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Goodwill to occupy former Wal-Mart space
Commercial growth in the city of Cornelia continues with its future addition of a Goodwill of North Georgia thrift store, charity donation and career centers.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Clayton council approves $4.83M budget
Clayton City Council unanimously approved its proposed $4.83 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016 Tuesday afternoon during a called meeting at Clayton Municipal Complex.
Source: Clayton Tribune

Concerns spur developer to plant more trees at southside Savannah Walmart site
The developer of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market at Wilshire Boulevard and Abercorn Street has agreed to increase the number of trees and size of the trees that will be replanted, after residents, Savannah Alderman Tony Thomas and Mayor Edna Jackson raised concerns about the extensive removal of trees on the site.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah's film success creates new challenges
Savannah and Chatham County are enjoying a surge in film and television production.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New chief is first female top cop in county
Peachtree City Interim City Manager Jon Rorie announced July 2 that Suwanee Deputy Chief Janet Moon has accepted the position as Chief of the Peachtree City Police Department.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta animal ordinance still being reviewed
Augusta-Richmond County’s long-debated animal ordinance package is under review by the city law department, but there is no timeline for when it could go to the Augusta Commission for a vote.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Self-driving cars will cost cities, futurists say
Self-driving cars and other emerging technologies are going to cut into municipal budgets nationwide, a panel of futurists says.
Source: USA Today

Report provides insights into Athens-Clarke County's economic development process
Athens-Clarke County is making good progress in revamping its economic development processes and strategies, according to a county report finalized this week, a report that also provides interesting insights into how the county is pursuing opportunities to bring new businesses and industries into the community.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Decatur park space lags behind Atlanta, nation
The year-old collective Downtown Decatur Neighbors is urging the city to create more park space, particularly around the square, before the land gets scooped up by developers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Longtime Decatur residents making their voices heard
Both the Decatur commission and city school board are expected to draft resolutions later this year seeking homestead exemptions for seniors 65 and over.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Homeowners in some cities hit hard by property assessments
Thousands of Metro Atlanta homeowners got a nasty shock recently when property tax appraisals arrived in the mail. Residential property assessments are up sharply this year. But values rose much faster in some communities than others, a city-by-city analysis by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution found.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor fields questions at tax freeze forum
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson outlined her proposal to sunset the city’s property tax assessment freeze and fielded a variety of questions from a crowd of 50-60 people Tuesday evening in the lobby of the Springer Opera House.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Covington gets closer to new hotel
City of Covington and Royal Hotel Investment Officials broke ground on the city’s newest hotel project, a Holiday Inn Express & Suites Friday.
Source: Covington News

Changes coming for utility payments
Richmond Hill residents and businesses will soon see a few changes in how they pay their utility bills.
Source: Bryan County News

Morrow resident JefDeTar plans to run for mayor again in December
DeTar announced to Clayton News via email Wednesday morning that he intends to run for mayor in the city’s December election. DeTar lost to Mayor J.B. Burke in Morrow’s last mayoral election in 2011 by one vote.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Woodstock kicks off holiday weekend with downtown street festival
The city of Woodstock is hosting a block party downtown Friday for its July installment of Friday Night Live — a family-friendly event with a street festival feel.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council hires permanent city manager
After spending five months as acting city manager, the Kennesaw City Council voted Wednesday to appoint Jeff Drobney as the permanent city manager.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Downtown project involves wall shared by Martin, Summer
It’s not unusual for downtown Rome buildings to share a common wall — but in the case of 215 Broad St., there’s a twist.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

‘Good for everybody’: City debuts $68,000 worth of body cameras
Smyrna Police Chief David Lee said Wednesday he hopes the department’s new body cameras will increase transparency and benefit both his officers and the public now that they are being used in the field.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna’s State of the City scheduled for July 7
The Smyrna Area Council of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and the Smyrna Business Association will have Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon deliver the annual State of the City address from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 9 at the Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Circle in Smyrna.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

