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City clerk: Billing back on schedule this week
City clerk: Billing back on schedule this week_img After two months when the city of Statesboro’s bills for water and other services went out as much as two weeks late, the bills are back on schedule with those mailed Tuesday morning, said City Clerk Sue Starling.
Source: Statesboro Herald
Broadband survey looks to boost internet service in rural Northeast Georgia
Broadband survey looks to boost internet service in rural Northeast Georgia_img State lawmakers want to improve broadband internet service in rural parts of Georgia, including northeast cities like Dahlonega, and residents are being asked to take an online survey about the effectiveness of service in their area.
Source: Gainesville Times
Officials sign mediation confidentiality agreement
Officials sign mediation confidentiality agreement_img The service delivery strategy mediation began Wednesday and a confidentiality agreement was signed by all involved parties.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Cairo council hears input on MEAG project
Cairo council hears input on MEAG project_img Resident input about an upcoming project kicked off the regular Cairo City Council meeting on Monday night.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Albany City Commission to vote Tuesday on Islamic Center cemetery request
Albany City Commission to vote Tuesday on Islamic Center cemetery request_img Alma Nobles and Conny Turner insist they have no problem with the Albany Islamic Center building a cemetery and conducting funerals in the method of their faith.
Source: Albany Herald
Marietta City Council to discuss parking meters, municipal judges and fence regulations
Marietta City Council to discuss parking meters, municipal judges and fence regulations_img Downtown parking, amendments to the city’s charter on municipal court judges, and regulations regarding fences in the city are set for discussion during the Marietta City Council committee work sessions Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Neese townhomes approved by council
Neese townhomes approved by council_img The Woodstock City Council unanimously approved a 28-townhome development on Neese Road across from First Baptist Church of Woodstock along with a development on Linton and Main streets at its meeting Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Fun-filled festival: Jonesboro Street Festival draws residents from all over Clayton County
Fun-filled festival: Jonesboro Street Festival draws residents from all over Clayton County_img Festival-goers throughout the afternoon and evening captured fun moments at the Downtown Street Festival in Jonesboro.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Riverdale talks data management of police body cameras
Riverdale talks data management of police body cameras_img Riverdale is ready to move forward with body cameras for the Riverdale Police Department, but city officials first want to make sure implementation comes without glitches.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Riverdale mulls holding a delinquent tax auction in October
Riverdale mulls holding a delinquent tax auction in October_img For the first time, the city of Riverdale could be auctioning off properties owned by those who owe back taxes.
Source: Clayton News Daily
City OKs downsized Riverside plan
City OKs downsized Riverside plan_img In front of a packed room of 60 to 70 opponents, the Rome City Commission approved on Monday plans by Ledbetter Properties for 80 acres on Riverside Parkway around Burwell Creek.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
LaFayette council approves remodeling of water-damaged Public Safety Building
LaFayette council approves remodeling of water-damaged Public Safety Building_img LaFayette City Council has given the go-ahead to replace leaking bubble glass blocks at the Public Safety Building. The glass blocks were left over from the days when Coca-Cola Bottling occupied the building.
Source: Walker County Messenger
Ringgold officials discuss methadone clinic regulation at GMA meeting in Rome
Ringgold officials discuss methadone clinic regulation at GMA meeting in Rome_img Ringgold city officials recently met with members of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in Rome to discuss the regulation of methadone clinics, as well as other high-profile topics currently being faced in other municipalities within the state.
Source: Walker County Messenger
Council approves one Midtown TAD, postpones decision on the other
Council approves one Midtown TAD, postpones decision on the other_img Columbus Council today approved one of two Tax Allocation Districts proposed for midtown Columbus and delayed a decision on the other.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Grantville taking steps to hold onto fines from no-shows
Grantville taking steps to hold onto fines from no-shows_img It is already illegal to skip out on a court date in Grantville. The law governing court scofflaws, however, is a state statute, meaning that any fines assessed for the offense go to the state – instead of the city. The Grantville City Council is taking steps to remedy that situation.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Studio execs tour new Senoia playground
Studio execs tour new Senoia playground_img One of the top executives at AMC Studios – the division of AMC Networks that produces original shows, including “The Walking Dead,” was at Senoia’s Seavy Street Park Monday to see the improvements that were made possible in part by a donation from the television giant.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
City of Savannah may spend $1 million to equip police
City of Savannah may spend $1 million to equip police_img With violent crime increasing this year in Savannah, the city’s investment to counteract the trend is also on the rise.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Clarkesville adopts proposed 2017 budget
Clarkesville adopts proposed 2017 budget_img The Clarkesville City Council voted Monday to adopt the proposed 2017 budget presented by City Manager Barbara Kesler.
