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Hotel coming to Loganville

LOGANVILLE - A new 75-room hotel will be built on land annexed into Loganville Thursday night. The property at 530 Brand Road and 3900 Oak Grove Road was also rezoned to accommodate retail space along with the hotel.

Lori Smith voiced her opposition Thursday, speaking for a group of citizens opposing construction of the hotel.

According to Smith, Loganville does not need another hotel. Smith and her group fear that if Holiday Inn Express, the franchise building the hotel, does not receive enough business, the hotel will change hands and become an extended stay facility.

Mayor Tim Barron said that local businesses have expressed a need for lodging for their out-of-town employees. Councilman Chuck Bagley said that he recently had to house family members in neighbors' homes for a family funeral, since the only two local hotels were not quality establishments.

Council members voted unanimously to approve the annexation and rezoning.

New fire chief named

Councilman Jerry Price announced Thursday that, after several interviews by the city's Public Safety Committee, a new fire chief has been selected. Danny Roberts, a 16-year city employee, is the new chief.

"I want to thank the city for allowing me to continue my career here," Roberts said.

The Loganville police department is on track for state accreditation

Chief Mike McHugh announced Thursday that his department has just completed a stringent audit required for state certification. During the chief's exit interview Wednesday, the state inspector said she would be recommending his department for accreditation.

"It took a year to get ready for this inspection," Barron said.

Council votes to extend terms to 4 years

Loganville elected officials will soon serve 4-year terms rather than the 2-year terms they currently serve.

Beginning next year, officials voted into office will serve a 2-year term. Those elected in 2010 will serve a 3-year term, and beyond 2010, all terms will be 4 years.

"This way, term extensions do not benefit elected officials already in office," Barron said.

State law dictates 4-year terms for elected officials, unless municipalities officially opt out of that practice.

Christmas parade scheduled

The Loganville Christmas parade is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Dec. 6.