In spite of forced de-annexation, Waycross will keep providing water and sewer on Pierce County side of river
On the same day a law went into effect booting Waycross out of Pierce County, the City Commission voted Wednesday night to continue providing water and sewer services to a big church and other customers there.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Brunswick police chief wants to add school officers to understaffed city force
Police Chief Kevin Jones wants to bolster his understaffed patrol unit by swearing in Glynn County School District resource officers.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City tightening dog ordinance; will support PDA hospital plan
The Washington City Council took action Monday night on two items that will affect not only many of the city’s residents, but county residents too, as they passed an amended – and tougher – city dog ordinance, and also gave the city’s blessing to a plan that will support Wills Memorial Hospital without costing the taxpayers money.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Valdosta raising garbage fees
The city of Valdosta has announced a $2 per month increase in residential sanitation fees.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Roundabout coming to Birmingham, Hopewell roads
The city is building a new roundabout at the intersection of Birmingham and Hopewell roads. Construction is anticipated to last a year.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Arts, Culture Board wants clarification on funding
The Johns Creek Arts and Culture Board’s agenda June 25 was dominated by the announcement by the City Council that rather than approve four arts grant proposals, members wanted to cut the program altogether.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Hobbs elected to GMA Board of Directors
Thomasville Mayor Pro Tem Greg Hobbs was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah on Sunday.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

What will The District really look like?
As the timeline for The District, the city’s vision for a new downtown, is coming into focus, the Johns Creek City Council discussed June 15 just what it ought to look like after all the meetings and charrettes.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Richmond Hill public service officers recognized for life saving actions
Seven Richmond Hill public service officers whose actions resulted in the saving of two lives in the city earlier this year were recognized in a ceremony at Fire Station 1 on June 25.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge Elected to GMA Board of Directors
Aragon Mayor Ken Suffridge was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 28.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Solution at College Drive expected by 2018
The longer Dalton officials thought about the idea of a roundabout at College Drive and Dug Gap Battle Road, the more nervous they got, said Dalton Public Works Director Benny Dunn.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Former ANIC chief makes short list to head Augusta housing and development department
The former head of the struggling Augusta Neighborhood Improvement Corp. turned up Wednesday on Augusta’s list of four finalists to head the Augusta Housing and Community Development Department.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta Streetcar to let riders buy tickets on their smartphones
The city of Atlanta plans to make it easy for Atlanta Streetcar riders to buy tickets on their smartphones.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Southeast Clarke Park playground will 'capture the magic' of World of Wonder
Sometimes, kids and their parents don’t quite see eye to eye — and that’s just one challenge the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department faces in helping the community replace the World of Wonder playground at Southeast Clarke Park.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Valdosta raising garbage fees
The city of Valdosta has announced a $2 per month increase in residential sanitation fees.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Doraville streamlines updates for Assembly
Doraville is taking care of business.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Clark Hill kicks off re-election bid
Commerce Mayor Clark Hill kicked off his re-election campaign last Thursday with a rally in Spencer Park attended by approximately 100 supporters.
Source: Commerce News

Bainbridge assesses needs, opportunities at planning meeting
Bainbridge officials met with Southwest Georgia Regional Commission planner Steve O’Neil Tuesday morning to discuss various needs and opportunities within the city and how to implement them effectively.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Ground breaking ceremony held for traffic light
Tuesday, the City of Bainbridge held a ground breaking ceremony for a new traffic light that will be installed at the entrance of Bainbridge High School on Highway 84.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

State gas tax hike hits local governments hardest
While Georgia drivers woke up this morning to what is expected to be a gradual increase in fuel costs of between 6 and 7 cents a gallon, their burden pales in comparison to that of local governments across the state.
Source: Albany Herald

