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Historic Harlem house to be razed for new library
A historic home in downtown Harlem will be demolished to make way for a new library. City officials decided at Monday’s monthly meeting to raze the Wilson-Hoyle House at 145 N. Louisville St.
Source: Columbia County News Times

LaFayette to receive new patrol vehicle after recent accident
The city of LaFayette decided at a special called meeting to purchase a Dodge Charger police patrol vehicle to replace the patrol car recently involved in a collision in which an officer careened into the back of a logging truck.
Source: Catoosa County News

Town Green fountain to resume daily schedule next week
Children and adults will soon be able to cool off again by the banks of the Oostanaula in downtown Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Garner wants $1,000 litter fine
Carrollton Mayor Wayne Garner said Wednesday he will seek an ordinance to impose a $1,000 fine against anybody caught littering in the city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

McDonough representatives reconsider water, sewer services in county agreement
City Administrator Keith Dickerson explained why the city has been hesitant in signing the Service Delivery Strategy with the county, an agreement that all four cities have to sign on to.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Deputy City Manager Arrington retiring from post
Deputy City Manager David Arrington has turned in his retirement papers and his last day with the Consolidated Government will be next Tuesday, he confirmed tonight. y
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia lawmakers considering pair of Lawrenceville-related bills
The sun may be rising on a new source of authority in Lawrenceville. The state Senate passed a bill this week to create a Lawrenceville Building Authority that would develop properties in the city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Norcross hosts day of service
The city of Norcross is hosting a community-wide day of service on Saturday, March 28 including three seperate recycling related events.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Downtown Duluth gets new face from Main Street improvements
Anyone who walks the short stretch of Main Street between city hall and Duluth Highway can’t avoid seeing orange construction barrels. The city is in the midst of the first phase of its Main Street improvement project, where old sidewalks are being torn out and replaced with new, wider sidewalks and new landscaping.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Term limits referendum moves forward in Marietta
During the city’s Judicial/Legislative Committee meeting, the committee voted to move forward on Mayor Steve Tumlin’s proposal to ask voters if the city charter should be amended to impose term limits on future mayors and City Council members.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Pembroke PD opens new substation
The Pembroke Police Department celebrated the opening of a new substation Tuesday at Miller Village.
Source: Bryan County News

Is Jefferson tax hike looming?
Jefferson leaders are considering a tax hike to pay for higher employee salaries and other items.
Source: Jackson County News

Albany City Commission delays vote on proposed sign ordinance changes
When it became apparent they’d stirred up more questions with their discussion than they had provided answers, the Albany city commissioners voted to table proposed changes to the city’s sign ordinance at its business meeting Tuesday night.
Source: Albany Herald

Ludowici Council modifies code
Ludowici City Council modified the city’s land development code at its March 10 meeting and learned the following week that a requested easement for the proposed McDonald’s/Flash Foods had been approved.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Newnan: Filming has nice ‘Rings’ to it
In April, the upcoming prequel to the 2002 horror movie “The Ring” will be filming some of its scenes in Newnan. Lane Steffler, a location scout with Paramount Pictures, made the request at the regular Newnan City Council meeting on Tuesday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah-Chatham public school officials, city talk potential partnership
Savannah-Chatham public school officials want to build a $7 million auditorium at Garrison Arts K8 School, but they only have $3.2 million in education sales tax revenue available.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee Mayor announces bid for re-election
Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman has announced he will seek a fifth term at the city’s helm.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pembroke police show off new substation
The Pembroke Police Department and the city of Pembroke marked the opening of their police substation located in Miller Village with an open house March 24.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Aragon puts Sunday sales on ballot a third time
Voters in the City of Aragon will get to decide whether they want Sunday sales of alcohol within the city limits during the coming November elections for a third time in as many years.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Biz builder workshops returning to Cedartown starting March 30
Providing budding entrepreneurs with tools for success will be the highlight of two free business workshops that will take place at Cedartown City Hall.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Zoning officials to consider moratorium on Payne City permits
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission has scheduled a called meeting for Friday to consider a temporary moratorium on issuing zoning permits in Payne City.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Byron works on transition of tenants in old school house
The City Council is looking ahead to try to smooth out a future transition between tenants of the city’s old schoolhouse.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Local leaders talk area growth
The elected leaders of Augusta-Richmond County, Columbia County and North Augusta reflected on growth Wednesday during Leadership Augusta’s “State of the Region” luncheon.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

City unveils Masters traffic plan
This year’s Masters traffic plan will look familiar to Augustans and many tournament visitors.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta deputy administrator picks named
Two career government managers who left for a few years for work in the private sector are rejoining local government to serve at the side of Augusta Administrator Janice Allen Jackson.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

