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Bostwick City Council continues plans for new Veterans Park
Bostwick City Council discussed future plans for the ball field park along with Veteran’s Memorial Park in terms of donations that people can contribute to these parks.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Madison budget to drop by $3 million?
The Madison City Council reviewed the first draft of the proposed budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, which shows a 22 percent decrease from the FY 2016 budget. The total anticipated budget for FY 2017 is $13,853,805, which is $3,319,125 less than this year’s budget.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City grants incentives to possible new manufacturer
The Covington City Council approved an incentive package for Project Box, which the Newton-Covington Chamber of Commerce’s Economic Development Department brought to the city.
Source: Covington News

City has 57 new applicants for city manager’s job
This time, Statesboro has 57 applicants for the job of city manager, an increase of four applicants from the number received on the first try. With the relaunch of the search in March, more of an effort was made to reach out to the managers of similar-size Georgia cities, said city Human Resources Director Jeff Grant.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Gainesville council OKs Atlanta Street rezoning
Gainesville City Council gave the first go-ahead Tuesday night for a rezoning necessary to redevelop the public housing complex on Atlanta Street into both affordable and market-rate units.
Source: Gainesville Times

Clermont council denies home decor shop’s request to de-annex
Clermont Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday to deny Mark and Valerie Kirves’ request to de-annex their 4-acre property off Cleveland Highway/U.S. 129. Their home decor business, Iron Accent, sits on the land.
Source: Gainesville Times

Bishop bypass unlikely to attract commercial development
The future of Bishop may or may not include a four-lane bypass, but that will not make it a commercial destination.
Source: Oconee Enterprise

City Council changes firing process for city employees
Lake Park City Council members amended section 2-4 to modify the term of office for the city clerk and 10-23 to modify the term of office for the chief of police.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City hosts water treatment discussion
As part of National Drinking Water Week, the city hosted a “Lunch and Learn” for residents Wednesday afternoon on the water treatment plant.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City expects roll-out garbage containers this fall
Roll-out garbage containers are coming, but it’s too soon to stand by the roadside in anticipation.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Development Authority to explore 'incubator' investment
In separate actions Wednesday the Moultrie-Colquitt County Development Authority launched two projects — one that would invest in a business enterprise and another that would liquidate property.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Comments encouraged on SR 20 improvement project in Loganville
Georgia Department of Transportation plans for the proposed State Route 20 One Way Pairing Construction Improvements are available for review on Loganville’s website at www.loganville-ga.gov/ga20-pairing.html. Citizens may review the plan and submit comments to the DOT by Friday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Budget season at City Hall has begun
Atlanta plans to spend some $605 million next fiscal year, up from the $593 million this year, under a budget proposed by Mayor Kasim Reed.
Source: Creative Loafing

How should MARTA spend $2.5 billion in Atlanta?
Imagine light-rail smoothly gliding along the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail, new MARTA stations serving growing neighborhoods, and a fleet of spruced-up buses connecting the locations rail doesn’t reach.
Source: Creative Loafing

Blight In Atlanta: Vacant Lots And Dead Bodies
The blight problem in Atlanta continues to be a financial concern for the city. Conservative estimates conclude that Atlanta is spending millions of dollars in code enforcement and services on worn down and vacant properties.
Source: GPB News

Proposed outlay for reservoir project stays in Athens-Clarke water supply plan
Some Athens-Clarke County commissioners are concerned about a line item in a Public Utilities Department plan they believe signals a clear intent on the part of the county government to one day build a reservoir.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke commissioners OK altered plan for North Chase Street
Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Melissa Link dragged her colleagues — some of them almost literally kicking and screaming — to her vision for reconfiguring North Chase Street between Prince Avenue and Newton Bridge Road at Tuesday night’s meeting of the mayor and commission.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Ocmulgee trail to expand presence in Macon
When discussions about creating an urban trail system along the Ocmulgee River started in the mid-1990s, there were doubts about whether it would attract enough people to be viable. But on Wednesday, nearly 20 years later, various Macon-Bibb County, economic development and recreation officials celebrated plans for the latest addition to the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail — a 2-mile stretch connecting Riverside Cemetery with Amerson River Park.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Comer bypass light approved
After weeks of pressure from local officials, the public and a March traffic study, the Georgia Department of Transportation has agreed to install a traffic light at the intersection of Hwy. 98 and the new Hwy. 72 Comer bypass currently under construction near Comer Elementary School.
Source: Madison County Journal

