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Savannah-Chatham police team up with community for camaraderie, safety
The Savannah-Chatham police are teaming up with local neighborhoods to host the annual National Night Out on Aug. 2.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City holds talks on housing violation 'disconnect'
Augusta officials are narrowing in on a fix for the city’s problem with unkempt residential properties – only some of which is tied to heavy use of Section 8 vouchers.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Gainesville ready to begin work on "the moat," streets that make up the perimeter around the downtown square
Gainesville City Council members learned Thursday morning that the city is the recipient of a $50,000 grant that can be used to enhance green spaces on the streets that encircle Gainesville's downtown area.
Source: Access North Georgia

Stockbridge votes to fund Saturday library hours at Cochran Library
After weeks of debate among Stockbridge council members, the group voted 4-1 to provide funding for Saturday library hours in Stockbridge.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Atlanta starts designing program that could send some low-level offenders to services rather than jail
In late June, judges, prosecutors, police, and social service providers started trying to answer an important and timely question: How can they reduce arrests (and recidivism) for city ordinance violations and help the people arrested avoid the vicious cycle of the criminal justice system altogether?
Source: Creative Loafing

‘Liberty Hall’ approved for historic downtown Alpharetta
The Alpharetta City Council has approved, with conditions, a developer’s plan to turn the site of an abandoned gas station in the historic downtown into a four-story commercial building with offices, shops, a restaurant and a rooftop social club.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta, MARTA weigh $2M in accessibility work
An Atlanta City Council panel has signed off on a resolution that would authorize an intergovernmental agreement with MARTA to use $2 million from the agency to make areas around transit stations accessible to handicapped persons.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek awards $6.9M contract for Ga. 120 work
The Johns Creek City Council has awarded a $6.9 million contract to C.W. Matthews Contracting Co. Inc. to improve Ga. 120/Abbotts Bridge Road from Jones Bridge to Parsons Bridge roads.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Berkeley Lake homeowners will feel slight tax relief
The Berkeley Lake City Council voted recently to reduce the city’s 2016 ad valorem property tax millage rate to 2.369 mills. The rate is lower than the 2015 millage rate of 2.47 mills and also lower than the rollback rate of 2.374 mills.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners to host Coffee with a Cop
Gwinnett Police will hold its Coffee with a Cop community event at the Atlanta Bread Company in Peachtree Corners on Aug. 19.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City proposes $16.5 million in transportation projects
The city is proposing about $16.5 million in transportation projects for fiscal 2017, Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge told Columbus Council this week.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Canton to collect on mixed drink back taxes
The city of Canton is going after 16 local restaurants found to be deficient when it came to reporting their mixed drink sales and paying taxes on those beverages.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City accepts bids to privatize IT department
Three bids were unsealed Thursday that will determine if the city of St. Marys privatizes information technology services.
Source: Brunswick News

Marietta to choose construction firm for $7.7M soccer park
The city is expected to select one of three firms that submitted construction bids for its proposed $7.7 million soccer park on Franklin Gateway in the next seven days.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Citizen Satisfaction survey results released
The first scientifically valid citizen survey of Kennesaw residents was conducted and will be presented Aug. 1 at the meeting of the Mayor and Council.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City now licensing alcoholic beverage caterers
Statesboro City Council last week approved a new type of alcoholic beverage license for three established businesses that do catering.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Downtown street beautification shouldn’t disrupt Gainesville traffic
A plan to beautify key downtown Gainesville streets shouldn’t interfere with traffic flow, officials assured City Council on Thursday.
Source: Gainesville Times

Leesburg train depot renovations closer to reality
The planned renovation of the historic Leesburg Train Depot moved closer to becoming a reality Wednesday night as the Leesburg City Council, at a special called meeting, unanimously accepted an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation to begin the process of rehabilitating the building’s exterior.
Source: Albany Herald

Lula residents will get to vote Nov. 8 on liquor sales at restaurants, other establishments_img
Lula residents will get to vote Nov. 8 on liquor sales at restaurants, other establishments
It looks like a liquor vote is coming to Lula.
Source: Gainesville Times

Watkinsville parks get some attention_img
Watkinsville parks get some attention
Watkinsville’s oldest park and its newest park are getting some attention.
Source: Oconee Enterprise

