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Winter 2017 - Volume 28 Snellville Spirit Magazine is produced by: Snellville Tourism & Trade Association We are entering what I always think is a special time of year. With Thanksgiving upon us, and the holiday season, and the New Year just around the corner, it’s a time to thank the people that help make this organization so successful. I’m especially grateful for the many volunteers that helped make these events possible. I’d like to specifically thank the members of the STAT Board of Directors Gretchen Schulz, Kathy Emanuel, Jamey Toney, Regina Hart, Brian Pendley, Susan Chappelear, Tom Morris, Stephen Brust, and our Executive Director Kelly McAloon. These board members volunteer their time and effort to make Snellville Tourism & Trade successful, and their contributions to our organization can’t be appreciated enough. This board, in concert with the many volunteers have made us all proud of Snellville. We will have some new people joining the board of Snellville Tourism and Trade at the beginning of the year. I want to specifically thank the board members that are stepping down from their positions for the coming year. Gretchen Schulz has been an active board member since the founding of STAT in 2010. She has also been the heart of the Farmer’s Market and Community Garden. We will still be seeing her as she will be continuing to serve Snellville on the city council. In addition, Brian Pendley has served on the board since the beginning of the organization. He has been the steady member that has been a foundation for the success that we have enjoyed. Stephen Brust has been a vital part of the board by bringing his knowledge of marketing and website development to STAT. He has helped change the way we deliver information to our members and the citizens of Snellville. I also want to thank our Keystone Sponsor, Eastside Medical Center. Without their generous support and the support of all our sponsors throughout the year, we couldn’t do all the things we do. Finally, I want to thank the incredible staff and city council of the city of Snellville. They go above and beyond to make Snellville a great place to live.


Don Britt, President, Snellville Tourism and Trade

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P.O. Box 669 • Snellville, GA 30078 Website: Snellville Tourism and Trade Association’s mission is to promote business, tourism and events in the City of Snellville. President Don Britt Secretary Kathy Emanuel Treasurer Jamey Toney Board Member Regina Hart Board Member Brian Pendley Board Member Susan Chappelear Board Member Tom Morris Board Member Stephen Brust Executive Director Kelly McAloon Mayor of Snellville Tom Witts City Council Barbara Bender - Mayor Pro Tem, Gretchen Schulz, Dave Emanuel, Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol City Website: Magazine Design by Brian Arrington, Perry Cox, Kathy Emanuel and Kelly McAloon Magazine Cover Design by Perry Cox Magazine Cover Photograph by Andrew Watson Photography Contributing Writers and Photographers: Kelly McAloon, Eric Van Otteren, Don Britt, Brian Arrington, Barbara Bender, Gretchen Schulz, Ryan Burden, Alexandria Chargois, Austin Shelton and Perry Cox





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News from the city’s police and public works departments.


A preview of the city’s Christmas Tree Lighting and parade.




















An update on the city’s plans to create a greenway system.


The Snellville Youth Commission is expanding horizons.


Eastside Medical Center is making hearts feel healthy.


Events upcoming at T.W. Briscoe Park.


Information about the Snellville Senior center.


There’s plenty of ways to celebrate Christmas in Snellville.


The Snellville Lions Club celebrates 65 years!


Local Eagle Scout brings books to Snellville Senior Center.


The Community Garden @Snellville teams up with UGA.


The spring-welcoming event returns to the Towne Green.


New developments and businesses pop up in Snellville.


Agencies help residents during Hurricane Irma.


The Festival of Trees comes to City Hall.


Silent Auction brings in $20,000.


Thanks to those who made the Fall Festival a success.


Pictures of local events from recent months. 55

MAYOR PRO TEM’S MESSAGE Although the temperatures and leaves may be falling, the excitement in Snellville is continuing to rise.

board by early next year. The GA Department of Transportation is doing a final review of the sidewalk project along Highway 78 from South Gwinnett High School to Rockdale Circle. The plan was changed to adjust the location of the sidewalks but hopefully this project will be in construction soon.

We are saying farewell to Councilmember Bobby Howard who did not seek re-election this year. Bobby served for six years on the Council and has represented Snellville well. Please join me in thanking Bobby for his dedication and service to our City. We are welcoming Gretchen Schulz who will be sworn in to the City Council at the November 13 meeting. You may already know Gretchen from her years of volunteering for the Snellville Farmers Market, the Community Garden and being a STAT board member since inception in 2010. November and cooler temperatures means the Lighted Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting is in the works. Please plan to join us for the parade, activities and, of course, Santa, on November 25th. Gwinnett County is doing a final review of the Request for Proposals for the design of the library and city market building planned for Wisteria Drive. We hope to have a design firm on

Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender

You may be seeing some activity at the Hwy 78 and 124 intersection. Currently, surveyors are working and utility work is beginning. No road work is expected until the spring time. Keep up with the latest updates at highway-78-and-124-intersection. I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your Mayor Pro Tem. Your city council is here to serve you so please do not hesitate to call or email us with any questions or concerns.

AROUND TOWNE The lecture portion covered what officers go through when answering calls where a building or area has to be checked for potential suspects. The class covers the approach to the building, search techniques, what to do if you find a suspect, and officer safety during searches. For the second portion of the class, police took CPA members to an abandoned building on Oak Road for the practical portion where they worked in teams of two to clear a portion of the building. To learn more about the CPA call 770-985-3555.