Source: Access North Georgia
Dumpsters ready for start of Aragon cleanup days
Dumpsters ready for start of Aragon cleanup days_img After getting local residents to bring out their trash and items they no longer need for a cleanup back at the beginning of summer, now that the season is over the City of Aragon looks to hold another event starting this week.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
City of Rockmart to extend burn ban past Oct. 1
City of Rockmart to extend burn ban past Oct. 1_img Rockmart Fire Chief Todd Queen reported this afternoon that following discussions with City Manager Jeff Ellis, the burn ban currently in place for summer months will be extended past the beginning of October.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
The Thread coming together
The Thread coming together_img Soon it may become easier to exercise in LaGrange after officials approved a plan for The Thread trail. The City Council approved the Trail System Master Plan and Implementation Strategy on Tuesday that will allow the city to move forward on The Thread trail.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Macon senior center plans pass through committee
Macon senior center plans pass through committee_img A resolution to accept bids for the construction of a new senior citizens center moved ahead Tuesday with officials saying they still have to identify another source of revenue to cover the full cost.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Augusta road lighting project gets shorter and more frequent
Augusta road lighting project gets shorter and more frequent_img The number of light poles in a Walton Way street lighting project is increasing.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Fourth time’s the charm: Atlanta airport relaunches composting/recycling facility project
Fourth time’s the charm: Atlanta airport relaunches composting/recycling facility project_img Hartsfield-Jackson International is attempting to find a contractor to build a composting and recycling facility on the south side of the airport’s property — its fourth attempt at launching the project it calls Green Acres.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alpharetta modifies rules against hiring relatives
Alpharetta modifies rules against hiring relatives_img Like many municipalities, Alpharetta prohibits having related people work for the city where there could be the appearance of conflicts of interest or favoritism. But the rule, applied unthinkingly, can prevent the hiring of the best qualified candidate for a job, officials say.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta gets $500K to plan future Streetcar corridors
Atlanta gets $500K to plan future Streetcar corridors_img Atlanta has won a $500,000 Federal Transit Administration grant to plan future land uses along 16 miles of an expanded Atlanta Streetcar system.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Avondale Estates fills board openings, resolves protocol procedure
Avondale Estates fills board openings, resolves protocol procedure_img Avondale Estates named three new members to its Planning and Zoning Board during a work session last week, and for now has resolved protocol procedures that appeared to cause a rift within the commission.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Decatur names its Better Together Advisory Board
Decatur names its Better Together Advisory Board_img Nearly 10 months after Decatur’s commission accepted a 21-page community action plan, the city officially named the Better Together Advisor Board that’s charged with carrying out that plan.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Reed House funding granted by Smyrna Council
Reed House funding granted by Smyrna Council_img The Smyrna City Council decided 7-0 last week to spend $1.5 million to complete renovations at the Historic Reed House as an event center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Train enthusiast has bigger plans for Carrollton depot
Train enthusiast has bigger plans for Carrollton depot_img The Depot on Bradley is the proper name, but most people call it "the Carrollton train depot."
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Wet and wild: Newman Wetlands Center hosting 17th annual festival Oct. 1
Wet and wild: Newman Wetlands Center hosting 17th annual festival Oct. 1_img The Newman Wetlands Center is gearing up for its 17th Annual Wetlands & Watershed Festival.