Service delivery talks break down_img
Service delivery talks break down
Service delivery negotiations between Lowndes County and the cities of Valdosta, Remerton, Hahira, Dasher and Lake Park came to a standstill Wednesday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

New trail at Alexander Park celebrated in McDonough_img
New trail at Alexander Park celebrated in McDonough
The newly constructed Alexander Park Trail was celebrated Wednesday morning with a ribbon cutting ceremony at its Jonesboro Road entrance.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

A City Unexpected: Woodstock boasts new identity_img
A City Unexpected: Woodstock boasts new identity
Bringing new life to a historic town, Woodstock city staff is preparing to roll out a new brand capturing the city’s growth and development.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Acworth hosts wakeboarding competition_img
Acworth hosts wakeboarding competition
The Wakeboard National Championships has returned to Acworth and will run from July 27 to 30 at Dallas Landing Park.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta City Council swears in new member_img
Marietta City Council swears in new member
Ruben Sands was sworn in as the temporary Ward 5 council member during a special called meeting Wednesday. Minutes later, Sands cast his first vote during the Marietta City Council’s committee work sessions.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Police Department wins award for excellence_img
Marietta Police Department wins award for excellence
The Marietta Police Department received the 2016 Dr. Curtis E. McClung/Motorola Award for Excellence by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police Monday night in recognition for the department’s efforts to improve the public’s response to active shooter situations.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Garden City’s David Lyons named Outstanding Police Chief of the Year_img
Garden City’s David Lyons named Outstanding Police Chief of the Year
Garden City Police Chief David Lyons has been named the state’s Outstanding Police Chief of the Year by his peers. Lyons was given the honor Tuesday evening at the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Roswell scores 10-gig fiber network from Comcast_img
Roswell scores 10-gig fiber network from Comcast
Things in Roswell, Ga., may start moving a little quicker. Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp. (NASDAQ: CMCSA) is building a fiber network that will deliver 10-gigabit Internet speeds to businesses along the Georgia 400 corridor in Roswell.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lula voters will get to decide whether to allow alcohol by the drink_img
Lula voters will get to decide whether to allow alcohol by the drink
The Lula City Council will allow city voters to decide Nov. 8 whether they want pouring of alcohol at businesses in the city.
Source: Access North Georgia

Aragon’s Frettiesburg subdivision seeks to leave_img
Aragon’s Frettiesburg subdivision seeks to leave
Aragon residents along Holly Street and Frettiesburg Drive have let the city know that it intends to continue on with the process of deannexation from the city.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Marietta Police hold ‘Project Unity’ event_img
Marietta Police hold ‘Project Unity’ event
On Saturday, July 30, from noon to 5 p.m., Marietta Police will hold their “Project Unity” event at the Lawrence Street Recreation Center.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Fayetteville budget total drops, city taxes will go up_img
Fayetteville budget total drops, city taxes will go up
The Fayetteville City Council passed a $12.3 million budget for 2017. The general fund budget is dropping from $13.7 million in 2016 to $12.3 million in fiscal year 2017. The reason for the big drop, Finance Director Mike Bush said, is the city used more than $1 million to help fund the Hood Avenue road project now under completion.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Roswell buys ‘active shooter’ kits for police_img
Roswell buys ‘active shooter’ kits for police
Responding to recent attacks on police around the country, the Roswell City Council this week approved buying 147 “active shooter kits” to outfit officers with potentially life-saving equipment.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta commission would advise on police, fire, corrections pay_img
Atlanta commission would advise on police, fire, corrections pay
The creation of a commission to evaluate the compensation of Atlanta Police, Fire and Rescue and Corrections personnel has been proposed by City Council members.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

SPLOST defeat hurts Avondale Estates more than Decatur_img
SPLOST defeat hurts Avondale Estates more than Decatur
Last week DeKalb County’s board of commissioners unanimously voted against holding a referendum on the one percent special purpose local option sales tax.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Adairsville millage rates fall as hotel taxes soar	_img
Adairsville millage rates fall as hotel taxes soar
Due to unanticipated utility revenues, the Adairsville City Council voted Thursday, July 21 to reduce the city millage rate from 3.63 mills to 3.4 mills.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Three to seek Villa Rica mayor's post_img
Three to seek Villa Rica mayor's post
Three people will seek the office of Mayor of Villa Rica, while four candidates will vie for the open Ward 4 council seat, during the Nov. 8 general election.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

