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Council frets over naming streets after living people
City Council members debated Wednesday whether the city’s streets should be named after living people, voicing concerns over whether those people could end up embarrassing the city.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Council sets property tax rate
The Woodstock City Council has set its property tax rate at 6.992 mills for the 2015-16 fiscal year that began July 1. The council voted 4-0 Monday at its regular meeting to set the rate.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Bostwick in film again: Zac Brown Band uses town, locals for video shoot
The Zac Brown Band, a popular, Grammy Award winning country group, chose downtown Bostwick to be the site of their latest music video, set to be released in the third week of November.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Rutledge may lease water tower to cell phone companies
The Rutledge Water Tank may soon be utilized by telecommunications companies such as Verizon or AT&T.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

CVB launches new guide app
The Madison-Morgan Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has launched a new website and new apps to guide tourists to local shops, lodgings, eateries, and attractions throughout the community.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Projects touted at city council town hall forum
Three Madison City Council representatives held a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, August 18 at the St. James Catholic Church on Vine Street. About 40 citizens attended the event.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Lifelong Morrow resident, two-time mayor dies Tuesday morning
Morrow council and residents couldn’t stop remembering Ernest Duffy during Tuesday’s meeting.
Source: Clayton News Daily

3 cities gearing up for elections in Cherokee County
Three Cherokee County cities are preparing for elections Nov. 3 and qualifying for seats up for grabs begins Monday for all three.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Slices Pizzeria in Locust Grove receives grant
Slices Pizzeria is the most recent recipient of a Facade Grant from Main Street Locust Grove.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Stockbridge officials agree to settle with former Mayor Lee Stuart
Officials have finally agreed to settle all lawsuits with former mayor Lee Stuart.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Stockbridge updating codes before moving forward with amphitheater LCI plan
In preparations to move forward with the Livable Centers Initiative plan for downtown Stockbridge, city staff is in the process of updating its code, said Community Services Director Dale Hall.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Rome City Auditorium upgrade to start today; parking will be affected
Demolition is slated to start today on the addition at the rear of the Rome City Auditorium where the dressing rooms are — and the work is expected to affect some of the parking spaces.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ball Ground Burger Bus pulls into its new, final location
The Ball Ground Burger Bus found its permanent home on Wednesday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton gets look at new fire station plans
Fire Station No. 9 in Laurel Canyon is starting to take shape and could be completed by the end of next year.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

A battle over Georgia mill sparks environmental debate
It’s the type of multimillion-dollar renovation that many towns would celebrate, a remake of a forlorn property within spitting distance of the historic commercial strip that planners hope will bring new vitality to a sleepy city center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dean King selected Fire Chief
In Tuesday night’s City Council meeting Dean King, the sole finalist for the Donalsonville Fire Chief position, was interviewed and unanimously selected by the Mayor and Council to replace longtime Chief Travis Brooks, who retired on May 26.
Source: Donalsonville News

Blue selected Donalsonville Chief of Police
In a called 4 p.m. meeting last Thursday, August 6, the Donalsonville City Council, in a 4-2 vote, selected Woodrow W. Blue, Jr. as Donalsonville’s next police chief. Blue, one of fifty-one candidates who applied for the position, will fill the vacancy created when Police Chief Jimmy Holt retired in April.
Source: Donalsonville News

City’s ‘Lunch in the Park’ shows off improved Simpson Park to crowds
Crowds braved the summer heat last Friday to visit Simpson Park for a “Lunch in the Park” community picnic sponsored by the City of Washington.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

New police chief takes helm in Boston
This Thomas County city’s new police chief has laid the foundation for an all-new Boston Police Department.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Lyerly Looking At Sunday Alcohol Sales
Lyerly stores could begin selling alcohol on Sunday if a referendum approved by the Town Council on Tuesday is approved by voters in November.
Source: Summerville News

Roswell’s Zitomer becomes first ‘Certified Public Communicator’ in Georgia
City of Roswell Community Relations Coordinator Karen Zitomer became the first Certified Public Communicator (CPC) in the state of Georgia when she completed Texas Christian University’s CPC Program in Fort Worth last month.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Not Everyone Is Happy With Summerville's Hotel-Motel Tax
The owner of Summerville's only motel believes the city council's proposed motel-hotel tax will negatively affect his business.
Source: Summerville News

Brookhaven City Council defers tree ordinance amendment
Brookhaven City Council voted Aug. 11 to wait two weeks to adopt a proposed amendment to the city’s tree ordinance.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Auburn employees may see pay raise
The Auburn City Council has completed preliminary work on the city’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget and will be prepared to present it to the public for review and comments during a meeting this Thursday.
Source: Jackson County News

Lula advised to prep for growth
The Lula City Council should be preparing for growth, according to city manager Dennis Bergin. The council and Bergin began discussions on the city’s future goals at its Aug. 21 work session.
Source: Banks County News

Howard Warner project to begin in 2016
The Howard Warner project is on track to begin construction in January 2016 and open in the fall of 2017. Newnan City Council heard an update on Newnan’s project of converting the historic Howard Warner school into a recreation and community center from Amy Tisenchek of Comprehensive Program Services, the program manager for the project.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah-Chatham police now using $3.9M training center after delays
Savannah-Chatham police have begun using a recently completed training center on Edwin Street to ensure officers and new recruits have the necessary skills to effectively do their jobs.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham, Tybee to renew building inspections agreement
A new agreement between Chatham County and the city of Tybee Island will provide the island with regular building inspections in exchange for some extra costs.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee Island encourages residents to sign up for alerts
Effective today, residents of Tybee Island can register for new features from the city’s alert system.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill to hire new firefighters
In order to shore up its depleted numbers Richmond Hill Fire Chief Ralph Catlett was granted permission to add two new firefighters to his staff by the city council during their Aug. 18 meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Decatur County municipal qualifying begins Aug. 31
Qualifying to run for a local city council seat will begin on Monday, Aug. 31, at 8:30 a.m. and will run through 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Mayor introducing new leaders
Albany citizens wanting to know more about three new key governmental leaders will have an opportunity to do so Thursday afternoon.
Source: Albany Herald