Augusta parks plan calls for more parks
One finding in a new Augusta Recreation master plan released Wednesday might surprise Augusta residents familiar with the city’s 60-plus parks and recreation facilities. Included in the 94-page document is the recommendation that Augusta needs more park space – an additional 47 acres of “neighborhood park” and 64 acres of “community park” space – to meet a national standard of service.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Savannah considering removing downtown Bay Street parking
City officials are considering removing the parking spaces along Bay Street downtown to address concerns about truck traffic, accidents and pedestrian safety. By eliminating the parking spaces the city would have room to add medians and other traffic-calming features designed to slow down the 27,000 vehicles that travel the street each day, according to city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Downtown Development Authority launches Banking on Downtown loan program
The City of Rome’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is pleased to announce the launch of Banking on Downtown, a local loan program established in partnership with Rome area banks to encourage the continued economic development of the downtown corridor.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Guyton ponders how to spend SPLOST money
While Guyton City Council members have agreed to how they would split the proceeds from a potential special purpose local option sales tax renewal, it’s priorities within those allocations they are pondering.
Source: Effingham Herald

City hosts three-day Glynn Ave. Design Workshop
Brunswick residents who want to have their say in how the Glynn Avenue corridor will look, have their chance coming.
Source: Brunswick News

Kingston council considers city a destination
After spending the last hundred and fifty or so years languishing as a small southern town, a couple of Kingston residents have decided it’s high time the city became a destination.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

High fashion coming to Downtown Cartersville
Downtown Cartersville will look like Fashion Week in New York this weekend. The Cartersville Downtown Development Authority has partnered with the Bartow County College and Career Academy to present “Downtown Style: A Fashion Experience” Friday.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Spring cleaning for Euharlee council
The Euharlee City Council spent the better part of 30 minutes doing a little spring cleaning Tuesday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Farmers Market opens May 5
The Rockmart Farmers Market (RFM) is scheduled to open on Thursday, May 5 with plans to expand programs and activities in 2016.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Study: Downtown hotel could work at old conference center
A hotel in downtown Douglasville is possible, but there are several issues that would need to be addressed before it could become a reality.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

USNS Brunswick visiting namesake city this weekend for Blessing of Fleet
The USNS Brunswick will call on its namesake city over the weekend as part of the annual Blessing of the Fleet.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Clermont town councilman resigns from post
Clermont Town Councilman Eric Thomas resigned Tuesday, meaning another stretch without a full council is on the way for the North Hall town.
Source: Gainesville Times

Moultrie Main Street a quarterfinalist in national competition
The Moultrie Main Street Program was named a quarterfinalist late Monday in the 2016 Independent We Stand “America’s Main Streets” contest.
Source: Moultrie Observer

McCaskill updates Bainbridge City Council on projects on the horizon
The Bainbridge City Council received an update on the ongoing projects of the Development Authority from Rick McCaskill at their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday night.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard signs Holocaust remembrance proclamation
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard signed a proclamation Tuesday recognizing a day of Holocaust remembrance in the city as members of the local Jewish congregation looked on.
Source: Albany Herald

Milton extends sewerage moratorium
The Milton City Council Monday night approved extending a moratorium on acceptance of applications for permits authorizing the use of community sewerage systems until Aug 2.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Path clear for Albany to provide fiber, gas in Lee County
After considerable, and sometimes pointed, discussion Tuesday, Albany City Commissioners accepted an intergovernmental agreement that paves the way for the Albany Utility Authority to provide natural gas and fiber optic services to Lee County residents and businesses.
Source: Albany Herald

Georgia's First Black Police Officer
The first African-American police officer in Georgia was sworn in 69 years ago today. A total of nine black police officers joined the Savannah Police Department on May 3, 1947. They became known, collectively, as the “Original Nine.” Retired Lieutenant John White was the first to take the oath and is the only surviving member.
Source: GPB News