'Creative place-making' is goal of Athens arts grants
Heating, lighting and seating — that’s the shorthand for this year’s round of projects set to be funded with Arts in Community grants from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission, the volunteer agency that administers Athens-Clarke County’s public art program.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Downtown development agency asks for increased share of parking revenue
Athens-Clarke County commissioners are set to consider increasing the share of downtown parking revenue that goes to the Athens Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Woodstock approves sidewalk cafe plan
Woodstock eateries can now operate sidewalk cafes as part of their businesses, subject to certain restrictions.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta joins biking initiative
Mayor Kasim Reed announced recently that the City of Atlanta has joined the Mayor’s Summit for Safer People and Safer Streets.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Border conflict puts cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker in doubt
The state Senate approved bills Wednesday that alter the borders of the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker, setting up a clash with the House of Representatives that could jeopardize both measures’ chances of passing.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council talks hotel plans, traffic
The LaGrange City Council held its annual retreat at the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center on Tuesday, touring Carrollton’s downtown, which includes an outdoor amphitheater and downtown hotel.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

City of Stonecrest clears Senate
The Georgia Senate has approved a bill that could lead to the creation of a city of Stonecrest in South DeKalb.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City to change confusing Bankhead trail crossing light
When the city of Carrollton needed a signal to stop vehicular traffic on Bankhead Highway for GreenBelt pedestrian traffic, its engineers chose a system specially designed for trail crossings.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson: 'Ferguson effect' should serve as a mirror for police departments
“The Ferguson effect will be with us a long time and probably, that’s as it should be.” This is what Conyers Police Chief Gene Wilson told local ministers who attended the Conyers Police Department’s first night of the Clergy Police Academy on Monday.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

City Council discuss special mayoral election
During a called City Council work session Thursday afternoon, Milledgeville City Council officials discussed issues and concerns regarding a mayoral special election before the resolution is presented at the next city council meeting.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City reviewing role of appointed committees
Fourteen different boards, authorities, committees and commissions in St. Marys perform a variety of services designed to help elected officials make better decisions.
Source: Brunswick News

Riverdale hires Sylvia Vaughn as new city clerk
Riverdale has a new city clerk. Council appointed Sylvia Vaughn as the city’s new clerk during a special called meeting Wednesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Riverdale mayor, council honor youth basketball All-Stars Saturday Award Winners
Riverdale’s mayor and council recognized 17 of the city’s most talented basketball youths Monday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Atlanta Regional Commission to recognize Gwinnett innovators Wednesday
The Red Clay Music Foundry, the City of Duluth and Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services were announced Tuesday as recipients of two of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s CREATE Community Local Government Awards. T
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville council warms up to church’s plans for shopping center
The Snellville City Council on Monday night agreed to allow Vineyard Chapel International’s plans to open in the Fountain Square Shopping Center.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Suwanee approves special permit for pet boarding facility
The Suwanee City Council on Tuesday approved a permit that will allow a pet boarding facility to construct an outdoor walking/running area for dogs.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City modifies ordinance
City commissioners here approved changing the city's alcohol ordinance — hours of operation to enable area night clubs to stay open for business longer.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Council discusses ‘getting back to basics’ at retreat
This past weekend, the Bainbridge City Council and city department heads discussed “getting back to basics” at the council’s annual retreat at Lake Blackshear in Cordele
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Newnan discusses changes to zoning ordinance
The city of Newnan is planning to update its zoning ordinance this year, and on Tuesday, the city council met with representatives of Amec Foster Wheeler to discuss the new ordinance’s targets and objectives.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Filming for prequel to ‘The Ring’ in works
While downtown Grantville remains on the market, its appeal as a movie set remains in demand.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Growth on Pooler's Nordic Way prompts improvements
Officials in Pooler are keeping a close watch on growth in an area of the city where industry is beginning to put stress on the infrastructure.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Proposed 122-foot cell tower in Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood moves forward
A 122-foot wireless transmission tower proposed for 57th Street in the Edgemere-Sackville neighborhood is likely to move forward after a judge overturned the city’s attempts to block the structure.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Al Rollins playground to come down
Built some 25 years ago, the playground at Al Rollins Park remains one of the most popular features there, so popular that people keep tearing down tape and removing barriers to get into it.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Third time may be charm for planned Athens student housing complex
The third time may be the charm for the student housing arm of a Chicago-based real estate development firm planning a mixed-use residential and commercial complex for a tract on East Dougherty Street in downtown Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Rockmart first responders honored at breakfast
Organizers of a special breakfast honoring first responders in Rockmart believe each of these individuals is often taken for granted by the community.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb endorses Mercer land swap, selling Coliseum naming rights
Macon-Bibb County commissioners voted 4-0 in committee Tuesday to approve a land swap with Mercer University, setting the stage for a full commission vote early next month.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Harlem firefighter Chuck Meadows 'more than likely' to accept offer to fill vacant police chief position
Harlem leaders offered the city’s police chief position to one of their own at Monday’s meeting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Tobacco Road package store liquor license application returns for third time for commission approval
Round 3 of a Tobacco Road standoff between a package store owner and her prospective Hephzibah neighbors goes before the Augusta Commission Wednesday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Greenway group could seek development restrictions on Athens river corridors
The Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission is at least considering the pursuit of a zoning overlay zone to set land-use and development standards along the Middle Oconee and North Oconee rivers.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Winder planning events for Georgia Cities Week
The city of Winder plans to participate in Georgia Cities Week April 19–25. The city plans to host a variety of events throughout the week, including a photo and art contest, Public Safety Day, an Earth Day Celebration and a free concert.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Roswell changes alcohol ordinance
Patrons of bars and restaurants in Roswell’s core area can now carry open containers of alcohol in public as they hopscotch from one place to another.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

