NEWS NEARBY: Snellville City Officials Get Contentious

A called City Council meeting does not go smoothly. A Patch live blog and key points capture the action.

In Suwanee, it was all good vibes Wednesday at the State Of The City address.

However, a City Council meeting in Snellville got contentious. You can read some key points, as well as a live blog here.

Here are some key points:

  • City Councilman Mike Sabbagh was not present. 
  • Mayor Kelly Kautz stated the meeting was unlawful because she and Sabbagh were not served with a personal notice regarding the meeting. (Read more about that here.)
  • All agenda items, found here, were approved four to one
  • Despite the fact that the agenda items were approved, all in favor of retaining Tony Powell, he still may not technically be the City Attorney. That's up to a judge to decide.

"There are six elected officials with very strongly held opinions on how the charter should be interpreted," said City Manager Butch Sanders after the meeting.

"This meeting, as difficult as it was ... it had to take place. It was the only way those issues were going to be moved toward a resolution. I appreciated the way all of the attorneys tried to give their opinions and interpretations and I just hope that in the future, with clarification, that all this energy can be funneled toward doing good for the city."

For the live blog from Wednesday, read Snellville Patch.

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Darla Dixon January 11, 2013 at 05:53 AM
I believe I remember Mayor pro tem Tom Witts stated for the record that he called Mike Sabbagh and left several (I think SEVEN) messages notifying him of the meeting.


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