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Dave Emanuel

Snellville City Councilman, Post 1

Dave EmanueCity Update

The only thing in life that is constant, is change. So it’s not surprising that Snellville continues to evolve. Once it was little more than a few buildings near the intersection of Highways 78 and 124. Today, it is a vibrant city with a population of approximately 20,000 residents.

Snellville’s growth and prosperity has made the city a desirable place to live and work, but it has also resulted in a tremendous increase in traffic. The heavy volume has been especially problematic at the 78/124 intersection. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) is addressing the issue with roadway modifications designed to increase traffic flow through the intersection.

Although the city is not directly involved in the design or construction of the intersection, GDOT has been very cooperative in working with the city staff and the Council to minimize impact during construction, and to incorporate features that will enhance appearance.

Council Insight

My motivation for running for a Council seat, back in 2011, and for running for re-election in 2015 was to help continue bringing positive change to Snellville. This Council has done that- in spite of various challenges, some of them purposely created to derail efforts to make Snellville a better place to live and work. The revitalization of Snellville began with  our award-winning Farmers’ Market. Since then, we’ve added a Community Garden, our outstanding Veterans’ Memorial, the Snellville CopCab and Give Hunger the Boot.

We wouldn’t have any of these things were it not for the efforts of Tom Witts, Barbara Bender, Bobby Howard, Diane Krause and myself all working together with the common goal of improving our city. In 2015, Tom Witts was elected mayor, and Cristy Lenski and Roger Marmol were elected to the Council. With the mayor and all Council members working together for positive change, Snellville has enjoyed its greatest success.

I believe that government should be run with the efficiency of a business, and provide the same accountability to citizens that a corporation does to its shareholders. A vital part of that is reviewing all expenditures carefully, eliminating waste and ensuring that we stay within our budget. Over the past few years, these efforts have enabled us to improve service while lowering taxes for five consecutive years. I will continue to focus on serving our citizen investors by ensuring that the city delivers services that provide maximum value at minimum cost.

Our business community is a vital part of our city. It provides convenience for our residents, contributes to our tax base, and eases the tax burden on individual citizens. By working with our economic development department, we have attracted the types of businesses that have a positive impact on the city.

A strong sense of community is essential to long term success and I will continue to develop projects like Give Hunger the Boot, and to assist with other community-enhancing efforts like The Veterans Memorial, the “CopCab”, the Citizens’ Police Academy, community events like Star-spangled Snellville and the Fall Festival, The Farmers’ Market, and the Community Garden.

I look forward to working together with other Council members to continue keeping taxes low, keeping our neighborhoods safe and supporting a positive economic climate. I am committed to bringing new levels of prosperity and vibrancy to our community while preserving the unique home-town feel that Snellville offers. Building on our successes will make Snellville an even more desirable place to live, increase property values and create a greater feel of community for every resident

Dave Emanuel has been a Snellville resident for 32 years and is currently a member of the City Council. Previously, he served on the city’s Planning Commission. He is also a member of the Snellville Tourism and Trade Association (STAT),  the Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and a regular volunteer, helping out at Snellville city events like the Farmer’s Market, Fall Festival and Christmas Tree Lighting. Dave has worked on a variety of projects that have successfully brought improvements to the city. He and his wife Kathy created the “Give Hunger the Boot” program to raise donations for the Southeast Gwinnett Co-Op which provides assistance to local families. 

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