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Kasim Reed: ‘I think I’ve got another campaign in me’
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has ruled out a run for governor in 2018 more times than we can count. But he made clear Monday at an address to city business honchos that he was keeping his political options open.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City considering traffic changes for downtown
Too many traffic lights on Adamson Square and an “abomination” of a dangerous intersection in front of the Presbyterian Church has city officials considering a makeover for downtown Carrollton.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Rome City Commission to approve tax anticipation notes for schools
Rome City Commissioners are expected to approve tonight the issuance of Tax Anticipation Notes to fund city school system operations until the major influx of budgeted revenue comes in the fall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Historic Columbus celebrates 50 years of restoring landmarks
In the 1960s, the Springer Opera House was an eyesore slated for demolition. That inspired a group of community activists to save the dilapidated structure, giving birth to a new nonprofit organization.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Dellinger Park will host free fishing days
In honor of National Fishing and Boating Week, the Cartersville Parks and Recreation Department will present a pair of angling events for its youngest and oldest patrons. With both held at the Dellinger Park Lake, Youth Fishing Day and Senior Fishing Day will be conducted from 7 a.m. to noon on June 6 and 10, respectively.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Atlanta to bid new parking contract next month
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Monday that the city will solicit bids for parking enforcement in the next month, meaning the highly controversial Wisconsin-based firm behind PARKAtlanta could be replaced before the end of the year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Updated clean air ordinance bans e cigarettes
Decatur’s commission amended its clean air ordinance, adding electronic cigarettes to the list of products/substances that can’t be smoked in designated public areas. Those areas include no smoking within 20 feet of any place of city employment and 20 feet within a restaurant’s serving area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Now you can stroll through downtown Duluth, beer in hand
Based on recommendations from Duluth’s Alcohol Review Board and downtown merchants the City Council adopted an amendment to the alcohol ordinance May 9 to provide for a “Downtown Entertainment District.” The designated area will allow the public to enjoy alcoholic beverages in plastic cups outside establishments.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Take a walk with the Norcross City Council
At least twice a year, the Norcross city council meets citizens for a “Walk with Council” to discuss city plans and projects. The roughly one mile walk around historic Norcross will give city council members an opportunity to update residents on the status of various projects, answer questions, and make community connections between elected officials and neighbors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta energy program targets low-income areas
The city of Atlanta is partnering with a federal agency to help residents of low-income neighborhoods reduce their energy costs through energy-efficient appliances and “distributed renewables” – power generated by renewable energy, like small-scale solar panel applications.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City announces candidates for city manager
The City of Moultrie has reduced a field of 30 applicants down to two men vying to be the city’s next city manager.
Source: Moultrie Observer

APD Chief Michael Persley talks about his first year as head of the department
Albany Police Department Chief Michael Persley held a “Special Look Back at the Year” press conference on Monday at the downtown Law Enforcement Center.
Source: Albany Herald

Atlanta to revive idea of privatizing airport security screening, says mayor
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, on the heels of dismissing the manager of the world’s busiest airport, said he wants to take a closer look at privatizing security screening at the Atlanta airport to address the issue of long lines.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Athens Downtown Development Authority moving to extend tax district boundaries
The Athens Downtown Development Authority will try once again to have its boundaries extended — a move that would bring additional revenue to the group, which is funded with a special 1-mill property tax assessed within its boundaries in addition to a share of downtown Athens parking revenue.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

St. Marys traffic study
Transportation issues impact communities in many ways that aren’t obvious to many people.
Source: Brunswick News

Mayor recognizes VSU social media students
Mayor John Gayle honored the winners of the 2016 Valdosta Social Media Contest — an educational partnership between the City of Valdosta and Valdosta State University to propose the best social media strategy for local government.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City pay hikes expected
City employees may have a pay increase starting Oct. 1, pending the passage of the Fiscal Year 2016-17 budget.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City Commission discusses possible need for tax hike
The Rome City Commission discussed a possible tax hike during a called meeting Friday morning, but has taken no action yet.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Albany PD Chief Michael Persley appoints new assistant chief
Albany Police Department Chief Michael Persley has named Derrell Smith, the current deputy director of the Albany Recreation and Parks Department, the new department’s assistant chief.
Source: Albany Herald

