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Youth Council completes second year
Youth Council completes second year_img The 15-member Valdosta Youth Council has completed its second year.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Georgia bill gives rural downtowns incentive to renovate stores
Georgia bill gives rural downtowns incentive to renovate stores_img House Bill 73 has made its way through both the Georgia Senate and the House of Representatives and was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight
Youth Council completes second year
Youth Council completes second year_img The 15-member Valdosta Youth Council has completed its second year. Initiated by Mayor John Gayle in 2015, the 2016-2017 council had a variety of accomplishments.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
City receives donations for new downtown trash cans
City receives donations for new downtown trash cans_img A total of $5,000 from Friends of Jimmy Carter National Historic Site was used recently to purchase new trash cans to benefit the city of Americus’ efforts to clean up city sidewalks.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder
Tybee officials release Post Theater’s financial debt
Tybee officials release Post Theater’s financial debt_img The operators of the Tybee Post Theater will no longer have to funnel a portion of their ticket sales to the city under an agreement approved by Tybee Island officials this week.
Source: Savannah Morning News
City calls off plan to implement downtown Savannah Serves fee
City calls off plan to implement downtown Savannah Serves fee_img The Savannah City Council has backed away from plans to implement a downtown fee for additional police, maintenance workers and ambassadors in the Historic District after opposition from businesses and questions about the legality of the proposal.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Cohutta officials say new emergency siren working as planned
Cohutta officials say new emergency siren working as planned_img When a powerful storm barreled through Whitfield County on Wednesday, Cohutta residents got an alert that a tornado warning had been issued thanks to a new emergency siren the city installed last month.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
The Woman Who Revived Her Neighborhood Park
The Woman Who Revived Her Neighborhood Park_img There are big things happening on the west side of Atlanta right now. The city is creating large parks and a trail that will connect to the BeltLine, all part of the long-term cleanup of Proctor Creek.
Source: WABE
Westside Residents Worry Proctor Creek Fixes Could Price Them Out
Westside Residents Worry Proctor Creek Fixes Could Price Them Out _img Neighborhoods on Atlanta’s Westside are changing. Mercedes-Benz Stadium construction is wrapping up; the BeltLine is coming. And what has been a blighted creek could eventually become an amenity. But some residents are concerned that efforts to fix Proctor Creek could eventually price them out.
Source: WABE
Marietta Fire Department announces free contest featuring fire engine ride
Marietta Fire Department announces free contest featuring fire engine ride_img The Marietta Fire Department announced that they have created a free special summer contest, for which the winner will receive a free ride in a fire engine.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Marietta sells another Franklin Gateway property on Wednesday
Marietta sells another Franklin Gateway property on Wednesday_img Marietta has agreed to sell just under 28 acres of land on Franklin Gateway for $9.25 million in a special called City Council meeting Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Fayetteville unveils new logo
Fayetteville unveils new logo_img As part of a larger marketing effort in Fayette County, the city of Fayetteville debuted a new blue-and-white logo.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peachtree Corners updates environmental ordinances
Peachtree Corners updates environmental ordinances_img The Peachtree Corners City Council recently approved updates to three existing ordinances based on recommendations from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division during their annual review of the city’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Woodstock to seek federal funds for trail extension
Woodstock to seek federal funds for trail extension_img The Woodstock City Council has approved a resolution to pursue federal funds to construct the Noonday Creek Trail Extension, as recommended in the “Livable Centers Initiative” corridor plan for Ga. 92.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Public gets preview of McDonough’s future interactive museum
Public gets preview of McDonough’s future interactive museum_img Hundreds of McDonough Geranium Festival-goers stopped by the future C.O. Polk Interactive Museum Saturday to view the progress that’s been made on the city’s first museum.
Source: Henry Daily Herald
Columbus Council considers hiring full-time Recorder’s Court judge
Columbus Council considers hiring full-time Recorder’s Court judge_img Should the city hire a senior full-time Recorder’s Court judge?
