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Officers get certified for bike patrols
More than a dozen Gainesville Police officers went through bike patrol certification last week.
Source: Gainesville Times

Final public hearing on city comprehensive plan Tuesday
Tuesday, the Bainbridge City Council will hold a final public hearing for the 2015 update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Tracy Taylor to challenge incumbent Mayor Dorothy Hubbard
Tracy Taylor grows more animated, more passionate as he talks.
Source: Albany Herald

Emerson council allows permit extension
A petitioner for a conditional use permit extension in Emerson got his way, but not before getting a stern lecture about following the rules.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Chambers offers Thrower a little friendly advice
Milledgeville Alderman Steve Chambers offered a little friendly advice to Gary Thrower, the city’s new mayor, before he was officially sworn into office Thursday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Covington Police Department accepting applications for third Citizens Academy
Those who are interested in learning more about the work of local law enforcement have an opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at the Covington Police Department.
Source: Newton Citizen

City approves 31 percent tax rate increase
After no citizens spoke out about a 31.32 percent tax rate, the Douglasville City Council voted at a called meeting to raise the city’s millage rate to 7.338 mills.
Source: Dodge County News

JWSC to present proposed master plan
The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission Master Plan update will be presented during a public meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 1703 Gloucester St.
Source: Brunswick News

Tree trunks turned into art
In a city with lots of older trees like St. Marys, many die every day from storm damage, disease or old age.
Source: Brunswick News

Local Government 101: A clearer understanding
In conversation, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard mentions a matter that’s become quite commonplace among government leaders in the community.
Source: Albany Herald

Last group of candidates interview for Euharlee job
The Euharlee mayor and city council met at city hall Wednesday for the second round of interviews for the city manager’s position, but there wasn’t a candidate to be found.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

The check is not in the mail: Only Rome City Schools receives sales tax revenue in July, all other locals get nothing
Local leaders now know they’re not getting their monthly sales tax payment from the state. The Department of Revenue last week divvied up the monthly take to cities and counties, leaving everyone but Rome City Schools without a penny.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Search begins for new Rome city water director after Leigh Ross' retirement
Rome officials say they’ll have a new water and sewer director on the job no later than October.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Marietta's Historic Preservation Commission to consider new district
Spurred by residents’ requests, Marietta’s Historic Preservation Commission wants the city to designate homes on Church and Cherokee streets as another historic district and has received approval to start the districting process.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Anti-crime push uses call-ins, care to target specific groups in Savannah
Ahead of this week’s arrival of a research team from John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s National Network for Safe Communities, its director, David Kennedy, talked to the Savannah Morning News about how his organization’s crime-reduction initiative is expected to curb shootings, robberies and drug sales in Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry leaders solving problems one street at a time
Residents here don’t always need to go to City Hall to have a word with the mayor and council. Sometimes they can find the city’s leaders wandering by on their streets.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Peachtree City PD wins award two years in a row
The Peachtree City Police Department has been selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the recipient of first-place honors in the National Law Enforcement Challenge for efforts in traffic safety during the 2014 calendar year.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Covington fire fighter leaving for higher calling
If you were to ask a room of firefighters why they chose their dangerous profession, the majority would give you the same answer: They were called to it.
Source: Covington News

New 'village' set for East Coweta
The Sharpsburg Town Council will hold a public hearing Aug. 3 to hear details of the Briarwood Village development proposal consisting of retail, office and residential on the east side of Ga. Highway 54 a short distance north of the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Ga. Highway 16.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Streetscape project in Gillsville nears completion
Gillsville's downtown area on Ga. Highway 52 has been getting a bit of a facelift this year, and the mayor of the small town in east Hall County said this past week it shouldn't be too much longer before the project is finished.
Source: Access North Georgia

Metro Atlanta seeks next wave of game-changers
For decades, metro Atlanta’s growth was a story of suburban sprawl, of turning raw tracts of what developers call “greenfield” — acres and acres of untouched forest — into the shopping centers, swim-tennis communities and burger drive-thrus that dominate the area landscape today.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City to vote on upping its pension benefits
The City Council is expected to vote on an ordinance at its Aug. 17 meeting that would increase pension benefits for elected officials in Powder Springs starting in September. Mayor Pat Vaughn said the change will cost the city $1,217 annually and said it was long overdue.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