VR begins work on new city charter_img
VR begins work on new city charter
Villa Rica's council began the process of updating the city's charter on Tuesday, a process that may result in an entirely new blueprint of city government.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Eastman council continues discussions on tax increase_img
Eastman council continues discussions on tax increase
At its July 25 regular meeting, the Eastman City Council moved to continue discussions regarding the approval of a proposed dedicated property tax millage rate increase so that city councilors may receive more training and exposure to information on the effects of a hypothetical millage rate increase as well as alternative funding methods.
Source: Dodge County News

Hiram’s council sets new sanitation rates, will consider budget amendments, SPLOST uses_img
Hiram’s council sets new sanitation rates, will consider budget amendments, SPLOST uses
During their July session Hiram city council set new sanitation rates following a public hearing and will consider budget amendments, and uses for the remaining 2017 SPLOST in a work session to be held next week.
Source: Dallas New Era

Auburn approves SPLOST — with hesitation_img
Auburn approves SPLOST — with hesitation
The Auburn City Council approved, with hesitation, the project categories and estimates for the proposed 2018 Barrow County Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST). Barrow County voters will likely vote on the sales tax referendum this fall.
Source: Jackson County News

Duluth topples old Proctor Square, looks to redevelopment_img
Duluth topples old Proctor Square, looks to redevelopment
Rita Bowens remembers the excitement of the arrival of Winn-Dixie more than three decades ago because as a Duluth native, it meant she and her family no longer had to drive to Doraville or beyond for shopping.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City of LaFayette urging residents, businesses to help conserve water_img
City of LaFayette urging residents, businesses to help conserve water
As all our citizens and water consumers are aware, we have had substantially below average rainfall in our region over the last several weeks.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Ringgold council decides moving downtown sign would cost too much; for now, it will stay put_img
Ringgold council decides moving downtown sign would cost too much; for now, it will stay put
After nearly two years of controversy, Ringgold council members have decided to leave the digital sign downtown, at least for now. The cost to move the sign are a lot higher than expected.
Source: Walker County Messenger

 Rincon to replace current K9 cars_img
Rincon to replace current K9 cars
The Rincon Police Department’s K9 corps will be getting new rides.
Source: Effingham Herald

JC calls for $40m November parks bond referendum_img
JC calls for $40m November parks bond referendum
The Johns Creek City Council approved Monday night a resolution put a $40 million parks bond on the Nov. 8 ballot for development of parks, and acquisition of parks and green space.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Downtown Waffle House proposal no longer on table_img
Downtown Waffle House proposal no longer on table
Waffle House withdrew its application for a proposed restaurant in downtown Woodstock on Monday before the proposal went before council members for a vote.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Cornelia police seeking financial partners for student program_img
Cornelia police seeking financial partners for student program
With the start of school just more than a week away, Cornelia Police Department officials are seeking the public's help in outfitting a specialty vehicle.
Source: Access North Georgia

Augusta storm fee collections, work on rise_img
Augusta storm fee collections, work on rise
Augusta’s collection rate for the new stormwater utility fee continued to rise in the second quarter, with the city collecting almost 85 percent or $3 million of the $3.5 million it billed, City Engineering Director Abie Ladson said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Mayor takes butterfly pledge_img
Mayor takes butterfly pledge
Canton Mayor Gene Hobgood has taken the pledge to help save the monarch butterflies.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Dog poop mess getting commissioners’ attention_img
Dog poop mess getting commissioners’ attention
While walking along the Ocmulgee River Heritage Trail, Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas says she has to be a careful where she steps.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Dunwoody city council, staff continue discussions on new city hall building_img
Dunwoody city council, staff continue discussions on new city hall building
Dunwoody city council members continue to weigh their options concerning a new city hall building, which could come with a price tag of close to $10 million when all is said and done.
Source: Neighbor News