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
SPLOST groups tour Forum, where remodeling is nearly complete
SPLOST groups tour Forum, where remodeling is nearly complete_img A new website for the Forum River Center in Rome is expected to go live in July — along with an aggressive marketing campaign
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Emerson revises meeting schedule
Emerson revises meeting schedule_img The Emerson City Council voted Monday to change its meeting schedule.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News
City accepts GEFA loans
City accepts GEFA loans_img Thomasville City Council on Monday authorized receipt of two low-interest environmental loans to fund projects.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Temple council to weigh water pump buy today
Temple council to weigh water pump buy today_img Temple council members will meet this afternoon to consider buying two water pumps that city officials hope will improve water pressure problems in the Amy Ridge subdivision.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
First Villa Rica 'parklets' proving to be popular
First Villa Rica 'parklets' proving to be popular_img The first "parklets" to be introduced in downtown Villa Rica appear to be a success, providing an outdoor dining experience at the two businesses that have them.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Covington to look at alcohol ordinances in June
Covington to look at alcohol ordinances in June_img The Covington City Council is expected to begin discussions on proposed ordinances concerning brown bagging and hospitality drinks at its June 5 work session. Mayor Ronnie Johnston requested at the council’s May 15 meeting that city staff have several sample ordinances from other municipalities ready for the council to examine.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
City, county SPLOST meeting focuses on recreation
City, county SPLOST meeting focuses on recreation_img Thomas County commissioners, Thomasville City Council members and mayors of several smaller municipalities met Monday to discuss a new six-year Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST), with a proposed referendum in November.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Conyers budget includes new public safety positions, pay raises
Conyers budget includes new public safety positions, pay raises_img No tax increase and the addition of two new public safety positions are the main highlights of a relatively flat budget proposal presented Wednesday at the Conyers City Council meeting.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
Woodstock tables historic mixed-use development
Woodstock tables historic mixed-use development_img About 50 Woodstock residents filled the Chambers at City Center Monday night wearing green “4 North Main” T-shirts to support a proposed historic mixed-use development along Main Street, but they came away not knowing the fate of the plan.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Meigs Council talks police department
Meigs Council talks police department_img The City of Meigs is looking to address, and perhaps correct, issues with the town's police department.
Source: Moultrie Observer
1924 tax keeps funding Gainesville Parks and Recreation
1924 tax keeps funding Gainesville Parks and Recreation_img Gainesville residents who today enjoy access to 22 parks, the civic center and a number of recreational facilities can thank voters who made it all happen in a special election more than 90 years ago.
Source: Gainesville Times
Auburn to move forward with sports complex master plan development
Auburn to move forward with sports complex master plan development_img After nearly a decade of on-and-off-again discussion, Auburn officials are hoping to push forward with a specific master plan for future development of a city sports complex.
Source: Barrow News Journal
Albany City Commission OKs art museum funding
Albany City Commission OKs art museum funding_img Noting the city had a chance to “turn tragedy into opportunity,” the Albany City Commission voted 4-2 Tuesday to approve a $1 million deferred loan to the Albany Museum of Art to facilitate that attraction’s move downtown.
Source: Albany Herald
City millage rate lowest in 8 years
City millage rate lowest in 8 years_img Woodstock City Council began eyeing a $40 million budget Monday for the 2018 fiscal year, which officials say could decrease property taxes for most homeowners.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Columbus Council approves funding for Historic Westville relocation project
Columbus Council approves funding for Historic Westville relocation project_img The Columbus Consolidated Government will spend $271,500 to develop a new parking lot and install lights on South Lumpkin Road as part of the Historic Westville relocation project.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
First ever 'Unity in the Community' event a hit in Guyton
First ever 'Unity in the Community' event a hit in Guyton_img On Saturday morning, members of the Guyton community met with Sheriff Jimmy McDuffie and deputies of the Effingham County Sheriff’s Department in the first ever Unity in the Community event.
Source: Effingham Herald
Cairo Council OKs solid waste outsourcing
Cairo Council OKs solid waste outsourcing_img Much like Grady County, the Cairo City Council talked trash at length on Monday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Council approves festival ordinance, receives award
Council approves festival ordinance, receives award_img The festival ordinance was approved unanimously by the City Council at the May 15 regular meeting.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
City moves forward with plan to develop Riverwalk at City Mills
City moves forward with plan to develop Riverwalk at City Mills_img The city’s plans for Riverwalk construction at the City Mills property along the Chattahoochee River are finally moving forward after years of negotiations with property owners.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Temple council hopes to solve neighborhood water problems
Temple council hopes to solve neighborhood water problems_img The Temple City Council will meet this afternoon to consider buying two water pumps it hopes will improve water pressure problems in the Amy Ridge subdivision.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
One month on the road, Morrow M*PACT unit finds success
One month on the road, Morrow M*PACT unit finds success_img It’s been a month since the Morrow Police Department introduced the M*PACT unit, and the department has already seen its success.