Medical College of Georgia Foundation's medical district gateway project bogs down
The centerpiece of the Medical College of Georgia Foundation’s plans to redevelop a 15th Street gateway into the city’s medical district still has one significant problem: It has city buses on it.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke's public art planning process begins tonight
Development of a public art master plan for Athens-Clarke County, a process expected to take several months, begins tonight at the Athens-Clarke County Library with a lecture from the urban designer and public art consultant hired to guide the process.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Roswell considers e-cigarette ban in parks
Roswell residents soon may not be allowed to use electronic cigarettes, vaporizer pens and other similar products in public parks.
Source: Neighbor News

What do you do with a lake of weeds? Peachtree City wants help
Work on the dredging of portions of Lake Peachtree continues to progress. The Peachtree City Council by consensus on Aug. 20 agreed to have 101 additional acres of tall grass cut and to ask Fayette County to cover the $60,000 cost.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Jonesboro project to add affordable senior housing
The Jonesboro City Council approved the rezoning of two parcels of property on north Fayetteville road near North Main Street from “Neighborhood Commercial” to “Multifamily Residential” at a called meeting last month.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Redevelopment of Avondale’s Willis Park moves forward
Avondale Estates’ city commission approved agreements Monday night for construction and playground equipment regarding the re-development of Willis Park, the city’s three-acre, 90-year-old park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven adds $600k to annual budget
Following city council approval of its mid-year budget adjustment on Tuesday, Brookhaven will add more than $600,000 to its reserve.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Suwanee adopts update to downtown master plan
The Suwanee City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt the 2015 update to the Downtown Suwanee Master Plan.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Preservation list targets ‘fading five’ historic Macon sites
Time is not always friendly to buildings, but Historic Macon hopes to reverse that fate at some of the city’s older structures.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Local economic development officials want to talk about special proposal
Officials with the Development Authority of the City of Milledgeville and Baldwin County want to schedule a special meeting with county commissioners concerning a special proposal that could potentially help lure new industry and jobs here.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Award for financial reporting presented to Cartersville finance director
The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was presented to City of Cartersville Finance Director Thomas C. Rhinehart earlier this month by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada [GFOA] for the city’s 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report [CAFR].
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Conyers Police Department hosts upcoming Citizens Academy
The Conyers Police Department is preparing to once again offer a Citizens Police Academy this fall for citizens in the community.
Source: Newton Citizen

PATH trail to get security cameras in Conyers
Rockdale County and the city of Conyers soon will add two security cameras to the local PATH walking-biking trail to provide surveillance in an area of the trail along Parker Road.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington-Newton Chamber wears many hats while performing traditional roles in economic development
That indicates how far Covington has come with its tourism industry since the first movie, “A Man Called Peter,” was shot here in 1953-54.
Source: Newton Citizen

City council and mayoral election qualifying deadlines approach
Required forms and applications are available at the respective city halls.
Source: Catoosa County News

DCA awards Milledgeville $500,000 sewer grant
The City of Milledgeville has received notification that it soon will be receiving a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for sewer improvements in the Pine Avenue neighborhood area.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Split Riverdale council passes travel policy and debates adopted budget
A split Riverdale council adopted a new policy Monday that would require councilmembers to pay back any money they spent beyond their allotted travel budget.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Chapman announces candidacy for second term as Porterdale mayor
Mayor Arline Chapman has kicked off the election season in Porterdale, becoming the first to announce her candidacy in the November municipal elections.
Source: Newton Citizen

Springfield grant paves way for canoe, kayak launch
Springfield’s path to the Ebenezer Creek has taken another step.
Source: Effingham Herald

Suwanee delays action on development near Town Center
Feedback from residents has prompted Suwanee officials to set a new date for dealing with a proposed development adjacent to Town Center.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Woodstock city council green lights Kia dealership
The Woodstock City Council approved Carriage Kia’s request Monday to have a Ridgewalk Parkway location away from residential areas to build a Kia dealership with a carwash and body shop.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta mayor wants artists on sidewalks with $100 permit
Mayor Steve Tumlin said he is looking to give downtown business owners more control over what happens in front of their establishments.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta city councilwoman to tackle motel crime
Tonight, Councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly is expected to call for a program to reduce the amount of crime at extended-stay hotels and motels.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Amphitheater in works
The downtown business district will be further enhanced with a City of Thomasville facility to be located within a boundary of four streets.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Cutts named Albany downtown manager
Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan announced late Tuesday afternoon that Latoya Cutts has been hired as the city’s new downtown manager.
Source: Albany Herald

Alpharetta approves first reading of historic preservation law
Alpharetta has taken a step toward historic preservation. At their Aug. 24 meeting, the Alpharetta City Council unanimously approved the first reading of the ordinance, which would enact regulations to preserve historic properties in the downtown district as well as establish a commission of volunteers who would act as gatekeepers and protectors of historic properties.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell’s ‘Profanity law’ repealed
It is now legal to curse in Roswell. The ban on profanity was unanimously rescinded by the Roswell City Council at their Aug. 10 meeting.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Johns Creek finds new Waze to improve traffic
Waze is the world's largest community-based traffic and navigation app, and Waze’s world just got a little bit larger as Johns Creek became the first city in Georgia to partner with the Google-based app.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Having a plan is always a good idea
Mayor Robert Reichert is trying his best to avoid a train wreck. The city has about $10 million to start a war against blight— a war and a process that will cost much more money and take a long time.
Source: Macon Telegraph

More businesses on McLarry’s Curve?
McLarry’s Curve in Flemington could see more businesses in the near future. The owners of the wooded areas across from Parker’s on Oglethorpe Highway have joined together and proposed to build a commercial development.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Commission to reconsider Gold Cross ambulance contract next week
The matter didn’t have support to pass Augusta’s Public Safety committee Tuesday, but terminating Gold Cross’ EMS contract will be back next week for a vote by the full commission.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Ridership down on second weekend of free Sunday service on Athens Transit buses
Ridership was down significantly for the second week of free Sunday service on Athens Transit, as a pilot program expanding local bus service to seven days a week is continuing.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Demorest correcting traffic safety issue at new Piedmont Village
Demorest Mayor Rick Austin says travel will be safer for motorists on Demorest-Mt. Airy Highway by the end of the day Wednesday.
Source: Access North Georgia

Community Groups Want A Say In Redevelopment Of Turner Field
As the Atlanta Braves prepare to move their sports operations and a new stadium into Cobb County over the next year, it’s unclear what the future holds for Turner Field and how the surrounding neighborhoods might be impacted.
Source: WABE

Ga. Commission Set To Approve Brookhaven Charter School
The Georgia Charter Schools Commission says it will likely approve a new school in Brookhaven, Georgia, Wednesday.
Source: WABE

