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Ordinance approval to amend criminal offenses
Grantville City Council members voted Monday to approve an ordinance creating additional offenses under city law.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

​Newnan City Council approves cost of emergency repairs
Newnan City Council agreed to pay more than $50,000 to Ronnie D. Jones Enterprises, Inc. for the emergency repair of a sinkhole at Lynch Park.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Garden City nixes start of business tax break this year
As a number of new initiatives take off in Garden City, officials in the West Chatham community say they’re not ready to implement one that would provide a tax exemption on inventory for local manufacturers.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Retiring Athens-Clarke County Manager Alan Reddish honored for 15 years of service
Ask Alan Reddish for the moment he learned the most about the job he left Friday after 15 years, and the former Athens-Clarke County manager talks about a September morning four months after he took the administrative reins of the county government.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Hahira weighs hiking sanitation fee
After facing a loss in revenue from garbage collection for Fiscal Year 2015, Hahira City Council could change the way it handles trash.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Cities Mean Business
Georgia Trend, in conjunction with the Georgia Municipal Association, looks at four cities that are taking innovative approaches to welcoming business to their communities, from creating classes for entrepreneurs and keeping an open mind about new business ideas to providing microgrants and offering zoning assistance to businesses in an informal atmosphere.
Source: Georgia Trend

Hahira looks to add extra lift station
Hahira City Council prioritized adding another lift station to the city’s wastewater system at a city council retreat Friday, Feb. 5.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Villa Rica prepares for reverse-angle parking
Charter Communications relocated service line cables last week atop a new utility pole recently installed in front of ET Doyle & Sons at 115 W. Wilson St. in downtown Villa Rica.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Beautification, staffing among Riverdale’s top goals for coming year
Riverdale wants to fight blight in 2016. This goal was detailed by City Manager E. Scott Wood at the city council’s work session Monday evening.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Ford gives State of the City address: ‘Teamwork’ will move Stockbridge forward
Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Ford and his fellow council members are ready to move the city of Stockbridge forward in a positive direction, he said during Monday’s State of the City address.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

New Ringgold mayor looking to form wellness committee, enhancing sense of community
Ringgold’s new mayor, Nick Millwood, has a bunch of new ideas for his tenure as the new face of Ringgold, a couple of which he presented to the city council during the most recent meeting on Monday night, Feb. 8.
Source: Catoosa County News

Byron creating new economic department
The City Council is creating a new department and redefining duties in other departments based on proposed city ordinances.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Plans for downtown district in discussion
Plans to allow an Entertainment District in downtown Woodstock were discussed by the Woodstock City Council at its meeting Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Upgrades to Macon City Auditorium could cost $15 million
The nearly century-old Macon City Auditorium is in need of an estimated $15 million worth of repairs. Macon-Bibb County will have to weigh its options on how to solve issues plaguing the historic downtown building that's a popular venue for concerts and other large events.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Legislators bow out of mayor-commission firing feud
Macon-Bibb County's lawmakers in Atlanta have decided to bypass a fight over the mayor's authority to fire high-ranking employees.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Park projects on tap in Jenkinsburg
Beautification and renovation are the themes for the new year in Jenkinsburg as the city plans to spruce up the Jenkinsburg Garden Center and the old Westbury nursing home property.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

City works to curb fuel spill
Rincon and state officials are working to contain a fuel spill that was reported Saturday morning.
Source: Effingham Herald

Brunswick police get $10,000 toward body cameras
The Brunswick Police Department moved closer to its goal of outfitting officers with body cameras last week when two local businessmen stepped forward with a total donation of $10,000 toward the effort, Capt. Angela Smith said.
Source: Brunswick News

New island city would be called Village of St. Simons
Brunswick and Glynn County, meet the Village of St. Simons Island — the proposed name of the new city that residents of St. Simons and Sea islands will vote on if the Georgia Legislature allows it.
Source: Brunswick News

