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Letter to the Editor: 'Snellville, the Divided City'

This poem was read by Claudette Forbes during the Jan. 28 council meeting.

(Editor's note: this poem was sent to the editor by Claudette Forbes. She originally read it during the public comment portion of the Jan. 28 Snellville City Council Meeting. The views expressed are not representative of Patch.)

Snellville - The Divided City

I love this city, as I have said before
And plan to stay here until I am no more
The open pastures, peace and tranquility
Invited me to Snellville city.

Sometimes I go to City Hall
Listen to the Mayor and the Councilors all
To see how the city is being run
Meet my neighbors and have a little fun.

But alas! The Council is divided.
They oppose each other, they are not united.
It is four against two most of the way
Been that way since the very first day.

The Mayor, some say, should not have any power.
The Council is the majority, lets change the charter
Then we can hire and fire, it does not matter.
But hey! this is America, not Westminster.

We didn't vote for you to change the charter,
We voted for you to work together.
We elected the Mayor and the Councilors too.
So get it together, all of you.

We should be mindful of the  path we pave
On which others may walk who are not of our wave.
Politics by nature is hard to predict
You might one day live to regret it.

Snellville is not your private property.
You were elected to govern, you are not the almighty
We want you all to work together,
But instead, you are trying to grab power.

This division is tearing our city apart
It is grinding our nerves and hurting our hearts.
Snellville is too small for this type of fight.
For the love of God, please, make it right.

At nights before I go to bed
I go on my knees and bow my head.
And pray to God to show the way
To unite Snellville in a positive way.

So come on folks, let's stop to remember
We are not here to live forever
Let's reach out and hug each other
To hell with politics, let's make Snellville better.

Crystal Huskey January 30, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Mr. Long, I found out some more info regarding that situation (which you may already know.) According to Mayor Kautz, she relieved Powell of his duties in representing the city in the Swinney case because he had a conflict of interest, since he was witness to the case. Cruser and Mitchell were brought in to represent the city for that limited period of time.
Dave Emanuel January 30, 2013 at 09:49 PM
John Long- I find it equally amusing that you apparently feel the need to use a false name when commenting. Your name does not appear on the registered voter list, nor does it appear that you are a Snellville city tax payer. My guess is you're just a stooge for Kautz. And that's fine with me and should be with you since you're a proponent of unbiased reporting of the facts. In that regard, I would encourage everyone reading this to simply watch videos of the council meetings and as Councilman Howard has suggested, make your own decisions. You also might consider that the "same people responding to these blogs and posts" are usually actual people, using their real names. As for visions of Kautz's policies or visions that are wrong, the list is too long to post here. However, I would be happy to meet with you, or anyone else, personally to discuss them with you. I can be reached at demanuel@snellville.org . As a city council member, I always welcome discussions, especially with people who disagree with me. I have found it both refreshing and educational to discuss opposing points of view, and I am always thankful that we are able to have such discussions openly and civily.
Bobby Howard January 30, 2013 at 09:50 PM
Mr. Long, The Mayor alleged that there was a "conflict of interest" however after further legal review by the State Bar and others, it was concluded that there was "no conflict" found in this matter and the firm was instructed that their services would no longer be needed. So your theory that the current CA was more expensive doesn't hold up due the total time spent on the case. Cruser and Mitchell's billing was for just a portion of the work and their rate is higher than current CA as well.. Just another attempt by the mayor to not state all of the information correctly. From our Charter............Section 3.12. - City attorney. The mayor shall appoint a city attorney, together with such assistant city attorneys as may be authorized,............................ Authorized is the operative word and is the reason members of this council are asking for clarification in the courts. Mr. Powell's firm is the Council for the City of Snellville, all members including the Mayor.
Brenda Lee January 30, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Mr. Long, we look forward to hearing from you again after you take Councilman Emanuel up on his offer to meet with you.
Lenora Church January 31, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Like that will ever happen.

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