Loganville officials OK annexation

LOGANVILLE - By unanimous vote Thursday night, Loganville city council members voted to approve the annexation of 26.8 acres and rezoning of the resulting 27.8 acres of property to the Planned Urban Village designation.

The property is located on the eastern side of Loganville between Ga. Highway 81 and Tom Brewer Road.

Project planners Jim Bonner and Tony Green plan to build a "live, work, play and shop" community that will include an amphitheater, lake, walking trails, greenspace and recreation areas. The development will be called Lakeview Village.

If all goes as planned, including securing the necessary funding for the project, Phase I of Lakeview Village will open spring 2010.

Police Department on track for state certification

Police chief Mike McHugh said the Loganville Police Department is well on its way to becoming state certified. McHugh said his department has satisfactorily complied with 100 of the 188 rigid state requirements for certification. The chief estimates that he expects official state certification in January.

City seeking to change water districts

Councilman Ray Nunley, who serves as Loganville's Public Utilities Commission chairman, said Thursday the city is seeking to opt out of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water District and in to the Upper Oconee Water District. The purpose of the planning districts is to assist local governments with stormwater management, waterway preservation and conservation efforts.

As it turns out, according to Nunley, Loganville can not opt out of the Metro North Georgia district, since part of Loganville lies in Gwinnett County.

"We're wrestling with them on this. If we have to remain, we want to have a seat on the board," Nunley said.

Gaither Park renovation to begin

Phase I of the long-planned Gaither Park renovation is set to kick off early next month, according to councilman Austin Jones. The first phase of the project will include paving and walking paths, fencing, lighting and a picnic table.

The initial phase will cost about $25,000. Phase II, which includes exercise stations along paths, a new safety play surface, a volleyball court and landscaping, will be funded by civic organization fundraising efforts and private donations.

City officials are still considering whether to purchase the adjacent Ramey property. That decision, Jones said, should be made by the September city council meeting.

Millage rate hearing dates set

Councilman Mark Kiddoo announced the three scheduled public hearing dates required before setting the 2008-09 millage rate for Loganville. A 1.5 percent increase is possible, Kiddoo said.

The dates are 6:30 p.m. Aug. 28, 1 p.m. Sept. 8 and 6:30 p.m. Sept. 11.