SNELLVILLE -- City leaders voted Monday to adopt a resolution that establishes a new city slogan for Snellville, while still keeping and trademarking the one that made the city famous worldwide.

City Attorney Tony Powell was instructed following the vote to copyright, trademark and otherwise set aside the two slogans for future use by the city's Tourism and Trade Association.

"Snellville, where everybody is proud to be somebody," is the new slogan that was presented at Monday evening's council meeting. "Snellville, where everybody is somebody," is, of course, the slogan that was established about 30 years ago and is familiar worldwide. Councilman Mike Sabbagh commented during the meeting that, when he recently visited his family's home in Israel, the famous slogan was even known there, 8,000 miles away.

Councilman Tom Witts said Monday that positive changes were taking place in the city since the new council was seated in November. "I believe that the divide is being smoothed over ... It's time to let the world know that something's changed in Snellville."

Snellville has other slogans that have been used to promote the city, including "Striving for the Highest" and "A Place to Call Home."

City soccer decision delayed

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender made a motion Monday night to form a steering committee that will decide how to proceed with running the city's soccer association. At the last council meeting, a representative from Chiefs Futbol presented his plan to take over and run the city's soccer program.

Several parents spoke out against the proposal, saying that the association is a good one with plans in place to improve. Parents expressed concern that outsourcing the program would increase the cost beyond the reach of many families.

The steering committee, which will be comprised of soccer parents and other stakeholders, has until Jan. 1 to present a proposal that would allow the city's Parks and Recreation Department to continue to run the program. If no viable proposal is presented, the council will make the decision.

"The soccer program in Snellville is too important to make a rush decision,"Bender said.

Town Hall budget meeting scheduled

A public meeting concerning Snellville's new fiscal year budget is scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 18. City leaders are looking for input from residents regarding a budget that will involve some tough decisions.

"We've lived off the fat of the land for the last 3 years, and now it's time to pay the piper" said mayor Jerry Oberholtzer.

The meeting will be held in the community room in Snellville City Center.

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