Snellville, Georgia

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City Of Snellville
—  City  —
City Hall

Seal

Town Center Logo
Motto: Snellville, Where Everybody's Proud to be Somebody.
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Snellville, Georgia is located in Metro Atlanta
Snelville
Location of Snellville in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°51′30″N 84°0′23″W / 33.85833°N 84.00639°W / 33.85833; -84.00639Coordinates: 33°51′30″N 84°0′23″W / 33.85833°N 84.00639°W / 33.85833; -84.00639
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyGwinnett
Settled1874
Incorporated1923
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorKelly Kautz
 • City ManagerRussell G. Treadway
 • Police ChiefRoy Whitehead
Area
 • City9.7 sq mi (25.1 km2)
 • Land9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation1,062 ft (323.70 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • City18,242
 • Density2,060.10/sq mi (795.14/km2)
 • Metro5,138,223
 Ranked 35th in Georgia
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code(s)30078, 30039
Area code(s)770
Cell Phone Area Code(s)770, 678, 404
GNIS feature ID0334004[1]
Websitehttp://www.Snellville.org
 
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City Of Snellville
—  City  —
City Hall

Seal

Town Center Logo
Motto: Snellville, Where Everybody's Proud to be Somebody.
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Snellville, Georgia is located in Metro Atlanta
Snelville
Location of Snellville in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°51′30″N 84°0′23″W / 33.85833°N 84.00639°W / 33.85833; -84.00639Coordinates: 33°51′30″N 84°0′23″W / 33.85833°N 84.00639°W / 33.85833; -84.00639
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyGwinnett
Settled1874
Incorporated1923
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorKelly Kautz
 • City ManagerRussell G. Treadway
 • Police ChiefRoy Whitehead
Area
 • City9.7 sq mi (25.1 km2)
 • Land9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation1,062 ft (323.70 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 • City18,242
 • Density2,060.10/sq mi (795.14/km2)
 • Metro5,138,223
 Ranked 35th in Georgia
Time zoneEST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code(s)30078, 30039
Area code(s)770
Cell Phone Area Code(s)770, 678, 404
GNIS feature ID0334004[1]
Websitehttp://www.Snellville.org

Snellville is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States, east of Atlanta. The population was 18,242 at the 2010 census. The city's mayor, Kelly Kautz, was elected to a 4-year term in 2011.[2] The city's commercial and residential development has grown enormously in recent years.[citation needed] In the Atlanta metro area, Snellville is known (mostly humorously) for the slogan on its city limit signs: 'Everybody's Somebody In Snellville'.

Contents

History

English settlers

The city used to sell bumper stickers at city hall for $1

[citation needed] In 1874 seventeen-year-old friends from London, England, Thomas Snell and James Sawyer, secretly planned a voyage to the New World.[citation needed] On March 18, James Sawyer and his brother, Charles Sawyer, left England but Snell’s parents, having learned of the plan, wouldn’t allow him to leave, thus delaying his departure.[citation needed] The Sawyer brothers arrived in New York on April 1 and, after a few weeks, headed towards Athens, Georgia and then to Madison County where they stayed and worked on a farm for $10 a month.[citation needed] Snell did eventually follow his friends to New York and made his way south to meet them.[citation needed] The three then made their way through Jefferson and Lawrenceville.[citation needed] Shortly after Snell’s arrival, Charles left for Pennsylvania, later returning to the south and settling in Alabama where he went into the turpentine business.[citation needed] James had gone also, in search of his brother, leaving Snell to work on the farm of A. A. Dyer.[citation needed]

Unable to find his brother, James Sawyer returned to New York and began work on a farm near the Hudson River area until his 21st birthday in 1878 when he returned to England to claim his inheritance.[citation needed] Shortly following, in August 1879, he returned to Americus, Georgia and then Gwinnett County.[citation needed] Once in Gwinnett County Sawyer went to a small settlement near Stone Mountain then known as New London, where he found Snell.[citation needed] In the homestead that Snell now referred to as Snellville, the two built a small wood frame building and started a business together, Snell and Sawyer’s Store, similar to the one in which they were employed in London.[citation needed] As was common in small mill towns of the time, they printed store money with the trade value and Snell’s likeness on the front that regular customers could use to purchase goods.[citation needed] By the end of 1879 the business was prospering and catering to customers from the neighboring towns of Lawrenceville and Loganville.[citation needed] Travelers would buy supplies at "Snell and Sawyer’s" and often spend the night in the nearby oak groves, as the trip was too great for one day’s travel.[citation needed] It is uncertain when New London officially became Snellville, but the location of the partners’ store was referred to as Snellville in their advertising and the young town began to show a promising future.[citation needed]

