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Midtown Inc. wins $200,000 Knight Challenge grant
Midtown Inc. and its executive director, Anne King, are one of 32 winners nationwide of a Knight Cities Challenge grant, the Knight Foundation announced Monday. King’s submitted idea, called Minimum Grid: Maximum Impact, calls for designing “an interconnnected system or pedestrian, bicycle and tranasit connections within and between Columbus’ core community of Midtown and Uptown,” according to a release from Midtown.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Milledgeville wins Best Ideas Competition
The Milledgeville-Baldwin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Milledgeville Main Street recently received a win at the GACVB Winter Meeting Best Ideas Competition.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City officials discuss special election for mayor
A special election to fill the unexpired term of former Milledgeville Mayor Richard A. Bentley is now officially set for Tuesday, June 16 at city hall.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Officials highlight accomplishments during chamber’s One Walker gathering
Providing a wide range of services, improving the quality of life and creating an business-friendly atmosphere — those were notions described by LaFayette’s mayor and the county’s commissioner during the Walker County Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting.
Source: Catoosa County News

Chickamauga goes digital with new sign
Residents and tourists passing through historic Chickamauga may have noticed a new LED sign in front of Chickamauga city hall.
Source: Catoosa County News

Mayor to present proposed $265 million budget
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will present a fiscal 2016 city budget of approximately $265 million to Columbus Council Tuesday morning. “This is going to be another tough budget year, obviously,” Tomlinson said.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Cartersville DDA manager resigns
After two and a half years serving as the manager of the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority, Tara Currier is bidding farewell, effective April 8.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome CVB: ‘Kingmakers’ impact tops $1 million; TV pilot also boosts Floyd County as camera-ready community
As shooting of the “The Kingmakers” is winding down, local tourism officials are examining the effects of having a major television production film in Rome and Floyd County.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome Community Development reviews block grant program; nearly 150 homes fixed since 2007
Some of the Rome Community Development Department’s most meaningful work takes place out of public view, officials say, but it enriches the lives of those who need it most.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Canton calls for Heritage Park designers
As it embarks in the beginning stages of a new park, the city of Canton wants input from some of its youngest residents who will be the primary visitors of the active park.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City Commission asks for spot on tennis committee, hears progress report on joint recreation agreement
The Rome City Commission is seeking up to two seats on the Tennis Center of Georgia steering committee. Mayor Jamie Doss asked City Manager Sammy Rich to make the arrangements during the board’s daylong retreat Monday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Woodstock denies billboard appeal
The Woodstock City Council denied a sign variance appeal following a brief executive session at its meeting Monday night.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Hampton officials approve quarterly electric rate increase
A quarterly electric rate increase was approved by city council Tuesday after a decision was delayed for two meetings.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Remembering the Square of yesteryear
Some of Marietta’s most recognizable names — Goldstein, Walker, Dunaway, Cox, Leiter, Coppedge and Galt — gathered at the Marietta Museum of History to talk about the Marietta Square.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Majority of Marietta city council favors term limit referendum
After nearly a month-long debate among city officials, residents of Marietta may have a chance to voice their opinions over term limits at the polls — to the majority of the council’s satisfaction.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Historic Board of Review passes Councilman Goldstein's Square brewpub design
A divided city board on Monday approved Councilman Philip Goldstein’s design for a three-story brewpub on Marietta Square.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City seeks public review of block grant plan
The city of Valdosta is seeking public review of the municipality’s consolidated plan for the Community Development Block Grant program.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Students present park improvements to council members
Thomasville City Council members Jay Flowers and Don Sims played host recently to a group of promising young minds in City Council Chambers.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Tourism important for Albany, Dougherty County
As tourism continues to be an important part of the economy of Albany and Dougherty County, the Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is hosting various events to help spur economic impact.
Source: Albany Herald

City finds buyer for Waters Avenue shopping center
After rejecting proposals twice since the property was put up for sales two years ago, city staffers say they have found a potential buyer with an acceptable plan for the Waters Avenue shopping center.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah's Uber ordinance garnering feedback
Owning a meat cleaver doesn’t give you the right to operate a home-based butcher shop. Regulations attempt to make sure your rib eye isn’t marinated with E. coli. So having your own car shouldn’t be enough to operate a commercial transportation service.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Courthouse complex presents long-range problems for Savannah's urban fabric
Over the years, I’ve written many columns about the role of public policy in good urban planning and design.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Landscaping work to beautify city square
The city of Jackson is sprucing up the square this spring. City officials say plans include installing nearly 50 hanging baskets containing colorful annuals and vines on lamp posts around the square.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Athens-Clarke backyard chicken ordinance ready for review
Athens-Clarke County planners didn’t chicken out in scratching together a proposed ordinance on backyard chickens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