Last Pieces Of Unincorporated Fulton Could Become A City
There's one area left in the south end of Fulton County that isn't part of any city. That's after more than a decade of new cities springing up in the county, starting with Sandy Springs.
Source: WABE

Solarize Athens ends, 18 solar energy systems installed with more to come
More than 700 people in the Athens area signed up for an evaluation of their homes or businesses as potential sites for solar energy installations under the Solarize Athens bulk-purchasing program, according to Environment Georgia, one of the program’s sponsors. The Athens-Clarke County government and the Athens area branch of the U.S. Green Building Council are supporting Solarize Athens, which is just the second Solarize initiative in the state, behind coastal Georgia’s Solarize Tybee.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Demorest officials ask FBI to probe stolen funds
Demorest officials are asking the FBI to look into the theft of $600,000 in public money. Tuesday night, the city council unanimously adopted a resolution requesting the federal probe of money taken from city coffers from 2009 to 2013.
Source: Access North Georgia

Norcross hoping new library, parking deck revitalizes Buford Highway
The Norcross City Council reviewed concept plans for a new library and parking deck earlier this month. The new location is part of the city’s efforts to expand their presence along Buford Highway in the hopes of drawing more people to downtown shops, restaurants and events.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth survey looks for city satisfaction
Duluth residents, business owners and anyone who considers themself a friend of the city is invited to complete the 2016 Satisfaction Survey. The 19-question survey includes a chance to indicate level of participation in city events, parks and recreation areas.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Passes Ordinance For More Affordable Housing
Developers building multi-family homes in the city of Atlanta who receive public funds will now have to set aside up to 15 percent of their units for affordable housing. Atlanta City Council passed an ordinance for more affordable housing in the city Monday night.
Source: WABE

Perry removes Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard from downtown district
Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard is no longer part of downtown Perry. The City Council voted Tuesday to remove the street from the downtown district on the recommendation of the city’s Planning Commission.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Voting Access In Macon In An Age Of Early Voting
It’s odd to find a polling site at a bus station. But Macon-Bibb election officials have done just that. Last Friday they had a ribbon-cutting for an early voting place at the back of terminal station downtown. Bus rider Tom O’Keefe says this might be convenient.
Source: GPB News

Peachtree City community workshops resume
The next in Peachtree City’s series of community workshops continues at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The City Council opted earlier this year to hold monthly public meetings instead of a single council retreat to discuss topics regarding the city’s quality of life and future planning, in preparation for budget talks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell seeks input on transportation sales tax proposal
Roswell officials are seeking input from the public on projects that could be included on the city’s TSPLOST project list.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth will consider tax millage rate increase
Duluth’s 2016 Citizen’s Budget Review Advisory Committee met four times over a three-month period to discuss and develop recommendations relating to the city’s financial position. Their findings conclude a need to create more revenue to meet the growing demands of the community.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates may bypass Euramex in developing U.S. 278 property
Avondale Estates is considering developing the four acres of downtown property it owns along U.S. 278 instead of partnering with Euramex Management.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Suwanee names two new associate judges
Suwanee has named two new associate judges to its municipal court.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lawrenceville opens annual event application window
Lawrenceville has officially opened the application process for all requests to hold an event in Lawrenceville during 2017. The Special Event Policy and Application, established by the City Council in 2014, covers requests for use of the Lawrenceville Lawn, road closures due to rental of the Historic Gwinnett County Courthouse grounds and pre-approved parade routes, 5K or 10K run/walk events.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Clarkesville approves amendment to alcohol ordinance
The Clarkesville City Council has approved an amendment to the city's alcoholic beverage ordinance concerning where alcohol can be sold.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta City Council OKs sale of Turner Field
The Atlanta City Council voted Monday to sell Turner Field to Georgia State University, a key transaction in a $300 million plan to redevelop the stadium area when the Braves move to Cobb County next year.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City Council meets Tuesday at Statesboro High
Tuesday's 9 a.m. Statesboro City Council meeting is a regular meeting in the sense of the timing, but it is being held at an unusual location, the Statesboro High School auditorium.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Plans for Haig Mill park in final stages
City of Dalton officials could submit a final design for a recreational complex at the Haig Mill reservoir to state regulators in as little as a month, says Parks and Recreation Director Steve Card.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Flowery Branch’s Lights Ferry Connector, featuring a downtown roundabout, is now open to traffic.
Flowery Branch’s Lights Ferry Connector, featuring a downtown roundabout, is now open to traffic.
Source: Gainesville Times