But the partnership dissolved and Sawyer kept the old store, building granite stone above and around the old frame and then disassembling the wood frame from within.[citation needed] Snell built a new store of granite.[citation needed] In 1883 Sawyer built a home and married Emma Webb, of the historic Snellville Webb family, on November 15.[citation needed] Sawyer opened Snellville’s first post office in 1885 and served as Postmaster from the back of his store.[citation needed]

Snell died at the early age of 39 in 1896 due to complications following an appendicitis operation.[citation needed] He was buried in Brownlee Mountain, presently known as Nob Hill, and later removed and buried again in nearby Lithonia.[citation needed]

Initially forced into partial retirement due to his failing eyesight, Sawyer went into full retirement in the 1940s following complete blindness.[citation needed] After that time the store was owned and operated by various merchants until it was destroyed in 1960 and a service station was built in its place.[citation needed] James Sawyer died in 1948 at the age of 91 and is buried in the Baptist Cemetery (now Snellville Historical Cemetery).[citation needed]

The Snell family remains prominent in the Atlanta area today. Another branch of the family is well established in the Houston Texas area.

City beginnings

The City of Snellville received their charter from the General Assembly of the State of Georgia (1923).[citation needed] The first mayor of Snellville was Gladston Snell and the first police officer was Byron Whitworth.[citation needed]

In the late 1920s the charter went dormant and remained so for approximately 12 years before it was reorganized in 1940.[citation needed] W. C. Britt acted as Mayor and George Martin and Crawford Juhan served as police officers.[citation needed] The city limits were enlarged to a 1-mile (1.6 km) radius from the center of town.[citation needed] Following Britt’s term, the charter was again dormant until World War II, at which time Arthur Stancil became Mayor.[citation needed] The charter has since remained active.[citation needed]

Recent times

Snellville’s growth remained slow until the 1960s when the suburban development patterns of segregated uses and automobile dependency became commonplace.[citation needed] Present-day Snellville is quite a different place from the settlement that attracted James Sawyer and Thomas Snell.[citation needed] According to the 2009 Census, Snellville’s population is 20,634 and includes 5,391 households.[citation needed] Over 1,150 businesses operate in Snellville, bringing in more than $1 billion in revenue yearly.[citation needed] Snellville’s political system now includes a Mayor and 5 Council members.[citation needed] There are over 100 employees working for the City of Snellville, which operates from five departments: Administration; Parks & Recreation; Planning & Development; Public Safety; and Public Works.[citation needed] The city limits have now grown to 10.4 square miles (27 km2) and there are fourteen houses of worship located in the city limits.[citation needed]

As of early 2011 new housing construction, much of it upscale, continues in Snellville and in areas of southern Gwinnett County carrying a Snellville address. This is the only area of metro-Atlanta where this is occurring on such a large and consistent scale in blatant defiance of the recession. The award winning and very upscale Governor's Walk neighborhood in Snellville went on to be completed after the recession was well underway. Though many of the spec homes in Governors Walk went into repossession during the recession, all were bought and completed or are in the process of being completed as of January 2011. Lake Norris has new upscale construction going on as of January 2011 with two new homes under construction and several major remodelings going on. There is abundant new construction occurring along Centerville Highway SW as well as of January 2011. On a street called Norris Lake Way a collection of homes in the million dollar range continues to sell well as of 2011 as well making it one of the few area's of the metro where extremely upscale new construction is still selling well.

