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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Emerson considers ways to cut spending
Emerson City Council, facing a glut of needed repairs, but with nowhere near enough cash to hire the needed manpower, may turn to prison power to solve its problems.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Brunswick seek assistance to enhance African American tourism
Officials and administrators in Brunswick and Glynn County have joined forces to obtain assistance from the Georgia Department of Economic Development to better promote area-wide African American heritage tourist attractions.
Source: Brunswick News

Open house Tuesday for renovated City Council chambers
City officials will hold an open house today for the community to view the newly renovated Milledgeville City Council chambers.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Marietta given grant from U.S. Soccer Foundation
The city of Marietta has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help pay for the lighting of fields at its new sports complex on Franklin Gateway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Golden opportunity: City needs historic baseball park
On April 28, 1926, hordes of baseball fans descended on the South Commons to the brand-new stadium on the Chattahoochee. White fans passed through the main entrance. African American fans bought tickets at the Fourth Street entrance and sat in the "colored" section. All cheered for the Foxes, Columbus' newly arrived South Atlantic League team.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Management team announced for Rome Tennis Center at Berry College
The office of the Rome City Manager is pleased to announce the new management team for the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Tom Daglis has been appointed Executive Director of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College and will also serve as the Director of the Professional Tennis Management Program at Berry College starting June 1, 2016.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayor Tomlinson to present proposed fiscal 2017 budget to council Tuesday
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and City Manager Isaiah Hugley will present the proposed fiscal 2017 budget to Columbus Council Tuesday afternoon at council’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

City Commission proclaims “Touch a Train Day”
City Commissioners here held their regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night during which they approved several items of business on the agenda.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Clarkston forges ahead with plan to decriminalize marijuana
The city of Clarkston is pressing ahead with a vote as early as next week to make it the first city in Georgia to decriminalize marijuana despite warnings from Gov. Nathan Deal and law enforcement officials that it would violate state and federal law.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta awarded grant from U.S. Soccer Foundation
Marietta has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation for lighting at the new Franklin Gateway Sports Complex.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Springfield agrees to spend new SPLOST money on buildings
The City of Springfield would spend a big chunk of $3.8 million in new penny-per-dollar sales tax on developing the City Hall property into a community venue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler planning board OKs site plan for Savannah Quarters Publix
After an extensive discussion with developers and the public, Pooler Planning Commissioners on Monday recommended that the City Council approve a site plan for a new Publix at the Savannah Quarters community — with some conditions.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah considering $33 million bond issue for West River Street hotel garage
The Savannah City Council on Thursday will consider an agreement to issue $33 million in bonds to build a parking garage on West River Street as part of Richard Kessler’s Plant Riverside hotel project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New Macon-Bibb dispatch system improves emergency response
From mapping the location of fire hydrants to pinpointing the nearest sheriff’s deputy car, a new Macon-Bibb County 911 system is providing a higher level of efficiency in public safety. Macon-Bibb leaders spoke Monday about the benefits of the computer-aided dispatch system, or CAD, that is considered next-generation technology in public safety.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta panel set to approve gift to animal shelter left in will
Col. Barbara A. Davis was “a longtime supporter of Augusta Animal Services,” so she left the city’s animal shelter a portion of her estate.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Prince Avenue pedestrian flag program ending
Athens-Clarke County traffic engineers are throwing in the towel on a nearly 18-month experiment with pedestrian crossing flags at two Prince Avenue crosswalks, after dozens of the flags walked off in the hands of petty pranksters.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Peachtree City to revise tree ordinance
Peachtree City plans to crack down on residents who cut down trees in violation of city rules.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek mayor outlines goals in annual address
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker lined out a new vision for the city during his 10th annual State of the City Address at the Atlanta Athletic Club on April 22.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Canton approves historic district plan
The Canton City Council voted 5-1 to approve creation of a downtown historic district as well as guidelines requiring business in the district to get approval before making significant changes to their structures.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aman declares candidacy for Atlanta mayor
A former top official in Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration announced his candidacy for mayor Monday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kennesaw offering All-Star Summer Day Camp
The city of Kennesaw announced that registration is now open for the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s All-Star Summer Day Camp at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. The 10 weeks of camp will be offered from May 31 — July 29.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw to have Historic Cemetery Clean-up Day
The Kennesaw Cemetery Preservation Commission will have a clean-up and beautification day called “Decoration Day” for Kennesaw’s historic cemetery on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

