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Downtown Harlem street changing to one-way
A downtown Harlem street will soon become one-way. City officials held the first reading of a resolution at a Sept. 28 meeting that will allow only one-way traffic on New Street.
Source: Columbia County News Times

City agrees to buy 51 acres, envisions downtown
City officials are looking to give Richmond Hill a downtown. City Council on Tuesday night approved purchasing 51 acres across from Ford Plantation’s Cherry Hill entrance, envisioning it as a site for a town-center development.
Source: Bryan County News

Madison may raise ‘Occupational Tax’
The Madison City Council discussed the possibility of raising the Occupational Tax—known as a standard business license—last Friday at the monthly work session. The council discussed raising the fee for the occupation tax certificate in light of surrounding cities’ rate.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Bostwick Council seeks input for long- term plans
The Bostwick City Council (BCC) met on Monday night to discuss the needs, issues, and opportunities within the communities of Bostwick, Buckhead and Rutledge for the purpose of updating the Morgan County Comprehensive Plan for the next 20 years.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City may return water deposits in form of utility bill credit
City Manager David Nunn proposed the City of Madison credit back water deposits to citizens who have consistently paid their water bill on time for 24 months. Currently the City of Madison is holding on to about $50,000 in water deposits.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

October tours highlight Bartow’s historic past
As Halloween approaches, “history-oriented” offerings in Cartersville, Cassville and Euharlee will bring alive the stories and figures of Bartow’s past.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Hampton earns ICMA city manager credentials
Assistant City Manager Marcia Hampton has achieved credentialed manager status — which makes her one of only 26 active managers in Georgia to receive the title through the International City/County Management Association.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority to start Trails Day weekend
he Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority is working on plans for a major trails event, tentatively set for Oct. 14-16, 2016.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Neighborhood Enhancement Program removes more than 10 tons of waste from Blossom Hill
More than 10 tons of trash was removed by the Solid Waste Department from the Blossom Hill section of North Rome during the first full week of the 90-day Neighborhood Enhancement Program effort.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Conyers Police Department hires first full-time cadets
Two Rockdale County High School graduates have made history by becoming the first full-time cadets in a new program developed by the Conyers Police Department.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

County to join city in upscale retail development discussion
Discussions about proposed development of a large retail complex on city-owned land Wednesday appear to be headed to a joint session of the Covington City Council and the Newton County Board of Commissioners.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

County balks at paying sewer connection fee
Camden County commissioners are balking at paying $130,000 to the city of Woodbine in sewer connection fees for the county jail’s new attachment.
Source: Brunswick News

Norcross approves controversial rezoning proposal after adjustments
The Norcross City Council approved a controversial rezoning proposal Monday that has divided residents.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

New Athens-Clarke program could speed sidewalk construction
Got sidewalks? If not, Athens-Clarke County commissioners have provided a mechanism by which interested neighborhoods can get sidewalks installed along their streets and then pay for the installation on their property tax bills over a 10-year period.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Alcohol ordinance amendments get OK from Athens-Clarke commissioners
A set of local ordinance amendments designed to make it easier for local nonprofit organizations to sell beer and wine at fundraising events were approved Tuesday by Athens-Clarke County commissioners.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Jeff Middlebrooks runs for District 2City Council post
For the upcoming election in November, Jeff Middlebrooks has announced that he is a candidate for the District 2 Thomaston City County representative.
Source: Thomaston Times

Mayor's vote delays decision on food truck ordinance
Last-minute pressure from downtown Athens restaurant owners prompted Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission to delay any final action on a proposed food truck ordinance for a month, to give the restaurateurs some additional time to talk with commissioners about the proposal.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Richmond Hill adds firefighters to force
The Richmond Hill Fire Department officially became two firefighters stronger Tuesday night as Ben Edwards and Jacob Cribbs were sworn in during the meeting of the city council.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill purchases property for 'future growth'
The Richmond Hill City Council voted to approve the purchase of a 51-acre parcel of property which will potentially be used numerous purposes including possibly: a new city hall, the site of a new library, a downtown area and a park during its Oct. 6 meeting at city hall.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry plans to anchor, improve current animal shelter
The city’s animal shelter will remain at its current site on Ball Street, and the facility will be expanded in phases, the City Council agreed this week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Brunswick gives Glynn County alleys needed for veterans memorial park
The City Commission voted unanimously Wednesday give the county alleys needed for the construction of a veterans memorial park.
Source: Florida Times-Union

‘Moonshiners’ case reveals 50/50 rule issues
City Council has given Moonshiners, a “sports restaurant” under Statesboro’s Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance, more time and instructed the owner to get accountant-certified reports showing whether the business had more non-alcohol than alcoholic beverage sales the first half of this year.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Thompson, Turner vie to replace Hamrick in Ward 2
It came as a shock to local officials when Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick announced this summer that he would not seek re-election in November because of growing health concerns within his immediate family.
Source: Gainesville Times

