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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

Over the last decade, city’s budget has risen 37 percent
On Tuesday, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and City Manager Isaiah Hugley will present their fiscal 2017 budget to Columbus Council.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Guzman settles into role as director of the Cedartown Auditorium
Oscar Guzman has spent the past few months settling into his new role as director of the Cedartown Civic Auditorium. He was appointed in January 2016 by unanimous vote of the Cedartown City Commission.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown commission approves request for new auto shop, police vehicle equipment
Another auto shop will be opening in Cedartown soon as the city commission give their approval for a conditional use change for the new business.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

New Flowery Branch City Hall OK'd in downtown area
A new $5 million City Hall is in store for Flowery Branch.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany utility customers may see slight increase this summer
Utility customers can expect a slight increase in their bills starting July 1 if a proposed rate increase recommended by the Albany Utility Board is approved by the Albany City Commission.
Source: Albany Herald

Holmes Clothing receives DCA façade grant
Holmes Clothing recently replaced an aging awning cover thanks to a Downtown Cedartown Association Façade Grant.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Augusta stormwater fee opponents join forces
Momentum to repeal Augusta’s new stormwater utility fee continued to build Thursday with three groups announcing they have joined forces on the effort.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Kroger fuel center plan gets positive comments from some commissioners
It will be a little more than two weeks before Kroger will know whether its plans for a fuel center on a 0.71-acre lot on Baxter Street can go forward, with a vote of the Athens-Clarke County Commission scheduled for early next month.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Clarkesville fire chief asks for additional space
After almost three months, discussions are continuing about how to mitigate an issue of flooding at the Clarkesville Public Safety Building.
Source: Access North Georgia

Divided Flowery Branch City Council votes to move forward with new city hall
The Flowery Branch City Council was divided Thursday evening on taking the next step toward construction of a new city hall despite the fact that they all agree something needs to be done to alleviate inadequate and crowded conditions facing city staff and the Flowery Branch Police Department.
Source: Access North Georgia

Peter Aman jumps in Atlanta mayoral race
Peter Aman, who took a two-year hiatus as partner at Bain and Co. to be Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s first chief operating officer, has formally entered the 2017 mayoral race.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta looks at TSPLOST projects
The Alpharetta City Council on Monday night got a first look at a draft list of a possible $228 million menu of transportation projects for a Fulton County TSPLOST referendum in November.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton weighs tobacco and drones in city parks
Several changes could be on the way to Milton city park regulations after discussion at this week’s Milton City Council work session.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aman, Kaiser, Mitchell sign up for Atlanta mayoral campaign contributions
Two long-rumored 2017 Atlanta mayoral candidates are getting pretty close to making it official: former Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell filed state declarations of intent to accept campaign contributions this month.
Source: Creative Loafing

Warner Robins mayor defends sports complex location
Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms on Thursday defended the city’s choice of locations for a $22 million sports complex.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Invest Atlanta gives tentative OK to bonds for downtown hotel
Atlanta’s economic development agency gave preliminary approval Thursday to bond financing for a planned 21-story, 333-room hotel adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park despite reservations about a proposed $2.6 million incentives package.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gov. Deal signs Stonecrest cityhood bill
Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Thursday calling for a referendum on the creation of the city of Stonecest in southeast DeKalb County.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth reallocates funds for park master plan update
The Duluth City Council agreed April 11 to spend a maximum of $63,800 with the Foresite Group for a Park Master Plan Update.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Smyrna expands alcohol service in city facilities
The Smyrna City Council voted Monday to allow alcoholic beverages to be served during closed functions in more city facilities.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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DARIEN     5
DECATUR     36
DOERUN     1
DUBLIN     2
DULUTH     16
ETON     1
GIBSON     1
GIRARD     1
GRAY     3
GUYTON     12
HAHIRA     11
HAMPTON     13
HARLEM     2
HELEN     6
HIRAM     8
HOMER     1
JASPER     1
JERSEY     1
JESUP     4
LULA     21
LYERLY     1
MADISON     17
MAXEYS     1
MEIGS     1
MENLO     1
METTER     3
MILTON     23
MONROE     3
MORGAN     1
MORROW     10
NELSON     1
NEWNAN     35
NEWTON     1
OAKWOOD     12
OXFORD     2
PAVO     1
PELHAM     1
PERRY     16
POOLER     30
PORTAL     2
RAYLE     1
RINCON     12
ROME     59
ROSWELL     36
SARDIS     1
SAVANNAH     113
SENOIA     12
SMYRNA     16
ST MARYS     11
SUWANEE     10
TEMPLE     2
TIFTON     24
TOCCOA     2
TRION     7
TUCKER     2
TURIN     3
TYRONE     8
VIENNA     5
WADLEY     2
WINDER     5
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