Aragon makes appointments, delays permit fee changes
The Aragon City Council decided to hold off a month for more information on changing the residential and commercial rates for building permits.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb blight issues sent to full County Commission
On Tuesday, two committees sent proposals to the full commission: One would allow a regional organization to submit a list of blight projects, and the other would set aside $450,000 for demolishing blighted structures.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County leaders could spend $303,000 on garbage cans
The Macon-Bibb County Commission will vote Sept. 1 on whether to purchase $303,000 worth of residential garbage cans.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Decatur city manager: ‘not a chance’ of terminating Cousins contract
Though admitting she doesn’t speak for the city commission, Decatur City Manager Peggy Merriss said the city still wants a mixed-use development on the Callaway Building site just south of downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Forlines won’t run again for Avondale commissioner
Lindsay Forlines, who’s completing her first four-year term as Avondale Estates commissioner, told the AJC Monday she won’t run for re-election.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur police purchase vest cameras for officers
Decatur’s commission recently approved the purchase of 42 body cameras for police officers and 32 activation and GPS units installed in the trunks of police cars.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell approves handicapped-accessible sports field
The Roswell City Council Monday night unanimously approved an adaptive sports field project for the Waller Park extension-the first project of its kind in the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock approves millage rate, amphitheater
The Woodstock City Council Monday night adopted a 2015-2016 property tax of 6. 992 mills, a revenue-neutral rollback from last year’s 7.25.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

No new taxes for Grantville
With the many rumors of tax increases floating around the county, Grantville will not see an increase in property taxes this year.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Waycross, Pierce County may enter negotiations on water and sewer service in de-annexed area
Waycross received a pair of letters Monday suggesting some movement in its ongoing court battle with Pierce County over property legislatively de-annexed from the city as of July 1.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Local governments unable to set millage due to property value appeals
Local governments will not be able to set millage rates for at least 45 days due to a delay in approving the tax digest, officials said this week.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Walton Grant won’t seek reelection
Walton Grant, veteran Americus City Council member, told the Americus Times-Recorder he will not seek reelection to his seat later this year.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Cheek becomes latest candidate to enter Gainesville Ward 3 council race
André Cheek announced Monday that she is joining the race for the Gainesville City Council Ward 3 seat currently held by Myrtle Figueras.
Source: Gainesville Times

Emerson approves millage rate drop
The Emerson City Council dropped its millage rate by one-thousandth of a mil Monday, leading City Manager Kevin McBurnett to wonder how the city would survive without the extra $20.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Grant will supplement Porterdale sewer line replacement project
A community development block grant of $500,000 announced last week will be used for additional sewer line improvements in Porterdale.
Source: Newton Citizen

Redevelopment agency recommends moving for with downtown hotel
A developer’s desire to build a hotel downtown gained momentum Monday, picking up the blessing of a citizen’s board charged with overseeing Brunswick’s revitalization.
Source: Brunswick News

Approaching Snellville election weighs on city
The reality of the November mayor’s election is bearing down on this oft-troubled city. That was clear Monday when Mayor Pro Tem Tom Witts acknowledged that the council meeting might be his last as a Snellville official, as he intends to resign next week .
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Council to discuss new position, ML King street renaming and LCI plan
The Stockbridge City Council will discuss the renaming of a street in honor of Martin Luther King Sr. during its Tuesday work session.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Chinese packaging company announces $5 million expansion in Duluth
A Chinese company that makes high-tech systems for the bottling and packaging industries is making a big investment in its future in the Duluth area, officials announced on Monday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Lawrenceville to hold public unveiling of economic development plan
The city of Lawrenceville will hold a public unveiling of the Community’s Economic Development Strategic Plan on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the council assembly room at city hall.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Jill Reynolds to run for City Council
Alpharetta Planning Commission member Jill Reynolds has announced that she will be a candidate for Alpharetta City Council Post 5 in this November’s election.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Council tables Arnold Mill code
In a unanimous decision, the Milton City Council agreed to take another look at the Arnold Mill Form-Based Code overlay.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Conservation subdivision law moves forward
The latest discussion of the Conservation Subdivision Ordinance in Milton was held Aug. 20 at a special-called work session of the city council. The meeting was to hash out some of the remaining concerns about the proposed law.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Franklin Breaks Ground On New City Hall
The City of Franklin held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday morning for the new City Hall building on the square in downtown Franklin.
Source: Heard Citizen

Second mural underway
Thomaston’s second mural will soon be completed, as artist Shannon Lake has been working steadily on the project for several weeks that will greet visitors as they enter the square from Highway 19 South.
Source: Thomaston Times

Perry business owners wary of proposed Community Improvement District
About 20 business owners along a stretch of General Courtney Hodges Boulevard showed up to the first public meeting on the proposed Community Improvement District with questions and concerns.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Push to cancel Augusta EMS contract continues
Augusta Mayor Pro Tem Grady Smith said he won’t block a Tuesday committee discussion about ending the city’s emergency services contract with Gold Cross, but urged restraint.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke to replace plastic bricks at intown crosswalks
After watching the thermal-plastic faux brick pavers at two intown crosswalks continue to peel away from the road over the past several months, Athens-Clarke County crews have removed all of the material from the crosswalks, and will try next month to reinstall the pavers.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Complete Streets policy likely to get significant discussion at upcoming Athens-Clarke commission meeting
The Athens-Clarke County Commission’s Sept. 1 voting meeting appears headed toward some significant discussion of the county’s Complete Streets policy — an initiative to make road corridors more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists — as commissioners consider changes in lane configurations on three local roads.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Local musician becomes fourth candidate in Winterville mayor's race
With formal qualifying still a week away, local musician Dodd Ferrelle became the fourth candidate to declare an interest in running for mayor of Winterville, the small town of 1,200 people in eastern Athens-Clarke County where the mayoral race has become a big draw.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Dublin ready to light up its skyscraper
Shortly after the sun sets on Sept. 10, a momentous event will happen here. For the first time in 30 years, the seven-story First National Bank building will light up. At nearly 100 feet tall and said to be the tallest building between Macon and Savannah, it’s referred to by locals as “the skyscraper.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert pushes for outside organization to identify blight projects
The latest Macon-Bibb County blight proposal could have a regional organization recommend a list of projects.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Ludowici mayor aims at deserted mobile homes
Deserted mobile homes in Ludowici are receiving the attention of the city’s mayor.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Reed: We are going to find a way to preserve Gaines Hall
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pledged to do all he could to preserve the historic Gaines Hall on the Morris Brown campus.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Reed appoints Dan Gordon as new Atlanta COO
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed has appointed Dan Gordon, an executive with ties to Falcons owner Arthur Blank, as the city’s new chief operating officer.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur commission candidate says bond is ‘biggest issue’
Tony Powers, Chairman of Decatur’s Planning Commission, announced his candidacy for the at-large berth on the city commission.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City creation process may change
Georgia lawmakers may change the rules for creating cities as new municipalities have popped up in the Atlanta area over the last decade.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell gets aquatics facility donation
The city of Roswell has gotten a $37,500 donation aimed at improving the city’s planned adult aquatics facility.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Canton reaches deal on former school board property
The Canton City Council approved a deal with the city’s Downtown Development Authority aimed at finding a private developer for the former Board of Education property downtown.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brooks announces candidacy for Ward 3 Gainesville race
Gainesville's Ward three city council post has its second declared candidate for the upcoming election.
Source: Access North Georgia

