LOGANVILLE -- City council members voted Thursday to make it illegal to park along the east side of Main Street from U.S. Highway 78 to Ga. Highway 20. Following this action, the Georgia DOT will paint the appropriate indicators and erect signs along the road informing drivers of the change.
Problems with visibility and frequent accidents in that area brought the problem to the attention of city officials.
Parking on Huntington Drive to end
City councilman Rey Martinez made a motion Thursday to disallow parking along Huntington Drive in the Huntington Ridge subdivision two weeks before Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. His reason for the motion was a public safety issue, as no emergency vehicles could navigate the street Halloween weekend because of street parking.
"If someone has a heart attack, we couldn't get in there to help them," said city manager Bill Jones, who also happens to live in Huntington Ridge.
Mayor Ray Nunley said that if parking along the street is a problem, it should be illegal year-round, not seasonally. Parking on side streets in front of even-numbered houses, would be allowed.
The matter was tabled until the Oct. 13 city council meeting and in the meantime, Nunley said that residents will be informed that there will be no parking on Huntington Drive on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 30 and 31.
"Instead of deciding this hastily tonight, let's take our time and fix the problem once and for all," Nunley said. Other council members suggested that other Loganville neighborhoods experience the same problem with parking on streets, so a more wide-reaching action may need to be taken.
Associate judge sworn in
Judge Lori Duff was sworn into office Thursday as Loganville's associate judge. Chief Judge Brad Brownlow said that the office of associate judge has been vacant for several years. "There is always a need for someone to be available," Brownlow said.
Millage rate to be set in special called meeting
According to councilman Mark Kiddoo, the 2011-12 millage rate will be set at a special-called council meeting at 10 a.m. on Sept. 19. Kiddoo expects the rate to remain unchanged but added that they city may not be able to hold the line on property tax rates in the coming years.
"We know that the economy has hurt many of our citizens. We do not feel that raising taxes is the right thing to do this year," Kiddoo said.