Jackson to vote on package liquor sales_img
Jackson to vote on package liquor sales
Voters in the city of Jackson will be deciding in November whether to allow packaged liquor sales. City officials said they have received notice from the Butts County elections office that a petition calling for a referendum on the packaged sale of distilled spirits in the city had been certified.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Hinesville City Council approves SPLOST pact, medical complex design_img
Hinesville City Council approves SPLOST pact, medical complex design
Hinesville City Council’s Thursday meeting opened with Mayor Allen Brown reading a proclamation recognizing July 24, 2016, as “City of Hinesville Centennial Day,” recognizing the anniversary of when Hinesville was incorporated as a city by the General Assembly.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Demorest looks to save money by outsourcing water billing_img
Demorest looks to save money by outsourcing water billing
The City of Demorest continues to look at ways to save money while finding ways to more efficiently serve its residents and customers.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta Police Get Help Buying Homes Within City Limits_img
Atlanta Police Get Help Buying Homes Within City Limits
In Atlanta, less than about 25 percent of police officers live within the city’s limits, said Marlon Trone, vice president of programs at the Atlanta Police Foundation.
Source: WABE

Plan Reimagines Turner Field Area After Stadium Sale_img
Plan Reimagines Turner Field Area After Stadium Sale
As Atlanta and Fulton County prepare to sell Turner Field to Georgia State University, big changes could be in store for the surrounding neighborhoods.
Source: WABE

Canton restaurants that owe drink taxes to be given a choice_img
Canton restaurants that owe drink taxes to be given a choice
Letters will go out Aug. 1 to 16 restaurants in Canton, notifying them that they owe more than $92,000 in total unpaid taxes, penalties and interest on under-reported mixed-drink sales. They will be given a certain number of days to appeal or pay up.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb Association takes first look at annexation maps_img
DeKalb Association takes first look at annexation maps
The DeKalb Municipal Association is holding a meeting for existing cities to compare early annexation plans.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Union City to host active shooter meeting_img
Union City to host active shooter meeting
Union City aims to enhance preparedness of dangerous shooting situations by providing training to its citizens that includes knowledge of life preserving strategies.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners moving forward on multi-use trail_img
Peachtree Corners moving forward on multi-use trail
The Peachtree Corners City Council voted recently to approve an agreement with Lord, Aeck, Sargent to prepare construction drawings for the first phase of its new multi-use trail.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates Art Alliance begins clearing site for Art Lot_img
Avondale Estates Art Alliance begins clearing site for Art Lot
Saturday morning about 25 volunteers and members of Avondale Estates’ Art Alliance began clearing the North Avondale Road site that will house a temporary pop-up park called The Art Lot.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek adopts new noise ordinance_img
Johns Creek adopts new noise ordinance
The Johns Creek City Council amended the city’s nuisance ordinance to include fines for “plainly audible” music or other amplified sounds reaching a residential property late at night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Moultrie council clears way for EMC project_img
Moultrie council clears way for EMC project
The Moultrie City Council last week approved a zoning variance that will allow Colquitt EMC to continue an upgrade at its facility on Rowland Drive and First Avenue Northeast.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Cordele, Vienna Police sponsoring Back to School Bash in their communities_img
Cordele, Vienna Police sponsoring Back to School Bash in their communities
As part of a continued effort to bridge the gap between area young people and law enforcement police officers in Cordele and Vienna will be hosting events in their communities for kids heading back to school.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Vienna Council approves resolutions_img
Vienna Council approves resolutions
Council members here handled a brief agenda during their regular meeting Monday night.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Ordinance would let brew pubs sell growlers_img
Ordinance would let brew pubs sell growlers
Columbus Council will vote Tuesday evening on whether to allow brew pubs to sell their beer in “growlers,” 32- and 64-ounce containers.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

LaFayette Housing Authority poster contest winners announced_img
LaFayette Housing Authority poster contest winners announced
The LaFayette Housing Authority had two winning entries in the “What Home Means to Me” poster contest.
Source: Walker County Messenger

