Loganville rezoning approved

LOGANVILLE - The 7.3 acres at 3200 Highway 81 in Loganville was rezoned Thursday night to an office and industrial designation.

Several surrounding property owners had expressed concern about the proposed project, citing traffic, safety and drainage among their hot-button issues.

The applicant met with those concerned about the building project and has worked out most, if not all, of the issues.

As a result, the Tara Estates and Arbors at Tara Homeowners Association has withdrawn its opposition to the rezoning and construction.

Planning Commission member recognized

Jim Goldsby, member of the Loganville Planning Commission since 1997, was recognized for nine years of dedicated service at Thursday night's City Council meeting.

"If you want to ask anyone about how much Loganville has changed in the past nine years, this is the man," Mayor Tim Barron said.

Barron presented Goldsby with a plaque commemorating his service.

DDA taking over project

Councilman Mark Kiddoo asked for the council's OK to remand an interactive mapping project to the city's Downtown Development Authority.

The project involves creating an interactive map of Loganville accessible via the Internet.

Viewers can click on any address on the map and get information about the business at that location.

The design company creating the map makes money from advertisers; the project will cost the city nothing.

Hazardous materials team

Councilman Jerry Price, head of the city's Public Safety committee, asked the mayor and council for the go-ahead for Fire Chief Terry Pilcher to join with Walton County in establishing a Hazardous Materials Special Operations Team.

"With all the state highways running through here, you have no idea what could happen," Price said.

City's newest councilman is a new dad

Councilman Austin Jones became the proud father of a son Tuesday.

This is Jones' first child. Mother and baby Owen are home and doing fine.