GDOT tells Avondale to revise road diet
The Georgia Department of Transportation has added restrictions to Avondale Estates’ plan for a road diet, or cutting U.S. 278 from five to three lanes from Ashton Place to Sams Crossing.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Decatur Terrace neighborhood removed from Avondale map
State Representative Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates, read three local annexation bills Monday, including a portion of Decatur and all of Avondale Estates. Each passed through the policy committee, and now need 9 of 16 signatures from DeKalb delegates to reach the House.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gosdin Wins City of Ephesus Council Seat
The City of Ephesus held a Special Election on March 17, 2015 for the replacement of Ephesus City Council Member Wayne Prince.
Source: Heard Citizen

City hosts e-recycling event April 11
The City of Valdosta Public Works Department, in partnership with Keep Lowndes/Valdosta Beautiful (KLVB) and Atlanta Recycling Solutions, will host a Spring Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, April 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the Mathis Auditorium parking lot, at 2300 North Ashley Street.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Albany bridge, underpass projects near completion
If, as expected, the Albany City Commission votes tonight to approve just short of $100,000 in SPLOST V funding for lead-based paint removal and repainting of the East Broad Avenue Underpass, the project will take a big step toward a completion date that will coincide — or beat — the state’s planned reopening of the Broad Avenue bridge downtown.
Source: Albany Herald

All city departments at or under budget
At the March 17 Cumming City Council meeting, a 2014 audit presentation concluded all of the city’s departments came in under budget.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Forsyth approves IGAs with Johns Creek
After months of deliberating, Forsyth County and the city of Johns Creek finally reached an agreement March 19 on three separate intergovernmental agreements (IGAs).
Source: NorthFulton.com

Butts County commissioner urges study of government consolidation
Butts County commissioners could discuss with city leaders the idea of consolidating city and county governments at an upcoming workshop.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Augusta transit director interviews begin
Augusta commissioners and city staff started interviews Monday for the position of transit director.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Decision delayed to rezone south Bibb property for rail spur to fuel storage facility
A decision by zoning officials to rezone about 50 acres for a rail spur to a fuel storage facility was deferred for two weeks.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Payne City plant seeks permit as city dissolves
Georgia will lose a city in the coming weeks, as the roughly 200-resident Payne City officially dissolves into Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Restrictions on elected officials’ spending stall
An effort to crack down on elected officials’ abuse of government charge cards has stalled in the state Senate amid concerns that the legislation was overly broad.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City to vote on Haisten agreement
The City of Griffin Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote an agreement — a memorandum of understanding — related to the former city hospital and funeral home at 522 Meriwether St., commonly referred to as the Haisten building.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Mayor names finalist for city manager post
Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn announced this week that interim city manager Pam Conner is the sole finalist to take over the position permanently.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Jonesboro breaks ground for new Streetscape project
Mayor Joy Day and members of City Council kicked off the Streetscape Phase II Thursday with a groundbreaking ceremony.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Negotiations continue on Lee Street Park renovations
Visions for Lee Street Park include 8-foot-wide concrete sidewalks, an amphitheater with restrooms and concession stand, a smaller side stage, traditional street lighting like on Main Street and modern lighting within the park.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Radio Station Gets Council’s Approval
There may be a new FM radio station coming to Buckhead. The Buckhead Town Council Monday agreed to write a letter of support for Craig Baker, the current owner of WYTH radio in Madison, to receive a FM signal from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Buckhead to get tough on delinquent water customers
The Town of Buckhead Council Monday voted unanimously to get tough on delinquent water customers. Currently, according to Cheryl Saffold, town clerk, the water department allows more than 60 days, two billing cycles, for customers to pay.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