Source: Henry Daily Herald
City to take up Riverside plans
City to take up Riverside plans_img The fifth — and potentially final — change to an agreement between Ledbetter Properties and the city of Rome regarding development of an 80-acre tract on Riverside Parkway is up for debate tonight.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Over Darr’s objections, council to vote on internal audit of sheriff’s office
Over Darr’s objections, council to vote on internal audit of sheriff’s office_img Columbus Council will vote on Tuesday on whether to authorize the city’s internal auditor to perform a special audit of Sheriff John Darr’s office, its finances and operations.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Drayton Street five-story hotel's fate in Savannah City Council's hands
Drayton Street five-story hotel's fate in Savannah City Council's hands_img The fate of a planned hotel across from Forsyth Park could come down to semantics. It is up to the Savannah City Council to decide if the planned five-story hotel at Drayton and East Huntington streets can move forward as proposed.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Developer interested in Dalton depot building
Developer interested in Dalton depot building_img Members of the Dalton City Council hope a restaurant in Acworth might be a model for the future of the historic train depot here that once housed the Dalton Depot and Trackside Tavern.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
Mayor, Sheriff to hold walk of solidarity Thursday
Mayor, Sheriff to hold walk of solidarity Thursday_img Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis and Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree are holding a walk of solidarity Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Four recreation center upgrades nearing completion
Four recreation center upgrades nearing completion_img As the $2.1 million Memorial Park renovation nears completion, the construction superintendent says residents in the area are clamoring for it to reopen.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Dalton to get new street lights
Dalton to get new street lights_img Dalton residents will see some changes in their streetlights soon.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
Smyrna will replace fire station
Smyrna will replace fire station_img Smyrna Fire Station No. 2 at 642 Concord Road will be replaced, following a vote recently by the Smyrna City Council.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alpharetta OK’s on-call design contracts for parks
Alpharetta OK’s on-call design contracts for parks_img The Alpharetta City Council has approved retaining three design consultants to be on-call to assist in planning current and future park projects.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta OKs land buys for Mims Park pond, flood control
Atlanta OKs land buys for Mims Park pond, flood control_img Atlanta is moving forward with flood-control efforts in Vine City, with plans to create a pond and other amenities in Historic Mims Park modeled on the acclaimed Historic Fourth Ward Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Decatur’s long-awaited North McDonough project begins
Decatur’s long-awaited North McDonough project begins_img Heavy equipment began mobilizing this week along Decatur’s North McDonough Street, between Trinity Place and Howard Avenue, the beginning of a streetscapes project in the making for six years.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Flowery Branch parking scarcity seen as a ‘good problem’ as city grows
Flowery Branch parking scarcity seen as a ‘good problem’ as city grows_img The two friends like to “hunt out” fun places to visit, and that search brought them Wednesday to downtown Flowery Branch, where they enjoyed a late-afternoon snack at Calliope Sweets on Main Street.
Source: Gainesville Times
Morrow to host health fair next Saturday
Morrow to host health fair next Saturday_img Morrow will be holding a health fair next Saturday to raise awareness of chronic health problems.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Duluth is the place to be during fall festival
Duluth is the place to be during fall festival_img For the 34th-straight year, Duluth put on its fall festival as more than 100,000 people from all over entered the city for food, fun, entertainment and shopping.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Urban foresters from all over US training in Rome this week
Urban foresters from all over US training in Rome this week_img Arborists from all over the country will be in Rome this week to train for emergency weather damage and response.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
City proposing two new TADs for Midtown redevelopment
City proposing two new TADs for Midtown redevelopment_img The city of Columbus is proposing two new Tax Allocation Districts in the Midtown area. If approved by Columbus Council, the districts would be the fifth and sixth approved since voters authorized their use in 2014.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Intercity trip lessons: Greenville has the engineers, Columbus has the ‘real river'
Intercity trip lessons: Greenville has the engineers, Columbus has the ‘real river'_img Comparing yourself to somebody successful can be inspiring or intimidating, or maybe a mixture of both.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed
Ban on vinyl siding on houses being built discussed_img Vinyl siding has long been an aesthetically pleasing and affordable choice for homeowners, to go along with brick and wood. However, is it a dangerous choice?
Source: Covington News
Woodstock council to vote on Neese townhomes
Woodstock council to vote on Neese townhomes_img A public hearing and vote will take place at Woodstock’s City Council meeting Monday night on a 28 single-family townhome development on Neese Road.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Holly Springs Council set to vote on proposed 45-home mixed-use development
Holly Springs Council set to vote on proposed 45-home mixed-use development_img City council members Monday will vote whether to approve a 45-home mixed-use development slated for 10 acres of land along Holly Springs Parkway.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Kennesaw OK’s $28M city budget
Kennesaw OK’s $28M city budget_img Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling says he wouldn’t change much about how his city’s fiscal 2017 budget was developed — the first budget he has seen approved since taking office in January.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Smyrna’s historic Reed House to get $1.5M in renovations
Smyrna’s historic Reed House to get $1.5M in renovations_img A historic home built in 1910 owned by the city of Smyrna will get up to $1.5 million in renovations to bring the property up to code.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Marietta mayor, Council tour Atlanta United HQ, training facility
Marietta mayor, Council tour Atlanta United HQ, training facility_img MARIETTA – Atlanta United’s new corporate headquarters and professional soccer training facility on Franklin Gateway reached a milestone last week when the development team held a topping off celebration for the $60 million project.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Conyers turns to eminent domain to advance street project
Conyers turns to eminent domain to advance street project_img To keep a street improvement project on schedule, the Conyers City Council voted unanimously Monday to approve condemnations of three right-of-ways on Hardin and Bryant streets in Olde Town and use eminent domain to acquire those portions of the private properties.
