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Alcohol violation hearings resume with fall semester
After a respite of several months, Statesboro City Council will return to alcoholic beverage sales enforcement actions today with hearings for eight alleged violations at six different locations.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Oakwood proposing $3.9 million budget
Oakwood rolled out a $3.9 million general operations, no-frills budget Monday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

City participates in Walk Georgia fitness program
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has revamped its Walk Georgia program, a free community exercise program that’s already helped more than 50,000 Georgians become more active. Partnering with the Coca-Cola Foundation has allowed for expansion, making the program free and available anytime, and Colquitt County is taking advantage of it.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Candidates face off during forum
Candidates vying for various positions in Dooly County government faced off during a forum Thursday night.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Dorothy Hubbard: Albany at the door of economic recovery
Dorothy Hubbard ponders the question only a moment: Why would you, the antithesis of the career politician, want to serve as mayor for four more years?
Source: Albany Herald

Mt. Airy moves quickly toward occupying schoolhouse
After a quarter-century in the making, Mt. Airy officials are making renovation of the Mt. Airy Schoolhouse a reality.
Source: Access North Georgia

City leaders hope Trans-Pacific Partnership deal will shine light on Atlanta
City leaders hope successful negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal reached in Atlanta over the weekend will bode well for future international gatherings.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Some Ga. Cities Ready To Renew Push For School Systems
A bill pending in the Georgia Legislature would create a constitutional amendment allowing Georgia cities to create their own school districts. Cities like Brookhaven and Dunwoody, both part of the DeKalb schools system, have strongly supported the plan.
Source: WABE

Pooler officials sign off on changes to Jabot tract
Officials in Pooler on Monday approved a request from owners of the 2,000-acre Jabot Tract on Pooler Parkway to make changes that will further expand the development.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Draft plan says Warner Robins’ parks and recreation needs $82 million
After decades of neglect, recreation is getting a closer look from city leaders.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon mayor to push for baseball even if vote fails
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert would not be ready to close the door on minor league baseball even if a feasibility study fails to garner enough votes Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins changes gift policy, pushes forward with TAD
A public hearing on a recently proposed tax allocation district drew only one question from the public at a City Council meeting Monday night. The council did not vote on the proposal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Beer on the go: City Council approves new alcohol law
Dalton City Council members say they believe allowing customers to take an alcoholic drink out of downtown restaurants and bars could make the area more attractive to new visitors.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Expanded bridge project list draws no bids
A multimillion-dollar construction project that was repackaged in August to increase competition among contractors and save money on restoration costs for four bridges, including downtown Augusta’s Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge, received no offers in its second round of bidding.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Lexington to elect new mayor for first time in 21 years
The city of Lexington will have a new mayor in 2016 following a decision by David Montgomery not to seek another term for the office he has held for 21 years.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Plans for downtown Athens development along Prince Avenue submitted
We may not know the names of the businesses that will adorn the sides of the buildings planned for the old St. Joseph Catholic Church property for quite a while.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke mayor and commission to consider food truck ordinance Tuesday
Food Truck Thursdays could come to downtown Athens, under the terms of local ordinance amendments set for consideration by Athens-Clarke’s mayor and commission tonight at City Hall.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Lula prepares to grow; Hall County wants to be involved
This small city in northeast Hall County (estimated 2013 population of 2,847) wants to be ready for what’s coming; the Economic Development Council, an extension of the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce wants to help them reach that point.
Source: Access North Georgia

New Lithonia council member sworn in
The lone candidate to qualify for the Lithonia City Council special election, Diane Howard, will be sworn into office on Oct. 5.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Production pumping money into Isles
Angie Young and her dog, Luna, have long been regular fixtures in downtown Brunswick. But recently, the duo has been taking their early morning strolls down Newcastle Street a little more slowly.
Source: Brunswick News

