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Lilburn City Council approves $1M purchase of 10-acre site
In the only action item on the agenda Monday night for the second straight month, the Lilburn City Council approved by a 3-1 vote an expenditure of more than $1 million for an almost 10-acre site on Lawrenceville Highway.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Construction starts on park, town green improvements in Snellville
Work has begun on a project to upgrade the area in front of Snellville City Hall.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth City Council approves several new projects
The city of Duluth will be making some big changes to the way it looks, with plans for a beautification project, a new sign for the Red Clay Theatre and a new Dreamland Barbecue location under construction downtown.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Emerson hears concern over reconnect fee
A disgruntled 77-year-old Emerson resident aired a complaint to the city council Monday leaving the mayor and council members groping for an answer.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Flowery Branch candidates concerned with growth issues
Flowery Branch’s key issues, including future sewer allocations and stormwater management, tie directly to growth, Post 2’s two City Council candidates said.
Source: Gainesville Times

Councilors set to vote on legislative agenda items
City leaders have made two last-minute additions to the proposed legislative agenda that Columbus Council will vote on Tuesday morning.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Lake Park to set budget workshop
Setting the date for a budget workshop is on the agenda Tuesday for the Lake Park City Council meeting.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Heritage Funeral Home of Fort Oglethorpe donates vest to new city police officer
Heritage Funeral Home of Fort Oglethorpe made a very worthwhile donation for the Fort Oglethorpe Police Department on Tuesday, Oct. 6, when it equipped the agency’s newest officer with his needed bulletproof vest.
Source: Catoosa County News

Vann Cherokee Cabin gets $20,000 donation from Walraven, Moore
Romans Wes Walraven and Brian Moore made good on a pledge to support fundraising efforts for the Vann Cherokee Cabin in Cave Spring.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

GE tract planned to be public park; Rome officially accepts GE donation after contamination ruled not an issue
General Electric formally turned over 123 acres of land along Lavender Drive and Redmond Circle to the city of Rome Monday. The deal has been close to 17 years in the making.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Hay Days kicks off in St. Marys
Southeast Georgia doesn’t have much in the way of autumn colors yet, but there is a sure sign that fall has arrived in St. Marys.
Source: Brunswick News

Mayoral race heats up during candidate forum
The Tifton-Tift County Chamber of Commerce hosted a candidate forum at the UGA Tifton Campus small auditorium Tuesday evening, featuring Mayor Jamie Cater and Councilwoman Julie Smith, who are both candidates in the mayoral race, as well as Jack Folk, who is running unopposed in District 2, and Frank Sayles Jr., who is running unopposed in District 4.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Unification discussed at Georgia College forum
Questions and answers was the name of the game on Thursday night at Peabody Auditorium on the campus of Georgia College as representatives from two different groups shared comments about the topic of proposed unification in Milledgeville and Baldwin County.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Marietta to vote on extended stay for Delk Road
The City Council on Monday debated allowing a developer to build an extended-stay hotel on Delk Road by Interstate 75. A final vote will be taken on Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Mableton mulling potential cityhood
Is Mableton heading toward cityhood? That’s the question to be discussed at tonight’s meeting of the Mableton Improvement Coalition.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Oakwood approves rezoning for new townhomes near JHS
At a meeting Monday night, Oakwood City Council voted unanimously to rezone a 12.76-acre tract of land on Poplar Springs Road to allow a townhome community to be built.
Source: Access North Georgia

Savannah mayoral candidates discuss plans for city
High-speed trains. Consultants. Tiny houses. These are some of the topics raised during the Savannah mayoral forum that capped a day of similar forums for all of the City Council races Monday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Proposed east Bibb fire station faces another setback
Macon-Bibb County is going back to the “drawing board” because problems have surfaced with the land bought for a new fire station nearly two years ago.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Flovilla celebrates 130th birthday
The city of Flovilla’s 130th birthday celebration got underway Saturday with the first-ever Flo Who? Flo What? Flovilla 5K race.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Augusta storm fee funds eyed for beautification
Augusta’s new stormwater utility fee will be used to beautify city gateways under a proposed agreement with the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens public art planning continues with forums this week
The initial phase of developing a public art master plan for Athens-Clarke County continues this week, at two roundtables scheduled with the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission and Todd Bressi, the Philadelphia-based urban designer and public art consultant who is leading development of the plan.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Watkinsville building public restrooms, adding more parking spaces to downtown
The city of Watkinsville will soon open its first public restrooms in the downtown area along with providing additional parking for the business district.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Lula bridge closed because 'structure has failed again'
The wooden overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad on Cobb Street in Lula is closed again. "DOT has been back at it again, and our bridge is closed," Mayor Milton Turner announced Monday night.
Source: Access North Georgia