New businesses on upswing in downtown Canton
With a handful of new businesses opening in the last year and more with plans to locate there, the city center is on track for a future of continued growth, city officials say.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Public hearing on trailer regulations set
Proposed changes to the city of Senoia’s ordinances that will forbid any temporary vending trailers in the historic district are on the agenda for Monday night’s City Council meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Recreation survey finds Augustans favor trails over sports fields
The big winners in a recent survey of recreation needs for residents weren’t basketball, playgrounds or other traditional Augusta recreation department offerings.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta officials continue to remove illegal signs
Five months after the Richmond County Sher­iff’s Office organized a two-day cleanup in partnership with the License and Inspec­tions Department, illegal signs are still being placed on street corners, public rights of way and telephone poles.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Alcohol sales, events center among talk at Hinesville City Council island retreat
Weekend alcohol sales and building a conference center were among the topics discussed Friday during Hinesville City Council’s retreat.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Chambers offers Thrower a little friendly advice
Milledgeville Alderman Steve Chambers offered a little friendly advice to Gary Thrower, the city’s new mayor, before he was officially sworn into office Thursday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Mayor, homeless advocates try to address feeding issues
As Columbus city leaders and local homeless advocates try to move public feedings of the poor from a downtown park into shelters, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson held a news conference Friday urging the community to unite in the effort.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Historic Columbus makes saving City Mills a signature project
The Historic Columbus Foundation has joined forces with a Columbus attorney to save two crumbling mill buildings on the Chattahoochee riverfront.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Forest Park police department goes bowling with kids to promote positive impact
Cops and kids bowled the night away together at Fun Bowl in Forest Park Tuesday. It was a celebration, 35 youths graduated from Forest Park Police Department’s Cadet Program.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Holly Springs city planners split on proposed Vaughn Road development
Holly Springs city planners were split Thursday on their decision as to whether a high-density neighborhood was the right fit for Vaughn Road.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Johns Creek releases local business map
The economic development arm for the city of Johns Creek has released an initial list and location map of local businesses owned and operated by Johns Creek residents.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Police Help Inner City Youths Learn To L.E.A.D.
Members of the Atlanta Police Department, or APD, and some of the youths in the metro area will play baseball at the Safe at Home game.
Source: WABE

Police to increase patrols along Savannah school routes
When children go back to school next week, their parents can expect to see a heavier police presence along walking routes in four Savannah neighborhoods.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Turin preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary
Turin will be celebrating its 125th birthday later this month.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Macon-Bibb County leaders to see how retirements will affect big picture
The effects of an extensive Macon-Bibb County retirement program will take a while to navigate after the deadline for employees to accept the package expired Friday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Hinesville council discusses staggered elections, Fort Stewart annexation
Staggering Hinesville City Council elections and annexing Fort Stewart’s cantonment area were among the topics discussed Thursday during a council retreat.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City Council to consider banning street solicitation
The Dalton City Council will hold a first reading Monday of an ordinance that could bar all street solicitation.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Former Grovetown public safety chief will run for mayor
Grovetown’s former chief of public safety hopes to be the city’s next mayor.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

FourAthens, Athens-Clarke officials struggle for deal on space for tech incubator
For reasons both fiscal and physical, an office and warehouse space owned by Athens-Clarke County in the eastern edge of downtown Athens likely won’t work as a permanent home for Athens-based technology incubator FourAthens, the nonprofit’s director said this week.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Mayor asks residents to support 2016 regatta on Lanier
Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan is asking residents to contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to show their support for the annual National Championship Rowing Regatta planned for Memorial Day weekend in 2016.
Source: Access North Georgia

Move over 2016, Atlanta’s focused on next mayor’s race
For months now, politicos have been abuzz over the election: Who’s running? How much money will be raised? Will a certain woman win? But they’re not talking about the 2016 presidential race. In Atlanta, political eyes are already turning to the mayoral contest more than two years away.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lynn Adams resigns from Clermont council
Clermont Town Councilwoman Lynn Adams has resigned as she and her husband are moving to Florida, Mayor James Nix said.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville to Hillcrest Avenue residents: Don’t block traffic
Hillcrest Avenue in Gainesville will not become a one-way street, for now, but residents will need to be careful not to block traffic when they park.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville, Hall seek big reimbursements for winter storm costs
Gainesville and Hall County are each pursuing hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal reimbursements for costs related to an ice storm in mid-February, which toppled trees, closed schools and knocked out power to thousands of residents.
Source: Gainesville Times

