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Monica Sheppard announces bid for Rome City Commission seat
Monica Sheppard announces bid for Rome City Commission seat_img Monica Sheppard announced her candidacy for the Rome City Commission in front of a crowd of about 30 supporters Sunday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
McNiece elected to GMA board of directors
McNiece elected to GMA board of directors_img Rome City Commissioner Evie McNiece was elected to the Georgia Municipal Association’s board of directors during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on Sunday. McNiece will serve an at-large position on the board.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Updated alcohol ordinance paves way for upcoming McDonough bookstore
Updated alcohol ordinance paves way for upcoming McDonough bookstore_img One local business owner is excited about the passage of an updated alcohol ordinance adopted by the city of McDonough on June 19.
Source: Henry Daily Herald
Maple Street attracting business interest
Maple Street attracting business interest_img Carrollton continues to draw a lot of interest from potential investors many of them are looking beyond downtown. City officials are optimistic this could bring business to nearby corridors, namely Bankhead Highway and Maple Street.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Savannah City Council goals: Less crime, more sidewalks
Savannah City Council goals: Less crime, more sidewalks_img The Savannah City Council has come up with a list of general goals for the city’s strategic plan, as well as mission and vision statements. Now staff is developing the specifics, such as the percentage levels sought and dates for when the goals will be achieved (hence all the X’s below).
Source: Savannah Morning News
Georgia, Pooler officials break ground on new GBI crime lab
Georgia, Pooler officials break ground on new GBI crime lab_img State and local officials brought out the gold shovels Monday to celebrate the forthcoming construction of a new Georgia Bureau of Investigation regional crime laboratory in Pooler.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Pooler officials report ongoing development on city’s northern, southern sides
Pooler officials report ongoing development on city’s northern, southern sides_img With commercial and residential growth now pushing ahead at a steady pace on the northern and southern sides of Pooler, city officials are turning their sights toward fostering redevelopment in Pooler’s historic downtown.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Road abandonment request meets resistance at commission session
Road abandonment request meets resistance at commission session_img A request that the Athens-Clarke County government abandon two streets off North Avenue to facilitate the redevelopment of an apartment community as a means to increase residential density could face some questions at the county commission’s July 5 meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
UGA study calls downtown Athens ‘economic engine’
UGA study calls downtown Athens ‘economic engine’_img A University of Georgia report on the economy of downtown Athens calls the area “an economic engine for the region,” particularly when the adjacent University of Georgia, the two nearby hospitals and other enterprises in the area immediately surrounding downtown are factored into the mix.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Athens faces challenges in economic development, consultant says
Athens faces challenges in economic development, consultant says_img Athens-Clarke County has land available for economic development — whether it be new industries or smaller bioscience — and technology-oriented enterprises, but that land is on the wrong side of the county and much of it is not served with adequate infrastructure, including access to the digital world.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Public can safely view Aug. 21 eclipse through telescopes at City Hall
Public can safely view Aug. 21 eclipse through telescopes at City Hall_img Athens’ Sandy Creek Nature Center will bring telescopes downtwown to City Hall for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse and make them available to the public for eclipse-watching.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
City announces new communications manager
City announces new communications manager_img The City of LaGrange announced Friday Katie Mercer Van Schoor as the new Marketing/Communications Manager for the City of LaGrange effective July 24, 2017. Van Schoor is currently the Morning and Midday anchor for WRBL News 3 in Columbus, Georgia. She has a nearly two decades of experience in news media from Fargo, North Dakota to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Pippin elected to Georgia Municipal Association board
Pippin elected to Georgia Municipal Association board_img Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin has been elected to the board of directors for the Georgia Municipal Association.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus
College Park earns national recognition for financials
College Park earns national recognition for financials_img College Park recently earned kudos for its comprehensive annual financial report.
Source: Neighbor News
Atlanta councilwoman proposes stiffer ATV, PTV fines
Atlanta councilwoman proposes stiffer ATV, PTV fines_img District 12 Atlanta City Councilwoman Joyce Sheperd has introduced an ordinance that could increase the minimum fine for operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) or a personal transportation vehicle (PTV) on a public road within the city of Atlanta.
Source: Neighbor News
Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy
Conference: US mayors may shape national climate policy_img With the Trump administration's withdrawal from the Paris climate accords, national policy on climate change will emerge from U.S. cities working to reduce emissions and become more resilient to rising sea levels, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said at the annual U.S. Conferences of Mayors meeting in Miami Beach.