Snellville Citizens Police Academy gets lesson on clearing buildings The Citizens Police Academy Class 24 just went through the building clearing class and did very well. 6

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Snellville police to put razors down as part of No-Shave-November In the month of November, members of the Snellville Police Department will be putting their razors down to participate in No-Shave-November. This is the first time that the department has taken part in this fund raising and awareness initiative to fight cancer. The NoShave-November group has raised more than $3 million dollars to combat the disease and SPD is proud to help move the cause forward.

infrastructure. The Dickerson Group, Inc. was awarded the contract for $417,803. There will be construction on Summit Chase Drive, Stonegate Way, Junes Court to Roxboro Drive, Overwood Lane to Overwood Trace and on Hidden Lane in the future to address these issues.

Street resurfacing projects to begin following council action


The council approved $629,334.26 to cover patching, milling and resurfacing projects. Funds used will be taken from the city’s Local Maintenance Improvement Grant Allotment, Special Local Option Sales Tax and capital paving expenses. The contract was awarded to E. R. Snell Contractor, Inc. based on the lowest submitted price and the quality of past work performed for the city.

Public Works reminds residents ‘Only Rain Down the Drain!’

Projects will take place on Vine Street, Kimberly Way, Meadow Drive, Springdale Drive, Lake Commons Drive, Commons View Circle, Lake Commons Court, Maple Creek Court and Hickory Lake Drive.

If you would like to donate to the Snellville Police Department’s team you can visit this link

Fall is in the air and the leaves will begin to fall. Please help keep Snellville’s stormwater system clean by keeping leaves and landscape debris out of streets, drainage culverts and drainage easements. Dumping leaves and grass clippings in creeks and drainage swales quickly restricts the natural flow and can cause upstream and downstream effects to other properties. The City of Snellville appreciates your cooperation on keeping our Stormwater system clean. Only Rain Down The Drain! Remember to visit Snellville Recycle Center to recycle your lawn and garden debris.

Recycle Christmas Trees and ‘Bring One for the Chipper’ The collection dates for Christmas Tree recycling program Bring One for the Chipper this year will be from Dec. 26 to Jan. 15. The actual day for chipping the trees will be Jan. 27 at Bethesda Park. The locations in Snellville are Fire Station No. 6, 3890 Johnson Drive (Centerville), and Fire Station No. 12, 2815 Lenora Church Road. Trees can be dropped off at any time of the day, so long as it is at the designated tree drop-off spot at the fire station, marked with a sign.

Drug Take Back event nets more than 200 pounds of unwanted drugs October’s Drug Take Back event yielded 243 pounds of unwanted or expired prescription medication keeping them out of the hands of children and criminals. The event continues to be heavily supported by the community. At the spring event there were 300 pounds of unwanted drugs collected from residents and discarded safely, bringing the yearly total to 543 pounds. Before repair

After repair

Needed stormwater projects to get under way The council approved a bid for five stormwater drainage projects. These projects will improve the handling of stormwater and reduce the city’s overall inventory of poor

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency sponsors the event twice a year and the Snellville Police Department partnership with PCOM School of Pharmacy at Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine allows police to foster relationships with future pharmacists that will work in the community and educate citizens in the proper disposal of prescription medication. The next event will be held next spring. 7

Economic Development Winter 2017

Greenway Initiative gaining momentum By Austin Shelton, City Planner The City of Snellville continues to press forward with its Greenway Initiative. Personal automobiles will continue to be the main form of transportation within and through Snellville for the foreseeable future. However, City staff and leaders recognize the importance of giving residents and businesses options when it comes to recreation and transportation, and are committed to meeting the growing demand for more bicycle and pedestrian friendly facilities throughout the city.

Oak Road Park

Greenway Master Plan A draft Greenway Master Plan for the city is in the final stages of development. This plan includes four projects that City staff deem essential projects to lay the foundation for a strong, comprehensive network of trails and greenways within the city limits. Three of these projects will most likely be finalists on Gwinnett County’s list of projects that can be feasibly completed by 2040. The final one is a Snellvillecentric project designed to complement the Towne Center. These projects are (from shortest to longest): Towne Center Spine – a .7-mile trail running parallel to Wisteria Drive along a mostly dry creek bed. This greenway will serve as a “border” more or less to the rear of the Towne Center, and will provide another connection from City Hall and the Senior Center to North Road, Scenic Highway and the neighborhoods abutting the north end of Snellville’s downtown. Oak Road Park to Briscoe Park – This 2.2-mile greenway is meant to connect two of the City’s parks to each other and to the Towne Center, providing a mixed recreational and transportation corridor for residents throughout the city.