‘Kid sense’ helps boys find missing children; Rome City Commission honors 3 who helped
The initiative of three Rome boys who wanted to help the police and their community led to happy endings in two cases where young children went missing.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Old playground removed from Ridge Ferry Park, to be replaced as part of SPLOST project
The approaching Fourth of July weekend and the allocation of SPLOST funds have led recreation officials to remove a 22-year-old playground from Ridge Ferry Park.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City police pushing neighborhood watches to curb crime
Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones is fed up with the number of burglaries and car break-ins that have been reported in the past two weeks in the city’s Old Town neighborhood.
Source: Brunswick News

City engineer leaving Brunswick in good hands
There was quite a gathering of engineers on Mansfield Street in downtown Brunswick on Tuesday.
Source: Brunswick News

Marietta reviews costs of annual events
The City Council reviewed the cost of hosting annual events such as its Fourth of July celebration during a series of committee meetings Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna police to start using body cameras
Smyrna police officers will begin wearing body cameras on the job starting today.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Mayor: We’re on schedule for success: Tumlin confident in Franklin Road redevelopment bond
Mayor Steve Tumlin said he’s not ready to declare the $68 million Franklin Road redevelopment bond a total success just yet, but his confidence is greater than ever.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Carlton Trail sidewalk project now complete
A sidewalk stretching more than half a mile and connecting citizens living in the northwest quadrant of Covington with the rest of the city is now complete. The project ran from Geiger Street to Moore Street in Oxford.
Source: Covington News

Marietta Police Chief honored by Rotary
Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn was awarded the Norman Shipley Award by the Rotary Club of Marietta on Friday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

‘Amazed it happened’: City leaders respond to viral video
Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock says a video that shows Sunday’s procession of vehicles on Walnut Avenue, each decorated with a Confederate flag, does not present “a true picture of who we are.”
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Big change could come around West Broad Street area
Athens-Clarke County might see the biggest redevelopment project in the city’s history in an area around the historic West Broad Street School — or a consulting firm might determine that it’s just not feasible.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta PD's body camera rollout is about to begin — but not without concerns
Before the end of 2015, the majority of Atlanta Police Department officers could be wearing body cameras in a move to provide greater transparency and accountability, particularly following recent officer-involved shootings.
Source: Creative Loafing

City of Savannah urges appellate reconderation of ruling reversing firefighters' pay case
Attorneys for the city of Savannah on Tuesday urged the state Court of Appeals to reconsider its ruling reversing a trial judge’s dismissal of a suit by 50 Savannah Fire & Emergency Services captains seeking increased pay.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee ratifies FY16 budget
On the final day of fiscal year 2014-2015, officials on Tybee Island passed a $22.9 million budget for the next fiscal year that includes no property tax increase for residents and a last-minute bump in funding for some island nonprofits.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Property code offenders in Macon can now be fined
A change in code enforcement is intended to provide more bite by fining violators in Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Raises for Riverdale mayor, council delayed
In Riverdale’s council meeting June 29, nine employees lost their jobs as the city council voted to pass the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016. The result is almost $600,000 saved in personnel costs.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Revival at Reeves: Elm Street looking to renovate historic house in downtown Woodstock
A disheveled two-story historic home nestled on land located adjacent to the Noonday Creek Trail in Woodstock will soon be transformed into a permanent home for the arts.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Riverdale could delay council raise after laying off nine employees
Riverdale’s mayor and city council could delay a raise they are set to receive this fiscal year — the same year that will leave nine high-paid employees jobless.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Historic Preservation Committee approves renovation applications
From simply installing support posts for a railing to entire exterior renovations, the Madison Historic Preservation Commission tackled a range of applications at its meeting on June 9.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Rutledge to hold special election
City of Rutledge has issued a call for a special election to the Morgan County Board of Elections and Registration (BOER) to fill an unexpired term, on account of Mayor James Bratcher resignation last month. Councilwoman Brenda Thompson is serving as Mayor Pro Tempore in the meantime.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City working to eliminate blight
Two houses were demolished last week in the city of Brunswick, both taken down as part of the demolition assistance program.
Source: Brunswick News