Grovetown officials approve new police dog, city plan
Grovetown officials approved Monday a new member for the Grovetown Department of Public Safety.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Cedartown featured in this February edition of Georgia Trend magazine
The City of Cedartown means business, according to a new article out in this month's edition of Georgia Trend magazine.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Norcross mayor focuses on ‘rebirth’ in State of the City address
Norcross Mayor Bucky Johnson used the concept of rebirth as a central piece of the State of the City Address he delivered at Summerour Middle School on Monday night.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville making progress on ‘front door’ of city
The dirt is moving and the machines marching as work continues on the Snellville “Towne Green,” as officials have dubbed it.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Leaders visit Atlanta for Jackson-Butts County Day
Dozens of local leaders gathered under the Gold Dome last week for the third annual Jackson-Butts County Day at the state Capitol.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Athens Transit director asks for year extension of Sunday bus service
With average ridership of Athens Transit’s nearly 6-month old trial of Sunday service at 1,000 boardings, the local transit system’s director has asked the Athens-Clarke County mayor and commission to continue funding Sunday operations.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Marshallville mayor dead at 71
Marshallville Mayor Bill Massee died early Tuesday morning. He was 71.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Canton looking at housing code issues
The Canton City Council zeroed in on problems with multiple families living in single-family homes and excessive numbers of cars parked at residential properties late last week, agreeing to delve into it further at an upcoming planning retreat.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Traffic calming on Decatur’s Scott Blvd. a priority
Decatur submitted a wish list of transportation projets recently during a rare joint work session among city commissioners, staffers and Georgia Department of Transportation officials.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Town hall meeting is set Thursday to discuss Stockbridge charter, DDA
A town hall meeting will be held Thursday for residents to give input on the Stockbridge city charter and the Stockbridge Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Early neighborhood-safety survey results given at Pemboke Council meeting
Early results of a survey on safety are showing good feelings about security in Pembroke.
Source: Bryan County News

City Council meets Tuesday
Milledgeville City Council will hold a work session and regular meeting Tuesday at the Milledgeville Police Department courtroom, 125 W. McIntosh St. The work session begins at 5 p.m.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

A city coming into its own
Columbus, It has been a steadfast wait for your residents who believe that your potential and essence would someday shine forth. And now these citizens are enjoying the rewards of their faith.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Marietta City Council considers second historic district
Marietta City Councilman Andy Morris said he has a big problem with a majority of homeowners voting to pursue the proposed Church-Cherokee Street Historic District, which would entail guidelines affecting all homeowners in the area.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Construction starts on Grovetown roads
It’s official, Grovetown is a construction zone. Orange barrels and silt fences line Robinson Avenue and a hoard of flags flutter on the roadside of Wrightsboro Road.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Lilburn City Council grants expansion requests on Providence athletic fields
The Lilburn City Council granted Monday night expansion requests from the Providence Christian Academy in reference to its athletic fields.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Fees waived downtown
Last week, Statesboro City Council restored an incentive program for redevelopment in the downtown district that had waived almost $200,000 in building permit, water and sewer connection and other fees over the past five years.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Oakwood OKs McEver Road rebuild
Long-awaited work on a 2-mile stretch of heavily traveled McEver Road in Oakwood is inching closer to a projected summer start.
Source: Gainesville Times

City moves to roll-out garbage containers
The City of Moultrie has held onto its in-ground garbage collection system as long as it could. But on Monday, a letter from Moultrie City Manager Mike Scott said the popular system will be phased out.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Savannah-Chatham police employees of the year honored by Exchange Club
The last few months have been something of a roller coaster ride for Sgt. John Cain.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler Planning Commission signs off on furniture store, storage facility rezone
Pooler Planning Commissioners on Monday voted to recommend that the City Council add a new furniture store to the mix in rapidly developing Godley Station.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Upgrades nearly complete at Macon's Washington Park
The final touches are being put on more than $200,000 in upgrades to a venerable downtown Macon park.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry hears proposals for new dog shelter
The city is moving forward with plans to build a new dog shelter.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Lula officials growing tired of bridge game
Lula officials are growing tired of a more than 35-year battle over the wooden railroad bridge on Cobb Street.
Source: Access North Georgia

Bloomingdale adopts golf cart ordinance
The city of Bloomingdale has adopted an ordinance to regulate the use of golf carts on public streets.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Former Clarkesville councilwoman announces bid for open seat
Former Clarkesville City Councilwoman Tina Courson Evans has announced she will qualify for the seat vacated when Barrie Aycock resigned to qualify for mayor.
Source: Access North Georgia