Parrott announces he will not seek another term on city council
City Councilman Chris Parrott announced during qualifying week, and released a statement this week, that he will not be running for re-election for his District 2 seat.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Centerville councilman says creating police director job may have been mistake
After abolishing the director of police services position in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, one of the dissenting council members said creating the civilian position may have been a mistake.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Coleman Dumas III seeking mayor’s seatin City of Thomaston
On Friday, September 4, 2015, Coleman Dumas, III submitted his paperwork to the City of Thomaston Clerk’s Office and officially qualified to be a candidate for Mayor- City of Thomaston.
Source: Thomaston Times

Alcohol, game rooms top agenda
Alcohol and game rooms were major topics at Tuesday’s Moultrie City Council meeting and work session, during which the council approved alcohol and game room licenses at two night clubs, instructed the city attorney to look at new rules for game rooms that also serve alcohol, and began clearing the way for an additional package store.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Atlanta Creating Reservoir To Hold Emergency Water Supply
As South Carolina struggled this week not only with floods, but also with a shortage of drinking water, Atlanta leaders worked to make sure if a disaster strikes here, the city will have a backup water supply.
Source: WABE

Albany Utility Board recommends $1.6 million in purchases
As an Albany Utility Board “surplus” of some $6.7 million has become a topic of discussion during candidates’ campaigns for the mayoral and Ward IV Albany City Commission seats, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard has stated that much of the money saved by cost-cutting measures during Fiscal Year 2015 was for items that the utility authority would eventually have to purchase.
Source: Albany Herald

Warner Robins Housing Authority to manage counterpart in Perry
The city’s housing authority will soon be managed by the Warner Robins Housing Authority due to financial strains.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tracy Taylor says he's optimistic about challenge for Albany's mayor
Mayoral candidate Tracy Taylor said his decision to run for office was vindicated by a chance encounter on the campaign trail.
Source: Albany Herald

Peachtree City residents to City Council: Protect Robinson Rd. buffers
City staff and the majority of those in attendance at the Oct. 1 meeting of the Peachtree City Council objected to a variance request that would have reduced the 50-foot buffer on four residential lots on Robinson Road.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Viewpoint: Why we want local control in DeKalb County
Proponents like me believe that a local government, closer to our own neighborhoods, will bring more accountability and the opportunity for innovative governance unheard of at the county level.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Squarecrows take over downtown McDonough
Melisa John and her daughter, Sophia Grace John, wandered the McDonough Square looking at the scarecrow displays.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Four seek one of three Locust Grove City Council seats
In the next consecutive weeks, the Herald will be running city council and mayor candidates’ responses to questions that we compiled.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Euharlee names new police chief
Mitchell Whitehead, a Euharlee cop since 2014 and a former detective with the Conyers Police Department, was sworn in as chief of police at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Downtown apartments at 215-217 Broad St. to be called The Griffin
The Griffin will be the name of the apartment complex Rome entrepreneur Greg Sumner is creating at 215-217 Broad St.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Millennials and boomers heading back into town
Few sectors of the economy were hit harder during the recent recession than the housing market. And, as the economy in the Rome area continues its slow rebound, there are different schools of thought about the housing trends.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mural to showcase history of Cave Spring; art walk coming Saturday
History and art will merge on the corner of Alabama and Broad streets in Cave Spring this week as a mural is unveiled during an art market and a new co-op gallery holds a preview showing.
Source: Catoosa County News

Study helps city set priorities for road work
Compared to other cities in Georgia, the condition of city roads, sidewalks and signs in St. Marys is better than average, according to the preliminary results of a recently completed study.
Source: Brunswick News

Lawrenceville cancels election due to all candidates running unopposed
For only the second time in 10 years, Lawrenceville has canceled its November election because all candidates on the ballot are running unopposed.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross approves controversial rezoning proposal after adjustments
The Norcross City Council approved a controversial rezoning proposal Monday that has divided residents.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Waycross refuses to let Pierce County test fire hydrants in legislatively de-annexed areas
Waycross has refused to let Pierce County fire officials test hydrants that the city owns on land in Pierce County that was legislatively de-annexed July 1.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Alcohol swamps city meeting
Shenanigans at 1 University Plaza will lose three days of alcohol sales and afterwards will admit only customers age 21 and up for at least a year, under an agreement reached Tuesday during a City Council hearing.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Woodstock named a dangerous weather city
Tornadoes, lightning and hail have swept through the city of Woodstock for several years, which is why homeinsurance.com has named the city the third most dangerous city in Georgia for severe weather.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City property tax increase is official
Property taxes are going up in Gainesville, even while the rate goes down.
Source: Gainesville Times

Holly Springs City Council hears New Light Road development proposal
The Holly Springs City Council considered a developer’s request to build a 30-lot subdivision on New Light Road at its meeting Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Concerns over short-term rentals grow locally, across state, too
Monitoring and enforcing Hall County codes regulating short-term vacation rentals on Lake Lanier has proved a growing challenge, according to some local officials and residents.
Source: Gainesville Times

Guyton awarded grant topping $430K
The city of Guyton has received a 2015 community development block grant in the amount of $436,706 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which administers the program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Source: Effingham Herald

