Budget, door-to-door solicitation discussed in Snellville

SNELLVILLE — Employees will see a raise in pay, but residents won’t see a raise in the millage rate in Snellville’s proposed budget.

At Monday’s City Council session, officials released information the Fiscal Year 2015 spending plan, which would become effective in July.

The proposal would continue the 4.9 mill rate for property taxes, although Gwinnett officials have announced that property values have risen for much of the county.

The spending plan incudes a newly created public information officer position, street paving, the purchase of police vehicles, a dump truck and other capital expenses, Mayor Kelly Kautz said.

During a public hearing Monday, no local residents offered input on the plan, but comments may be submitted in writing until the June 9 vote.

Officials also voted to move forward on conditional-use permits to allow a mural and for the opening of a Denny’s Restaurant. The final vote on those measures will be held next month.

Earlier in the evening, at a City Council work session, Councilman Dave Emanuel said he planned to nominate a city parliamentarian next month.

Dennis Conway, who led a seminar earlier this year on parliamentary procedure is being tapped for the job. Emanuel said he expects less than $2,000 for the service and hopes that the registered professional would be on call when issues arise, like a city retreat, which ended in 12 minutes after a spat erupted between the council and mayor.

While a vote has not been scheduled, council members debated the first draft of a door-to-door solicitation ordinance during the work session.

Councilwoman Diane Krause said she drafted the ordinance to not only allow residents to post no solicitation signs but to protect children who participate in door-to-door fundraisers.

“It was written to protect the people, the children and the solicitors themselves,” Krause said, adding that she parents would be named responsible for children through the permitting process.

Council members discussed the proposed ending time to allow people to knock on doors and brought up issues with political campaigns and other service organizations making volunteers go through a permitting process, and even people searching for lost dogs.

“It’s a start. It’ll hold people responsible,” said Krause, who said she would work on changes but did not give a time frame for when she hopes to vote ont he matter.

Tricia Rawlins of the Snellville Neighborhood Alert Program applauded the effort.

“I’m encouraged by the talk that has started,” she said.