OCA announces Neighborhood Arts Grant recipients
We all love our neighborhoods. By donating money to eleven of Atlanta’s finest, the City is showing that apparently they do too.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta expansion unlikely to happen this year
A bold expansion of two Atlanta borders — encompassing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emory University and a chunk of south Fulton County — isn’t advancing among state legislators this year even as more neighborhoods show interest in joining the city’s ranks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

For new APD officers, it’s about serving, and doing the right thing
Why would anyone become a cop these days? It’s not an unreasonable question. Their motto is “To protect and serve,” and a lot of people have believed in that, even if events and revelations over the years showed they weren’t perfect.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale reacts to a rarity: an ethics complaint
If ethics complaints in DeKalb County seem as common as sweet tea in summer, that is not true of Avondale Estates, the county’s second smallest city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Macon-Bibb to mull retirement incentives Tuesday
Mayor Robert Reichert’s administration wants 200 Macon-Bibb County employees to choose retirement by the June 30 end of the fiscal year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Council looks at improving parks repair, upkeep
LaGrange City Council members said that many of the city’s smaller parks have fallen into disrepair and have been neglected by the county, which is responsible for upkeep and maintenance of all parks.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Decatur annexation plan heads for the Senate
Decatur’s annexation master plan passed through the House Friday afternoon and was transferred to the Senate, with only two remaining legislative sessions Tuesday and Thursday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Public health debate over fluoride rages on in Lyerly, Ga.
Outside Sam's Family Grocery last week, a group of men in ball caps, big beards and overalls contemplated the intersection of scientific evidence and public opinion.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

VSU, City of Valdosta tackle Project Pigeon and train firefighters in the process
An unremitting battle against pigeon guano, or excrement, led to a unique partnership between Valdosta State University (VSU) and the City of Valdosta.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Tifton’s downtown area is moving and shaking
A lot of development is happening in downtown Tifton, says Lequrica Gaskins, economic development director for the city of Tifton.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Downtown questionnaire indicates support for menu boards
Results of a sign survey conducted in downtown Thomasville in February and early March show 95 percent of residents think menu board-style signs are beneficial to local businesses.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Albany City Clerk Sonja Tolbert named president of state organization
Sonja Tolbert downplays her February ascension to the presidency of the Georgia Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association, the almost-400-member statewide organization founded in 1956 to enhance the training of municipal clerks.
Source: Albany Herald

Harris, Frantom reminding District 7 voters to exercise right in April 14 runoff
Advance voting and voting by mail in the District 7 Augusta Commission special election runoff starts Monday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

A tale of two (really hacked off) cities
They say watching legislation grind through the process is like witnessing sausage being made. If so, a spectator to the bills to create LaVista Hills and the city of Tucker would see mystery meat on the table, entrails on the floor and bottles labeled Suspicion and Conjecture in the spice rack.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

As public meetings end on imposing stormwater utility fees; some questions remain unanswered
Residents seeking a guarantee Augusta’s stormwater fee will fix their drainage issues can be fairly sure of one thing: The fee will pay people.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

GRAD tracts expected to make economical impact on Statham
The Athens to Atlanta corridor of Georgia Highway 316 is having an impact on Statham.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Savannah reopening Coffee Bluff Marina
City of Savannah officials announced Friday that the Coffee Bluff Marina will reopen today after it was closed March 16 because of a payment dispute with the former operator.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Thomaston paying part of new 911 equipment
The Thomaston City Council approved paying a portion of the costs for new 911 equipment for the 911 center.
Source: Thomaston Times

