Snellville leaders, staff crafting solicitation ordinance

SNELLVILLE – Snellville Councilwoman Diane Krause said Monday that city leaders and staff members are currently working on a door-to-door solicitation ordinance. According to Krause, the ordinance is being written and will eventually be considered for adoption to protect families as well as solicitors.

“I’m happy to say that we’ve had some good meetings about this ordinance and that our citizens have really gotten involved,” Krause said. “Most people are ready to see this happen right now.”

Some people have voiced concern about having to go to the police department to complete a form and get a badge before going door to door in neighborhoods for any reason, such as campaigning, selling Girl Scout cookies or for school fundraisers. But Krause said the proposed procedure is for the protection of all involved.

“It only takes 10 seconds for a child to be lured into someone’s house, and that child’s life could be changed forever, or worse. This ordinance puts safeguards in place. Most people understand that when it’s explained from that perspective.”

Krause and councilman Dave Emanuel went further to explain the reason for the proposed ordinance.

“This ordinance will deter scammers,” Emanuel said, referring to door-to-door solicitation, often targeting the elderly, aimed at duping homeowners out of their money.

The matter will be discussed again during the Monday, May 12 work session at city hall, before the regularly scheduled council meeting. Work sessions begin at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

City events scheduled

Snellville Tourism and Trade’s (STAT’s) executive director Kelly McAloon is excited about upcoming events in the city, and she highlighted some of those events during Monday’s council meeting.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 3-4, the Snellville Days Parade and Festival will kick off the city’s spring and summer celebrations. The theme of this year’s festival is “Dreams Do Come True.” At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, the Snellville Days Parade will begin the festivities. Following the parade on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, the festival will be held at Briscoe Park. Craft vendors, artists, food vendors and local businesses will be exhibiting their wares and products during the festival, and live music will be featured on both days. For more information about the Snellville Days Festival, visit www.snellvilledays.com.

McAloon told the council and those in attendance at Monday’s meeting about other planned events, including Popcorn in the Park outdoor movies, the Beach Blast, the city’s popular Farmers Market and the Start Spangled Independence Day celebration. A complete events schedule is available at www.snellvilletourism.com.

“Veterans’ Memorial will be ready” on May 24

Councilman Tom Witts said Monday that the Veterans’ Memorial, being built in front of the city’s senior center and city hall building, will be ready for the scheduled May 24 dedication.

“It doesn’t look like the weather will cooperate with us this week,” Witts said, but he added that crews are working tirelessly to finish the memorial in plenty of time for the pre-Memorial Day celebration.