SNELLVILLE — The Snellville City Council on Monday night took a small step toward greater energy efficiency.
By a unanimous vote, the council approved a contract with Siemens to rework the heating and air conditioning systems at City Hall and the senior center next door to reduce the amount of electricity used. The council approved the contract in the amount of up to $90,000.
City Manager Butch Sanders said Siemens was the low-bidder out of two companies, the other firm asking for $125,000 to do the work.
Councilman Bobby Howard said the step could save the city about 35 percent on costs in the years to come.
“One of the things we try to do with all our systems is be efficient. … I think it’s a good investment,” he said. “I think long term we’ll save a tremendous amount of money.”
In another unanimous vote, the council approved a permit for Lifegate International church to open in the Fountain Square Shopping Center.
According to the city, a parking assessment has been done and the church’s 60 to 70 members aren’t expected to cause issues for parking, as can happen with such establishments in commercial shopping centers.
“This is a center that really needs tenants,” said Chad Smith, a former Snellville councilman whose firm CAS Architecture is working with the church. “I think it’s a great use for the shopping center.”
In other business, the council:
• Voted unanimously to approve a $42,000 contract with JRM Management Services for management of the Snellville Days Festival.
• Held a moment of silence for T.W. Briscoe Park employee Cecil McCulley who died recently at the age of 71.
• Congratulated Snellville Economic Development Manager Eric Van Otteren for his recent win of a Partnership Gwinnett award for founding a young entrepreneur alliance that resulted in a student business group and a special class of business licenses for student companies.