Source: Rockdale Citizen
Renovations of closed jail to centralize Grovetown police
Renovations of closed jail to centralize Grovetown police_img Employees of Grovetown’s Department of Public Safety will soon have one location to call home.
Source: Columbia County News Times
Roundtable fosters community in local industry
Roundtable fosters community in local industry_img On Wednesday, dozens of local business leaders and members of the manufacturing community spent their lunch hour at an interesting venue — Mercedes. They weren’t shopping for a new luxury vehicle, however. Instead the group was there to talk business.
Source: Brunswick News
Mayor wants to change language posted at Avondale Estates parks
Mayor wants to change language posted at Avondale Estates parks_img During an Avondale Estates work session Wednesday, Mayor Jonathan Elmore announced his intention to change the language posted on the rules markers at Lake Avondale and Willis Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Powder Springs will allow limited bow hunting of deer
Powder Springs will allow limited bow hunting of deer_img Powder Springs will permit bow hunting for deer this season. Although the Georgia Department of Natural Resources hunting season is underway now, the city will allow hunting to begin Oct. 1 through Jan. 31. And only on property owned by the city on Dallas Powder Springs Road in the designated wetlands area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lawrenceville may provide living space for visiting actors
Lawrenceville may provide living space for visiting actors_img Visiting Aurora Theatre actors may soon have a city-sponsored place to rest their heads at night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dacula soon to be hotbed of transportation improvements
Dacula soon to be hotbed of transportation improvements_img There are several transportation related projects coming to the Dacula area. Many of these are joint projects among the city, county and/or state.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
No, Stone Mountain hasn't taken more Syrian refugees than NYC and LA combined
No, Stone Mountain hasn't taken more Syrian refugees than NYC and LA combined_img Officials in Stone Mountain are debunking an online report claiming the small city has recently taken in more Syrian refugees than New York City and Los Angeles combined.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Takes Steps To Condemn Peachtree-Pine Shelter
Atlanta Takes Steps To Condemn Peachtree-Pine Shelter_img The city of Atlanta is taking steps toward using eminent domain to shut down the homeless shelter Peachtree-Pine.
Source: WABE
City manager bids farewell after 11 years
City manager bids farewell after 11 years_img After 11 years of overseeing Senoia City Council meeting as the city manager, Richard Ferry quietly left the building after his last council meeting Monday night.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Almost-empty housing project a lively ‘ghost town’ as cookout bash bids it goodbye
Almost-empty housing project a lively ‘ghost town’ as cookout bash bids it goodbye_img Tindall Heights isn’t dying quietly. The 54-building housing project at the southeastern edge of the Mercer University campus is being demolished and replaced by new dwellings.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Air Force made him a firefighter, Perry chose him to be fire chief
Air Force made him a firefighter, Perry chose him to be fire chief_img Incoming Perry Fire Chief Lee Parker grew up in a small town in South Georgia and joined the Air Force when he was 17. He had no idea back then he would become a career firefighter.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Departing Macon director: ‘The city has adopted me and I’ve adopted the city’
Departing Macon director: ‘The city has adopted me and I’ve adopted the city’_img Refurbished benches made from old street lamps and tree rings and using leftover plants in Pinnacle Park exemplify the resourcefulness of the Macon-Bibb County Parks and Beautification Department.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Savannah-Chatham police stress positives for shaken city
Savannah-Chatham police stress positives for shaken city_img Officials are stressing the city’s crime rate is headed in the right direction — slowly but surely — thanks to an increase in officers, community cooperation and the availability of teen development programs, things they say have to continue if Savannah is ever to solve its crime problem.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah-Chatham police request help from Georgia State Patrol to combat street violence
Savannah-Chatham police request help from Georgia State Patrol to combat street violence_img Savannah-Chatham police are calling for more resources after a recent string of violent stranger-to-stranger armed robberies.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Grantville officially opens skate park
Grantville officially opens skate park_img Since spring 2013, Grantville has been pondering the possibility of a skate park for local skaters, and three years later, the skate park is a reality.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Alpharetta residents weigh in on downtown parking deck
Alpharetta residents weigh in on downtown parking deck_img Residents had their say Monday on where the City of Alpharetta should build a parking deck on the west side of Main.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Smith chosen as Rincon city manager
Smith chosen as Rincon city manager_img The mayor of Rincon broke a tie vote and chose William Exley “Wes” Smith as Rincon’s new city manager. Smith recently took early retirement as assistant city manager for governmental services in Albany.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Tybee Island to kick off reconstruction of Memorial Park bathrooms
Tybee Island to kick off reconstruction of Memorial Park bathrooms_img The summer is officially over, and Tybee Island officials are wasting no time in readying for capital improvements they hope to check off during the coming offseason.