Powder Springs may change charter regarding city manager
The Powder Springs City Council is considering a change in its charter regarding the city manager post.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cherokee County votes to sue Holly Springs
Two Cherokee County governments may square off in court over annexation plans.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamber of commerce officials release survey results on unification charter
Earlier this year, officials with the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce conducted a survey with its members concerning the unification charter. The findings of that survey were released Monday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Johns Creek subdivision feels brunt of Old Alabama road work
Traffic problems in Johns Creek are so pervasive that even some of the city’s own traffic-related technology is adding to the problem.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City plans to assist McDonough DDA with anticipated business deal
The Downtown Development Authority is brewing up a business deal that city officials believe will be beneficial to the downtown area.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Residents display vision for Locust Grove during LCI workshop
During the second Locust Grove Town Center Livable Centers Initiative workshop Thursday at the Locust Grove Event Center, groups were given a map where they could place pictures of the types of establishments they wanted to see in the city. They could also draw in lines where they wanted to see new roadways, sidewalks and trails.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Stockbridge hosts ceremony for M.L King Sr. Heritage Trail unveiling
The family of Martin Luther King Sr. joined officials from all over for the unveiling ceremony for the M.L. King Sr. Heritage Trail in Stockbridge.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Keller Williams parking request up for consideration
A public hearing on a request for parking variances to pave the way for a new Keller Williams real estate office planned in the Woodstock Downtown District is set Monday night before the Woodstock City Council.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Bacon says he’s eager to serve another term as Smyrna mayor
Max Bacon tells me he is ready, willing and eager to serve another term as mayor of Smyrna, a post he has held since 1985.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

GE land to change hands tonight; downtown district boundaries also on Rome commission agenda
The Rome City Commission will hold a reception tonight to mark the finalized donation of 123 acres of land from General Electric in West Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

UNOPPOSED WINNER: Potts will be Canton’s new councilman
Ward 2 in the city of Woodstock will have a new councilman come January.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

UNOPPOSED WINNER: Wilson ready to serve the community
JoEllen Wilson said she is looking forward to giving back to the community as the representative for Ward 1.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton council candidates address platforms
Four Canton City Council hopefuls facing off in two contested races offered their viewpoints during a candidate forum at the Canton Theatre on Thursday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Mayoral race heating up in Canton
The race for the mayoral seat is picking up steam in Canton after two candidates challenged each other at a forum Thursday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta eyes renaming of Franklin Road
Tonight the City Council is expected to take the first steps toward changing the name of Franklin Road to Gateway Boulevard.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Powder Springs' Seven Springs Museum moves to Bodiford house
The city of Powder Springs has purchased the historic Bodiford house, which dates back to the 1800s, for $175,000 as the new home of the Seven Springs Museum.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Peachtree City cops are named state's best in promoting road safety
The Peachtree City Police Department took top honors Sept. 30 at the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) 15th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards held in Macon.
Source: Fayette Citizen

City’s new rule helps deal with run-down houses
The City of Bethlehem will be able to more effectively deal with dilapidated buildings in the city after approving a new ordinances at Monday’s city council meeting.
Source: Barrow County News

Auburn City Council votes to keep current millage rates
The Auburn City Council made quick work of its new business issues at last Thursday’s meeting, unanimously approving every item on the business agenda including an electronic message board, a community garden-landscaping project, a water-supply project and the replacing of police vehicles.
Source: Barrow County News

Gainesville council candidates weigh in on issues in 4-way race for seat
It took some time for candidates to come forward after Gainesville Councilwoman Myrtle Figueras announced this summer that she would not seek re-election to the Ward 3 seat in November.
Source: Gainesville Times

Cityhood proponents, opponents make their cases to voters
A few hours after the release of a report that claims DeKalb County has “appalling corruption and a stunning absence of leadership,” proponents of cityhood used that report to validate their argument for a new city.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Stallings running for mayor
John David “J.D.” Stallings has announced after much consideration and prayer, that he has qualified to run for Mayor of Thomaston in the upcoming election this November 3rd.
Source: Thomaston Times

Savannah District 5, At-large Post 1 candidates lay out positions on issues
Unlike some other races that have drawn multiple candidates, each incumbent is facing one challenger in the race for Savannah’s fifth district and alderman-at large, post 1 seat.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Bradley named to legislative group
Monroe City Councilman Larry Bradley has been appointed to serve on the Legislative Policy Council of the Georgia Municipal Association.
Source: Walton Tribune

Candidates vie for seats on Warner Robins City Council
Voters will decide the future of the city’s leadership as three City Council members face challengers.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Early voting to begin in sales tax referendum
It might not be perfect, but Au­gustans who vote “no” to continuing the city’s 1 percent sales tax for special projects are tossing the proverbial baby out with the bathwater, city officials say.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Flowery Branch officials may regulate outdoor drop boxes
A complaint from Flowery Branch police officers has prompted city council members to consider a new ordinance to regulate outdoor drop boxes for clothing and other items.
Source: Access North Georgia

Community policing survey vetted at Chalk Level meeting
A planned community policing survey got a close look at a meeting of the Chalk Level Neighborhood Association, and plans are moving forward to incorporate some of the ideas from that meeting. City officials, including City Manager Cleatus Phillips, attended the meeting at Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

West Point officer thanks chief as she deploys with National Guard
She places her life on the line almost every day with the West Point Police Department. Starting Saturday, Sgt. Tunya Brown continues that commitment while wearing a different uniform and serving her country.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Marietta receives $83K state grant to reduce DUIs
The Marietta Police Department is one of 17 law enforcement agencies in the state to receive a Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety because of the city’s higher rate of speeding and impaired driving.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New West Point Police Department under construction
Following their Thursday morning work session, council members, the mayor and government officials took time to tour the building at 206 W. 9th St. being renovated to become the city’s new police station.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

