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Loganville to build new water tank with SPLOST

LOGANVILLE -- City councilman and Public Utilities Chairman Dan Curry Thursday announced a bid award to Caldwell Tanks, a Kentucky company that bid $1,321,000 to build a 750,000-gallon water tank in Loganville.

City officials elected to commission a multi-leg tank rather than a pedisphere, or pedestal-type tank. "(The pedisphere tank) is a lot prettier, but it costs $100,000 more," said mayor Ray Nunley. "In these economic times, we're not going to do that."

The new water tank will be built behind the city's new fire station in Gwinnett County. The project will be funded by Gwinnett SPLOST.

City to purchase new police cars

Police chief Mike McHugh got the go-ahead from city leaders Thursday to pay $113,676 for four new, road-ready police cars. The price for the vehicles, all Dodge Chargers, includes everything necessary for the department's cars except marking the cars.

"We want to get them on the street as soon as possible," said Mayor Pro Tem and Public Safety Chairman Jerry Price.

Millage rate set

Councilman Mark Kiddoo, who also serves as Loganville's Finance Committee Chairman, announced Thursday that the city's millage rate -- 10.27 mills -- will not change for the upcoming fiscal year. Kiddoo remarked that pride and hard work from the city's department heads kept the budget in line with projections.

Ordinances amended

Loganville's fence ordinance was modified slightly Thursday in order to eliminate apparent confusion for property owners and ordinance enforcement officers. Fence height and setback restrictions, most recently in the Fox Chase subdivision, brought the need for change to city manager Bill Jones' attention.

"This (change) will eliminate code enforcement problems we've been having," Price said.

The city's signs ordinance was also amended Thursday, specifically addressing the matter of vehicular signs. Traveling truck-mounted signs and trailers painted to serve as signs are two of the types of signs being addressed in the change.

Now, the city manager or his designee can notify a property owner of a sign's non-compliance, and after 24 hours can have the sign removed. Previously, there was a 10-day period between notice of non-compliance and action on the city's part.