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LaFayette moving ahead with plans to bring properties up to code
The city of LaFayette is taking a hard look at more than 100 properties that may pose health and safety risks.
Source: Catoosa County News

Mayor signs Teen Violence Awareness proclamation
The month of February is the National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Madison Mayor Fred Perriman signed a proclamation to pledge the city’s commitment to raising awareness concerning pressing issue.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Holly Springs weighing high-density plan
The Holly Springs Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to weigh at its meeting Thursday a developer’s application to build a high-density, age-targeted community on Stringer Road and Highway 140.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Alcovy Road commercial development no more
The plan to build a movie theater, hotels, offices and retail stores along Alcovy Road in Covington, known as Covington Towne Center and Project Kitchen Sink, has been shut down.
Source: Covington News

Council encourages nonprofit to work with Main Street on 5K race
Road closures, building code enforcement and appointments to boards and committees made up the majority of the City of Covington’s council meeting Feb. 1.
Source: Covington News

Norcross set to host Valentine celebration Saturday
Love will be in the air throughout downtown Norcross on Saturday evening as the city hosts its romantic, Valentine’s Day-themed celebration.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Community leaders gather for 10-year planning meeting
Polk County leaders from the cities and county administration and concerned community leaders are working with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGARC) to update the comprehensive plan for the next 10 years.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Adairsville council meets in double session
The Adairsville City Council met Thursday for a combined work session and meeting after Tuesday’s work session was canceled due to inclement weather.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rich: CALEA designation signifies TPD as an elite organization
Thomasville Police Department (TPD) has received the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Gold Standard of Accreditation with Excellence Award.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Sign ordinance unresolved
Thomasville city government and business owners concerned about a proposed sign ordinance appear no closer to a permanent ruling or agreeing on content than the parties were more than a year ago.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Albany Utility Board OKs broadband fees, well rehab
The Albany Utility Board voted at its meeting Thursday to recommend that the Albany City Commission approve funding for a pair of items.
Source: Albany Herald

City of Albany hosts Georgia Department of Transportation forum
Albany area business owners and city officials gathered with representatives from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Thursday to learn more about how small businesses can get involved in transportation-related construction contracts as part of House Bill 170, which was passed by the Georgia General Assembly last year.
Source: Albany Herald

​Newnan Youth Council visits Georgia Capitol
The Newnan Youth Council (NYC) visited with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office at the Georgia Capitol recently, meeting with Governor Nathan Deal and the Coweta County delegation – Representatives Mike Crane, Lynn Smith, Robert Trammell and David Stover – as well.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City Council mulls controversial Medlock-State Br. fix
The city is considering a new and controversial solution to traffic congestion at the Medlock Bridge-State Bridge Road intersection, but the City Council hedged its bets and is not ruling out other possible solutions.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Peachtree City adds extra planning sessions
Forget the annual retreat held by the Peachtree City Council. The council will hold a series of workshops on a variety of topics over the next few months in lieu of having one day-long meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Tybee invests in fixing up beach
Beach season on Tybee Island is just around the corner, and city officials are getting their trash in order.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill police chief enters Bryan County probate judge race
Richmond Hill Chief of Police, Billy Reynolds, announced Thursday he will seek the Bryan County Probate Judge seat being vacated when current judge Sam Davis retires at the end of this year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon leaders celebrate start of Memorial Park renovations
Macon-Bibb County officials celebrated the start of work at Memorial Park with a groundbreaking Thursday morning.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Edwards announces intent to run for Macon-Bibb County mayor
Lonzy Edwards, a Macon attorney and minister who previously served on the Bibb County Commission, announced Thursday his intention to become the next Macon-Bibb County mayor.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta tourism officials switch to millennials as target audience
Move over, baby boomers – it’s the millennials local tourism officials are really after.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Mayor Reed: City ‘very close’ to 20-year Delta lease
The city is “very close to finalizing an agreement” with Delta Air Lines Inc. on a new 20-year lease at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to Mayor Kasim Reed.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Interest in Athens-Clarke County food truck permits low, but likely to pick up
More than a month into the first full year of Athens-Clarke County’s food truck permitting program, there is only limited interest from food truck operators in the opportunity to bring their businesses to downtown Athens and other public spaces.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Woodstock considering to-go booze downtown
The Woodstock City Council will consider an ordinance Feb. 22 allowing patrons of downtown restaurants with alcohol licenses to get drinks “to-go” within a specified entertainment district.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates details potential downtown street grid, green space
Avondale Estates conducted a joint commission/downtown development authority work session Tuesday, discussing a future layout and foundation for downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Snellville addressing codes to foster Towne Center investment
With renewed interest from developers in building Snellville’s 2011 Towne Center Plan, the city has realized many of the city’s zoning and development regulations are outdated.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Community leaders gather for 10-year planning meeting
Polk County leaders from the cities and county administration and concerned community leaders are working with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGARC) to update the comprehensive plan for the next 10 years.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Gainesville to update alcohol code for wine sampling
Some new rules are on the way for Gainesville businesses that offer wine samplings, thanks to an update to the city's alcoholic beverage ordinance presented Thursday morning to city council members.
Source: Access North Georgia