Hightower Trail and other areas of southern Gwinnett County continue to see new construction as well. New and finished resell homes in Governor's Walk and the Lake Norris area and on acreage in southern Gwinnett County continued to sell strongly during the recession often for very near pre-recession prices. Georgia MLS statistics back this metro-Atlanta anomaly very strongly and many feel the areas good luck during the foreclosure crisis occurred because Snellville remained very strong economically during the recession and is a popular relocation area for locals of the metro-Atlanta area resettling from other suburban areas.

The popularity of Snellville's Synagogue, Temple Beth David, has added luster to the area as well.

Snellville Loop

The Snellville Loop (Snellville East-West Connector) concept was developed as a loop road connecting US 78 west of Snellville with GA SR 124 north of Snellville.[citation needed] In the late 1980s and early 1990s, this idea went through several iterations until it was developed into a route forming a complete north side loop (bypass) of Snellville, U.S. 78 west to U.S. 78 east.[citation needed]

On November 9, 1992, the City of Snellville adopted a resolution opposing any loop road around Snellville.[citation needed] After the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) later put the connector onto their Statewide Construction Work Program, the City of Snellville passed another resolution (on August 23, 1993) opposing the proposed Snellville Connector.[citation needed]

The Atlanta regional commission (ARC) then received a request from GDOT and the City of Snellville to conduct a study to identify the best transportation alternatives that are technically sound and supported by the local community.[citation needed] Recognizing the preferred alternative to be a major transportation improvement involving federal funds, ARC and its partners in the planning process designated the study as a Major Investment Study (MIS).[3]

As of 2006, the loop road is officially dead with traffic improvements focused on the interchange of US 78 and GA SR 124.[citation needed]

Billboard collapse in 2002

Billboard hours after the collapse
Rebuilt Billboard as of August 2007

On August 1, 2002, a 35,000-pound billboard collapsed during its installation at the corner of Dogwood Road and GA SR 124. The collapse killed brothers Josh and Anthony Fowler and Lance Stofiel.[citation needed] Clyde Elrod was the only survivor. The collapse also destroyed two unoccupied vehicles and the side of the building it was above.[citation needed]

This is the only time in the United States that a billboard has collapsed from design flaws.[citation needed]

The city issued a statement blaming the accident on a federal court decision that threw out the city's restrictions on tall billboards.[citation needed] Trinity Outdoor and Interstate Outdoor Advertising had sued to overturn the restrictions.[citation needed]

After lengthy inspections by the city, which included the removal of other billboards throughout the city for repairs, the city had no choice but to reissue permits as allowed by the court order.[citation needed]

As of 2006, the collapsed billboard had been rebuilt and remains standing along with others throughout the city.[citation needed]

In response to the collapse and court order, the City now requires all new building and zoning requests to stipulate that they will not allow the construction of billboards for any purpose.[citation needed]

City land swap

Oakland Village Shopping Center before demolition
New City Hall
New Senior Citizen Center

In early November 2000, then-mayor Brett Harrell began negotiating a land swap to transform an abandoned supermarket into a municipal complex and the now-former City Hall into part of a church campus.[citation needed] The old Kroger in the Oakland Village Shopping Center on U.S. 78 across from Snellville United Methodist Church and City Hall was just one of several dead or dying shopping centers plaguing Snellville.[citation needed] Abandoned big-box stores had become enough of an eyesore to make them a major issue in the 1999 city elections.[citation needed] Harrell had campaigned on a platform that included efforts to revitalize vacant retail space.[4]

The project was not without its opponents. Among the concerned were tenants of the half-occupied Oakland Village Shopping Center that the city would take over and force the businesses to relocate.[5] The City Council voted unanimously in that November to proceed with the exploration of a potential land swap.[citation needed] There was concern that timing may become an issue and kill the deal in the early stages.[citation needed] The owner of the shopping center wanted to sell his property by the end of 2000 while the City Council decided to take no action for a six-month period.[citation needed] Some citizens expressed concerns of the project at the City Council meeting and asked for the deal to be put to a referendum.[6]

On March 5, 2001, the city held its first public hearing on the Land Swap.[citation needed] At the meeting over 100 citizens attended to support the idea while more than a dozen showed up to oppose it. A few cited a recent $79,000 roof job on the current city hall and the fact that the swap would benefit the church more than city as reasons to back out of the deal.[7]

