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Chickamauga OKs school demolition funding and on-site consumption of distilled spirits
By a vote of 470-142 it was decided that a 15-year bond will be issued to cover nearly $2.5 million of demolition, paving and landscaping at Gordon Lee High School. Today's vote means the last hurdle has been cleared and construction of a new high school can begin.
Source: Catoosa County News

Prewett set to resign, Aragon calls for fall vote to fill council
Aragon residents will get to choose a new city councilman in November after elected officials voted 2-1 to call for a vote on the fall ballot.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City celebrates 50-year anniversary of Lemon Street state title
The Lemon Street High School Hornets were recognized by Mayor Steve Tumlin and the Marietta City Council on May 11 for the 50th anniversary of their Georgia Interscholastic Association Conference State championship.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta to receive new bookstore
Half Price Books, a new and used bookstore chain, will open a new location today at 9 a.m. in Marietta at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

TANS for schools to cost Rome $46,000; Commissioners to mull over 2016 tax levy
It’s going to cost the city of Rome a little more than $46,000 in interest to take out $6.3 million in tax anticipation notes, which will be used to keep the city schools in business until property tax money starts to flow in the fall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

HomeRomeNewsLocal Parks and Rec Department announces new logo, contest winner
On Wednesday, Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Cowling visited Model High School to recognize senior Josh Walls as the county-wide logo contest winner for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City signs off on $1.6 million loan
Madison’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) received the backing of Madison City Council for their Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) loan in the amount of $1.6 million, that they recently received to makeover the West Washington Gateway.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Black mayors conference in Madison
Last weekend, The James Madison Inn and Madison Tea Room hosted a conference for black mayors across Georgia. The Georgia Conference of Black Mayors (GCBM) was founded in 1986, celebrating its 30th year in Madison, where Madison Mayor Fred Perriman is the first ever African-American mayor in the city’s history.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Columbus Council finalizes FY2017 budget
Columbus Council finalized the city’s fiscal 2017 budget by cutting proposed funding to the Columbus Aquatic Center to a level that will sharply curtail hours of operation.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council District 4: Turner Pugh defeats Averett
In the race for Columbus Council District 4, incumbent Evelyn Turner Pugh has defeated her young challenger Marquese “Skinny” Averett.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council at-large: Skip Henderson to retain council seat
Columbus at-large councilor Skip Henderson appears on his way to retaining his seat against challenger Teddy Reese.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council at-large: Henderson wins re-election bid easily
Veteran District 10 At-Large Councilor Skip Henderson cruised to re-election Tuesday, easily defeating a political newcomer by a wide margin.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Free golf cart shuttle to be offered on the Square
Visitors to the Covington Square unable to find a parking spare directly in front of their dining or shopping destination, will not have to worry about walking.
Source: Covington News

Chiefs trained in open records
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police members underwent open government training Tuesday. The Valdosta Daily Times Editor Jim Zachary, in coordination with Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress, led the class on the Georgia Open Government Act.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission reviews budget
The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, given the absence of Dougherty County officials, opted to delay a vote on its Fiscal Year 2017 budget until June, while officials said a report on the industry activity for April indicate a promising month.
Source: Albany Herald