Macon-Bibb UDA approves $14 million in bonds for blight
The Macon-Bibb County Urban Development Authority has approved a bond resolution for $14 million that would go toward blight initiatives.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb P&Z votes for 60-day moratorium on Payne City
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission voted 4-0 Friday morning to impose a 60-day moratorium on issuing zoning permits in Payne City.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb cleans up on court fines during amnesty
Court officials got a surprise from results of the amnesty’s first seven weeks: They collected more per month in reduced fines than they had in the previous month with additional penalties attached.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City considers roundabouts to ease traffic
City officials believe that installing single-lane roundabouts at two of LaGrange’s busiest intersections would help the flow of traffic.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Grovetown deputies offer parking lots for Craigslist transactions
The Grovetown Department of Public Safety is encouraging Craigslist buyers to use public safety parking lots to complete transactions.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Beltline bill passes Georgia House
The Georgia House of Representatives approved legislation Friday that supporters say could help speed up completion of the Atlanta Beltline.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Georgia House defeats bill preventing plastic bag bans
A bill meant to keep Athens-Clarke County and other local governments from banning plastic bags failed in the state House on Friday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Committee explores funding options for downtown Athens projects
Maybe a TAD/TIF. Probably some SPLOST. Possibly a CID. That’s the alphabet soup of development funding options and incentives that the Downtown 2030 Implementation Committee must soon sort through.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

State lawmakers to review city creation process
Georgia legislators are forming study committees that aims to clarify how the state should handle future cityhood, annexation and deannexation proposals.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

LaGrange considers costs of curbside recycling
LaGrange City Council members discussed a plan during Tuesday’s Council retreat that would implement a curbside recycling service for city residents.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Reed withdraws Atlanta’s support for Nobel summit
An international peace summit that’s expected to draw Nobel Peace Prize recipients from around the globe to Atlanta in November will have to take place without the support of the city, officials said.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Inaugural Brookhaven event this weekend
This weekend, Brookhaven residents can enjoy the start of spring at the city’s inaugural Cherry Blossom Festival. "Council members were thinking of different ways to brand our city and have a signature look and we all loved the cherry tree and what it represents, including peace, harmony and a diverse, international community,” said Councilwoman Rebecca Chase Williams, who is also an organizer of the event.
Source: Neighbor News

College Park candidates talk runoff plans for April 14
Voters in College Park will return to the polls April 14 to decide who will fill the unexpired term of late Ward 4 City Councilman Charles E. Phillips Sr., who died Nov. 4.
Source: Neighbor News

Sandy Springs to host public safety comment session
The Sandy Springs Police Department will host a team of law enforcement professionals from around the country who will assess all aspects of the department’s police operations and management.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

General Lafayette celebration underway
Milledgeville residents are preparing for a daylong celebration honoring the 190th anniversary of General Lafayette's 1825 visit to the city.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Brookhaven celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting
March 20 is Arbor Day in Georgia, and Brookhaven officials celebrated by transplanting a tree in Blackburn Park.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Albany town hall meeting on community services
Jon Howard, Ward I City Commissioner, is presenting information on Saturday to inform the Albany community of programs to help low- to moderate-income residents with home repairs and community services.
Source: Albany Herald

South Fulton bill may get Senate vote Tuesday
The Georgia Senate is expected to consider a bill Tuesday that could create a new City of South Fulton.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Norcross Partners With Georgia Tech To Study Immigrant Population
The city of Norcross is partnering with Georgia Tech to study the city’s growing immigrant population.
Source: WABE

Two big items on Ellijay council’s agenda fail to move
The house was packed, pro and con, around two items the Ellijay City Council was regarding for the north end of town. But in the end, nothing happened with either measure. Some were glad, but most were not.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

