SNELLVILLE -- Snellville K-9s Duko and Coop will be wearing brand new, state-of-the-art ballistic K-9 vests, thanks to Animal Forensic Associates of Lilburn.
In a brief ceremony during Monday's City Council meeting, company representatives Karen Caprio and Cheryl Allen presented Snellville police officers with two canine vests that are both bullet- and stab-proof. Officers also received two military-grade trauma kits, which can be used on both K-9 officers or a human police officers if necessary.
The vests, valued at about $1,400 each, were presented to the Snellville police department free of charge. Animal Forensic Associates and private donations made Monday's gifts possible. According to Caprio, two more vests will be donated to Snellville's police department within a few weeks, ensuring all four of Snellville's canine officers possible lifesaving protection.
City residents receive Good Samaritan Award
Steven and Sophia Clanton of Snellville were recognized by Snellville city leaders Monday for their March 10 rescue of another family on Lake Lanier whose boat had capsized. While the Clantons were fishing on Lake Lanier, they witnessed the accident, pulled the family members to safety and called 911.
Conditional-use permit granted
Budget Car and Truck Rental of Atlanta was granted a conditional-use permit Monday for the property located at 2960 W. Main St. in Snellville. Formerly the site of a Valero gas station (vacated in 2008), the building and parking lot will house a business office and 54 parking spaces.
Budget plans to clean up the abandoned building and repaint it, keeping existing landscaping and adding to it for the new business.
"This is kind of a perfect location for a car rental agency," city planning director Jon Davis said.
City Council voted 6-0 in favor of approving the permit with a total of 7 conditions.
South Gwinnett high school ROTC honored
Snellville mayor Kelly Kautz Monday publicly recognized the South Gwinnett High School ROTC for competing at the state level after only two years in existence.
Resident calls for mayor to resign
During the public comments portion of Monday's council meeting, Snellville resident Joey Davenport called on Kautz to resign as mayor of the city. Pointing to recent negative media exposure that "all points in one direction," Davenport asked Kautz to "step down" as the city's elected leader.