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City attorney says legal fees will cost Snellville citizens more than $100K

According to Snellville city attorney Tony Powell, city taxpayers will pay $115,000 in legal fees to his firm and attorney Kevin Tallant’s firm to defend city council members and the city against a lawsuit filed by mayor Kelly Kautz. When the lawsuit was initially filed, Powell estimated that the cost to taxpayers would be about $100,000.

Berkeley Lake officials clarify solicitation ordinance requirement

City council members voted Thursday to make clarifications to the city’s Door-to-Door Sales and Solicitation ordinance, a law that was recently passed and designed to screen the backgrounds of door-to-door salespeople.

Snellville's Grace Baptist Church protests buffer variance request

Snellville’s Grace Baptist Church protests buffer variance request

Winder property rezoned for apartments

The 15,000-square-foot property located at 197 Georgia Ave. was rezoned from two-family residential to multi-family residential. Owner Andrew Flanigan plans to build an apartment building on the site.

Norcross officials approve development waiver, deny rezoning

Norcross officials approve development waiver, deny rezoning

New Dacula City Council member Donna Peairs sworn in

Donna Peairs, Dacula’s newest council member, was sworn in to office during Thursday’s City Council meeting. Peairs takes the council seat previously occupied by Gregory Reeves, who resigned his post after being charged with misuse of city funds.

Berkeley Lake sets fee, guidelines for commercial solicitation

Berkeley Lake City Council members Thursday made two changes to the new commercial solicitation ordinance.

Loganville to renovate historic Rock Gym building

The historic Rock Gym building on Main Street in Loganville is being renovated and repurposed, according to city councilman Chuck Bagley.

Snellville passes $10 million-plus budget

City manager Butch Sanders presented a proposed budget for 2015 fiscal year to Mayor Kelly Kautz and council members on Monday, which was passed unanimously. The $10,364,300 budget reflects a 1.1 percent increase over last year, according to Sanders.

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Donna Peairs named to Dacula City Council

Dacula City Council members name Donna Peairs to replace Greg Reeves, who resigned last month after being arrested on charges involving personal use of the city credit card.

Old Dacula city hall building to be demolished

The old city hall building in Dacula is headed for demolition, now that a specific scope of work has been outlined for the project. During Thursday night’s city council meeting, mayor Jimmy Wilbanks and council members discussed what needs to be done on the site.

Winder council votes to raise pay for cops, firefighters

City leaders voted Tuesday to raise the pay grades for both police officers and firefighters, a move intended to keep the city’s best public safety workers and attract good hires for both departments.

Norcross leaders to consider impact of Safe Carry Protection Act on city

City manager Rudolph Smith, acting on instruction from council members, will prepare a resolution and present it to city leaders at the June 16 policy session.

Loganville awarded healthcare foundation grant

City councilman and Public Safety Committee Chairman Rey Martinez announced Thursday that Loganville has been awarded a $51,737.20 grant from Walton County

Norcross establishes Public Arts Commission

Norcross council approves arts commission, sets meeting for park discussion, swears in new police officer.

Hill Circle paving, sidewalk project to commence

An asphalt replacement, paving and sidewalk project on Hill Circle was awarded to Allied Paving Contractors during Thursday’s city council meeting, following extensive discussion about the original scope of work and a change order.

Snellville leaders, staff crafting solicitation ordinance

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 in order to protect families as well as solicitors.

Berkeley Lake to begin road paving program

On Thursday, during the April City Council meeting, city administrator Tom Rozier proposed a public works project that will complete the necessary paving projects in phases.

Snellville honors fallen police dog

Snellville mayor Kelly Kautz and city council members honored Euro, a police dog that died on April 2.

Norcross officials approve auto repair shop on Goshen Springs Road

City council members voted Monday to approve an auto repair shop at 5994 Goshen Springs Road, despite some concerns raised by mayor pro tem Keith Shewbert and others.

Dacula sets new credit card policy

Council adopts new policy for dealing with credit cards.

Snellville DDA to host parliamentary class

Snellville’s Downtown Development Authority, along with Snellville Tourism and Trade and the city’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, will host a class on Roberts Rules of Order, the recognized guide for running meetings and conferences fairly and respectfully.

Berkeley Lake to begin replacing street signs

Rozier sought and gained approval from city council members Thursday to solicit bids for repair or replacement of one-seventh of the city’s signs within a year.