City leaders debate building regulations
A controversial permit request led to discussion regarding the effectiveness of city ordinances during a Valdosta City Council work session Tuesday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City budget billing enrollment period open
City of Thomasville Utilities customers have an additional way to help manage their winter budgets, as the city is accepting applications for the Budget Billing Program.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Commissioners sign proclamation for Red Ribbon Week in Cordele
City Commissioners here began their regular meeting Tuesday night by reading a proclamation designating Red Ribbon Week in Cordele.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan: SGRITA has borne fruit
Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan passed along a couple of items that she called “good news” at the Albany City Commission’s work meeting Tuesday morning, noting that the city’s partnership with the seven-county South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority had “borne fruit” and that the city has sent out requests for proposals for development of the Albany Heights property located at 249 Pine Ave.
Source: Albany Herald

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard proclaims Fire Prevention Week in Albany
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard read a proclamation Tuesday morning declaring the week of Oct. 5-11 Fire Prevention Week in the city.
Source: Albany Herald

Lane Rosen’s confidence grows during mayoral campaign
What a difference a couple of weeks can make in a political campaign.
Source: Albany Herald

Roswell officer given ‘Hero’ award
With law enforcement in the news a lot recently, often for negative incidents, police in Roswell are getting an award for good service.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Atlanta Renews Recapture Program, Hires Retired Police Officers
Atlanta City Council has just renewed what's known as the Atlanta Police Department's Recapture Program. Part of the goal is to save money and fill vacancies by hiring retired officers.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Looks To Repeal Law Placing Limits On Photographers
A measure has been introduced to repeal an Atlanta ordinance that news photographers said was being used to stop them from taking photos on public sidewalks.
Source: WABE

District 3 and 4 candidates address poverty, progress
Each incumbent is facing one challenger in the race to represent Savannah’s third and fourth aldermanic districts.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City moves ahead with appraisals for Town Center property
With interest in the property on the uptick, officials in Garden City are taking steps to prep about 20 acres of real estate in the Town Center for future sale.
Source: Savannah Morning News

2 candidates, 2 approaches in Social Circle council race
The race for the District 2 seat on the Social Circle City Council pits experience against new blood, with each candidate bringing their own approach to the election.
Source: Walton Tribune

Warner Robins becoming a city of the future?
It is a whopping figure that literally jumped off the front page of this newspaper: $82 million. That’s how much a draft strategic recreation improvement plan would cost the city of Warner Robins -- and is anyone really surprised?
Source: Macon Telegraph

Baseball feasibility study OK’d by Macon-Bibb commissioners
In a 5-4 vote, the Macon-Bibb County Commission on Tuesday narrowly approved spending $50,000 for a study to determine if the city can support a baseball team.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville cuts director of police services job
City Council eliminated the civilian position of director of police services in a 3-2 vote Tuesday. At the same time, Mayor John Harley said the city would craft a new chief of police job description.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Liberty County municipal candidates take center stage
Liberty County organizations held a political forum Monday evening before a packed auditorium in the Liberty County Performing Arts Center.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Hinesville council candidates make their introductions
All nine Hinesville City Council candidates in contested races were given a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and state their platforms during the Liberty County Joint Political Forum on Monday evening at the Performing Arts Center.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Police dept. awarded grant
The Peachtree City Police Department has been awarded a traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Atlanta.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Downtown Athens losing its character, commissioner suggests
The quirky character that put Athens on the map years ago as an arts and music mecca, and the kind of people who helped build that character, are being pushed out of its downtown birthplace by the hordes of University of Georgia students living in upscale apartment complexes at downtown’s edges and drinking to excess in its proliferation of bars and clubs.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Helen approves water line project at lower cost, better return
The Helen City Commission has approved changing a planned water line, a move their engineering firm will save the city money and produce better results.
Source: Access North Georgia

Cornelia keeping same millage; taxes up slightly
Even though the tax digest for Cornelia is up $1.7 million due to inflationary increase, city leaders anticipate collecting less taxes for Tax Year 2015.
Source: Access North Georgia

Aragon chief wraps up training session
Police Chief Marc Riley attended the Chief Executive Training Class for newly appointed chiefs of police and heads of law enforcement agencies at the Dr. Curtis E. McClung Training Center in Duluth from Sept. 21 through Sept. 30, 2015.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Alpharetta considering bond referendum
A final decision is still a ways down the road, but serious interest is emerging in a city of Alpharetta bond referendum in 2016 aimed at funding various capital improvement projects.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs tables vote on weapons ban
The Powder Springs City Council voted 5-0 Monday to delay a vote on a weapons ban in city buildings for two weeks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

West Point mayoral race heats up as candidates play offense
With less than a week before early voting begins, incumbent Mayor Drew Ferguson and challenger Deedee Williams squared off Monday at the New Horizon Theater for their first and only public forum.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Augusta demolition project targets four more homes
A “collaborative demolition project” that was started this summer to help Augusta offset taxpayer costs associated with removing more than 250 dilapidated properties has identified four additional Old Towne homes it wants to tear down this month.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta hires first bicycle chief
Atlanta’s first chief bicycle officer will go to work for the city next week.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sugar Hill looks to add assisted living complex in downtown area
At a Monday night work session, the Sugar Hill City Council discussed rezoning that would allow an assisted living facility to be built on the corner of Highway 20 and Bailey Avenue in the downtown area.
Source: Access North Georgia