Rome loses Revenue office to Cartersville
The Georgia Department of Revenue has relocated its collections office from 1401 Dean St. in Rome to 314 E. Main St. in Cartersville.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville Council gets good news
After a series of proclamations recognizing everything from safe boating practice to lupus awareness to historic preservation, the Cartersville City Council got down to the task at hand — signing agreements and spending money.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Tybee Island to begin construction of trail, hire new public safety staff in 2016-2017 budget
While they still intend to begin construction of a new multipurpose trail and fund new positions for the police and fire departments in the upcoming fiscal year, Tybee Island officials for the time being have pulled funding for construction and furniture for a city hall renovation project from their upcoming budget.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Atlanta airport, watershed department heads out
The heads of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and the Department of Watershed Management are out.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City launches Atlanta City Studio at Ponce City Market
The City of Atlanta will launch its first urban design pop-up studio during a ceremony Monday at Ponce City Market.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commission committee considers pet fencing issues
A Municipal Court decision from a few years ago, combined with a more recent concern from Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Andy Herod, has a county commission committee looking at possible changes to local ordinances regarding the use of fencing to keep pets on their owners’ property.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke County moving on growler sales
Athens-Clarke County is joining the parade of Georgia cities enacting local ordinances to make it clear that brewpubs – restaurants that brew beer on the premises – can fill “growlers” (half-gallon containers used by beer aficionados) that can then be taken off the premises.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Which Cobb County city is growing the fastest?
Are all cities in Cobb County created equal? According to government data, some cities are growing more quickly than others, and the quality of life may play a factor.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Vine City Park Sign Of Things To Come
After more than ten years of work, Vine City Park is officially complete. Community members, city officials, and Atlanta non-profits gathered Thursday for a ribbon-cutting for final phase of the park, which includes an expanded playground and flood-mitigating features.
Source: GPB News

Macon-Bibb fallen peace officers, firefighters honored
With the tolling of a bell and the placing of white roses Friday morning, Macon and Bibb County remembered the sacrifices of 31 men who gave their lives serving the community.
Source: Macon Telegraph

First segments of long-sought Firefly Trail could be built soon
Some segments of a long-planned walking and cycling trail from downtown Athens to downtown Union Point could finally be built soon.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Temple issues moratorium on residential building permits
Temple has issued a 45-day moratorium on new residential building permits in the city as a means of stopping builders from buying up partially finished subdivisions, leaving city taxpayers to pay for completing the streets in those developments.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Opportunity Zone created in Lake City
Lake City has an opportunity to attract new businesses now that a portion of the city has been designated an “Opportunity Zone” by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Source: Clayton News Daily

LaFayette continues neighborhood revitalization
The city of LaFayette’s property maintenance initiative is seeing improvement with a large number of property owners voluntarily bringing their blighted properties up to code.
Source: Walker County Messenger

City defers action on two sites
Dr. Walter Evans of Savannah, the owner of the 1315 Newcastle St., property was again a no show at Wednesday’s Brunswick City Commission meeting. Commissioners were supposed to hear Evans’ demolition request, but the matter was again deferred to July 16 due to his absence.
Source: Brunswick News

City, county moving forward on land bank proposal
Residents and property owners may be happy to hear that Brunswick and Glynn County commissioners are moving ahead with an agreement to deal with area blight.
Source: Brunswick News

Rockmart to hold public hearing on budget
A public hearing on the proposed FY 2017 budget will be held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 7 in the Rockmart City Council Chambers, located in the Government Complex on North Piedmont Ave.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Conyers’ proposed budget to include pay raises for police officers
There was good news for police officers as Chief Financial Officer Isabel Rogers presented a proposed city budget for fiscal year 2017 to the Conyers City Council at its Wednesday meeting.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Covington Council: Square’s stop signs are permanent
The Covington City Council voted unanimously on Monday to make temporary stop signs permanent on the Square.
Source: Newton Citizen