City vote paves way for Steak ‘n Shake
City council members are ready for a Steak ‘n Shake. The rezoning request that would pave the way for the new Dahlonega eatery required no discussion before the measure was approved unanimously last Thursday.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Dog park plan gives Council pause
Dahlonega dog owners may have to look elsewhere for an off-the-leash oasis after canine park proponents were met with a lukewarm reception from city officials Thursday afternoon.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Milton imposes city-wide moratorium
Monday night Milton's elected officials passed an emergency moratorium on land disturbance permits across the city to hold the status quo while they consider a conservation subdivision ordinance.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Tybee officials consider draft of beach smoking ban
Tybee Island officials on Thursday took a first look at a pair of proposals designed to clean up the city’s beaches.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Whitby: Macon-Bibb needs to ‘reimagine our community’
A meeting of some of Macon-Bibb County’s key civic leaders on Thursday reached a tentative consensus: It’s time for more unity and cooperation to “reimagine” the community. That’s the word chosen by Cliffard Whitby, chairman of the Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City OKs reprieve for Haisten building
Griffin granted a reprieve for the former Haisten building at 522 Meriwether St.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Rural residents question stormwater fee
Wary of downtown Augusta’s tendency to spend their tax dollars somewhere else, a rural south Richmond County community didn’t warm Thursday to the prospect of paying an additional monthly fee for stormwater management.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Mayor pushes youth to learn and earn this summer
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is joining forces with Augusta Partnership for Children and the CSRA Regional Commission to connect youth, ages 16 to 21, with summer jobs.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Planned airport terminal becomes chicken-or-egg issue
Six months after Athens lost its scheduled commercial air service from Athens-Ben Epps Airport, Athens-Clarke County commissioners must vote on whether to proceed with the seemingly illogical plan for construction of a new commercial terminal at the airport.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Brookhaven's New Mascot Is A Big, Green Bird Wearing A Bowtie
Brookhaven's newest tourism booster is in the form of a big, green bird. His name is Brook, and he likes to wear a pink bowtie.
Source: WABE

Resident raises dog safety concerns
A LaGrange resident plead with city officials at Tuesday’s LaGrange City Council meeting to enact a law in the city prohibiting pet owners from leaving dogs unattended on a leash.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Drive for Forsyth city moves ahead
The drive to establish another city in Forsyth County has taken a major step forward.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock could tighten “smoke shop” regs
The city of Woodstock is looking at potentially tightening regulation on tobacco shops which have been a bone of contention for law enforcement and other government officials in the past.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Macon-Bibb E-911 Center named best in the state
The Macon-Bibb County E-911 Center has been named 911 Center of the Year. The award was presented earlier this month during the Georgia Emergency Communications Conference in Athens.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Officials eye improved safety with new cameras
More than two dozen police and housing authority officials trained Wednesday to use a new, state-of-the-art camera system that records nearly all of the grounds of the authority’s two complexes.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Historic Harlem house to be razed for new library
A historic home in downtown Harlem will be demolished to make way for a new library. City officials decided at Monday’s monthly meeting to raze the Wilson-Hoyle House at 145 N. Louisville St.
Source: Columbia County News Times

LaFayette to receive new patrol vehicle after recent accident
The city of LaFayette decided at a special called meeting to purchase a Dodge Charger police patrol vehicle to replace the patrol car recently involved in a collision in which an officer careened into the back of a logging truck.
Source: Catoosa County News

Town Green fountain to resume daily schedule next week
Children and adults will soon be able to cool off again by the banks of the Oostanaula in downtown Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Garner wants $1,000 litter fine
Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner said Wednesday he will seek an ordinance to impose a $1,000 fine against anybody caught littering in the city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

McDonough representatives reconsider water, sewer services in county agreement
City Administrator Keith Dickerson explained why the city has been hesitant in signing the Service Delivery Strategy with the county, an agreement that all four cities have to sign on to.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Deputy City Manager Arrington retiring from post
Deputy City Manager David Arrington has turned in his retirement papers and his last day with the Consolidated Government will be next Tuesday, he confirmed tonight. y
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia lawmakers considering pair of Lawrenceville-related bills
The sun may be rising on a new source of authority in Lawrenceville. The state Senate passed a bill this week to create a Lawrenceville Building Authority that would develop properties in the city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross hosts day of service
The city of Norcross is hosting a community-wide day of service on Saturday, March 28 including three seperate recycling related events.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Downtown Duluth gets new face from Main Street improvements
Anyone who walks the short stretch of Main Street between city hall and Duluth Highway can’t avoid seeing orange construction barrels. The city is in the midst of the first phase of its Main Street improvement project, where old sidewalks are being torn out and replaced with new, wider sidewalks and new landscaping.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Term limits referendum moves forward in Marietta
During the city’s Judicial/Legislative Committee meeting, the committee voted to move forward on Mayor Steve Tumlin’s proposal to ask voters if the city charter should be amended to impose term limits on future mayors and City Council members.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Pembroke PD opens new substation
The Pembroke Police Department celebrated the opening of a new substation Tuesday at Miller Village.
Source: Bryan County News

Is Jefferson tax hike looming?
Jefferson leaders are considering a tax hike to pay for higher employee salaries and other items.
Source: Jackson County News