Five-day work week final in Grantville
The Grantville City Council voted to keep the five-day work week permanent at Monday night’s regular council meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Incumbents Fennoy and Williams, Jefferson win Augusta Commission races
Augusta voters retained two incumbents - Bill Fennoy and Marion Williams - and approved a familiar face, Andrew Jefferson, to fill three commission seats in Tuesday elections.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Suwanee saves $3M through bond refinance
The Suwanee city council adopted a bond resolution and bond purchase agreement May 24 and voted to approve the refinancing of the city’s outstanding Open Space bonds, resulting in savings of $3 million over the life of the bond for Suwanee taxpayers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reichert reveals plans for final term, reflects on past
As Reichert embarks on becoming the longest-tenured mayor in Macon’s modern history — reaching 13 years when the next term ends in December 2020 — he and other officials who have worked with him closely explore his accomplishments, legacy, challenges and plans for the future.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City finds buyer for former cultural arts center site; apartments planned
The city has found a buyer for the vacant lot at Hall Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where the cultural arts center was originally going to be built, after three previous efforts to sell the property failed.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Bobby Jones Golf Course-Underground deal moves forward
A controversial property swap involving Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead, seen as critical to the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta, could go before the full Atlanta City Council for a vote June 6.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Work ahead for Buckhead ‘Duck Pond’ park
The city of Atlanta may spend up to $72,286 to restore a stream bank and protect a city-owned water line in the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood of Buckhead.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeFore, Allen prepare for Macon-Bibb commission showdown
Ed DeFore and Joe Allen say they’re not surprised that they’re headed to a runoff to see who will be the next District 6 commissioner in Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Duluth police use confiscated property to buy equipment
Over the past several months, the Duluth police department has used eBay to sell various items of confiscated property. The sales have generated over $1,100 in revenue for the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Riceboro FD lowers ISO rating
The members of the Riceboro Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department received notification from the Insurance Service Office that the city’s public fire protection classification has been lowered to the new rating of 05/5X from 6/9.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Gainesville metro once again boasts lowest unemployment rate in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday morning that Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate for April was 4.2 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 4.5 percent in March. The rate in April 2015 was 4.6 percent.
Source: Access North Georgia

Savannah set to borrow $8 million for downtown street improvements
The city is getting ready to borrow $8 million to make improvements to Broughton Street, as part of a $14 million streetscaping plan that is intended to also make Bay and River streets safer and more inviting for residents and visitors.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham Area Transit starts conversation about regional transportation
When former Louisville, Colo., Mayor Chuck Sisk and other leaders from across the Denver region got together in the mid- to late-1990s to improve their area’s transit system, they had their share of setbacks. And while Sisk’s visit to the Savannah area this week marked a big step in taking the discussion from the confines of the CAT’s meeting room to the greater Savannah area, local transit officials still have their work cut out for them to get everyone on board.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Athens Downtown Development Authority director wants funds for tech, arts incubators
The executive director of the Athens Downtown Development Authority is asking the authority’s board of directors to allocate $75,000 in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year to what she is calling “incubators” for technology businesses and arts-related enterprises.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City of Cornelia launches Farmers Market, vendor orientation this week
Farmers markets are popping up in more and more locations around North Georgia, and the city of Cornelia is one of the latest to launch a market for its citizens.
Source: Access North Georgia

Cedartown seeks residents’ help to control mosquitoes and ‘Block the Bite’
The City of Cedartown has launched an education campaign in hopes of reminding residents that the best way to prevent a mosquito outbreak at their home is to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

$36 million eyed for road, cart path repair in PTC
More than $8 of every $10 raised via a new sales tax would be spent on repair and maintenance of city’s infrastructure.
Source: Fayette Citizen

From Historic School To Affordable Housing
A few members of the Macon-Bibb County Commission and Mayor Robert Reichert toured the still under renovation A.L. Miller High School building. The County has committed six hundred thousand dollars for infrastructure improvements in the surrounding neighborhood.
Source: GPB News

Atlanta Wins Bid For 2019 Super Bowl
The city of Atlanta has won the bid to host the Super Bowl in 2019, after NFL owners voted Tuesday. Tampa, New Orleans, Miami and Los Angeles were also in the running to host the championship games from 2019 through 2021.
Source: WABE

Duluth adjusts late fees, interest on stormwater billing
The Duluth city council adopted a new resolution in March to add stormwater charges to real estate property tax bills. At this month’s city council meeting, the city amended city code to reflect new dates for when interest and penalties will apply.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alcohol sales now allowed at Duluth golf courses
The Duluth City Council voted May 9 to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on golf courses. The amendment to city code comes after the owners of two golf courses in Duluth requested a review by the Alcohol Review Board.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Loganville to vote on FY17 budget
Loganville officials held two public meetings this month to consider an initial general fund budget totaling $10.4 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur sets maximum booting fee at $75
Decatur has set the maximum booting fee in privately owned parking lots at $75. The typical charge has been $90 to $100, and Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said the lower fee’s comparable with City of Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Green space committee produces residential tree ordinance draft
Avondale Estates’ new green space committee has produced a first draft of a residential tree ordinance, recently posted on the city’s website at avondaleestates.org.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta the most “American” city in Georgia
What does it mean to be a normal “American?” That’s debatable. To make his list, economist Jed Kolko calculated “how demographically similar each U.S. metropolitan area is to the U.S. overall based on age, educational attainment, race and ethnicity.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