Demolition of Mansours in downtown LaGrange set for mid-March
Leveling of the former Mansours department store building on Lafayette Square to make way for a new hotel could begin by mid-March.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Bankhead a concern for Carrollton candidates
The four candidates running for the Ward 2 seat on Carrollton’s City Council on Tuesday night believe the Bankhead Highway business corridor is a concern that needs attention.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Riverdale eliminates civil service board; all employees “at will”
Riverdale hopes it has resolved an issue with what City Manager E. Scott Wood called “two classes of employees.”
Source: Clayton News Daily

Euharlee history museum to offer advice on making old books new again
The Euharlee Historical Society is hosting a seminar to help people find ways to restore a family Bible or any other beloved book that may have seen better days.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Downtown Rome speed limits to drop to 25 mph if golf carts hit streets
Nearly all the streets between Second Avenue and Turner McCall Boulevard in downtown Rome — including the West Third Street district across the river — will have 25 mph speed limits if the city allows golf carts on downtown streets.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City will hold Easter egg hunt at old LaFayette High School football stadium
On Saturday, March 16, the city of LaFayette will hold its fourth annual Easter egg hunt at the Ross Abney Complex, which is the old LaFayette High School football stadium.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Harp, Tomlinson debate 'thaw the freeze' referendum
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and former state Sen. Seth Harp debated the merits of her proposed “thaw the freeze” referendum tonight at Columbus High School.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council rethinking Fayetteville’s downtown
Fayetteville’s ambitious plans to makeover downtown took another step forward with the release of the second concept plan for the area
Source: Fayette Citizen

City pet owners can get free spaying, neutering help if they’re unable to pay
Pet owners who live within the city of Washington may sign up soon for the city’s spay/neuter program that will pay for the service if the owners can’t.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

City issues? There's an app for that
Residents can now report non-emergency issues to the City of Valdosta with the touch of a button.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Local officers help theft victim get new bike
After a citizen's bicycle was stolen, three Tifton police officers stepped in to help.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Trion Resident's Aerial Video Shows Levee Issues
Christmas night emergency personnel went door to door in Trion’s “Frog Town” section warning residents that the surging Chattooga River was within inches of spilling over the decades-old levee that runs along Second Street.
Source: Summerville News

Trion Moves Ahead With Housing Demolition Plan
The Trion Town Council voted to accept the bid of local businessman B.J. Gambill of B and J Construction for the demolition of up to 10 houses, but not before receiving assurances Gambill would pay approximately $8,000 in back taxes owed to the town.
Source: Summerville News

City council makes progress regarding building inspector
Current plans are for Dodge County’s building inspector to function as Eastman’s interim building inspector until a more permanent solution may be found.
Source: Dodge County News

Progress update on Smart Rural City project
A city doesn’t become a Smart Rural City overnight. It takes time and hard work just to get things moving in the right direction.
Source: Donalsonville News

Former city councilman will run for county commission seat
Former Dawsonville City Councilman Chris Gaines announced last week that he plans to seek Dawson County's District 2 commission seat.
Source: Dawson Community News

Braselton approves annexation, rezoning request
An area developer has been granted the authority to move forward with plans he has for a 6.69-acre property in Hall County.
Source: Jackson County News

Council, fire dept. officers meet
Commerce’s mayor and city council met behind closed doors for over three hours Monday night with fire chief Kevin Dean and his four top officers. The meeting was an attempt to resolve an impasse over the status of Dean.
Source: Commerce News