Wade McCrae running for Valdosta City Council
Bishop Wade McCrae, senior pastor at Union Cathedral, is running for the District 1 seat on the Valdosta City Council.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City combats illegal dumping
The City of Bainbridge is working to keep its streets and sidewalks beautiful.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Light Department linemen recognized by Albany Utility Board
The Albany Utility Board honored its Light Department line crew that has worked extended hours in dangerous conditions during the recent spate of storms that has impacted power in the region.
Source: Albany Herald

Rome gets 1 proposal for old Southeast Elementary School site
Only one group submitted a proposal Thursday for the former Southeast Elementary School site, an as-of-yet unveiled plan for the vacant property.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Generator bought by Yatesville
When freezing temperatures visited Upson County for several days in January 2014, downed power lines in Yatesville caused water system problems for the city’s residents.
Source: Thomaston Times

City Delays Vote On Appointment Of Streets Commish
The City of Trenton advertised for anyone interested in the vacant Streets Commissioner position with the City should apply at City Hall. Two city residents did – Monda Wooten and James Emmett.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Folkston borrows $8.2M to update its sewage system
At their regular meeting last week, the Folkston City Council voted unanimously to accept an $8.21 million loan and $3 million grant from the USDA to improve their at capacity sewage treatment system.
Source: Charlton County Herald

Buena Vista still waiting on EPD to make decision about landfill
The City of Buena Vista is still waiting on the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to figure out for sure if the city does or does not have a permit to operate the inert landfill that was recently ordered closed (and whether or not they will be able to reopen it).
Source: The Journal

Thrower sworn into office as new mayor
It’s now official. Gary Thrower is the new mayor of Milledgeville.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Clearing the deck: Design plan for parking alternative advances
The City Council took a step toward building a parking deck west of Marietta Square this week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City eyes $6.5 million for Powder Springs Street for streetscapes project
This week, the City Council’s Public Works Committee agreed to spend $6.5 million for a streetscape project on Powder Springs Street between Sandtown Road and South Marietta Parkway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Etowah River Park grand opening event this Saturday
Nestled on more than 80 acres in the Canton-Cherokee Industrial Park, a newly constructed active park is ready for play.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Vacancy rates driving Savannah overtime costs up
High vacancy rates of Savannah-Chatham police and other city of Savannah departments are leading to increased spending to cover the costs of overtime, as efforts are made to fill those positions.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tap into Savannah's water report online
Ask Savannahians where their tap water comes from, and you’ll get a variety of answers. Some say the faucet, others say the sewer and some the ocean.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins police hand out treats in lieu of tickets on Miracle Treat Day
Usually blue lights flashing in the rearview mirror signal a dreaded traffic ticket. But instead of tickets and fines, the Warner Robins Police Department handed out Dairy Queen Blizzard treats Thursday afternoon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Few Augusta residents show up for mall SPLOST session
Turnout was light but enthusiastic for Augusta’s first mall information session about the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Clermont Councilwoman Lynn Adams resigns
Clermont Town Clerk Sandra Helton said City Councilwoman Lynn Adams submitted her resignation to the city Thursday morning.
Source: Access North Georgia

It’s past time for answers from state
It’s past time for answers from the Georgia Department of Revenue concerning its assertion that Rome and Floyd County governments and school systems must repay millions of dollars in sales taxes wrongly collected by the agency from an unidentified local business for nearly a decade.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