On March 26, 2001, the City Council met to vote on the land swap proposal. At this meeting, the citizens were given a few specifics of the deal. According to the Council, the Oakland Village Shopping Center was worth $2,700,000 and the current City Hall was worth $2,300,000. Councilman Jerry Oberholtzer estimated that renovation of the shopping center for city use would be in the $2,500,000 range. He also estimated to renovate the current city hall for future needs would run the city the same cost. More opponents than supporters spoke at the meeting, a few Senior Citizens presented a petition against relocating their center which was part of the land swap plan. The City Council voted 3–1 in favor of the swap. Councilman Troy Carter was the only dissenting vote.[8]

As preparation for the swap began, the city hit a snag in June 2001 when it was revealed that there was a possibility of perchloroethylene soil contamination from an old dry cleaner site in the Oakland Village Shopping Center. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division responded that even in the event of contamination, a clean-up may not be required if no one lives close enough to the site or no one is using the ground water in the area. The city did discover the use of a well by a private citizen within a one-mile (1.6 km) radius of the site.[9] This citizen, Harold "Cotton" Willams, refused a $25,000 deal from the Methodist Church to cap the well. In response, the city began exploring a local ordinance banning the construction of new wells and closing any existing ones. The city council voted on June 25 to adopt the ordinance but still allow the use of the well for irrigation. The city council also decided to include the realignment of Oak Road and Henry Clower Boulevard at U.S. 78 in the land swap project.[10][11]

In July 2001 the land swap hit another snag. A lawyer representing the Nash Family of Snellville filed a lawsuit claiming the city could not trade one of the parcels because the city didn't own it. The Nash family contended it owned the approximately 1-acre (4,000 m2) tract and the unused building sitting on it. In 1935, Horace J. Nash deeded the building to the Georgia Rural Rehabilitation Corporation for use as a vocational center. The building was used to train unemployed workers during and after the Great Depression. Later, the city used the site for a jail, a senior center and an agricultural building. Most recently, the building housed Recorder's Court. Attorney Bill Crecelius said the Nash family had let Snellville use the building for decades without complaint. This issue was resolved when the city presented documents verifying its ownership of the title to the building as well as title insurance.[12]

In July 2003, the last piece of a $6,700,000 building plan for the project fell into place. The Snellville City Council approved funding for a multipurpose complex combining municipal functions and police services, plus offering a public gathering spot. In a 4–2 vote, the council approved certificates of participation, a series of leases that are to be renewed annually until they are paid off in 20 years. The leases, with an interest rate of slightly more than 4 percent, will cost the city about $10 million when they are paid off in two decades. Mayor Brett Harrell, Mayor Pro Tempore Melvin Everson and council members Jerry Oberholtzer and Deborah Rich voted for the funding program. Council members Robert Jenkins and Mike Smith cast dissenting votes. In the final plan, the land swap would include an 8-acre (32,000 m2) project encompassing a new City Hall, police department, senior center and public forum area.[13]

Groundbreaking for the new city hall began in March 2004 with the demolition of the Oakland Village Shopping Center. Hogan Construction Group of Norcross, Georgia, was awarded the $7,400,000 contract to construct both the new City Hall and new Senior Center. The original completion date was pushed back because of poor weather conditions. Crews also had to blast granite under the building foundation, further delaying the project and adding $200,000 to the cost.[14]

On March 12, 2006, the city officially dedicated the new city hall located at the corner of Oak Road and Main Street East (US 78). Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer was quoted say that arriving at the dedication day took "five years, four elections, three architectural firms and two lawsuits".[15] The city hopes to one day expand the complex by adding a Parking Deck and a new Public Safety annex.

City Hall complex with the remaining Oakland Village Shopping Center out-parcel in front

On August 13, 2007, the City Council awarded a $52,000 contract to Smithco Construction of Gainesville, Georgia to demolish and remove the remaining piece of the old Oakland Village Shopping Center. The area has now been converted into an open green space.