Brookhaven Mayor Receives Delay For Sandy Springs Project
The mayor of Brookhaven asked ... and the city of Sandy Springs listened. On Thursday night, Brookhaven Mayor Rebecca Chase Williams asked the Sandy Springs Planning Commission to give residents of Brookhaven more time to speak with the developer of a project that borders her city.
Source: WABE

LaGrange Housing Authority to raze, rebuild public housing
In the coming months, the familiar red bricks of the Benjamin Harvey Hill and Lucy Morgan public housing complexes will be no more.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Hampton earns historic preservation honor
Hampton has been designated the 91st Certified Local Government in Georgia, The Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said Monday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs approves $228K playground addition
The Powder Springs City Council voted 5-0 Monday to spend $228,606 to expand the existing playground in the Silver Comet Trail Linear Park on Richard Sailors Parkway.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

South Fulton candidates to throw hats into ring for mayor, city council offices
Although their timing between gubernatorial and presidential races may result in lower-key campaigns, the municipal elections of 2015 offer nearly 20 opportunities for residents to enter politics or continue their service.
Source: Neighbor News

Interim city administrator steps down
Smyrna’s interim city administrator Toni Jo Howard stepped down this week after less than a year in the position to take a job in the private sector, according to the city.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Woodstock only city in state to make Money Magazine list
That Woodstock was the only city in Georgia to make Money Magazine’s top 50 list of best places to live in 2015 was no surprise to leaders and residents of the lively and attractive municipality in south Cherokee.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Mayor says hotel plans right for city's vision
Relaxing music descends upon the downtown business district, mixed with the clinking glasses of visitors who toast to their lofty view of the Brunswick riverfront.
Source: Brunswick News

September’s Pub Crawl to be ‘biggest offering to date’ Featured
Looking to provide participants ample time to enjoy the Pub Crawl, the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority will expand the event to two days next month. The offering will be held Sept. 4 and 5, starting at 5 p.m. both days.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome City Commission to move on rate study
The Rome City Commission is expected to sign off tonight on a new water and sewer rate study and get some information about the family National Night Out event set for Friday at Banty Jones Park.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Historic preservation focus of new committee in Canton
A committee charged with taking the lead on identifying local historic property in Canton is expected to meet for the first time Tuesday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

McDonough, Locust Grove officials approve of new I-75 exit proposal
A new exit between the I-75 access to Locust Grove and the southern-most McDonough exit may see a future in Henry County.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Suwanee development plans draw ire of residents
In recent weeks, several Suwanee residents have met with, or contacted Suwanee officials about their opposition to plans for a major expansion to Town Center.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Canton City Council OKs agreement to market property
The Canton City Council has given the Downtown Development Authority its stamp of approval to find a private developer to rehab the former Cherokee County Board of Education property.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock city council set to adopt lower property tax rate
The Woodstock City Council will hold its second public hearing Monday on the proposed 2015-16 property tax rate of 6.992 mills, set to be adopted by coun
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Savannah working to fix surveillance cameras; police say footage lacking in recent case
About a day after five people were shot early Aug. 2 near City Market, police released a photo of a suspected gunman. The photo of the suspect was captured by a city-owned surveillance camera near the square, a hub of downtown Savannah nightlife for residents and visitors alike.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb public health officials trying to prevent pedestrian fatalities
As a child, Chris Tsavatewa learned the hard way that in a collision between a person and a car, the person is almost always going to lose.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Albany Mayor's forum to highlight new local leadership
As part of her ongoing efforts to connect the community at large with the people and issues impacting the fortunes of the city, Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard has invited the community to come out Thursday and meet some of Albany’s newest leaders at a forum hosted by the Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development.
Source: Albany Herald

Lucas pushed ordinance to investigate pedestrian fatalities, but it remains untested
Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Elaine Lucas is hoping the ordinance she masterminded will provide needed information to help reduce pedestrian deaths.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New retail development is headed to Sharpsburg
The Sharpsburg Town Council on Aug. 17 approved the Briarwood Commons retail, office and residential development slated for the east side of Ga. Highway 54 a short distance north of the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Ga. Highway 16.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville partners with MOW
Fayette Senior Services recently recognized Fayetteville’s efforts in supporting local organizations such as Meals On Wheels. City employees have adopted a route to help make a difference to those in need.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Stakes high in Hephzibah, Blythe races
Two small cities sometimes overlooked by metro Augusta will take center stage in the Nov. 3 general election.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Technology to limit downtown parking
Technology will likely be used in the future to limit parking by employees in an “H” around the court square in downtown Newnan.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Greentop proposal back on the table
Representatives of the Greentop Road annexation proposal, initially denied by the Newnan City Council, said they have made substantial changes to the proposed development to appease opponents.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Tax referendum failure will delay projects, officials say
Failure of a Nov. 3 sales tax referendum is not an option for Augusta’s mayor, but if voters reject the tax, the city is faced with either doing without needed capital projects or going further into debt, officials said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Event raises $9,400 for injured Baldwin fire chief
When Baldwin Fire Chief Joe Roy was seriously injured on July 25, he was collecting money for the local public safety community. On Saturday, that public safety community gathered in Baldwin to collect money for Roy.
Source: Access North Georgia

