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Loganville mayor gives State of the City address

LOGANVILLE — Mayor Ray Nunley delivered his State of the City address at Thursday night’s city council meeting, and he believes the outlook for 2011 is a good one.

“We continue to work every day on ways to improve on how we do business,” said the mayor, adding that “we believe Loganville is the best small city in Georgia.”

Looking back at 2010, Nunley highlighted a few of the city’s accomplishments. They include infrastructure improvements, the creation of the Loganville Development Authority the Business Advisory Committee, all initiatives designed to strengthen the city’s ability to attract and maintain businesses.

Another effort to strengthen the relationship between businesses and the city is the city’s decision to reduce seating fees, or the fee the city charges a restaurant to add to its seating capacity. That fee has been reduced from $220 per seat to $95 per seat.

Motorcycle ride coming to Loganville

Stan Mauldin, representing American Legion Riders, addressed Nunley and council members Thursday, asking for the group’s support in bringing their annual motorcycle ride — Ride for America — to the city of Loganville. Up until this year, the ride originated at the Monroe Fairgrounds. The 13th Annual Ride for America will depart from the American Legion Post 233 in Loganville on Memorial Day, travel to Madison for a traditional ceremony, then return to Loganville.

Mauldin addressed the council to ask for the city’s help with police, fire and rescue support.

“We’re very serious about Ride for America and our causes,” Mauldin said.

The ride supports the Legacy Fund, a scholarship fund for children of fallen soldiers. Last year, the Georgia riders donated more than $20,000 to the fund. The Ride also supports the State Veterans’ Home in Millesgeville.

“It’s a very sad place,” said Mauldin, who said that the donated funds allow for the residents of the Veterans’ Home to have cookouts, bingo games and other recreational activities throughout the year.

Nunley asked police chief Mike McHugh whether the ride, which on a sunny day brings in about 1,000 riders, would cause logistical difficulties for the police in the city. McHugh answered that he thought his officers could handle the traffic, and council members voted to welcome the ride to the city of Loganville.