Source: Clayton News Daily
City planning $54 million investment for Savannah River Landing site
City planning $54 million investment for Savannah River Landing site_img The city is considering investing up to $54 million for two parking garages, public parks, streetscape improvements and an extended Savannah Riverwalk as part of an agreement with the new developers of the Savannah River Landing site.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Chatham County to consider agreement with Tybee for replacement sand
Chatham County to consider agreement with Tybee for replacement sand_img While it was most apparent on the island’s wind damaged rooftops and in its waterlogged homes, Hurricane Matthew left another mark on the city of Tybee Island when it rolled by the Georgia coast in October.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Correctional facility closure impacts city, county budgets
Correctional facility closure impacts city, county budgets_img The financial impact of losing the workforce provided by the correctional institute was evident Tuesday in both the Troup County budget hearing and the City of LaGrange budget work session.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
West Point Citizens Academy holds graduation
West Point Citizens Academy holds graduation_img The third graduating class from the West Point Citizens Police Academy celebrated the culmination of its training on Tuesday night with a ceremony at the Railroad Depot.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Jenkinsburg City Council takes up appointments
Jenkinsburg City Council takes up appointments_img Jenkinsburg Mayor Eddie Ford has been reappointed to the board of the Butts County, et al. Water and Sewer Authority.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus
Outside audit gives Hinesville clean bill of financial health
Outside audit gives Hinesville clean bill of financial health_img For the second straight year an outside auditor has given the city of Hinesville a clean bill of financial health.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier
Griffin selects firm to develop housing analysis, redevelopment plan
Griffin selects firm to develop housing analysis, redevelopment plan_img A comprehensive housing inventory study and future investment analysis of neighborhoods throughout the city of Griffin is expected to be completed this summer.
Source: Griffin Daily News
Amphitheater plans moving forward
Amphitheater plans moving forward_img Plans for the future Solomon Park and Amphitheater are moving forward, and the project continues to receive positive support from elected officials and citizens, Main Street Director Kenda Woodard told city commissioners.
Source: Griffin Daily News
Busby named Dalton's deputy fire chief
Busby named Dalton's deputy fire chief_img The Dalton Public Safety Commission voted Tuesday morning to confirm the promotion of a new second-in-command for the Dalton Fire Department.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
Peachtree City fire chief wants hike in ambulance fees
Peachtree City fire chief wants hike in ambulance fees_img Peachtree City Fire Chief Joe O’Conor at the May 18 City Council meeting proposed increasing three fees related to ambulance transport, decreasing another ambulance fee and increasing several others related to services provided by the city fire marshal.
Source: Fayette Citizen
26-home rezoning runs into Fayetteville opposition
26-home rezoning runs into Fayetteville opposition_img Before the Fayetteville City Council meeting started Thursday, the lone zoning item on the agenda received a new twist.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Fayetteville adopts new branding in its revamped logo
Fayetteville adopts new branding in its revamped logo_img The city of Fayetteville has a new official logo, which was unveiled during Thursday night’s City Council meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Athens-Clarke commissioners to vote soon on budget proposal
Athens-Clarke commissioners to vote soon on budget proposal_img Athens-Clarke County commissioners are a little less than two weeks away from voting on a budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Director puts price tag on proposed Classic Center arena
Director puts price tag on proposed Classic Center arena_img Classic Center Executive Director Paul Cramer’s push to add an arena to the downtown Athens convention and performance space’s venues now has a price tag — $65 million.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
New Gainesville CVB Director moves over from Main Street position
New Gainesville CVB Director moves over from Main Street position_img The City of Gainesville's new Convention and Visitors' Bureau Director is very familiar with the city. Regina Dyer has worked for the past five years as the Gainesville Main Street Manager.
Source: Access North Georgia
Suwanee approves application for $2.5M funding for Buford Highway project
Suwanee approves application for $2.5M funding for Buford Highway project_img Suwanee city council members gave unanimous approval Tuesday night to apply for $2.5 million in funding from the Atlanta Regional Commission for the construction costs associated with the Buford Highway Project.
Source: Access North Georgia
Food trucks coming to downtown Newnan
Food trucks coming to downtown Newnan_img The draw of food, music and a new alcohol ordinance continues to inspire upcoming events for downtown Newnan. On Tuesday evening, the Newnan City Council voted to allow food trucks to participate in several activities planned for the summertime.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Proposed trail system approved by city and county
Proposed trail system approved by city and county_img The idea of a multi-use trail system throughout Newnan and Coweta County is now a reality.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Johns Creek goes 3-D with McGinnis/Jones Bridge widening updates
Johns Creek goes 3-D with McGinnis/Jones Bridge widening updates_img Residents along McGinnis Road and north Jones Bridge Road got the opportunity May 18 to look at what city Public Works designers say are images of how their backyards will look as a result of road widening projects.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Area residents call for Cauley Creek park downsizing
Area residents call for Cauley Creek park downsizing_img Johns Creek’s May 22 City Council meeting quickly morphed into a town hall meeting to lobby against plans for the Cauley Creek Park on Bell Road.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Sugar Hill – Yes, Sugar Hill, exploding with downtown growth
Sugar Hill – Yes, Sugar Hill, exploding with downtown growth_img In the last six years, Sugar Hill has very aggressively planned, marketed and executed developments that are turning the area into a very impressive little downtown.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Cumming council approves space for Street Survival Driver Training
Cumming council approves space for Street Survival Driver Training_img Tire Rack’s Street Survival Driver Training is taking the safety of teen drivers in Cumming to the streets. Through a partnership with the city, the Cumming City Council approved a measure May 16 offering city space near the fairgrounds to be used for the program.