Tybee Island to use litter survey results to improve city's appearance
Officials on Tybee Island hope the results of a recent online survey will help them make decisions about beach trash and recycling.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Vertia Street Gym is dedicated following renovations
Mayor William Trapnell welcomed 25 individuals to the recent dedication of the restored Vertia Street Gym.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Senoia council approves property tax increase
Four Senoia residents spoke against the city’s plan to not lower the property tax millage rate in order to keep up with increases in property values.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

New Perry animal shelter becoming bigger priority
The city’s animal shelter is in disrepair and despite several failed attempts to improve it over the past decade, a real solution may soon be on the horizon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange, Hogansville officials investigate emails
Two local cities are looking into whether any city employees registered work email accounts with the adult affair website Ashley Madison.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

‘We need … ’ — LaGrange mayor responds to Facebook suggestions
As city officials are working to develop a marketing campaign for LaGrange, the Daily News spoke with Mayor Jim Thornton to review suggestions from commenters on a recent Daily News Facebook post.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

West Point officers put pedals to pavement
Criminals may need to start thinking twice and looking over their shoulders before committing offenses in Troup County’s southernmost city these days.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Augusta fire captain retiring after 47 years
As a child, Rick Davis never imagined being a firefighter. “It never crossed my mind,” Davis said. “Honestly, it didn’t.”
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Plans move forward to upgrade area around James Brown statue
Flashing lights, musical elements, a stage and other features possibly spanning the entire 800 block of Broad Street are among short- and long-term proposals for improving Augusta’s tribute to James Brown.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke gets just one bid for downtown Athens streetscape work
Athens-Clarke County received just one bid in its latest attempt to find a contractor for the first phase of a $7 million project to revamp the streetscape of downtown Athens with wider sidewalks, larger shade trees, storm drainage improvements and a host of other enhancements.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Watkinsville church notified it will need city permit before early-1800s house is moved or demolished
Watkinsville officials are making sure that representatives of Memorial Baptist Church understand they will need permits from the city before either the disassembly or the moving an early-1800s house on church property at the corner of Barnett Shoals Road and Second Street will be allowed.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville Housing Authority wins national award for health initiative
The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), which represents almost 3,000 housing agencies, redevelopment agencies and affiliates nationally, has named the Gainesville Housing Authority (GHA) as winner of an Award of Merit in Housing and Community Development.
Source: Access North Georgia

BeltLine Partnership Teams With Faith Communities
It doesn't matter whether the focus is Allah, Yahweh or Jesus ─ the BeltLine Partnership's new "Faith-Based Collaborative" wants a buy-in from all religious organizations.
Source: WABE

Smyrna Council splits over Reed House architect
The Smyrna City Council voted 4-3 Monday to approve architectural and engineering services to develop the Historic Reed House as an event center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs names assistant city manager
The finance director for Powder Springs is now also the assistant city manager.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Has Earned Bragging Rights For Going 'Green'
When it comes to the environment, it's not often for Atlanta to have bragging rights. But when it comes to the Better Buildings Challenge -- a national program to promote energy efficiency -- Atlanta ranks No. 1.
Source: WABE

Cedartown to seek future leaders to fill crucial roles
The Cedartown Commission and city manager Bill Fann are trying out a new initiative within local departments to identify up-and-coming leaders to fill the roles of employees who will be retiring over the coming years.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

East Point reclaims neighborhood corner
Children can play again on a newly green acre in a historic East Point neighborhood, where amenities include a playground, flowering trees and a cobblestone walkway.
Source: Neighbor News

East Point, Union City plan higher taxes
Homeowners in two south Fulton cities should plan on ponying up more for government services when their property tax bills arrive later this year.
Source: Neighbor News

Covington City Council gets good insurance, police reports
Good news greeted the Covington City Council at its meeting Monday evening — the city’s property and casualty insurance coverage will cost $5,000 less this fiscal year for the same coverage.
Source: Newton Citizen

Seeds planted: Oxford may build a new city park
Oxford Mayor Jerry Roseberry says that a foremost comment by citizens in discussions and surveys is that the city needs to provide more greenspace for public use.
Source: Newton Citizen

Powder Springs City Council increases pension
The Powder Springs City Council voted 5-0 this week to finalize a monthly increase of $7 in the city’s pension benefits for elected officials.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

CFD sends new trucks into service
Two newly manufactured fire trucks hit the streets of Cartersville after Fire Chief Scott Carter presented the engines to the city council Thursday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Island incorporation group hires Vinson Institute for study
A group that hopes to turn St. Simons Island and Sea Island into a municipality has hired the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to conduct a study on the viability of such an undertaking, according to a member of the group.
Source: Brunswick News

Ringgold Police Department applying for grants for new vehicles
The Ringgold Police Department is looking to better its fleet of squad cars and is applying for grants to help with the upgrades.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe councilman resigning post to run for mayor
Fort Oglethorpe city council member Earl Gray will resign to run for the city’s mayor post.
Source: Catoosa County News

Craig McDaniel to run for City Commission seat being vacated by Kim Canada
Craig McDaniel, former president of Georgia Northwestern Technical College, is planning to run for a Ward 3 seat on the Rome City Commission.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayor encourages residents to ease into once-a-week garbage pickup
The city of Columbus is encouraging residents to phase into once-a-week garbage pickup during the next month, leading up to Sept. 14, when garbage will be picked up only once a week, according to a city release.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

BOC approves mutual fire service agreement concerning Maysville
The Banks County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement at its monthly meeting last week to ensure that county residents who reside in Maysville will receive the same service as other residents of the county.
Source: Banks County News

Statham residents don’t like plans for garbage company
Property owners within the Statham Industrial Park are not happy with proposed plans for a new business in the development.
Source: Jackson County News

D’ville receives grant for generators
Danielsville city council members heard Monday night that new signs, sidewalks and other larger scale improvement projects are underway in town.
Source: Madison County Journal

City holds 3-hour, back-to-back meetings
In the government equivalent of the Boston Marathon, the City of Dawsonville ran three, one-hour meetings Monday, hitting the pavement hard with votes on issues ranging from animal control to two failed water filter systems and rezoning requests.
Source: Dawson News & Advertister

Appling HealthCare Financial Report given to City Council
The Baxley City Council met for a regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 11. During the meeting Andy Smith, CEO of Appling HealthCare, gave financial and statistical indicators for the last ten months ending June 30th for Appling HealthCare System.
Source: Baxley News Banner