Lula council to make offer on land
Following an approximately 50-minute closed session to discuss land acquisition on Feb. 2, the Lula City Council, by consensus, agreed to make an offer on a piece of property.
Source: Banks County News

Council members sworn in at meeting
At the January 12 City of Baxley Council meeting newly re-elected Councilmembers Dr. Esco Hall, Jr., Betty Livingston and George Skipper were sworn in by Clerk of Superior Court Marsha Thomas.
Source: Baxley News Banner

Pooler leaders, workers celebrate progress on municipal complex
The city of Pooler marked another milestone in the construction of its new municipal complex Wednesday with a topping out celebration near the site.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Belk presents plan for new park
Longtime Dalton Realtor Paul Belk presented his plan for a new park, dubbed “Vision of Dalton,” during a recent Kiwanis Club of Dalton meeting. The city of Dalton has applied for a $100,000 federal grant to help with the project, but Belk hopes to raise matching funds for the first phase of the park.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Athens-Clarke mayor and commission to pursue public health assessment of downtown Athens
Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission began Wednesday to set some priorities for funding in the upcoming fiscal year and beyond, indicating they’d like to pursue a public health assessment of the late-night environment in downtown Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed joins Fulton transportation tax talks
This time, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed was at the table.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Braves, city clash over fate of Hank Aaron statue
For about three hours Wednesday, it looked like the statue of baseball hall of famer Hank Aaron would be staying in Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Savannah installs recycle bins on River Street
The latest attraction on River Street is recycle bins.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Councilman’s departure marks an end of an era
“Servant, well done,” describes the service that David Anderson rendered to the city of Hinesville and the greater community.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Alpharetta calling for bond vote
Alpharetta residents will vote in a May 24 bond referendum that would provide money for a laundry list of civic improvement projects.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates won’t pursue annexation this year
Avondale Estates will not submit an annexation plan to the state legislature, at least not this year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamblee, Doraville awarded grant to revitalize Buford Highway
The Atlanta Regional Commission awarded the city of Chamblee and the city of Doraville a $96,000 in Livable Centers Initiative study grant to help develop a plan and process to revitalize Buford Highway by addressing connectivity, affordable housing and pedestrian safety.
Source: Neighbor News

Ordinance approval to amend criminal offenses
Grantville City Council members voted Monday to approve an ordinance creating additional offenses under city law.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

​Newnan City Council approves cost of emergency repairs
Newnan City Council agreed to pay more than $50,000 to Ronnie D. Jones Enterprises, Inc. for the emergency repair of a sinkhole at Lynch Park.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Garden City nixes start of business tax break this year
As a number of new initiatives take off in Garden City, officials in the West Chatham community say they’re not ready to implement one that would provide a tax exemption on inventory for local manufacturers.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Retiring Athens-Clarke County Manager Alan Reddish honored for 15 years of service
Ask Alan Reddish for the moment he learned the most about the job he left Friday after 15 years, and the former Athens-Clarke County manager talks about a September morning four months after he took the administrative reins of the county government.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Hahira weighs hiking sanitation fee
After facing a loss in revenue from garbage collection for Fiscal Year 2015, Hahira City Council could change the way it handles trash.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Cities Mean Business
Georgia Trend, in conjunction with the Georgia Municipal Association, looks at four cities that are taking innovative approaches to welcoming business to their communities, from creating classes for entrepreneurs and keeping an open mind about new business ideas to providing microgrants and offering zoning assistance to businesses in an informal atmosphere.
Source: Georgia Trend

Hahira looks to add extra lift station
Hahira City Council prioritized adding another lift station to the city’s wastewater system at a city council retreat Friday, Feb. 5.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Villa Rica prepares for reverse-angle parking
Charter Communications relocated service line cables last week atop a new utility pole recently installed in front of ET Doyle & Sons at 115 W. Wilson St. in downtown Villa Rica.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Beautification, staffing among Riverdale’s top goals for coming year
Riverdale wants to fight blight in 2016. This goal was detailed by City Manager E. Scott Wood at the city council’s work session Monday evening.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Ford gives State of the City address: ‘Teamwork’ will move Stockbridge forward
Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Ford and his fellow council members are ready to move the city of Stockbridge forward in a positive direction, he said during Monday’s State of the City address.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