Alcohol violation hearings resume with fall semester
After a respite of several months, Statesboro City Council will return to alcoholic beverage sales enforcement actions today with hearings for eight alleged violations at six different locations.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Oakwood proposing $3.9 million budget
Oakwood rolled out a $3.9 million general operations, no-frills budget Monday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

City participates in Walk Georgia fitness program
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has revamped its Walk Georgia program, a free community exercise program that’s already helped more than 50,000 Georgians become more active. Partnering with the Coca-Cola Foundation has allowed for expansion, making the program free and available anytime, and Colquitt County is taking advantage of it.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Candidates face off during forum
Candidates vying for various positions in Dooly County government faced off during a forum Thursday night.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Dorothy Hubbard: Albany at the door of economic recovery
Dorothy Hubbard ponders the question only a moment: Why would you, the antithesis of the career politician, want to serve as mayor for four more years?
Source: Albany Herald

Mt. Airy moves quickly toward occupying schoolhouse
After a quarter-century in the making, Mt. Airy officials are making renovation of the Mt. Airy Schoolhouse a reality.
Source: Access North Georgia

City leaders hope Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will shine light on Atlanta
City leaders hope successful negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reached in Atlanta over the weekend will bode well for future international gatherings.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Some Ga. Cities Ready To Renew Push For School Systems
A bill pending in the Georgia Legislature would create a constitutional amendment allowing Georgia cities to create their own school districts. Cities like Brookhaven and Dunwoody, both part of the DeKalb schools system, have strongly supported the plan.
Source: WABE

Pooler officials sign off on changes to Jabot tract
Officials in Pooler on Monday approved a request from owners of the 2,000-acre Jabot Tract on Pooler Parkway to make changes that will further expand the development.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Draft plan says Warner Robins’ parks and recreation needs $82 million
After decades of neglect, recreation is getting a closer look from city leaders.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon mayor to push for baseball even if vote fails
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert would not be ready to close the door on minor league baseball even if a feasibility study fails to garner enough votes Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins changes gift policy, pushes forward with TAD
A public hearing on a recently proposed tax allocation district drew only one question from the public at a City Council meeting Monday night. The council did not vote on the proposal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Beer on the go: City Council approves new alcohol law
Dalton City Council members say they believe allowing customers to take an alcoholic drink out of downtown restaurants and bars could make the area more attractive to new visitors.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Expanded bridge project list draws no bids
A multimillion-dollar construction project that was repackaged in August to increase competition among contractors and save money on restoration costs for four bridges, including downtown Augusta’s Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge, received no offers in its second round of bidding.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Lexington to elect new mayor for first time in 21 years
The city of Lexington will have a new mayor in 2016 following a decision by David Montgomery not to seek another term for the office he has held for 21 years.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Plans for downtown Athens development along Prince Avenue submitted
We may not know the names of the businesses that will adorn the sides of the buildings planned for the old St. Joseph Catholic Church property for quite a while.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke mayor and commission to consider food truck ordinance Tuesday
Food Truck Thursdays could come to downtown Athens, under the terms of local ordinance amendments set for consideration by Athens-Clarke’s mayor and commission tonight at City Hall.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Lula prepares to grow; Hall County wants to be involved
This small city in northeast Hall County (estimated 2013 population of 2,847) wants to be ready for what’s coming; the Economic Development Council, an extension of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce wants to help them reach that point.
Source: Access North Georgia

New Lithonia council member sworn in
The lone candidate to qualify for the Lithonia City Council special election, Diane Howard, will be sworn into office on Oct. 5.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Production pumping money into Isles
Angie Young and her dog, Luna, have long been regular fixtures in downtown Brunswick. But recently, the duo has been taking their early morning strolls down Newcastle Street a little more slowly.
Source: Brunswick News

Updated Stockbridge charter proposal seeks change in government
Over the years, city officials say several inconsistencies have arisen from the city charter, so now they are seeking to change it.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Locust Grove public safety building breaks ground
The highly-anticipated public safety building finally broke ground Thursday afternoon after years in the making.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Forest Park’s new interim city manager works to get government rolling again
Al Wiggins may have just become the reason Forest Park’s government is able to move again.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Some Columbus councilors undecided on putting tax freeze referendum on ballot
If approved by Columbus Council, the city will present an eight-point wish list to the local legislative delegation, including a request to put a referendum on the November 2016 ballot giving citizens an opportunity to “thaw” the property tax assessment freeze.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Woodstock Planning Commission to vote on annexations
A public hearing at the Woodstock Planning Commission meeting tonight will give residents a chance to weigh in on a proposed annexation and rezoning request by Avin Properties LLC of Woodstock to build a 35-lot subdivision off South Cherokee Lane.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Forum set for candidates in city elections
A candidate forum for those in contested races in the Nov. 3 city elections is set for Oct. 8 at the Canton Theatre.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

