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Loganville schedules election for mayor, council seat

LOGANVILLE -- City council members Thursday elected councilman Mark Kiddoo to serve as vice mayor for the next two and a half years, filling the role vacated by Vice Mayor Dan Curry effective April 15, who resigned during the same council meeting to run for mayor.

The move comes two weeks after Mayor Ray Nunley resigned from his position due to a battle with lung cancer. The qualifying period for a June 18 special election will be held from April 15 to April 17 to fill Nunley's term. The fee is $360. Curry's council seat will be filled the same day, and Loganville resident Jay Boland publicly announced his bid for the seat on Thursday. The qualifying period for that seat is April 22 to 24 and the entry fee is $180.

"I'm honored. I regret the reason for the special election, but I'm honored that my peers have faith in me to do the job," Kiddoo said after Thursday's action.

Loganville to host third annual Ride for America.

Stan Mauldin of Loganville's American Legion Post 233 addressed Curry and council members Thursday, announcing the May 27 Ride for America, which will begin again this year in the city. Mauldin thanked the city for continued support of the event. There are about 1,000 motorcycles that participate in the event each year.

"It's a beautiful event," said councilwoman Michelle Lynch, who made a motion to approve city police support and the necessary road closure for the ride. Lynch encouraged supporters to turn out for the event, to wave and cheer the riders on as they leave the city.

Lynch also took the opportunity to announce the sale of Veterans Day bricks this spring, with installation slated for the fall. Applicants can pay $40 to have a brick engraved and installed in memory of a veteran. Applications will soon be available in city hall.

Brand Road project to be rebid

Curry said Thursday that the Brand Road improvement project, to be funded by a Community Development Block Grant, will be rebid. With a grant amount of $402,000, none of the bidders to date has been able to meet or better that amount. The lowest bid was $464,000.

For a fee of $4,800, the scope of the project will be changed. The fee was approved by council vote. A prebid meeting will be held in city hall at 10 a.m. onApril 30. The bid opening is scheduled for May 14.City to purchase mowerCouncilman Mike Jones on Thursday garnered council approval to purchase a refurbished John Deere reel mower with a 70-inch mowing path. "It's a real buy at $6,500," Jones said. The funds are already in the current city budget.Relay for Ray off to a good startRelay for Ray, a cancer research/fundraising effort spearheaded by the city staff of Loganville for former Mayor Ray Nunley, is scheduled for April 26 at the Monroe High School track. To date, about $6,000 has been raised, and 29 participants have signed up to run/walk.

Police chief Mike McHugh added that a shotgun raffle is being held, also benefitting Relay for Ray. Tickets can be purchased for $5 each, or 5 tickets for $20.