New Ringgold mayor looking to form wellness committee, enhancing sense of community
Ringgold’s new mayor, Nick Millwood, has a bunch of new ideas for his tenure as the new face of Ringgold, a couple of which he presented to the city council during the most recent meeting on Monday night, Feb. 8.
Source: Catoosa County News

Byron creating new economic department
The City Council is creating a new department and redefining duties in other departments based on proposed city ordinances.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Plans for downtown district in discussion
Plans to allow an Entertainment District in downtown Woodstock were discussed by the Woodstock City Council at its meeting Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Upgrades to Macon City Auditorium could cost $15 million
The nearly century-old Macon City Auditorium is in need of an estimated $15 million worth of repairs. Macon-Bibb County will have to weigh its options on how to solve issues plaguing the historic downtown building that's a popular venue for concerts and other large events.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Legislators bow out of mayor-commission firing feud
Macon-Bibb County's lawmakers in Atlanta have decided to bypass a fight over the mayor's authority to fire high-ranking employees.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Park projects on tap in Jenkinsburg
Beautification and renovation are the themes for the new year in Jenkinsburg as the city plans to spruce up the Jenkinsburg Garden Center and the old Westbury nursing home property.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

City works to curb fuel spill
Rincon and state officials are working to contain a fuel spill that was reported Saturday morning.
Source: Effingham Herald

Brunswick police get $10,000 toward body cameras
The Brunswick Police Department moved closer to its goal of outfitting officers with body cameras last week when two local businessmen stepped forward with a total donation of $10,000 toward the effort, Capt. Angela Smith said.
Source: Brunswick News

New island city would be called Village of St. Simons
Brunswick and Glynn County, meet the Village of St. Simons Island — the proposed name of the new city that residents of St. Simons and Sea islands will vote on if the Georgia Legislature allows it.
Source: Brunswick News

Grovetown officials approve new police dog, city plan
Grovetown officials approved Monday a new member for the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Cedartown featured in this February edition of Georgia Trend magazine
The City of Cedartown means business, according to a new article out in this month's edition of Georgia Trend magazine.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Norcross mayor focuses on ‘rebirth’ in State of the City address
Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson used the concept of rebirth as a central piece of the State of the City Address he delivered at Summerour Middle School on Monday night.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville making progress on ‘front door’ of city
The dirt is moving and the machines marching as work continues on the Snellville “Towne Green,” as officials have dubbed it.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Leaders visit Atlanta for Jackson-Butts County Day
Dozens of local leaders gathered under the Gold Dome last week for the third annual Jackson-Butts County Day at the state Capitol.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Athens Transit director asks for year extension of Sunday bus service
With average ridership of Athens Transit’s nearly 6-month old trial of Sunday service at 1,000 boardings, the local transit system’s director has asked the Athens-Clarke County mayor and commission to continue funding Sunday operations.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Marshallville mayor dead at 71
Marshallville Mayor Bill Massee died early Tuesday morning. He was 71.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Canton looking at housing code issues
The Canton City Council zeroed in on problems with multiple families living in single-family homes and excessive numbers of cars parked at residential properties late last week, agreeing to delve into it further at an upcoming planning retreat.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Traffic calming on Decatur’s Scott Blvd. a priority
Decatur submitted a wish list of transportation projets recently during a rare joint work session among city commissioners, staffers and Georgia Department of Transportation officials.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Town hall meeting is set Thursday to discuss Stockbridge charter, DDA
A town hall meeting will be held Thursday for residents to give input on the Stockbridge city charter and the Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Early neighborhood-safety survey results given at Pemboke Council meeting
Early results of a survey on safety are showing good feelings about security in Pembroke.
Source: Bryan County News

City Council meets Tuesday
Milledgeville City Council will hold a work session and regular meeting Tuesday at the Milledgeville Police Department courtroom, 125 W. McIntosh St. The work session begins at 5 p.m.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