River Bend Way paving project approved
The Canton City Council is one step closer to tackling at least one road improvement project after giving Bartow Paving the green light to make temporary repairs to the main thoroughfare in the River Green community.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta opens new $3.8 million fitness center
City residents now have a state-of-the-art fitness center at their disposal.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Gainesville, Hall look for delicate balance in minority hiring
At a Gainesville City Council meeting last month, political organizer Jerry Gonzalez ran down the racial demographics of local government personnel, comparing those figures with census numbers.
Source: Gainesville Times

Commissioners Jon Howard, Tommie Postell returning to board unchallenged
Today marks the final day that Albany residents 18 and older who are not already on the city’s voter rolls may register to vote in the Nov. 3 municipal election, which has contested races for mayor and Ward IV city commissioner.
Source: Albany Herald

Uniformed "ambassadors" to assist Savannah's downtown visitors
Uniformed ambassadors will soon be assisting Savannah’s downtown visitors as part of a 12-week pilot program the city plans to launch this month.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins to move forward with special tax district
Warner Robins City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on a recently proposed tax allocation district before voting on its creation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Close vote likely coming Tuesday on Macon baseball study
A study to determine Macon-Bibb County’s ability to support a professional baseball team could come down to a close vote Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Council nixes Robinson Rd. buffer variance
It was not much of a surprise that the Peachtree City Council on Oct. 1 unanimously denied a variance request to reduce the 50-foot buffer on four residential lots along Robinson Road.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Dalton council to vote on alcohol change tonight
Dalton City Council members could vote tonight on a law that would allow customers to take alcoholic drinks out of downtown restaurants and bars.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Whitfield’s small cities have already started work on SPLOST projects
Whitfield County recently presented the county’s three smaller cities with the funds they were promised under the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) approved by voters in March.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Savannah-Chatham police revisit old strategies, begin rollout of gun violence-reduction approach
“We’re retraining everybody in what we used to do,” Savannah-Chatham Police Maj. Richard Zapal said during a recent interview.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Third and fourth district Savannah council candidates discuss plans
Each incumbent is facing one challenger in the race to represent Savannah’s third and fourth aldermanic districts.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry to discuss future of animal shelter
The future of Perry’s animal shelter is scheduled for discussion Monday by the City Council as it considers the recent building donated to the shelter from Houston Healthcare.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Traylor seeks re-election
A four-term LaGrange City Council member is seeking re-election in the Nov. 3 municipal election.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Patsy Perdue running for reelection
Deciding to run for District Two City Council was an easy choice for Patsy Perdue.
Source: Thomaston Times

Gary Atwater running for reelection
Mr. Gary L. Atwater represents District 1 and has been a Thomaston City Councilman for 14 years.
Source: Thomaston Times

Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin appointed to Georgia Municipal Association legislative policy panel
Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin has been appointed to the Georgia Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Council, the association announced Friday.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Southern Mill redevelopment proposal gets endorsement of Athens-Clarke Planning Commission
Plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the abandoned Southern Mill complex on Oneta Street got the enthusiastically unanimous approval of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission this week, sending the proposal forward to Athens-Clarke’s mayor and commission for further review later this month, and from there to a possible final vote at the mayor and commission’s Nov. 3 meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta Police Begin Unveiling Plans For Body Camera Policy
Some westside Atlanta residents got a look Thursday night at a few policies that will govern the city’s use of police body cameras, weeks ahead of a small-scale trial slated for the area.
Source: WABE

Kelley pledges continued support for helping Rockmart grow
State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-16th district, pledged his support to continued business growth in Polk County during a meeting of the Rockmart Business Alliance.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Perry to abandon plans for special tax district
The city of Perry will not move forward with its efforts to create a community improvement district to benefit General Courtney Hodges Boulevard.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Acworth aldermen approve Boston trip for teens
The Acworth Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 Thursday to approve travel for around a dozen underserved teens to Boston, Massachusetts for an educational trip.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Acworth plans Logan Farm Park expansion
The Acworth Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 Thursday to buy another parcel in its effort to expand Logan Farm Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Augusta nears hire for new compliance director position
The Augusta Commission is finalizing selection of a candidate to fill the new position of compliance director.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

At Issue: Should Decatur popularly elect its mayor?
Decatur is the only metro-area municipality that doesn’t popularly elect its mayor, instead appointing the position annually from among its five-person commission.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Flowery Branch Police make car accident reports more efficient
The Flowery Branch Police Department has a new way of filing automobile accident reports.
Source: Access North Georgia

Business a key issue for Villa Rica mayoral candidates
Villa Rica’s mayor and two challengers discussed their goals and the city’s needs Wednesday night in forum hosted by the Carrollton-Carroll County League of Women Voters.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Purvis declares his candidacy for City Council Ward 2
Wilbur T. Purvis III has officially announced his candidacy for City Council (Ward 2) in Douglasville, Georgia, where he has lived for the past 25 years.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Persons announces his bid for re-election as Douglasville mayor
After much family prayer and reflection, on April 16, 2015, I announced that I am seeking reelection as Mayor of the City of Douglasville.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City receives $1.8 million grant
The Cartersville Bartow Airport Authority will receive $1.8 million in funding assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for construction around the airport, the city council learned Thursday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Morrow hopes to attract businesses after rezoning largest undeveloped area
Morrow’s largest undeveloped land area has just undergone a policy makeover.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Conyers city officials continue talks for downtown parking lot
City officials continue to negotiate with an Olde Town property owner for the acquisition of a parcel of land on Main Street to construct a new public parking lot.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Yellow River Jam set for Saturday in Porterdale
Paddle on the river and hear good music — it’s boats, bands, brew and Georgia-Bama football on tap for the Yellow River Jam Saturday at Yellow River Park in Porterdale.
Source: Newton Citizen

