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Snellville Tourism and Trade Association gearing up for warm weather

SNELLVILLE — Kelly McAloon, executive director of Snellville Tourism and Trade, outlined several upcoming city events for mayor Kelly Kautz and city council members on Monday. With warmer weather just around the corner, McAloon said that Snellville’s award-winning Farmer’s Market will soon be open. Scheduled to be open for business every Saturday morning from June 7 through the end of September, the market offers fresh produce and homemade goods such as breads and jellies.

The third annual Beach Blast is slated for May 31. Seventy tons of sand, a variety of foods, games and music are on tap for this event, and the city’s new mascot will also debut on this date. According to McAloon, “A city mascot will be a fun way to help STAT market the city of Snellville.”

A planning meeting for STAT, open to the public, is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tues., March 25 in city hall. The city’s agreement with the Association, as well as an annual budget for the upcoming fiscal year, was approved during Monday’s city council meeting.

Other city events have been planned for the coming months, including movies on the lawn, concerts and Memorial Day and Fourth of July celebrations. For more information about scheduled events, or to get information about volunteering with STAT, visit www.snellvilletourism.com

City to establish guidelines for board appointments

Council members voted to adopt a resolution to establish a city policy for processing appointments to city boards, commissions and authorities. Kautz said Monday that she would not support the action, as it goes against the city charter, going further to state that in several circumstances, the mayor has the sole authority to appoint. The mayor also stated that, since she took office in 2011, she has made 25 appointments to boards with no approval of those appointments from council.

“In the past, we’ve had people brought up for boards that the council didn’t approve for whatever reason,” mayor pro tem Tom Witts said. “The goal is to get people to volunteer for boards and to stay on them.” Witts said that there has been a problem with people dropping out of service on boards, or with people who may not be the best fit being appointed for boards.

According to the mayor pro tem, the new policy will assure that the vetting process is thorough and timely. Council woman Barbara Bender stated Monday that no one is disputing Kautz’s authority as mayor, but since appointments require council conformation, a uniform policy will simple establish procedures and guidelines for nominations.

Litigants to withdraw requests for attorney fees and litigation expenses

City attorney Tony Powell addressed city council members on Monday with a “response to Judge (Warren) Davis” in the recent lawsuit filed by Kautz against each individual council member, city manager Butch Sanders and city clerk Melisa Arnold.

Kautz is attempting to have city attorney Tony Powell and his firm Webb, Tanner, Powell, Mertz and Wilson, LLC, disqualified from the suit, because of a possible conflict of interest. Powell may also be called as a witness in the case.

During Monday’s council meeting, city council members voted unanimously to withdraw the “prayer for attorney fees and expenses for litigation.” In a hearing held recently, Davis advised council members to “think carefully” about seeking attorney fees in the case because of Powell’s involvement.

Kautz recused herself from that portion of Monday’s meeting and the subsequent vote, stating that she is suing individuals, not the city, and therefore a public discussion of the matter in a city meeting is inappropriate.