Albany City Commission delays vote on proposed sign ordinance changes
When it became apparent they’d stirred up more questions with their discussion than they had provided answers, the Albany city commissioners voted to table proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance at its business meeting Tuesday night.
Source: Albany Herald

Ludowici Council modifies code
Ludowici City Council modified the city’s land development code at its March 10 meeting and learned the following week that a requested easement for the proposed McDonald’s/Flash Foods had been approved.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Newnan: Filming has nice ‘Rings’ to it
In April, the upcoming prequel to the 2002 horror movie “The Ring” will be filming some of its scenes in Newnan. Lane Steffler, a location scout with Paramount Pictures, made the request at the regular Newnan City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah-Chatham public school officials, city talk potential partnership
Savannah-Chatham public school officials want to build a $7 million auditorium at Garrison Arts K8 School, but they only have $3.2 million in education sales tax revenue available.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee Mayor announces bid for re-election
Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman has announced he will seek a fifth term at the city’s helm.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pembroke police show off new substation
The Pembroke Police Department and the city of Pembroke marked the opening of their police substation located in Miller Village with an open house March 24.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Aragon puts Sunday sales on ballot a third time
Voters in the City of Aragon will get to decide whether they want Sunday sales of alcohol within the city limits during the coming November elections for a third time in as many years.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Biz builder workshops returning to Cedartown starting March 30
Providing budding entrepreneurs with tools for success will be the highlight of two free business workshops that will take place at Cedartown City Hall.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Zoning officials to consider moratorium on Payne City permits
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a called meeting for Friday to consider a temporary moratorium on issuing zoning permits in Payne City.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Byron works on transition of tenants in old school house
The City Council is looking ahead to try to smooth out a future transition between tenants of the city’s old schoolhouse.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Local leaders talk area growth
The elected leaders of Augusta-Richmond County, Columbia County and North Augusta reflected on growth Wednesday during Leadership Augusta’s “State of the Region” luncheon.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

City unveils Masters traffic plan
This year’s Masters traffic plan will look familiar to Augustans and many tournament visitors.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta deputy administrator picks named
Two career government managers who left for a few years for work in the private sector are rejoining local government to serve at the side of Augusta Administrator Janice Allen Jackson.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

'Creative place-making' is goal of Athens arts grants
Heating, lighting and seating — that’s the shorthand for this year’s round of projects set to be funded with Arts in Community grants from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, the volunteer agency that administers Athens-Clarke County’s public art program.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Downtown development agency asks for increased share of parking revenue
Athens-Clarke County commissioners are set to consider increasing the share of downtown parking revenue that goes to the Athens Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Woodstock approves sidewalk cafe plan
Woodstock eateries can now operate sidewalk cafes as part of their businesses, subject to certain restrictions.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta joins biking initiative
Mayor Kasim Reed announced recently that the City of Atlanta has joined the Mayor’s Summit for Safer People and Safer Streets.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Border conflict puts cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker in doubt
The state Senate approved bills Wednesday that alter the borders of the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker, setting up a clash with the House of Representatives that could jeopardize both measures’ chances of passing.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council talks hotel plans, traffic
The LaGrange City Council held its annual retreat at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center on Tuesday, touring Carrollton’s downtown, which includes an outdoor amphitheater and downtown hotel.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

City of Stonecrest clears Senate
The Georgia Senate has approved a bill that could lead to the creation of a city of Stonecrest in South DeKalb.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City to change confusing Bankhead trail crossing light
When the city of Carrollton needed a signal to stop vehicular traffic on Bankhead Highway for GreenBelt pedestrian traffic, its engineers chose a system specially designed for trail crossings.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson: 'Ferguson effect' should serve as a mirror for police departments
“The Ferguson effect will be with us a long time and probably, that’s as it should be.” This is what Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told local ministers who attended the Conyers Police Department’s first night of the Clergy Police Academy on Monday.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

City Council discuss special mayoral election
During a called City Council work session Thursday afternoon, Milledgeville City Council officials discussed issues and concerns regarding a mayoral special election before the resolution is presented at the next city council meeting.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City reviewing role of appointed committees
Fourteen different boards, authorities, committees and commissions in St. Marys perform a variety of services designed to help elected officials make better decisions.
Source: Brunswick News