New Speed bumps coming to downtown Buckhead
There will be three new speed bumps coming to downtown Buckhead soon. At the regular Monday night meeting of the Buckhead Town Council, Buckhead Mayor Ricky Walker said the town had reached an agreement with Morgan County to have the speed bumps placed.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Adairsville council ponders the future Featured
Adairsville’s city council and mayor spent the better part of Saturday holed up in a retreat at the Colonnade Center in Ringgold discussing their vision of the city’s future. And the picture was pretty clear: Growth is coming to Adairsville in a big way and we better be ready for it.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Conyers City Council takes another look at outdoor utility trailer displays
In an effort to compromise and accommodate the needs of a “good member of the community,” the Conyers City Council Wednesday revisited the question of how heavy equipment can be displayed outside business buildings in the Gateway Village zoning district.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Not sitting idly by: Ride-along with Mayor Jerry Roseberry
The city of Oxford’s beginnings represent a rare example of city planning. According to an entry in the commemorative book issued in December at the city’s 175th anniversary celebration, the town and college were designed on an engineer’s drawing board. City planners envisioned “a place set apart, pervaded by an atmosphere of culture and science.”
Source: Newton Citizen

State gives green light for Covington Highway 278 CID
Friday was victory day for the city of Covington as the U.S. Highway 278 Community Improvement District was approved by the state House of Representatives, thereby passing in both houses of the Georgia General Assembly.
Source: Newton Citizen

Council to decide on billboard appeal
The Woodstock City Council is expected to make a decision on a sign variance appeal following an executive session at its meeting Monday night, after postponing the vote at its March 9 meeting.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Auburn council to look into ways to reduce the impact of flooding
Even on a days when the rainfall amount isn’t large there are areas of Auburn experiencing flash flooding.
Source: Barrow County News

Where have all the voters gone? Local officials are puzzled
Voter turnout seems to have bottomed out in Hall County.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon describes being under fire
In 30 years of law enforcement work, Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon’s closest call came last month.
Source: Gainesville Times

Development authority will split the bill for a study to develop former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property
The Rome-Floyd County Development Authority has agreed to pay half of the bill for a strategic development study of the former Northwest Regional Hospital property in West Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Commission to get update on tennis center tonight
Word on the next step for the planned 70-plus court tennis facility is expected to come tonight at the Rome City Commission’s regular meeting.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Tour guides press ahead with speech lawsuit against Savannah
Months after a federal lawsuit prompted Savannah to revise a local law regulating guided tours, Dan Leger remains determined to press ahead with the case in court.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Armstrong, Garden City officers bring 'Fair and Impartial Policing' program to Savannah
It’s no secret police and the general public don’t always see eye to eye. Still, says Garden City Police Chief David Lyons, law enforcement doesn’t want to clash with residents.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Brookhaven addresses tree ordinance concerns
Balancing new development while preserving trees can be a difficult task, but Brookhaven officials are trying to do that through a tree ordinance.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Pooler sets 3-month moratorium on sign permits
The city of Pooler has set a three-month moratorium on issuing sign permits.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Possible conflict sparks tension on Historic District Board of Review
In a city the size of Savannah — where professional and personal paths often intersect — appointed boards frequently encounter potential conflicts of interest, requiring members of these bodies to recuse themselves or state for the record their relationship to the petitioner.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City council could take up new zoning law in April
Dalton City Council members could vote on a new unified zoning law at one of their April meetings, says Mayor Dennis Mock.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Decision on new Harlem public safety chief expected soon
Harlem’s lengthy search to fill its vacant director of public safety position is expected to end this week, city officials said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Family wants city to move ancestors' portraits from cemetery
Descendants of Nicolas de l’Aigle, a wealthy French immigrant who founded the region’s first brickyard in 1808 and deeded Augusta the land for Magnolia Cemetery in 1818, are asking the city’s permission to move several of their ancestors’ portraits to a new location.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

State legislative proposal could affect Athens-Clarke effort to boost taxi regulation
Exactly how Athens-Clarke County commissioners might decide to increase regulation of local taxi companies will depend in some measure on the eventual fate of a bill now moving through the state Legislature, a commission committee recently learned.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City to ask to raise hotel/motel tax to 8 percent
At a called meeting Tuesday morning, the City of Griffin Board of Commissioners will consider a resolution calling for enactment of a local act by the General Assembly to raise the hotel/motel tax to 8 percent.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Athens-Clarke to review ordinance on sidewalk dining
Restaurants and other businesses outside of downtown Athens that have informally been using public rights of way to offer outdoor seating options for patrons would face some regulation of that activity under a revamped sidewalk café ordinance now making its way through the Athens-Clarke County Commission.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Election sways Drenner: Avondale to get sponsor
Pro-annexation candidate Jonathan Elmore’s convincing 139-vote victory over Jim Hutchens in last Tuesday’s Avondale Estates mayoral race finally gets the city a sponsor for its annexation master plan.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur gets sponsor for partial annexation
State Representative Karla Drenner, D-Avondale Estates told the AJC Friday she will sponsor a portion of Decatur’s annexation master plan, with hopes of submitting the bill early next week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hogansville to be featured in film
Hogansville will soon be featured in an Environmental Protection Agency film project detailing the city’s success in drought response and prevention.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Tybee City Council considers freeze on tax penalties
Officials on Tybee Island are working to put standards in place for vacation rental owners accused of not paying their accommodations taxes to appeal penalties or otherwise pay them off.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Doors open at new Macon-Bibb animal shelter
The new Macon-Bibb County Animal Welfare Center is officially open.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Griffin to host Main Street Mobile Tour
The City of Griffin has been chosen to host a Mobile Tour during the 2015 National Main Street Conference to be held in Atlanta March 29 to April 2.
Source: Griffin Daily News