New Kroger development beginning to take shape
As construction continues on the future site of the Main Street Market Place, new details about the shopping center are starting to materialize. Anchored by Kroger, which is on pace to open by October, the development at 125 E. Main St. in Cartersville across from Kohl’s also will feature various smaller businesses, one of which will be Freddy’s Frozen Custard.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Woodstock to consider Costco
At least one city councilman has some concerns about plans for a mixed-use development that includes a Costco.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Conyers City Council approves deal to lease land for solar energy generation
After the Georgia Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power’s plan to start buying solar power in 2011, solar farms began sprouting up around the state. Now the city of Conyers is plugging into the movement.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

City and county make plans for new veterans memorial park
The Glynn County Commission has begun making plans for a proposed veterans memorial park, which the county wants to construct on the block between I and J streets where the Glynn County Detention Center was formerly located
Source: Brunswick News

Carrollton plans repair, repaving for 13 streets
Carrollton has received $300,000 from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance Improvement Grant that will go toward the city’s spending on road work this year to more than $1.2 million.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Villa Rica to have input in Douglas SPLOST talks
If a special purpose local option sales tax referendum for Douglas County is placed on the ballot this November, it could have a potential impact on 40 percent of Villa Rica’s residents.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Annual Grayson Day celebration set for April 30
The 37th annual Grayson Day will honor the Grayson community’s most phenomenal festivals, individuals and businesses on April 30.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Rome City Commission has several public hearings on its agenda tonight
Inman Solar of Atlanta is seeking a special-use permit to put a solar farm on approximately 12 acres of undeveloped land on Cave Spring Street in South Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Outline of Athens-Clarke public art master plan available for review and comment
The proposed public art master plan for Athens-Clarke County is still being drafted, but the final proposal is likely to steer the community toward seeing public art as more than just static works placed at various locations.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

DeKalb County city wants to ban e-cigarettes, decriminalize marijuana
A DeKalb County city mayor wants to ban e-cigarette smoking indoors and decriminalize possession of marijuana.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One year in, Savannah's Short-Term Vacation Rental ordinance getting another look
Throughout the city, 461 properties have been certified as short-term vacation rentals since the city began regulating the industry in 2015. Since that time, complaints about noise and other nuisances have subsided because of the restrictions the ordinance places on rentals, according to residents and city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New apartments bring essential downtown density
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Planning Commission approved a 70-unit apartment complex for 1020 E. Broad St.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Publix plans to be reviewed in Pooler
The Pooler Planning Commission on Monday will consider the site and landscape plans for a Publix grocery store in the Village Quarter commercial area of the Savannah Quarters development.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor Brown: Hinesville needs SPLOST back
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax was clearly on Mayor Allen Brown’s mind as he gave the first State of Hinesville address of his current term.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Grovetown's new rules are step toward building downtown
The question was asked not long after Frank Neal accepted an offer to be Grove­town’s city planner: “How long do you think it would take to build a downtown?
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Redevelopment plan takes on quality of life in Macon
The president of a south Macon neighborhood organization envisions a new playground that would offer a constructive place for children and teens.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Franklin police cracking down on noisy vehicles
cording to a statement from Chief Kevin Hannah, the Franklin Police Department will immediately begin a zero-tolerance enforcement program to reduce the excessive noise being caused by vehicle radios and exhaust, after receiving complaints from citizens, business owners, and government officials.
Source: Heard Citizen

4 finalists interviewed for new Augusta position
Augusta is looking in-house and to Fort Gordon to fill the new position of central services director.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Massive Atlanta Highway development proposal gets commission review
Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Jerry NeSmith, whose advocacy for the revitalization of Atlanta Highway has included an insistence the route be recognized as a commercial corridor and county regulations be adjusted to facilitate commercial development there, indicated this week he will be an enthusiastic supporter of a commercial and residential development proposed for the western end of the corridor near the Oconee County line.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Suwanee to consider massage parlor ordinance, design planner for Town Center expansion
Suwanee city council members are considering an update to the city' massage parlor ordinance, an "indirect" response to recent criminal activity reported at several local massage establishments.
Source: Access North Georgia

City calls for input on skate park
City officials are eyeing the possibility of creating a public skateboarding park, but say they need the community’s help in crafting the plan.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

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