City plans to cut ties with Tiger Cubs
The city plans to end its governing responsibilities with the Douglasville Tiger Cubs.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Mayor eats breakfast, chats with residents
The marquee at the local Hardee’s read “Welcome Mayor Hobgood” as the Canton mayor and a few city officials met with city residents over biscuits and coffee Wednesday morning for the city’s Breakfast with the Mayor event.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City taking police chief applications until June 6
Qualified law enforcement officers have until June 6 to apply for the job of Statesboro chief of police.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Affordable housing project one step closer in Flowery Branch
There are still hoops to jump through, but a developer got closer Thursday night to bringing a 60-unit affordable housing project geared to residents 55 and older to Flowery Branch.
Source: Gainesville Times

Waynesboro PD receives its first recertification
The Waynesboro Police Department has received its first re-certification from the Georgia Law Enforcement Certification Program (GLECP) under the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Source: Waynesboro True Citizen

Flowery Branch OKs financing for new city hall
Financing is moving forward on the new $5.3 million city hall in Flowery Branch.
Source: Gainesville Times

Atlanta Looks Out Of State For Uber, Lyft Airport Agreements
Pickups from ride-hailing companies like Uber are not yet legal at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. But some Atlanta officials have been looking out of state to help come up with an agreement.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Mayor's Office Unveils Proposed $605M Budget
The city is proposing a $605 million budget for fiscal year 2017. That's an increase of more than $12 million. More than 60 percent of the budget goes to public safety, which includes police, fire departments and corrections.
Source: WABE

Tybee says beach bums better be on best behavior
Veterans of the annual Beach Bum Parade on Tybee Island will notice some changes in the squirt gun shootout’s 30th year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Trip to Atlanta, South Carolina gives Savannah mayor, council big ideas
The mayor and three Savannah aldermen got a free flight to Atlanta and South Carolina earlier this week to see what other cities are doing in the way of community redevelopment.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Community waits as Savannah arena plans questioned
Whether the chosen site northeast of Gwinnett and Stiles is the best location for the arena has become a matter of debate within the Savannah City Council, after the arrival of Mayor Eddie DeLoach and three new aldermen this year.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police welcome 34 new officers, promote 6
Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph Lumpkin beamed like a proud father as he welcomed 34 new officers to the department and promoted six others Thursday afternoon.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Flowery Branch gives first reading okay to rezoning for senior housing complex, approves city hall financing plan
The Flowery Branch City Council gave first reading approval to a rezoning request for a 7.1-acre tract on East Main Street that could lead to the construction of a 60-unit multi-family senior housing affordable-living complex.
Source: Access North Georgia

City considering code of conduct, parking changes
Hinesville City Council and city administrators attended a planning workshop Friday and Saturday at the Sea Palms Resort and Conference center.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Atlanta civic center redevelopment gets initial go-ahead
Atlanta’s economic development agency gave initial approval Thursday to issuing $252 million in bonds to help finance the redevelopment of the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council takes up transportation project lists
The Atlanta City Council got a first look Thursday at two lists of potential transportation projects to put before city voters this fall.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

More 'art shelter' bus stops could be coming to Athens
A possible $2 million federal grant, along with $500,000 in local sales tax funding, could bring more “art shelters” — bus shelters designed by artists — to Athens-Clarke County.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Duluth expands downtown development boundaries
The Duluth City Council approved a recommendation by a review committee to expand the Downtown Development Authority boundary map.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners previews business incubator
Peachtree Corners partnered with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute last year to investigate the community’s readiness for an incubator program.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta 911 operation wins re-accreditation
Alpharetta officials said the city’s 911 center has been accredited by the International Academy of Emergency Dispatch for an additional three-year period.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Proposed police department budget tops $40 million
Chief Ricky Boren presented a proposed $40.15 million police department budget for Columbus Council’s consideration on Tuesday.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Not good enough, city says to county
The City of Madison is reopening a can of worms with Morgan County government. Earlier this month, the city sent a letter to the county, requesting the county renegotiate a “new Service Delivery Strategy” (SDS) with the city, on account of the city’s claim that city residents pay too much in taxes while not receiving a fair-share of county services. Georgia House Bill 489 mandates certain stipulations on service delivery between cities and counties.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Callaway Foundation unveils downtown plans
The Callaway Foundation has big plans for the south end of downtown LaGrange.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