Source: Savannah Morning News
ADDA sending letters to property owners as part of boundary expansion effort
ADDA sending letters to property owners as part of boundary expansion effort_img The Athens Downtown Development Authority is now one week into its six-week effort to expand the boundaries of its downtown jurisdiction, a move that will boost the organization’s revenue through wider imposition of the additional 1 mill in the property tax rate assessed on business and commercial property within its limits.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Cedartown sets millage rate, approves spending for new leaf machine
Cedartown sets millage rate, approves spending for new leaf machine_img The City of Cedartown’s millage rate is set for the coming year, but despite barely any change over the past four years in the rate the tax coffers contain less money than previously.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Aragon Mill flag pole to be put back up in front of city hall
Aragon Mill flag pole to be put back up in front of city hall_img Danny Forsyth, the City of Aragon's building inspector and code enforcement officer, can remember times when the mill was running and a flag flew proudly over the village. It was a proud symbol of the city, and when the mill shut down eventually the flag came down as well.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Aragon council members hear de-annexation comments, make no decision
Aragon council members hear de-annexation comments, make no decision_img Aragon City Council members Duel Mitchell and Tammy Mulkey heard statements from both sides of the Frettiesburg Drive movement during their September meeting, but were content to let the issue go unresolved for the time being as the neighborhood seeks to de-annex from the city limits.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Hapeville ponders golf carts on city streets
Hapeville ponders golf carts on city streets_img Hapeville is known for planes, trains and automobiles. Soon, golf carts could be added to that list.
Source: Neighbor News
Building front comes down
Building front comes down_img The demolition of the former Mansour’s building on Lafayette Square picked up Thursday morning, but then hit a snag – specifically, a water main.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
County approves agreements with cities
County approves agreements with cities_img Spalding County approved four separate agreements with its cities — including two with Griffin and fire protection contracts with Orchard Hill and Sunny Side.
Source: Griffin Daily News
More chances for residents to ‘Connect Johns Creek’
More chances for residents to ‘Connect Johns Creek’_img Johns Creek is adding opportunities for residents to participate in “Connect Johns Creek,” the update of the city’s Comprehensive Plan, by offering an online survey and scheduling public informational meetings.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mayor discusses traffic, pedestrian concerns with DeKalb commissioners
Mayor discusses traffic, pedestrian concerns with DeKalb commissioners_img Decatur Mayor Patti Garrett met recently with DeKalb Commissioners Jeff Rader and Kathie Gannon, saying she came away encouraged after discussing the three current mixed-use developments on the city’s northeastern perimeter.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta to lease back historic Bobby Jones clubhouse
Atlanta to lease back historic Bobby Jones clubhouse_img The Atlanta City Council has amended its controversial agreement to swap the Bobby Jones Golf Course with the state of Georgia to authorize the city leasing back the historic clubhouse as well as the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Alpharetta OKs tactical armor purchase for SWAT team
Alpharetta OKs tactical armor purchase for SWAT team_img The Alpharetta City Council has approved spending $62,397 to buy 17 sets of tactical body armor for its Special Weapons and Tactics team members.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Northside Hospital to pay for Woodstock venue naming rights
Northside Hospital to pay for Woodstock venue naming rights_img Northside Hospital-Cherokee is prepared to pay Woodstock $300,000 to have its name on a new performing arts venue downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Peachtree” sign highlights Atlanta’s most famous street
“Peachtree” sign highlights Atlanta’s most famous street_img Drivers on the connector will now be able to easily identify Peachtree Street as they whiz down Interstates 75 and 85. Giant letters spelling “Peachtree” have been installed on the bridge spanning the thoroughfare between Ralph McGill Boulevard and Pine Street.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Senoia police chief named interim city manager
Senoia police chief named interim city manager_img Senoia Police Chief Jason Edens will be the city’s interim city manager starting Oct. 1.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Sandy Springs Residents Worry About Braves Stadium Traffic
Sandy Springs Residents Worry About Braves Stadium Traffic_img Sandy Springs residents are worried traffic’s going to get a lot worse when the Atlanta Braves move to neighboring Cobb County.