Source: Access North Georgia
Group plans to rehab blocks of historic buildings near Underground Atlanta
Group plans to rehab blocks of historic buildings near Underground Atlanta_img Jake Nawrocki, who grew up in Lilburn and worked on the redevelopment of Ponce City Market during his stint at developer Jamestown, is taking on a new challenge.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Third candidate announces for Decatur’s District One commission seat
Third candidate announces for Decatur’s District One commission seat_img On Monday a third candidate announced he’s running for the Decatur District One commission seat that Fred Boykin’s retiring from.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sandy Springs OKs FY2018 budget
Sandy Springs OKs FY2018 budget_img The Sandy Springs City Council has voted unanimously to approve its fiscal 2018 budget, with a balanced general fund totaling $106 million and the budgets for all operating, capital and special revenues totaling $426.5 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Smyrna will buy four trucks for nearly $304K
Smyrna will buy four trucks for nearly $304K_img Four trucks will be bought for Smyrna, following approval by the Smyrna City Council.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Forest Park OKs police vehicle purchases
Forest Park OKs police vehicle purchases_img The Forest Park City Council recently voted to authorize the city manager to use SPLOST funds for the purchase of five 2017 Chevy Tahoe Police Performance vehicles through Enterprise Fleet Management for $160,200.95.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dead bees on Tybee raise questions about mosquito spraying
Dead bees on Tybee raise questions about mosquito spraying_img David Strickland knew his honeybees were in trouble when the yellow helicopter flew over his dining table at the North Beach Bar and Grill on Tuesday night.
Source: Savannah Morning News
City staff trained on equine health and safety
City staff trained on equine health and safety_img To continue to improve service for businesses, residents, and tourists, the City of Savannah Tourism Management and Ambassadorship Department recently completed training on equine health and safety issues.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah City Council votes for faster police response times
Savannah City Council votes for faster police response times_img Savannah’s City Council has unanimously voted to move forward with recommendations made by a firm hired to study police operations that would improve response times across the city and unincorporated Chatham County.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Commissioners make site visit as vehicle maintenance debate continues
Commissioners make site visit as vehicle maintenance debate continues_img Augusta’s fleet maintenance contractor brought in a lobbyist and the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office weighed in for a first time as the Augusta Commission continues an effort to in-source fleet maintenance.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Commission OKs raises for airport staff
Commission OKs raises for airport staff_img Augusta Regional Airport employees are in line for across-the-board pay increases, but it may be a few months before the rest of the city workforce sees any change in pay.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
US mayors conference focuses on immigration, climate change
US mayors conference focuses on immigration, climate change_img More than 250 U.S. mayors are meeting in Florida at a time when many cities are pushing back against Trump administration policies on climate change and immigration.
Source: Neighbor News
Downtown Macon’s “vision block” draws $1.5 million grant for extension
Downtown Macon’s “vision block” draws $1.5 million grant for extension_img More blocks of downtown Macon could receive streetscape upgrades as part of the Second Street Corridor project.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Stockbridge to Eagles Landing: leave our borders alone
Stockbridge to Eagles Landing: leave our borders alone_img The Georgia Legislature will not resume until January, but Stockbridge is fighting now against two state Senate bills affecting its borders.
Source: Neighbor News
Stonecrest Hires Company To Manage City’s Operations
Stonecrest Hires Company To Manage City’s Operations_img The new city of Stonecrest, in southeast DeKalb County, has hired a private company to run most of the city's operations. The Stonecrest City Council has approved a contract with CH2M to handle most municipal departments including parks and recreation, finance and information technology.
Source: WABE
Brookhaven may use eminent domain for Greenway
Brookhaven may use eminent domain for Greenway_img Assembling the property needed for the planned $35 million Peachtree Creek Greenway will take place one piece of land at a time. Landing the first major parcel for the linear park and trail system is already proving to be a tough first step.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
MARTA Faces Additional Hurdles In Atlanta Streetcar Takeover
MARTA Faces Additional Hurdles In Atlanta Streetcar Takeover_img Atlanta city officials say it will take about a year before MARTA takes over operation of the Atlanta Streetcar.