Reichert starts campaign for fourth term as mayor
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert kicked off his campaign Monday to seek a fourth term in office.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Developer Post breaks ground on downtown project
Apartment giant Post Properties on Monday broke ground on a $96 million residential project in downtown Atlanta that company CEO David Stockert called Post’s largest-ever bet in metro Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cornelia 'selling' North Fire Station site to collateralize loan
It's a confusing financial technicality, but the Cornelia City Commission has voted to proceed with advertising for sale the city's North Fire Station.
Source: Access North Georgia

Decatur’s homestead exemption plan includes income restriction
With interest in annexation waning, Decatur will focus attention during the 2016 state Legislature to passing homestead exemption legislation to mostly create tax relief for seniors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb County gives Dresden Park to Chamblee
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May signed an inter-governmental agreement recently to transfer Dresden Park to the city of Chamblee.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City council, state primary early voting begins Monday
Nearly 50,000 registered voters in Carroll County can begin casting their ballots in Georgia’s presidential preference primary and the Carrollton City Council special election when early voting begins on Monday.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Acworth police patrol officers to get body cameras by summer
Every Acworth Police Department patrol officer is expected to be outfitted with a body camera by this summer after the Acworth Board of Aldermen on Thursday approved the purchase of in-car and body-worn video systems.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Police to host Citizen Police Academy
The Marietta Police Department will host its annual 10-week Citizen Police Academy program beginning March 24.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Franklin Road renaming on Marietta City Council agenda
After receiving community feedback during a number of town hall meetings, the Marietta City Council is once again ready to discuss the Franklin Road name change.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Council talks housing overcrowding issues
An influx of complaints regarding housing overcrowding and an excessive number of cars parked at residences and on roadways has prompted the city council to revisit its ordinance at next month’s retreat.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Coffee with a Cop event Tuesday
The Canton Police Department will roll out its next Coffee with a Cop community event on Tuesday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Holly Springs outlines road improvement projects
Holly Springs leaders are eyeing several road improvement projects and plan to submit an application for funding through House Bill 170.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Stormwater silt still a problem at North Lake Square
Repairs and improvements to stormwater detention infrastructure at the new North Lake Square shopping center on Dawsonville Highway in Gainesville have not stopped silt runoff from making its way into a Lake Lanier cove, according to residents in the area.
Source: Gainesville Times

Citizen wants to open tattoo shop in city
A local woman is interested in opening a tattoo shop in the Magnolia Plaza on Magnolia Drive, but according to the city's Land Development Code, she is unable to do so because the location is near a residential area, a mobile home park behind the plaza.
Source: Tifton Gazette

City Council approves appeal by Railway Freight
In a 4 to 1 vote, the Tifton City Council approved the appeal of the Historic Preservation Commission decision on case H15-000-036 for Railway Freight, located at 379 S. Main St.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Albany, Dougherty officials turn trash into treasure on govdeals website
There’s that old saying about one man’s junk being another’s treasure …
Source: Albany Herald

Albany Community and Economic Development sets housing meetings
The city of Albany’s Department of Community and Economic Development is seeking local input to help with development of a five-year plan that identifies community development and affordable housing needs and sets priorities for investment of federal grant funds to address those needs.
Source: Albany Herald

Council approves pool house renovations at Jessie Davis Park
The pool house at Jessie Davis Park will soon receive much needed renovations.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

VILLA RICA: Main Street program has big plans for city’s future
Christopher Pike, like a juggler, has to keep a whole lot of balls in the air at the same time. He’s got a multifaceted job, and he’s been busy since taking it on in August.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Sugar Hill recognized as Most Active City in state
Out of more than 530 cities in Georgia, Sugar Hill was recently chosen by the Georgia Municipal Association as the most active city in the state.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Macon-Bibb looking ahead to next sales tax vote, possible projects
Macon-Bibb County voters likely will be asked in November to decide whether to support another special sales tax.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Senoia sets focus on utilities in new year
As the new year begins Senoia is setting its sights on infrastructure issues.
Source: Fayette Citizen