Riverdale hires Sylvia Vaughn as new city clerk
Riverdale has a new city clerk. Council appointed Sylvia Vaughn as the city’s new clerk during a special called meeting Wednesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Riverdale mayor, council honor youth basketball All-Stars Saturday Award Winners
Riverdale’s mayor and council recognized 17 of the city’s most talented basketball youths Monday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Atlanta Regional Commission to recognize Gwinnett innovators Wednesday
The Red Clay Music Foundry, the City of Duluth and Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services were announced Tuesday as recipients of two of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s CREATE Community Local Government Awards. T
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville council warms up to church’s plans for shopping center
The Snellville City Council on Monday night agreed to allow Vineyard Chapel International’s plans to open in the Fountain Square Shopping Center.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Suwanee approves special permit for pet boarding facility
The Suwanee City Council on Tuesday approved a permit that will allow a pet boarding facility to construct an outdoor walking/running area for dogs.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City modifies ordinance
City commissioners here approved changing the city's alcohol ordinance — hours of operation to enable area night clubs to stay open for business longer.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Council discusses ‘getting back to basics’ at retreat
This past weekend, the Bainbridge City Council and city department heads discussed “getting back to basics” at the council’s annual retreat at Lake Blackshear in Cordele
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Newnan discusses changes to zoning ordinance
The city of Newnan is planning to update its zoning ordinance this year, and on Tuesday, the city council met with representatives of Amec Foster Wheeler to discuss the new ordinance’s targets and objectives.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Filming for prequel to ‘The Ring’ in works
While downtown Grantville remains on the market, its appeal as a movie set remains in demand.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Growth on Pooler's Nordic Way prompts improvements
Officials in Pooler are keeping a close watch on growth in an area of the city where industry is beginning to put stress on the infrastructure.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Proposed 122-foot cell tower in Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood moves forward
A 122-foot wireless transmission tower proposed for 57th Street in the Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood is likely to move forward after a judge overturned the city’s attempts to block the structure.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Al Rollins playground to come down
Built some 25 years ago, the playground at Al Rollins Park remains one of the most popular features there, so popular that people keep tearing down tape and removing barriers to get into it.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Third time may be charm for planned Athens student housing complex
The third time may be the charm for the student housing arm of a Chicago-based real estate development firm planning a mixed-use residential and commercial complex for a tract on East Dougherty Street in downtown Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Rockmart first responders honored at breakfast
Organizers of a special breakfast honoring first responders in Rockmart believe each of these individuals is often taken for granted by the community.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb endorses Mercer land swap, selling Coliseum naming rights
Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted 4-0 in committee Tuesday to approve a land swap with Mercer University, setting the stage for a full commission vote early next month.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Harlem firefighter Chuck Meadows 'more than likely' to accept offer to fill vacant police chief position
Harlem leaders offered the city’s police chief position to one of their own at Monday’s meeting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Tobacco Road package store liquor license application returns for third time for commission approval
Round 3 of a Tobacco Road standoff between a package store owner and her prospective Hephzibah neighbors goes before the Augusta Commission Wednesday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Greenway group could seek development restrictions on Athens river corridors
The Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission is at least considering the pursuit of a zoning overlay zone to set land-use and development standards along the Middle Oconee and North Oconee rivers.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Winder planning events for Georgia Cities Week
The city of Winder plans to participate in Georgia Cities Week April 19–25. The city plans to host a variety of events throughout the week, including a photo and art contest, Public Safety Day, an Earth Day Celebration and a free concert.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Roswell changes alcohol ordinance
Patrons of bars and restaurants in Roswell’s core area can now carry open containers of alcohol in public as they hopscotch from one place to another.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

GDOT tells Avondale to revise road diet
The Georgia Department of Transportation has added restrictions to Avondale Estates’ plan for a road diet, or cutting U.S. 278 from five to three lanes from Ashton Place to Sams Crossing.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Decatur Terrace neighborhood removed from Avondale map
State Representative Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, read three local annexation bills Monday, including a portion of Decatur and all of Avondale Estates. Each passed through the policy committee, and now need 9 of 16 signatures from DeKalb delegates to reach the House.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gosdin Wins City of Ephesus Council Seat
The City of Ephesus held a Special Election on March 17, 2015 for the replacement of Ephesus City Council Member Wayne Prince.
Source: Heard Citizen