Source: WABE
City hopes to grow businesses in shipping containers
City hopes to grow businesses in shipping containers_img The city of Atlanta soon will try out a creative concept for housing small businesses that’s working in other large cities. The city is creating a complex to house small businesses inside repurposed shipping containers.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
City hears annexation, rezoning request
City hears annexation, rezoning request_img The Newnan City Council has green-lighted an ordinance to annex a seven-acre parcel of land into the city limits.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Georgia Power installing new LED street lights in Berkeley Lake
Georgia Power installing new LED street lights in Berkeley Lake_img Residents of Berkeley Lake are seeing Georgia Power crews along city streets as they replace older street lights with new LED technology.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Fulton, cities begin transit master plan meetings
Fulton, cities begin transit master plan meetings_img Public meetings are planned in the coming weeks in Fulton County outside Atlanta on a proposed countywide Transit Master Plan that officials say will address cities’ plans for the future, the potential role of transit, and public needs and desires.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Decatur commission approves sale of packaged liquor with beer, wine
Decatur commission approves sale of packaged liquor with beer, wine_img Decatur’s commission has approved amendments to the alcoholic beverage ordinance allowing for the sale of packaged liquor, beer and wine from the same the retail store.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Berkeley Lake proposing property tax reduction
Berkeley Lake proposing property tax reduction_img The Berkeley Lake City Council will vote to lower the city’s 2017 property tax millage rate at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 28 at City Hall, 4040 South Berkeley Lake Road. The proposed 2.269 mills is 1.69 percent below the rollback rate.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta OKs change to building permit requirements
Atlanta OKs change to building permit requirements_img The Atlanta City Council has approved an amendment to its building code allowing general repair work up to $10,000 to be performed without a building permit.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Buford Highway to be transformed through Suwanee
Buford Highway to be transformed through Suwanee_img Buford Highway between McGinnis Ferry Road and George Pierce Park in Suwanee will be transformed beginning this fall. Nearly half of the $11 million, one and a half mile project will be funded by a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to implement the city’s LCI plan, the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Contract awarded for Marietta’s Elizabeth Porter Park
Contract awarded for Marietta’s Elizabeth Porter Park_img A general contractor for Elizabeth Porter Park was chosen recently by the Marietta City Council.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alpharetta joins pilot for 911 call locator
Alpharetta joins pilot for 911 call locator_img Alpharetta is joining a pilot program to demonstrate a technology that its backers say can immediately provide a 911 dispatcher with the accurate location of a cell phone caller, speeding responses and potentially saving lives.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Roswell OKs $541K building code contract
Roswell OKs $541K building code contract_img The Roswell City Council has authorized a new contract with SAFEbuilt Georgia for building code administration and code enforcement services for the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Covington Utilities gets their own logo
Covington Utilities gets their own logo_img Designed to complement the recently implemented city of Covington logo, the city’s utility department will begin utilizing its own separate insignia immediately.
Source: Covington News
City contemplates stricter ‘dangerous dog’ ordinance
City contemplates stricter ‘dangerous dog’ ordinance_img A new proposed amendment to the City of Madison’s ordinance on animals aims to close a loophole that prevents the animal control department from placing stricter penalties on aggressive dogs.
Source: Morgan County Citizen
Porterdale offers safe space for online shoppers
 Porterdale offers safe space for online shoppers_img The City of Porterdale has a new designated spot for online and person-to-person sales right outside the Porterdale Police Department (PPD).
Source: Covington News
City council OKs purchase of Caterpillar building
City council OKs purchase of Caterpillar building_img A food-processing plant that eventually could employ more than 400 is looking at Thomasville as a site for a new plant.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Coordinator appointed to Amp, Depot
Coordinator appointed to Amp, Depot_img The new coordinator of The Amp and Train Depot will be operating from the historic station on Bradley Street by July, moving that department from the Carrollton Main Street office.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Skate park, boathouse, sewer improvements in Cave Spring among SPLOST projects presented Thursday
Skate park, boathouse, sewer improvements in Cave Spring among SPLOST projects presented Thursday_img Several of the projects presented to the Citizens SPLOST Advisory Committee Thursday night came with a core group of supporters.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Disintegrating building in middle of Rossville to be torn down
Disintegrating building in middle of Rossville to be torn down_img The disintegrating building in the middle of Rossville is finally going down.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press
Mayor says council “will not be bullied” by county commission
Mayor says council “will not be bullied” by county commission_img City Mayor Julie Smith delivered a blistering statement responding to pushback from the Tift County Board of Commissioners about the water and sewer equalization rate at the June 19 meeting.
Source: Tifton Gazette
City council OKs purchase of Caterpillar building
City council OKs purchase of Caterpillar building_img A food-processing plant that eventually could employ more than 400 is looking at Thomasville as a site for a new plant.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Lyerly Takes Aim At Overdue Taxes
Lyerly Takes Aim At Overdue Taxes	_img Lyerly Town Council voted unanimously earlier this month to put eight properties in the town up for sale due to failure to pay property tax.
Source: Summerville News
Statham approves $3.1 million budget
Statham approves $3.1 million budget_img Statham City Council on Tuesday night adopted its fiscal year 2018 budget of about $3.1 million. It is $110,000 more than the current budget.