2007 City Manager controversy

In January 2007, City Manager Jeff Timler informed the city council that they were in violation of his contract. The contract required the council to evaluate him that January and give him a cost-of-living raise and any merit raise deemed warranted. Council members Warren Auld, Bruce Garraway and Robert Jenkins did not submit their required evaluations on time. The contract violation meant Timler was entitled to leave with half of his $87,000 salary in severance pay.[16]

In 2004, the council voted to change the charter to create a council-manager form of government to prevent the abuses of previous administrations in the day-to-day functions of the city.[citation needed]

Noted as popular and progressive, Snellville Mayor Jerry Oberholtzer accused the city council members of causing Timler's early departure with their overbearing micro-management of city staff. Councilmember Garraway rebutted that his micro-management was due to being "so hands-on" with his elected position. By March 2007, Council members Auld, Garraway, Jenkins and Kelly Kautz had all submitted evaluations of dissatisfaction with Timler. They cited a lack of communication with Council members and deviations from their directives as reasons. Mayor Oberholtzer and Councilmember Barbara Bender had evaluated him with high marks. Councilmember Bender stated that Timler had kept her well informed through email that she noticed had been CC'd to the entire council. Councilmember Jenkins was quoted expressing his disapproval of the entire council-manager system by suggesting that a city with the size of Snellville (+/- 19,000) would benefit more with a hands-on council.[17]

Timler was offered only his accrued sick and vacation time instead of the $43,500 severance package he cited in his contract. He subsequently rejected the council's offer. On March 12 a crowd of 50 citizens attended the City Council meeting to express their support of Timler as City Manager. At this time, the City Attorney, Thomas Mitchell, stated his legal opinion that the city was not in violation of Timler's contract.[18]

By the end of March, Timler had submitted his letter of resignation with his last day on May 15. The council was given the option of retaining him on a transitional basis. Timler backed off his claims of "breach of contract" and accepted a severance package worth $56,000. Councilmember Jenkins accused Mayor Oberholtzer of using the city manager as a tool of politics by dragging Timler through the mud for political gain. Jenkins was one of the original three council members who first failed to submit an evaluation, and then eventually submitted one of dissatisfaction.[19]

On May 14, 2007, the council met in a closed-door meeting to interview candidates for the city manager position on an interim basis. The council was unable to decide on a single candidate and Timler was retained on a temporary basis until the council could meet again.[20] At a specially called meeting on Wednesday, May 16, the council approved the hiring of Macon-based consultant James (Jim) Brooks as interim city manager.[21] In February 2008, Jim Brook's contract with the city lapsed. Mayor Oberholtzer chose not to reappoint Brooks or to appoint any other candidate.

On June 11, 2008, after a month-long search for a manager, the City Council unanimously approved the nomination of Russell G. Treadway of Elizabethton, TN for the position.[22]

Towne Center @ Snellville

In February 2011, the City of Snellville hired engineering firm Clark, Patterson and Lee in conjunction with renowned urban planning firm Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company to begin the process of planning a new town center for the suburban community. A weekend long design charrette was held to engage the community in the process. The plan that emerged from this visioning process provides a new town green and shopping district, bordered by neighborhoods that incorporate a variety of housing types. The plan takes into account the Continuous Flow Intersection that had previously been planned by the Georgia Department of Transportation. A key element of the new town design is a system of bridges and tunnels that create a more walkable city.[23]

Government and politics

The City of Snellville operates under a Council-Manager form of government. The City Manager is appointed by the Council and works with them on policy creation and then manages staff concerning implementation. Comparing this form of government to a private business, the Mayor acts as Chairman of the Board and the City Council acts as the Board of Directors. The City Manager under the direction of the City Council manages the day-to-day functions of the City.

Mayor and City Council (All Nonpartisan)

MayorPostFirst Elected
 Kelly KautzNone2011
City CouncilPostFirst Elected
 Dave EmanuelPost 12011
 Diane KrausePost 22011
 Tom WittsPost 32009
 Bobby HowardPost 42011*
 Mike SabbaghPost 52009

* To fill 2 remaining years of vacant post.