Jon Howard to announce bid for reelection
Jon Howard, Albany Ward I city commissioner, will formally announce his bid for another term at the East Albany Community Center, 1721 East Oglethorpe Boulevard on Saturday.
Source: Albany Herald

City Wants To Raise Taxes My 1 Mil
Only two Commissioners were at last week’s City Commission meeting but that didn’t mean the meeting was going to be dull. In a very surprising move Commissioners Gray and Lawson voted to raise the City millage rate by one mill.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Homeland puts SPLOST $$$ to good use in park
Homeland is already spending a portion of their share of the 2014 SPLOST proceeds. The city was given their $100,000 share last fall by the county and decided to use some of it for improvements at Waughtel Park, next to Homeland City Hall.
Source: Charlton County Herald

Rabun County Water Wars: A tale of two meters
A claim by Clayton officials last week that the city was overcharged more than $47,000 for water services is incorrect, the billing authority has said.
Source: Clayton Tribune

The District mulls 'Plan B'
The Johns Creek City Council has been asked by staff to consider asking The District’s consultants to come up with an alternate plan for The District’s center core that was to have focused on a water feature using the existing creek.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Tybee Island adopts new festival ordinance
Tybee Island will try out a new method for overseeing special events this fall during one of the city’s largest annual festivities, the Tybee Island Pirate Fest.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City of Savannah OKs police merger; firefighters hear latest news on contract negotiations
The fate of the Savannah-Chatham police department is now in the hands of Chatham County Commissioners.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee Island donates fire equipment to Savannah Tech
The Tybee Island Fire Department donated used firefighting gear to Savannah Technical College’s fire science program Thursday. The gear can no longer be used for firefighting incidents but will be used for training at the college.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Commissioners seek end to Augusta EMS contract
As the city continues an appeal to control its ambulance service, at least two Augusta Commission members are renewing a fight with Gold Cross EMS, the firm designated by the state a year ago as the exclusive “zone provider” in Augusta-Richmond County.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Bishop Park plan raises eyebrows on Athens-Clarke commission
Taken as a lump sum, the $19 million price tag attached to a master plan for Bishop Park, a 41-year-old intown Athens-Clarke County park covering 23 acres in the edge of Normaltown between Sunset Drive and Hawthorne Avenue, raised some eyebrows as it was formally presented to the commission at its agenda-setting session earlier this week.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Flowery Branch to get new hi-tech welcome sign
Creating a strong first-impression is an invaluable marketing strategy for any small town. Flowery Branch is aware of that fact and Thursday night the City Council decided to make an investment in that direction.
Source: Access North Georgia

New Macon fire and police pension consultant could be named next month
The Macon Fire and Police Employees Retirement Pension Board could decide next month on a consultant for the $220 million portfolio.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Kennesaw's K9 Turbo will ride in comfort in new police vehicle
The Kennesaw Police Department's K9 Turbo is riding in a new special service vehicle for its K9 unit.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Macon-Bibb unveils first phase of $8 million connector project
Macon-Bibb County leaders celebrated Thursday morning the completion of the first phase of a project that’s been in the works for two decades.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Two Cumming Council members to retire
The Cumming City Council will see some significant changes in 2016.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Former Chatham County commissioner announces run for Savannah mayor
Former Chatham County commissioner and businessman Eddie DeLoach announced his candidacy for Savannah mayor on Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Businessman announces run for Gainesville City Council
A political newcomer, business manager Lemuel Betancourt, has decided to run for Gainesville City Council.
Source: Access North Georgia

Decatur commission displeased with Callaway site plans
After getting a long-awaited first glimpse of Cousins Properties plans for redeveloping the Callaway Building site, Decatur’s commission gave a unanimous thumbs-down to what they saw.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven gets news it hoped for on charter school
The City of Brookhaven has cleared a high hurdle in its goal of establishing a charter school.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Invest Atlanta grants going to Fort McPherson
Atlanta’s economic development agency is helping finance a new road inside Fort McPherson to replace a road being lost to the Tyler Perry Studios project.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Roswell group wants city to buy land for park
A group of Roswell residents is lobbying city officials to buy what it says is the city’s last big stand of old growth trees.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Economic development boards OK financial advisement agreement
The agreement — which was approved by both boards — allows the boards, the city of Cartersville and Bartow County to receive advisement from financial advisor Raymond James & Associates Inc., as the BCJDA pays down the principal amount on $15 million in bonds sold in 2005 to finance the Highland 75 Industrial Park on Cass-White Road in White.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Studio Siri gets wine permit
Local artists can soon enjoy a glass of wine as they take painting classes, after a Monday vote of the city’s Alcohol Control Commission.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Paving underway in Thomson
Work crews are paving West Hendricks Street in Thomson today. The work is funded through the 2015 TSPLOST funds received for paving and resurfacing.
Source: McDuffie Progress

No longer dirt: Guill Street in Camak gets paved
Before Guill Street in Camak was paved by C&H Paving two weeks ago it had been causing headaches for the citizens who’ve lived along the road for years.
Source: McDuffie Progress

Cartersville council examines mid-year progress
The Cartersville City Council, entering the second half of the calendar year, gathered for a mid-year update of the goals it set in its January visioning retreat. And the progress is significant. Council focused on eight goals mandated in January.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City Commissioner Buzz Wachsteter announces he will run for re-election
“I am pleased to announce that I will be a candidate for re-election to the Rome City Commission from Ward 1 in the November election. I plan to be at the City Clerk’s office on Monday, August 31st, to file my papers and I pledge to the people of Rome to work just as hard every day to insure our community a better tomorrow,” said Commissioner Wachsteter.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Hillyer House work to resume after HPC OKs renovations over neighbors' objections
Work on the historic Hillyer House at 2 Coral Ave. is resuming, after the Rome Historic Preservation Commission agreed to allow windows contrary to the style originally approved.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New Recreation Director Kevin Cowling on the job: First up, examining participation fees
Kevin Cowling, the new director for the Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority, stays busy.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Scavenger hunt takes Woodstock by storm
The hunt to learn more about Woodstock is on with the third annual Discover Woodstock Scavenger Hunt organized by Woodstock Convention and Visitor Bureau.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Smyrna City Council, residents weigh in on Jonquil Village
Residents of Smyrna packed the City Council’s chambers Monday night to express their thoughts on a new site plan for the Jonquil Village development at the corner of Atlanta and Spring roads.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

