Loganville councilman resigns after moving outside city limits

LOGANVILLE - Councilman Austin Jones announced his resignation from the City Council on Thursday night, effective immediately.

Jones has moved outside

the city limits of Loganville and is no longer eligible to fill that post. A special election will be held in March to seat another council member.

Pedro Vega, who has previously run for council in Loganville, said Thursday that he will seek election to that seat in March.

Property annexed, rezoned for fitness center

The parcel of land located at 3191 U.S. Highway 81 and TIg Knight Road was annexed into the city limits of Loganville on Thursday and rezoned to "commercial highway district" in preparation for construction of an O.C. Fitness Center and commercial space.

The buildings to be constructed can be no more than two stories high, based on conditions attached to the rezoning. Walton County will provide water service to the new businesses, but the city will provide sewer service.

In other business:

n According to city manager Bill Jones, CRS Building Corporation has been awarded the bid to build a new fire station in the Gwinnett County portion of Loganville on Old Loganville Road. Construction on the $748,628 building will begin in about 45 days.

n Police chief Mike McHugh said Thursday that his department received an "unofficial call" last week from the Police Chiefs Association, indicating that the Loganville police department will be awarded state certification in the coming weeks.

Public Safety and Transportation Committee Chairman and councilman Jerry Price said of the award that "it's well-earned, I assure you."

McHugh also announced Thursday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will recognize his department for their exemplary work in identifying and arresting child predators. The Loganville task force is among the top 3 in the state for such arrests, according to the chief.