Rutledge Council denies wedding venue request
The Rutledge City Council (RCC) voted against Tom and Michelle Strott’s petitions for both a text amendment of The City Zoning Ordinance and a Conditional Use Permit to operate an event facility on 160 Fairplay Street in Rutledge.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Marietta debates naming park after actress Joanne Woodward
A neighborhood association wants to name a city park after Academy Award winner Joanne Woodward, but the proposal has run afoul of the city’s park-naming policy.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Flowery Branch may ban some outdoor drop boxes
Outdoor drop boxes may be allowed in Flowery Branch, but only those related to the property they’re on.
Source: Gainesville Times

9 proposals to improve downtown Gainesville
A new concept plan for downtown Gainesville focuses on the area’s potential and how it can meet the desires of millennials and Generation Xers between the ages of 20 and 44.
Source: Gainesville Times

Vienna Council names interim chief
Council members here handled a brief agenda with one of the main items being the naming of an interim chief for the police department.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Department will host open house for new facility
As part of the city’s continuing efforts at progress the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will host a dedication and open house for their new facility, located at 103 North Third Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 3.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

City adopts same millage rate as last year
The Americus Mayor and City Council met Sept. 24 for its regular monthly meeting.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

St. Marys seeks input on TAD plan
St. Marys residents will have two opportunities in the next week to share their opinions about a draft redevelopment plan.
Source: St. Marys Tribune and Georgian

Ellijay Police to use license plate recognition system for trial period
For the next 30 days, the Ellijay Police Department will be evaluating — and using — a new piece of technology that assists officers in locating wanted persons.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Kyle looks forward to ‘stepping up’
As a practicing attorney and former judge, Patricia Jean Kyle was getting a feeling her legal endeavors were taking over too much of her life. Then she happened to visit Ellijay to see a friend.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Stewart wants to ‘make a difference’
After retiring from a career in education, Lynelle Reece Stewart moved back to Ellijay four years ago. But making a difference in the lives of children — in the classroom and also administratively — is not her stopping point.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

More business, term limits part of Robinson’s platform
Downtown businessman Larry Robinson has thrown his hat into the political arena for the first time by announcing his candidacy for Ellijay City Council.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Fuller touts accomplishments
When 2015 draws to a close, Al Fuller will have served 32 years as an Ellijay city councilman, according to city records.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

More tourism, more parking keys for Westmoreland
Having served on the Ellijay City Council since 1981, except for four years, David Westmoreland is proud of what the council has accomplished through the years.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Historic Building Battle on hold
Members of the Dahlonega Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) unanimously agreed to table the demolition discussion surrounding the antebellum building until their October 21 meeting after listening to strong arguments from both sides of the debate at the Parks & Rec building on Monday.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Cinnamon Spurlock seeks Helen City seat
One of the first things Cinnamon Spurlock noticed when she moved back to the Helen area after more than 20 years was the same family names on the city commission as when she was in high school.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Atlanta Millennials Included In Long-Term Regional Planning
The Atlanta Regional Commission has spent the past eight months working with a unique group of people on a the commission’s long-term planning process for future city development.
Source: WABE

Savannah Fire Chief named Office of the Year
Savannah Fire and Emergency Services Battalion Chief Jeff Alberts was recognized tonight by American Legion Savannah Post 135 as the department’s Chief Officer of the Year, according to spokesman Mark Keller.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police salaries may go before commission
The recently enacted salary increases for Savannah-Chatham police are expected to be considered next week by the police policy committee composed of Mayor Edna Jackson, Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott, and the city and county managers.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Ryan Tucker wins District 3 seat
Ryan Tucker could be sworn in as the District 3 member of the Thomaston City Council as soon as November 17, 2015.
Source: Thomaston Times