With Canada, Ware not running, 2 seats will have no incumbent in Rome, Cave Spring
Rome City Commissioner Kim Canada announced Thursday he will not seek another term, a move that ensures someone new will serve on the panel after this November’s elections.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rockmart council approves sewer project bid
Rockmart council members have approved several ongoing projects and plan to add more to the City’s 2015 calendar.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Griffin approves SPLOST agreement
The Griffin city commissioners approved the intergovernmental agreement Tuesday night for the upcoming SPLOST referendum.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Consultant recommends rate water rate hike
At a workshop Tuesday, the City of Griffin Board of Commissioners heard a recommendation for continued rate increases for water customers. No decision has been made at this time.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Traffic, election qualifying, church rezoning decisions fill Gainesville City Council work session
Gainesville city leaders approved a couple of traffic adjustments Thursday morning at the City Council work session, and will vote on a third at their voting meeting on Tuesday.
Source: Access North Georgia

Stockbridge Citizens Academy graduates first class
The first class of the Stockbridge Citizens Academy has graduated.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Marietta Councilman Calls For Changes In Ga. Fireworks Law
Marietta City Councilman Johnny Walker said a new state law that legalizes fireworks should be rewritten.
Source: WABE

Milledgeville City Council approves amended resolution
An amended resolution authorizing Milledgeville City Manager Barry Jarrett to transfer city owned personal property to local development authority officials was unanimously approved at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Disguised Metro Atlanta Police Crackdown On Texting Drivers
A metro Atlanta police department is using disguised officers to try catching drivers who are texting behind the wheel.
Source: WABE

End of park project in sight
After delays caused by spring rains, Holly Springs’ newest park is expected to be open for business following a ribbon-cutting planned by summer’s end.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City hopes to get FEMA reimbursement
Commerce finance director James Wascher hopes that in a little less than a year he’ll have to get the city council to prepare a $106,000 amendment to the fiscal year 16 city budget.
Source: Commerce News

Auburn to conduct bike trail plaza
After several years in the making, Auburn is finally ready to begin final design and construction of a bike trailhead plaza in the city.
Source: Jackson County News

Albany City Commission OKs downtown redevelopment funding plan
Moments after an extended prebriefing discussion of the meaning of the phrase “surrounding area,” the Albany City Commission voted 5-2 Tuesday evening to approve use of up to $5 million from its Job-Enhancement Fund for downtown redevelopment.
Source: Albany Herald

EDC board members named for Fiscal Year 2016
The Albany City Commission, Dougherty County Commission and Albany Area Chamber of Commerce named their representatives to the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission board for Fiscal Year 2016 Wednesday during that group’s annual meeting.
Source: Albany Herald

Woodstock approves smoke shop regs
The city of Woodstock is moving to place more oversight over specialty “smoke shops.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

BOC looking at SPLOST projects
Upson County, along with Thomaston and Yatesville, is in the process of discussing a SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) referendum to be placed on the ballot for November of this year.
Source: Thomaston Times

City hears parks plan options for 10-year strategic plan
The public got their first look at ideas and suggestions for the city’s 10-year recreation and parks department master plan, but the consultants could not answer how much residents are willing to pay and for what kinds of services.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Marietta powerless to crack down on firework noise, attorney says
There is nothing the city can do about the new fireworks law approved by the Georgia General Assembly earlier this year, city attorney Doug Haynie said Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Supporters, opponents speak out at 'thaw the freeze' forum
Two former state legislators and original supporters of the city’s property tax assessment freeze attended Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s fourth and final summer forum promoting her proposal to “thaw” the freeze.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Holly Springs city planners to consider requests tonight
With development on the rise in Holly Springs, the city’s planning commission is expected to make recommendations on several hot-button issues at its meeting tonight, including a controversial application to annex and rezone about 22 acres of land on Owens Farm Lane and Vaughn Road.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Clarkston’s war against video gambling
How one tiny city became a battleground in the coin-operated amusement machine war.
Source: Creative Loafing

Savannah-Chatham police recognized by ATF for gun investigations
Since receiving ballistics-tracking software from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in October, Savannah-Chatham police have identified about 160 potential shell-casing matches. On Wednesday, the ATF recognized the department’s forensics investigators for their work.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Girtz makes good on promise to reconnect with water resources group
As he told his commission colleagues he would, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz is reconnecting with a committee appointed late last year by Mayor Nancy Denson — and which he chaired — to review environmental protections for the county’s water resources.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Work on downtown Athens streetscape might take place during football season
To the surprise of at least two downtown Athens business owners, work on a proposed streetscape project might get underway during football season.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta Breaks Ground On First Infrastructure Bond Project
City of Atlanta officials Wednesday broke ground on the first of hundreds of planned projects tied to millions in bond money for infrastructure repairs.
Source: WABE