Source: NorthFulton.com
New ‘spacenet’ playground coming to Smyrna
New ‘spacenet’ playground coming to Smyrna_img A new “spacenet” playground will be installed in Smyrna’s Chuck Camp Park by June or July. The Smyrna City Council voted recently to pay $149,999 for the playground equipment with Community Development Block Grant funds from the federal government.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
College Park launches improvements to Badgett Stadium
College Park launches improvements to Badgett Stadium_img College Park’s Recreation Department has launched an improvement program for the Bill Badgett Stadium track, with resurfacing currently underway.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Snellville to get tough on those who cut down trees without permission
Snellville to get tough on those who cut down trees without permission_img If you cut down a tree without permission in Snellville, expect to pay a heavy price in the near future.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta to invest $400k in mosquito prevention
Atlanta to invest $400k in mosquito prevention_img The city of Atlanta has a new $400,000 investment in comprehensive and proactive mosquito prevention strategies to mitigate mosquito-borne illnesses during the 2017 season.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
‘The Secret Life of Pets’ to screen at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw
‘The Secret Life of Pets’ to screen at Swift-Cantrell Park in Kennesaw_img The City of Kennesaw’s free Outdoor Movie Series at Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway in Kennesaw, continues on June 3 with Universal Pictures’ “The Secret Life of Pets,” rated PG, projected onto a giant inflatable screen after sun down.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Marietta Police to host Procedural Justice for Communities: A Dialogue to Enhance Communications
Marietta Police to host Procedural Justice for Communities: A Dialogue to Enhance Communications_img The Marietta Police Department has announced that it will have a gathering on June 5 designed to create open dialogue between the citizens of Marietta and their police department.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Geranium Festival draws a crowd
Geranium Festival draws a crowd_img Amy Sethna, left, a student at Union Grove High School, and teacher Amy Duty promote the school’s Environmental Club at Saturday’s annual McDonough Geranium Festival. The club’s booth displayed many pieces of art that were made from recycled materials. The Geranium Festival, known as one of the best in the state, features hand-crafted items ranging from jewelry to pet accessories and more. For more photos of the festival, visit www.henryherald.com.
Source: Henry Daily Herald
Servicing youth and seniors: Bear Creek Senior and Recreation Center opens in Hampton
Servicing youth and seniors: Bear Creek Senior and Recreation Center opens in Hampton_img It doesn’t often happen that there are two ribbon-cutting ceremonies held in one day and at one location. But the city of Hampton experienced such on Monday morning as Henry County staff, officials, senior citizens and residents cut the ribbons to the joint Bear Creek Senior and Recreation Center.
Source: Henry Daily Herald
City employees told to forgo paychecks for one week
City employees told to forgo paychecks for one week_img City employees will go as much as three weeks without a paycheck in the month of August if Columbus Council approves plans proposed by city officials.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
City names new fire chief
City names new fire chief_img Bobby Bennett has been appointed the new Tifton Fire Chief, according to a press release from the office of the city manager, Pete Pyrzenski.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder
Bowdon approved for $1.2M GEFA loan
Bowdon approved for $1.2M GEFA loan_img The city of Bowdon has met the May deadline to return documents to the state in order to qualify for a GEFA loan to help eliminate water loss.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Flowery Branch taxes could jump, despite tax rate staying the same
Flowery Branch taxes could jump, despite tax rate staying the same_img Flowery Branch residents could see a property tax increase next year, even as officials propose to keep the South Hall city’s tax rate the same.
Source: Gainesville Times
New murals show off spirit of Tybee, bring community together
New murals show off spirit of Tybee, bring community together_img Even heavy rains and threats of a tornado could not dampen the spirit of Tybee Island residents Tuesday afternoon as the city unveiled the second and third installation of its public mural project.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah mulls new short-term rental rules
Savannah mulls new short-term rental rules_img Savannah officials hope to have new short-term vacation rental rules ready for adoption in July to address concerns about the growing industry’s impact on residents.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Macon-Bibb committee supports maternity, paternity leave
Macon-Bibb committee supports maternity, paternity leave_img Macon-Bibb County moved a step closer Tuesday to allowing for paid maternity and paternity leave.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Correctional facility closure impacts city, county budgets
Correctional facility closure impacts city, county budgets_img The financial impact of losing the workforce provided by the correctional institute was evident Tuesday in both the Troup County budget hearing and the City of LaGrange budget work session.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Council OKs chickens in city
Council OKs chickens in city_img Chickens are now allowed to live within the city limits under a new Chickens as Domesticated Animals Ordinance adopted by the city council at last Tuesday’s meeting.