Gwinnett County Elected Officials

Commission ChairmanPartyFirst Elected
 Charlotte NashRepublican2011
County CommissionerPartyFirst Elected
 Mike BeaudreauRepublican2004

Georgia General Assembly

Senator(s)NamePartyFirst Elected
 District 9Don BalfourRepublican1992
Representative(s)NamePartyFirst Elected
 District 103David CasasRepublican2003
 District 106Brett HarrellRepublican2010

United States Congress

SenatorsNamePartyFirst Elected
 Senate Class 2Saxby ChamblissRepublican2002
 Senate Class 3Johnny IsaksonRepublican2004
Representative(s)NamePartyFirst Elected
 District 7Rob WoodallRepublican2010

Elections

Every two years, half of the elected council is up for election. In 2013, three City Council seats will be up for election.

Unlike the county, state and national elections, where voting is done by Precinct, all city elections take place at City Hall.

Crime

Crime for 2007 (Source: FBI Archived June 11, 2009 at the Wayback Machine)
PopulationViolent crimeMurder and non-negligent man-slaughterForcible rapeRobberyAggravated assaultProperty crimeBurglaryLarceny-theftMotor vehicle theftArson
20,414
75
1
5
29
40
847
121
682
44
0

Infrastructure

Transportation

Major highways

Arterial roads

  • Henry Clower Boulevard*
  • Lenora Church Road*
  • Oak Road
  • North Road
  • Pinehurst Road
  • Wisteria Drive

(*)Denotes Four-Lane Roads

l

Minor arterial roads

  • Dogwood Road
  • Pate Road / Springdale Drive
  • Pharr Road
  • Ridgedale Drive / Janmar Road
  • Rockdale Circle
  • Skyland Drive
  • Tree Lane

Public transportation

Xpress Bus park & ride at the First Baptist Church of Snellville

Route 418 Archived June 29, 2007 at the Wayback Machine of the Xpress bus service, a joint venture between Gwinnett County Transit and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA) provides commuter bus service to downtown Atlanta from Snellville in the morning, and vice versa in the afternoon. Seven departure times are available in the morning and seven in the afternoon, Monday-Friday, via Stone Mountain Freeway (U.S. 78) to I-285 and I-20. The morning westbound route terminates at the Civic Center MARTA Station. The afternoon eastbound route terminates at the First Baptist Church of Snellville with a stop at the Hewatt Road Park&Ride.[24]

History

Buses first ran on the morning of April 2, 2007. In that first month, the route had a total of 1,783 riders. In May, there was a 40% increase to 2,520. On many mornings, the bus is standing room only.[25] On August 21, 2007, the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with GRTA to add five new Motor Coach Industries D4500CL buses to the route.[26]

Park & Ride lots

Medical centers

Snellville has one major hospital, EMORY Eastside Medical Center which serves the southern Gwinnett County Region[citation needed] Several suburbs competed for this prestigious Emory owned facility with Snellville winning the competition. It is widely recognized as one of the very best hospitals in the metro-Atlanta area.

Media

Newspapers

Radio

Television

Geography

Snellville is located at 33°51′30″N 84°0′23″W / 33.85833°N 84.00639°W / 33.85833; -84.00639 (33.858439, −84.006324)[27].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25.1 km²), of which, 9.7 square miles (25.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.41%) is water.

Climate

Snellville has a humid subtropical climate according to the Köppen classification, with generally hot, humid summers and mild winters by the standards of most of the U.S.[citation needed]

Compared to most large cities around the world at approximately the same latitude (33°39'), such as Beirut, Lebanon; Casablanca, Morocco; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; and Phoenix, Arizona, Snellville has lower average winter temperatures. The primary reason for this is that the North American continent extends into high latitudes that allows systems to form and move eastward and southward without obstruction by major mountain ranges. Other factors include Snellville's distance from large bodies of water; its higher elevation, which can lead to rapid weather changes; prevailing wind patterns; and extensive tree cover, which reduces the urban heat island effect (an advantage during summer).[citation needed]

In the winter, weather systems sweeping south from Canada, through the Midwest, bring temperatures that can reach below 25 °Fahrenheit (−3.9 °Celsius) a few times a year. The lowest temperature recorded in the city is −9 °F (−22 °C), reached on February 13, 1899. It also reached −7 °F (−22 °C) twice and −8 °F (−22 °C) once in Atlanta in the 1980s and 1990s. An average year sees frost on 48 days; snowfall, which occurs most years, averages 2 inches (5 centimeters) annually. The greatest single accumulation of snow was 10 inches (25 centimeters), on January 23, 1940.[28] A more prominent issue in winter are the frequent ice storms that can cause more problems than snow; the most severe such storm may have occurred on January 7, 1973.[29] Also during winter, warm air sometimes flows from the Gulf of Mexico, raising temperatures as high as 75 °F (24 °C).