James Brown Park to get accessible playground
The 35-year-old playground at Dalton’s James Brown Park will be replaced later this year with a new, Americans with Disabilities (ADA)-accessible playground. The Dalton City Council voted 4-0 Monday night to accept a plan for how it will spend the federal community development block grant (CDBG) funds it will receive this year.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Tifton City Hall receives award from Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation
Tifton City Hall has received an award for Excellence in Rehabilitation from the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Warner Robins hears second plan for sports complex
The City Council on Monday heard a second proposal for a sports complex with an estimated cost $3.3 million less than a previous concept.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City announces new tourism director
The City Manager of Americus, Steve Kennedy, announced today that Nicole Thurston has been chosen to fill the position of tourism director of the City of Americus.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Pooler City Council approves site plan for Savannah Quarters Publix
Plans for a new, 46,000-square-foot Publix grocery store at the entrance of the Savannah Quarters community got approval for development Monday from the Pooler City Council.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Residents call for city to follow through on arena
Residents reiterated on Monday night their desire for the city to follow through with plans to build a new arena in their community during a town hall meeting down the street from where the $100-million-plus project is expected to be located.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Officials look at financial costs and benefits of proposed Stockbridge annexations
As the city is planning to annex thousands of households into its city limits, Stockbridge officials are looking at the costs associated with serving those additional properties.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Atlanta Commits To Having Only One Commercial Airport
While the city of Atlanta just struck a new 20-year deal with Delta Air Lines over Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Paulding County is moving ahead with its plans to establish commercial air service north of the city.
Source: WABE

Milledgeville Farmers Market to kick off eighth season
The Milledgeville Farmers Market will kick off its eighth season on Tuesday with a grand opening celebration with music and entertainment.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City to mark Tourism Week with free events
National Travel and Tourism Week begins Monday and continues through Saturday, and visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity to see what all Milledgeville has to offer.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Villa Rica's reverse parking plan still a learning process
As the first month of Villa Rica’s experiment in making West Wilson Street a one-way thoroughfare with reverse-angle parking comes to an end, it seems some residents are not yet used to the change.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

What’s old is new again:Historical Jonesboro celebrating National Preservation Month with host of activities
Historical Jonesboro is reaching back in time to honor the area’s history and celebrate National Preservation Month in May.
Source: Clayton News Daily

McDonough Fire Department receives high ISO rating, Henry County Fire Department shoots for the same
The McDonough Fire Department received an almost perfect score on its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) rating for the department’s Public Protection Classification.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Holly Springs to host job fair
The city of Holly Springs is hosting its annual job fair Wednesday morning at the Historic Train Depot.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Suwanee names new associate judges
Suwanee officials announced on Thursday that they have picked up two new associate judges for the city’s municipal court.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Mayor: City in 'good financial standing'; results of downtown hotel feasibility being presented Monday
Douglasville Mayor Rochelle Robinson announced at Thursday's council meeting that the city is in "good financial standing" and that results of a downtown hotel feasibility study will be revealed during a presentation at the City Council's meeting Monday night.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

$7 million price tag on Franklin Gateway Sports Complex
Residents could end up paying millions more than originally expected for the development of a new public soccer park after the City Council’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Committee agreed to the expense this week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw development Revival on Main celebrates grand opening
Kennesaw’s Revival on Main, a five-acre mixed-use development in downtown Kennesaw, celebrated its grand opening Thursday. The new live-play community features retail shops and apartments within biking distance of Kennesaw State University.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Fundraiser for Marietta history museum set for May 7
Blue Ridge Helicopters will be offering rides over Marietta from the Marietta Museum of History’s Aviation Wing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, as part of an effort to raise money for the aviation wing.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna restaurant to give part of sales on May 4 to city fire department
WingStop in Smyrna is giving 20 percent of all food orders placed between 11 a.m. and midnight on May 4 to the Smyrna Public Safety Foundation.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Braselton panel recommends rezoning Braselton-Stover House for funeral home use
The Braselton Planning Commission is recommending that Town Council approve the request to rezone the Braselton-Stover House property to commercial to allow for continued operation and expansion of the popular special events venue while allowing the historic residence to become a funeral home.
Source: Barrow County News