New mayor, councilors coming to Buchanan following Nov. 3 election
Buchanan will have a new mayor and two new city council members following the Nov. 3 general election, but voters will not be asked to approve Sunday sales of alcohol in the city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Woodstock Fire hosting open house
The Woodstock Fire Department is hosting its first open house event Saturday to celebrate Fire Safety Month and the community is invited to and meet the city’s hometown heroes.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Adairsville declares no election necessary
The Adairsville City Council breezed through a shortened agenda Thursday evening. Among the items approved was passage of Resolution 15-0013, declaring no election necessary in November due to incumbents facing no opposition.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City park nominated for historic list
Dixville and Habersham Park are being nominated for the National Register of Historic Districts.
Source: Brunswick News

Chickmauga: Little Libraries OK’d, rezoning request denied, graves grow
Chickamauga’s elected leaders during their October meeting approved a free lending library, killed a request to rezone property near city hall and unanimously agreed to close a road, allowing expansion of the city-owned cemetery.
Source: Catoosa County News

Morrow City Manager City Redic: City’s 911 department won’t fold
Morrow’s 911 center isn’t going to fold, said City Manager Sylvia Redic. “It’s not an emergency, we just need to switch gears,” she said.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Shaun Bell Seeks Council Post
Shaun Bell is running for Monticello City Council District 2, Post 2.
Source: Monticello News

Baxter wants to build up downtown
Retired construction business owner Jerry Baxter believes Ellijay could do a better job accommodating senior citizens and be more supportive of bringing retail businesses to town.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Caudell looking toward city’s future
As a longtime educator and city councilwoman for several years, Ruth Caudell believes Ellijay needs her experience.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Smith running to help community
Lifetime Gilmer County resident and former Ellijay City Councilman Roy “Smitty” Smith is vying for a council seat again on Nov. 3 because he said he wants to help his community.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

McBride wants more residential downtown
Ellijay City Council candidate Scott McBride wants to make creating more residential development downtown the main focus of his campaign. He’s challenging for a council seat in the Nov. 3 election.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Lancey proud of city council’s work
After serving on the Ellijay City Council the past 17 years, Katie Lancey is proud of the accomplishments the council has done during her terms.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Smith named new City clerk
The Dahlonega city council unanimously approved the hiring of Kimberly A. Smith as the new city clerk effective October 1, during a recent special called meeting.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Archway hears report on water, sewer study
The Habersham County Archway Partnership is in the process of conducting a countywide water and sewer study, and the Archway Executive Committee heard Wednesday an update on its progress.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Landress running for Helen seat
Lee Landress has lived in Helen full-time for four years, but he said he has owned property here for 20 years.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Meet Becky Katz, Atlanta's first-ever chief bicycle officer
For years, residents and advocates such as the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition have had to lean on city officials to make sure bicycles got a fair shake at City Hall.
Source: Creative Loafing

Task force formally recommends Tybee Island limit public booze consumption
A public safety task force has formally recommended to Tybee Island’s mayor that public consumption of alcohol should be restricted.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah mayoral candidates talk merger, manager
The upcoming municipal election could lead to a new city manager for Savannah, depending on who is elected to the mayor’s seat.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee to adjust employees' pay
Nearly 100 employees of the city of Tybee Island will see their pay increase under a new classification and compensation plan adopted by city officials Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Civic boosters speak out for SPLOST 7
A handful of Augusta community boosters showed their support on the courthouse steps Thursday in favor of special purpose local option sales tax 7.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Development begins to stir in 'sleepy' area on Athens' eastside
The eastern end of Athens-Clarke County is a “little bit sleepy,” according to the acquisitions director of the company that owns East Athens Marketplace, the Lexington Road shopping center anchored by Walmart, but the area does show some promise for economic development.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Reed: Mattie Jackson can stay in Peoplestown home
The 93-year-old woman at the center of controversy over Atlanta’s plans to raze homes for a flood retention pond no longer has to move, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s office has announced.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bruner poised for bigger role on council
Gainesville Councilwoman Ruth Bruner has seen a number of changes in her 12 years representing Ward 5.
Source: Gainesville Times

Avondale Estates mayor wants relationship with city school
Avondale Estates is slated to name its brand-new, five-person education committee during its Oct. 26 city commission meeting.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur amends alcoholic beverage ordinance
Decatur’s commission amended its alcoholic beverage ordinance Monday, removing the distance limitations from schools and colleges in two specific cases.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs considers police pay raises
The Powder Springs City Council is expected to decide on Oct. 19 whether to give pay raises to the city’s police sergeants and lieutenants.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lyerly Plans Festival Do Over
Let’s try it again. The Down Home Day celebration in Lyerly which was rained out on Saturday has been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10 at McLeod Park.
Source: Summerville News

Maysville approves $214,380 for work at wastewater plant
The City of Maysville agreed Monday night to spend $214,380 for a project at the wastewater treatment facility located off of Sims Street.
Source: Jackson County News

Winder approves store alcohol license
The Winder City Council approved an alcoholic beverage license for Midland Superette in a 4-2 vote at its Oct. 6 meeting.
Source: Barrow County News