In $46M project, Suwanee to extend Town Center, add high-end apartments
More than 200 high-end apartments — with monthly rent above $1,500 — are coming to Suwanee by 2018 as part of a $46 million project that will expand Town Center and bring 10,000 square feet of mixed-use space to Buford Highway.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Sign up now for Holly Springs citizens police academy
Residents interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look at how the Holly Springs Police Department operates can sign up for the city’s Citizens Police Academy.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Historic Canton buildings could be sold, revitalized
Two historic buildings in downtown Canton could soon get a new life if the council moves forward with an intergovernmental agreement with the city’s Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Board of Commissioners passes agreement with Holly Springs
Commissioners have agreed to drop a land dispute with Holly Springs over an application to annex about 22 acres in Hickory Flat.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Kennesaw City Council tables zoning on development
The Kennesaw City Council tabled a vote on rezoning about 3.5 acres off Old Highway 41 on Monday that would allow for a 93-unit senior housing development, but approved a special land use permit for a medical waste treatment plant.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Private curbside recycling service planned
As Bulloch County ends its curbside recycling program in Statesboro and other towns, a local business owner intends to begin offering a similar service, but at a higher fee and with two containers per household instead of one.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Atlanta reaches milestone in Better Buildings Challenge
The City of Atlanta’s Better Buildings Challenge has passed a milestone – 100 million square feet.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Johns Creek partners with navigation app to help motorists
Johns Creek will be the first city in Georgia to partner with Waze, a Google-based smart phone app that monitors traffic in real time.
Source: Access North Georgia

Savannah-Chatham police, Recorder's Court agreements up for vote
After operating without a written agreement for decades, Savannah and Chatham County may soon have a contract in place that establishes how to split the costs of Recorder’s Court.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rockmart city council approves tax rate for 2016
Rockmart city council members are scheduled to vote on the 2015 Ad Valorem Tax millage rate at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Government Complex Administration Building, 316 N. Piedmont Ave.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

DDA terms to be staggered
The Newnan Downtown Development Authority is sending a proposal to the city council that would make the DDA’s terms staggered – again.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

New foundation supports first responders in Milton
Community leaders in Milton have joined together to rally local support for public safety personnel.
Source: Neighbor News

Macon-Bibb’s $8 million Second Street corridor shows progress
The half-mile stretch of roadway that’s part of an $8 million project connecting the Mercer University area with downtown Macon will reopen Thursday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange moves forward with marketing effort
City officials are moving forward with a marketing campaign aimed at attracting new residents and businesses to LaGrange.
Source: Griffin Daily News

New Peachtree City Chief Moon sets community involvement goals
Peachtree City Police Chief Janet Moon has been on the job for just over a week. Commenting on her new job, Moon on Monday said she is holding to the posture of listening to members of the police department and to citizens for next several months as she expands the department’s involvement in the community.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City to adopt $33.5M budget with no rate rollback
The Peachtree City Council is expected to adopt the FY 2016 budget and the 2015 millage rate on Aug. 20. A discussion of traffic improvements along Ga. Highway 54 West may be continued until September per the council’s discussion earlier this month.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Large tax refund puts local officials on edge
One northwest Georgia community must refund a business millions of dollars in overpaid sales taxes, in a case that lawmakers say shows the unfair burden that the current system places on local officials.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Augusta officials pan offer from pipeline firm
Augusta officials gave a lukewarm reception to Kinder Morgan’s offer of $25,000 to install emergency call boxes downtown — with one commission member saying it insulted the group’s integrity — and by Wednesday afternoon the pipeline company had canceled a press conference announcing the gift.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commissioners arrayed against Springdale residential rezoning request
Athens developer Jared York’s push to get a decision on a rezoning request allowing a 14-unit residential development at Springdale and Rocksprings streets, so he can be ready for what he called the “spring selling season,” appears likely to end next month with a rejection of his proposed Villas at Springdale development.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Location of new Cooperative Extension office seen as economic development decision
Two Athens-Clarke County commissioners, each involved in efforts to improve separate road corridors in Athens, are suggesting that locating a planned new Athens-Clarke County Cooperative Extension Service center on either Atlanta Highway or Lexington Road could boost economic development opportunities in those areas.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke commissioners asked to consider pedestrian improvements at College Square, closing of Newton Street block
It’s a bit of an inside joke that government studies, once completed, do little more than gather dust on some bureaucrat’s bookshelf. But for now, at least, that’s turning out not to be the case with the downtown Athens master plan.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Alpharetta hikes hotel tax
The Alpharetta City Council on Monday night voted 6-1 on a 3-cent hotel/motel tax increase, bringing it to 8 pennies on the dollar.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Medical waste facility coming to Kennesaw
The Kennesaw City Council voted 5-0 Monday to allow the construction of an enclosed medical waste treatment plant.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta launches EV pilot program
Atlanta’s vehicle fleet is going electric under a pilot program approved by the city council this week.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

East Point reclaims neighborhood corner
Children can play again on a newly green acre in a historic East Point neighborhood, where amenities include a playground, flowering trees and a cobblestone walkway.
Source: Neighbor News

Milton to tackle conservation ordinance
The Milton City Council will tackle Aug. 20 the ongoing question of conservation subdivisions. At a special meeting on a Thursday, the council and staff will address outstanding issues and details of the proposed ordinance.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta extends cell tower, signage bans
The Alpharetta City Council unanimously approved extending two moratoriums at their Aug. 17 meeting.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Bostwick takes the rollback rate
The Bostwick City Council stayed true to its tradition of opting for the rollback millage rate last week.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

DURA shares major successes in community restoration and development
St. Paul’s AME church hosted the annual Town Hall Meeting to update the local community on the progress of past projects and vision for future projects designed to improve the local neighborhoods.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Will Womack retire as police chief? Council sets stage with ordinance change
Douglasville Police Chief Chris Womack has a tough decision to make this week after having been given the opportunity to retire early.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Proposed yard sale ordinance rejected
A large crowd of unfamiliar faces packed into St. Marys City Hall Monday to express opposition to a proposed yard sale ordinance.
Source: Brunswick News

City approves tax hike
The city’s water and sewer debt has driven the St. Marys City Council to approve its first tax increase in nearly a decade.
Source: Brunswick News