A city coming into its own
Columbus, It has been a steadfast wait for your residents who believe that your potential and essence would someday shine forth. And now these citizens are enjoying the rewards of their faith.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Marietta City Council considers second historic district
Marietta City Councilman Andy Morris said he has a big problem with a majority of homeowners voting to pursue the proposed Church-Cherokee Street Historic District, which would entail guidelines affecting all homeowners in the area.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Construction starts on Grovetown roads
It’s official, Grovetown is a construction zone. Orange barrels and silt fences line Robinson Avenue and a hoard of flags flutter on the roadside of Wrightsboro Road.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Lilburn City Council grants expansion requests on Providence athletic fields
The Lilburn City Council granted Monday night expansion requests from the Providence Christian Academy in reference to its athletic fields.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Fees waived downtown
Last week, Statesboro City Council restored an incentive program for redevelopment in the downtown district that had waived almost $200,000 in building permit, water and sewer connection and other fees over the past five years.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Oakwood OKs McEver Road rebuild
Long-awaited work on a 2-mile stretch of heavily traveled McEver Road in Oakwood is inching closer to a projected summer start.
Source: Gainesville Times

City moves to roll-out garbage containers
The City of Moultrie has held onto its in-ground garbage collection system as long as it could. But on Monday, a letter from Moultrie City Manager Mike Scott said the popular system will be phased out.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Savannah-Chatham police employees of the year honored by Exchange Club
The last few months have been something of a roller coaster ride for Sgt. John Cain.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler Planning Commission signs off on furniture store, storage facility rezone
Pooler Planning Commissioners on Monday voted to recommend that the City Council add a new furniture store to the mix in rapidly developing Godley Station.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Upgrades nearly complete at Macon's Washington Park
The final touches are being put on more than $200,000 in upgrades to a venerable downtown Macon park.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry hears proposals for new dog shelter
The city is moving forward with plans to build a new dog shelter.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Lula officials growing tired of bridge game
Lula officials are growing tired of a more than 35-year battle over the wooden railroad bridge on Cobb Street.
Source: Access North Georgia

Bloomingdale adopts golf cart ordinance
The city of Bloomingdale has adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of golf carts on public streets.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Former Clarkesville councilwoman announces bid for open seat
Former Clarkesville City Councilwoman Tina Courson Evans has announced she will qualify for the seat vacated when Barrie Aycock resigned to qualify for mayor.
Source: Access North Georgia

Reichert starts campaign for fourth term as mayor
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert kicked off his campaign Monday to seek a fourth term in office.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Developer Post breaks ground on downtown project
Apartment giant Post Properties on Monday broke ground on a $96 million residential project in downtown Atlanta that company CEO David Stockert called Post’s largest-ever bet in metro Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cornelia 'selling' North Fire Station site to collateralize loan
It's a confusing financial technicality, but the Cornelia City Commission has voted to proceed with advertising for sale the city's North Fire Station.
Source: Access North Georgia

Decatur’s homestead exemption plan includes income restriction
With interest in annexation waning, Decatur will focus attention during the 2016 state Legislature to passing homestead exemption legislation to mostly create tax relief for seniors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County gives Dresden Park to Chamblee
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May signed an inter-governmental agreement recently to transfer Dresden Park to the city of Chamblee.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City council, state primary early voting begins Monday
Nearly 50,000 registered voters in Carroll County can begin casting their ballots in Georgia’s presidential preference primary and the Carrollton City Council special election when early voting begins on Monday.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Acworth police patrol officers to get body cameras by summer
Every Acworth Police Department patrol officer is expected to be outfitted with a body camera by this summer after the Acworth Board of Aldermen on Thursday approved the purchase of in-car and body-worn video systems.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Police to host Citizen Police Academy
The Marietta Police Department will host its annual 10-week Citizen Police Academy program beginning March 24.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Franklin Road renaming on Marietta City Council agenda
After receiving community feedback during a number of town hall meetings, the Marietta City Council is once again ready to discuss the Franklin Road name change.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Council talks housing overcrowding issues
An influx of complaints regarding housing overcrowding and an excessive number of cars parked at residences and on roadways has prompted the city council to revisit its ordinance at next month’s retreat.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Coffee with a Cop event Tuesday
The Canton Police Department will roll out its next Coffee with a Cop community event on Tuesday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Holly Springs outlines road improvement projects
Holly Springs leaders are eyeing several road improvement projects and plan to submit an application for funding through House Bill 170.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square
Repairs and improvements to stormwater detention infrastructure at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville have not stopped silt runoff from making its way into a Lake Lanier cove, according to residents in the area.
Source: Gainesville Times

Citizen wants to open tattoo shop in city
A local woman is interested in opening a tattoo shop in the Magnolia Plaza on Magnolia Drive, but according to the city's Land Development Code, she is unable to do so because the location is near a residential area, a mobile home park behind the plaza.
Source: Tifton Gazette

