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City Council Meeting Notes: June 11

If you were not at the Snellville City Council work session and regular meeting, here is a quick wrap-up story. Items included: the interim city manager contract, firearms in city parks and "Coffee with Council."

Snellville City Council met on June 11 for its first regular council meeting of the month

Here is a quick run-down of the major happenings.

1. New Business: Consideration and action on interim city manager contract

Item: Police Chief Roy Whitehead's employment contract as interim city manager is considered.

Summary: According to Tony Powell, Snellville's city attorney, Whitehead has been working in his dual role with no bump in pay, and the new employment contract also does not include a raise of sorts.

 "He's really serving selflessly," Powell said Monday.

The new contract denotes an end date of July 9, but there is some flexibility to extend that if needed, Powell added.

The city hopes to begin interviewing candidates as early as next week, said Mayor Kelly Kautz.

The contract, which was discussed in executive session, was approved unanimusly, 6-0.

To read other stories on the city manager position and search, click here.

2. Work Session Item: Firearms in city parks

Item: Mayor Kelly Kautz discussed creating regulation that bans firearms in city parks.

Summary: Following an incident in Sugar Hill, city council is considering regulations surrounding firearms in areas such as Briscoe Park.

In April, Cumming resident Christopher Proescher was arrested after gun-toting in a city park in Sugar Hill. According to numerous media reports, he was seen by one of Sugar Hill's private security guards, accused of illegally carrying a gun and then subsequently arrested by Gwinnett County Police.

The only problem: It is not illegal to carry guns openly in Georgia. (I could get one, with a permit of course, and walk around at the moment. No one could do anything.) It is an oft-confused law. Still, it's bothersome to Kautz, and she's hoping to do something about it.

"I'm all for people having the right to carry their weapons," she said, "but, we want to make sure that they're using them properly."

The item is expected back before council at its July 9 work session.

Meanwhile, Proescher  -- who was carrying a licensed weapon -- has filed a lawsuit against the Sugar Hill security guard and the Gwinnett County police.

3. Work Session Item and Council Reports: "Coffee with Council"

Item: Councilman Bobby Howard is promoting a special opportunity for citizens to talk to council members.

Summary: Beginning this Saturday, June 16, their will be a tent at the where council members in attendance can meet with citizens. The new public forum is expected to continue for the duration of the market.

Those who come to talk to council members will be given a medallion to then take to one of two coffee vendors at the market. Citizens will then return to the tent for conversations with council members.

Howard said the new "Coffee with Council" initiative is "just another venue for our citizenry to get to talk to us."

4. Announcements and Council Reports: Flag Day

Item: Councilman Mike Sabbagh is spearheading Flag Day, which will take place Thursday, June 14.

Summary: At 2 p.m., June 14, the city of Snellville will participate in its first Flag Day. The Flag Day ceremony will take place at the footsteps of the

5. Ceremonial Matters: "Aimee's Weekend"

Item: Mayor Kelly Kautz read into the record a special resolution about Aimee Copeland, and the upcoming weekend dedicated to her.

Summary: weekend is being dedicated to Aimee Copeland, and it is being called "Aimee's Weekend." In part, the resolution read "Whereas, Aimee Copeland is a graduate of and is a somebody from Snellville, and whereas, the Copeland family have been exemplary citizens of our city, and whereas, the faith and optimistic attitude of the Copeland family has been an inspiration to not only Snellville, but the entire country, and whereas,

Don Towers June 16, 2012 at 05:22 PM
David, I would be cautious if I were you, in using for your argument, a case that has yet to go to trial, and for which all the facts are not yet known. But from what we have heard publicly, it sure sounds like Martin was the aggressor, not Zimmerman. We still have to wait for the state of Florida to determine whether or not Zimmerman's actions were legally self defense or not. If Zimmerman is found innocent or guilty of the charges against him, does this have any effect on current GA state law? I don't think this one case will, either way.
David Brown June 16, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Don, I cannot let you get away with such an erroneous statement. Trayvon Martin was not the instigator. George Zimmerman was clearly the instigator. The 911 tape demonstrates that. The 911 dispatcher asks Zimmerman if he's pursuing Trayvon. Zimmerman said "Yes". The 911 dispatcher tells Zimmerman "We don't need you to do that". Zimmerman answered "Okay", and then proceeds to keep pursuing Trayvon. That is what we "have heard publicly". Enjoy your Fathers Day, Don.
Don Towers June 16, 2012 at 07:39 PM
David, we'll have to let the facts come out in the trial. Right now, all we have is part of the truth. But in any case I am not seeing how this case, however it is resolved, has anything to do with carrying firearms in Briscoe Park. We follow the law. I get you don't like GA law as it stands. I also understand you get scared when you see firearms. I suggest you stay at home and don't go out, just in case you encounter citizens who carry. Otherwise, we can't help you, buddy. Happy Father's Day.
Tommy Britt June 19, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Mr. Brown wrote: "George Zimmerman was clearly the instigator." What happened to "Innocent until proven guilty"?
Joy L. Woodson June 22, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Hello, your fearless editor here. I'm chiming in only to remind people that these forums are for healthy debate. Not attacks, not name-calling, etc. You can read the terms of use here: http://snellville.patch.com/terms. Bottom line: Everyone has an opinion. Let's keep it clean and respectful. Muchas gracias.

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