'Touch-a-Truck' reaches youths
The City of Valdosta Public Works Department brought National Public Works Week to a close recently with its Touch-a-Truck campaign.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

House version of defense budget includes $6 million to move St. Marys airport away from sub base
Navy brass has said airport poses security, safety risks to neighboring Kings Bay, but city can't afford to pay for move.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Warwick police dog gets lifesaving vest
The next time “Stitch” is out in the field, hard at work on a drug trafficking case or searching for a missing person, he’ll be doing it with some new, life-saving protection now that the police dog will be wearing a brand new bulletproof vest he received last week from an Albany charity.
Source: Albany Herald

Kasim Reed: ‘I think I’ve got another campaign in me’
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has ruled out a run for governor in 2018 more times than we can count. But he made clear Monday at an address to city business honchos that he was keeping his political options open.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City considering traffic changes for downtown
Too many traffic lights on Adamson Square and an “abomination” of a dangerous intersection in front of the Presbyterian Church has city officials considering a makeover for downtown Carrollton.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Rome City Commission to approve tax anticipation notes for schools
Rome City Commissioners are expected to approve tonight the issuance of Tax Anticipation Notes to fund city school system operations until the major influx of budgeted revenue comes in the fall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Historic Columbus celebrates 50 years of restoring landmarks
In the 1960s, the Springer Opera House was an eyesore slated for demolition. That inspired a group of community activists to save the dilapidated structure, giving birth to a new nonprofit organization.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Dellinger Park will host free fishing days
In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department will present a pair of angling events for its youngest and oldest patrons. With both held at the Dellinger Park Lake, Youth Fishing Day and Senior Fishing Day will be conducted from 7 a.m. to noon on June 6 and 10, respectively.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Atlanta to bid new parking contract next month
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Monday that the city will solicit bids for parking enforcement in the next month, meaning the highly controversial Wisconsin-based firm behind PARKAtlanta could be replaced before the end of the year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Updated clean air ordinance bans e cigarettes
Decatur’s commission amended its clean air ordinance, adding electronic cigarettes to the list of products/substances that can’t be smoked in designated public areas. Those areas include no smoking within 20 feet of any place of city employment and 20 feet within a restaurant’s serving area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Now you can stroll through downtown Duluth, beer in hand
Based on recommendations from Duluth’s Alcohol Review Board and downtown merchants the City Council adopted an amendment to the alcohol ordinance May 9 to provide for a “Downtown Entertainment District.” The designated area will allow the public to enjoy alcoholic beverages in plastic cups outside establishments.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Take a walk with the Norcross City Council
At least twice a year, the Norcross city council meets citizens for a “Walk with Council” to discuss city plans and projects. The roughly one mile walk around historic Norcross will give city council members an opportunity to update residents on the status of various projects, answer questions, and make community connections between elected officials and neighbors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta energy program targets low-income areas
The city of Atlanta is partnering with a federal agency to help residents of low-income neighborhoods reduce their energy costs through energy-efficient appliances and “distributed renewables” – power generated by renewable energy, like small-scale solar panel applications.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City announces candidates for city manager
The City of Moultrie has reduced a field of 30 applicants down to two men vying to be the city’s next city manager.
Source: Moultrie Observer

APD Chief Michael Persley talks about his first year as head of the department
Albany Police Department Chief Michael Persley held a “Special Look Back at the Year” press conference on Monday at the downtown Law Enforcement Center.
Source: Albany Herald