Collegiate baseball league shows interest in Macon
A summer collegiate baseball league is showing interest in bringing a team to Macon-Bibb County as a vote looms on a feasibility study for professional baseball.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry Main Street exploring trolley service between fairgrounds and downtown
The Main Street Advisory Board is exploring the option of having a trolley run between the Georgia National Fairgrounds and downtown.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Goats have saved $22,125 in Augusta pond maintenance expenses
In its first year, the Augusta goat program has saved the city $21,145 over what it would have cost for humans to mow county detention ponds.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke County produces its own 'hype' video
Quick cuts. Bouncy music. Lots of up-close and personal images. It’s a hype video — for the Athens-Clarke County government. Released earlier this week on the government’s Facebook page, the almost-two-minute video is a shorter version of a nearly 10-minute video produced by the county’s Public Information Office.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Parking, traffic, rain will challenge Athens-Clarke government on Saturday
With parking spaces likely to be scarce as Saturday afternoon’s kickoff of the University of Georgia’s football game with the University of Alabama approaches, John Spagna, administrator of the Athens-Clarke County government’s Community Protection Division, is expecting to see “a lot of entrepreneurial activity” as some enterprising property owners turn their yards into parking lots.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Reed thumps for trade deal with TPP talks in town
With trade representatives from around the globe convening in Atlanta this week, Mayor Kasim Reed joined a host of other U.S. mayors Thursday to call for conclusion to years-long negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Upgrades started on Rockmart sewage plant
Modification has begun at the Rockmart Water Pollution Control Plant so that it will meet new permit limits for phosphorus reduction.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Aragon city council says ‘nay’ to city hall paving project
No new parking spaces will be added to the front of Aragon’s city hall, as the city council voted Sept. 24 against a Public Works plan to expand the number of spaces in the lot.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Former Macon-Bibb EMA director announces plan to run for county commission
Former Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Don Druitt announced Thursday his intention to run for a county commission seat next year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Gainesville City Council hears update on plans for Downtown/Midtown
Gainesville City Council members got a chance to see the fruits of 10 months worth of labor to map out a Master Plan for the city's Downtown and Midtown areas.
Source: Access North Georgia

Court says pro wrestler can't run for Ringgold mayor
Paul Lee, the professional wrestler who was running for Ringgold mayor, will not be on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Downtown plan to be unveiled today
The Gainesville City Council will get its first look at a new downtown strategic plan when it meets this morning.
Source: Gainesville Times

Eastman City Council approves roundabout
The intersection by the Dodge County Hospital, the site of many accidents and general driving inconveniences, may become a roundabout in the future.
Source: Dodge County News

City in final planning to restore rail depot
Proposed renovations to Blackshear’s historic train depot are heading for a final review from state officials.
Source: Blackshear Times

Baxley City Council approves Resolution for Proposed Budgets
The Baxley City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 22 unanimously adopted a resolution approving the City’s Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budgets, with projected revenues for the General Operating Fund at $3,864,188.00. The Proposed Revenues from taxes is projected to be $2,559,450.00.
Source: Baxley News Banner

Tybee brainstorms for solutions to reduce beach litter
The 30 or so people gathered for a meeting Wednesday on Tybee Island weren’t supposed to come up with a solution for the city’s litter problem.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Ideas sought for Knight Cities Challenge
The city of Macon is challenged once again by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to come up with ideas for how to make the city a more vibrant place to live and work.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange, Troup County and West Point fire departments quell the inferno
It was hard to miss the the large plume of flames or feel the heat radiating from the 25-foot tornado of fire hovering over the LaGrange Fire Training Center off Fort Drive on Tuesday night.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Peachtree City PD wins state award
The Peachtree City Police Department was one of several law enforcement agencies to take home a prize today when the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) hosted its 15th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards at the Macon Centreplex.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Cellphone app can improve data on Athens pedestrian, cycling incidents, advocates say
Local alternative transportation advocates are promoting the use of a cellphone app to provide the Athens-Clarke County government with information on bicycling and pedestrian hazards that may not be reported through official channels.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Powder Springs may ban weapons in city buildings
The Powder Springs City Council is expected to vote at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct.5, on whether to ban weapons in city buildings.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

More diverse housing, money for water leaks head Rockmart city council agenda
Rockmart Mayor Steve Miller and city council members have a vision of the next four years that includes new programs and changes.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Milton adopts 2016 budget
The Milton City Council voted 6-0 to adopt its approximately $26.3 million FY 2016 budget. The budget is based on the city’s steady millage rate of 4.732, and it projects a $4.9 million surplus.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek signs off on budget
The Johns Creek City Council has finalized its FY 2016 operating budget at $60.4 million on a 5-0 vote.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Savannah launches "facts" web page ahead of election
With about one month until the municipal elections on Nov. 3, the city of Savannah has launched a page on its website officials say is meant to answer questions the public may have about decisions the city has made or services it offers.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb and Robins Air Force Base firefighters train for aviation disaster
If one of the big cargo planes that flies out of Robins goes down, firefighters could have a blaze to put out unlike any they have ever seen. That’s why firefighters from Robins Air Force Base and the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department were training together Wednesday to practice extinguishing a fire from a large aircraft.
Source: Macon Telegraph

5th Candidate wants to be Hinesville mayor
Tyrone Adams is the fifth and final candidate to declare his run for the office of Mayor of Hinesville.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Savannah-Chatham police raises holding up merger vote
Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott has offered support for increasing the salaries of Savannah-Chatham police officers, which have already been approved by the Savannah City Council. It’s the timing and method for approving those increases that’s an issue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Lockhart, Stovall to read at Little Ones Learning Center
Students at Little Ones Learning Center will get visits from two special guests in honor of Georgia’s Pre-K Week, said officials Tuesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Transportation needs, solutions discussed at Monday town hall
Transportation needs — and solutions — were the topics of conversation Monday night at Jessie Davis Park as representatives from the city, the county and the community came together at a town hall meeting hosted by District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell to weigh in on solving transportation problems facing citizens.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Ringgold’s downtown sign controversy turned over to Convention and Visitors Bureau for review
The final decision on the fate of Ringgold’s downtown digital sign will have to wait a little longer, as the city council voted Monday night, Sept. 28, to turn the issue over to the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for review before a determination can be made.
Source: Catoosa County News

