MichelleCouch 2 years, 3 months ago on Buford puts security cameras in elementary school

The article states that this school is "the only facility in the district that didn't have them."

A better public relations spin could have been "in light of the recent tragedies impacting our schools, all schools in the district are now fully standardized with surveillance systems."

As far as where will cameras be next: there are already everywhere my friend. Parks, malls, traffic lights. Big brother is watching and tracking more than any of us probably realize or wish to admit!


MichelleCouch 2 years, 3 months ago on Boy threatens to kill classmates with knife

Why was this child not paneled and sent to the Give center for at risk students in Gwinnett. I know Gwinnett students that have been sent there for far less school policy violations.. Something is very wrong here!!


MichelleCouch 2 years, 3 months ago on GCPD probing officers' actions during disputed search for pot

Just a few basic tidbits here:

  • 4 Large containers smelling of raw pot - no one was arrested??
  • Crucial evidence not seized and logged?
  • Arrest/s not made at time of strongly suspected crime?
  • Police conducted an official interview at suspects home?
  • Police did not get "confession" on tape or in writing?

I'm sorry - it just seems that many, many mistakes were made here. People getting a traffic ticket who are found with less than an once are immediately hauled off to jail.... and with 4-large containers smelling of raw pot - and a confession - there were no arrests??????

Not adding up!


MichelleCouch 2 years, 4 months ago on Nearly 50 guns stolen in smash-and-grab

In no way does my post imply "blame" toward the shop owner. However, it does suggest that the shop owner should have taken greater responsibility in protecting his/her high-risk inventory from theft; not only for the public's safety, but for the business's best interest as well. You can bet this business owner is looking at a higher liability premium now!


MichelleCouch 2 years, 4 months ago on Nearly 50 guns stolen in smash-and-grab

Shouldn't higher-risk businesses like this one be required to have additional security measures in place (by city/county ordinance)? Such as retractable steel bars beyond the glass front? Special/similar requirements are in place for liquor stores, adult material stores, adult entertainment businesses. Even the UPS Store in Grayson has a retractable security system protecting it's printers/copiers as it offers 24-hour access to its mailbox customers. You would think a gun shop owner would have exercised better security measures.


MichelleCouch 2 years, 4 months ago on Beaudreau steps away from office with no regrets

Thank you for your service to Gwinnett County Mike. You did a fine job and it is most often a thankless job. I will certainly miss you and I look forward to your next endeavor.


MichelleCouch 2 years, 4 months ago on Snellville mayor dismisses attorney

Surely Not - This is the first term for Kautz; prior, she served two terms (I think) as a council member. Prior to Kautz, Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer served two terms, and Mayor Brett Harrell served one term prior to Jerry.

Before Mayor Brett Harrell, Mayor Emmett Clower had been in office for over 20-something years. Clower and several of his old-time Snellville supporters are the force behind Kautz.

I interviewed Kautz (for my old newspaper) when she first ran for office. I warned her of the Clower force that wanted to regain control of Snellville. Kautz stated that she was going to remain independent. That did not last very long, unfortunately.

If Kautz had not aligned herself with the Clower faction, I feel that she may have actually been an okay council member. She does sometimes suggest some great ideas - but her follow-through has usually been lacking.

Effective leaders surround themselves with good people who are willing to serve for the right reasons; Kautz is a definite example of what not to do. This aspect coupled with the God complex that she consistently demonstrates is extremely harmful for the City.

I am in total agreement with another poster; Tony Powell has always demonstrated absolute professionalism and wisdom while representing Snellville. His reputation is impeccable. A City could not do better.

The real issue is that he is does not play favorites and does not cower to Kautz. He actually does his job as it should be done.

We can only pray that Kautz will be a one-term Mayor.


MichelleCouch 2 years, 4 months ago on Snellville mayor dismisses attorney

Danielle, No one in Snellville, and neighboring communities, will ever understand how Kautz was elected. Snellville voters made a serious error in judgment when electing Kautz over Barbara Bender. Now they pay the piper. Anyone who has witnessed Kautz over the years as a council member finds her behavior as Mayor, "typical" and "same old - same old".

Ken - most in Snellville know exactly who is in the Kautz regime :)


MichelleCouch 2 years, 4 months ago on City sues over ethics complaints

Clearly, there are Government officials that violate ethics with each breath they take. However, Mayor Pro Tem, Tom Witts, isn't one of them.


MichelleCouch 2 years, 5 months ago on New budget, service districts could mean higher taxes

At one point, yes, there were many opportunities for transportation improvement grants and matching funds from all levels of government. I'm sure that this type of funding has slowed considerably over the past few years.

An advantage, as recognized by the district businesses, is that the voluntary tax dollars they pay are guaranteed to benefit the very community in which their business resides.

In theory, with the ultimate objectives being transportation and economic development within the district, a return-on-investment will be greater than the tax; therefore, no additional burden be place on the customers of the district businesses.

When lead by the right administration and community/business leaders, I believe 150% in the CID's.

Having worked under Brett Harrell at the Evermore CID, I am able to fully appreciate the value and efforts of a CID.

We facilitated one project where a group of business owners in the Highway 78/Yellow River area came together, and at a significant expense beyond their tax, contributed to a private-public partnership for a sewer/infrastructure installation project. When the project was 100% complete - and under budget, the Evermore CID was actually able to cut a "refund" check back to the Gwinnett County (for around 8K if I remember correctly).

In my very humble opinion, I believe this to be one of the best examples of government and business owners working together to improve the community.

Without a CID and proper leadership, this may never have been achieved in an area of the county that needs infrastructure improvements the most as it was one of the first developed commercial regions in the county.

Thus, I am a firm believer in the CID's - when administrated by ethically and fiscally motivated administrations.