Source: WABE
City of Savannah joins county, asks state Supreme Court to reverse Judge Stokes case ruling
City of Savannah joins county, asks state Supreme Court to reverse Judge Stokes case ruling_img Attorneys for the city of Savannah have joined Chatham County in urging the state Supreme Court to lift its emergency stay blocking a court order removing Judge Tammy Stokes from administrative duties in Recorder’s Court.
Source: Savannah Morning News
State historical marker to commemorate Savannah civil rights struggle
State historical marker to commemorate Savannah civil rights struggle_img On Wednesday afternoon, former Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson sat at a Broughton Street cafe, sipping iced tea and going over a speech she’ll give Friday.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah-Chatham police officials talk crime at downtown community meeting
Savannah-Chatham police officials talk crime at downtown community meeting_img Savannahians can expect to see an increased police presence in the downtown area over the next few weeks, officials told residents Wednesday night.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Savannah celebrates W.W. Law all week for his work preserving African-American culture
Savannah celebrates W.W. Law all week for his work preserving African-American culture_img Westley Wallace Law did not only fight for a better future for blacks facing discrimination and hatred, but the late Savannah civil rights leader also dedicated his life to preserving the African-American community’s past before his death in 2002 at age 79.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Some Athens-Clarke commissioners balking at timetable for transportation sales tax vote
Some Athens-Clarke commissioners balking at timetable for transportation sales tax vote_img Two weeks before they’re scheduled to vote on a process leading to a Nov. 7, 2017, referendum on a 1 percent local sales tax hike for transportation projects, Athens-Clarke County commissioners are asking about moving the referendum to May 2018.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Reichert, officials put the pedal to the pavement in downtown Macon
Reichert, officials put the pedal to the pavement in downtown Macon_img Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert and several other county officials took a tour of downtown on bicycles Wednesday morning.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Bids for fixing sewer lines in Cedartown rejected
Bids for fixing sewer lines in Cedartown rejected_img The City of Cedartown will have to wait a while longer before spending a Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements after the low bid came in well over what was expected for the cost.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Centerville economic development director to focus on new town center
Centerville economic development director to focus on new town center_img Centerville has a new director of marketing and economic development. Or it will in the next several days after an offer and contract is prepared and presented to Kate Hogan. Hogan is currently an assistant project manager with the Houston County Development Authority, a position she’s held since May 2015.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Buses add Walthourville routes
Buses add Walthourville routes_img Liberty Transit, a public bus system in Hinesville, Flemington and Fort Stewart, officially expanded its routes into Walthourville Monday.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier
What’s Fayetteville’s ‘brand’? Historical
What’s Fayetteville’s ‘brand’? Historical_img The long-awaited market analysis for the downtown Fayetteville area was presented to the City Council on Sept. 14. The study centered on enhancing the historic character embodied in the downtown area as the key feature to future growth and development.
Source: Fayette Citizen
Griffin receives grant
Griffin receives grant_img For the eighth consecutive year, Griffin has been awarded another $500,000 Community Development Block Grant.
Source: Griffin Daily News
Morrow approves agreement with marketing firm for Morrow Center
Morrow approves agreement with marketing firm for Morrow Center_img The Morrow City Council will be working with a consultant to form a Destination Marketing Organization to market the Morrow Center.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Playground project to kick off Buckhead park's overhaul
Playground project to kick off Buckhead park's overhaul_img As soon as late October or early November, the city of Atlanta will break ground on building a new playground at Atlanta Memorial Park in Buckhead, and it could be complete as early as December.