City to fix storm water drain problem in LaFayette subdivision_img
City to fix storm water drain problem in LaFayette subdivision
The city of LaFayette is looking to get a voluntary grant of easement on two private properties to clear a ditch that has caused flooding for years for the homeowners.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commissioners vote to increase levy by 1.4 mills_img
City Commissioners vote to increase levy by 1.4 mills
Property taxes to support maintenance and operations of Rome city government will go up by 1.4 mills this fall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayor’s Recycling Challenge closes in on fifth year_img
Mayor’s Recycling Challenge closes in on fifth year
Time is wrapping up for every city in Cherokee County to prove that it can collect the most recycling through the fifth annual Mayor’s Recycling Challenge.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Waffle House headed to council_img
Waffle House headed to council
A proposed Waffle House for downtown that has created a stir among residents will go before Woodstock City Council on Monday seeking approval for several variances allowing the project to move forward.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City increases budget for Cultural Arts Council_img
City increases budget for Cultural Arts Council
The Douglasville City Council has slightly increased the budget for the Douglasville/Douglas County Cultural Arts Council.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Q&A with newest Marietta council member Ruben Sands_img
Q&A with newest Marietta council member Ruben Sands
Ruben Sands, a lifelong resident of Ward 5, was appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday to fill the vacant Ward 5 seat on the Marietta City Council.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Square Farmers Market voted best in Atlanta_img
Marietta Square Farmers Market voted best in Atlanta
The Marietta Square Farmers Market was voted best farmers market in Atlanta by Access Atlanta.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta to host second annual film festival_img
Marietta to host second annual film festival
Local and international filmmakers will travel to the Strand Theatre for the second annual Marietta International Film Festival Aug. 6 and 7 to show cinephiles from near and far their production skills.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna police working to improve relations with LGBT community_img
Smyrna police working to improve relations with LGBT community
Smyrna Police Chief David Lee said the city’s growing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population is one of the reasons why his department later this year will finalize a list of best practices for interacting with the LGBT community.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

‘The big picture’ — locals recall how the 1996 Olympics made an immediate economic impact_img
‘The big picture’ — locals recall how the 1996 Olympics made an immediate economic impact
“All we did was imitate what Billy Payne did to get the Olympics to Atlanta — show a lot of passion and enthusiasm.”
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Library celebrates 10th anniversary of Cartersville building_img
Library celebrates 10th anniversary of Cartersville building
The Cartersville Public Library will celebrate its 10th anniversary at the current facility, located at 429 W Main St., with a reception Tuesday from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Nathan Dean Meeting Room.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City revises airport agreement_img
City revises airport agreement
The St. Marys Airport Authority has been asked to sign a new lease agreement that takes into consideration the uncertainty surrounding the future of the city’s municipal airport.
Source: Brunswick News

Delayed billings put Savannah $15 million behind in revenue collection_img
Delayed billings put Savannah $15 million behind in revenue collection
The race is on. Savannah has a little more than five months to make up $15 million.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Catfish Express preparing to depart from Kingsland_img
Catfish Express preparing to depart from Kingsland
Since its inception three years ago, passengers have boarded the St. Mary Express at a train depot on the old Gilman Paper Co. property in downtown St. Marys.
Source: Brunswick News

Baxter selected as new DA president_img
Baxter selected as new DA president
After an 18-month search, the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority’s search for a new president is over.
Source: Brunswick News

City celebrates Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program participants_img
City celebrates Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program participants
The graduation for the Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program was moved from the Coastal Georgia Center to the Civic Center’s Johnny Mercer Theatre this year. There was not likely enough room for all the participants, family and friends after the program was expanded from about 60 to more than 300 students.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Atlanta's Herndon Homes site to become new $150M mixed-use project_img
Atlanta's Herndon Homes site to become new $150M mixed-use project
The Atlanta Housing Authority has chosen Texas-based Hunt Companies Inc. and Atlanta-based Oakwood Development Group to redevelop the former Herndon Homes site, which includes more than 12 acres along Northside Drive, about a mile north of the Atlanta Falcons’ new Mercedes Benz Stadium.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Duluth adding additional human resources training_img
Duluth adding additional human resources training
The Duluth City Council recently approved a $2,000 annual contract with the Georgia Municipal Association for HR Express Service. GMA presently offers training and policy development services designed to help local governments keep abreast of and stay in compliance with numerous human resources laws and regulations that impact the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates mayor ‘encouraged’ by Euramex meeting_img
Avondale Estates mayor ‘encouraged’ by Euramex meeting
Earlier this week Avondale Estates met for the first time in months with representatives from Euramex Management, the developer that’s owned 15 downtown acres, including the old Fenner-Dunlop, site for about two years.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners eliminates tax for new tech companies_img
Peachtree Corners eliminates tax for new tech companies
The Peachtree Corners City Council voted recently to create a tax exemption program for new and emerging technology businesses. According to city documents, the purpose of the program is to encourage new businesses that operate in high technology, life sciences, and intellectual property.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Waffle House withdraws downtown Woodstock application_img
Waffle House withdraws downtown Woodstock application
Woodstock residents who fought against a proposed Waffle House in the historic downtown area won after the company withdrew its application Monday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