Atlanta to revive idea of privatizing airport security screening, says mayor
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, on the heels of dismissing the manager of the world’s busiest airport, said he wants to take a closer look at privatizing security screening at the Atlanta airport to address the issue of long lines.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Athens Downtown Development Authority moving to extend tax district boundaries
The Athens Downtown Development Authority will try once again to have its boundaries extended — a move that would bring additional revenue to the group, which is funded with a special 1-mill property tax assessed within its boundaries in addition to a share of downtown Athens parking revenue.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

St. Marys traffic study
Transportation issues impact communities in many ways that aren’t obvious to many people.
Source: Brunswick News

Mayor recognizes VSU social media students
Mayor John Gayle honored the winners of the 2016 Valdosta Social Media Contest — an educational partnership between the City of Valdosta and Valdosta State University to propose the best social media strategy for local government.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City pay hikes expected
City employees may have a pay increase starting Oct. 1, pending the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City Commission discusses possible need for tax hike
The Rome City Commission discussed a possible tax hike during a called meeting Friday morning, but has taken no action yet.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Albany PD Chief Michael Persley appoints new assistant chief
Albany Police Department Chief Michael Persley has named Derrell Smith, the current deputy director of the Albany Recreation and Parks Department, the new department’s assistant chief.
Source: Albany Herald

Rome loses Revenue office to Cartersville
The Georgia Department of Revenue has relocated its collections office from 1401 Dean St. in Rome to 314 E. Main St. in Cartersville.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville Council gets good news
After a series of proclamations recognizing everything from safe boating practice to lupus awareness to historic preservation, the Cartersville City Council got down to the task at hand — signing agreements and spending money.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Tybee Island to begin construction of trail, hire new public safety staff in 2016-2017 budget
While they still intend to begin construction of a new multipurpose trail and fund new positions for the police and fire departments in the upcoming fiscal year, Tybee Island officials for the time being have pulled funding for construction and furniture for a city hall renovation project from their upcoming budget.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Atlanta airport, watershed department heads out
The heads of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Department of Watershed Management are out.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City launches Atlanta City Studio at Ponce City Market
The City of Atlanta will launch its first urban design pop-up studio during a ceremony Monday at Ponce City Market.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commission committee considers pet fencing issues
A Municipal Court decision from a few years ago, combined with a more recent concern from Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Andy Herod, has a county commission committee looking at possible changes to local ordinances regarding the use of fencing to keep pets on their owners’ property.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke County moving on growler sales
Athens-Clarke County is joining the parade of Georgia cities enacting local ordinances to make it clear that brewpubs – restaurants that brew beer on the premises – can fill “growlers” (half-gallon containers used by beer aficionados) that can then be taken off the premises.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Which Cobb County city is growing the fastest?
Are all cities in Cobb County created equal? According to government data, some cities are growing more quickly than others, and the quality of life may play a factor.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Vine City Park Sign Of Things To Come
After more than ten years of work, Vine City Park is officially complete. Community members, city officials, and Atlanta non-profits gathered Thursday for a ribbon-cutting for final phase of the park, which includes an expanded playground and flood-mitigating features.
Source: GPB News

Macon-Bibb fallen peace officers, firefighters honored
With the tolling of a bell and the placing of white roses Friday morning, Macon and Bibb County remembered the sacrifices of 31 men who gave their lives serving the community.
Source: Macon Telegraph

First segments of long-sought Firefly Trail could be built soon
Some segments of a long-planned walking and cycling trail from downtown Athens to downtown Union Point could finally be built soon.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Temple issues moratorium on residential building permits
Temple has issued a 45-day moratorium on new residential building permits in the city as a means of stopping builders from buying up partially finished subdivisions, leaving city taxpayers to pay for completing the streets in those developments.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Opportunity Zone created in Lake City
Lake City has an opportunity to attract new businesses now that a portion of the city has been designated an “Opportunity Zone” by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Source: Clayton News Daily

LaFayette continues neighborhood revitalization
The city of LaFayette’s property maintenance initiative is seeing improvement with a large number of property owners voluntarily bringing their blighted properties up to code.
Source: Walker County Messenger