Snellville to Lawrenceville – 4.5 miles is the approximate distance between the city centers of Snellville and Lawrenceville; a distance that Gwinnett County and the City of Snellville wants to see bridged. Though the final route is not yet finalized, the plan is for this greenway to largely follow North Road and Old Snellville Highway, which allows cyclists and pedestrians to travel on quieter roads away from the fast and heavy traffic on Hwy 124 / Scenic Highway. It also serves to provide additional connection

Greenways Briscoe Park

Towne Center Spine Towne Center Spine Extension Briscoe to Towne Center Oak Road to Towne Center Towne Center Connection Snellville to Lawerenceville Evermore CID Trail Towne Center Snellville Parks City Limits

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to Alexander Park, just outside Snellville’s city limits. Main Street West / US-78 – At almost 5 miles in length, this is the longest and most ambitious of greenways being planned by the City and Gwinnett County for the area. Though obviously we are limited by the county line, the eventual goal is to give Snellville and the South Gwinnett area a connection to the existing trail network around Stone Mountain. This is a key connection for the future, as it links the growing Gwinnett County greenway network to the web of trails and greenways in the rest of the Atlanta metro and beyond. Next Steps The next step for the Greenway Master Plan is to have it formally adopted by the Mayor Pro-Tem and City Council. Once adopted, the City can begin discussion on what it will look like to realize this plan. While we are obviously limited by our jurisdictional boundaries, there are things the City can do to expedite construction within our own borders. An example might be amending sidewalk requirements for designated greenway routes. 8 to 10 feet is considered the minimum width for a greenway, with 12 feet preferred for higheruse areas. Another would be to work with Gwinnett County to receive funding from one of their designated sources, such as SPLOST funds. And of course, continued cooperation between Parks and Recreation, Planning and Development, Snellville residents and other essential parties is key to making this plan a reality. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody


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Snellville Youth Making a Difference

By Alexandria Chargois, Snellville Youth Commission The Snellville Youth Commission is a group of high school juniors and seniors from surrounding Snellville schools including Brookwood, Shiloh and South Gwinnett that are selected by the Snellville Youth Commission Advisory Board. The student commission focuses on finding solutions to encourage Snellville youth to be more engaged and educated in civic activities as well as revitalizing the younger adults in the community including the millennial population. The SYC meets one Saturday a month for two hours, with a new focus at each meeting. At their most recent meeting on Sept. 9, they were first led by Eric Van Otteren, the Snellville Economic Development director, for a tour of the land surrounding City Hall to be given a vision of the plans for the Towne Center/ Marketplace. During the tour, placemaking was discussed, which is turning “somewhere” into a place people want to be. This is an important idea for the staff and council to accomplish in Snellville. The group then split themselves into the different sectors that are represented in Snellville: citizens, staff and city council. In these groups, different ideas such as how to make citizens happywere discussed, the Towne Center, and the vision for the future of Snellville were discussed from the point of view of each sector. Doing this allowed the students to think from different perspectives, realize that decision making is a daunting process and how to generate creative solutions. Each group came up with ideas on how to revitalize Snellville and make it a place where youth want to be and a place they want to come back to in their adult lives. 12

Suggestions from the SYC “citizens’” point of view create an athletic/arts center as an outlet for teens to have a place to go when they are bored. This will prevent the issue of loitering. They also suggested creating more opportunities and partnerships with local businesses to provide students with jobs and internships in order to give them a headstart in their future endeavors. Suggestions from the SYC staff - design the third floor of the library/market building into an innovation lab for students to study and collaborate. This will induce students to staying and becoming innovators in Snellville. Suggestions from the SYC “Mayor and Council”: create a collaborative common space for kids and teens. This space can be used for different school clubs to come together, tutoring, and an opportunity for students to share their talents with one another. While each group had a different suggestion, each idea had a commonality which expresses the overall need for a space in Snellville where students of all ages can come together to have fun, study, collaborate and innovate.

The student commission focuses on finding solutions to encourage Snellville youth to be more engaged and educated in civic activities as well as revitalizing the younger adults in the community including the millennial population. Snellville, Where Everybody’s Proud to be Somebody

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By Hope Moeck, Communications Specialist, Eastside Medical Center Eastside Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has welcomed Eastside Heart and Vascular to Eastside Medical Group. Eastside Heart and Vascular officially opened to see patients on Nov. 1. The physicians who have joined the practice include Dr. Marc I. Unterman, Dr. Marcus C. Sims, Dr. Michael A. Lipsitt, Dr. Niraj Sharma, and Dr. Demir Baykal. Building a comprehensive program with access to the highest level of care was top priority for Eastside and the physician team. “We are very excited to begin our partnership with Eastside,” Unterman said. “We have assembled a team of physicians that will bring the latest expertise and techniques in cardiology to the local community. It is our goal to not only serve patients in the Gwinnett area, but also to make Eastside a regional referral center for cardiology.” Eastside Heart and Vascular aims to bring the highest quality sub-specialty care to the patient’s doorstep, bringing experienced healthcare to the local neighborhood. A native of the Decatur and Stone Mountain area, Sims shares his enthusiasm over growing the cardiology specialty in the area he considers to be home. “I am very excited to be a part of the continuing effort to build a comprehensive cardiology program at Eastside,” said Sims. “We have formed a comprehensive cardiology group that consists of experienced physicians specializing in heart failure, heart attack, coronary artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, and heart rhythms. Growing up in the Decatur and Stone Mountain area, I have always had ties to the Eastern side of Atlanta. Our physician team looks forward to being able to provide the same high quality care and healthcare accommodations that patients would receive in Atlanta, with the convenience of a shorter commute, due to our locations being closer to where they live and work.” Sims shares further insight into the vision for the near future at Eastside Medical Center.