Flag replacement on McDonough Square not result of Charleston tragedy
City officials and staff say the removal of old flags from the Square is not in response to the Charleston shooting tragedy.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Officials talk filming perks in Hampton
Though many residents were excited about the recent filming of the AMC network’s “The Walking Dead” in Hampton, others voiced their frustrations.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Hampton center almost ready for construction
Plans are underway for a $2.2 million Senior and Recreational Center in Hampton.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

W.C. Bradley Co. down to final new condos for sale at Eagle & Phenix
It's been nearly seven years since the W.C. Bradley Co. made its first condominium sale at the Eagle & Phenix complex overlooking the Chattahoochee River in downtown Columbus.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Judge declines to halt bill compelling Waycross to pull city limits out of Pierce County on July 1
A judge has denied Waycross’ petition to delay a state law that will require the city to pull its city limits out of Pierce County by Wednesday. As a result, two city commissioners said they will vote to shut down water and sewer service to customers on that side of the border.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Tree removal for Walmart development criticized by Savannah alderman
Anyone commuting through the southside along Abercorn Street is likely to notice the cleared landscape where homes and trees recently stood at Wilshire Boulevard.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Downtown promoters report to commission
The Hinesville Downtown Development Authority has been busy.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Minorities unite to change Gainesville’s electoral system
The exterior of a house on residential Desota Street in Gainesville gives little away about the history it holds inside, save for a sign marking it as the office of the local Newtown Florist Club.
Source: Gainesville Times

Ronnie Pierce enters city council race
Ronnie Pierce has entered the Valdosta City Council at-large race.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Griffin loses 92 years with latest retirements
Griffin Power has lost 92 years with the retirement of two employees and a third moving on.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Road work at Whitehall, Milledge to be completed early, sales tax group learns
A citizens committee overseeing Athens-Clarke County sales tax-funded projects learned Monday that a detour around the intersection of Whitehall Road and South Milledge Avenue, part of a major route into Athens from neighboring Oconee County, will be coming down three weeks ahead of schedule.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Cultural Affairs Commission announces first Merit Awards for arts groups
Four local nonprofit arts groups are the first recipients of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission’s Merit Awards for Excellence in Public Arts, an effort to encourage arts groups to engage with the community and also to boost ACAC’s profile, according to ACAC member Leara Rhodes.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke not likely to sweeten deal for Terrapin Beer Co., says Mayor Denson
Now, it’s Terrapin’s move. In late April, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson and Terrapin Beer Co. president John Cochran signed a draft agreement outlining a county plan to keep the local brewery in Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens officials making some progress on recommendations to help Atlanta Highway
Two years ago, Athens-Clarke County officials paid $15,000 to Atlanta-based Urban Land Institute to study the economically troubled Atlanta Highway.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens among first communities in the state to get firworks store under new law
Athens is among the first communities in Georgia getting a fireworks store, as retailers waste no time taking advantage of a new law, effective July 1, allowing the sale of firecrackers, bottle rockets and other large fireworks in the state.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Pooler officials brace for Fourth of July fireworks
The advent of a new law that legalizes the public’s use of fireworks in Georgia has officials in Pooler anticipating a troublesome Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police hold public roll call in Cuyler-Brownville
Cuyler-Brownville residents were able to scarf down a few hot dogs Saturday afternoon before a thunderstorm blew through, forcing everyone at a police-sponsored gathering to take cover in Floyd Adams Park.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Administrator lays out top concerns for Augusta
Augusta’s lack of a comprehensive facilities plan, personnel issues, heavy reliance on contractors and need for economic development are areas that should be focused on in coming months, City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Port Wentworth moves forward with economic development initiatives
Officials in Port Wentworth this week moved ahead with initiatives aimed at developing the economy in their city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New sewer, water lines approved
Thomaston has been busy the last few years replacing aging water lines, and continues to do so, but the city is also working on replacing its sewer lines.
Source: Thomaston Times