Source: Albany Herald
Gillsville to hold election in November to fill council seat
Gillsville to hold election in November to fill council seat_img The Gillsville City Council will be operating with one less councilmember for the remainder of the year.
Source: Jackson County News
Claxton Approves Final FY18 Budget
Claxton Approves Final FY18 Budget_img By way of resolution, Claxton City Council approved an operating budget for fiscal year 2018 at their bi-monthly meeting Monday night.
Source: Claxton Enterprise
Four councilmen up for reelection
Four councilmen up for reelection_img Four Claxton city councilmen, three from District Two and one from District One, are up for reelection in November and two have announced they do not intend to seek another term. Qualifying opens in August.
Source: Claxton Enterprise
Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority approves agreement with Downtown Development Authority
Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority approves agreement with Downtown Development Authority_img Members of the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority met Wednesday afternoon and voted to approve the authority’s 2017-2018 budget.
Source: Albany Herald
City adopts hands-off approach on Blue Mile winnings
City adopts hands-off approach on Blue Mile winnings_img Instead of pursuing an agreement with the new Blue Mile Foundation, Statesboro’s city government agreed Tuesday to hand the portion of America’s Best Communities winnings it holds over to the lead applicant in the competition, the Averitt Center for the Arts.
Source: Statesboro Herald
Gainesville officials heading off to ‘working weekend’ in Savannah
Gainesville officials heading off to ‘working weekend’ in Savannah_img One of the perks of having a leadership role in city government is the opportunity to attend the annual convention of the Georgia Municipal Association being held this weekend in Savannah.
Source: Gainesville Times
Loganville moving to new City Hall in July
Loganville moving to new City Hall in July_img Loganville’s government is about to be on the move.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation takes aim at youth violence
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation takes aim at youth violence_img The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation advisory board is trying to target the problem of youth crime and violence with an initiative that could give kids other outlets in their neighborhoods.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Villa Rica believes Fullerville park the start of trail around city
Villa Rica believes Fullerville park the start of trail around city_img The Fullerville Trailhead — the first stage of what Villa Rica officials hope will eventually be a path around the city — officially opened on Tuesday.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Villa Rica expecting 15,000 for Independence Day fireworks
Villa Rica expecting 15,000 for Independence Day fireworks_img Villa Rica will celebrate Independence Day with music and fireworks in two weeks when an estimated 15,000 people gather to attend the city’s annual Fireworks Display Extravaganza.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Cemetery repairs to cost $65K; insurance to pay
Cemetery repairs to cost $65K; insurance to pay_img It will take at least another two months before the gravestones in the Carrollton Cemetery that were plowed down by a drunken driver are restored. The incident occurred on March 19.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Savannah City Council set to vote on police recommendations
Savannah City Council set to vote on police recommendations_img Members of Savannah’s City Council will decide whether to act on a police operations study Thursday and whether to further postpone a temporary stay on short-term vacation rentals.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah unveils new app to allow mobile payment for parking
Savannah unveils new app to allow mobile payment for parking_img The City of Savannah today introduced ParkSavannah, the latest way to pay for on-street metered parking. The new ParkSavannah app makes parking easy by allowing users to purchase parking with a debit or credit card from their smartphone.
Source: Savannah Morning News
City facing tax increase
City facing tax increase_img It could be the first tax increase since 1996 but in order to balance the proposed FY2018 budget Metter City Council is considering the option of a 3-plus mill increase in taxes.
Source: Metter Advertiser
City votes for 15 percent increase in water consumption rates
City votes for 15 percent increase in water consumption rates_img To address aging infrastructure and capital improvement needs, City Manager Mandi Cody has proposed increasing the water consumption rate by 15 percent.
Source: Metter Advertiser
Budget set, Centerville officials look to manage services and growth
Budget set, Centerville officials look to manage services and growth_img The City Council gave final approval to a $10.2 million budget for Centerville’s new fiscal year starting July 1.
Source: Macon Telegraph
TSPLOST proposal gets pushback at public hearing
TSPLOST proposal gets pushback at public hearing_img A proposed five-year 1 percent local sales tax for funding more than $100 million in transportation-related projects in Athens-Clarke County got some pushback from the local hotel community and elsewhere at a Tuesday public hearing.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Concept plan released for new 22-acre park in Sugar Hill
Concept plan released for new 22-acre park in Sugar Hill_img Officials in Sugar Hill have released the tentative concept plans for a new "passive park" coming along the Ga. 20 corridor.
Source: Access North Georgia
Roswell Arts Fund working towards bringing a Performing Arts Center to downtown
Roswell Arts Fund working towards bringing a Performing Arts Center to downtown_img Roswell Arts Fund is shaping the city for the possibility of what they feel will "fulfill a niche market" in the city.