​Mayor vetoes four-day work week
Grantville Mayor Doug Jewell vetoed the motion Thursday that would amend the personnel handbook to implement the four-day work week.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah vacation rental impasse resolved by board appointee
A local governing body has resolved an impasse that had been stalling consideration of short-term vacation rentals in certain parts of Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Spillway funds get green light
Funding for the beginning phases of work on the Lake Peachtree spillway were approved April 21 by the Peachtree City Council. The council approved $300,000 for design and engineering work.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Winder police now equipped with kits to help drug overdose victims
The city of Winder recently equipped its officers with overdose kits that can be used when an officer arrives at a scene where a person has dangerously overdosed on a narcotic drug.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

100 Prince project won't get final zoning vote Tuesday
The mixed-use development proposed for Prince Avenue between Pulaski and Childs streets in the western edge of downtown will be in front of Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission Tuesday, but not for the anticipated final decision on a needed rezoning for the six-acre tract.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville City Council to consider $15,000 grant for new bullet proof vests
Gainesville city council will consider a $15,000 grant application to cover 50 percent of the cost of new bullet proof vests for the Gainesville Police Department.
Source: Access North Georgia

Race, MARTA give early shape to the 2017 race for mayor of Atlanta
Perhaps you didn’t notice, but a pair of events gave significant form and substance to the 2017 race for mayor of Atlanta last week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Covington uses unique process on street repaving
From time to time, we like to focus on innovations some governments are doing to improve their environments. In downtown Covington, Hendricks Street started showing serious signs of wear and the city of Covington Transportation Department embarked on a repaving process unlike others, according to information provided by the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta council members express frustration over lack of parking plan
Just five months before the city’s controversial contract with PARKatlanta expires, Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration has frustrated several city council members by not saying how it plans to proceed with parking enforcement next year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lonzy Edwards, preacher and former Bibb commissioner, dead at 67
In recent weeks, Edwards, a former Bibb County commissioner, had mounted a campaign to unseat Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert in next month’s elections, but his push to become the second mayor of the consolidated city and county government ended April 19 when undisclosed health problems forced him to suspend his campaign.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Atlanta budget passes $600 million mark
Spending by the city of Atlanta would exceed $600 million next year if the city council approves the budget proposed by Mayor Kasim Reed.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Athens-Clarke County moves cat shelter to animal control headquarters
Dogs and cats are now living together in Athens-Clarke County — or, at least they’re in the same building — as a $620,000 county government project to bring all animal control operations into one facility moves forward.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

East Point creates a blighted property task force
The East Point City Council recently approved the creation of a blighted property task force.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Utility director ready to help Bogart with sewer
Utility Director Wayne Haynie next week will ask the Board of Commissioners to approve a joint sewer project with the city of Bogart.
Source: Oconee Enterprise

Community enjoys revitalized School St. Park
A crowd of children and adults from all over Washington came out Saturday for a free community cookout and basketball skills challenge at the newly renovated School Street Park after community leaders working with the City of Washington to help to revitalize the neighborhood park.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Washington’s newest historical mural unveiled
Although it’s not quite finished, a new historical mural in downtown Washington was dedicated Tuesday after a week-long Washington Walls Mural Festival brought art and history to Spring Street and other locations in town.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Summerville Pushes Spring Clean
The city of Summerville is holding a spring clean-up week starting May 9 and ending May 16.
Source: Summerville News

Trion Pushes Forward On Veterans Memorial Project
Trion hopes to have a memorial to veterans built in time for Memorial Day next month.
Source: Summerville News