City defers action on two sites
Dr. Walter Evans of Savannah, the owner of the 1315 Newcastle St., property was again a no show at Wednesday’s Brunswick City Commission meeting. Commissioners were supposed to hear Evans’ demolition request, but the matter was again deferred to July 16 due to his absence.
Source: Brunswick News

City, county moving forward on land bank proposal
Residents and property owners may be happy to hear that Brunswick and Glynn County commissioners are moving ahead with an agreement to deal with area blight.
Source: Brunswick News

Rockmart to hold public hearing on budget
A public hearing on the proposed FY 2017 budget will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 in the Rockmart City Council Chambers, located in the Government Complex on North Piedmont Ave.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Conyers’ proposed budget to include pay raises for police officers
There was good news for police officers as Chief Financial Officer Isabel Rogers presented a proposed city budget for fiscal year 2017 to the Conyers City Council at its Wednesday meeting.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Covington Council: Square’s stop signs are permanent
The Covington City Council voted unanimously on Monday to make temporary stop signs permanent on the Square.
Source: Newton Citizen

City plans to cut ties with Tiger Cubs
The city plans to end its governing responsibilities with the Douglasville Tiger Cubs.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Mayor eats breakfast, chats with residents
The marquee at the local Hardee’s read “Welcome Mayor Hobgood” as the Canton mayor and a few city officials met with city residents over biscuits and coffee Wednesday morning for the city’s Breakfast with the Mayor event.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City taking police chief applications until June 6
Qualified law enforcement officers have until June 6 to apply for the job of Statesboro chief of police.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Affordable housing project one step closer in Flowery Branch
There are still hoops to jump through, but a developer got closer Thursday night to bringing a 60-unit affordable housing project geared to residents 55 and older to Flowery Branch.
Source: Gainesville Times

Waynesboro PD receives its first recertification
The Waynesboro Police Department has received its first re-certification from the Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program (GLECP) under the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Source: Waynesboro True Citizen

Flowery Branch OKs financing for new city hall
Financing is moving forward on the new $5.3 million city hall in Flowery Branch.
Source: Gainesville Times

Atlanta Looks Out Of State For Uber, Lyft Airport Agreements
Pickups from ride-hailing companies like Uber are not yet legal at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. But some Atlanta officials have been looking out of state to help come up with an agreement.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Mayor's Office Unveils Proposed $605M Budget
The city is proposing a $605 million budget for fiscal year 2017. That's an increase of more than $12 million. More than 60 percent of the budget goes to public safety, which includes police, fire departments and corrections.
Source: WABE

Tybee says beach bums better be on best behavior
Veterans of the annual Beach Bum Parade on Tybee Island will notice some changes in the squirt gun shootout’s 30th year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Trip to Atlanta, South Carolina gives Savannah mayor, council big ideas
The mayor and three Savannah aldermen got a free flight to Atlanta and South Carolina earlier this week to see what other cities are doing in the way of community redevelopment.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Community waits as Savannah arena plans questioned
Whether the chosen site northeast of Gwinnett and Stiles is the best location for the arena has become a matter of debate within the Savannah City Council, after the arrival of Mayor Eddie DeLoach and three new aldermen this year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police welcome 34 new officers, promote 6
Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin beamed like a proud father as he welcomed 34 new officers to the department and promoted six others Thursday afternoon.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Flowery Branch gives first reading okay to rezoning for senior housing complex, approves city hall financing plan
The Flowery Branch City Council gave first reading approval to a rezoning request for a 7.1-acre tract on East Main Street that could lead to the construction of a 60-unit multi-family senior housing affordable-living complex.
Source: Access North Georgia

City considering code of conduct, parking changes
Hinesville City Council and city administrators attended a planning workshop Friday and Saturday at the Sea Palms Resort and Conference center.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Atlanta civic center redevelopment gets initial go-ahead
Atlanta’s economic development agency gave initial approval Thursday to issuing $252 million in bonds to help finance the redevelopment of the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council takes up transportation project lists
The Atlanta City Council got a first look Thursday at two lists of potential transportation projects to put before city voters this fall.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