And the Winners are_img
And the Winners are
A butterfly, a dog’s face, a dancer, an old auto, a close-up of a tree trunk and a new look at an iconic downtown scene took top honors last week during the winner announcements for the Eighth Annual Valdosta People’s Choice Photo Contest.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City sponsors blood drive_img
City sponsors blood drive
The City of Valdosta is sponsoring a blood drive in honor of emergency personnel Thursday, July 28.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Green space requested in Decatur_img
Green space requested in Decatur
In the past decade, Decatur has developed at a rapid pace. From 2005 to 2010 there were 113 multi-housing units built in the city. Since 2013, the number has increased dramatically to 625.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Bloomingdale Council approves distribution center plans_img
Bloomingdale Council approves distribution center plans
The Bloomingdale City Council on Thursday signed off on a site plan for a 1.4 million-square-foot distribution facility in the Prologis Morgan Business Center on SH Morgan Parkway.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rockmart approves ordinance change for judge residency_img
Rockmart approves ordinance change for judge residency
Rockmart council members have approved a revision of the ordinance requiring the magistrate judge is a resident of Polk County.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City sells building to Three Rivers Regional Commission for $1_img
City sells building to Three Rivers Regional Commission for $1
On Tuesday July 19, Peter Banks, mayor of Barnesville and chairman of the Three Rivers Regional Commission (TRRC), presented City of Griffin Mayor Dick Morrow with $1 — which concludes the lease-purchase agreement the two entities signed in 1996.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Police a part of, not apart from Athens community_img
Police a part of, not apart from Athens community
“The police should not be feared, they should be respected,” Montu Miller, a local activist and leading member of the Athens hip-hop community said. “They should be there to help our community become a better community. They should be a part of our community, not just there as a career move. “
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

AEDs adding layer of safety for Helen merchants, visitors_img
AEDs adding layer of safety for Helen merchants, visitors
Following the recent death, a donor stepped forward to help the city place an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the downtown area.
Source: Access North Georgia

City manager leaving Senoia_img
City manager leaving Senoia
After overseeing 11 years of explosive growth, city manager Richard Ferry has decided to take his talents to the private sector.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Annexation could reshape Senoia_img
Annexation could reshape Senoia
A proposed annexation into the city of Senoia could dramatically impact the city’s eastern border and bring more than 200 homes and new commercial growth to the quickly-developing city.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Project will finally give Georgia a 4-lane highway from Bainbridge to Brunswick_img
Project will finally give Georgia a 4-lane highway from Bainbridge to Brunswick
You could always count on meeting trucks hauling logs on the 25 miles of two-lane U.S. 84 between Homerville and Waycross.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Former Athens police officer inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame_img
Former Athens police officer inducted into ROTC Hall of Fame
Though honored for his military service, Dye’s accomplishments include translating his ROTC experience into the installation of 911 centers across the world, including Georgia’s first 911 center in Clarke County. Now retired, he lives with his wife, Valarie, in Clarkesville.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Sign opponents retain legal counsel_img
Sign opponents retain legal counsel
The spokesman for opponents of a proposed new City of Thomasville sign ordinance owns a Thomasville business, because that is where he prefers to do business.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Athens-Clarke commissioners still not happy with accessory structure proposal_img
Athens-Clarke commissioners still not happy with accessory structure proposal
At least some Athens-Clarke County commissioners remain dissatisfied with efforts of the planning department and planning commission to amend a section of the zoning ordinance dealing with accessory structures on single-family and two-family residential lots.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Mt. Airy imposes total outdoor watering ban_img
Mt. Airy imposes total outdoor watering ban
The Town of Mt. Airy announced Sunday night it is imposing a total outdoor water ban.
Source: Access North Georgia