Source: Walton Tribune
City adopts drug policy
City adopts drug policy_img Social Circle has a zero-tolerance drug policy when it comes to public transit and paratransit employees, those who drive and dispatch buses. The city unanimously voted to amend the policy and adopt the new Zero-Tolerance Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy in order to ensure that this service is delivered safely, efficiently and effectively by establishing a drug and alcohol-free work environment.
Source: Walton Tribune
Loganville approves budget
Loganville approves budget_img The new budget for fiscal year 2017-18 has been approved by the members of the Loganville City Council. The budget was approved for $11,611,591.
Source: Walton Tribune
Brookhaven’s Osborne Park planned as nature preserve
Brookhaven’s Osborne Park planned as nature preserve_img Osborne Park would be largely untouched as a nature preserve in a city master concept plan presented May 22 at neighboring Lynwood Park. Residents expressed some concerns about attracting more visitors and disturbing wildlife.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Brookhaven makes history to memorialize WWII ‘comfort women’
Brookhaven makes history to memorialize WWII ‘comfort women’ _img The city of Brookhaven became the first city in the Deep South to memorialize the “comfort women” — women and girls who were enslaved and sexually trafficked by the Japanese Army during World War II.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Roswell talks budget numbers, sparks debate over Roswell INC functionality
Roswell talks budget numbers, sparks debate over Roswell INC functionality _img While new small businesses are opening up in Roswell on a regular basis, the question of whether or not Roswell can accommodate larger sized companies, continues to be debated.
Source: Neighbor News
Sandy Springs to open Windsor Parkway bridge June 5
Sandy Springs to open Windsor Parkway bridge June 5_img The city of Sandy Springs May 23 announced members of the Sandy Springs City Council will formally cut the ribbon to open the Windsor Parkway pedestrian bridge June 5 at 3 p.m.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Cordele’s New PD Advisory Board
Cordele’s New PD Advisory Board_img The Cordele Advisory Board to the Chief of Police met for the first time at City Hall. Chief Rob Rodriguez organized a board of diversified local citizens.
Source: Cordele Dispatch
Daniel Lee named next Sandy Springs city attorney
Daniel Lee named next Sandy Springs city attorney_img Daniel W. Lee was named the next Sandy Springs city attorney as of July 1, replacing Wendell Willard, the first and only person to hold the position thus far.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Grantville not accepting any ethics complaints
Grantville not accepting any ethics complaints_img Grantville still lacks the required 10 pool members to hear complaints filed against a council member, and the city will not hear any additional complaints until the 10-member pool requirement has been reached.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Milton loosens alcohol laws
Milton loosens alcohol laws_img Responding to local business requests and in an effort to attract new establishments, the Milton City Council has approved changes to its alcohol ordinances.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Alpharetta OKs proposed Fuqua development
Alpharetta OKs proposed Fuqua development_img After more than a month of negotiating details, city leaders approved a plan Monday that will allow a major mixed-use development on a 62-acre site at Lakeview Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Trolley program permits easier travel to Historic District
Trolley program permits easier travel to Historic District_img The Roswell Trolley Pilot Program officially launched May 12 and allows visitors to navigate the city’s historic district more easily. The trolley runs Friday and Saturday nights from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. through Aug. 5.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Roswell City Council reviews budget deletions
Roswell City Council reviews budget deletions_img The Roswell City Council approved Monday night over $600,000 worth of deletions from the city’s proposed FY 2018 budget. The city council’s deletions will result in reduced support for the Roswell Arts Fund and Roswell Inc. Cuts also included scratching a proposed city architect position.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Duluth approves updates to unified development code
Duluth approves updates to unified development code_img As Duluth’s downtown development has become a reality, the city has found the need to tweak some city codes and ordinances to better serve the health, welfare, and safety of their citizens. Once such change followed a recent public hearing by the City Council to considered amendments to the city’s Unified Development Code.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alpharetta joins Johns Creek for road widening
Alpharetta joins Johns Creek for road widening_img The Alpharetta City Council has approved an intergovernmental agreement with Johns Creek for the widening of Haynes Bridge Road between Mansell and Old Alabama roads.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peachtree Corners to pay off $11.5 million bond
Peachtree Corners to pay off $11.5 million bond_img The Peachtree Corners City Council voted last week to pay off the $11.5 million revenue bonds for the Town Center Project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Marietta continuing intersection improvements
Marietta continuing intersection improvements_img Marietta will continue intersection improvements in the upcoming days and weeks, weather permitting, to include the installation of flashing yellow arrows.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Decatur High grad named city’s project manager
Decatur High grad named city’s project manager_img Courtney Frisch, a 2007 Decatur High graduate, was recently chosen as the city of Decatur’s project manager, replacing Lena Stevens who resigned last November.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Will Atlanta or South Fulton get district?