City decides on NuLink for broadband
The Peachtree City Council on Feb. 4 approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Newnan-based NuLink that will provide Internet broadband service to city facilities.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta firefighter receives state, local Head Start awards
Sitting at Fire Station 7 on Willis Fore­man Road, Anthony Moody pointed to an image on his computer screen. “Here it is,” he said excitedly. “Man, I’m still shocked I received this award.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens Transit study continuing with opportunities for public input
A consulting firm’s $185,000 study of the Athens Transit system is entering a new phase, with a set of public meetings scheduled to begin Tuesday to allow local residents to provide feedback on the county’s bus service.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville Fire Department to celebrate 140th anniversary
The Gainesville Fire Department is proudly celebrating 140 years of service to the citizens of Gainesville.
Source: Access North Georgia

Rincon Mayor Ken Lee earns training honor
Rincon Mayor Ken Lee received a certificate of distinction from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 24.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Ceremony marks start of 100-year anniversary of Macon's Terminal Station
Macon-Bibb County officials came out Friday to start celebrating the 100th anniversary of a building they said is the sister of New York's Grand Central Station.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Mayor: Commercial growth is good: Tommy Allegood delivers State of the City address
Acworth’s mayor said strategic decisions made in the early 2000s and key partnerships with government, business and community leaders were among the cornerstones of the city’s successful 2015 and promising future.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Linear park nearing completion just off the Silver Comet Trail
A linear park located on city property just off of the Silver Comet Trail on Richard Sailors Parkway is nearing completion as the Powder Springs City Council unanimously approved the last leg of the estimated million-dollar project.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Ringgold Police Department swears in two new officers
The Ringgold Police Department welcomed two new officers to its agency on Friday, Jan. 29, by holding a special swearing-in ceremony where the men took the oath of peace officer.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Cartersville denies Old Mill rezoning
Mayor Matt Santini on Thursday night broke a tie vote on a rezoning before the city council. After a 3-3 tie on the rezoning request for 118 Old Mill Road, Santini acted a tiebreaker, voting to deny the request.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rockmart receives GMA fire grant funds
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) has announced the City of Rockmart has received a Safety Grant check totaling $5,129.80.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Rockmart to provide shelter access to those without heat when severe cold strikes
A cold wind blows through leafless trees as rabbits and squirrels scurry to find warmth in a hollow tree or log.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Conyers requires pawn shops to submit electronic reports with photos of customers
Burglars, thieves and shoplifters looking to pawn your stolen goods in Conyers, beware.
Source: Newton Citizen

Brunswick won't allow for-profit tour groups in cemetery
A company that runs ghost tours in the historic district will not be allowed to expand its business to the city’s three cemeteries.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City Votes To Adopt Official Bird Dog
The champion Smith setter depicted on the north Hwy 25 water tower will soon represent all of Waynesboro.
Source: Waynesboro True Citizen

City receives grant for marque work
Restoring the Schaefer Center to its former Ritz(y) appearance received a boost last week with a grant for the construction of a marquee on the building.
Source: Toccoa Record

Lathaydra Sands Is City Clerk
The Monticello City Council voted, at a called meeting last Thursday, to name Lathaydra Sands City Clerk, and to advertise for a City Manager.
Source: Monticello News