Euharlee city manager position still open
Nearly a month after interviewing candidates for the vacant city manager position, the Euharlee City Council hasn’t named the finalists, much less made a selection.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Every City Needs a Flag: Villa Rica Holding Contest to Find its Colors
Every great city needs a flag. At least that’s what Villa Rica’s mayor thinks. And Villa Rica is without one; a challenge the city is in the midst of remedying.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Concord Road project in Smyrna gets unanimous vote
A stretch of Concord Road in Smyrna could see major changes soon as the City Council voted 7-0 Monday to approve a concept design for a new park to run along the roadway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Albany City Commission tentatively OKs former Synovus Bank property purchase
There’s still a final vote to be taken at its night meeting this coming Tuesday, but the Albany City Commission gave tentative approval Tuesday during a work meeting to the slightly more than $2.8 million purchase and renovation of the former Synovus Bank (SB&T) property at 401, 410 and 411 Pine Ave. and at 408 Flint Ave.
Source: Albany Herald

Peachtree Corners plans walking bridge, trails
The city of Peachtree Corners is going to be adding some walking amenities for its residents in the coming years, with plans for a pedestrian bridge spanning Peachtree Parkway and a multi-use trailway.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Gainesville approves zoning Catholic church
Gainesville City Council gave the final OK Tuesday for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta to proceed with building a church campus on Smith Road near the corner of McEver and Browns Bridge roads.
Source: Gainesville Times

Harmony on the Lakes expansion approved by Holly Springs City Council
A developer has been given the green light to expand Harmony on the Lakes by more than 200 homes, while an annexation and rezoning request in Hickory Flat has been put on the back burner for now.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock city council discusses an outdoor alcohol district
A plan for an entertainment district downtown that would allow some alcoholic beverages to be taken outside was discussed by the mayor and Woodstock City Council at a special called meeting Monday night.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Holly Springs council sets property tax rate
The Holly Springs City Council has set its property tax rate at 5.315 mills.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Savannah-Chatham police premiere recruitment video
Department staff, officers and marketers have been working on the short video since March. Set to dramatic music, the video shows footage of an officer talking at a neighborhood meeting and another one riding calls.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Apartment complex latest project planned for East Broad Street in Savannah
So long, “alien Jesus.” The spray-painted image of a bearded intergalactic visitor will soon be demolished along with the rest of the graffiti-covered remnants at 1020 East Broad Street if all goes according to a developer’s plan.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City voters to consider Freeport tax exemption in November
In addition to the race for mayor and three council seats, voters in Garden City will have another issue to consider during this year’s general election — whether to provide local manufacturers with tax exemptions for their inventory.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Springfield works on park, two canoe launches on Ebenezer Creek
The City of Springfield is moving forward with plans for a park and pond on Ebenezer Creek and two canoe/kayak launches as part of the Ebenezer Greenway project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Atlanta-based firm to design revamps for 2 Perry parks
The City of Perry picked a company to design revamps for two parks Tuesday evening.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb blight proposal heads to committee, new millage rate eliminates double taxation
An ordinance requesting $450,000 in blight funding to be set aside for demolishing structures will go before a Macon-Bibb County committee next week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Winterville mayor won't seek re-election; four candidates could vie for post
Winterville Mayor Emily Eisenman confirmed Tuesday she won’t be seeking a second term at the helm of the small eastern Athens-Clarke County town, hinting at the same time a fourth candidate could be entering the upcoming contest for the post.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Lawrenceville mayor gives new GGC faculty tour of city
Mayor Judy Jordan Johnson welcomed new faculty members at Georgia Gwinnett College Tuesday by giving them an exclusive tour of the Lawrenceville’s historic downtown area.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Centerville Council says millage rate won’t change
The Centerville City Council has indicated the city’s millage rate won’t change next month when it sets the rate.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Church building plan gets final okay; Brenau gets a place to call 'home'
Final approval was given Tuesday evening by the Gainesville City Council to a pair of zoning requests made on behalf of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta as part of their plan to construct a 1000-plus seat church in the city.
Source: Access North Georgia

Committee formed to look at laws covering sales tax collections in wake of problem in Floyd County
A special panel created Tuesday by the state House Ways and Means Committee will examine potential changes to the law after hearing about a $3.9 million bill that’s hit Rome and Floyd County for overpaid sales tax and interest.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Warner Robins aims to lower temporary business fees
The Warner Robins City Council is preparing to pass a measure that will make it cheaper for transient vendors to open up shop in town.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City purchases McCord Cleaners
Metter City Council voted in a called meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 12, to purchase McCord’s Dry Cleaners from owner Shelton S. ‘Sandy’ McCord Jr. of Claxton for $85,000.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Commission OKs SPLOST package
Six Augusta commissioners modified and voted to approve a $215.5 million sales tax package with no contributions to non-profit groups Tuesday, ending weeks of negotiations.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Fountain, pocket park in neighborhood dedicated to McDonough citizens
Monday would have been the 75th wedding anniversary of A. J. “Cap” Welch and Cola Pope Welch, the parents of Councilwoman Gail Notti.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Mayor Kasim Reed introduces recycling rewards
Putting bottles in the right bin could save you cash on your next dinner bill. Mayor Kasim Reed announced last week that Recycling Perks, a Virginia-based recycling incentive program, is coming to Atlanta.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta hires consultants to plan future of Turner Field area
Architectural firm Perkins + Will is going to help plan the future of the Turner Field area with grant financing approved by the Atlanta City Council.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Brookhaven files new charter school petition
Georgia law says new cities can’t have their own schools, but the new City of Brookhaven may have found a way around that.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cave Spring to vote on Sunday alcohol sales
Cave Spring voters will decide this November whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City commissions study to envision future of Turner Field site — but it won't be binding
Something huge is coming to the site of Turner Field ... sometime. People who live nearby hope a study just commissioned by the Atlanta City Council will inform what eventually happens on the 77-acre site after the Atlanta Braves move to the suburbs in 2017.
Source: Creative Loafing

Jackson claims right to serve school gym
A dispute has erupted over which utility will provide electricity to the Butts County School System’s new gymnasium at Jackson High School.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Jenkinsburg discusses water line project
A Jenkinsburg business could soon need new water lines to accommodate increased usage, Jenkinsburg Mayor David Nestor told council members last week.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Decatur mayor pro tem resigns to take Pa. job
Earlier this month Decatur Mayor Pro Tem Kecia Cunningham declared she wouldn’t seek re-election after nearly 16 years on the city commission. But Monday night she went one step further announcing her immediate resignation to take a job as key accountant for Public Financial Management Inc. in Harrisburg, Pa.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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