Downtown Cedartown Asociation releases new brochure to show off city
The Downtown Cedar-town Association has a shiny new brochure with color photos, bits of community history, and tips on things to do. The brochure features photos of the West Theater, the Silver Comet Trail, Big Springs, and Main Street, among others.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Mayor opens Midnight Run Distillery in downtown Bartow
It’s called by many names: bottled lightning, corn whiskey or shine. For some, the mystique behind the art of distilling home-cooked spirits is undeniably intoxicating. One of those is Bartow’s mayor, Dwayne Morris, who is trying to preserve a tradition by bringing the stills out of the swamp and onto Main Street.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta creating development plan for thousands of acres of airport property
Atlanta plans to create a "development and action plan" for hundreds of acres it owns around the Atlanta airport and thousands of acres it owns in Dawson and Paulding counties.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Local rescue agencies get confined space training unit
Ken Thompson admits that the series of plywood mazes, manhole covers and underground vaults at the Carrollton-Carroll County Public Safety Training Center don’t make a pretty picture.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Mary Ross Waterfront Park ready for next step
Now that the city commission has approved and adopted the Mary Ross Waterfront Park master plan, incorporating it into the city’s comprehensive land use plan, what’s next?
Source: Brunswick News

Stockbridge a step closer to M.L. King street renaming
A location for the proposed renaming of a street in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his family many have been determined.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Marietta plans for apartment evacuation
The city is calling on the Marietta Housing Authority for help in moving residents out of the 400-unit Franklin Road apartment complex it has under contract.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Sugar Hill offers local family fun during 'Thursdays @ the Hill'
The city of Sugar Hill is the latest to join the recent trend of offering free entertainment for its residents during the summer month. The city’s offering, called Thursdays@theHill, includes food trucks every second and fourth Thursday of the month, a cornhole league that meets every Thursday, live music and a farmer’s market every second Thursday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Clermont OKs fireworks ordinance
Clermont Town Council voted Thursday to OK a law regulating the sale and use of consumer fireworks, acting under a state law taking effect Wednesday that expands their sale and use.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany Utility Board gets upbeat financial report
With one more month of figures to tally before the end of Fiscal Year 2015, the Albany Utility Board’s finances appear to be on solid ground, according to city of Albany Finance Director Derrick Brown.
Source: Albany Herald

Valdosta adopts budget
The Valdosta City Council approved the city's Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Curbside recycling set to begin next month
Curbside recycling will be available for residents in the city limits of Tifton, beginning next month.
Source: Tifton Gazette

County raises taxes in unincorporated area, smaller cut in cities
With a budget wrapped up, Colquitt County Commission looks to have reduced a property tax increase on unincorporated residents and given a bigger reduction to those in Moultrie while giving employees a raise.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Savannah among water-reduction targets
Savannah water users will be taking smaller sips in the future as the result of an agreement the state reached with the city of Savannah and major industries, who said Thursday that the impact will be slight.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Brookhaven chooses transparency
Last week the Brookhaven City Council unanimously passed a resolution stressing its support of transparency and open government.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wheatley named permanent Grovetown police chief
Scott Wheatley was named the Grovetown Department of Public Safety chief Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Toccoa accepts DNR grant to conduct survey
The Toccoa City Commission tied up some loose ends Monday night during its final meeting in June.
Source: Toccoa Record

Savannah-Chatham police pay raise recommendation coming in July
Savannah City Manager Stephanie Cutter told the mayor and aldermen Thursday she will have a recommendation for a Savannah-Chatham police pay increase at the City Council’s first meeting in July.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill public service officers recognized for life saving actions
Seven Richmond Hill public service officers whose actions resulted in the saving of two lives in the city earlier this year were recognized in a ceremony at Fire Station 1 on June 25.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb knocks down 125th blighted house
Macon-Bibb County employees fulfilled a promise made a year ago by Mayor Robert Reichert when they knocked down the 125th blighted house in the city this fiscal year. “Promises made, promises kept,” Reichert told a crowd of about 30 just before an excavator began to knock down the decaying structure at 743 Monroe St.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange approves $110M budget
City Council members approved LaGrange’s 2015-16 budget during a council meeting Tuesday.
Source: Access North Georgia