More 'art shelter' bus stops could be coming to Athens
A possible $2 million federal grant, along with $500,000 in local sales tax funding, could bring more “art shelters” — bus shelters designed by artists — to Athens-Clarke County.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Duluth expands downtown development boundaries
The Duluth City Council approved a recommendation by a review committee to expand the Downtown Development Authority boundary map.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners previews business incubator
Peachtree Corners partnered with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute last year to investigate the community’s readiness for an incubator program.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta 911 operation wins re-accreditation
Alpharetta officials said the city’s 911 center has been accredited by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch for an additional three-year period.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Proposed police department budget tops $40 million
Chief Ricky Boren presented a proposed $40.15 million police department budget for Columbus Council’s consideration on Tuesday.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Not good enough, city says to county
The City of Madison is reopening a can of worms with Morgan County government. Earlier this month, the city sent a letter to the county, requesting the county renegotiate a “new Service Delivery Strategy” (SDS) with the city, on account of the city’s claim that city residents pay too much in taxes while not receiving a fair-share of county services. Georgia House Bill 489 mandates certain stipulations on service delivery between cities and counties.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Callaway Foundation unveils downtown plans
The Callaway Foundation has big plans for the south end of downtown LaGrange.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

​City of Newnan to get new intelligent traffic system
To address transportation issues in Newnan, the city is planning to implement an intelligent transportation system, according to Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Atlanta Could Swap Bobby Jones Golf Course For Parking Deck
The Atlanta City Council is considering legislation that could transform two properties in the city: the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead and downtown's Underground Atlanta.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Weighs Solutions To Drivers’ Parking Meter Angst
Atlanta’s contract with the parking management company PARKAtlanta is set to expire this fall. While the private company could win a new contract, recent town hall meetings have confirmed that PARKAtlanta has been unpopular among many residents since it took over the city’s parking meters seven years ago.
Source: WABE

Rockmart to get second solar installation
A second solar project will be located in Rockmart Industrial Park near the existing Georgia Power sponsored facility off Brock Road. Negotiations are now complete and terms of the lease with Inman Solar have been reviewed and approved by the Rockmart Development Authority (RDA) and Rockmart city council members.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City of Cedartown seeking new water, wastewater employees and trainees
Fann: Early retirement option leaving department somewhat shorthanded in critical areas.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

As Fayetteville ponders growth, its apartments remain full
If you think apartment complexes are sprouting up quickly around Fayetteville, there may be a good reason.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Athens For Everyone to continue 'living wage' push until final vote on county budget
Athens For Everyone will continue its push for a living wage for all Athens-Clarke County government employees up to the county commission’s anticipated final June 7 vote on a county budget that likely will not include that increase, according to Tim Denson, board president for the local progressive activist group.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Kennesaw to survey about 2,000 citizens
The city of Kennesaw plans to conduct a survey of about 2,000 randomly-selected households to get input on city services, including public safety, sanitation, maintenance, and parks and recreation, among other topics.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Dunwoody buys new city hall building
The city of Dunwoody signed a purchase agreement for the lot and building located at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road. The agreement covers the purchase of the 3.25 acre lot and building for approximately $8.25 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City spending on pipes, south and north
The city of Statesboro is moving forward with two $1 million-plus pipeline projects, miles outside the city limits in nearly opposite directions.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Affordable housing project for those who are 55-plus proposed in Flowery Branch
Another affordable housing project is proposed in Hall County, this time an apartment rental complex geared to residents 55 and older.
Source: Gainesville Times

With 2 council members absent, Oakwood reverses decision on apartments
Oakwood City Council on Monday night approved a proposal to build 84 apartments that would be rented based on income, reversing an earlier vote by the council.
Source: Gainesville Times

Recycling 101: Valdosta's going green
The City of Valdosta is working to mitigate climate change and combat other environmental hazards while providing economic stimulus for the community through its recycling efforts, city officials said this week.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City urges residents to call for waste pick-up
City of Moultrie garbage trucks patrol the streets to collect household waste twice a week, and the city’s trash trailer comes around once a week to pick up limbs, pine cones and grass clippings.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Council gets first look at proposed budget
From a dollar standpoint, the proposed Commerce 2016-17 budget looks a lot like the current budget.
Source: Commerce News