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Eastside expands Vascular Cardiology care

“Having served as the Cardiac Catheterization Lab Director of Eastside for the last four years, as well as serving at Gwinnett Medical Center, I have seen the cardiac program grow at Eastside firsthand,” Sims explains, “To meet this growing need, we will also upgrade the cardiac services and renovate the lab at Eastside. Our new practice will be able to take care of all pre-operation needs, general cardiology needs, heart attacks, heart failure, cardiac rehab and heart rhythm needs.” Sharma, who specializes in electrophysiology, explains how the cardiac electrophysiology lab will foster a higher level of patient care. “Palpitations, or feeling your heart go out of rhythm, is a very common, often times serious problem,” explained Sharma, “Eastside Medical Center will be building a new state-of-the-art cardiac electrophysiology lab (EP), to study and ablate (cauterize) potentially serious heart rhythm problems. The addition of the new EP lab will be of tremendous benefit to our patients.” Eastside Medical Center will be welcoming the practice to their campus with pride. “Eastside Medical Center is extremely proud to be welcoming the new addition of Eastside Heart and Vascular to our system of care,” said Trent Lind, Chief Executive Officer at Eastside Medical Center. “This partnership with the physicians of Eastside Heart and Vascular will align patient care goals with the growing needs of the community, further establishing Eastside as the destination for the highest quality cardiology care in the Eastern Atlanta corridor. Keeping true to our mission of community centered care, Eastside will maintain an open campus for all cardiology providers and their patients.” With offices in Snellville, Lawrenceville, Duluth, Norcross, Buford, Loganville, Monroe and Athens, the practice brings this high level of cardiac care closer to home for many residents. The primary goal of the physician team at Eastside Heart and Vascular is to improve the quality of life for their patients, who will benefit from an experienced, compassionate, connected team approach for all of their heart care needs. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 770736-6300 or visit 15

Parks & Recreation Winter 2017

T.W. Briscoe Park ~ 2500 Sawyer Parkway ~ Park Office (770) 985-3535

Park office is open Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on registration and classes, check out the Parks & Recreation Department on Snellville’s website

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Got Youth Recreational Soccer? You can have it if you are ages 4-19. Please check or call 678517-4789 for more information. For the adults, T.W. Briscoe Park also has plenty of activities. Boot Camp takes place Monday through Thursday and Saturday at the Park Office. The course consists of five-week sessions, morning and evening available. For more information call instructor Alvin Hill at 678-920-4136 or email Outdoor tennis and basketball courts are available on a first-come-firstserved basis without lights daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tennis courts can be reserved with lights for a fee. To do so, call the office at 770-985-3535. In the daytime the cost is $5 per hour (city limit resident); $10 per hour (non-resident) Evening (with lights): $10 per hour (city limit resident); and $20 per hour (nonresident). Adult Softball Leagues are currently playing, check back in February for the next season that starts in March. There are Men’s-Tuesdays, Co-ed B-Thursdays and Co-ed A-Fridays. For


more information contact Todd Mayfield at or visit the Recreation Department website at http:// There will be a Community Yard Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at T.W. Briscoe Park near the pool. If you would like to sell items, spaces are $10 for one or $15 for 2 (9’x18’ parking spots). Register at the Park Office, 2500 Sawyer Parkway

in Snellville, by Nov 17. Contact Tracey Glass at or call the Park Office for info. Co-ed Adult Kickball will begin registration again in March. Games are on Wednesday nights. Check for one-day tournaments to be held in the next few months! For more information contact Todd Mayfield at tmayfield@snellville. org.

Facilities at the park can be rented with 14 days notice. There are outdoor pavilion rentals and large rooms for rent. For room/ pavilion rentals call the park office at 770-985-3535. For field rentals, call Todd Mayfield at 770-985-3532. The park accepts cash, check, money order, Visa, MC or debit card. For a list of property for rental visit


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Spotlight on Snellville Seniors

Snellville Senior Center ~ 2350 Oak Road ~ Snellville, Georgia 30078 ~ (770) 985-3580 Meet the “Alley Cats” of the Keenagers Senior Bowling League which meets Monday mornings at 10 a.m. at Stars and Strikes, Highway 78 in Loganville. From left are, Virginia Smith, Diane Monroe, Jo Ann Polimeni and Lupe Tingle. It’s a fun and social league.

The Snellville Senior Center is the place to be for those 55 and over. Located next to Snellville City Hall, the Senior Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. There are numerous classes for seniors to take part in. Aerobics are free with membership and take place Mondays and Thursdays at 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. Pilates are also available for $5 per class at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Painting classes are offered Thursdays and a package of four classes is $28. The classes run from 1 to 3 p.m. A group of crafters meets Tuesday at noon for crocheting and knitting. The meeting is free with membership.

Spanish classes are offered for beginners, intermediate and advanced speakers throughout the week. Call the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 for class times. There are also card-making classes and courses in understanding computers, tablets and smartphones. Billiards, Bingo and an exercise and weight room are also available and free to members. The Senior Center offers other classes in conjunction with our regular ongoing scheduled classes. Please stop by our center or visit our website at to view our bimonthly newsletter located under Parks and Recreation for additional classes and events.


2017 Senior Center Annual Memberships: Snellville City Limit Residents $15, Gwinnett County Residents $25; Out-of-County $30. If you join after July 1, the cost for the remainder of the year is $9 for City Residents; $15 for County Residents; and $18 for Out of-county Residents. Additional persons from the same household receive a $5 discount.


The Senior Center offers day and overnight trips as well as special events. Information is updated bimonthly in our Spotlight Newsletter which includes a current calendar of events. Newsletters can be picked up at the center, found on our website at www. or mailed to your home once you join. Contact the Senior Center at 770-985-3580 to register and for additional information. 19


SNELLVILLE LIONS CLUB Celebrating 65 years!