Beltline’s Adair Park urban farm starts to blossom
On a four-acre plot of land in Adair Park, seeds are sprouting from dirt. Once a contaminated lot where buses were repaired, the land along the Atlanta Beltline's Westside Trail is becoming an urban farm.
Source: Creative Loafing

Bainbridge’s favorite donkey passes away
Bainbridge lost an icon Monday just before noon when “George,” the city’s beloved donkey, passed on to graze in the pasture in the sky.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

West Point mayoral candidates agree on some issues
The second half of Monday’s West Point mayoral forum was markedly less contentious, with the two candidates even agreeing on some points.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Congressman announces $500,000 grant for housing in Smithville
Congressman Sanford D. Bishop Jr, D-Ga., has announced that the Georgia Department of Community Affairs has awarded the City of Smithville a 2015 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $500,000 to help reconstruct and rehabilitate housing in the city.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Roger Marietta touts accomplishments as Ward IV Albany commissioner
Incumbent Ward IV Albany City Commissioner Roger Marietta wants to make one thing perfectly clear: Just because the commission passes certain legislation, he notes, doesn’t mean the legislation has gotten unanimous support.
Source: Albany Herald

Downtown Harlem street changing to one-way
A downtown Harlem street will soon become one-way. City officials held the first reading of a resolution at a Sept. 28 meeting that will allow only one-way traffic on New Street.
Source: Columbia County News Times

City agrees to buy 51 acres, envisions downtown
City officials are looking to give Richmond Hill a downtown. City Council on Tuesday night approved purchasing 51 acres across from Ford Plantation’s Cherry Hill entrance, envisioning it as a site for a town-center development.
Source: Bryan County News

Madison may raise ‘Occupational Tax’
The Madison City Council discussed the possibility of raising the Occupational Tax—known as a standard business license—last Friday at the monthly work session. The council discussed raising the fee for the occupation tax certificate in light of surrounding cities’ rate.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Bostwick Council seeks input for long- term plans
The Bostwick City Council (BCC) met on Monday night to discuss the needs, issues, and opportunities within the communities of Bostwick, Buckhead and Rutledge for the purpose of updating the Morgan County Comprehensive Plan for the next 20 years.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City may return water deposits in form of utility bill credit
City Manager David Nunn proposed the City of Madison credit back water deposits to citizens who have consistently paid their water bill on time for 24 months. Currently the City of Madison is holding on to about $50,000 in water deposits.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

October tours highlight Bartow’s historic past
As Halloween approaches, “history-oriented” offerings in Cartersville, Cassville and Euharlee will bring alive the stories and figures of Bartow’s past.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Hampton earns ICMA city manager credentials
Assistant City Manager Marcia Hampton has achieved credentialed manager status — which makes her one of only 26 active managers in Georgia to receive the title through the International City/County Management Association.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority to start Trails Day weekend
he Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority is working on plans for a major trails event, tentatively set for Oct. 14-16, 2016.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Neighborhood Enhancement Program removes more than 10 tons of waste from Blossom Hill
More than 10 tons of trash was removed by the Solid Waste Department from the Blossom Hill section of North Rome during the first full week of the 90-day Neighborhood Enhancement Program effort.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Conyers Police Department hires first full-time cadets
Two Rockdale County High School graduates have made history by becoming the first full-time cadets in a new program developed by the Conyers Police Department.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

County to join city in upscale retail development discussion
Discussions about proposed development of a large retail complex on city-owned land Wednesday appear to be headed to a joint session of the Covington City Council and the Newton County Board of Commissioners.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

County balks at paying sewer connection fee
Camden County commissioners are balking at paying $130,000 to the city of Woodbine in sewer connection fees for the county jail’s new attachment.
Source: Brunswick News

Norcross approves controversial rezoning proposal after adjustments
The Norcross City Council approved a controversial rezoning proposal Monday that has divided residents.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

New Athens-Clarke program could speed sidewalk construction
Got sidewalks? If not, Athens-Clarke County commissioners have provided a mechanism by which interested neighborhoods can get sidewalks installed along their streets and then pay for the installation on their property tax bills over a 10-year period.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Alcohol ordinance amendments get OK from Athens-Clarke commissioners
A set of local ordinance amendments designed to make it easier for local nonprofit organizations to sell beer and wine at fundraising events were approved Tuesday by Athens-Clarke County commissioners.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Jeff Middlebrooks runs for District 2City Council post
For the upcoming election in November, Jeff Middlebrooks has announced that he is a candidate for the District 2 Thomaston City County representative.
Source: Thomaston Times

Mayor's vote delays decision on food truck ordinance
Last-minute pressure from downtown Athens restaurant owners prompted Athens-Clarke County’s mayor and commission to delay any final action on a proposed food truck ordinance for a month, to give the restaurateurs some additional time to talk with commissioners about the proposal.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Richmond Hill adds firefighters to force
The Richmond Hill Fire Department officially became two firefighters stronger Tuesday night as Ben Edwards and Jacob Cribbs were sworn in during the meeting of the city council.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill purchases property for 'future growth'
The Richmond Hill City Council voted to approve the purchase of a 51-acre parcel of property which will potentially be used numerous purposes including possibly: a new city hall, the site of a new library, a downtown area and a park during its Oct. 6 meeting at city hall.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry plans to anchor, improve current animal shelter
The city’s animal shelter will remain at its current site on Ball Street, and the facility will be expanded in phases, the City Council agreed this week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Brunswick gives Glynn County alleys needed for veterans memorial park
The City Commission voted unanimously Wednesday give the county alleys needed for the construction of a veterans memorial park.
Source: Florida Times-Union