Will Atlanta or South Fulton get district?_img The tug-of-war for Fulton Industrial Boulevard appeared to be coming to an end this spring, when members of the Georgia legislature agreed to let voters decide whether the business district should be part of the new city of South Fulton. Then the governor stepped in.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lula revenues to eclipse $1 million mark
Lula revenues to eclipse $1 million mark_img Lula officials took a first look Monday at a balanced fiscal 2018 general fund budget that showed revenues eclipsing the $1 million mark for the first time.
Source: Gainesville Times
Farmers Market to return June 3
Farmers Market to return June 3_img The Farmers Market will return to the Ridge Ferry Park pavilion bright and early June 3, providing fresh produce and homemade goods to local Romans.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Historic South Carolina brick found in Covington
Historic South Carolina brick found in Covington_img Covington City Councilman Chris Smith said a local resident presented him with a historic brick found on a city street earlier this month. After researching the found item, Smith discovered the brick originated from Fairfax City, South Carolina.
Source: Covington News
WebMD names Columbus as the town that may help cure Alzheimer’s
WebMD names Columbus as the town that may help cure Alzheimer’s_img The article features people who recently attended a “Meet the Memory Doctor” town hall at the Columbus Memory Center at 7196 N Lake Dr., including 74-year-old Judy Culbertson who described getting lost when she goes to the grocery store.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Beer license pulled at Rome Mini Mart
Beer license pulled at Rome Mini Mart_img It will be near the end of June, at the earliest, before Rome Mini Mart may be able to sell beer again.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Hall County, cities could lose state funding without service delivery agreement by June 30
Hall County, cities could lose state funding without service delivery agreement by June 30_img Hall County and its municipalities are in danger of losing out on state grants and permits issued by the state if they don’t reach consensus on a service delivery agreement that must be filed with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs by June 30.
Source: Gainesville Times
Memorial Day activities slated for fairgrounds, Shannon
Memorial Day activities slated for fairgrounds, Shannon_img Rome’s Memorial Day weekend festivities will start Thursday when a replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a large display of military collectibles from McDonough and the Georgia Fallen Heroes Wall float from Manchester will be on display in the Community Building at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Villa Rica taking next step to finish Fullerville Trailhead
Villa Rica taking next step to finish Fullerville Trailhead_img Villa Rica is moving forward in completing the Fullerville Trailhead project, marking the end of the first step in building a trail system that someday may encircle the city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Valdosta observes Public Works Week
Valdosta observes Public Works Week_img The Second Annual Public Works Week began Monday with Mayor John Gayle presenting a proclamation to public works staff.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
City recognizes 12 GPP grads
City recognizes 12 GPP grads_img Twelve Valdosta High School seniors graduating from the Great Promise Partnership program came together one last time to be recognized by the City of Valdosta Wednesday, May 17.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate
Smith Receives Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate_img Covington Finance Director Randy Smith received a Municipal Revenue Administration Certificate from the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). The certificate was presented to Smith on May 3. Certificate holders will also be recognized at GMA’s annual convention in June in Savannah.
Source: Covington News
Sewer capacity set to increase on mainland
Sewer capacity set to increase on mainland_img Brunswick Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commissioners awarded a contract to T.B. Landmark Thursday for the first step in a project that is expected to bring additional sewer capacity to the north mainland area of the county.
Source: Brunswick News
EDA pursues multiple projects
EDA pursues multiple projects_img Mel Baxter has been busy recently. The president of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority outlined a number of projects the organization has been working on during its regular monthly meeting Monday.
Source: Brunswick News
An afternoon with wine and jazz
An afternoon with wine and jazz_img The Conyers-Rockdale Council for the arts hosted an afternoon with wine and jazz.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful’s e-recycling/paper shredding event draws crowd
Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful’s e-recycling/paper shredding event draws crowd_img Old electronics was recycled and paperwork was shredded at the Keep Conyers-Rockdale Beautiful’s e-recycling/paper shredding event held on May 20.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
City names new fire chief
City names new fire chief_img Bobby Bennett has been appointed the new Tifton Fire Chief, according to a press release from the office of the city manager, Pete Pyrzenski.
