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Loganville awarded healthcare foundation grant

LOGANVILLE — City councilman and Public Safety Committee Chairman Rey Martinez announced Thursday that Loganville has been awarded a $51,737.20 grant from Walton County. The grant money, combined with $10,000 city leaders approved last month for safety equipment, will be used to pay for several critical emergency medical items.

The city will purchase three automatic external defibrillators with the capacity to measure pulse, blood oxygen levels and blood pressure. The funds will also be used to purchase a stair chair, a mobility device that allows emergency response personnel to move elderly residents safely in the event of a medical emergency. Three battery-powered suction units will also be purchased, newer models that assist emergency personnel in freeing patients’ airway obstructions.

Lynch appointed to Planning Commission

Former city councilman Michael Lynch was appointed to the city’s Planning Commission on Thursday. Lynch will serve as commissioner in a two-year term.

American Legion to offer help for veterans

American Legion’s Post 233 spokesman Stan Mauldin told mayor Dan Curry and council members Thursday about a new event designed to aid veterans. The Veterans Information Workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 17, at American Legion Post 233, 4635 U.S. Highway 78 in Loganville.

According to Mauldin, experts will be on hand to answer veterans’ questions about benefits, claims and services available to them. Representatives from the Veterans Administration, Georgia Dept. of Veteran Services and other organizations will be available for one-on-one assistance during the workshop.

For more information, email Stan Mauldin at dsmauldin@aol.com or Jeanette Simpson at Fan1823@aol.com.

Ride for America set for May 26

The annual Ride for America is scheduled for Monday, May 26. Participating motorcycle riders will leave American Post 233 in Loganville, ride to a ceremony in Madison, then return to the Post in Loganville following the ceremony.

The cost for riders to participate is $10, passengers will pay a $5 fee. Funds raised for the Ride for America are used to provide scholarships for children of fallen soldiers, as well as for other veterans’ programs.

Council members disagree on training costs

Martinez said Thursday that, unlike councilman Chick Bagley, he does not believe that city taxpayers should pay for training classes for elected officials.

“Taxpayers will not pay for council training as long as I’m on the council, which will be the next four years,” Martinez said.

Councilman Skip Baliles replied to Martinez’s statement, saying that he wanted to go on record with his disagreement.

“If you don’t set aside money for training, then training stops,” Baliles said. “I don’t want us all to leave (the council meeting) tonight thinking we’re all in agreement.”

Curry suggested that the city’s Finance Committee, chaired by councilman Mark Kiddoo, review the matter and make recommendations to the council with respect to training the city’s elected leaders.

City to purchase mower

Council members voted unanimously Thursday to purchase a Flex Wing bush mower at a cost of $11,500. The mower will be purchased from a John Deere dealer within the city. The item was budgeted for 2014.

City adopts 2014-15 budget

City leaders have voted to adopt a budget for Loganville for the 2014-2015 fiscal year. The move came after the required two public hearings were held. The new budget reflects $8,585,187 in the city’s general fund, and $6,380,076 in the enterprise fund. The budget also includes special funds and SPLOST revenues.