​City of Newnan to get new intelligent traffic system
To address transportation issues in Newnan, the city is planning to implement an intelligent transportation system, according to Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Atlanta Could Swap Bobby Jones Golf Course For Parking Deck
The Atlanta City Council is considering legislation that could transform two properties in the city: the Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead and downtown's Underground Atlanta.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Weighs Solutions To Drivers’ Parking Meter Angst
Atlanta’s contract with the parking management company PARKAtlanta is set to expire this fall. While the private company could win a new contract, recent town hall meetings have confirmed that PARKAtlanta has been unpopular among many residents since it took over the city’s parking meters seven years ago.
Source: WABE

Rockmart to get second solar installation
A second solar project will be located in Rockmart Industrial Park near the existing Georgia Power sponsored facility off Brock Road. Negotiations are now complete and terms of the lease with Inman Solar have been reviewed and approved by the Rockmart Development Authority (RDA) and Rockmart city council members.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City of Cedartown seeking new water, wastewater employees and trainees
Fann: Early retirement option leaving department somewhat shorthanded in critical areas.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

As Fayetteville ponders growth, its apartments remain full
If you think apartment complexes are sprouting up quickly around Fayetteville, there may be a good reason.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Athens For Everyone to continue 'living wage' push until final vote on county budget
Athens For Everyone will continue its push for a living wage for all Athens-Clarke County government employees up to the county commission’s anticipated final June 7 vote on a county budget that likely will not include that increase, according to Tim Denson, board president for the local progressive activist group.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Kennesaw to survey about 2,000 citizens
The city of Kennesaw plans to conduct a survey of about 2,000 randomly-selected households to get input on city services, including public safety, sanitation, maintenance, and parks and recreation, among other topics.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Dunwoody buys new city hall building
The city of Dunwoody signed a purchase agreement for the lot and building located at 4800 Ashford Dunwoody Road. The agreement covers the purchase of the 3.25 acre lot and building for approximately $8.25 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City spending on pipes, south and north
The city of Statesboro is moving forward with two $1 million-plus pipeline projects, miles outside the city limits in nearly opposite directions.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Affordable housing project for those who are 55-plus proposed in Flowery Branch
Another affordable housing project is proposed in Hall County, this time an apartment rental complex geared to residents 55 and older.
Source: Gainesville Times

With 2 council members absent, Oakwood reverses decision on apartments
Oakwood City Council on Monday night approved a proposal to build 84 apartments that would be rented based on income, reversing an earlier vote by the council.
Source: Gainesville Times

Recycling 101: Valdosta's going green
The City of Valdosta is working to mitigate climate change and combat other environmental hazards while providing economic stimulus for the community through its recycling efforts, city officials said this week.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City urges residents to call for waste pick-up
City of Moultrie garbage trucks patrol the streets to collect household waste twice a week, and the city’s trash trailer comes around once a week to pick up limbs, pine cones and grass clippings.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Council gets first look at proposed budget
From a dollar standpoint, the proposed Commerce 2016-17 budget looks a lot like the current budget.
Source: Commerce News

Loan, grant offer $7.7 million for proposed Blackshear wastewater plant
The Blackshear City Council has approved terms on a roughly $7.7 million federal funding package to finance construction of a new wastewater treatment plant and related system upgrades.
Source: Blackshear Times

Lula officials say they're on track for alcohol votes in November
The Lula City Council is looking to put several alcohol issues before the public for a vote in November.
Source: Access North Georgia