‘Moonshiners’ case reveals 50/50 rule issues
City Council has given Moonshiners, a “sports restaurant” under Statesboro’s Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance, more time and instructed the owner to get accountant-certified reports showing whether the business had more non-alcohol than alcoholic beverage sales the first half of this year.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Thompson, Turner vie to replace Hamrick in Ward 2
It came as a shock to local officials when Gainesville Councilman Bob Hamrick announced this summer that he would not seek re-election in November because of growing health concerns within his immediate family.
Source: Gainesville Times

Parrott announces he will not seek another term on city council
City Councilman Chris Parrott announced during qualifying week, and released a statement this week, that he will not be running for re-election for his District 2 seat.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Centerville councilman says creating police director job may have been mistake
After abolishing the director of police services position in a 3-2 vote Tuesday, one of the dissenting council members said creating the civilian position may have been a mistake.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Coleman Dumas III seeking mayor’s seatin City of Thomaston
On Friday, September 4, 2015, Coleman Dumas, III submitted his paperwork to the City of Thomaston Clerk’s Office and officially qualified to be a candidate for Mayor- City of Thomaston.
Source: Thomaston Times

Alcohol, game rooms top agenda
Alcohol and game rooms were major topics at Tuesday’s Moultrie City Council meeting and work session, during which the council approved alcohol and game room licenses at two night clubs, instructed the city attorney to look at new rules for game rooms that also serve alcohol, and began clearing the way for an additional package store.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Atlanta Creating Reservoir To Hold Emergency Water Supply
As South Carolina struggled this week not only with floods, but also with a shortage of drinking water, Atlanta leaders worked to make sure if a disaster strikes here, the city will have a backup water supply.
Source: WABE

Albany Utility Board recommends $1.6 million in purchases
As an Albany Utility Board “surplus” of some $6.7 million has become a topic of discussion during candidates’ campaigns for the mayoral and Ward IV Albany City Commission seats, Mayor Dorothy Hubbard has stated that much of the money saved by cost-cutting measures during Fiscal Year 2015 was for items that the utility authority would eventually have to purchase.
Source: Albany Herald

Warner Robins Housing Authority to manage counterpart in Perry
The city’s housing authority will soon be managed by the Warner Robins Housing Authority due to financial strains.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tracy Taylor says he's optimistic about challenge for Albany's mayor
Mayoral candidate Tracy Taylor said his decision to run for office was vindicated by a chance encounter on the campaign trail.
Source: Albany Herald

Peachtree City residents to City Council: Protect Robinson Rd. buffers
City staff and the majority of those in attendance at the Oct. 1 meeting of the Peachtree City Council objected to a variance request that would have reduced the 50-foot buffer on four residential lots on Robinson Road.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Viewpoint: Why we want local control in DeKalb County
Proponents like me believe that a local government, closer to our own neighborhoods, will bring more accountability and the opportunity for innovative governance unheard of at the county level.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Squarecrows take over downtown McDonough
Melisa John and her daughter, Sophia Grace John, wandered the McDonough Square looking at the scarecrow displays.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Four seek one of three Locust Grove City Council seats
In the next consecutive weeks, the Herald will be running city council and mayor candidates’ responses to questions that we compiled.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Euharlee names new police chief
Mitchell Whitehead, a Euharlee cop since 2014 and a former detective with the Conyers Police Department, was sworn in as chief of police at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Downtown apartments at 215-217 Broad St. to be called The Griffin
The Griffin will be the name of the apartment complex Rome entrepreneur Greg Sumner is creating at 215-217 Broad St.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Millennials and boomers heading back into town
Few sectors of the economy were hit harder during the recent recession than the housing market. And, as the economy in the Rome area continues its slow rebound, there are different schools of thought about the housing trends.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mural to showcase history of Cave Spring; art walk coming Saturday
History and art will merge on the corner of Alabama and Broad streets in Cave Spring this week as a mural is unveiled during an art market and a new co-op gallery holds a preview showing.
Source: Catoosa County News

Study helps city set priorities for road work
Compared to other cities in Georgia, the condition of city roads, sidewalks and signs in St. Marys is better than average, according to the preliminary results of a recently completed study.
Source: Brunswick News

Lawrenceville cancels election due to all candidates running unopposed
For only the second time in 10 years, Lawrenceville has canceled its November election because all candidates on the ballot are running unopposed.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross approves controversial rezoning proposal after adjustments
The Norcross City Council approved a controversial rezoning proposal Monday that has divided residents.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Waycross refuses to let Pierce County test fire hydrants in legislatively de-annexed areas
Waycross has refused to let Pierce County fire officials test hydrants that the city owns on land in Pierce County that was legislatively de-annexed July 1.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Alcohol swamps city meeting
Shenanigans at 1 University Plaza will lose three days of alcohol sales and afterwards will admit only customers age 21 and up for at least a year, under an agreement reached Tuesday during a City Council hearing.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Woodstock named a dangerous weather city
Tornadoes, lightning and hail have swept through the city of Woodstock for several years, which is why homeinsurance.com has named the city the third most dangerous city in Georgia for severe weather.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City property tax increase is official
Property taxes are going up in Gainesville, even while the rate goes down.
Source: Gainesville Times

