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Loganville mayor, council sworn in

LOGANVILLE - Mayor Tim Barron and councilmen Ray Nunley, Mark Kiddoo and Chuck Bagley took their oaths of office during Thursday night's City Council meeting. The mayor and councilmen were all re-elected to another term in the November 2006 election.

"I want to thank everyone in Loganville for the opportunity to serve for another two years," Barron said. Bagley, Nunley and Kiddoo all expressed their gratitude to family members, residents and city staff for their re-election.

Barron assigned committee heads to the various committees established by city charter and mayoral discretion. Bagley will head up Human Relations and Community Relations. Nunley will lead Public Utilities and Transportation. Kiddoo will steer the Downtown Revitalization and Budget and Finance committees. Councilman Austin Jones will continue to head up Parks and Greenspace. Councilman Wendell Geiger is in charge of Planning and Development, and Jerry Price will lead the Public Safety committee.

Price was also re-elected by the City Council to the office of vice mayor.

Red light camera

gets go-ahead

A public hearing was held Monday night regarding amending the city ordinance to allow the installation of photo-enforced traffic lights. Plans are under way to install a red-light camera at the intersection of Ga. Highway 81 and U.S. Highway 78 in Loganville.

In other business:

•Bagley informed residents Thursday night that there are two openings on the Citizens Advisory Committee. Those interested in serving on the committee can obtain applications for the positions at City Hall or on the city Web site.

•Eight residents have been appointed to Loganville's Ethics Committee and were sworn into office during the January council meeting.

"We're one of the 25 percent of Georgia cities who have been named a Certified City of Ethics," Barron said. "We're very proud of that."

The Ethics Committee is in place to hear and act on any ethics issues that arise among the city's elected officials. Any complaint lodged against an elected official is also handled by the committee.

•A resolution was adopted Thursday night enabling Loganville to re-develop blighted areas of the city through the use of Community Improvement Districts and Tax Allocation Districts. Several Gwinnett cities have adopted similar resolutions, which allow municipalities to re-develop trouble areas affected by blight without first seeking state approval.