LOGANVILLE - City Manager Bill Jones announced a growth moratorium at Thursday night's council meeting. The halt on new building extends from May 2 to July 31.
"We have to assess the city's ability to provide water to new homes and businesses. With Gwinnett's moratorium, people are looking to be annexed into Loganville, and we have to be sure that we can meet the water and sewer needs of those people," Councilman Chuck Bagley said.
New planning director introduced
Jones also introduced Logan-ville's new planning director, Pat Chapman. Chapman will replace Earl Hillis, who is retiring this month.
"Ms. Chapman has served both Gwinnett and Barrow counties," said Councilman Mark Kiddoo, who went on to list Chapman's many academic and professional accomplishments.
Jones announced that a retirement party in Hillis' honor will be held in the lobby of City Hall from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 23.
Loganville 101 program on the way
Bagley announced Thursday night that all topics for Loganville 101 have been turned in, reviewed and are now being tested on city staff.
Loganville 101 is a program that allows residents to learn about their city government and how it works.
Registration for all residents begins July 31, and classes will begin in August. Classes will be offered once each year.
"We hope to have notices sent out in water bills," Bagley said.
Mayor swears in municipal court judge
Barron swore into office reappointed municipal court judge I.B. "Brad" Brownlow at Thursday night's council meeting. This is Brownlow's 25th year serving as Loganville's city judge.
"I and my staff want to thank you for our new facility. Loganville has come a long way in 25 years," Brownlow said.
The judge then highlighted some of his initiatives, namely speed control and closer monitoring of defendants on probation.
"It is illegal for anyone on probation to use alcohol or narcotics. We will do random drug testing, and anyone in violation will be arrested again," Brownlow said.
Mayor recognizes middle school teacher
Barron presented Loganville middle school science teacher Anthony Wang with a plaque recognizing him as an outstanding teacher on Thursday night. Wal-Mart voted Wang an outstanding teacher, and the city followed suit with the recognition.
"I'm honored. A lot of my success is due to my colleagues and some great students," Wang said.