City hosts e-recycling event April 11
The City of Valdosta Public Works Department, in partnership with Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB) and Atlanta Recycling Solutions, will host a Spring Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Mathis Auditorium parking lot, at 2300 North Ashley Street.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Albany bridge, underpass projects near completion
If, as expected, the Albany City Commission votes tonight to approve just short of $100,000 in SPLOST V funding for lead-based paint removal and repainting of the East Broad Avenue Underpass, the project will take a big step toward a completion date that will coincide — or beat — the state’s planned reopening of the Broad Avenue bridge downtown.
Source: Albany Herald

All city departments at or under budget
At the March 17 Cumming City Council meeting, a 2014 audit presentation concluded all of the city’s departments came in under budget.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Forsyth approves IGAs with Johns Creek
After months of deliberating, Forsyth County and the city of Johns Creek finally reached an agreement March 19 on three separate intergovernmental agreements (IGAs).
Source: NorthFulton.com

Butts County commissioner urges study of government consolidation
Butts County commissioners could discuss with city leaders the idea of consolidating city and county governments at an upcoming workshop.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Augusta transit director interviews begin
Augusta commissioners and city staff started interviews Monday for the position of transit director.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Decision delayed to rezone south Bibb property for rail spur to fuel storage facility
A decision by zoning officials to rezone about 50 acres for a rail spur to a fuel storage facility was deferred for two weeks.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Payne City plant seeks permit as city dissolves
Georgia will lose a city in the coming weeks, as the roughly 200-resident Payne City officially dissolves into Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Restrictions on elected officials’ spending stall
An effort to crack down on elected officials’ abuse of government charge cards has stalled in the state Senate amid concerns that the legislation was overly broad.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City to vote on Haisten agreement
The City of Griffin Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote an agreement — a memorandum of understanding — related to the former city hospital and funeral home at 522 Meriwether St., commonly referred to as the Haisten building.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Mayor names finalist for city manager post
Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn announced this week that interim city manager Pam Conner is the sole finalist to take over the position permanently.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Jonesboro breaks ground for new Streetscape project
Mayor Joy Day and members of City Council kicked off the Streetscape Phase II Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Negotiations continue on Lee Street Park renovations
Visions for Lee Street Park include 8-foot-wide concrete sidewalks, an amphitheater with restrooms and concession stand, a smaller side stage, traditional street lighting like on Main Street and modern lighting within the park.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Radio Station Gets Council’s Approval
There may be a new FM radio station coming to Buckhead. The Buckhead Town Council Monday agreed to write a letter of support for Craig Baker, the current owner of WYTH radio in Madison, to receive a FM signal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Buckhead to get tough on delinquent water customers
The Town of Buckhead Council Monday voted unanimously to get tough on delinquent water customers. Currently, according to Cheryl Saffold, town clerk, the water department allows more than 60 days, two billing cycles, for customers to pay.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

New Speed bumps coming to downtown Buckhead
There will be three new speed bumps coming to downtown Buckhead soon. At the regular Monday night meeting of the Buckhead Town Council, Buckhead Mayor Ricky Walker said the town had reached an agreement with Morgan County to have the speed bumps placed.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Adairsville council ponders the future Featured
Adairsville’s city council and mayor spent the better part of Saturday holed up in a retreat at the Colonnade Center in Ringgold discussing their vision of the city’s future. And the picture was pretty clear: Growth is coming to Adairsville in a big way and we better be ready for it.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Conyers City Council takes another look at outdoor utility trailer displays
In an effort to compromise and accommodate the needs of a “good member of the community,” the Conyers City Council Wednesday revisited the question of how heavy equipment can be displayed outside business buildings in the Gateway Village zoning district.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Not sitting idly by: Ride-along with Mayor Jerry Roseberry
The city of Oxford’s beginnings represent a rare example of city planning. According to an entry in the commemorative book issued in December at the city’s 175th anniversary celebration, the town and college were designed on an engineer’s drawing board. City planners envisioned “a place set apart, pervaded by an atmosphere of culture and science.”
Source: Newton Citizen

State gives green light for Covington Highway 278 CID
Friday was victory day for the city of Covington as the U.S. Highway 278 Community Improvement District was approved by the state House of Representatives, thereby passing in both houses of the Georgia General Assembly.
Source: Newton Citizen