Source: Neighbor News
Dunwoody sets new ‘BYOB’ business fee at $300
Dunwoody sets new ‘BYOB’ business fee at $300_img The Dunwoody City Council voted June 12 to charge a $300 fee to businesses wanting a new “BYOB” license.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Sandy Springs may mandate affordable housing
Sandy Springs may mandate affordable housing_img Sandy Springs may mandate affordable housing in large multifamily developments, a major policy change proposed in its new draft zoning code.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Atlanta launches new city website
Atlanta launches new city website_img The city of Atlanta June 21 launched a redesign of the government website, atlantaga.gov.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Settlement reached to close Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter – ending more than a decade of discord
Settlement reached to close Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter – ending more than a decade of discord_img After nearly a decade of legal battles between various parties, a settlement has been reached that will lead to the closing of the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter, according to several sources close to the transaction.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
New Atlanta budget raises minimum wage for city workers
New Atlanta budget raises minimum wage for city workers_img The Atlanta City Council unanimously adopted a $648.6 million fiscal 2018 general fund budget late Wednesday that raises starting salaries for city firefighters and increases the minimum wage for city workers.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Council approves sign on advice of attorneys
Council approves sign on advice of attorneys_img What officials call “a weakness” in Senoia’s sign ordinance is resulting in erection of a billboard soon on Ga. Hwy. 16, across from the Cumberland Village shopping center.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Johns Creek City Hall moving to save $350K
Johns Creek City Hall moving to save $350K_img The Johns Creek City Council signed off on a number of real estate arrangements that could result in a savings of $350,000 to $600,000 while it awaits its new City Hall being readied for occupation.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Alpharetta faces slight budget shortfall
Alpharetta faces slight budget shortfall_img Hours after Fulton County Commission Chairman John Eaves announced a move to rescind 2017 property assessments, Alpharetta city leaders passed a budget they anticipate will fall just short of funding.
Source: NorthFulton.com
MARTA to take over operations of Atlanta Streetcar
MARTA to take over operations of Atlanta Streetcar_img MARTA will take over operations of the Atlanta Streetcar and rides may one day once again be free, Mayor Kasim Reed said in an interview on Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta city employees, firefighters get pay bump in FY 2018 budget
Atlanta city employees, firefighters get pay bump in FY 2018 budget_img The Atlanta City Council on Wednesday approved the city’s $648.6 million fiscal 2018 budget, including a bump in the minimum wage for city employees, a 3 percent raise for all employees except those making $150,000 and above, and an increase in the starting salaries for firefighters.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Smyrna hires firm for parks and rec master plan
Smyrna hires firm for parks and rec master plan_img The Smyrna City Council hired a firm Monday to complete a Parks and Recreation Master Plan. Perez Planning will be the consultant for $86,500.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Marietta Police will hire Public Safety Ambassadors
Marietta Police will hire Public Safety Ambassadors_img The Marietta City Council approved recently the development and funding of a new $708,000 initiative in which residents will serve as Public Safety Ambassadors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Snellville video highlights Towne Center vision
Snellville video highlights Towne Center vision_img Snellville officials have unveiled a promotional video as a teaser for city’s vision for the ‘Towne Center @Snellville’. Created by Blue Rose Media Solutions and city staff, the video visually represents the city’s downtown redevelopment project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peachtree City revises emergency fees
Peachtree City revises emergency fees_img After comparing its fees for fire and emergency services with those of neighboring jurisdictions, the Peachtree City Fire Department is revising its fee structure.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Duluth residents assisting police in neighborhood patrols
Duluth residents assisting police in neighborhood patrols_img The Duluth Police Department has launched the first graduates of a new ‘Citizens on Patrol’ program. The first nine graduates have completed a vehicle maintenance course, and 8 of the 9 have completed a slow speed precision driving cone course.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alpharetta delays millage rate over tax uncertainty
Alpharetta delays millage rate over tax uncertainty_img The Alpharetta City Council this week approved its fiscal 2018 budget, but the city delayed adopting a millage rate and put a hold on a number of new operating initiatives.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Tybee Island officers recognized for new training, education
Tybee Island officers recognized for new training, education_img The city of Tybee Island this week recognized several officers with the city’s police department who have attained new levels of training and education.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Tybee Island recognizes local Coast Guard, adopts budget
Tybee Island recognizes local Coast Guard, adopts budget_img The city of Tybee Island on Tuesday launched a multi-jurisdictional effort to attain a Coast Guard Community designation for the Chatham County area.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Garden City manager praised in recent performance review
Garden City manager praised in recent performance review_img Officials in Garden City this week gave City Manager Ron Feldner top marks in a review of his performance as the town’s chief administrator.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Macon-Bibb commission adopts budget with tax-rate hike
Macon-Bibb commission adopts budget with tax-rate hike_img The $149.9 million general fund budget approved in a 6-3 vote includes a 3-mill increase. The additional property tax revenue will cover increased expenses in public safety, recreation and other areas, as well as prevent the county from further dipping into the reserves, Mayor Robert Reichert has said.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Hall County, Gainesville, Flowery Branch sign Service Delivery agreement
Hall County, Gainesville, Flowery Branch sign Service Delivery agreement_img Hall County Commissioners and members of the Gainesville City Council sat shoulder-to-shoulder Tuesday evening in a special called meeting at the Public Safety Complex for the purpose of signing the Service Delivery Strategy.