Loan, grant offer $7.7 million for proposed Blackshear wastewater plant
The Blackshear City Council has approved terms on a roughly $7.7 million federal funding package to finance construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and related system upgrades.
Source: Blackshear Times

Lula officials say they're on track for alcohol votes in November
The Lula City Council is looking to put several alcohol issues before the public for a vote in November.
Source: Access North Georgia

Coke donates $1.8 million for downtown Atlanta projects
To celebrate 130 years in its hometown of Atlanta, Coca-Cola is donating $1.8 million to causes designed to make improvements in the city’s downtown heart.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth considering slight millage rate increase
The Duluth City Council will vote June 13 on the Fiscal Year 2017 annual operating and capital projects budget. The proposed budget represents a slight one percent increase and will be presented with a tentative millage rate of 5.991, the same rate since 2010.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Selig preparing for downtown Decatur mixed-use development
While wrapping up its massive renovation of Suburban Plaza, Selig Enterprises prepares to develop property it owns in downtown Decatur, at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street. Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said she anticipates some type of mixed-use development, including ground-floor retail, and may receive plans by late summer.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Future Decatur park, PATH trail closer to completion
A park off South Columbia Drive, just beyond Decatur’s southeast city limits, is closer to completion, along with a 1.1-mile trail emanating from the park and getting developed by the PATH Foundation.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta OKs liquor sales at Memorial Drive projects
The Atlanta City Council has approved the sale of liquor at sites formerly occupied by a bottle shop and Habitat for Humanity, giving a boost to the continuing redevelopment of Memorial Drive near Oakland Cemetery.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock alters sign ordinance
The Woodstock City Council has OK’d a series of changes in its sign ordinance — with more on the way.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Melody Marlowe retiring as Gainesville CFO, taking financial position in Dahlonega
Melody Marlowe is retiring as Gainesville’s chief financial services officer and administrative services director June 17. She will begin work as finance director for the city of Dahlonega on June 20.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville signs off on Atlanta Street housing redevelopment
Gainesville City Council gave the final sign-off Tuesday night for a rezoning necessary to redevelop the public housing complex on Atlanta Street into both affordable and market-rate units.
Source: Gainesville Times

One of first two black Gainesville Police officers remembered for paving way to future
When Frank Hooper was just a 6-year-old hanging around the Gainesville Police Department, he always remembered seeing Earnest Eugene Earls Sr., a well-respected officer working with Hooper’s father.
Source: Gainesville Times

Governments plan to restore Rogers Bridge over Chattahoochee
Four local governments are pitching in to restore the historic Rogers Bridge over the Chattahoochee River. Gwinnett and Fulton counties and the cities of Duluth and Johns Creek will each pitch in $25,000 toward the cost of designing the project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bus shelter art project gets OK from Gainesville City Council
City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to Hall Area Transit’s plan to begin displaying works of art on or around Gainesville Connection bus shelters by August.
Source: Gainesville Times

City commissioners to decide demolition request, local recycler's expansion request
Brunswick city commissioners are expected to decide Wednesday on the fate of a building in the city’s historic district and whether a local recycling operation can expand.
Source: Brunswick News

Repaving project begins in St. Marys
A major repaving project on 3.5 miles of main state roads has started in St. Marys.
Source: Brunswick News

Lula considering whether to allow liquor sales, Sunday alcohol sales
Lula residents may get the chance this November to vote on several issues concerning alcohol sales, including liquor by the drink.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany City Commission gets first look at $274 million FY 2017 budget
Albany city commissioners got their first detailed look at City Manager Sharon Subadan’s proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget during a commission work session this morning.
Source: Albany Herald