Coke donates $1.8 million for downtown Atlanta projects
To celebrate 130 years in its hometown of Atlanta, Coca-Cola is donating $1.8 million to causes designed to make improvements in the city’s downtown heart.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth considering slight millage rate increase
The Duluth City Council will vote June 13 on the Fiscal Year 2017 annual operating and capital projects budget. The proposed budget represents a slight one percent increase and will be presented with a tentative millage rate of 5.991, the same rate since 2010.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Selig preparing for downtown Decatur mixed-use development
While wrapping up its massive renovation of Suburban Plaza, Selig Enterprises prepares to develop property it owns in downtown Decatur, at the corner of Commerce Drive and Church Street. Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said she anticipates some type of mixed-use development, including ground-floor retail, and may receive plans by late summer.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Future Decatur park, PATH trail closer to completion
A park off South Columbia Drive, just beyond Decatur’s southeast city limits, is closer to completion, along with a 1.1-mile trail emanating from the park and getting developed by the PATH Foundation.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta OKs liquor sales at Memorial Drive projects
The Atlanta City Council has approved the sale of liquor at sites formerly occupied by a bottle shop and Habitat for Humanity, giving a boost to the continuing redevelopment of Memorial Drive near Oakland Cemetery.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock alters sign ordinance
The Woodstock City Council has OK’d a series of changes in its sign ordinance — with more on the way.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Melody Marlowe retiring as Gainesville CFO, taking financial position in Dahlonega
Melody Marlowe is retiring as Gainesville’s chief financial services officer and administrative services director June 17. She will begin work as finance director for the city of Dahlonega on June 20.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville signs off on Atlanta Street housing redevelopment
Gainesville City Council gave the final sign-off Tuesday night for a rezoning necessary to redevelop the public housing complex on Atlanta Street into both affordable and market-rate units.
Source: Gainesville Times

One of first two black Gainesville Police officers remembered for paving way to future
When Frank Hooper was just a 6-year-old hanging around the Gainesville Police Department, he always remembered seeing Earnest Eugene Earls Sr., a well-respected officer working with Hooper’s father.
Source: Gainesville Times

Governments plan to restore Rogers Bridge over Chattahoochee
Four local governments are pitching in to restore the historic Rogers Bridge over the Chattahoochee River. Gwinnett and Fulton counties and the cities of Duluth and Johns Creek will each pitch in $25,000 toward the cost of designing the project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bus shelter art project gets OK from Gainesville City Council
City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to Hall Area Transit’s plan to begin displaying works of art on or around Gainesville Connection bus shelters by August.
Source: Gainesville Times

City commissioners to decide demolition request, local recycler's expansion request
Brunswick city commissioners are expected to decide Wednesday on the fate of a building in the city’s historic district and whether a local recycling operation can expand.
Source: Brunswick News

Repaving project begins in St. Marys
A major repaving project on 3.5 miles of main state roads has started in St. Marys.
Source: Brunswick News

Lula considering whether to allow liquor sales, Sunday alcohol sales
Lula residents may get the chance this November to vote on several issues concerning alcohol sales, including liquor by the drink.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany City Commission gets first look at $274 million FY 2017 budget
Albany city commissioners got their first detailed look at City Manager Sharon Subadan’s proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget during a commission work session this morning.
Source: Albany Herald