Alpharetta restricts temporary pyrotechnic sales
Temporary tent and retail sales of fireworks will be restricted to being sold with a permit in the light industrial district of the city of Alpharetta — despite apprehension from city officials, who would like stricter limitations.
Source: Neighbor News

Land Bank updates city on properties
The Griffin-Spalding Land Bank Authority provided an update on its properties at the city commission workshop, Tuesday morning.
Source: Griffin Daily News

New police chief says hello to Peachtree City
Peachtree City Police Department employees were introduced to new Peachtree City Police Chief Janet Moon at an informal ceremony held at the department on July 24. Moon starts working in Peachtree City Aug. 10.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta battalion chief celebrates 40 years with fire department
Underneath the desk of Battalion Chief Bryan McFeely sits a black notebook filled with hundreds of handwritten street drawings.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Public has chance to weigh in on Augusta's next SPLOST package
The public will have a say beginning Thursday on which projects to include in the new sales tax referendum going before voters Nov. 3.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Roswell police to get cooling donation
Roswell police will soon be equipped with new tools to deal with both overheated pets and kids, courtesy of a local business.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lawrenceville top cop Randy Johnson named Georgia chief of 2015
The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police has named Lawrenceville’s Randy Johnson the 2015 “outstanding chief of the year.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City council, manager praise Walden’s leadership
Ever since mid-November of last year, Jeanette Walden has been serving as acting mayor of Milledgeville, and on Tuesday night she was recognized for her leadership during the past several months.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Atlanta Police Chief To Lead State Police Chiefs Association
Atlanta's police chief has been named the new president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Source: WABE

Bates named Downtown Events Coordinator for Rockmart
Laura Bates of Cedartown has accepted a new position with the City of Rockmart, according to Mayor Steve Miller.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Alpharetta launches new website
The city of Alpharetta has launched a new website. City officials said their new home at www.alpharetta.ga.us is more contemporary with new features, user-friendly navigation and a “mobile-first” approach and is located on a very modern platform.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hinesville PD chief's peers present service award
The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police has named Hinesville Police Chief George Stagmeier as the recipient of the GACP Meritorious Service Award.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Augusta commissioners leaning toward not including groups in SPLOST
Five arts and services groups promised the Augusta Commission on Tuesday they’ll enrich the city and help its seventh sales tax referendum pass if they’re included in the project package under development.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Suwanee Dep. Police Chief leaving for Peachtree City
The city of Suwanee is losing a Deputy Police Chief and the city of Peachtree Corners is gaining a new Chief.
Source: Access North Georgia

Demorest voters could be asked to decide liquor by the drink
The Demorest City Council has been asked to consider allowing sale of distilled spirits by the drink.
Source: Access North Georgia

Proposals presented for park on Lee Street, medians
Interns with the University of Georgia College of Environment & Design recently presented drafts for a park adjacent to the former elementary school on Lee Street and the divided medians in the city’s historic district.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Central City Park emerges as contender for senior citizens center in Macon
Reassurance from Macon-Bibb County officials to explore locations around Central City Park as possible locations for the senior citizens center drew support from a vocal group Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tomlinson's final summer tax forum Wednesday
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will hold the final of four summer forums espousing her effort to “thaw” the city’s’ property tax assessment freeze Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Emerson council allows permit extension
A petitioner for a conditional use permit extension in Emerson got his way, but not before getting a stern lecture about following the rules.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee council begins search for city manager
The Euharlee mayor and city council began interviewing candidates Tuesday for the vacant city manager job.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Covington airport poised for launch of new era
Things are happening at Covington Municipal Airport besides airplanes landing and taking off, but events may be occuring there in the near future at similar frequencies.
Source: Newton Citizen

Immediate changes to city of LaFayette recycling
The City of LaFayette is immediately making a change to how residents will drop off recycling within the city, as the items will now be mixed streamed.
Source: Catoosa County News

Barger pedestrian bridge, additional city parking lots now open in Ringgold
Ringgold’s long-awaited pedestrian walking bridge over U.S. Highway 41 at the historic train Depot is now open, creating safer passage to events and additional parking options for those visiting the downtown area.
Source: Catoosa County News