The Snellville Lions Club celebrated the Club’s 65th Anniversary Oct. 5. About 50 wonderful Lions from the Snellville Club, other Gwinnett Lions Clubs and district and state officials joined together to make this a special celebration. District Gov. Mark Bradley spoke and helped to give special awards to the Snellville Lions Club members. One very distinguished award is the Melvin Jones Award which is named for the founder of Lions Clubs International. The Snellville member receiving the Melvin Jones Award was Randy Collins, who is a force in the club. Collins is always giving his time, talents, support and just plain hard work to better the service to the club and community. Chris Banks, manager of Tom Wages Funeral Home, received a Certificate of Outstanding Service for going the extra mile and helping the club to plan, purchase and install a granite bench placed on the front lawn of Snellville City Hall. This bench is part of the Legacy Campaign celebrating 100 Years of Service to communities, states, and the world. Bradley also handed out Chevron Awards which recognize members for milestone years as a Lion. Recipients were: Harold Walker (35 years); Jimmy Dallas (25 years); George Blount (20 years); Susan Hart (20 years); Godfrey Stephens (10 years); Snellville Lions Club was chartered on Sept. 22, 1952, by a few Snellville business men. There were 28 charter members, and the charter President was Jimmie J. Powell, who was a teacher and coach in Snellville schools for many years. The club awards three scholarships each year to High School Seniors, and this award has been named the Jimmie J. Powell 22

Scholarship. The club has been involved in the schools and helping youth. The club currently present dictionaries to all the third-grade students at Britt Elementary School, and club officials hope to add another school in the near future. Lions also help adults and children who cannot afford eye care providing eye exams and eyeglasses. The Snellville Lions Club has served the Snellville community faithfully for these 65 years and continues to serve. If you are interested in joining the Snellville Lions Club, contact Lion Carolyn Collins at 770-982-8193.

(Left) From left, Snellville Lions’ Club member Chris Banks receives the Certificate of Outstanding Service with District Gov. Mark Bradley and Bonnie Linscott, president of the Snellville Lions Club. (Right) From left, Randy Collins receives the Melvin Jones Award with Bradley and Linscott.

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• Your Community • Your Newspaper • NEW BUSINESS By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer A five-story, 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites will be built in the city following a unanimous vote by the Mayor and Council earlier this year. The 64,400-square-foot building will be located in Park Place, a development located at the corner of Pharrs Road and Scenic Highway which recently saw the grand opening of Cracker Barrel, Freddie’s, Zaxby’s and Aspen Dental. There had been concerns the hotel would cause traffic issues at the busy intersection, but, according to the developers, daily trips would be reduced by nearly two thirds of what was previously approved for a 12,000-square-foot restaurant.

Inn & Suites by Hilton within the city. Finally, Hampton Inn & Suites, under the Hilton (Hotels) umbrella, has a reputation for being a high-quality brand and product that would be an asset to the city for many years to come.” And just this month, paperwork was filed to bring an Outback Steakhouse to Park Place.

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Spotlight on Snellville Seniors

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Eagle Scout builds Little Library at Snellville Senior Center SNELLVILLE - The city’s Senior Center has a new Little Library thanks to Eagle Scout Mitchell Stevens. A house-shaped box has been affixed to the brick Senior Center on the City Hall campus for readers to select a book and return it when their reading is finished. A Boy Scout since first grade, Stevens said he chose to build the Little Library made of cedar, screws and plywood as his Eagle Scout project because “it’s educational and benefits the community.” Stevens, 17, is a Brookwood High School student with aspirations to go to college when he graduates. The Little Library has already garnered Stevens positive feedback, as a woman in his neighborhood sent him an email thanking him for it. This is the second Little Library on the City Hall campus, as there is one in the lobby of City Hall.


COMMUNITY GARDEN @SNELLVILLE teams up with UGA on project Ileen Meggison and Wes Nettleton, two of the Community Garden @Snellville’s master gardeners, worked on a University of Georgia project on how to grow crops more efficiently. The project is being conducted in a portion of Snellville’s own Community Garden.

By Gretchen Schulz The Community Garden @ Snellville is starting to make a name for itself in the area of research. The garden has been selected as a site for a University of Georgia study An area of the garden is currently being used for a UGA Center for Urban Agriculture study looking at the possibility of growing edible cool-season vegetable crops in the same space as dormant warm-season turfgrass, such as Bermuda. UGA is looking for a way to successfully grow vegetables without destroying turfgrass when installing a garden or raised bed may not be desirable. Vegetable gardens don’t have a “conventional look” that many homeowners desire in their landscape plan and is often expected by neighbors and homeowners associations.

Initial results of the study “indicate that it is possible to grow a harvestable yield of edible cool-season crops, such as broccoli, Swiss chard and lettuce” said Wes Nettleton, a master gardener who plays a very active role as a volunteer at the Community Garden. Ileen Meggison and Jackie Daniell, also master gardeners who work with the garden, as well as Wes’ wife Lucy Nettleton, are assisting with the project. We’ll see if their study shows you can have your grass and eat it too!

The project has involved digging 24 4-inch holes in a grassy area of the garden and then planting cool-season vegetables. The growth and yield of those plants is compared to 12 similar plants planted in one of the raised beds in the garden. The produce will be harvested, weighed, and then the results will be sent to UGA. The Bermuda grass will be allowed to grow back over the area where the vegetables were planted. The study will also document how the turfgrass recovers and performs in the spring and summer. 26

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Here we grow again ... Snellville is not taking the winter off in terms of new development as several new storefronts and housing developments are popping up. From a movie theater to a new bank, the city has its share of new projects.