New Grovetown K-9 gets arrest in first week
K-9 Roscoe trained four months before officially joining the Grovetown Police Depart­ment. It took him four days to be called into action.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Mayor’s Bike Race to pack weekend in Union City
The 11th annual Union City Mayor’s Bike Race on Saturday will offer a new course for cyclists but retain its tradition of fast-paced action – and perhaps inspire residents to set new fitness goals.
Source: Neighbor News

New Union City map app to help attract business
To serve customers and attract new business, Union City is improving its technology. Its community development and public services departments and Dacula-based eGIS Associates created a new geographic information system Web application called ConnectGIS.
Source: Neighbor News

Area development officials discuss future
The future of economic development in Baldwin and Wilkinson counties was the focus of a breakfast meeting at Central Georgia Technical College on Wednesday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Wish list: Tallapoosa has SPLOST surplus
Tallapoosa has $240,000 available from the old special purpose local option sales tax as the city prepares for the new iteration of SPLOST — money the city must spend before the old tax expires.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Buchanan council takes up codes enforcement
Rules that would define how the city of Buchanan defines private property as an eyesore, and a plan to put a Confederate memorial at the historic courthouse, were the focus of debate during City Council’s regular monthly meeting March 16.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

City facing another challenging budget year
Service delivery, future employee compensation, the construction fund and potential retirement payouts are among the city of Douglasville’s major budget concerns for fiscal year 2015-16.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Crowd excited about new Spencer High at mayor's forum
A crowd of about 100 people brought up crime and gang activity, street maintenance, guns in schools, and job prospects for ex-cons Thursday evening at Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s first quarterly public forum of 2015.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Kelly talks term limits, renovations during town hall
City Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly discussed the issue of term limits and its impact on Marietta’s City Council and provided residents with updates of city projects during a town hall meeting Thursday. “I’m a big believer of asking those that I represent what your thoughts are on term limits,” she said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Valdosta City Council approves radar permits
The Valdosta City Council unanimously approved changes to the city’s approved radar patrolling list Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Derrick Brown makes seamless Albany finance director transition
A sudden, dramatic change is not going to throw Derrick Brown.
Source: Albany Herald

City Considers Zoning Changes
The proposed ordinance would allow for two family dwellings as a conditional use in R-A in Glenbrook Subdivision and remove mobile homes as a conditional use in the R-A District of the subdivision.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Growlers store squares off with City
With Gold City Growlers’ alcohol license on the line, a Matlock-worthy legal display erupted in Dahlonega City Hall last Monday.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Search for City Manager heats up
And then there were eight. It’s been a slow process but the Dahlonega City Council appears to be honing in on the final class of candidates for the long-vacant city manager position.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

New Morganton City Hall dedicated in Fannin County
The time and efforts of several individuals helped pave the way for Morganton City Hall to move into its new location.
Source: Blue Ridge News Observer

City studying possibilities of police review committee
Thomaston Mayor Hays Arnold and City Manager Patrick Comiskey have launched a study of the possibility of having a Citizens Police Review Board. They are expected to provide the Thomaston City Council with a summary of their findings within the next 90 days.
Source: Thomaston Times

Feedback delays Savannah tax regulations again
The collision of concerns between cab owners and operators, attorneys, Savannah staffers and City Aldermen on Thursday morning once again delayed passage of new taxi rules and fees that have been in development for years.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham Commissioner talks 'de-merger' with Tourism Leadership Council
A Chatham County commissioner spoke out to local tourism and business leaders Thursday in an effort to address what he called misconceptions about the county’s negotiations with the city of Savannah over the Savannah-Chatham police department.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Reichert confirms next run for Macon-Bibb mayor
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert, two years into an abbreviated three-year term as the consolidated government’s first leader, said Thursday that he will seek another four years in office in 2016.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Familiar issues heard at stormwater fee meeting
Questions about why Augusta’s stormwater infrastructure needs are best addressed by a new fee instead of some other means persisted at the city’s fourth public meeting on the topic.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Flowery Branch City Council approves Lights Ferry roundabout project, first reading of special elections
A roundabout project at the intersection of Lights Ferry Road and Mitchell Street, which will also allow for easy access between Atlanta Highway and McEver Road, has been given the green light from the Flowery Branch City Council.
Source: Access North Georgia