No high-density development vote on council agenda
City Hall was surprisingly empty for Monday’s city council meeting as there was no high-density development vote on the agenda.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Changes made to Woodstock sign ordinance
Woodstock City Council on Monday unanimously approved changes to rules regarding signage and billboards within the city.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Senior housing development on radar in Locust Grove, Stockbridge
Senior living options are increasing in Henry County. Two proposed senior housing developments will be competing for funding to build in Locust Grove, meanwhile one is underway in Stockbridge.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Forest Park City Council hears update of Atlanta Aerotropolis efforts
The Forest Park City Council heard an update from representatives with Aerotropolis Atlanta Monday evening.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Morrow City Council begins FY 17 budget process
No millage rate change has been mentioned by the Morrow City Council as it prepares its fiscal year 2017 budget.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Reese becomes first Villa Rica mayoral candidate
Less than a week after former Villa Rica Mayor J. Collins announced his resignation, a former city official says he wants the job.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Proposed police department budget tops $40 million
Chief Ricky Boren presented a proposed $40.15 million police department budget for Columbus Council’s consideration on Tuesday.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Safari plans major makeover of The Forum; Rome ACC backs food waiver
Rome’s Alcohol Control Commission unanimously backed on Monday the addition of a “convention center” classification that would let establishments such as The Forum serve liquor without meeting the 50-50 food-to-drinks sales ratio.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Engineering silence with Garden City 'quiet zones' for trains
Credit Garden City Mayor Don Bethune and other city officials for trying to come up with a fair and proactive solution to the problem of noisy trains that disturb the peace late at night or in the wee hours of the morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah planning to address Habersham, Abercorn flooding issues
Beyond the bags of pet food and chew toys, a pile of sandbags are stored in the back corner of the TailsSpin pet store in the Habersham Village shopping center.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Grant money coming to Cedartown for Big Spring Park improvements
The City of Cedartown will soon be receiving money from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to help with a project to renovate Big Spring Park, money the city was told they weren’t initially going to receive.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb to start contract talks for new Coliseum, auditorium management
The Macon-Bibb County Commission agreed 6-2 Tuesday to begin contract negotiations with a firm to manage the Macon Coliseum and City Auditorium.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fayetteville city staff likes Abbington Square
The controversial proposed apartment complex on the border of Fayetteville’s downtown gets its first public hearing Thursday night. The proposal by Rea Ventures Group would establish a three-story building called Abbington Square to house 60 apartments along with limited retail on the first floor facing North Glynn Street.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Kendra Evans stepping down as DDDA head
Less than a year after stepping in as director of the Downtown Dalton Development Authority (DDDA), Kendra Evans says she will be stepping down this fall.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Patterson Bridge Road residents assured bridge replacement is coming
Residents living along Patterson Bridge Road during a challenging bridge replacement said they felt somewhat reassured after Augusta Commission members spent about 45 minutes addressing the situation during a Tuesday meeting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Design proposals for painting downtown Athens fire hydrants now being accepted
Athens-Clarke County’s Water Conservation Office is accepting submissions of designs for “Fire Up the Hydrants!” — an artistic means of calling attention to the role of the public water system through the painting of fire hydrants.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Front-lot parking vital for Athens-Clarke development, planning commission told
A return to front-lot parking along major commercial corridors in Athens-Clarke County would undoubtedly boost local economic development, two longtime local real estate professionals told the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission on Monday, as the appointed local planning body began its look at possibly amending the county’s zoning ordinance to once again allow that parking configuration.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Brookhaven to build new pedestrian bridge
The Brookhaven City Council awarded a contract to Integrated Construction and Nobility Inc. to rebuild the pedestrian bridge in Murphey Candler Park. The cost of construction was estimated at $241,421.31.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton council fails to override veto
The Milton City Council failed to override Mayor Joe Lockwood’s veto of a controversial rezoning project Monday night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock tackles 2017 budget proposal
Woodstock City officials took the wraps off of a $37.5 million proposed budget for FY 2017 at a recent city council meeting, up from $36 million for 2016.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Snellville cop caught on camera—while giving away stuffed animals
A Snellville police officer was recently caught red-handed -- while handing out stuff animals to a group of local kids.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sandy Springs to become Purple Heart City
Sandy Springs will honor the city’s Purple Heart recipients next month, when it becomes a Purple Heart City.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City honors the Melvin Nelson Way
Residents gathered Saturday at Sunset Hill Cemetery for a road renaming ceremony.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Nashville mourns police officer's death
The city of Nashville is mourning the loss of a longtime police officer who died Monday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Albany, Dougherty County leaders look for common ground on shared facilities
Officials at the highest levels of the Albany and Dougherty County governments are negotiating a plan for allocation of some $4.2 million in capital outlay funds that will be used to make repairs in the jointly used downtown Government Center, the Central Square Annex Building and the city/county Judicial Building over the next seven years.
Source: Albany Herald