Snow presented special service award by Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) presented the Special Service Award to Chief Elaine Snow from Rome Police Department.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Council allocation will allow NeighborWorks to expand cottage program
Columbus Council allocated just over $376,000 Tuesday night to NeighborWorks Columbus, Inc., most of which will go to expand the non-profit’s Columbus Cottage program.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Thrower begins tenure as mayor Thursday
Gary Thrower officially begins his tenure as mayor of Milledgeville on Thursday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

UPDATE: McDonough city officials approve tax increase
City officials approved a tax increase Monday evening to assist in funding some items added in this year’s budget $25.4 million budget.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Holly Springs earns prestigious budget award
Officials with the city of Holly Springs announced Tuesday the city had received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2015 budget.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Ball Ground sets 5.139 millage rate
The Ball Ground City Council unanimously voted at its Thursday meeting to roll back the city’s millage rate, so property owners in the city on average should not see an increase in taxes.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Qualifying for municipal races to start late next month
Qualifying for the three municipal elections in Effingham County is set to begin late next month.
Source: Effingham Herald

Demorest discusses how to help Sweet Breads help downtown
The Demorest City Council is trying to figure how to best help the business they hope will anchor the downtown distri
Source: Access North Georgia

Oakwood manager wants cities, county to work closer on roads
Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown is calling for “better coordination and cooperation” between Hall County and its city governments on roads upkeep.
Source: Gainesville Times

Rainwater more than $5 million in economic impact
An economic impact of $220,000 for the month of June puts the Rainwater Conference Center’s economic impact for Fiscal Year 2014-15 at more than $5 million, reported Rainwater General Manager Tim Riddle at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Tourism Authority meeting Tuesday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

BPS builds relationship with local youth community through summer activities
The summer isn’t over yet, but several Bainbridge Public Safety officers are already planning on how to make the next a bit more special for kids in Bainbridge.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Council battles $200K budget deficit for FY'16
Capital improvement projects not funded through SPLOST were placed on the chopping block as Metter officials continue to cut an imbalance of over $200,000 of expenses over revenue for Fiscal Year 2016.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Grantville plans to collect on $200,000 in bad debt
Grantville is attempting to collect an estimated $200,000 in bad debt. On Monday night, the Grantville City Council voted unanimously to enter into a collection contracted with Penn Credit Corporation to help collect any and all bad debts the city may have.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah carriage horse companies cited under new heat policy
Two horse-carriage companies were cited for violating Savannah’s new heat policy last week, less than two weeks after the city announced stricter rules on July 10.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee study establishes tourism's value
For anyone who has questions about the value of tourism as an economic driver in the greater Savannah area, a recent study done for Tybee Island captures in a capsule version the impact of those multiple millions of visitors who choose to spend their time and money here.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New law OKs some hunting inside city
City Council members have rewritten Social Circle’s laws on birds and squirrels.
Source: Walton Tribune

Macon wins Georgia’s best-tasting water as MWA workers honored
After Macon earned the 2009 title of Best-Tasting Water in North America, the Georgia Association of Water Professionals gave the Macon Water Authority top honors during their annual conference this month in Savannah.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Second reading of Augusta stormwater fee passes
It’s official. Augusta residents will see a stormwater utility fee attached to their water bills next year.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Roswell’s change to disorderly conduct law allows public cursing
The city of Roswell is moving to loosen regulations on public cursing.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Macon-Bibb considering making property owners liable for underage drinking
A local organization is asking Macon-Bibb County commissioners to pass an ordinance that would fine property owners for underage drinking violations.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Norcross Adds 2 Motorcycle Officers To Catch Distracted Drivers
In 2012, the city of Norcross annexed about two miles near Jimmy Carter Boulevard on I-85. That's when it saw the number of traffic accidents more than double from 650 to 1,600 per year.
Source: WABE

Jackson attorney: 26 structures demolished to date
In the span of roughly one year, the city of Jackson has taken dozens of property owners to court and won orders to demolish more than two dozen blighted structures.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

