leaders to consider “running with that vision.” The former mayor’s wife, one son and one grandson were in attendance Monday as he accepted the recognition. Oberholtzer, a civil engineer, has been a Snellville resident for 29 years.

“Little Free Libraries” coming to Snellville subdivisions

Councilwoman Diane Krause invited husband and wife Ted Sokal and Judy Leavell to speak to council Monday, explaining their campaign to bring Little Free Libraries to Snellville. Residents of Summit Chase subdivision, the couple have already brought one of the libraries to their neighborhood.

“Little Free Libraries” is a concept that was started years ago in Wisconsin in an effort to ring communities together by sharing and exchanging books. The concept is simple: people bring books they want to share to a community “library” ( a box in the community that is accessible to participants). They can leave books in the box or borrow them.

“It’s more about the neighbors than the books, but the books are nice too,” Sokal said, encouraging other subdivisions in Snellville to follow suit.