New Developments Under Construction or Completed

Park Place – Highway 124 and Pharrs Road. Outback Steakhouse could be open by Christmas 2018, while Hampton Inn is expected to be open by Spring 2019.

NGC Cinemas - now open 2125 East Main St.

Space Shop Self Storage Ronald Reagan Parkway

Shadowbrook Subdivision (140 Lots) Behind Eastside Medical Center

Also coming or completed ... Park West (72 Units Multifamily) - Lenora Church Road Scenic Promenade (Arby’s and SunTrust Bank) – Highway 124

Expected Soon •Sheridan at Eastside – Behind Eastside Medical Center •Villas at Crestview – Highway 78 •Capital City Projects - Hair Salon on Highway 124 •RMS Partners – Shopping Center on Highway 124 •130 lot Single Family Senior Housing - Pinehurst Road 28

Nothing Bundt Cake on Highway 124’s ribboncutting ceremony last month.

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STEPPING UP DURING THE STORM Thank you to all the agencies that kept us safe during Hurricane Irma

By Brian Arrington, Public Information Officer City police and public works crews, the Gwinnett County Fire Department and Walton EMC had their hands full in September, keeping roads clear of trees and power lines and residents safe in the wake of Hurricane Irma. As heavy winds and rain forced most people to seek shelter, the four agencies went the extra mile to keep residents safe and traffic moving. “On behalf of the mayor and council I just want to thank our dedicated employees for their efforts in keeping Snellville safer and our roadways cleared throughout this major weather event,� said City Manager Butch Sanders.

the tree. Snellville officers were joined by Gwinnett County Fire Department firefighters who jumped into action and rescued the woman from the dire situation. Public Works crews removed trees from blocking roadways on Springdale Road, Elizabeth Lane, Larkspur Circle, Alamo Place, Pine Road, Summit View Circle and Ridgedale Drive at Driftwood Place. The storm left many in the city without power - but only temporarily thanks to the hard work of those at Walton EMC More than 50,000 Walton EMC customers lost power in the storm and crews worked tirelessly to restore power to the Snellville area. Snellville was kept safe by all these organizations. Thank you!

Snellville police responded to eight accident calls, 109 area checks, 10 citizen assist calls, four calls reporting trees hitting structures, 24 street hazard calls, 14 calls of wires down, 25 calls of trees down, 26 alarms and three fire-related calls on top of their usual workload during the storm. Ten additional officers including three reserve officers were called in and 16 officers were held over their usual shifts to assist. SPD officers arrived on a scene of a tree which fell into a house. Inside the house, an elderly woman was trapped under

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You Can Help

If you’re like most people living in the Snellville area, you or your children have probably never been forced to miss a meal because you had no food and no money to buy any. You may not even know of anyone who faces hunger on a regular basis.

Yet, many local families are in that unfortunate situation.

Give Hunger the Boot is currently focusing on kicking hunger out of Snellville by assisting the Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Op.

The Southeast Gwinnett Food Co-Op’s mission is to help people by serving as a bridge over a financial gap, not to build a dependency lifestyle. According to Laura Drake, director of the Co-Op, the need for donations is critical. Unfortunately, many people have to deal with hunger on a 24/7/365 basis.

Local Children are Hungry

Come help us Give Hunger the Boot!

There are many opportunities to donate. Some of the locations accepting food donations include: Snellville City Hall Snellville Public Works United Community Bank Snellville Gwinnett Animal Hospital (McGee Road) and Fast Signs (Highway 124). Financial donations may be made at the above locations and at: Legacy Beverage Center (Hwy 78, Loganville) Main Street Restaurant Mellow Mushroom Snellville and Dr. Simmons’ Dental office.


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Second Annual Snellville Festival of Trees On display at Snellville City Hall from November 25th through December 15th.

The Christmas Tree Lighting will kick off the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees contest. We invite you to stop by during the Snellville Christmas Tree Lighting on November 25th between 5 – 9 p.m. or anytime City Hall is open (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. ) through Dec. 15 and vote for your favorite tree. Each non-perishable food item or toy placed under the tree of your choice will register as a vote for your favorite tree. To make a monetary donation, go to website from Nov. 25 through Dec. 15 and vote for your favorite tree. Each dollar donated will count as one vote. The Tree with the most donated items and monetary donations will be awarded the BEST CHRISTMAS TREE at the 2nd Annual Festival of Trees. All monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be donated to the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op to “Give Hunger the Boot” and all toys will be donated to the Toys for Tots program. Please help us embrace the true meaning of the Christmas season and make a difference in the lives of others by voting for your favorite tree with non-perishable food items and or monetary donations.

Let’s see if we can beat last year’s numbers, where over $10,000 items were collected and donated to the Southeast Co-op.

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St. Oliver Plunkett Catholic Church - 2016 Festival of Trees Winner.

(Left) Councilman Dave Emanuel and STAT Executive Director Kelly McAloon load up canned goods collected during the Festival of Trees. (Right) Melinda and Noah Franklin help take more truckloads of food to the Co-op.