City Of Winship Latest Proposal In DeKalb County
Two state lawmakers have introduced a bill to create yet another city within DeKalb County. That puts the total to at least five cityhood movements trying to carve themselves out of the county.
Source: WABE

Houston mayors focus on quality-of-life matters
Houston County’s three mayors said Thursday that their cities are doing well, but will do better with plans for economic development, better parks and downtowns and other quality-of-life improvements.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaVista Hills gains residents from Tucker in Senate committee
Georgia senators advanced proposals for LaVista Hills and Tucker to become cities, but not before tinkering with their borders in a move that could endanger their chances of winning final approval.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton halts land permits, studying conservation
The Milton City Council has enacted an emergency moratorium on land disturbance permits in the city while it considers a potential conservation subdivision ordinance.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Downtown Alpharetta undergoes makeover
Anyone driving on Main Street/ Ga. 9 in Alpharetta the past week has noticed the large orange signs alerting drivers of road work. Residents should settle in and prepare for delays as the city and county both begin work on large projects that will disrupt traffic until November.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell mulls Canton Street redevelopment
A case can be made that Canton Street is the heart of Roswell. It’s got the boutique stores and bistro restaurants for which the city has become known. And now the city is hoping to expand upon that.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Zoning pulls plug on Mammoth Carwash
It was the strangest rezoning case in memory. A carwash owner argued at the March 16 City Council meeting for a more intense rezoning at a Jones Bridge-Old Alabama site. Local residents turned out en masse to oppose it, and it had a double recommendation for denial from city staff and the Planning Commission.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Johns Creek, Forsyth shake hands on tower, McGinnis
Forsyth County and Johns Creek have agreed on several intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) that will clear the way for Johns Creek’s public safety radio tower and the improvement of McGinnis Ferry Road to become the new exit on Ga. 400.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Brunswick commissioners take a stand against seismic activity in the Atlantic
Brunswick city commissioners voiced concern over a proposal by the administration of President Barack Obama to open up the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia to Georgia to offshore oil drilling.
Source: Brunswick News

Library board chairman asks Covington City Council to help pay for new HVAC
Experts say the antiquated air conditioning system at the Covington Branch of the Newton County Library no longer can tolerate Band-Aid fixes.
Source: Newton Citizen

Water Works customers to see one-month spike in bill
Either your April or May water bill will be around $30-$40 higher than usual, but it’s just a one-month spike caused by a change in the way the Columbus Water Works reads your meter, according to Vic Burchfield, Columbus Water Works vice president of information services.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

College Park special election ends in runoff
Voters were unable to come to a decision Tuesday to determine their new councilmember. A runoff election will be scheduled between candidates Roderick D. Gay, 56, and Ronald “Ron” Fears, 62.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Wise is unofficial winner of Jonesboro special election
Ed Wise is the unofficial winner of Jonesboro’s special election Tuesday to fill the vacancy left by the December death of Councilman Randy Segner.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council sees plan for new Municipal Court
City council reviewed a proposal for a new Municipal Court building Monday, something Mayor Billy Copeland said is much-needed for the city.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Woodstock talks parking, blasting, tobacco business
Woodstock City Council members touched on some hot topics Monday night, including parking in downtown, zoning for smoke shops and the city’s blasting ordinance.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton Council taking action on Soleil Laurel Canyon subdivision changes
The heavily debated issue of proposed changes to the Soleil Laurel Canyon subdivision master plan will go up for a vote by the Canton City Council at tonight’s meeting.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Election brings hope to Rocky Ford
Rocky Ford’s newly elected mayor and councilman both hope youth, new ideas and hard work will bring the town to recovery from financial and legal issues.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Watkinsville votes yes on liquor
On Tuesday night, Watkinsville began swimming with the current.
Source: Oconee Enterprise

Electric rates are reduced for city homes, businesses
Thanks to budget-cutting efforts over the last two years, the City of Washington is cutting electric rates for residents, industry, and commercial customers, city leaders announced Friday.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Layton wins Meigs council seat
A former Meigs police chief was elected to Meigs City Council in a Tuesday special election.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Joe Money Jr. Tries Again; Asks City To Install Sirens
When the Good Friday tornado of 2009 struck downtown Summerville, Councilman Joe Money Jr., was right in the middle of the action.
Source: Summerville News