Bethlehem approves budget
Bethlehem has a new budget.
Source: Barrow County News

City overturns Parks Building decision
City Hall was packed with over 50 people on Monday, February 1, when the City Council announced their decision on local businesswoman Roberta Garrett’s appeal of the Historic Preservation Commission’s (HPC) decision to deny Garrett’s application to demolish the Parks Building at 40 East Main Street.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Roswell has great future but lacks unity of purpose
Roswell Mayor Jere Wood rose to deliver his 17th State of the City address Jan. 29 with usual bonhomie and optimism despite facing a legal challenge to his tenure in office and three new maverick council members who seem bent on stirring things up.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Milton Council approves two considerations in city’s TDR program
To protect valuable farmland, habitat and environmentally sensitive land in Milton, the city’s Community Development Department oversees a Transfer of Development Rights program.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Robert Reichert, Leon Jones announce re-election plans
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert announced his plans to seek re-election Thursday evening, according to a news release sent shortly after 8 p.m.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Annual retreat replaced by monthly workshops
Peachtree City officials are moving this year from an annual all-day City Council retreat to multiple evening workshops.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Kasim Reed calls for Fulton County to help address affordable housing
Mayor Kasim Reed called on Fulton County officials to do more to address a growing affordable housing problem in Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Augusta fire chief takes new job in South Carolina
Augusta Fire Chief Chris James has accepted a new job with an old boss in York County, S.C.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Guzman tapped to serve as Cedartown's assistant city clerk
Edward Guzman has been selected to serve as Cedartown’s assistant city clerk.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Rockmart to provide shelter access to those without heat when severe cold strikes
In the future, homeless people that seek free temporary shelter during frigid winter weather will have the opportunity to come to Rockmart City Gym, located at 436 Hogue Avenue.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

LaGrange police reward 10,000th Facebook ‘like’
LaGrange Public Safety Chief Lou Dekmar visited LaGrange Academy lower school Spanish teacher Anna Kirkpatrick on Friday to award her with a few gifts for being the 10,000th person to like the department’s Facebook page.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Reichert warns that not investing in future could stall Macon's momentum
Optimism about Macon-Bibb County is high, although challenges remain for the city to reach its true potential, Mayor Robert Reichert said during his annual State of the Community address Thursday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Georgia Senate bill targets Atlanta sustainability law
A sustainability ordinance the Atlanta City Council passed last spring could be trouble under legislation introduced this week by a Republican state senator.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Reed prepared to transfer 10 property deeds to APS
Given the new spirit of cooperation between Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools, Mayor Kasim Reed said he is willing to transfer 10 property deeds to the school system.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Boulevard Woods park opened Thursday with ribbon-cutting
Even before the ribbon was cut Thursday for the new public-private Boulevard Woods park at Barber Street and Boulevard, there was talk about what the future development of the passive recreational space might entail.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke commission OKs taxi ordinance amendments
Nearly a year after Mayor Nancy Denson first assigned the issue to the Athens-Clarke County Commission’s Legislative Review Committee, the county has a revamped taxicab ordinance.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Avondale Estates considering storm water retention pond
After a nearly two-hour public discussion earlier this week about Avondale Estates’ ongoing storm water issues, commissioners decided to look deeper into building a retention pond.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell receives state-issued planning award
Georgia’s Department of Community Affairs has named Roswell an official Plan First community due, in large part, to the city’s 2030 comprehensive plan. Roswell is one of 17 jurisdictions in the state to receive the honor.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia State Rep. creates map for South Fulton annexation
District 62 State Rep. LaDawn Blackett Jones, D-Atlanta, has prepared a map of south Fulton’s unincorporated areas that would move all of them into a city.
Source: Neighbor News

33 Macon-Bibb firefighters promoted after exodus of officers
Former Northeast High School track star Brenda Cliette Thomas is now a trailblazer in the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department. Thursday morning she became the first female chief in the department’s history.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Police creating standards office
With approval from City Council, the Statesboro Police Department is creating an Office of Professional Standards, to be staffed by one sergeant responsible for recruiting officers as well as handling internal affairs investigations and citizen complaints.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Citizens academies give residents a crash course in local government
Gainesville and Hall County residents interested in learning more about the inner workings of local government have a chance to do so this spring.
Source: Gainesville Times

Mayor Barnett: ‘Working together, this city council can go a long way’
Washington’s first city council meeting of 2016 opened with the swearing in of a re-elected mayor and three councilmen.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

City of Rayle gets fresh leadership as new mayor, council take office
It’s a new day for the City of Rayle after the city’s first new mayor in 16 years and a completely new group of councilmen were sworn in last Tuesday night.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Lake Park mayor warns against operating golf carts
Lake Park Mayor Eric Schindler warned residents that police are “looking for money,” and would fine anyone caught riding golf carts on streets.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Trucks Blamed For One Street's Deterioration
Officials and some residents worry about their new asphalt on Montgomery Street in Summerville.
Source: Summerville News

Water tap fees could be split up
Gray’s Water and Sewer Committee members met to look at several issues with the city’s utilities, including one issue that could potentially lower the cost of a new home.
Source: Jones County News