Acworth to vote on sending at-risk youth to Boston
The Acworth City Council is expected to vote Thursday on approving a trip for at-risk youth to Boston through a city program aimed at keeping kids engaged.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Forest Park appoints interim city manager after month-and-a-half government stall
Forest Park finally has an interim city manager. Council voted unanimously during a called meeting Tuesday to appoint Planning, Zoning and Building Director Al Wiggins interim city manager.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Wanted: Young professionals in Woodstock
As the young professional population continues to grow in Woodstock and surrounding areas, Main Street Woodstock has created a Young Professionals of Woodstock group for young entrepreneurs.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta City Council frustrated by pace of Wynhaven development
City Council members say they are growing frustrated at the pace of the developers who plan to raze the dilapidated Wynhaven Apartments on Powder Springs Street.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta gets OK for parking
While the Woodstock City Council decided Monday to fast-track plans to allow more parking at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta by doing away with future public input meetings, the new parking must be lighted.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Holly Springs Council OKs revised plan for Hickory Flat development
Scaled-back plans for a development in Hickory Flat were approved by the Holly Springs City Council at its meeting Monday — a move one resident called “disappointing.”
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Jefferson interviewing city manager finalists Wednesday
Two finalists for the Jefferson city manager position are being interviewed today during a 12:50 p.m. called meeting, which will be an executive session.
Source: Gainesville Times

Travel marketing study: Albany tourism investment needed
A recent study conducted by a top travel marketing research team indicates that while Albany and Dougherty County have a plethora of unique features and attractions that make it desirable to visitors, failure to invest properly in facilities and in the downtown area will hinder future tourism revenue.
Source: Albany Herald

Study: Quarter of Alpharetta lives in rentals
A new study commissioned by the city shows that more than a third of all housing in the city is for-rent and many of those are in fact single-family homes, with a quarter of all residents living in rentals.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Grantville's four-day work week starts Oct. 5
On Monday, Grantville City Council upheld its decision for a four-day work week for city hall and public works employees. The shortened work week will start the week of Oct. 5th for a 90-day trial.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah to drop tour guide test, restrict tour hours
Savannah officials are ready to drop a requirement that would-be tour guides pass a written test before they can get a guide permit.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler planning board approves additional land in development tract, turns down request for mid-rise apartments
Pooler planning officials this week signed off on a request to incorporate additional parcels of land into a larger planned unit development, but they declined to recommend changes that would allow for the city’s first mid-rise apartment complex.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Monroe fireman Lott named GSFA Educator of the Year
The Georgia State Firefighters Association recently recognized Ricardo “RJ” Lott of the Monroe Fire Department as its Educator of the Year.
Source: Walton Tribune

Social Circle maintains tax rate, talks furniture, preps for manager
Social Circle city council members alongside members of the community came together at Monday night's public hearing for the millage rate, followed by a called city council meeting to discuss some new agenda items.
Source: Walton Tribune

No help needed in hunt for Aragon beavers
Chris Hindman has one simple message for Aragon residents following his and two other contractors beginning their hunt for the beavers blocking up the spring that feeds the mill pond: Stay away.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Warner Robins seeks public input on 2040 transportation plan
The Warner Robins Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two public information meetings Thursday to get feedback on the area’s long-range transportation plan for 2040.
Source: Macon Telegraph

First major roundabout in Athens set to open soon
Early next week, weather permitting, many motorists will have a new experience in Athens-Clarke County, with the opening of the community’s first major traffic roundabout.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Hall County SPLOST Citizen Review Committee wants all cities involved
The Hall County SPLOST VII Citizens’ Review Committee met for the second time Monday afternoon at the Hall County Government Center, elected leaders and immediately began sharing their visions of the committee’s objectives.
Source: Access North Georgia

Akins drops out of Aragon city council race
The coming election in Aragon continues to twist and turn after a specially called Board of Elections meeting to challenge the candidacy of John Akins for city council Monday.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City approves lease agreement with Highland Rivers Health for One Door Polk space
Highland Rivers Health will soon be moving into their renovated space at One Door Polk now that remodeling work is wrapping up and the city commission has approved a lease agreement.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Early retirements bring new budget challenges to Macon-Bibb
Macon-Bibb leaders said Tuesday that while the city surpassed its goal for the number of people accepting retirements, sustaining some of the budget cuts will be more difficult next year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Canton seeks input on revitalization of Rivermill District
Canton city officials are looking for input from the public as they work to bring a plan to revitalize the city’s Rivermill District up to date.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock approves mall parking plans
The Woodstock City Council Monday night approved plans for upgraded parking at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta, which mall officials say is needed for the holiday shopping season.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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