CityCenter hits small snag; officials don't like price for land on Riverside Parkway
Rome City commissioners say they like an altered proposal to develop the CityCenter mixed-use project, though they balked at the price the developer suggested for the land.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Crime drops in North Rome; police, community collaboration making difference
Crime is down significantly across North Rome since the North Rome Community Action Committee was formed in March 2014.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Peachtree Corners mayor outlines future development during city update
Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason dropped a hint that the city could become a college town in the near future during his annual State of the City address to business leaders on Friday at the Marriott hotel in the city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Tax hike proposed in St. Marys
City officials are proposing the first tax hike in St. Marys in nearly a decade.
Source: Brunswick News

Snellville approves request for sprawling Scenic Highway development
A developer’s plans for a massive retail center on Scenic Highway, at Pharrs Road, has received the go-ahead from officials.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

McDonough to host final millage hearing tonight for proposed .547 increase
A final public hearing is scheduled today for the millage rate before city council is expected to vote after the hearing.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Tumlin: Marietta ‘still in the hunt’ for Atlanta United FC practice facility
Mayor Steve Tumlin is still optimistic the training facility for the new Atlanta Major League Soccer team will be coming to a site on Franklin Road.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Arnold Mill overlay nears completion
As the Arnold Mill Form-Based Code nears completion, the public has been able to weigh in.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Council defers Conservation ordinance
In a unanimous decision, the Milton City Council voted to defer any action on the proposed Conservation Subdivision Ordinance (CSO) until an Aug. 20 special work session at 5 p.m.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Cumming City Council welcomes new member
At the July 21 Cumming City Council meeting, Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and the other council members welcomed Chuck Welch. Standing alongside his family, Welch was sworn in by Judge Richard Nevill.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Tybee OKs North Beach improvements
Officials on Tybee Island are moving ahead with plans to make improvements along the island’s North Beach during the coming off-season.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Fountains across downtown Macon coming back to life
Things are wetter -- at least in downtown Macon-Bibb County -- just in time for summer’s last hurrah. Defective fountains at parks and at other locations are in the process of getting repaired by the Macon-Bibb Parks & Beautification Department.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Griffin to vote on SPLOST deal
The Griffin city commissioners will be voting on the intergovernmental agreement Tuesday night for the upcoming SPLOST referendum.
Source: Griffin Daily News

GRU President Keel pledges to work together with Augusta
Georgia Regents University and Augusta are on a “two-way street” where they should work together to become great, new GRU President Brooks Keel said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Final vote on stormwater fee set for today by Augusta Commission
Augusta’s controversial stormwater utility fee goes for a second and final Augusta Commission vote today.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Consultant sees public art as means of bringing Athens together
Though Todd Bressi hasn’t yet officially started work, the Pennsylvania-based urban designer and public art consultant hired to help Athens-Clarke County develop a public art master plan has already visited the community and started to form some ideas about what a public art program can be, and do, in Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta’s East Lake Neighborhood Model For Revitalization
Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood is a thriving community these days. But this wasn’t always the case. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that East Lake, located in DeKalb County, was once referred to as an urban nightmare and nicknamed “Little Vietnam.”
Source: WABE

Richmond Hill police train for high stress situations
Richmond Hill police officer Cpl. Paul Carter took aim and fired his Glock 17T training pistol on fellow officer Cpl. Keith Welch successfully putting two marking rounds on his shoulder.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rezoning approved for a new mixed-use development planned for downtown Macon
A mixed-use project that would include commercial, retail and residential uses in downtown Macon was approved Monday despite opposition from members of the Intown Macon Neighborhood Association.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners to discuss senior citizens center options
A local group says it’s not satisfied with the two potential locations for the Macon-Bibb County Senior Citizens Center that architects are scheduled to provide details about Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Sandy Springs hires new community development director
Sandy Springs has hired a new community development director to oversee its planning and building efforts.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hapeville building collapses; no major injuries
A building collapsed this week in Hapeville but workers were able to escape with minor injuries, according to City Manager William Whitson.
Source: Neighbor News

St. Marys sets tax allocation district boundaries
The boundaries for a proposed tax allocation district were established Friday during a special St. Marys City Council meeting.
Source: Brunswick News

Pedaling police keep in touch with community
When Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones wants to get back in touch with his law enforcement roots, you will most likely find him donning short pants and rolling along in the open air.
Source: Brunswick News