Public works takes center stage in Leesburg
City Public Works, as well as the imminent completion of another phase of a massive water improvement project, have taken center stage in Leesburg this week, as the community recognizes National Public Works Week.
Source: Albany Herald

Southwest Atlanta neighborhoods want city to 'fight the blight'
A group of Southwest Atlanta residents want to clean up the city’s blighted properties, and they're calling for Atlanta officials to show support for ridding some communities of boarded-up eyesores.
Source: Creative Loafing

Snellville tweaks fireworks zoning ordinance
The Snellville City Council recently approved amendments to the zoning ordinance related to the sale of consumer fireworks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Report potholes from your cellphone in Loganville
Loganville is reminding residents to explore new tools available through ongoing website improvements. “See Click Fix” utilizes both online and mobile phone capabilities to report concerns.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Locust Grove city Council approves land use changes
The Locust Grove City Council voted recently to approve a Livable Centers Initiative study made possible by a recent Atlanta Regional Commission grant.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New water plant serving portion of Roswell
Roswell officials said the city’s just completed $15 million water plant will be more efficient and less costly, saving the city $11.6 million over the next 20 years.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Lula leader expresses concern about depot delays
Lula City Attorney Lucky Chandler says the city has no option but to wait for the seller to work out issues with the title for the Lula Depot.
Source: Access North Georgia

Warner Robins unveils $82 million proposed budget
The City Council is considering a proposed $82.4 million budget for the coming fiscal year that includes no increases in fees or the millage rate.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City, youth help tell story of Savannah's mysterious Factors' Walk vaults
City officials and members of the Shinhoster Youth Leadership Group shed new light on a mysterious bank of vaults set into Factors’ Walk during a news conference last week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City considers establishing railroad 'quiet zones' in residential areas
As the Port of Savannah and its associated rail network continue to grow, officials in the port’s hometown of Garden City are working to implement a proposal that would silence the horns of trains passing through residential areas.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hampton approves $1 million budget amendment to fund unbudgeted projects
Over $1.2 million was approved for a fiscal year 2016 budget amendment to fund several unbudgeted projects for the city of Hampton.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Public remains skeptical about private security in Stockbridge
City officials offered few details when introducing its new private security firm Thursday – including cost, scope of work and whether or not the firm was properly selected through a competitive bid process - but it was clear the public who attended the Stockbridge Public Safety Committee meeting were not in favor of the city’s plan.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Rome residents are invited to honor fallen peace officers in memorial set for Friday
Twenty officers have fallen in the line of duty in Rome and Floyd County and a memorial is being held Friday to honor those men and women and their families.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe to renovate old gymnasium for youth recreation use
The city of Fort Oglethorpe is moving closer towards helping with its indoor recreational sports dilemma by renovating the old gymnasium on Second Street.
Source: Catoosa County News

The long wait on Forrest Road could see progress soon
As folks who must use Forrest Road near the Bull Creek and Cooper Creek bridges can attest, the projects to replace or repair those bridges can be accurately described as a dumpster fire, and I say that with apologies to dumpster fires everywhere.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

City to consider limits on bail bonds offices
The Douglasville City Council is once again considering its limits on bail bonds offices.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

