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Loganville approves 2013-14 budget

LOGANVILLE -- A new budget for the upcoming 2013-14 fiscal year was approved by council members Thursday, following two mandated public hearings. The budget, a collective effort of city staff department heads and city manager Bill Jones, reflects a $8,030,987 general fund and a $6,778,507 enterprise fund. Also included are SPLOST funds, sanitation and other smaller revenue sources.

Economic incentive granted to private school

Trinity Christian School has been granted $11,898 toward permit and other fees as part of Loganville's Economic Incentive program. The school is building a $1 million building on Commerce Drive, which is scheduled for completion by Oct. 17. According to councilman Mike Jones, "The purpose of the economic incentive is to encourage our businesses to grow."

Trinity Christian school employs about 30 teachers and is a major attraction to new homeowners, thereby qualifying for incentives from the city. Colonial GMC is the other business in Loganville that has been granted the same type of incentives.

Police department to buy new breath alcohol analyzer

The Loganville police department, by state mandate, will purchase a new breath alcohol analysis machine and software for $8,733. The city has also been awarded a grant for the equipment for the same amount. Approximately 700 new systems will be purchased throughout the state as a result of the new mandate.

Water main project bid awarded

F.E. Sims Enterprises in Cumming has been awarded the contract to install a new 12-inch water main along Brand Road. A Community Development Block Grant awarded to Loganville by Gwinnett County will pay for the project, which F.E. Sims won with a low bid of $352,082.

Independence Day festivities planned

Councilwoman Michelle Lynch said Thursday that the city's Independence Day festivities will begin with a 10 a.m. parade, and a celebration on the town green from noon to 2 p.m. Children's games, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, food, live music and face painting are on tap for entertainment.

Fire chief asks residents to register for alert program

Fire chief Danny Roberts announced Thursday that, one year into the city's participation in the Code Red Emergency Alert program, 18 weather emergencies and one water main break have been managed through Code Red. About 600 residents in Loganville have registered for Code Red, an alert system that texts, emails or calls participants in the event of an emergency. City residents can call 770-554-9693, ext. 101, or register online at the city's website.