Holly Springs City Council hears New Light Road development proposal
The Holly Springs City Council considered a developer’s request to build a 30-lot subdivision on New Light Road at its meeting Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Concerns over short-term rentals grow locally, across state, too
Monitoring and enforcing Hall County codes regulating short-term vacation rentals on Lake Lanier has proved a growing challenge, according to some local officials and residents.
Source: Gainesville Times

Guyton awarded grant topping $430K
The city of Guyton has received a 2015 community development block grant in the amount of $436,706 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, which administers the program on behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Source: Effingham Herald

City leaders debate building regulations
A controversial permit request led to discussion regarding the effectiveness of city ordinances during a Valdosta City Council work session Tuesday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City budget billing enrollment period open
City of Thomasville Utilities customers have an additional way to help manage their winter budgets, as the city is accepting applications for the Budget Billing Program.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Commissioners sign proclamation for Red Ribbon Week in Cordele
City Commissioners here began their regular meeting Tuesday night by reading a proclamation designating Red Ribbon Week in Cordele.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan: SGRITA has borne fruit
Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan passed along a couple of items that she called “good news” at the Albany City Commission’s work meeting Tuesday morning, noting that the city’s partnership with the seven-county South Georgia Regional Information Technology Authority had “borne fruit” and that the city has sent out requests for proposals for development of the Albany Heights property located at 249 Pine Ave.
Source: Albany Herald

Mayor Dorothy Hubbard proclaims Fire Prevention Week in Albany
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard read a proclamation Tuesday morning declaring the week of Oct. 5-11 Fire Prevention Week in the city.
Source: Albany Herald

Lane Rosen’s confidence grows during mayoral campaign
What a difference a couple of weeks can make in a political campaign.
Source: Albany Herald

Roswell officer given ‘Hero’ award
With law enforcement in the news a lot recently, often for negative incidents, police in Roswell are getting an award for good service.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Atlanta Renews Recapture Program, Hires Retired Police Officers
Atlanta City Council has just renewed what's known as the Atlanta Police Department's Recapture Program. Part of the goal is to save money and fill vacancies by hiring retired officers.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Looks To Repeal Law Placing Limits On Photographers
A measure has been introduced to repeal an Atlanta ordinance that news photographers said was being used to stop them from taking photos on public sidewalks.
Source: WABE

District 3 and 4 candidates address poverty, progress
Each incumbent is facing one challenger in the race to represent Savannah’s third and fourth aldermanic districts.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City moves ahead with appraisals for Town Center property
With interest in the property on the uptick, officials in Garden City are taking steps to prep about 20 acres of real estate in the Town Center for future sale.
Source: Savannah Morning News

2 candidates, 2 approaches in Social Circle council race
The race for the District 2 seat on the Social Circle City Council pits experience against new blood, with each candidate bringing their own approach to the election.
Source: Walton Tribune

Warner Robins becoming a city of the future?
It is a whopping figure that literally jumped off the front page of this newspaper: $82 million. That’s how much a draft strategic recreation improvement plan would cost the city of Warner Robins -- and is anyone really surprised?
Source: Macon Telegraph

Baseball feasibility study OK’d by Macon-Bibb commissioners
In a 5-4 vote, the Macon-Bibb County Commission on Tuesday narrowly approved spending $50,000 for a study to determine if the city can support a baseball team.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville cuts director of police services job
City Council eliminated the civilian position of director of police services in a 3-2 vote Tuesday. At the same time, Mayor John Harley said the city would craft a new chief of police job description.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Liberty County municipal candidates take center stage
Liberty County organizations held a political forum Monday evening before a packed auditorium in the Liberty County Performing Arts Center.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Hinesville council candidates make their introductions
All nine Hinesville City Council candidates in contested races were given a couple of minutes to introduce themselves and state their platforms during the Liberty County Joint Political Forum on Monday evening at the Performing Arts Center.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Police dept. awarded grant
The Peachtree City Police Department has been awarded a traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Atlanta.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Downtown Athens losing its character, commissioner suggests
The quirky character that put Athens on the map years ago as an arts and music mecca, and the kind of people who helped build that character, are being pushed out of its downtown birthplace by the hordes of University of Georgia students living in upscale apartment complexes at downtown’s edges and drinking to excess in its proliferation of bars and clubs.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Helen approves water line project at lower cost, better return
The Helen City Commission has approved changing a planned water line, a move their engineering firm will save the city money and produce better results.
Source: Access North Georgia

Cornelia keeping same millage; taxes up slightly
Even though the tax digest for Cornelia is up $1.7 million due to inflationary increase, city leaders anticipate collecting less taxes for Tax Year 2015.
Source: Access North Georgia