Loganville's Rock Gym to be renovated

City councilman Chuck Bagley said that the city’s Rock Gym building will be renovated, an effort to “get the building in a usable condition so that we can rent it out.”

Snellville Tourism and Trade Association gearing up for warm weather

Kelly McAloon, executive director of Snellville Tourism and Trade, outlined several upcoming city events for mayor Kelly Kautz and city council members on Monday.

Dacula seeks to annex properties

Dacula leaders are pursuing the annexation of 34 parcels of land along Winder Highway.

Winder detectives testify in ‘concrete murder’ trial

Two city of Winder police investigators traveled to Pensacola last month to testify in the “concrete murder” trial.

Norcross HS football team honored by city leaders

The Norcross city hall council chamber was filled to capacity during Monday’s council meeting, with members of the 2013 state championship Norcross High School football team, coaches and parents on hand to receive a proclamation from Mayor Bucky Johnson on behalf of the city.

Snellville to budget additional $100K for legal fees

City manager Butch Sanders was instructed by council to amend the city’s current budget to include up to $100,000 in additional legal fees.

Norcross mayor gives nod to arts, diversity for city’s future

Mayor Bucky Johnson delivered Norcross’ State of the City address Monday, to an audience of more than a hundred people at the Carlyle House, a special events venue in the city.

Dacula planning annexations for 34 properties

Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks said Thursday that Dacula plans to seek approval from the Georgia General Assembly to annex 34 properties, a total of 75 acres, into the city.

Winder to purchase new city vehicles

The council also denied a demolition request and approved a property rezoning.

Norcross appoints rep to Southwest Gwinnett Chamber

City councilman Charlie Riehm was nominated and approved by council vote to be the city’s representative to the Southwest Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce.

Improvements planned for Snellville’s Briscoe Park, Town Green

SPLOST funds have already been set aside for the Town Green improvements. According to city planning director Jon Davis, cost estimates will likely be available for council review at the next city council meeting, on Feb. 10.

Berkeley Lake councilmen take oaths of office

Recently-elected councilmen Chip McDaniel and Rodney Hammond took their oaths of office before Thursday evening’s city council meeting.

Loganville mayor, council members sworn in

Three council members and the mayor of Loganville were sworn into office on Thursday.

Norcross mayor, council members sworn in

Gwinnett Chief Magistrate Judge Kristin Hammer Blum was on hand Monday evening to administer the oath of office to Mayor Bucky Johnson and councilmen Charlie Riehm and Craig Newton.

Dacula grants special permit to church

City council members granted a special use permit on Thursday, allowing the location of a church in a retail shopping strip on Second Avenue. Light of Hope Church, represented during Thursday’s council meeting by applicant Patricia Whitley, will move into the .01 acre property as soon as possible.

THE DISH: Always Fresh Neighborhood Market and Restaurant

This Lilburn eatery is known for its Southern cooking.

Berkeley Lake adopts 2014 budget

A $1,095,427 budget for Berkeley Lake for the year 2014 was adopted Thursday evening.

Loganville honors local heroes for bravery

Loganville’s fire chief recognized several local heroes during Thursday’s city council meeting.

Winder cops reach out to communit

Winder cops reach out to community

Détente apparently over in Snellville

Détente apparently over in Snellville

Dacula adopts 2014 budget

A budget totaling $2,926,979 was adopted by the Dacula City Council on Thursday, the vote taking place following a mandatory public hearing that was held on Nov. 26.

Snellville calls special meeting, kick-starts projects

In a special-called meeting held Monday, Snellville council members voted to award a contract in the amount of $28,500 to Casey Tree Service.

Berkeley Lake celebrates dam completion, aids charities

Berkeley Lake celebrates dam completion, aids charities

Loganville PD gives back to community

During Loganville’s city council meeting Thursday, police chief Mike McHugh recognized his department’s officers Thursday evening, thanking them for their fundraising efforts benefiting the county’s Special Olympics program.

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Three council members take oath of office in Snellville

Three council members were sworn in to office Monday night, on the heels of a hotly contested Nov. 5 election.

Dacula approves changes to alcohol ordinance

City leaders Thursday approved several changes to Dacula’s alcohol ordinance.

Norcross moving ahead with plans for parking deck

Community Development Director Chris McCrary presented concept drawings for a structured parking facility to mayor Bucky Johnson and City Council members Monday night.

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