Though summers are humid, actual temperatures are lower than they may feel, with afternoon highs peaking at about 90 °F (32 °C) in late July. Temperatures rarely reach 100 °F (38 °C), which, during the last 30 years, was recorded in 1980, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1995, 2000, and 2007. The highest temperature recorded in the city is 105 °F (40.6 °C), reached on July 13 and 17, 1980.

Like the rest of the Southeastern U.S., Atlanta experiences abundant rainfall, which is relatively evenly distributed throughout the year. Average annual rainfall is 50.5 inches (127 centimeters); the only other major U.S. cities with greater rainfall are Miami, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana[30][31]

MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)52 (11)57 (14)65 (18)73 (23)80 (27)87 (31)89 (32)88 (31)82 (28)73 (23)63 (17)55 (13)72 (22)
Average low °F (°C)34 (1)37 (3)45 (7)50 (10)59 (15)66 (19)72 (22)70 (21)64 (18)54 (12)45 (7)36 (2)52 (11)
Average rainfall: inches (millimeters)5.03 (127.8)4.68 (118.9)5.38 (136.7)3.62 (91.9)3.95 (100.3)3.63 (92.2)5.12 (130.0)3.63 (92.2)4.09 (103.9)3.11 (79.0)4.10 (104.1)3.82 (97.0)50.16 (1274)

Parks

Thomas W. Briscoe Park

T.W. Briscoe Park currently consists of 87 developed acres (100 total acres), just south of the city center on Lenora Church Road

The park hosts numerous activities for Youth and Seniors including Summer Camp, Swim Lessons, Soccer and Senior Trips.

Amenities

Lenora Park and Disc Golf Course

Lenora Park and Disc Golf Course encompasses 112 acres (0.45 km2) of land on Lenora Church Road.

Amenities

People and culture

Demographics

Historical populations
CensusPop.
1960468
19701,990325.2%
19808,514327.8%
199012,08441.9%
200015,35127.0%
201018,24218.8%

As of 2010 Snellville had a population of 18,242. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 82.0% white, 9.0% black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.5% Asian Indian, 1.8% other Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 2.7% from some other race and 2.6% reporting two or more races. 7.4% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.[32]

As of the census[33] of 2000, there were 15,351 people, 5,256 households, and 4,315 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,589.1 people per square mile (613.6/km²). There were 5,391 housing units at an average density of 558.1 per square mile (215.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.64% White, 5.39% African American, 0.25% Native American, 2.03% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.58% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.09% of the population.

There were 5,256 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.3% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.9% were non-families. 15.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.4% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $89,715, and the median income for a family was $96,077. Males had a median income of $82,861 versus $51,972 for females. The per capita income for the city was $85,992. About 2.1% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 5.0% of those age 65 or over.

Snellville Days Festival

The Snellville Days Festival is a two-day event held annually that draws crowds from all over the Southeast. The annual celebration is touted as one of the top 20 tourism events in May according to the Southeastern Tourism Society, but still holds that small town flavor.[citation needed]

Performing arts

The New London Theater group and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre company both have their roots and studios in Snellville[citation needed]

Libraries

The city is served by the Gwinnett County Public Library System with the Elizabeth H. Williams Branch located on Lenora Church Road just north of T. W. Briscoe Park, the Grayson Branch,and the Centerville Branch.[citation needed]

Famous Snellvillians

Snellville in popular culture

Education

Schools

Public schools

The Following Schools are part of the Gwinnett County Public Schools that serve the Snellville Area

Private schools

Public libraries

Gwinnett County Public Library operates the Elizabeth H. Williams Branch in Snellville.[34]

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