Economic Development Winter 2017

GarageWorx opens to create business growth space GarageWorx is more than business incubator. GarageWorx is an entrepreneur incubator. Its mission: to build high performing entrepreneurs. How: by providing the resources they need to grow; both in business, and in personal development. Space: Space is a problem that presents itself to most all businesses at some point, and many new entrepreneurs are unaware just how problematic space can be. Josh Sweeney, the founder of GarageWorx says, “In the business’s early days, working from home presented multiple challenges. My home office didn’t present the level of professionalism that I needed to attract the best talent, remote employees were deprived of the necessary collaboration time, and it was an infringement on my family’s privacy.” And so the problem presented itself. His company, Atcore Systems, quickly grew to a 15+ employee company. “As we grew, we had to start looking at office space,” he said. “This led to the search for a temporary sub-lease

space that matched our current size, but also offered an easy termination for when we reached maximum capacity. Once we outgrew this space, the only option was to move into a traditional leased office space. Companies that lease out traditional office space require multi-year commitments and also want assurances of the business’s longevity.” The Solution: GarageWorx. GarageWorx provides space to accommodate a businesses growing pains. An entrepreneur can get a single “Hot Desk” to work from, a permanent “Dedicated Desk” or a “Private Office” inside GarageWorx. Inside the confines of GarageWorx, entrepreneurs can be around other like-minded business owners in confines which includes internet and Wi-Fi access, snacks and restrooms. Eventually, Sweeney said he wants to offer a formal accelerator and accountability program that anyone can join (members and non-members). The goal is to use a proven peer-to-peer platform to help businesses grow faster and get the mentoring they need. “GarageWorx is a great way to pilot business development in Snellville with the help of the city and DDA,” said DDA Chairman Buddy Scott. “This is a program that will yield great business opportunities for years to come.”

City Market-Library development to begin with call for plans By Eric Van Otteren, Economic Development director

City leadership continues to make progress on the Towne Center Library/Municipal Market Building. This month, Snellville and Gwinnett County will release a Request for Proposal to select a design team for the building. An RFP is a tool used by government entities to solicit a team of professional to undertake a project. This critical piece will anchor the Towne Center development and set the tone for entire development, establishing the character and feel of the entire development. The following ideas are being provided to the teams that will respond to the city/county request for proposals? 32

•Our Towne Center seeks high quality and authenticity. Snellville officials want to remember the past while still looking towards the future. •Our “brand” will be shaped by public space design, architecture/ design and programming attractions. •Vibrancy, liveliness, and activity are central Towne Center experience focal points. •Snellville’s history should be gently woven into the project design through historic markers or kiosks, naming of streets/places and accent use of historic materials (Snellville granite). •The Towne Center will be a place for everyone by offering housing, programming and destinations that collectively serve a broad range of residents and visitors. •The City’s new Towne Center development regulations should be reviewed as they create an excellent road map where we seek to establish a traditional sense-of-place.

Intersection news is available on website Do you know about ... http://www. This is the url for the most upto-date details and schedule for the Highway 78/124 intersection construction. If you go through the 78/124 intersection to go anywhere you may want to bookmark this url. The current status of the project includes the contractor working with local utilities to mark their assets. The contractor is also staking right-of-ways and ancillary projects that are not in the roadway. The 78/124 intersection road work will not be fully started until good construction weather is available in 2018.

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Compassion runs deep in Snellville to the tune of $20,000

By Kelly McAloon

The 5th Annual Scarecrow Contest ended with a silent auction to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op and the bids were high. Carolyn and Andrew Wheeler, owner of Carolyn’s Communications, a 36-year-old company in Snellville bid $10,000 on Carolyn’s Communications Care Crow and another $10,000 on Scrappy the Scarecrow, built by Richard Groff, owner of GWS Automotive, who actually one first place in the Scarecrow contest with close to 1,000 votes. The Wheelers have always been compassionate about the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op and have been very generous to this community through the years. “My husband and I are honored to support the mission of the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op,” Carolyn said. “Supporting families in critical need of food and financial assistance through this Christian Ministry with the abundant resources God has blessed our business and family with is truly a privilege.” We want to thank Kim Hogan, vice president of Carolyn’s Communications for her continued support as well. Thank you Carolyn and Andrew Wheeler for your most generous donation and for having a big heart to continue to help those in need. “After a season of low donations, the Co-op had not been able

From left, Mayor Pro Tem Barbara Bender, Kim Hogan, of Carolyn’s Communications, Councilman Dave Emanuel and Kelly McAloon, Snellville Tourism and Trade executive director in front of the two scarecrows Wheeler bought for $20,000 to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. to assist families with utility and prescription medications for over two weeks,” said Laura Drake director of the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op When we heard of this generous donation through the scarecrow contest, we were overwhelmed with gratitude for this answer to pray. We are so thankful that we live in such a generous community.”

Many Thanks ...

... to the Sponsors, Volunteers, Police Department and Public Works Department for making the 8th Annual Fall Festival such a great success.

Special thanks to First Baptist Church Snellville and to Michelle Hood, Children’s Ministry director, for doing an outstanding job organizing the Fall Festival Trunk or Treat. More than 100 decorated trunks and many area churches participated in the event. Nearly 2,200 Trunk or Treaters came through the Trunk or Treat lines. Thank you Snellville United Methodist Church for serving our volunteers and vendors in a great way at the Fall Festival.

Snellville Fall Festival Trunk or Treat Winners

To everyone who participated, you are all ‘Winners’ in the eyes of our children - Thank you Snellville!