City to replace 50-year-old gas lines
With interest rates at around two percent and pressure by the state for the city to replace its 50-year-old gas lines with bare steel lines, City Manager Lanier Dunn asked council members to approve a $1.9 million, eight-year loan to allow the city to complete a majority of the remaining work in the shortest time.
Source: Elberton Star & Examiner

City Council votes to let hotel project out for bids
After three years of discussion, studies and architectural planning, Monday Elberton city council members decided to send out a package for bids on the Samuel Elbert Hotel renovation project, a project that totals approximately $4 million.
Source: Elberton Star & Examiner

State representatives introduce bill for proposed city of Winship
State Reps. Michele Henson (D-Stone Mountain) and Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates) introduced legislation March 18 to create the city of Winship in DeKalb County.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Commerce hires new Main Street manager
Commerce has a new city employee.
Source: Commerce News

Statham citizens have more questions about budget
Following the February Statham council meeting, several citizens presented questions to the mayor, council and city staff for answers concerning certain budget items.
Source: Commerce News

Baldwin ends FY14 in the black
The City of Baldwin’s general fund finished FY2014 around $17,000 in the black, according to its recently released audit. It was the second year in a row the city finished in the black after several years of red ink.
Source: Banks County News

Pokey’s license suspended
The City Council’s decision to suspend the business license of “Pokey’s Event Center” last week has drawn comments from family members that the city and Sheriff’s office are discriminating against owner Jerome Johnson.
Source: Early County News

Additional off street parking
Additional offstreet parking for Court Square will soon be available! Blakely attorney Bill Stone recently donated the property just off Court Square on North Main St. to the city.
Source: Early County News

City Council receives hospital update
On Tuesday, March 10, Andy Smith, CEO of Appling HealthCare System, gave the Baxley City Council an update on the hospital’s pilot program.
Source: Baxley News Banner

Hamilton chosen for Albany transportation position
Interim City Manager Tom Berry confirmed this afternoon that city Transit Director David Hamilton will be named the city’s transportation manager, a position that will place him in charge of transit and the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport.
Source: Albany Herald

Marietta Police Train With New Use-Of-Force Simulator
Police officers in Marietta are using 3D glasses and guns that shoot laser beams to learn how to make better, split-second decisions around the use of deadly force.
Source: WABE

Senoia considering stormwater utility
The city of Senoia may implement a “stormwater utility” fee to pay for stormwater management in the town.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah eyes general fund to supplement SPLOST project
The city of Savannah will have to subsidize the construction of a new Savannah-Chatham police station for the Central Precinct with $2 million from the general fund because sales-tax collections did not meet expectations.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah ends contract with Coffee Bluff Marina's operator
The newly built Coffee Bluff Marina was shut down this week after the city terminated its contract with operator Golden Marina Enterprises after a payment dispute.
Source: Savannah Morning News

County, city ready to revisit shared services
Commission Chair Glyn Thrift told commissioners on March 2 that it is time to return to the table with the city regarding shared services.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Atlanta annexation bills debated as supporters seek chance to vote
A war is brewing on two of Atlanta’s borders as groups that will decide whether to annex into the city clashed Wednesday in a public hearing at the state capitol.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tybee officials search for answers to hotel/motel tax issues
In the months since Tybee Island staff ramped up efforts to ensure all short-term vacation rental properties are paying the right taxes and fees, city officials have reaped the benefits of increased revenues. But those benefits have come with problems.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Traffic signs going up in preparation for the Masters
Each year the traffic engineering department puts out 140 signs directing golf traffic and reminding visitors where not to stop or stand and 160 warning about parking.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Rockmart sends out bids for sewer projects
Bids for sewage system improvements in Rockmart have been sent out, according to Manager Jeff Ellis. “This is the first major upgrade at the wastewater facility, which was built in 1994."
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Woodstock looking to ease dowtown parking
The Woodstock City Council Monday night reviewed options for improving the city’s increasingly jammed downtown parking.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs city manager promoted from within
Powder Springs Mayor Patricia Vaughn announced during Monday’s city council meeting the selection of Pam Conner as the new city manager with official confirmation scheduled during the council’s next meeting at 7 p.m. April 6.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rome National Guard unit reaching out to community
Local leadership with Rome’s National Guard unit is offering to provide assistance to the community outside of being activated during states of emergency.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

What city employees make -- City of Columbus releases salary info
Of the five Consolidated Government employees who received substantial pay raises in 2015, four of them are suing the city.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

City council approves $67k for two new police cars
The Thomson Police Department will soon have two new police cars in its patrol fleet.
Source: McDuffie Progress

Dearing and McDuffie hold hearings on HUD improvement grant
McDuffie County and the Town of Dearing are seeking to receive up to $100,000 to make improvements to areas of the community that pose a threat to the health and welfare of citizens.
Source: McDuffie Progress