Source: Tifton Gazette
Ringgold, Ga., mayor says he didn't know his own city's charter had changed
Ringgold, Ga., mayor says he didn't know his own city's charter had changed_img Ringgold, Ga.'s mayor wants to undo a charter change that he says he didn't know about.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press
Memorial service held for fallen law enforcement officers
Memorial service held for fallen law enforcement officers_img Those in attendance felt pride Wednesday night at a service in Woodstock to pay tribute to those 145 men and women who lost their lives as police officers in the line of service in 2016.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
City of Smyrna to hold annual Memorial Day Ceremony
City of Smyrna to hold annual Memorial Day Ceremony_img On May 29 at 9:30 a.m., the city of Smyrna will hold its annual Memorial Day ceremony at the Smyrna Veterans Memorial, 2800 King St., between Smyrna City Hall and the Smyrna Library.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Reducing traffic in neighborhoods on the agenda for Marietta
Reducing traffic in neighborhoods on the agenda for Marietta_img Efforts to reduce the impact of cars cutting through neighborhoods will be one major topic for discussion at Marietta’s public works committee meeting.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
VR narrowing search for new city manager
VR narrowing search for new city manager_img Villa Rica may have a new city manager by July, or as soon as next month, according to Mayor Jeff Reese.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Dog River Park opens to great fanfare
Dog River Park opens to great fanfare_img Dog River Park opened to much fanfare Friday. More than 100 people came out for a ribbon-cutting, and guests were treated to hot dogs and roasted marshmallows.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Macon-Bibb official pushes for paid maternity, paternity leave
Macon-Bibb official pushes for paid maternity, paternity leave_img Macon-Bibb County government employees could soon have paid time off to take care of their newborn child.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Baseball’s return to Macon hinges on letter of intent, stadium upgrades
Baseball’s return to Macon hinges on letter of intent, stadium upgrades_img A Macon-Bibb County Commission committee will discuss Tuesday a letter of intent for a collegiate summer league baseball team to play at Luther Williams Field.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Lula officials hear prediction for $100k more in sewer taps in coming year
Lula officials hear prediction for $100k more in sewer taps in coming year_img Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin predicts the city’s sewer taps will increase by $100,000 next fiscal year, while water taps will increase by $3,000.
Source: Access North Georgia
Dunwoody City Council approves backyard chicken ordinance
Dunwoody City Council approves backyard chicken ordinance_img Backyard chickens will soon be flocking to Dunwoody. The City Council voted 6-1 at its May 22 meeting to allow residents to raise chickens at their homes, bringing the city in line with other surrounding municipalities.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Sandy Springs set to name new city attorney, award service contracts
Sandy Springs set to name new city attorney, award service contracts_img Daniel W. Lee may become Sandy Springs’ next city attorney at a May 23 special called City Council meeting, where new maintenance contracts are also up for approval.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Cultural Arts Council serves up annual Taste of Douglasville
Cultural Arts Council serves up annual Taste of Douglasville_img Downtown Douglasville was packed for the 24th Taste of Douglasville Saturday. A record 20 restaurants served up samples of everything from barbecue and Italian to Cajun and Mexican cuisines.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Military Honor Garden makes more progress
Military Honor Garden makes more progress_img A project to establish a Military Honor Garden at Hunter Park in Douglasville has been making strides toward a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for November.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Businesses in Peachtree Corners now required to display licenses
Businesses in Peachtree Corners now required to display licenses_img The Peachtree Corners City Council recently approved an amendment to an existing ordinance requiring all businesses operating within the city to display their occupational tax certificates in a prominent place within public view.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sculpture unveiled at Buckhead’s Charlie Loudermilk Park
Sculpture unveiled at Buckhead’s Charlie Loudermilk Park_img “Aspiration,” a 12-foot tall stainless steel sculpture by Atlanta architect and developer John Portman, was recently unveiled at Charlie Loudermilk Park, located at the intersection of Peachtree, Roswell and Paces Ferry roads in Buckhead.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lawyer Up: Exploring the costs of government attorneys
Lawyer Up: Exploring the costs of government attorneys_img Across the region, city and county governments spend mountains of cash every year on lawyers.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Bainbridge swears in dog as official member of Public Safety
Bainbridge swears in dog as official member of Public Safety_img Bainbridge Public Safety officer Jayson Myers pulled over a semi-truck carrying two vehicles Sunday afternoon on Hwy. 27 South.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight
Gainesville cracks down on shoddy housing
Gainesville cracks down on shoddy housing_img A crackdown on poor living conditions by the city of Gainesville has an untold number of tenants scrambling to find another affordable place to live.
Source: Gainesville Times
Lula to unveil proposed budget Monday morning
Lula to unveil proposed budget Monday morning_img Elected Lula city officials will get a first look at their fiscal year 2018 budget at a special called work session scheduled for Monday.
Source: Gainesville Times
Oakwood pool set to open under private management
Oakwood pool set to open under private management_img Oakwood’s city pool is set to open for the summer season Saturday under new private management after a five-year run with the Georgia Mountains YMCA ended last year.