Broadband improves economic growth and public safety
Do you want to experience economic growth? Then live in a community that offers high-speed Internet.
Source: Donalsonville News

Mayor Jerry Chapman Retires
On Tuesday December 22nd, the City of Colquitt hosted a retirement reception in honor of Mayor Jerry M. Chapman.
Source: Miller County Liberal

Public outcry leads to gym revamp
Patterson’s old gym may, or may not, classify as “historic,” but it is certainly high in value when it comes to community sentiment.
Source: Blackshear Times

Rec. Authority to purchase additional six acres at Bill Reynolds
In addition to buying 21-acres of land near the Bill Reynolds Sports Complex last month, the Bainbridge-Decatur County Recreation Authority added another piece of real estate to that purchase at a special called meeting Monday evening.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Decision time for Peachtree City Council: Rent high-speed cable or borrow, build it
Municipal broadband will be back on the Peachtree City Council agenda on Feb. 4. The council will consider moving ahead with having the city finance the project or contracting with Newnan-based NuLink to provide broadband service to city facilities.
Source: Fayette Citizen

‘Young folks, we want you’ – Downtown, millennials focus of new year in Fayetteville
Fayetteville’s leaders are looking to make the city a place where current students want to live after they finish college.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Richmond Hill coucil member receives training certificate
Richmond Hill Councilmember Jan Bass received a Certificate of Recognition from the Harold F. Holtz Municipal Training Institute at the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Annual Mayors’ Day Conference in Atlanta on Jan. 24.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City warned of plans to drill for oil off coast
A recent three-hour Hinesville City Council meeting consisted of a number of presentations and two executive sessions. The first presentation was by Alice Keyes, associate director of One Hundred Miles, a coastal Georgia advocacy group, who presented information on two active proposals from the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for exploration of fossil fuel off the coast of Georgia as well as leasing for that land.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Rockmart receives GMA fire grant funds
The Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) has announced the City of Rockmart has received a Safety Grant check totaling $5,129.80.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Police chief asks for take-home cars
A committee of Jackson City Council members is weighing whether to resume the practice of allowing city police officers to take their patrol cars home at the end of their shifts.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Decatur’s new mayor talks pushing legislation an overhauling city plans for 2016
With the new year, newly elected mayor Patti Garrett is looking at ways for Decatur to continue being a well-run city that offers residents a specific quality of life through existing services and a willingness to try new things.
Source: Neighbor News

Mayor, commissioners say public farewells to retiring county manager Reddish
Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commissioners, and one former commissioner, said their public farewells to long-time county manager Alan Reddish on Tuesday evening at City Hall, Reddish’s last commission meeting before he closes out his career on Friday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Decatur not pursuing annexation this year
The city of Decatur released a statement Wednesday saying it will not pursue “adoption of House Bill 663 by the Georgia Senate during the 2016 session.” This is Decatur’s annexation bill that passed the House last year before dying in the Senate.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Stonecrest proposal advances
A proposal to create a city of Stonecrest along Interstate 20 is moving forward after a Georgia House of Representatives committee gave its unanimous approval Wednesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hogansville to sell police K9
The Hogansville Police Department will sell its only K9 after losing its second handler within a year.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Road plan dominates LaGrange mayor’s town hall meeting
Attendees of Mayor Jim Thornton’s second of four town hall meetings Tuesday wasted no time getting to their point.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Some LaVista Hills Residents Want To Join City Of Chamblee
People who tried to create the city of LaVista Hills in DeKalb County lost the vote in November, but some of them have a new idea: join an existing city.
Source: WABE

Villa Rica votes to raise athletic fees
The Villa Rica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the raising of some of its fees associated with its athletic programs.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Jonesboro city council reviews agenda in work session
The Jonesboro City Council reviewed a number of items up for vote Feb. 8.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Kennesaw sets fee to qualify for special election
The Kennesaw City Council has announced a special May 24 election for the seat vacated by former Councilman Leonard Church. Church pleaded guilty to child molestation and possession of child pornography in December and was sentenced to 18 years.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