Source: Neighbor News
Avondale Estates Commission wrestles with how to appoint board members
Avondale Estates Commission wrestles with how to appoint board members_img An Avondale Estates commission work session Monday began as an interview panel for replacing three of the city’s five Planning and Zoning Board members. But it ended as a discussion on the actual protocol for such a process.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Roswell creating Rec Commission to oversee Arts Center
Roswell creating Rec Commission to oversee Arts Center_img An ordinance amendment eliminating the Roswell Arts Commission and creating a Recreation Commission to oversee the city’s Cultural Arts Center has been approved on first reading by the City Council. It is to return for a second and final vote Sept. 26.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Driller Mike” to help up city’s water supply
“Driller Mike” to help up city’s water supply_img The $11.6 million tunnel-boring machine that will help create a reservoir for Atlanta with a 30-day water supply has a name: Driller Mike.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Council okays Square gazebo if sponsor is found
Council okays Square gazebo if sponsor is found_img It’s been a controversial topic for two years, but the Covington City Council voted to approve the building of a gazebo on the Historic Downtown Square if a sponsor steps forward to cover the costs.
Source: Covington News
New shopping center on the horizon
New shopping center on the horizon_img The shopping center is located across busy Highway 20 from the 800,000-square-foot Canton Marketplace where a Target, Lowe’s, Best Buy and Kohl’s, along with many other retailers, are already located.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Berkeley Lake will spend $13K to complete stormwater inspections
Berkeley Lake will spend $13K to complete stormwater inspections_img The Berkeley Lake City Council agreed recently to fund stromwater inspections needed to complete the city’s Annual Stormwater Report for 2016-2017 that is due June 2017. Generally, the work includes inspections of catch basins and stormwater outfalls, highly visible pollutant source inspections at several sites and industrial facility inspections.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Johns Creek OKs $55.3M balanced budget
Johns Creek OKs $55.3M balanced budget_img The Johns Creek City Council has approved a balanced budget for fiscal 2017 with a general fund anticipating about $55.3 million in revenues, 0.57 percent more overall than in the current fiscal year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cherokee, Canton fire join forces
Cherokee, Canton fire join forces_img The county will take over the city of Canton’s fire services beginning Jan. 1 after a consolidation agreement between the two governments was unanimously approved by Cherokee County commissioners Tuesday night.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Brunswick fire department's fire safety program gets grant boost
Brunswick fire department's fire safety program gets grant boost_img With a boost from an insurance industry grant, the Brunswick Fire Department’s ongoing fire safety initiatives will be able to focus more attention on the city’s commercial district, Fire Marshal Rhett Fairfield said.
Source: Brunswick News
Authority submits new airport lease proposal
Authority submits new airport lease proposal_img The St. Marys Airport Authority unanimously voted Tuesday to amend a proposed two-year lease and submit it to city officials for consideration.
Source: Brunswick News
City manager said religious-themed welcome message to come down soon
City manager said religious-themed welcome message to come down soon_img Brunswick City Manager Jim Drumm responded Wednesday morning to a billboard on U.S. Highway 17 with a religious-themed welcome message that had some people questioning whether the Brunswick City Commission was responsible for placing it there.
Source: Brunswick News
Four design firms heard during city commission workshop
Four design firms heard during city commission workshop_img The Brunswick City Commission heard from four firms Wednesday vying for the contract to design the Oglethorpe Conference Center, a project that has been in the works for more than a decade.
Source: Brunswick News
Council approves paving of downtown lot
Council approves paving of downtown lot_img The city of Buchanan will pay to re-pave and stripe an existing parking lot on Van Wert Street in order to clear some parking congestion around the Courthouse Square.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Planners bear brunt of city's growing pains
Planners bear brunt of city's growing pains_img Villa Rica is on track for an explosive growth over the next decade, and while that is certainly good news, city leaders face the prospect of investing more taxpayer funds to accommodate that expansion.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Temple council to seek millage rate of 6.5
Temple council to seek millage rate of 6.5_img Temple City Council will seek later this month to levy a tax millage rate of 6.5 on city property owners, a level that will have the effect of raising no extra revenues for the city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Three-way stop planned for Dallas Highway, Main Street
Three-way stop planned for Dallas Highway, Main Street_img The Georgia Department of Transportation is installing a three-way stop at the intersection of Dallas Highway (SR 61) and Main Street .
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Temple to celebrate Founder's Day this weekend
Temple to celebrate Founder's Day this weekend_img Temple's annual Founder's Day Festival scheduled for this Saturday will be a day of food, arts, music and games; everything that's fun for the whole family, including the first annual Founder's Day 5K Run.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Council licenses bar under new process
Council licenses bar under new process_img After a couple of months dry of alcohol issues, City Council granted the first all-new bar license Tuesday using the hearing process required by Statesboro’s new ordinance.
