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Sad that the individuals were hurt. GDP, I would like to know how they used to mine "marble" from Stone Mountain?
The City of Snellville has seen great investments by businesses in the last few years. While other cities have been overwhelmed with a sea of vacant store fronts we have seen true growth in our retail and commercial sectors. Walmart just opened a Neighborhood Market. Other new businesses include Academy Sports, Olive Garden and Verizon. These businesses all have one thing in common, they didn't just move into empty buildings instead they redeveloped older structures that were past their prime. All of this happened because we made it clear that we were looking toward the future by starting an economic development program and a community building program (aka STAT - Snellville Tourism and Trade). Thankfully, the greater Snellville community has embraced these efforts and is committed to keeping the momentum that draws businesses to our city. Correcting the defects in the alcohol ordinance is just one more step to a much brighter future.
It was not just three attorneys, it was three City attorneys. Thomas Mitchell, Mike Williams and Tony Powell, all three confirmed that knowingly owing taxes is not a violation of Snellville’s oath of office. Last night Mr. Anderson asked why Snellville has not set up a citizen’s panel to look into his misguided accusations. Only a superior court judge or the city council can enact any punishment on an elected official and therefore forming an ethics board to “oversee” an ethics complaint is ridiculous. The final decision to investigate or punish rests with the elected officials. If they find no merit to someone’s allegations they have the right, no, the duty to elect not to pursue ANY investigation. The current Mayor has been a big proponent of having an elaborate process for looking into ethics allegations. Those processes would have great cost, both financially and in quelling political involvement that should not be borne by our citizens.
I might be wrong but if the motion was made incorrectly shouldn't the Chair, in this case the Mayor, have asked for another motion? Why didn't the Mayor or the comptroller ask for a few minutes to review the budget as it was being presented? Surely Mr. Witts shared his version with Mayor and Council before the meeting.
It is strange that the same city employee that tried to add a pay period to Snellville's amended 2012 budget, which would have resulted in an increase of every employees' pay this year, is now saying there is a problem with "material misstatements" in the newly adopted budget. The insurance payout for the damage to the Briscoe shelter was received by the city some time ago. Since the projects in question have been in the works for months the interim city manager and Ms. Burke should have included these now contested figures in the proposed budgets all along. It is ridiculous City Council was meeting on a Friday night on the last business day before the end of the fiscal year and all the members couldn't even show up on time. Former city manager Russell Treadway had a proposed working budget out to Mayor and Council before he left in April.
This article isn't about Tony and Briscoe expansion. It is about a Mayor bringing in a new / old City Attorney because the "unbiased" attorney that she selected had the audacity to say the City Council could change the city charter by majority vote and not have to go before the State legislature. Mr. Powell had informed Snellville City Council last year that the Charter changes that were enacted at the behest of former Councilman Auld and Garraway were improper. Last year Council acted to reverse the changes giving the Mayor back the power to appoint and/or nominate..At that time Kautz disagreed with giving powers back to the Mayor. Now that SHE is Mayor, she brings in the guy she disagreed with last year in order to preserve her power.
Nothing says moron more than having a "march" that goes no further than crossing the street. "It's an opportunity for those in Gwinnett who are just as concerned about those issues ... but can't always get down to Atlanta." Talk about lazy!
I have spent the last four years on Snellville's City Council with both of the candidates for Mayor and other than both being female I find no similarities. Bender does her home work, communicates well with Council and staff and puts the best interests of the city above all else. I fully support Barbara Bender for Mayor!
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