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Loganville leaders vote to increase utility deposit

LOGANVILLE -- City Council members voted to increase the city's utility deposit from $150 to $225 Thursday evening, an action necessitated by these lean economic times.

According to Councilman Dan Curry, chairman of the Public Utilities Committee, there has been an increase in incidents of both residential and commercial customers leaving their homes or places of business and simply not paying their last utility bills.

"I think $225 is a happy medium," said Mayor Ray Nunley, who went on to explain that in the city of Monroe, a customer's questionable credit can result in a utility deposit as high as $500.Sidewalk project under wayA downtown sidewalk improvement project along Broad and Pecan Streets should begin soon, according to City Administrator Bill Jones. Two bids were opened this week, and the project has been awarded to Woodwind Construction in the amount of $167,400. That price includes sidewalk, lamppost and bench installation along those streets.

A price of $10,681 was also approved Thursday to purchase 11 street lamps for this project. Jones said that he wants the project to be completed in time for the Autumn Heritage Festival, scheduled for Oct. 15.Nunley supports SPLOSTDuring Thursday's city council meeting, Nunley encouraged residents to vote in support of the Walton County special purpose local option sales tax this fall.

"Without it, well, we'd just do without," said Nunley, explaining that the county plans to construct a jail, with or without SPLOST funds.

SPLOST "is the fairest tax there is," Nunley said.