Water company pours out scholarships
ESG Operations, the private company that manages the City of Moultrie’s water and wastewater systems, presented four $500 scholarships to Colquitt County High School students Saturday, April 23.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Pelham officer to receive award for life-saving heroism
A Pelham police officer, who lives in Moultrie, will be recognized next month for heroism that saved the life of a Pelham man.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Heritage Embroidery invests in Doerun’s downtown
As a Doerun resident with a business in Moultrie, Sam Null drove by the long-closed Doerun Hardware building more times than he can count over the past three years.
Source: Moultrie Observer

IMPROVEMENTS OK’D BY COUNCIL
After years of talking about improving the downtown area in Bowman city officials are now ready for action as the city council Monday night approved a $30,000 project to begin replacing the crumbling and crooked sidewalks with a combination of pavers and concrete.
Source: Elberton Star & Examiner

Building authentic partnerships
Donalsonville Mayor Dan Ponder and SoZo CEO Raymond Cheng spoke on the topic of “Authentic Partners Transforming Communities” last Friday afternoon (April 22) at the SAUPO conference in Atlanta.
Source: Donalsonville News

City of Dawsonville receives $100,000 grant
The City of Dawsonville is among more than a dozen municipalities poised to receive thousands of dollars through the state's Recreational Trail Grants program.
Source: Dawson Community News

Mayor Jimmy writes a book
In a community as small as ours, we can boast that there are numerous citizens who are blessed with great talents.
Source: Miller County Liberal

City chooses water tower design
A water tower painted with the CCHS Indian spear came a little closer to become a reality last week when the Folkston City Council approved a design for the project.
Source: Charlton County Herald

​Ward suggests civic center facility for downtown
Graylin Ward, local attorney and member of the Newnan Downtown Development Authority, thinks a multi-use facility – such as a civic center – would be a good addition to downtown.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City supports $33M bonding deal that clears path for parking garage, hotel
Savannah officials appear ready to bet on developer Richard Kessler’s vision for West River Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee tackles new movie rules
A proposed new process for movie production companies hoping to film on Tybee Island is moving ahead.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Griffin earns prestigious Class 1 insurance rating
The City of Griffin has joined the ranks of only 178 communities out of 48,000 whose fire department has achieved the Insurance Services Office rating of Class 1.
Source: Griffin Daily News

City launches new CNG fueling station
A new Compressed Natural Gas fueling station is opening at the Solid Waste Lakewood Facility to fuel a fleet of city vehicles with cleaner-burning compressed natural gas.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates’ longtime police chief retiring in June
After 10½ years as Avondale Estates police chief and 40 years in law enforcement, Gary Broden announced he’s retiring as of June 17.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Doraville mayor applauds city’s economic progress
Doraville Mayor Donna Pittman discussed the $400 million in development taking place in the city during last week’s state of the city address.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City council committee: tap the brakes on rezoning for Home Park mixed-use project
An Atlanta developer wants to help make a bustling stretch of Home Park a more walkable area with a big ole mixed-use development. A good number of community residents are concerned over the prospect of a couple hundred new neighbors and a parking deck backing up to their backyards.
Source: Creative Loafing

Gainesville City Council moves ahead with Atlanta Street development, golf course renovations
Officials are hoping to have all the residents of the Atlanta Street apartments moved by this fall, making way for a new 260-unit development to replace the nearly 60 year old development, which will be demolished.
Source: Access North Georgia

Man honored for helping LaGrange police officer
For the second time this month, a good Samaritan and a city police officer found themselves face to face — without a thrashing suspect in between them.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Aragon City Council gives OK to updated zoning map
The Aragon City Council will be looking to approve a new zoning map, the first update to how the city is divided up since 2001.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Norcross hires company to help bring in new retail
The Norcross city council earlier this month agreed to hire a retail consulting firm to help develop strategies for bringing new business to the area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