Making history again - TFR promotes first African-American female_img
Making history again - TFR promotes first African-American female
For the second time, Jasmine Rice has made history with Thomasville Fire Rescue. Rice was the first African-American female hired with TFR when she joined the department in 2013. On July 14, 2016, she became the first female to ever attain the rank of Engineer with the agency.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Newnan Citizen Academy to begin registration_img
Newnan Citizen Academy to begin registration
The academy is a series of classes for citizens to educate and inform the citizens of Newnan about every aspect of city government in Newnan.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Residents gather for final sign ordinance hearing_img
Residents gather for final sign ordinance hearing
The City of Thomasville's proposed new sign ordinance is headed for city council consideration but apparently not anytime soon.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Is a soccer field — yes, we said a soccer field — coming to MARTA Five Points station?_img
Is a soccer field — yes, we said a soccer field — coming to MARTA Five Points station?
MARTA’s Five Points station might become the first transit station in the world — that we know of, at least — to have a soccer field. Yes, a soccer field.
Source: Creative Loafing

Albany officials mulling changes to food truck regulations_img
Albany officials mulling changes to food truck regulations
Albany officials are considering expanding hours and routes for food truck vendors in the city’s Central Business District for the summer to determine whether permanent changes should be made to local ordinances impacting the vendors.
Source: Albany Herald

Decatur to develop master plan for bicycle/pedestrian network_img
Decatur to develop master plan for bicycle/pedestrian network
Decatur’s commission approved an agreement between the city and the PATH Foundation to develop a master plan for a bicycle/pedestrian network.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamblee receives GDOT grant_img
Chamblee receives GDOT grant
The Georgia Department of Transportation awarded Chamblee with a Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council grant of $44,445. Grant funds are allocated towards purchasing and installing plant material along streets.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta OKs $700K in stormwater system repairs_img
Alpharetta OKs $700K in stormwater system repairs
The Alpharetta City Council has approved contracts totaling $700,000 for repairs to pipes and other infrastructure that carry away stormwater.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock planning to expand senior center_img
Woodstock planning to expand senior center
Membership at the William G. Long Senior Center in downtown Woodstock has passed 700 and city officials say they are looking to expand.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

New fire station breaks ground in Hampton_img
New fire station breaks ground in Hampton
The Henry County Fire Department and Henry County Board of Commissioners gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning for a new fire station that will serve the Hampton area.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Special needs playground installed at Memorial Park in Stockbridge_img
Special needs playground installed at Memorial Park in Stockbridge
Children with special needs will now have a place in Stockbridge to safely enjoy the outdoors.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

City government adds two new department heads_img
City government adds two new department heads
The city has added two new department directors to head up Metra and Community Reinvestment.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Reed wants to close homeless shelter to build emergency response unit_img
Reed wants to close homeless shelter to build emergency response unit
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is planning to enforce eminent domain to take control of the notorious Peachtree and Pine homeless shelter and convert it into a joint police and fire station with a helipad to better respond to emergencies between Buckhead and Downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth hoping for $6M in future SPLOST funding_img
Duluth hoping for $6M in future SPLOST funding
Like all Gwinnett cities, Duluth has officially decided how they will spend the one percent Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax if approved again in November.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stricter stormwater rules could affect Sandy Springs homeowners_img
Stricter stormwater rules could affect Sandy Springs homeowners
Updates to Sandy Springs’ stormwater management policy could require homeowners building room additions, decks, driveways and other improvements to take special steps to reduce runoff and avert stream pollution.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock OKs emergency rail crossing repairs_img
Woodstock OKs emergency rail crossing repairs
The Woodstock City Council met in a special called session this week to approve emergency repairs to the Bell Park Drive railroad crossing from Main Street to an industrial park at the north end of town.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thanks to growth, millage rate will remain stable in Grayson_img
Thanks to growth, millage rate will remain stable in Grayson
Thanks to some of the fastest growth in the state, the Grayson City Council voted to keep the 2016 millage rate at 2.10 mills. This is the third year in a row without an increase despite more than $1.3 million in public improvement projects currently underway.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bus tour puts spotlight on growth, opportunities in south Augusta_img
Bus tour puts spotlight on growth, opportunities in south Augusta
South Augusta was the singular focus of a packed bus of city officials, staff and residents during a nearly four-hour, 48-mile tour Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Dunwoody wins ruling against LED sign company_img
Dunwoody wins ruling against LED sign company
Dunwoody won a state court ruling recently concerning the use of an LED display sign by a local business owner. In a case against Olympus Media, the Georgia Court of Appeals issued a judgment stating “that the full LED sign face does not comport with the consent order” that was issued by DeKalb County before Dunwoody became incorporated in December 2008.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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