Johns Creek finalizes 4-acre pocket park sale
The Johns Creek City Council voted 5-0 June 15 to purchase 4 acres of property on Morton Road to for a pocket park for surrounding neighborhoods.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Jackson Downtown Development Authority approves first facade grant
The city of Jackson Downtown Development Authority has approved its first facade grant.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Hogansville approves $11.3M budget
City Council approved the city’s budget for the coming fiscal year on Tuesday during a called meeting.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council approves more funds for downtown boardwalk
Ellijay’s new boardwalk that runs for 400 feet down North Church Street is finished — and almost paid for.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

City Council mulls ending arts grant funding
Three members of the Johns Creek Council – and that constitutes a majority with two seats unfilled – are poised to ending the city’s arts grants programs after a June 15 workshop discussion about the $30,000 annual program.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Businessman Jay Lin to run For Johns Creek City Council
Johns Creek businessman Jay Lin announced that he will be a candidate for City Council Post 2 in the November election.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Blue Ridge adopts rules as fireworks become legal
According to the ordinance, individuals, associations or groups wanting to use fireworks on city property will be required to obtain a special use $100 permit from the city.
Source: Blue Ridge News Observer

Aragon passes 2015-16 budget at June meeting
Aragon city council members have approved the FY2016 budget, totaling $786,300, following review of a narrative by Mayor Ken Suffridge.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Dunwoody prepares historic farmhouse for preservation
The city of Dunwoody is beginning the first phase of renovations with efforts to stabilize Donaldson-Bannister Farmhouse.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sandy Springs City Center plan moves forward
Sandy Springs officials said construction prep work is starting on the master block for its City Center project property near the intersection of Roswell and Johnson Ferry roads.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City hosts national fire training seminar
Thomasville Fire Rescue was one of 100 locations selected nationwide to host a regional training program designed to apply data from fire dynamics research.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Albany City Commission OKs budget at Sharon Subadan’s first meeting
Despite the reservations expressed by Ward I Commissioner Jon Howard and Ward II’s Bobby Coleman in a prebriefing before Tuesday evening’s Albany City Commission meeting, the commission voted unanimously moments later to approve the city’s proposed $264,705,870 Fiscal Year 2016 budget
Source: Albany Herald