ArtsFest back on for 34th year
ArtsFest, that day of parent-and-child activities ranging from molding clay, sculpting sand and painting pets to watching professional artists work, is back on for 2016 with a new host agency, the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Hahira rezoning not expected to heavily impact traffic
Hahira City Council said an increase of one car per every five minutes in each direction is to be expected if the rezoning of 440 W Stanfill St. to a R-6-M from R-10 is approved.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City Council talks future goals, plans
Annual retreat with leaders centers on parking, updates. Woodstock City Council members and city officials sat down Friday and Saturday at their annual retreat to review the past year and discuss goals and priorities for 2016.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

Hahira to amend FY2015 budget
An increase of $770,000 in unanticipated revenue has required the Hahira City Council to amend its Fiscal Year 2015 budget.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Conyers eyes adding street light fees to property tax bills
Property owners in Conyers may see a new fee on their tax bills when they arrive in the mail later this year.
Source: Newton Citizen

Expand plan: Conyers agrees to move forward on proposal for new City Hall
The Conyers City Council on Saturday arrived at a consensus to proceed with a proposal for construction of a new City Hall complex on property off Oakland Avenue north of Interstate 20. The move coincides with plans to revitalize public housing neighborhoods south of Green Street with a public-private partnership and build a senior citizen high-rise facility.
Source: Newton Citizen

Council approves $18K in free rent for daycare; hearing held for logo on mayor's vehicle
In a vote of 5-2, the Douglasville City Council approved giving a daycare, whose owners requested nearly $27,000 in reimbursements for past utilities, a rental credit of $18,000.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Alpharetta honors its finest
Public safety is sometimes taken for granted by the community. But a safe community is created through the actions of the members of a city’s public safety department – police and fire – in the course of their everyday duties.
Source: NorthFulton.com

City edging toward $50M-$60M parks/recreation bond
The Johns Creek City Council is slowly moving toward putting a recreation and parks bond before the voters after receiving the updated Recreation and Parks Strategic Plan last week.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell begins work on 2-lane roundabout
The intersection of Houze and Hembree roads will soon be home to one of the state’s largest roundabouts. The total cost is to be $4.4 million and is funded by the Georgia Department of Transportation. Roswell contributed $354,000 toward engineering and design and right-of-way acquisition.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell approves housing moratorium
The Roswell City Council voted 4-2 on Jan. 28 to approve a temporary, 90-day moratorium on the acceptance of rezoning applications in the following districts: RS-9 (Single-Family Small Lot); RS-6 (Single-Family Small Lot); RS-4 (Single-Family Small Lot), R-CC (Residential Cottage Court); and R-TH (Residential Townhouse).
Source: NorthFulton.com

Senoia stormwater fee may take effect in July
Senoia’s stormwater utility ordinance is almost ready, and residents and businesses could begin being charged the fee on their July utility bills.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Blight tax going before Savannah City Council
Negligent property owners may soon be paying a price for failing to properly maintain homes and commercial buildings in Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry council approves new sign ordinance
The City Council approved a revised sign ordinance Tuesday over the opposition of about a dozen residents.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners OK blight projects in 'historic moment'
The Macon-Bibb County Commission gave the green light Tuesday to spend $4.4 million and concentrate the money on 15 blight projects.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Former Ludowici mayor Warren fondly remembered by many
Former Ludowici mayor and councilwoman Myrtice Warren died just before noon Jan. 27 at the Golden Living Center in Jesup, where she resided, after an extended illness. She was 88. Warren retired from public service Dec. 31, 2011, after serving as Ludowici’s mayor and member of the City Council for 29 years.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Augusta Commission approves animal ordinance
Pet owners will face new requirements next year after Augusta Com­mis­sion members cobbled together and approved the city’s first new animal ordinance in decades.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Gainesville Council hears about good cops, unwanted bypass
Two Gainesville police officers were honored Tuesday evening at the City Council meeting in a rather unconventional manner.
Source: Access North Georgia