Source: Statesboro Herald
Valdosta joins in city art project
Valdosta joins in city art project_img Local artists tackled dumpsters around town Saturday as part of the city’s first dumpster art project.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Pavo City Council approves millage rate
Pavo City Council approves millage rate_img The Pavo City Council approved the tentative millage rate for 2016 at a called meeting on Monday night.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
New Meigs mayor sworn in
New Meigs mayor sworn in_img Cheryl Walters, a resident of the small town in Thomas County, was sworn in and took the oath of office at the probate court of the Thomas County Judicial Center early Wednesday morning.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Moultrie City Council approves $58.7 million budget
Moultrie City Council approves $58.7 million budget_img During the final public hearing ahead of setting the tax rate for next year, the Moultrie City Council heard from an elderly resident concerned about tax bills in general, but especially those connected with the school board.
Source: Moultrie Observer
Baxley City Council approves the City of Baxley’s FY2017 budget
Baxley City Council approves the City of Baxley’s FY2017 budget_img On Tuesday, September 13, City of Baxley council members voted unanimously to adopt a resolution approving the City of Baxley’s FY2017 budget
Source: Baxley News Banner
Drought brings about water restrictions for Rockmart
Drought brings about water restrictions for Rockmart_img Rockmart city officials are busy notifying residents of new water restrictions due to the Level 1 Drought notice from the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD).
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Helen votes to replace 20-year-old fire department vehicle
Helen votes to replace 20-year-old fire department vehicle_img The Helen City Commission has approved spending nearly $30,000 for a new vehicle for the city's fire department.
Source: Access North Georgia
Jenkinsburg Clubhouse renovation on track
Jenkinsburg Clubhouse renovation on track_img Renovation of the Jenkinsburg Clubhouse is progressing at a steady pace. During its Sept. 12 meeting, the Jenkinsburg City Council received an update on the project from Jenkinsburg Deputy Clerk William Mullis.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus
Brighter nights coming to Macon streets
Brighter nights coming to Macon streets_img Brighter lights will be shining in more Macon neighborhoods. A $1.4 million project to put in new energy efficient street light bulbs around some of the city’s urban core was approved at Tuesday’s Macon-Bibb County Commission meeting.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Perry hires fire chief
Perry hires fire chief_img Perry City Council hired a new fire chief Tuesday. The council voted 5-1 to name Z. Lee Parker the city’s next fire chief.
Source: Macon Telegraph
'Athensmade' working to promote Classic City as great place to do business
'Athensmade' working to promote Classic City as great place to do business_img What began a couple of years ago as a simple effort to stamp locally produced products with an “Athens-made” logo has transformed into a broad-based effort to build awareness of the uniqueness of Athens’ business environment as a means of attracting talented people and new businesses.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Peachtree City accepts spillway design
Peachtree City accepts spillway design_img Plans to replace the spillway on Lake Peachtree in Peachtree City moved forward recently.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peachtree Corners testing out its new startup incubator
Peachtree Corners testing out its new startup incubator_img Peachtree Corners is opening the doors of the city’s new startup incubator, Prototype Prime, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Sept. 23 at 147 Technology Parkway, Suite 100, directly below City Hall.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia groups seek input in court battle with Florida over water
Georgia groups seek input in court battle with Florida over water_img Groups including the Atlanta Regional Commission, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Georgia Farm Bureau Federation and Georgia Municipal Association are seeking to share input into the water war between Georgia and Florida.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Alpharetta considers sites for west downtown parking deck
Alpharetta considers sites for west downtown parking deck_img Where do you park a parking deck? That’s the question facing Alpharetta’s leaders, who are looking to increase parking capacity west of Main Street. The city has narrowed down the search to three candidate locations after some residents balked at a decision to approve a parking deck on Old Roswell Street.
Source: Neighbor News
MARTA crackdown on "knuckleheads" showing results
MARTA crackdown on MARTA has suspended more than 8,000 riders since the transit agency launched its Ride with Respect campaign targeting disruptive passengers, General Manager and CEO Keith Parker said Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
November Voters Will Be Asked To Raise Taxes To Fund Transit Projects
November Voters Will Be Asked To Raise Taxes To Fund Transit Projects_img Ballot measures in more than 30 cities would raise $200 billion to expand rail and bus lines, to build new transit stations and to fix and replace aging transit infrastructure.
Source: NPR
Pipeline operator to pay Atlanta for Paulding land easements
Pipeline operator to pay Atlanta for Paulding land easements_img Land that Atlanta has owned for decades in Paulding County might never see its intended use as a second commercial airport, but the city at least may realize a return on its investment.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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