Source: Access North Georgia
City edges out county in weight loss competition
City edges out county in weight loss competition_img While the city of Griffin won a trophy and bragging rights for edging out Spalding County in the first Employee Biggest Loser Contest, city Human Resources Director Miles Neville said all of the participants benefited by losing weight and becoming healthier.
Source: Griffin Daily News
Sandy Springs approves $106M FY18 budget, renews outsourcing contracts
Sandy Springs approves $106M FY18 budget, renews outsourcing contracts _img The Sandy Springs City Council approved its fiscal year 2018 budget, including a $106 million operating budget, at its June 20 meeting. The council also renewed its main city government outsourcing contracts.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Sandy Springs rezoning, gas station moratoriums extended
Sandy Springs rezoning, gas station moratoriums extended_img The city of Sandy Springs has extended its moratoriums on applications for rezonings, gas stations and convenience stores through Sept. 30 as it works on a new zoning code.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Council approves special called meeting for potential moratorium
Council approves special called meeting for potential moratorium_img The Milton City Council will meet Wednesday for a special called meeting to consider placing a moratorium on development abutting property lying in another jurisdiction.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Smyrna taking over history museum
Smyrna taking over history museum_img Council members voted Monday evening to give control of the Smyrna Museum over to the city and hire a group to redesign the exhibits and collections on display.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Duluth reveals building plans for vacant ‘hole’ in downtown
Duluth reveals building plans for vacant ‘hole’ in downtown_img Construction equipment has moved into downtown Duluth in the space between Pure Taqueria and the Red Clay Music Foundry on Main Street.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Kingston hears tourism report
Kingston hears tourism report	_img Last February, a team from the Tourism Product Development Office visited Kingston with an eye towards fostering a plan to make the city a tourist destination.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News
Grovetown makes adjustments to select city fees
Grovetown makes adjustments to select city fees_img Grovetown city leaders approved recommendations to update and modify a variety of fees that they say could bring an increase of thousands of dollars in revenue from the planning and development and recreation departments.
Source: Columbia County News Times
Snellville hires new youth commission leader
Snellville hires new youth commission leader_img Snellville resident Christopher O’Donoghue has been hired to lead the city’s Youth Commission. The special commission is designed to promote high school student participation in local government.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peachtree City proceeding with island park
Peachtree City proceeding with island park_img Despite repeated objections from a group of residents, Peachtree City is moving forward with plans to develop Lake Peachtree’s “Snake Island” into a passive park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Main Street Covington receives national accreditation
Main Street Covington receives national accreditation_img Main Street Covington has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
Marietta adopts balanced budget with no tax or fee hikes
Marietta adopts balanced budget with no tax or fee hikes_img The Marietta City Council voted unanimously to approve a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2018 which begins July 1 and ends June 30, 2018. The budget was passed with no service reductions and no tax or fee increases.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Marietta Council approves tourism grants
Marietta Council approves tourism grants_img The Marietta City Council agreed recently to issue nearly 20 tourism grants worth almost $1.15 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Celebration of life planned for former mayor of Conyers
Celebration of life planned for former mayor of Conyers_img A memorial event celebrating the life of former Conyers mayor Charles Walker will be held July 22 at the Georgia International Horse Park, a landmark that was developed in large part due to Walker’s leadership.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
Governor appoints Mike Rast to fill Hapeville’s vacant council seat
Governor appoints Mike Rast to fill Hapeville’s vacant council seat_img Gov. Nathan Deal has appointed former Hapeville City Councilman Mike Rast to fill the vacant alderman-at-large seat.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Woodstock hires consultant to update city plan
Woodstock hires consultant to update city plan_img The Woodstock City Council has authorized a $67,480 contract with Pond & Co. to update its comprehensive plan.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
UGA landscape fellow to assist Holly Springs
UGA landscape fellow to assist Holly Springs_img The Holly Springs Main Street Program has enlisted a landscape architecture graduate student from the University of Georgia to help with municipal improvement projects this summer as a Downtown Renaissance Fellow.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
St. Marys considers stormwater utility
St. Marys considers stormwater utility_img City officials held a workshop Monday to discuss the creation of a stormwater utility in St. Marys.