Mayor Reed removes mystery around Bobby Jones land swap
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed called the possibility of the state of Georgia getting ownership of the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead as the “biggest false crisis that I’ve seen.”
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Powder Springs completing Silver Comet Trail Linear Park
The Powder Springs City Council approved a bid for landscaping that will complete the first phase of the Silver Comet Trail Linear Park on Richard Sailors Parkway.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Austell, Mayor Pro-Tem earn designations
The city of Austell was recognized for earning the Cities of Ethics designation at the Georgia Municipal Association’s Mayors’ Day conference in Atlanta on Jan. 24. Austell joins more than 200 cities that have received the City of Ethics designation.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City approves ordinance to deal with blighted structures
The Carrollton City Council on Monday approved an ordinance that will allow the city to deal with blighted and abandoned properties.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

City's Gloucester St. entrance may get makeover
City engineer Garrow Alberson has returned with a plan he thinks will be a good start for embracing the gateway concept at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Gloucester Street.
Source: Brunswick News

Master plan deadline approaching
St. Marys City Manager John Holman has spent the past year getting to know the city and to review all the studies and plans that have been conducted.
Source: Brunswick News

Lawrenceville mayor talks future in State of the City
Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson in her State of the City Address Monday night outlined the city’s progress so far and what’s in the future for Gwinnett County’s county seat.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Montezuma Police Department to be recertified
Over the past year, the Montezuma Police Department has been preparing for its on-site visit which was held on Jan. 20-21 and the department passed with flying colors.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Garden City police K-9 dog receives bullet-resistant vest
One of the dogs in the Garden City police’s K-9 unit has some fancy new duds. Arie, a 5-year-old German shepherd, received a bullet-resistant vest from Vested Interest in K-9s.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler City Council OKs rezone for industrial park
Developers proposing a new industrial park for Jimmy DeLoach Parkway cleared a major hurdle Monday after the Pooler City Council signed off on a rezone of more than 328 acres of property to accommodate the site.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins approves agreement for precinct
City Council on Monday approved an agreement with Houston Healthcare that is expected to eliminate another school voting precinct.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Economic findings unveiled
Last August the city of Fayetteville began working with the firm of Garner Economics to create an economic development strategy specific to the city and to analyze the current economic state of the city.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta Commission still struggling to revise animal ordinance
Augusta Commission members remain at an impasse over revising the city’s 1970s-era animal services ordinance.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Clarkesville facing challenge with repeated building flooding
Even as the Clarkesville City Council is beginning the process of rebuilding downtown after a devastating fire, another city-owned building is experiencing repeated flooding.
Source: Access North Georgia

Athens-Clarke commissioners to vote on revamped taxi ordinance Tuesday
Applying for various governmental grants is normally a routine part of business at voting meetings of Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission, handled with little or no discussion.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta City Council OKs deal with APS on Beltline taxes
The Atlanta City Council Monday overwhelmingly approved an agreement aimed at ending a two-year legal flap with Atlanta Public Schools (APS) over tax revenues from the Atlanta Beltline.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Macon-Bibb commissioners set to vote on blight projects Tuesday
The Macon-Bibb County Commission is set to vote Tuesday on 15 blight projects that would clear the way for the first major wave of efforts to clean up blighted neighborhoods.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reed: City could handle $100M-$150M for Philips Arena redo
A renovation of Philips Arena, a key component of keeping the Atlanta Hawks in downtown, could be a $200 million to $300 million project, and Mayor Kasim Reed said Monday the public portion of that deal could be as high as $150 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Drew Ferguson to resign as West Point mayor
Mayor Drew Ferguson will resign as West Point’s mayor after he qualifies to run for Congress, a spokesman for his congressional campaign said Sunday.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Atlanta Regional Commission recognizes city sustainability
The city of Atlanta was recognized by the Atlanta Regional Commission for leadership in practices which promote sustainability. During the ARC’s board meeting last month, Atlanta was upgraded to a Certified Gold Green Community.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Smyrna to get its own version of Ponce City Market
The investment company Jamestown, which developed Old Fourth Ward’s popular mixed-use development site, has been working with local officials on a vision for one of Smyrna’s last waterfronts. The project was approved in 2013 by the Smyrna City Council, the same year the council annexed the 82 acres of land bordering the river.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek, nonprofit to work on park development
The non-profit Trust for Public Land is partnering with the city of Johns Creek in the acquisition and development of 133 acres of park land.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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