Fifth Annual Scarecrow Contest Winners The 5th Annual Scarecrow Contest was a huge success with more than 2,850 online votes. Snellville Tourism and Trade is proud to announce that more than $20,500 was raised to benefit the Southeast Gwinnett Co-op. Special thanks to Carolyn’s Communications for bidding $20,000 on two scarecrows in the Silent Auction and to each winner for donating their winnings back to the Co-op as well. Many thanks to all who participated in making this community activity so successful.

1st Place GMS Automotive “SCRAPPY”

2nd Place Mountain View Eye Associates “Dr. Eye Ris

3rd Place About Face Skin Care “Terri Cloth Vollure”

Archery Learning Center “Quin”

Carolyn’s Communications “Carecrow”

The Yoga Source Studio “Ben D. Yogi”

Just Fitness 4 U “Zumbalicious”

Body of Health “Harry Healer, LMT”

Piedmont Urgent Care “Luey Fluy”

Fresh Market “Ray Berry”

Fresh Vitamins “Healthy Hulk”

About Mind & Body “Nama State of Mind and Body”

SarahCare of Snellville “Sarahcrow”

First Watch Daytime Café “Sophia”

Eastside Gardens Assisted Living “Joey and the Over the Hill Gang”

Oak Road Dentistry “H.I.Giene”

Charles Minter Karate “Minter’s Karate Minions”

Snellville United Methodist Kids “Snellville Kids Care Crow”

Elizabeth H. Williams Library “Lenora Readsalot”

Britt Elementary The Family Tree St.Oliver Plunkett School Garden Center Catholic Church “Earth Carecrow” “Mike the Bulldog” “St. Francis of Snellville”


Taste of Snellville ... Oh soooo good!

Bennie and the Jets - Elton John Tribute Band

Public Safety Night


October Food Truck Friday

Snellville Fall Festival

Halloween Business After Hours

Thank you to Summit Chase for hosting our event and to Tropical Smoothie Cafe and Nothing Bundt Cakes for sponsoring our food.

Winter Favorites From some of our favorite cooks!



3/4 cup butter ¼ cup cocoa 1tsp vanilla 1 egg (beaten) 2 cups graham cracker crumbs 1 cups coconut 1/2 cup nuts (optional) 2 Tbsp vanilla pudding mixed w/ 3tbsp milk 2 cups powdered sugar 2 squares of chocolate melted with 1tbsp butter.

For the pork: 4 bone-in pork chops (10-12 oz ea) seasoned with salt and black pepper

Combine 1/2 cup butter, cocoa, vanilla and egg in top of double boiler. Stir and cook until custard-like. Remove from heat and add graham cracker crumbs, coconut and nuts. Mix well. Pour into a 9-inch square pan and pat down. Cream together 1/4 cup butter, vanilla pudding mixture and powdered sugar. Spread on top of base and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Spread the melted chocolate and butter on top. Chill. Cut into squares. - Mary Fergus President of Snellville Citizens’ Police Academy Alumni, Owner of Fantasia Travel in Snellville, 2016 Volunteer of the Year

For the sauce: ½ cup peach preserves 1 tbsp rice vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard ¼ cup fresh raspberries Other ingredients: 4 servings of mashed potatoes Toasted almonds Chopped fresh parsley Salt to taste Preheat grill to medium high Grill pork chops about 6 min per side until the inside temperature reaches 145° Remove from grill, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes For the sauce, heat preserves, vinegar and Dijon in a saucepan over medium low Simmer until preserves have melted (about 3-4 minutes). Just before serving stir in raspberries, simmer briefly, season with salt. To serve, place each pork chop on a plate and top with a scoop of mashed potatoes. Drizzle sauce over potatoes. Garnish with toasted almonds and parsley. Variation: Slice a whole pineapple into half-inch thick slices. Grill the slices for 1 min on each side. Cut the slices in half and place one half on each side of the main dish. - Cheryl Miller, Longtime Snellville resident in Brookwood Plantation

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Thanks to our 2017 Sponsors and to our Snellville Spirit Advertisers Eastside Medical Center E.R. Snell Walton EMC The Gwinnett Citizen Choices To You Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 12 Stone Church Summit Chase Country Club Wild Wing Café Brand Bank State Farm-Ronnie Cail Webb, Tanner & Powell PC Main Street Restaurant First Baptist Church Snellville Bonefish Grill Country Financial-Jamey Toney Snell’s Pharmacy Mt. Zion Baptist Church LaQuinta Inn & Suites

InTown Suites Gwinnett’s Greenest Lawns Georgia Sand and Stone Bill Rhodes Bakery Home Depot WOWNOW Office Depot City of Snellville Securlock Storage Tom Wages Funeral Services STA Apparel and Screen Printing The Family Tree Garden Center Tropical Smoothie Café Nothing Bundt Cakes Fratelli’s Snellville United Methodist Church Cracker Barrel Media Maker Group

Snellville Tourism and Trade would like to say thanks to all of our event sponsors for making 2017 a great year. Their support, whether financially or through in-kind contributions, makes it possible for STAT to put on so many quality events for our community. Many thanks to the Snellville Public Works Department for all they do to prepare the city for events throughout the year and to the Snellville Police Department which continues to protect and serve at our events and in our community throughout the year. We could not have such successful events without all of our wonderful volunteers.




Snellville Tourism & Trade P.O. Box 669 Snellville, GA 30078


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