City Council approves appeal by Railway Freight
In a 4 to 1 vote, the Tifton City Council approved the appeal of the Historic Preservation Commission decision on case H15-000-036 for Railway Freight, located at 379 S. Main St.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Albany, Dougherty officials turn trash into treasure on govdeals website
There’s that old saying about one man’s junk being another’s treasure …
Source: Albany Herald

Albany Community and Economic Development sets housing meetings
The city of Albany’s Department of Community and Economic Development is seeking local input to help with development of a five-year plan that identifies community development and affordable housing needs and sets priorities for investment of federal grant funds to address those needs.
Source: Albany Herald

Council approves pool house renovations at Jessie Davis Park
The pool house at Jessie Davis Park will soon receive much needed renovations.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

VILLA RICA: Main Street program has big plans for city’s future
Christopher Pike, like a juggler, has to keep a whole lot of balls in the air at the same time. He’s got a multifaceted job, and he’s been busy since taking it on in August.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Sugar Hill recognized as Most Active City in state
Out of more than 530 cities in Georgia, Sugar Hill was recently chosen by the Georgia Municipal Association as the most active city in the state.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Macon-Bibb looking ahead to next sales tax vote, possible projects
Macon-Bibb County voters likely will be asked in November to decide whether to support another special sales tax.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Senoia sets focus on utilities in new year
As the new year begins Senoia is setting its sights on infrastructure issues.
Source: Fayette Citizen

City decides on NuLink for broadband
The Peachtree City Council on Feb. 4 approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Newnan-based NuLink that will provide Internet broadband service to city facilities.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta firefighter receives state, local Head Start awards
Sitting at Fire Station 7 on Willis Fore­man Road, Anthony Moody pointed to an image on his computer screen. “Here it is,” he said excitedly. “Man, I’m still shocked I received this award.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens Transit study continuing with opportunities for public input
A consulting firm’s $185,000 study of the Athens Transit system is entering a new phase, with a set of public meetings scheduled to begin Tuesday to allow local residents to provide feedback on the county’s bus service.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville Fire Department to celebrate 140th anniversary
The Gainesville Fire Department is proudly celebrating 140 years of service to the citizens of Gainesville.
Source: Access North Georgia

Rincon Mayor Ken Lee earns training honor
Rincon Mayor Ken Lee received a certificate of distinction from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 24.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Ceremony marks start of 100-year anniversary of Macon's Terminal Station
Macon-Bibb County officials came out Friday to start celebrating the 100th anniversary of a building they said is the sister of New York's Grand Central Station.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mayor: Commercial growth is good: Tommy Allegood delivers State of the City address
Acworth’s mayor said strategic decisions made in the early 2000s and key partnerships with government, business and community leaders were among the cornerstones of the city’s successful 2015 and promising future.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Linear park nearing completion just off the Silver Comet Trail
A linear park located on city property just off of the Silver Comet Trail on Richard Sailors Parkway is nearing completion as the Powder Springs City Council unanimously approved the last leg of the estimated million-dollar project.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Ringgold Police Department swears in two new officers
The Ringgold Police Department welcomed two new officers to its agency on Friday, Jan. 29, by holding a special swearing-in ceremony where the men took the oath of peace officer.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Cartersville denies Old Mill rezoning
Mayor Matt Santini on Thursday night broke a tie vote on a rezoning before the city council. After a 3-3 tie on the rezoning request for 118 Old Mill Road, Santini acted a tiebreaker, voting to deny the request.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rockmart receives GMA fire grant funds
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) has announced the City of Rockmart has received a Safety Grant check totaling $5,129.80.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Rockmart to provide shelter access to those without heat when severe cold strikes
A cold wind blows through leafless trees as rabbits and squirrels scurry to find warmth in a hollow tree or log.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Conyers requires pawn shops to submit electronic reports with photos of customers
Burglars, thieves and shoplifters looking to pawn your stolen goods in Conyers, beware.
Source: Newton Citizen

Brunswick won't allow for-profit tour groups in cemetery
A company that runs ghost tours in the historic district will not be allowed to expand its business to the city’s three cemeteries.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City Votes To Adopt Official Bird Dog
The champion Smith setter depicted on the north Hwy 25 water tower will soon represent all of Waynesboro.
Source: Waynesboro True Citizen