Source: Brunswick News
City of Atlanta hires 1,000 summer interns
City of Atlanta hires 1,000 summer interns_img The city of Atlanta has employed approximately 1,000 Atlanta youth and young adults in its summer internship program. This opportunity offers practical experience in all city departments and mentorship opportunities with city leaders.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hampton City Council proposes to impose $1,750 fee to brewery
Hampton City Council proposes to impose $1,750 fee to brewery_img Though the city of Hampton has been home to Jailhouse Brewing Company for nearly 10 years, it never had a section in its code of ordinances addressing brewery regulations.
Source: Henry Daily Herald
CinéBistro announces plans for Peachtree Corners Town Center location
CinéBistro announces plans for Peachtree Corners Town Center location_img New details were released on plans to bring CinéBistro to the Peachtree Corners Town Center project that is underway in western Gwinnett this week.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Council abandons Leonard Street for St. Paul United Methodist Church construction
Council abandons Leonard Street for St. Paul United Methodist Church construction_img A section of Columbus Council erupted into applauds late Tuesday after councilors agreed to close and abandon a section of Leonard Street to make way for new construction at St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Major music licensing company flags Lula
Major music licensing company flags Lula_img Lula, with a population of less than 3,000 residents, can no longer fly under the radar.
Source: Gainesville Times
Wallace wins council seat in Temple
Wallace wins council seat in Temple_img Temple voters on Tuesday elected Thomas Wallace to serve on the City Council in a special election to replace the late Ward 4 councilman, William Simmons.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Live in a city? You could get a county tax break
Live in a city? You could get a county tax break_img If you live in a city in Hall County, your property tax bill could drop next year depending on what happens in in the next few days.
Source: Gainesville Times
City revisits sales tax wish list
City revisits sales tax wish list_img Thomasville City Council members will meet Wednesday afternoon to review a list of prioritized projects to be funded by a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) proposed for a November referendum.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Doerun mourns mayor; Saunders died Tuesday
Doerun mourns mayor; Saunders died Tuesday_img Doerun Mayor George Saunders, who was a former city councilman and a farmer, died Tuesday at 71.
Source: Moultrie Observer
‘MEAG money’ has shaped Albany’s economy
‘MEAG money’ has shaped Albany’s economy_img Some $77 million in credits returned to the city of Albany through its utilities authority has been pivotal to the community’s economy.
Source: Albany Herald
City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo
City of Covington to utilize new “Covington Utilities” logo_img Designed to complement the recently implemented City of Covington logo, the city’s utility department will begin utilizing its own insignia immediately.
Source: Covington News
City addressing Cherokee Lake concerns
City addressing Cherokee Lake concerns_img The City of Thomasville has a plan for Cherokee Lake Park that will eventually connect the community trail with one of Thomasville’s most popular public green spaces.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Keys to Rome public art and music piano project wraps up
Keys to Rome public art and music piano project wraps up_img The public art and music piano project, Keys to Rome, is wrapping up after a successful six week run. The pianos transformed into works of art launched on May 6 for the public to enjoy at their leisure.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Porterdale’s newest officer sworn in
Porterdale’s newest officer sworn in_img Porterdale Police Officer Tim Hawkins was sworn in June 16 by Mayor Arline Chapman after his graduation from the police academy at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC). He started his eight weeks of field training today.
Source: Covington News
Rome to recruit retail, restaurants
Rome to recruit retail, restaurants_img The Rome City Commission hired a consulting firm Monday to bring chain retailers and full-service restaurants to the city.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Main Street events benefiting business
Main Street events benefiting business_img Main Street Carrollton said it has had a successful summer so far with crowds flocking downtown for family films and concerts. The result has been positive for businesses on and around the square, with Main Street events helping drive customers to their shops and restaurants.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Villa Rica city manager candidates down to three
Villa Rica city manager candidates down to three_img There are now three finalists for the post of Villa Rica city manager after one candidate withdrew his name from consideration.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
City council expected to approve budget Monday
City council expected to approve budget Monday_img The Douglasville City Council is expected to adopt a resolution Monday night during its 6 p.m. meeting giving final approval to a proposed FY 2018 general fund budget of roughly $27.4 million.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Cartersville council approves 2018 budget
Cartersville council approves 2018 budget_img As fiscal year 2017 winds down, the Cartersville City Council made final changes to the 2018 budget Thursday.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News
Utility holds last town hall before vote on rate increase
Utility holds last town hall before vote on rate increase_img Jimmy Junkin, Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission executive director, hosted the second of two town hall meetings to inform the public of the details of the utility’s proposed fiscal year 2018 budget and rate increase.
