Loganville staff, officials announce 'Relay for Ray' initiative

LOGANVILLE -- City Manager Bill Jones presented Mayor Ray Nunley with a one-of-a-kind T-shirt during Thursday night's City Council meeting. It read "Relay for Ray."

Jones, addressing Nunley with several city staff members standing with him, announced that city employees, elected officials, residents and friends will join together April 26 in a Relay for Life event in honor of the mayor. Nunley announced in last December's council meeting that he is battling lung cancer.

Contract awarded amid slight controversy

A contract in an amount not to exceed $402,000 was awarded Thursday to Todd Smith Grading Inc., for work to be performed on Brand Road, adding a 12-inch sewer line. A total of 8 companies bid on the project, and Councilman Mark Kiddoo raised concerns that perhaps the winning company had an unfair advantage when given the ability to re-negotiate with the city to lower their bid to $396,000.

Just as Curry was making a motion to table the decision for further review, Jones spoke up and said that Todd Smith Grading was not given an unfair advantage and allowed to negotiate with the city; the company made materials changes to the project and were able to save money by doing so.

The project will be funded with a Community Development Block Grant that has already been awarded.

Council members also voted to give the go-ahead to McFarland Dyer and Associates Inc., to apply for a $362,000 CDBG to resurface roads in Fox Chase subdivision.

Application process open for July 4th Parade

Councilwoman Michelle Lynch announced Thursday that the application process is now open to participants wishing to be in the city's July 4th parade. Interested parties can visit www.independencedaycelebration.com for details and registration.