LOGANVILLE -- Years of waiting and planning for a city town center in Loganville are starting to pay off, according to city councilwoman Michelle Lynch. A conceptual drawing of a city gathering spot was on display at Thursday's city council meeting, complete with a pavilion, sidewalks, benches, lighting and landscaping.
"This is basically a starting point for us," Lynch said, adding that SPLOST funds will pay for some of the elements of the project, and "alternative funding" will be sought to pay for others.Millage rate setCity leaders voted Thursday to hold the property tax millage rate to the same as last year's, 10.27 mills. Councilman Mark Kiddoo reminded citizens in attendance Thursday that, although the tax rate will remain the same, decreased property values mean that property owners will pay less in property taxes.
Kiddoo, councilman Mike Jones and other council members thanked staff department heads for cutting their budgets in order to work with fewer resources.Loganville youth honoredTwo young people were honored Thursday, Loganville residents who have achieved a lot in their young lives. Hannah Hope, crowned "Miss Heart of Dixie 2012," was recognized for her extraordinary contribution to her community through service. She will go on to compete in the "Miss Teen America Co-Ed" pageant.
Loganville High School senior baseball player Clint Frazier was recently awarded the prestigious Jackie Robinson Award and is ranked the No. 1 prospect for 2013. Frazier has verbally committed to the University of Georgia.Firefighters, EMTs honoredA group of firemen and EMTs was also honored Thursday, for fast response times (no more than 3 minutes) and professional treatment in two emergency calls this year, one in January and one in August.Eastside Medical pitching emergency facilityEastside Medical Center (Snellville) representative Drew Tyrer addressed mayor Ray Nunley and council members Thursday, announcing the hospital's plans to build a 24-hour/365-day emergency facility in Loganville. Tyrer solicited the city's support in convincing Georgia's board to approve the Certificate of Need submitted by Eastside in August.
Tyrer said a decision regarding the application is expected in mid-December.