New trail connects two parks
A new trail connecting Etowah River and Heritage Parks is complete and being used extensively by walkers, joggers and families looking to enjoy the warmer weather.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Reservoir Drive vote could be postponed
City Council members have been asked to approve changes to a development plan that would include a 308-unit apartment complex as well as a 100-home high-density neighborhood along Reservoir Drive in Canton, but city officials say the vote will be postponed.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City manager: Canton has 5 unique aspects
Canton councilwomen Sandy McGrew and JoEllen Wilson hosted a town hall meeting for the residents of Ward 1 Thursday to update constituents on the city’s future plans and answer any questions or concerns raised by those in attendance.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Adairsville City Council discusses depot exhibit
A proposal to join in a partnership with Kennesaw State University to include a model train display at the Adairsville Rail Depot and Visitor Center was met with approval by the Adairsville City Council Thursday.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Adairsville’s BBQ & Blues Fest debuts May 21
As chairman of the Adairsville Downtown Development Authority, Ahmad Hall is delighted to help bring another event to the downtown square. Set for May 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the BBQ & Blues Festival will be presented by the Adairsville DDA, city of Adairsville and the Adairsville Beautification Committee.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Mayor Tumlin proclaims May 21 as ‘Kids to Parks Day’
Mayor Steve Tumlin has proclaimed Saturday, May 21, as Kids to Parks Day.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Forest Park most affordable for elderly in metro Atlanta, study says
If you’ve been looking for an affordable place in metro Atlanta for your elderly parents to live, you might want to check out Forest Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perry police chief seeks more patrol officers
Police in Perry are answering 62 percent more calls today than five years ago with about the same number of patrol officers, police Chief Steve Lynn said.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Internet access becoming issue across Athens
A state legislative priority is becoming a local government priority as well, with Athens-Clarke County commissioners considering the allocation of up to $25,000 in county funding to assess the state of broadband communications access – the speed and reliability of access to the internet and other digital services – across the community.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Parking changes contemplated for downtown Athens
There is likely to be some delay in installing parking meters at the new spaces created by the recent reconfiguration of Dougherty Street, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson hinted last week.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City gets an overview of recreation in PTC
Peachtree City has no shortage of recreation amenities for the young and old. A sampling of those amenities include 416 acres of parks, more than 90 miles of multi-use paths, 32 parks, 14 baseball fields, 10 soccer fields, seven softball fields, two football fields, 33 tennis courts, 10 basketball courts three pools fishing ponds and lakes and a hockey rink, department Director Cajen Rhodes told the council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Four northeast Georgia cities get water system rehab loans from state
Four cities in northeast Georgia are among 21 Georgia communities recently awarded low-interest loans for water, sewer, and wastewater infrastructure improvements by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors.
Source: Access North Georgia

Griffin tap water named second best in the state
During the 2016 Georgia Section of the American Water Works Association’s (GAWWA) annual Drinking Water Taste Test, the City of Griffin Water Department was awarded for having the best tasting water in District 4 and the second best tasting water in the State of Georgia.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Augusta recreation master plan seeks more public input
Does Augusta need three skate parks, at least 22 more miles of walking trails and four dog parks? The city’s new recreation master plan calls for all that and more, but it remains a work in progress, according to Augusta Recreation Director Glenn Parker.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Council picks a manager
Two months after former Monroe City Administrator Matthew Chancey left his position to move into private business, Mayor Greg Thompson and the City Council have voted Ron Rabun, former manager from Lee County, to the interim city manager position.
Source: Walton Tribune

Social Circle to cut ribbon on new fire station Tuesday
With three bays, four bedrooms and a full generator backup and gas heaters, Social Circle’s new fire station will have a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday to inaugurate its opening.
Source: Walton Tribune

Dalton City Council may change business tax
Seven years after the official end of the Great Recession, members of the Dalton City Council may be ready to reimpose the city’s occupational tax on new businesses.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Athens, Georgia Power project converting 4,300 roadway lights to LED lights
Georgia Power and the Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department recently began a project to convert about 4,300 roadway lights to light-emitting diode technology.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville CFO to retire, take similar position in Dahlonega
The city of Gainesville will soon be looking for a new chief financial officer and administrative services director, thanks to Friday's announcement of Melody Marlowe's retirement.
Source: Access North Georgia

Savannah officials considering sale of police headquarters site, other properties
The grassy lot along Oglethorpe Avenue has been used for Savannah-Chatham police parking since the city purchased the property across from the department’s headquarters on Habersham Street in 2012. The intention behind the $3 million deal was to build a new Savannah-Chatham police headquarters on the site, although some city officials say it may be time to re-evaluate that plan.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City observes National Public Works Week
The City of Valdosta will observe National Public Works Week, May 16-20, with a variety of activities that will highlight the services provided by the staff of the city’s Public Works Department.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

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