City receives grant for marque work
Restoring the Schaefer Center to its former Ritz(y) appearance received a boost last week with a grant for the construction of a marquee on the building.
Source: Toccoa Record

Lathaydra Sands Is City Clerk
The Monticello City Council voted, at a called meeting last Thursday, to name Lathaydra Sands City Clerk, and to advertise for a City Manager.
Source: Monticello News

Bethlehem approves budget
Bethlehem has a new budget.
Source: Barrow County News

City overturns Parks Building decision
City Hall was packed with over 50 people on Monday, February 1, when the City Council announced their decision on local businesswoman Roberta Garrett’s appeal of the Historic Preservation Commission’s (HPC) decision to deny Garrett’s application to demolish the Parks Building at 40 East Main Street.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Roswell has great future but lacks unity of purpose
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood rose to deliver his 17th State of the City address Jan. 29 with usual bonhomie and optimism despite facing a legal challenge to his tenure in office and three new maverick council members who seem bent on stirring things up.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Milton Council approves two considerations in city’s TDR program
To protect valuable farmland, habitat and environmentally sensitive land in Milton, the city’s Community Development Department oversees a Transfer of Development Rights program.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Robert Reichert, Leon Jones announce re-election plans
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert announced his plans to seek re-election Thursday evening, according to a news release sent shortly after 8 p.m.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Annual retreat replaced by monthly workshops
Peachtree City officials are moving this year from an annual all-day City Council retreat to multiple evening workshops.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Kasim Reed calls for Fulton County to help address affordable housing
Mayor Kasim Reed called on Fulton County officials to do more to address a growing affordable housing problem in Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Augusta fire chief takes new job in South Carolina
Augusta Fire Chief Chris James has accepted a new job with an old boss in York County, S.C.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Guzman tapped to serve as Cedartown's assistant city clerk
Edward Guzman has been selected to serve as Cedartown’s assistant city clerk.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Rockmart to provide shelter access to those without heat when severe cold strikes
In the future, homeless people that seek free temporary shelter during frigid winter weather will have the opportunity to come to Rockmart City Gym, located at 436 Hogue Avenue.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

LaGrange police reward 10,000th Facebook ‘like’
LaGrange Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar visited LaGrange Academy lower school Spanish teacher Anna Kirkpatrick on Friday to award her with a few gifts for being the 10,000th person to like the department’s Facebook page.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Reichert warns that not investing in future could stall Macon's momentum
Optimism about Macon-Bibb County is high, although challenges remain for the city to reach its true potential, Mayor Robert Reichert said during his annual State of the Community address Thursday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Georgia Senate bill targets Atlanta sustainability law
A sustainability ordinance the Atlanta City Council passed last spring could be trouble under legislation introduced this week by a Republican state senator.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Reed prepared to transfer 10 property deeds to APS
Given the new spirit of cooperation between Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools, Mayor Kasim Reed said he is willing to transfer 10 property deeds to the school system.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boulevard Woods park opened Thursday with ribbon-cutting
Even before the ribbon was cut Thursday for the new public-private Boulevard Woods park at Barber Street and Boulevard, there was talk about what the future development of the passive recreational space might entail.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke commission OKs taxi ordinance amendments
Nearly a year after Mayor Nancy Denson first assigned the issue to the Athens-Clarke County Commission’s Legislative Review Committee, the county has a revamped taxicab ordinance.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Avondale Estates considering storm water retention pond
After a nearly two-hour public discussion earlier this week about Avondale Estates’ ongoing storm water issues, commissioners decided to look deeper into building a retention pond.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell receives state-issued planning award
Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs has named Roswell an official Plan First community due, in large part, to the city’s 2030 comprehensive plan. Roswell is one of 17 jurisdictions in the state to receive the honor.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia State Rep. creates map for South Fulton annexation
District 62 State Rep. LaDawn Blackett Jones, D-Atlanta, has prepared a map of south Fulton’s unincorporated areas that would move all of them into a city.
Source: Neighbor News

33 Macon-Bibb firefighters promoted after exodus of officers
Former Northeast High School track star Brenda Cliette Thomas is now a trailblazer in the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department. Thursday morning she became the first female chief in the department’s history.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Police creating standards office
With approval from City Council, the Statesboro Police Department is creating an Office of Professional Standards, to be staffed by one sergeant responsible for recruiting officers as well as handling internal affairs investigations and citizen complaints.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Citizens academies give residents a crash course in local government
Gainesville and Hall County residents interested in learning more about the inner workings of local government have a chance to do so this spring.
Source: Gainesville Times