Council to decide on billboard appeal
The Woodstock City Council is expected to make a decision on a sign variance appeal following an executive session at its meeting Monday night, after postponing the vote at its March 9 meeting.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Auburn council to look into ways to reduce the impact of flooding
Even on a days when the rainfall amount isn’t large there are areas of Auburn experiencing flash flooding.
Source: Barrow County News

Where have all the voters gone? Local officials are puzzled
Voter turnout seems to have bottomed out in Hall County.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon describes being under fire
In 30 years of law enforcement work, Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon’s closest call came last month.
Source: Gainesville Times

Development authority will split the bill for a study to develop former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property
The Rome-Floyd County Development Authority has agreed to pay half of the bill for a strategic development study of the former Northwest Regional Hospital property in West Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commission to get update on tennis center tonight
Word on the next step for the planned 70-plus court tennis facility is expected to come tonight at the Rome City Commission’s regular meeting.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Tour guides press ahead with speech lawsuit against Savannah
Months after a federal lawsuit prompted Savannah to revise a local law regulating guided tours, Dan Leger remains determined to press ahead with the case in court.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Armstrong, Garden City officers bring 'Fair and Impartial Policing' program to Savannah
It’s no secret police and the general public don’t always see eye to eye. Still, says Garden City Police Chief David Lyons, law enforcement doesn’t want to clash with residents.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Brookhaven addresses tree ordinance concerns
Balancing new development while preserving trees can be a difficult task, but Brookhaven officials are trying to do that through a tree ordinance.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Pooler sets 3-month moratorium on sign permits
The city of Pooler has set a three-month moratorium on issuing sign permits.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Possible conflict sparks tension on Historic District Board of Review
In a city the size of Savannah — where professional and personal paths often intersect — appointed boards frequently encounter potential conflicts of interest, requiring members of these bodies to recuse themselves or state for the record their relationship to the petitioner.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City council could take up new zoning law in April
Dalton City Council members could vote on a new unified zoning law at one of their April meetings, says Mayor Dennis Mock.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Decision on new Harlem public safety chief expected soon
Harlem’s lengthy search to fill its vacant director of public safety position is expected to end this week, city officials said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Family wants city to move ancestors' portraits from cemetery
Descendants of Nicolas de l’Aigle, a wealthy French immigrant who founded the region’s first brickyard in 1808 and deeded Augusta the land for Magnolia Cemetery in 1818, are asking the city’s permission to move several of their ancestors’ portraits to a new location.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

State legislative proposal could affect Athens-Clarke effort to boost taxi regulation
Exactly how Athens-Clarke County commissioners might decide to increase regulation of local taxi companies will depend in some measure on the eventual fate of a bill now moving through the state Legislature, a commission committee recently learned.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City to ask to raise hotel/motel tax to 8 percent
At a called meeting Tuesday morning, the City of Griffin Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution calling for enactment of a local act by the General Assembly to raise the hotel/motel tax to 8 percent.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Athens-Clarke to review ordinance on sidewalk dining
Restaurants and other businesses outside of downtown Athens that have informally been using public rights of way to offer outdoor seating options for patrons would face some regulation of that activity under a revamped sidewalk café ordinance now making its way through the Athens-Clarke County Commission.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Election sways Drenner: Avondale to get sponsor
Pro-annexation candidate Jonathan Elmore’s convincing 139-vote victory over Jim Hutchens in last Tuesday’s Avondale Estates mayoral race finally gets the city a sponsor for its annexation master plan.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur gets sponsor for partial annexation
State Representative Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates told the AJC Friday she will sponsor a portion of Decatur’s annexation master plan, with hopes of submitting the bill early next week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hogansville to be featured in film
Hogansville will soon be featured in an Environmental Protection Agency film project detailing the city’s success in drought response and prevention.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Tybee City Council considers freeze on tax penalties
Officials on Tybee Island are working to put standards in place for vacation rental owners accused of not paying their accommodations taxes to appeal penalties or otherwise pay them off.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Doors open at new Macon-Bibb animal shelter
The new Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare Center is officially open.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Griffin to host Main Street Mobile Tour
The City of Griffin has been chosen to host a Mobile Tour during the 2015 National Main Street Conference to be held in Atlanta March 29 to April 2.
Source: Griffin Daily News

New Grovetown K-9 gets arrest in first week
K-9 Roscoe trained four months before officially joining the Grovetown Police Depart­ment. It took him four days to be called into action.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

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