Source: Gainesville Times
Gainesville brewery expects big boost with direct sales come Sept. 1
Gainesville brewery expects big boost with direct sales come Sept. 1_img Head-high pallets of hand-bottled beer rolled out of the loading bays at Left Nut Brewing Co. for the first time last week.
Source: Gainesville Times
City To Purchase Megasite for Water, Growth
City To Purchase Megasite for Water, Growth_img The Monticello City Council agreed Tuesday night to move forward with the purchase of Mine Lake Estate, 705 acres off Hwy. 11 in Jasper County.
Source: Monticello News
Monticello Council Adopts Budget
Monticello Council Adopts Budget_img The Monticello City Council voted Tuesday to approve the fiscal year 2018 (FY18) balanced budget coming in at $9,169,545.
Source: Monticello News
Former commissioner Todd to challenge Sias for District 4 seat
Former commissioner Todd to challenge Sias for District 4 seat_img Just making a one-year residency requirement, former Augusta Commission member Moses Todd said he is moving to District 4 to challenge Sammie Sias for his commission seat next year.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Athens wins national water-conservation contest
Athens wins national water-conservation contest_img Athens-Clarke County is one of five winners of the annual Wyland National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Tommy Valentine to announce run for Athens-Clarke commission seat Sunday
Tommy Valentine to announce run for Athens-Clarke commission seat Sunday_img Tommy Valentine, a doctoral student in the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs whose experience includes work as a business owner, management consultant and civil rights advocate, will announce his bid for a seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lay Park in the edge of downtown Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Commission committee proposing changes to residential parking program
Commission committee proposing changes to residential parking program_img The Athens-Clarke County Commission’s Government Operations Committee is recommending some changes to policy regarding a residential parking permit program that limits on-street parking by non-residents.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Study: Perception of high Athens-Clarke taxes unjustified
Study: Perception of high Athens-Clarke taxes unjustified_img Clarke County sometimes gets a bad rap for having high property taxes, but it’s not really justified, according to a recent study conducted by the Athens-Clarke County government’s finance department.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Tax credits geared to boost rural downtowns
Tax credits geared to boost rural downtowns_img Early signs are that interest is high in a new program meant to spur job growth in Georgia’s downtrodden rural downtowns.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
Lula rallies support from other municipalities in sewer dispute
Lula rallies support from other municipalities in sewer dispute_img Even though Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin told officials from other Hall County municipalities Lula "doesn't want you to fight our battle for us," he and the Lula City Council have asked those officials to support them as they seek to enforce a 2006 intergovernmental sewer agreement with Hall County.
Source: Access North Georgia
Gainesville employees help their own face college costs
Gainesville employees help their own face college costs_img The cost of a college education can be staggering. Every high school graduate faces the math question: How much will it cost if I go, and how much could it cost if I don’t go?
Source: Access North Georgia
Something new at Gainesville's Rock Creek Greenway
Something new at Gainesville's Rock Creek Greenway_img An archway has been added to the Rock Creek Greenway in Gainesville, which includes memorials to the community's war dead.
Source: Access North Georgia
Sugar Hill home permits outpacing 2016 rate by 20-percent, building boom continues
Sugar Hill home permits outpacing 2016 rate by 20-percent, building boom continues_img For the first four months of 2017, officials with the city of Sugar Hill have issued 34 residential permits, a figure that is 19-percent higher than the first four months of 2016, perhaps a signal of the boom that continues in the city.
Source: Access North Georgia
Sandy Springs eyes Trowbridge lot for city vehicle parking
Sandy Springs eyes Trowbridge lot for city vehicle parking_img The city of Sandy Springs plans to build a large parking lot on Trowbridge Road as home for a 90-vehicle fleet that won’t fit at its new City Springs site.
Source: Reporter Newspapers
Atlanta Takes Next Step On Cook Park 'Journey'
Atlanta Takes Next Step On Cook Park 'Journey' _img Atlanta broke ground Friday on a big new park, just west of downtown. Cook Park, in Vine City, will have statues honoring Civil Rights leaders. It’s also being built to alleviate flooding on the Westside.
Source: WABE
Little Free Library dedicated in Senoia
Little Free Library dedicated in Senoia_img Free, lending libraries are popping up all over these days, thanks to volunteers interested in boosting reading through a type of tiny facilities scattered in neighborhoods.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Loganville budget for 2018 increases by $1.4 million
Loganville budget for 2018 increases by $1.4 million_img The Loganville City Council recently passed an $11.6 million general fund budget for Fiscal Year 2018. While this is an increase of more than $1.4 million over the current fiscal year, the budget does not reflect a tax increase for property owners.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Powder Springs opens special-needs playground
Powder Springs opens special-needs playground_img A special-needs playground at the Silver Comet Trail Linear Park on Richard Sailors Parkway was opened by Powder Springs officials on Wednesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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