Roswell approves Vicker's Village
A proposed mixed-use development in the heart of Roswell’s Canton Street was approved June 23 by the City Council, albeit with restrictions.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Mayor, council interview candidates for new position
City officials are in the process of interviewing candidates for the new executive assistant to the mayor and council position.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Milledgeville City Council adopts new ’16 budget
After several weeks of contemplating a 2016 fiscal year operating budget for the city of Milledgeville, officials have finally agreed on one that totals $25.8 million plus.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Marietta plans for apartment evacuation
The city is calling on the Marietta Housing Authority for help in moving residents out of the 400-unit Franklin Road apartment complex it has under contract.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta reviews costs of annual events
The City Council reviewed the cost of hosting annual events such as its Fourth of July celebration during a series of committee meetings Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Garden City police chief, GBI give security advice in eastern Europe
Several ranking law enforcement officers from around the state went to the eastern European nation of Georgia last month to talk police work. Garden City Police Chief David Lyons was one of them.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City of Guyton gets new 'vehicle'
The city of Guyton recently got a new vehicle — a bicycle that the women who work at City Hall use to run errands around town.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Newnan Council denies Greentop annexation
In front of a packed house at Newnan City Hall, Newnan City Council denied George Rosenzweig’s annexation request for Greentop Road after hearing overwhelming opposition to it by local residents at Tuesday’s meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Public meeting space, voting precinct coming together in Warner Robins
Under a partnership with the city, Houston County, the school board and Houston Healthcare, a portion of the old Houston Mall will remain a voting precinct but will be used as a public meeting area.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fourth candidate in Hinesville mayoral race
Danny Eason, pastor of Crossroads Church and owner of Uncommon Grounds, is the latest to announce his bid to be Hinesville’s next mayor.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Fayetteville budget outlook: 6 new job slots, but no tax increase
The Fayetteville City Council on June 18 held the first reading of a proposed $11.54 million general fund budget for FY 2016 that begins in August. The budget reflects a $1.228 million increase in revenues with no millage rate increase expected.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City budget orders to staff: No tax increases
A consensus of the Peachtree City Council at the June 22 budget workshop has staff directed to submit a budget that has no millage rate increase, no staff raises and the use of either $769,000 or $1.3 million in reserves to balance the FY 2016 budget.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville wants roundabout at Pinewood, not a tunnel
The Fayetteville City Council has agreed to take a look at a request by Pinewood Forrest developers to authorize city staff to explore the idea of substituting a roundabout in lieu of installing a pedestrian tunnel in the area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Atlanta City Council offers olive branch to APS
The Atlanta City Council voted Wednesday to put $4 million toward resolving a months-long tax revenue dispute with Atlanta Public Schools.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Police will write tickets for underage drinking after July 1 as enforcement changes
Police in Clarke County won’t be taking college students into custody for underage alcohol possession after July 1. The penalties remain the same — a $300 fine and up to 6 months in jail — but officers now will write citations for the offense, like traffic tickets, instead of taking underage drinkers into custody to be booked into the Clarke County Jail.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Franklin, Delk Roads to become a drug-free zone
Beginning July 1, Marietta will designate the areas near Franklin and Delk Roads as a new Drug Free Commercial Zone to attempt to reduce illegal drug violations.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock finalizes 2016 budget
The Woodstock City Council gave final approval to the city’s FY 2016 budget Monday night. It totals just over $36 million, with the general fund budget coming in at slightly less than half of that, at $17.6 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Police Carry Life-Saving Drug, But Not Citywide
Last month, an Atlanta police officer found a man slumped over in his car, unresponsive, with a syringe near-by. The officer broke into the car, sprayed a dose of the drug naloxone (brand name: Narcan) into the man's nose, and within seconds, reversed a heroin overdose and potentially saved his life.
Source: WABE

LaGrange to fund $50k for race reconciliation program
City Council members voted Tuesday to contribute $50,000 to fund a race reconciliation program. Council approved in a 5-1 vote to provide the money to the program led by former state representative Carl Von Epps and former County Commission chairman Ricky Wolfe.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Flowery Branch approves ordinance regulating retail firework sales
The Flowery Branch City Council passed an ordinance at a special called meeting Wednesday morning designed to regulate where retailers can sell the so-called "consumer fireworks" now available after the passage of HB 110 in Georgia.
Source: Access North Georgia

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COMER     1
CONYERS     25
CUMMING     10
DACULA     2
DALLAS     1
DALTON     44
DARIEN     2
DECATUR     34
DUBLIN     1
DULUTH     19
GRAY     4
GRIFFIN     30
GUYTON     8
HAHIRA     2
HAMPTON     10
HARLEM     11
HELEN     8
HIRAM     5
HOMER     1
JACKSON     29
JASPER     1
JESUP     2
LILBURN     11
LULA     18
LYERLY     3
MADISON     20
MEIGS     2
MENLO     1
METTER     5
MILAN     1
MILTON     30
MONROE     4
MORROW     19
NELSON     2
NEWNAN     32
OAKWOOD     18
OXFORD     4
PAVO     1
PERRY     15
POOLER     23
PORTAL     1
RANGER     1
RINCON     19
ROME     109
ROSWELL     21
SASSER     1
SAVANNAH     126
SENOIA     7
SMYRNA     21
ST MARYS     16
SUWANEE     20
TEMPLE     6
TIFTON     5
TOCCOA     10
TRION     1
TURIN     2
TYRONE     3
VIENNA     1
WHITE     2
WINDER     5
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