Aragon chief wraps up training session
Police Chief Marc Riley attended the Chief Executive Training Class for newly appointed chiefs of police and heads of law enforcement agencies at the Dr. Curtis E. McClung Training Center in Duluth from Sept. 21 through Sept. 30, 2015.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Alpharetta considering bond referendum
A final decision is still a ways down the road, but serious interest is emerging in a city of Alpharetta bond referendum in 2016 aimed at funding various capital improvement projects.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs tables vote on weapons ban
The Powder Springs City Council voted 5-0 Monday to delay a vote on a weapons ban in city buildings for two weeks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

West Point mayoral race heats up as candidates play offense
With less than a week before early voting begins, incumbent Mayor Drew Ferguson and challenger Deedee Williams squared off Monday at the New Horizon Theater for their first and only public forum.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Augusta demolition project targets four more homes
A “collaborative demolition project” that was started this summer to help Augusta offset taxpayer costs associated with removing more than 250 dilapidated properties has identified four additional Old Towne homes it wants to tear down this month.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta hires first bicycle chief
Atlanta’s first chief bicycle officer will go to work for the city next week.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Sugar Hill looks to add assisted living complex in downtown area
At a Monday night work session, the Sugar Hill City Council discussed rezoning that would allow an assisted living facility to be built on the corner of Highway 20 and Bailey Avenue in the downtown area.
Source: Access North Georgia

Alcohol violation hearings resume with fall semester
After a respite of several months, Statesboro City Council will return to alcoholic beverage sales enforcement actions today with hearings for eight alleged violations at six different locations.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Oakwood proposing $3.9 million budget
Oakwood rolled out a $3.9 million general operations, no-frills budget Monday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

City participates in Walk Georgia fitness program
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has revamped its Walk Georgia program, a free community exercise program that’s already helped more than 50,000 Georgians become more active. Partnering with the Coca-Cola Foundation has allowed for expansion, making the program free and available anytime, and Colquitt County is taking advantage of it.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Candidates face off during forum
Candidates vying for various positions in Dooly County government faced off during a forum Thursday night.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Dorothy Hubbard: Albany at the door of economic recovery
Dorothy Hubbard ponders the question only a moment: Why would you, the antithesis of the career politician, want to serve as mayor for four more years?
Source: Albany Herald

Mt. Airy moves quickly toward occupying schoolhouse
After a quarter-century in the making, Mt. Airy officials are making renovation of the Mt. Airy Schoolhouse a reality.
Source: Access North Georgia

City leaders hope Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will shine light on Atlanta
City leaders hope successful negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reached in Atlanta over the weekend will bode well for future international gatherings.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Some Ga. Cities Ready To Renew Push For School Systems
A bill pending in the Georgia Legislature would create a constitutional amendment allowing Georgia cities to create their own school districts. Cities like Brookhaven and Dunwoody, both part of the DeKalb schools system, have strongly supported the plan.
Source: WABE

Pooler officials sign off on changes to Jabot tract
Officials in Pooler on Monday approved a request from owners of the 2,000-acre Jabot Tract on Pooler Parkway to make changes that will further expand the development.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Draft plan says Warner Robins’ parks and recreation needs $82 million
After decades of neglect, recreation is getting a closer look from city leaders.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon mayor to push for baseball even if vote fails
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert would not be ready to close the door on minor league baseball even if a feasibility study fails to garner enough votes Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins changes gift policy, pushes forward with TAD
A public hearing on a recently proposed tax allocation district drew only one question from the public at a City Council meeting Monday night. The council did not vote on the proposal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Beer on the go: City Council approves new alcohol law
Dalton City Council members say they believe allowing customers to take an alcoholic drink out of downtown restaurants and bars could make the area more attractive to new visitors.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Expanded bridge project list draws no bids
A multimillion-dollar construction project that was repackaged in August to increase competition among contractors and save money on restoration costs for four bridges, including downtown Augusta’s Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge, received no offers in its second round of bidding.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Lexington to elect new mayor for first time in 21 years
The city of Lexington will have a new mayor in 2016 following a decision by David Montgomery not to seek another term for the office he has held for 21 years.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Plans for downtown Athens development along Prince Avenue submitted
We may not know the names of the businesses that will adorn the sides of the buildings planned for the old St. Joseph Catholic Church property for quite a while.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke mayor and commission to consider food truck ordinance Tuesday
Food Truck Thursdays could come to downtown Athens, under the terms of local ordinance amendments set for consideration by Athens-Clarke’s mayor and commission tonight at City Hall.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Lula prepares to grow; Hall County wants to be involved
This small city in northeast Hall County (estimated 2013 population of 2,847) wants to be ready for what’s coming; the Economic Development Council, an extension of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce wants to help them reach that point.
Source: Access North Georgia

New Lithonia council member sworn in
The lone candidate to qualify for the Lithonia City Council special election, Diane Howard, will be sworn into office on Oct. 5.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Production pumping money into Isles
Angie Young and her dog, Luna, have long been regular fixtures in downtown Brunswick. But recently, the duo has been taking their early morning strolls down Newcastle Street a little more slowly.
Source: Brunswick News

