LOGANVILLE - Police chief Mike McHugh and mayor Tim Barron recognized Loganville's three school resource officers Thursday night by presenting them and their department with plaques. May ended the first school year in which SROs were present in Loganville city schools.
"I joined the police department here in June 1999, and school resource officers are the best addition I've seen since I've been here," McHugh said. "Our resource officers stand head and antlers above any others."
Sgt. Joe Cantrell and Investigators Dustin Peterson and Bob Gilbert were each given plaques honoring their contribution to the schools and their students. A larger plaque was given to the officers to present to the entire Youth Investigations department.
"We've been able to do what we have this year because Chief McHugh has gotten us everything we've asked for to do our jobs," Cantrell said.
"I hear nothing but glowing comments about these guys. The teachers, administrators and students love them," Barron said.
Ice skating rink coming to city
By entering into a contract with Have an Ice Day LLC, Loganville officials have paved the way for an ice skating rink to be installed near the city hall building this winter. The rink will be used for family entertainment as well as little league hockey, councilman Austin Jones said.
Old city hall building to be demolished
City Manager Bill Jones announced Thursday night that the old city hall building at Broad Street and Pecan Street will be demolished by a private company rather than by city employees. For about $21,000, the building will be demolished and debris hauled away, making room for additional city parking in a planned parking lot.
Jones said the old building probably does not have any asbestos in it, but he and his staff are not sure whether the hazardous substance will be found once the project commences. If asbestos is found, an estimated additional $3,000 will be added to the cost of demolition.
MAMa president to run for City Council seat
Janie Fulghum, president of the Loganville chapter of MAMa (Mothers Against Methamphetamine) will seek one of the 3 council seats to be decided this November. Fulghum, who has been an advocate for proactive involvement with area teens with respect to drug use and gangs, will compete for one of the seats now occupied by councilmen Jerry Price, Wendell Geiger and Austin Jones.