Mayor Barnett: ‘Working together, this city council can go a long way’
Washington’s first city council meeting of 2016 opened with the swearing in of a re-elected mayor and three councilmen.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

City of Rayle gets fresh leadership as new mayor, council take office
It’s a new day for the City of Rayle after the city’s first new mayor in 16 years and a completely new group of councilmen were sworn in last Tuesday night.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Lake Park mayor warns against operating golf carts
Lake Park Mayor Eric Schindler warned residents that police are “looking for money,” and would fine anyone caught riding golf carts on streets.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Trucks Blamed For One Street's Deterioration
Officials and some residents worry about their new asphalt on Montgomery Street in Summerville.
Source: Summerville News

Water tap fees could be split up
Gray’s Water and Sewer Committee members met to look at several issues with the city’s utilities, including one issue that could potentially lower the cost of a new home.
Source: Jones County News

Broadband improves economic growth and public safety
Do you want to experience economic growth? Then live in a community that offers high-speed Internet.
Source: Donalsonville News

Mayor Jerry Chapman Retires
On Tuesday December 22nd, the City of Colquitt hosted a retirement reception in honor of Mayor Jerry M. Chapman.
Source: Miller County Liberal

Public outcry leads to gym revamp
Patterson’s old gym may, or may not, classify as “historic,” but it is certainly high in value when it comes to community sentiment.
Source: Blackshear Times

Rec. Authority to purchase additional six acres at Bill Reynolds
In addition to buying 21-acres of land near the Bill Reynolds Sports Complex last month, the Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreation Authority added another piece of real estate to that purchase at a special called meeting Monday evening.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Decision time for Peachtree City Council: Rent high-speed cable or borrow, build it
Municipal broadband will be back on the Peachtree City Council agenda on Feb. 4. The council will consider moving ahead with having the city finance the project or contracting with Newnan-based NuLink to provide broadband service to city facilities.
Source: Fayette Citizen

‘Young folks, we want you’ – Downtown, millennials focus of new year in Fayetteville
Fayetteville’s leaders are looking to make the city a place where current students want to live after they finish college.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Richmond Hill coucil member receives training certificate
Richmond Hill Councilmember Jan Bass received a Certificate of Recognition from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 24.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City warned of plans to drill for oil off coast
A recent three-hour Hinesville City Council meeting consisted of a number of presentations and two executive sessions. The first presentation was by Alice Keyes, associate director of One Hundred Miles, a coastal Georgia advocacy group, who presented information on two active proposals from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for exploration of fossil fuel off the coast of Georgia as well as leasing for that land.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Rockmart receives GMA fire grant funds
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) has announced the City of Rockmart has received a Safety Grant check totaling $5,129.80.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Police chief asks for take-home cars
A committee of Jackson City Council members is weighing whether to resume the practice of allowing city police officers to take their patrol cars home at the end of their shifts.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Decatur’s new mayor talks pushing legislation an overhauling city plans for 2016
With the new year, newly elected mayor Patti Garrett is looking at ways for Decatur to continue being a well-run city that offers residents a specific quality of life through existing services and a willingness to try new things.
Source: Neighbor News

Mayor, commissioners say public farewells to retiring county manager Reddish
Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commissioners, and one former commissioner, said their public farewells to long-time county manager Alan Reddish on Tuesday evening at City Hall, Reddish’s last commission meeting before he closes out his career on Friday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Decatur not pursuing annexation this year
The city of Decatur released a statement Wednesday saying it will not pursue “adoption of House Bill 663 by the Georgia Senate during the 2016 session.” This is Decatur’s annexation bill that passed the House last year before dying in the Senate.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Stonecrest proposal advances
A proposal to create a city of Stonecrest along Interstate 20 is moving forward after a Georgia House of Representatives committee gave its unanimous approval Wednesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hogansville to sell police K9
The Hogansville Police Department will sell its only K9 after losing its second handler within a year.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Road plan dominates LaGrange mayor’s town hall meeting
Attendees of Mayor Jim Thornton’s second of four town hall meetings Tuesday wasted no time getting to their point.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

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