Peachtree Corners mayor looks to add veterans memorial
It wasn’t on Tuesday’s official city council agenda, but it’s been on Mayor Mike Mason’s heart for a long time.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Holly Springs City Council tables subdivision sign changes
Despite one resident asking Holly Springs City Council members not to delay and deny a zoning ordinance change regarding subdivision signs, the issue was tabled until the entire ordinance could be updated.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Lundy sworn in as Guyton police chief
Guyton’s new police chief isn’t a newcomer to the city’s streets.
Source: Effingham Herald

Second K9 joins Rincon police’s ranks
Rincon City Council members met the police department’s newest member — but didn’t offer any treats. Snitch, a 5-month-old Belgian malinois, is the city’s newest K9, and handler Officer Michael Giaquinto presented the dog to council members last Monday.
Source: Effingham Herald

Evitt family donates $2,315 towards restoration of LaFayette’s first fire truck
Surviving family members to Alfred Lee Evitt, the man who operated the first LaFayette fire truck in 1926, recently donated $2,315 towards the truck’s restoration. The 1926 LaFayette fire engine No. 5534 has survived its time since its retirement tucked away at the city fire department.
Source: Catoosa County News

Winder receives state engineering award for its streetscape project
The City of Winder’s North Broad Street Streetscape and Maintenance Project was recently selected for one of five state awards for engineering excellence given by the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers and the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia.
Source: Barrow County News

SPLOST vote passes in Hall County
Hall County voters on Tuesday approved a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST VII.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood City Council idles over parking restrictions
Oakwood City Council members are in agreement that something must be done to address residential parking restrictions in the community.
Source: Gainesville Times

E-SPLOST wins: Lake Park approves Sunday alcohol sales
The Lowndes County E-SPLOST referendum won on Election Day.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Albany city commissioners want closer scrutiny of spending by boards
Interim City Manager Tom Berry told the Albany City Commission during a work session Tuesday morning that any expenditures approved by boards under the city’s oversight will henceforth be brought to the commission for final approval.
Source: Albany Herald

Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard to appoint city manager committee
Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard announced Tuesday that she plans to appoint a three-person committee to look over applications for the city manager position currently held on an interim basis by Tom Berry.
Source: Albany Herald

City approves review of demolition permit process
Newnan City Council approved having the planning commission review the process for a property owner to get a demolition permit.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Cedartown Biz Builder workshops coming soon
Cedartown’s Biz Builder program is set to kick off again in May, but local organizers and participating schools are hoping a pair of morning and evening workshop sessions will help continue to drive interest in the coming year’s classes.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb land swap with Mercer moves on
Macon-Bibb County commissioners will consider a major land swap with Mercer University next Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry council considers lowering hotel tax
Visitors to Perry could soon save a buck on their hotel rooms. Perry City Council on Tuesday held the first hearing of a proposal to lower the city’s accommodations tax to 7 percent, down from the current 8 percent.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville moves closer to tearing down old police station
The city’s old police station -- and former City Hall building -- is a step closer to being torn down.
Source: Macon Telegraph

SPLOST passes convincingly
Whitfield County voters — at least those who went to the polls — said yes Tuesday to higher taxes and yes to a number of major projects.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Frantom, Harris head for April 14 runoff in District 7
The District 7 special election isn’t over yet, with Sean Frantom and Louis “Hap” Harris heading for an April 14 runoff.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Watkinsville voters OK by-the-drink liquor sales
The few Watkinsville voters who cast ballots in a Tuesday referendum were overwhelmingly in favor of allowing sales of liquor-by- the-drink in the city.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Micro-Brewery inches closer to reality in Gainesville
A micro-brewery is one baby step closer to reality in Gainesville.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta voters approve $250 million in borrowing for road fixes
Atlanta voters have approved Mayor Kasim Reed’s plan to borrow $250 million to provide long-overdue fixes to aging roads, bridges, sidewalks and buildings.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pro-annexation Elmore elected Avondale mayor
After a 5½-month vacancy, Jonathan Elmore was elected mayor of Avondale Estates, besting four other candidates in a special election Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Changes coming for Hogansville Hotel/Motel Tax
The city of Hogansville recently learned that it must revise part of the current policies regarding its Hotel/Motel Tax in order to comply with the state law.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Athens-Clarke mayor's daughter making bid for Atlanta mayoral post
Mayor to mayoral candidate, mother to grown-up child, and seasoned politician to seasoned politician, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson posed some tough questions to her daughter, state Rep. Margaret Kaiser, D-Atlanta, before Kaiser went public with her intention to seek the Atlanta mayoral post in 2017, when a term-limited Kasim Reed must leave the office as an open seat.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Holly Springs acts on downtown study, sign changes
The Holly Springs City Council has taken another step toward downtown development, approving a marketing study for up to $46,500 to be done by the Bleakly Advisory Group.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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