Source: Brunswick News
Canton takes step toward pay raises
Canton takes step toward pay raises_img After reviewing about 15 “benchmark” cities around the state with similar “growth rates and salaries per capita” to Canton, the city council voted Thursday 3-1 to advertise a proposed increase in salary for the mayor and council members.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Smyrna City Council adopts new budget
Smyrna City Council adopts new budget_img Council members voted unanimously Monday evening to adopt the city’s new $92 million budget, which goes into effect July 1 and represents a 9.4 percent decrease from this fiscal year.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Savannah business leaders decry city’s proposed hotel plans
Savannah business leaders decry city’s proposed hotel plans_img Business leaders in Savannah are crying foul after an amendment that would impact hotel development was put forward to the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission this month without their input.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Pooler officials OK bond issue for senior housing community
Pooler officials OK bond issue for senior housing community_img Officials in Pooler on Monday cleared the city’s development authority to issue up to $8 million in bonds for construction of a new affordable housing community for seniors.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Bids to build new Augusta bus facility cited as too high
Bids to build new Augusta bus facility cited as too high_img An Augusta Public Transit maintenance and administration building planned for a Regency Mall out-parcel is on hold after construction bids came in too high, city officials said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Cyber center expected to have significant economic impact on Augusta metro area
Cyber center expected to have significant economic impact on Augusta metro area_img Experts expect Augusta’s Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center to help kindle several business and economic opportunities in the Augusta metro area.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Official groundbreaking ceremony held for the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center
Official groundbreaking ceremony held for the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center_img Two Augusta business leaders who pitched the idea of the Georgia Cyber Innovation and Training Center to Gov. Nathan Deal just last December will be honored with their names on the building, Deal revealed Monday at the official groundbreaking for the center.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Warner Robins debates tax increase
Warner Robins debates tax increase_img Some Warner Robins City Council members on Monday advocated for raising taxes in order to fix a problem with salaries that was identified in a pay scale study.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Changes to city's cemetery policy take effect July 1
Changes to city's cemetery policy take effect July 1_img According to the policy changes, the city will be responsible for all decorations in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery “except those wreaths that are placed on special occasions and have been authorized by the Cemetery Superintendent,” and there are no exceptions to this policy.
Source: Griffin Daily News
Lula leaders OK new budget with no new taxes
Lula leaders OK new budget with no new taxes_img When Mayor Milton Turner opened the floor to public comments, no one from among the handful of residents who attended Monday night’s meeting had anything to say.
Source: Gainesville Times
Mother, Oakwood officer help save wheelchair-bound man from fire
Mother, Oakwood officer help save wheelchair-bound man from fire_img An early-morning fire Monday in Oakwood left an elderly woman and her adult son, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, without their home of eight years — and most everything else.
Source: Gainesville Times
Oakwood eyeing downtown ‘town center’
Oakwood eyeing downtown ‘town center’_img Oakwood is hoping to develop city-owned property near downtown as a “town center.”
Source: Gainesville Times
Atlanta City Council OKs Philips Arena renovations
Atlanta City Council OKs Philips Arena renovations_img The Atlanta City Council overwhelmingly approved an agreement with the Atlanta Hawks Monday to launch a nearly $193 million overhaul of Philips Arena, a deal that will keep the pro basketball team downtown well into the 2040s.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Snellville approves 2018 budget, keeps millage rate stable
Snellville approves 2018 budget, keeps millage rate stable_img The Snellville City Council recently approved an overall budget of $11,344,770, with plans to keep the city’s millage rate unchanged at 4.588 mills.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lawrenceville hires new finance director
Lawrenceville hires new finance director_img Lawrenceville has hired Keith Lee to assume the role of financial director. He will spearhead efforts to manage, plan and develop the city’s $179 million annual budget.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hapeville OKs ordinance to combat human trafficking
Hapeville OKs ordinance to combat human trafficking_img The city of Hapeville recently approved the creation of a new subsection for loitering with the intent to solicit sex for hire to its current loitering ordinance.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta approves grant to fund affordable workforce housing units
Atlanta approves grant to fund affordable workforce housing units_img The Invest Atlanta Board of Directors passed a resolution approving the use of $9 million from the Eastside Tax Allocation District for the development of a $90.5 million, 14-story, 302-unit residential tower at 161 Peachtree Center Ave. in downtown Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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