Art of tomato sandwich focus of Canton festival
For those wondering what makes the perfect tomato sandwich, the answer may be as close as downtown Canton.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Mayor: Columbus police chief recovering from heart attack
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is at St. Francis Hospital recovering from a heart attack he had early Friday, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

GAB: Lilburn police hosting National Night Out
The Lilburn Police Department will celebrate its sixth annual National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Lilburn City Park.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Marietta residents plan neighborhood cleanup
Marietta residents are teaming up with city officials to beautify the city next week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Silver Comet Trail Linear Park in Powder Springs to get adult exercise station
The Powder Springs City Council unanimously agreed Monday to pay Croy Engineering $260,000 to build an adult exercise station at Silver Comet Trail Linear Park.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Roundabout delayed: City Council tables plans for Lewis Road, Atlanta Street project
A $988,891 proposal for the construction of a roundabout near the intersection of Lewis Road and Atlanta Street has been tabled by the Powder Springs City Council.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Utility Board move on city's horizon
City Manager Sharon Subadan has confirmed that the city plans to move its Albany Utility Board offices from its current location at 207 Pine Ave. in the former Gordon Hotel building.
Source: Albany Herald

Police officers discuss use of force, community involvement at NAACP meeting
Police officers from across Chatham County joined at New Covenant Church on Sunday for the NAACP meeting regarding police use of force.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Local PD wins national award
The Peachtree City Police Department has been selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the recipient of first-place honors in the National Law Enforcement Challenge for efforts in traffic safety during the 2014 calendar year.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Sharpsburg readies for first park
Initial work on Sharpsburg’s first park is about to begin. Once completed, the one-acre park adjacent to Town Hall will feature passive and play areas, a pavilion and gazebo and a parking area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Powder Springs initiates CAP - Citizens and Police Program
The Powder Springs Police Department has formed a new program called CAP for Citizens and Police Program.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perdue elected to GMA Board of Directors
Thomaston City Council member Patsy Perdue was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 28.
Source: Thomaston Times

City of Savannah-owned residential properties a hard sell, hurting redevelopment
The residential lot next to Rudolph Moore’s house on Cumming Street in West Savannah fell into the city’s possession 25 years ago.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City administrator's SPLOST proposal excludes outside groups
Nongovernment organizations such as Paine College and Symphony Orchestra Augusta are excluded in City Admin­is­trator Janice Allen Jackson’s proposal for the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke officials setting stage for audit of Leisure Services Department
An Athens-Clarke County Commission committee is laying the groundwork for an operational audit of the county’s Leisure Services Department, deciding exactly what the local government should get from an outside auditing firm that will assist the county’s Operational Analysis Office in conducting that audit.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Macon Ready: Macon-Bibb takes disaster preparedness to the next level
When community representatives arrive at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, senior training specialist Ray Chevalier can usually size them up on the first day.
Source: Macon Telegraph

State association taps Warner Robins firefighter for rookie award
Warner Robins firefighter Jonathan Clark has been selected by the Georgia State Firefighters Association as Rookie Firefighter of the Year for 2015.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Proposal made to expand Augusta Common
As Augusta sales tax talks got underway Friday, Paul Simon of Augusta Riverfront LLC pitched a plan that would expand Augusta Common to the Savannah River and put a new hotel at Reynolds Street and James Brown Boulevard.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Jackson officials receive training
Several city of Jackson officials received training during the Georgia Municipal Association conference in Savannah June 26-30.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

August visitors expected to generate $2.9 million
The Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council said Friday that visitors attending meetings, reunions and sporting events next month will create at least $2.9 million in direct visitor spending.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta chief operating officer steps down from post
Atlanta’s Chief Operating Officer is resigning from Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, less than two years after being named to the post.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

East Atlanta Park Built By Neighbors Opens
An East Atlanta neighborhood park, built entirely by the people who live there, is now open to the public.
Source: WABE

Warner Robins council member to face opposition
At least one City Council member up for re-election this year will face opposition.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Cameras can catch criminals in LaGrange: Program helps LaGrange PD gets videos
When a criminal broke into the offices of Jackson Heating and Air on Whitesville Street, the suspect made two vital mistakes.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

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