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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

Local development officials to discuss alternative funding
Matt Poyner and other officials with the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Development Authority are pleased that City Council members agreed last week to fund their new requested budget for 2016 without the 10-percent cut that had been considered.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City moves forward with separate CVB
The Madison-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB), after officially becoming a standalone entity with a new interim board of directors this week, has entered a year-long contract with the City of Madison, in which the city will funnel 45 percent of the Hotel/Motel Tax money collected each year to the new CVB for the sole purpose of promoting tourism.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City ready to light up the night for Freedom Rings
The city of Rincon is making preparations for what has become its annual laser light show — and its first fireworks show.
Source: Effingham Herald

Council approves $732,000 in crime prevention grants
Columbus Council approved funding for 20 crime prevention programs ranging from $10,000 to $95,000 and totaling almost $732,000.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Suwanee approves ‘stable, predictable’ budget for FY 2016
Suwanee moved forward with its spending plan for Fiscal Year 2016 on Tuesday, one that City Manager Marty Allen called “stable” and “predictable.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City considers spending $19K to raze two homes
The City Council is considering razing two dilapidated homes on Hedges Street and West Dixie Avenue at the request of the Marietta Redevelopment Corporation, according to Bill Bruton, city manager.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Holly Springs delays hot topic meeting
City planners have decided to delay discussions on several annexation and rezoning requests until July 30 in order to give residents sufficient meeting notice, Holly Springs City Clerk Karen Norred announced Friday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council OKs budget, honors Reinhardt VP with key to city
The Waleska City Council unanimously approved a $451,581 budget for fiscal 2016 at its meeting Monday, and honored Reinhardt University’s outgoing vice president for advancement with a key to the city.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Florida Teens chip in to lend Albany a hand
For the seventh consecutive year, a group of teenagers from Beach United Methodist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., has given up a week of their summer break to join hands with Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful (KADB) to enhance Albany.
Source: Albany Herald

4th of July festivities return to downtown Albany
Following a change-of-venue over the past several years, Albany’s official 4th of July entertainment and fireworks display is returning to downtown.
Source: Albany Herald

Pooler Planning Commission recommends rezoning for new industrial park
A new industrial park planned for 328 acres of land in northwest Pooler shouldn’t put much of a strain on nearby residences or infrastructure, a representative for the project said this week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah seeking to recover marina costs in court
The city of Savannah has filed suit against the design consultant for the Coffee Bluff Marina to recover cost overruns for the $6.2 million project as the mayor and aldermen are set to consider additional spending to better accommodate boaters.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill water bill due dates move forward
The due dates for water and sewer bills in the city of Richmond Hill will soon take a leap forward, but not as far forward as originally proposed.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Social Circle leaders approve $9.5M budget
Social Circle officials are projecting an increase of 4 percent both in revenue and expenditures for the Fiscal Year 2016 general fund budget.
Source: Walton Tribune

Work to begin in West Park
Metter City Council approved on June 15 a Transportation Enhancement Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for streetscape enhancements in the West Park.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Rules proposed for Aragon Mill Pond use
Duel Mitchell, Aragon city council member, said it is because of the popularity and regular use of the pond that rules should be established to protect the area.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Fate of tennis-heavy facility in Bibb still uncertain
Whether new tennis courts will be part of Macon-Bibb County’s immediate recreation plans will be a question for another day.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert hopes commissioners will reverse blight committee plan
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert said Tuesday he hopes the County Commission’s Committee of the Whole will reverse a resolution that would change how $9 million in blight money is spent.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Coliseum Authority votes to seek $15 million in SPLOST for new Augusta arena
Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday agreed to formally request $15 million in the city’s next sales tax package to help fund construction of a $110 million facility to replace the aging James Brown Arena.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Vote to consolidate Augusta-RichmondCounty governments marks its 20th anniversary
This week marked 20 years since Richmond County voters approved the consolidation of Augusta-Richmond County, setting in motion the current form of city government.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke officials working to keep Terrapin Brewing in Athens
A $350,000 line item in Athens-Clarke County’s budget for the fiscal year starting July 1 is aimed at keeping the Terrapin Beer Company in Athens, according to documents released by the county under an open-records request from the Athens Banner-Herald.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Suwanee City Council adopts $14.8 FY 2016 budget
The city of Suwanee has approved its FY 2016 budget, which totals $14,843,060, ahead of the July 1 deadline.
Source: Access North Georgia

Kasim Reed: “I have another election in me.”
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, long rumored to have his sights on higher political office, said he has “another election” in him before retiring from public life.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Jackson to seek grant for sewer work
The Jackson City Council could vote next month to hire help applying for grants to repair the city’s aging sewer system.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Riverdale expects to make more in property taxes in fiscal year 2016
The City of Riverdale expects to make more money off property taxes than it did last year. “It’s a very small increase,” Finance Director Don Turner said.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City rejects Ira Levy's Paper Recovery rezoning on East 12th Street in South Rome
The Rome City Commission voted Monday night to deny a controversial request by a local businessman to rezone a lot in South Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Riverdale passes controversial budget with split vote
A split council passed the city’s controversial city budget Monday night.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council talks cleanup efforts, smoking rules
Ward 1 Councilman Hooky Huffman led the Canton City Council on Thursday in a discussion of what he called “an outstanding job” of cleaning up the city’s residential areas.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Gillsville street improvements now underway
An eye cast toward busy Ga. 52, which cuts through tiny Gillsville on the Hall-Banks County line, Melissa Grizzle said the heavy sidewalk construction in front of her restaurant hasn’t hurt business.
Source: Gainesville Times

Lowndes, Valdosta voting on budgets
Lowndes County and the City of Valdosta will vote on Fiscal Year 2015-16 budgets this week.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City of Valdosta and Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts receive state recognition
aldosta is one of 12 Georgia cities selected by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to showcase how it has utilized public art and culture as a tool for community and economic developmen, city officials said.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Johns Creek physician announces campaign for City Council
Johns Creek Physician, Dr. Nazeera Dawood, announced June 11, she would seek the open seat for Johns Creek City Council’s Post 5.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta Named Special Needs Certified Community
Following the completion of a training program by all of its employees, the City of Alpharetta has been certified as an organization that is better able to understand, engage and serve those with special needs.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta, Milton look to connect greenway
Alpharetta and Milton are exploring ways to connect Milton to the Big Creek Greenway via multi-modal paths.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Savannah's West River Street hotels moving forward
On Thursday, the mayor and aldermen will consider resolutions in support of two major hotel projects planned for Savannah’s West River Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Community planning for replacing World of Wonder playground set to begin June 30
Children will have a voice in figuring out what replaces the popular World of Wonder playground at Athens-Clarke County’s Southeast Clarke Park as the design process begins next Tuesday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Decatur begins enforcing Saturday parking
Nearly one year after installing its multi-spaced or “smart” parking meters, Decatur has begun enforcing Saturday parking until 6 p.m. The meters can track, among other things, which spaces get the most use and for how long.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur modifies restructuring of municipal court
In restructuring Decatur’s municipal court, the city commission agreed to hire four regular judges, each getting assigned to one specific court day apiece, Monday through Thursday, along with one chief judge. The total five judges would rotate Saturday duty.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock park improvements near finish
Woodstock officials are finishing up a package of improvements to Dupree Park, the city’s main active-use facility off of Neese Road, that were begun last fall.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Westside Future Fund names first executive director
Quince T. Brinkley Jr. has been named executive director of the Westside Future Fund, an organization created last year by Mayor Kasim Reed and a group of local CEOs to revitalize communities on Atlanta’s west side.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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