VR citizens to get input in Douglas SPLOST referendum
A town hall meeting for Villa Rica citizens interested in a proposed Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum for Douglas County will be held next month.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Costco approval delayed
Plans for a mixed-use development that includes a Costco with its own gas station were put on hold Monday after the City Council said it needs more time to deliberate.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Marietta city council mulls maternity benefits
In 2015, four Marietta city employees took time off from work after becoming new parents. Because the city does not offer its employees specific maternity or paternity benefits, the two mothers and two fathers had to use the Family Medical Leave Act and their accrued sick and vacation benefits in order to stay home and get paid.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Bye bye PARKatlanta?
The private parking enforcer's seven-year contract officially comes to an end in late September.
Source: Creative Loafing

City and Ringgold Youth Sports Association trying to hammer out new contract for use of soccer fields
Time is running out for the city of Ringgold and its local youth sports association to agree on a contract extension for the field use at the recreational complex on Emberson Drive.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Tybee Island City Council plans for upcoming budget
Officials on Tybee Island are putting the funds in place to kickstart some long-awaited projects when the next fiscal year begins July 1.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Guyton awards bids for treatment plant
Guyton City Council members have approved two contracts that will pave the way for the city’s own wastewater treatment plant.
Source: Effingham Herald

Riverdale approves spending guidelines
The Riverdale City Council has adopted guidelines for the way it will spend the public’s money.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Augusta baseball clinic for kids part of My Brother's Keeper initiative
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is taking the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to Jaguar Field.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Wall at proposed new eastside Athens Kroger could be public art canvas, commissioner suggests
Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Andy Herod is hinting strongly he’d like to see what appears to be a blank wall at the Kroger Marketplace store proposed for the College Station Shopping Center become a public-art canvas.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Maxeys receives DNR grant to construct bike and walking trail
The city of Maxeys in Oglethorpe County is receiving a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to build a trail in the city that may one day become linked into the proposed 39-mile long Firefly Trail from Athens to Union Point.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Woodstock tables Costco proposal
The Woodstock City Council Monday night tabled a significant development proposal for a neighborhood near the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta mall to allow more time to study the detailed proposal.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell proposes no property tax change
Roswell city officials are proposing keeping the city’s property tax rate for FY 2017 level at 5.455 mills — said to be among the lowest in metro Atlanta — and plan three public hearings on the matter.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates closer to mayor/commission compensation
Avondale Estates’ gave a first reading Monday regarding compensation for the board of mayor and commissioners. The proposal asks for $400 a month each for four commissioners and $600 a month for the mayor.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamblee now accepts online payments for fines
The city of Chamblee now allows payment for traffic citations online or by phone.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Smyrna receives $100,00 ARC grant to study Atlanta Braves impact
The Smyrna City Council recently accepted a Livable Centers Initiative Supplemental Grant Award of $100,000 from the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

North Ga. mayor saves woman, dog from dog attack
A north Georgia man heard his neighbor screaming for help, after three dogs attacked her and her dog. Carly Sharec told Channel 2 Action News the man — who happened to be the mayor of Dawsonville — saved her and her dog from the surprise attack.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge: Atlanta annexation case ‘very strong’
The city of Atlanta has a strong argument that it should have the right to annex land in an unincorporated portion of Fulton County that has been off-limits for nearly 40 years, a State Supreme Court justice said Wednesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council committee postpones action on Uber airport pickups, yet public debate rages on
While the Atlanta City Council transportation committee put on hold its consideration of a proposal to legalize and regulate Uber X and Lyft pickups at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the issue continues to generate strong opinions on both sides.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta committee votes to convey Turner Field to recreation authority
The Atlanta City Council’s Finance Committee voted to approve on Wednesday the conveyance of about 70 acres of city-owned land around Turner Field to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority, which is negotiating its sale to Georgia State University and its development partner, Carter and Oakwood Development.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Plans introduced to renovate, raze ‘the bricks’
Plans to renovate and raze the Ben Hill and Lucy Morgan public housing complexes were presented to City Council during a work session Tuesday at the THINC College and Career Academy.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council votes to ban downtown skating
Skateboard enthusiasts will have to find other places in town to ride the rails after the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve new changes to an ordinance prohibiting skating in parts of LaGrange.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Suwanee approves first step of Town Center expansion, massage parlor ordinance
The Town Center Park in Suwanee could be getting an expansion, as city council members approved the first step of the planning process at their voting session Wednesday night.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta City Council approves Delta lease
The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a lease agreement between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Delta Air Lines.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Flowery Branch names new interim solicitor to represent city
A South Hall resident who practices law in Lawrenceville was named Flowery Branch’s interim solicitor Wednesday morning.
Source: Gainesville Times

