Loganville's water rates set to increase

LOGANVILLE - According to City Manager Bill Jones, Loganville residents and businesses will soon see a noticeable increase in their water bills.

The Walton County Water and Sewer Authority, from whom the city buys its water, just approved a 20 percent increase in price for water sold to Loganville.

Earlier in Thursday night's City Council meeting, councilman Mark Kiddoo asked his colleagues to support a Roundup Program, a relief initiative for residents who can't pay their water bills because of a job loss, illness or other disastrous circumstances. Loganville water customers will be able to voluntarily "round up" their water bill, with the extra money paid going to help another household.

"We take water for granted, but if you can't pay for it you can't get it," Mayor Ray Nunley said.

New budget passed

A leaner, tighter city budget was approved Thursday following a second reading for the public. Kiddoo remarked that this budget is 12.3 percent less than last year's. The city has taken several measures in an attempt to tighten the belt, including initiating a hiring freeze and reducing staff through attrition.

"We'll keep this budget as trim as we can," Kiddoo said.

New fueling center coming to Loganville

Council members voted unanimously Thursday to annex 2.6 acres into the city that were formerly located in unincorporated Gwinnett County. The property, behind which a new hotel will be built, will be home to a new RaceTrac fueling station/convenience store.

The attorney representing RaceTrac said the center will be the only one of its design in the area. The conceptual drawing of the new store depicts a large, neat brick structure, more upscale in appearance than traditional fueling stations.

The annexed property is home to the old Harco Equipment Rental building on Athens Highway.