No high-density development vote on council agenda
City Hall was surprisingly empty for Monday’s city council meeting as there was no high-density development vote on the agenda.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Changes made to Woodstock sign ordinance
Woodstock City Council on Monday unanimously approved changes to rules regarding signage and billboards within the city.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Senior housing development on radar in Locust Grove, Stockbridge
Senior living options are increasing in Henry County. Two proposed senior housing developments will be competing for funding to build in Locust Grove, meanwhile one is underway in Stockbridge.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Forest Park City Council hears update of Atlanta Aerotropolis efforts
The Forest Park City Council heard an update from representatives with Aerotropolis Atlanta Monday evening.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Morrow City Council begins FY 17 budget process
No millage rate change has been mentioned by the Morrow City Council as it prepares its fiscal year 2017 budget.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Reese becomes first Villa Rica mayoral candidate
Less than a week after former Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins announced his resignation, a former city official says he wants the job.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Proposed police department budget tops $40 million
Chief Ricky Boren presented a proposed $40.15 million police department budget for Columbus Council’s consideration on Tuesday.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Safari plans major makeover of The Forum; Rome ACC backs food waiver
Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission unanimously backed on Monday the addition of a “convention center” classification that would let establishments such as The Forum serve liquor without meeting the 50-50 food-to-drinks sales ratio.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Engineering silence with Garden City 'quiet zones' for trains
Credit Garden City Mayor Don Bethune and other city officials for trying to come up with a fair and proactive solution to the problem of noisy trains that disturb the peace late at night or in the wee hours of the morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah planning to address Habersham, Abercorn flooding issues
Beyond the bags of pet food and chew toys, a pile of sandbags are stored in the back corner of the TailsSpin pet store in the Habersham Village shopping center.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Grant money coming to Cedartown for Big Spring Park improvements
The City of Cedartown will soon be receiving money from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help with a project to renovate Big Spring Park, money the city was told they weren’t initially going to receive.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb to start contract talks for new Coliseum, auditorium management
The Macon-Bibb County Commission agreed 6-2 Tuesday to begin contract negotiations with a firm to manage the Macon Coliseum and City Auditorium.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fayetteville city staff likes Abbington Square
The controversial proposed apartment complex on the border of Fayetteville’s downtown gets its first public hearing Thursday night. The proposal by Rea Ventures Group would establish a three-story building called Abbington Square to house 60 apartments along with limited retail on the first floor facing North Glynn Street.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Kendra Evans stepping down as DDDA head
Less than a year after stepping in as director of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA), Kendra Evans says she will be stepping down this fall.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Patterson Bridge Road residents assured bridge replacement is coming
Residents living along Patterson Bridge Road during a challenging bridge replacement said they felt somewhat reassured after Augusta Commission members spent about 45 minutes addressing the situation during a Tuesday meeting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Design proposals for painting downtown Athens fire hydrants now being accepted
Athens-Clarke County’s Water Conservation Office is accepting submissions of designs for “Fire Up the Hydrants!” — an artistic means of calling attention to the role of the public water system through the painting of fire hydrants.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Front-lot parking vital for Athens-Clarke development, planning commission told
A return to front-lot parking along major commercial corridors in Athens-Clarke County would undoubtedly boost local economic development, two longtime local real estate professionals told the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission on Monday, as the appointed local planning body began its look at possibly amending the county’s zoning ordinance to once again allow that parking configuration.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Brookhaven to build new pedestrian bridge
The Brookhaven City Council awarded a contract to Integrated Construction and Nobility Inc. to rebuild the pedestrian bridge in Murphey Candler Park. The cost of construction was estimated at $241,421.31.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton council fails to override veto
The Milton City Council failed to override Mayor Joe Lockwood’s veto of a controversial rezoning project Monday night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock tackles 2017 budget proposal
Woodstock City officials took the wraps off of a $37.5 million proposed budget for FY 2017 at a recent city council meeting, up from $36 million for 2016.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Snellville cop caught on camera—while giving away stuffed animals
A Snellville police officer was recently caught red-handed -- while handing out stuff animals to a group of local kids.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sandy Springs to become Purple Heart City
Sandy Springs will honor the city’s Purple Heart recipients next month, when it becomes a Purple Heart City.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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