Updated Stockbridge charter proposal seeks change in government
Over the years, city officials say several inconsistencies have arisen from the city charter, so now they are seeking to change it.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Locust Grove public safety building breaks ground
The highly-anticipated public safety building finally broke ground Thursday afternoon after years in the making.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Forest Park’s new interim city manager works to get government rolling again
Al Wiggins may have just become the reason Forest Park’s government is able to move again.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Some Columbus councilors undecided on putting tax freeze referendum on ballot
If approved by Columbus Council, the city will present an eight-point wish list to the local legislative delegation, including a request to put a referendum on the November 2016 ballot giving citizens an opportunity to “thaw” the property tax assessment freeze.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Woodstock Planning Commission to vote on annexations
A public hearing at the Woodstock Planning Commission meeting tonight will give residents a chance to weigh in on a proposed annexation and rezoning request by Avin Properties LLC of Woodstock to build a 35-lot subdivision off South Cherokee Lane.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Forum set for candidates in city elections
A candidate forum for those in contested races in the Nov. 3 city elections is set for Oct. 8 at the Canton Theatre.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

River Bend Way paving project approved
The Canton City Council is one step closer to tackling at least one road improvement project after giving Bartow Paving the green light to make temporary repairs to the main thoroughfare in the River Green community.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta opens new $3.8 million fitness center
City residents now have a state-of-the-art fitness center at their disposal.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Gainesville, Hall look for delicate balance in minority hiring
At a Gainesville City Council meeting last month, political organizer Jerry Gonzalez ran down the racial demographics of local government personnel, comparing those figures with census numbers.
Source: Gainesville Times

Commissioners Jon Howard, Tommie Postell returning to board unchallenged
Today marks the final day that Albany residents 18 and older who are not already on the city’s voter rolls may register to vote in the Nov. 3 municipal election, which has contested races for mayor and Ward IV city commissioner.
Source: Albany Herald

Uniformed "ambassadors" to assist Savannah's downtown visitors
Uniformed ambassadors will soon be assisting Savannah’s downtown visitors as part of a 12-week pilot program the city plans to launch this month.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins to move forward with special tax district
Warner Robins City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on a recently proposed tax allocation district before voting on its creation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Close vote likely coming Tuesday on Macon baseball study
A study to determine Macon-Bibb County’s ability to support a professional baseball team could come down to a close vote Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Council nixes Robinson Rd. buffer variance
It was not much of a surprise that the Peachtree City Council on Oct. 1 unanimously denied a variance request to reduce the 50-foot buffer on four residential lots along Robinson Road.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Dalton council to vote on alcohol change tonight
Dalton City Council members could vote tonight on a law that would allow customers to take alcoholic drinks out of downtown restaurants and bars.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Whitfield’s small cities have already started work on SPLOST projects
Whitfield County recently presented the county’s three smaller cities with the funds they were promised under the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) approved by voters in March.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Savannah-Chatham police revisit old strategies, begin rollout of gun violence-reduction approach
“We’re retraining everybody in what we used to do,” Savannah-Chatham Police Maj. Richard Zapal said during a recent interview.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Third and fourth district Savannah council candidates discuss plans
Each incumbent is facing one challenger in the race to represent Savannah’s third and fourth aldermanic districts.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry to discuss future of animal shelter
The future of Perry’s animal shelter is scheduled for discussion Monday by the City Council as it considers the recent building donated to the shelter from Houston Healthcare.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Traylor seeks re-election
A four-term LaGrange City Council member is seeking re-election in the Nov. 3 municipal election.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Patsy Perdue running for reelection
Deciding to run for District Two City Council was an easy choice for Patsy Perdue.
Source: Thomaston Times

Gary Atwater running for reelection
Mr. Gary L. Atwater represents District 1 and has been a Thomaston City Councilman for 14 years.
Source: Thomaston Times

Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin appointed to Georgia Municipal Association legislative policy panel
Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin has been appointed to the Georgia Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Council, the association announced Friday.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Southern Mill redevelopment proposal gets endorsement of Athens-Clarke Planning Commission
Plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the abandoned Southern Mill complex on Oneta Street got the enthusiastically unanimous approval of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission this week, sending the proposal forward to Athens-Clarke’s mayor and commission for further review later this month, and from there to a possible final vote at the mayor and commission’s Nov. 3 meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta Police Begin Unveiling Plans For Body Camera Policy
Some westside Atlanta residents got a look Thursday night at a few policies that will govern the city’s use of police body cameras, weeks ahead of a small-scale trial slated for the area.
Source: WABE

Kelley pledges continued support for helping Rockmart grow
State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-16th district, pledged his support to continued business growth in Polk County during a meeting of the Rockmart Business Alliance.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Perry to abandon plans for special tax district
The city of Perry will not move forward with its efforts to create a community improvement district to benefit General Courtney Hodges Boulevard.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Acworth aldermen approve Boston trip for teens
The Acworth Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 Thursday to approve travel for around a dozen underserved teens to Boston, Massachusetts for an educational trip.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Acworth plans Logan Farm Park expansion
The Acworth Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 Thursday to buy another parcel in its effort to expand Logan Farm Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Augusta nears hire for new compliance director position
The Augusta Commission is finalizing selection of a candidate to fill the new position of compliance director.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

At Issue: Should Decatur popularly elect its mayor?
Decatur is the only metro-area municipality that doesn’t popularly elect its mayor, instead appointing the position annually from among its five-person commission.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Flowery Branch Police make car accident reports more efficient
The Flowery Branch Police Department has a new way of filing automobile accident reports.
Source: Access North Georgia

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