Loganville mayor honored for service with Liberty Bell replica

LOGANVILLE - Mayor Tim Barron was presented with a certificate of appreciation Thursday and told that a replica of the Liberty Bell would be on display at City Hall for generations to come. Barron, under whose administration the city's July 4th parade was started a couple of years ago, accepted the recognition and thanked city volunteers.

Barron's two two-year terms as Loganville's mayor will end this year, and now councilman Ray Nunley will take his place. Nunley is running for mayor unopposed.

Fire chief, Public Works director retiring

Two key city employees are taking the city up on its early retirement offer. Fire Chief Terry Pilcher and Director of Public Works Charlie Ferguson will vacate their positions with the city in the near future.

According to councilman Chuck Bagley, a search for their replacements has not yet begun. City officials will wait until firm retirement dates are set before beginning a search for these two key positions.

Millage rate raised

For the first time in 12 years, city council members voted to raise the city's millage rate. The new rate will be 10.2735, up from the previous 9 percent.

Councilman Austin Jones cast the only vote against raising the rate. Citing a slumping economy and families' struggles to keep their jobs and homes, Jones said, "I cannot support a tax increase at this time."

"I don't think anybody wants to raise taxes at a time like this," but Barron doesn't want to see a decrease in city services either, he remarked. "We've held the rate at 9 percent for 12 years because every year we've rolled a portion of that back. We weren't able to do that this year."