Family Promise members ask the city for help in providing day center
To help combat the issue of homelessness in Tift County, a group called Family Promise is working to offer a shelter for families with children with the help of local churches. Representatives spoke to the Tifton City Council at last Thursday's workshop.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Decatur County agrees to money-saving healthcare plan with city, Memorial Hospital
The Decatur County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposed healthcare cooperative between the county, the City of Bainbridge and Memorial Hospital and Manor Tuesday that will save a proposed $176,838 for the county in its first year.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Albany City Commission OKs Motorola radio system upgrade
From their concern about the lack of a bid process to whether they were being forced to fund a new radio system, Albany city commissioners peppered staff with questions about the proposed $5.8 million upgrade of the city’s public safety radio system during Tuesday’s commission business meeting.
Source: Albany Herald

Albany City Commission signs off on plan for Georgia development designation
The Albany City Commission agreed to send a draft of the joint city/county Comprehensive Plan to the Department of Community Affairs for approval and OK’d $57,300 in funding that will provide for a consultant to help officials at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport get an 85-acre tract of land Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development designation.
Source: Albany Herald

Officials recall 2011 Northwest Georgia tornado strikes
Five years ago today, Rome, Floyd County and communities across Northwest Georgia were hammered twice by tornadoes as a storm system swept through the region.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City prepares for Blessing of the Fleet
Brunswick is abuzz with excitement as city crews spruce up the area in preparation for the arrival of the USNS Brunswick, a new U.S. Navy vessel named after the port city.
Source: Brunswick News

Second block party coming to Rockmart
Marble Street will be closed from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, for the second block party of 2016 in downtown Rockmart.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Grantville council passes four-day work week
Grantville City Council passed the four-day work week schedule at their regular council meeting Monday night.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

A Macon Program To Revitalize a Neighborhood Expands
A program in Macon-Bibb County that pays the down payment for Macon homes is going to expand. The target is the Bealls Hill neighborhood, a place that used to be downtrodden but is now revitalized. Twenty-thousand dollar down payments are provided as Mercer matches Knight Foundation money.
Source: GPB News

Savannah seeking faster, expanded wireless network
As the city develops plans for improving public safety and spurring economic development, officials say there is a need to evaluate Savannah’s high-speed Internet capabilities as well.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon arts village taking shape
The centerpiece of an arts village in Macon’s oldest neighborhood could be ready by the summer of 2017.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb says next SPLOST may reach $240 million
In 2011, the last time officials pushed for a new sales tax referendum in Macon, the total amount of the tax was $190 million. This time around, they want up to $240 million.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Committee backs $1 million Riverwalk Augusta upgrades
Augusta Commission members got an early glance Tuesday at the Downtown Devel­op­ment Authority’s $1 million plan to enhance Riverwalk Augusta, starting with two large, illuminated arches.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Delta, Atlanta to sign 20-year lease renewal Wednesday
The Atlanta City Council will vote Wednesday on a 20-year lease extension with Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Peachtree City designates community officers
A new program within the Peachtree City Police Department is giving residents more direct contact with law enforcement officers. Each of the city’s 179 neighborhoods has been paired with one of approximately 45 officers who have volunteered for My Community Officer, which gives residents an individual point of contact within the department.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta can now pursue a $2.5B MARTA transit expansion
Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed a measure into law that allows the city of Atlanta to pursue a $2.5 billion expansion of MARTA that’s likely to include a light rail system along the Beltline.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Planners see signs of trouble
Hinesville’s sign ordinance raised concerns for a local business owner and the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission at their meeting Tuesday.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Architects vie for Hahira City Center project
Five architectural firms pitched their qualifications to the Hahira City Council at a special called meeting Friday afternoon to design the city center.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Small Georgia town trying to save historic building
The only three-story building in the small South Georgia town of Hahira is likely to be deeded to the Hahira Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Tifton Gazette

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