Updated Stockbridge charter proposal seeks change in government
Over the years, city officials say several inconsistencies have arisen from the city charter, so now they are seeking to change it.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Locust Grove public safety building breaks ground
The highly-anticipated public safety building finally broke ground Thursday afternoon after years in the making.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Forest Park’s new interim city manager works to get government rolling again
Al Wiggins may have just become the reason Forest Park’s government is able to move again.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Some Columbus councilors undecided on putting tax freeze referendum on ballot
If approved by Columbus Council, the city will present an eight-point wish list to the local legislative delegation, including a request to put a referendum on the November 2016 ballot giving citizens an opportunity to “thaw” the property tax assessment freeze.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Woodstock Planning Commission to vote on annexations
A public hearing at the Woodstock Planning Commission meeting tonight will give residents a chance to weigh in on a proposed annexation and rezoning request by Avin Properties LLC of Woodstock to build a 35-lot subdivision off South Cherokee Lane.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Forum set for candidates in city elections
A candidate forum for those in contested races in the Nov. 3 city elections is set for Oct. 8 at the Canton Theatre.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

River Bend Way paving project approved
The Canton City Council is one step closer to tackling at least one road improvement project after giving Bartow Paving the green light to make temporary repairs to the main thoroughfare in the River Green community.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta opens new $3.8 million fitness center
City residents now have a state-of-the-art fitness center at their disposal.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Gainesville, Hall look for delicate balance in minority hiring
At a Gainesville City Council meeting last month, political organizer Jerry Gonzalez ran down the racial demographics of local government personnel, comparing those figures with census numbers.
Source: Gainesville Times

Commissioners Jon Howard, Tommie Postell returning to board unchallenged
Today marks the final day that Albany residents 18 and older who are not already on the city’s voter rolls may register to vote in the Nov. 3 municipal election, which has contested races for mayor and Ward IV city commissioner.
Source: Albany Herald

Uniformed "ambassadors" to assist Savannah's downtown visitors
Uniformed ambassadors will soon be assisting Savannah’s downtown visitors as part of a 12-week pilot program the city plans to launch this month.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins to move forward with special tax district
Warner Robins City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on a recently proposed tax allocation district before voting on its creation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Close vote likely coming Tuesday on Macon baseball study
A study to determine Macon-Bibb County’s ability to support a professional baseball team could come down to a close vote Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Council nixes Robinson Rd. buffer variance
It was not much of a surprise that the Peachtree City Council on Oct. 1 unanimously denied a variance request to reduce the 50-foot buffer on four residential lots along Robinson Road.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Dalton council to vote on alcohol change tonight
Dalton City Council members could vote tonight on a law that would allow customers to take alcoholic drinks out of downtown restaurants and bars.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Whitfield’s small cities have already started work on SPLOST projects
Whitfield County recently presented the county’s three smaller cities with the funds they were promised under the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) approved by voters in March.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Savannah-Chatham police revisit old strategies, begin rollout of gun violence-reduction approach
“We’re retraining everybody in what we used to do,” Savannah-Chatham Police Maj. Richard Zapal said during a recent interview.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Third and fourth district Savannah council candidates discuss plans
Each incumbent is facing one challenger in the race to represent Savannah’s third and fourth aldermanic districts.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry to discuss future of animal shelter
The future of Perry’s animal shelter is scheduled for discussion Monday by the City Council as it considers the recent building donated to the shelter from Houston Healthcare.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Traylor seeks re-election
A four-term LaGrange City Council member is seeking re-election in the Nov. 3 municipal election.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Patsy Perdue running for reelection
Deciding to run for District Two City Council was an easy choice for Patsy Perdue.
Source: Thomaston Times

Gary Atwater running for reelection
Mr. Gary L. Atwater represents District 1 and has been a Thomaston City Councilman for 14 years.
Source: Thomaston Times

Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin appointed to Georgia Municipal Association legislative policy panel
Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin has been appointed to the Georgia Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Council, the association announced Friday.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Southern Mill redevelopment proposal gets endorsement of Athens-Clarke Planning Commission
Plans for a mixed-use redevelopment of the abandoned Southern Mill complex on Oneta Street got the enthusiastically unanimous approval of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission this week, sending the proposal forward to Athens-Clarke’s mayor and commission for further review later this month, and from there to a possible final vote at the mayor and commission’s Nov. 3 meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta Police Begin Unveiling Plans For Body Camera Policy
Some westside Atlanta residents got a look Thursday night at a few policies that will govern the city’s use of police body cameras, weeks ahead of a small-scale trial slated for the area.
Source: WABE

Kelley pledges continued support for helping Rockmart grow
State Rep. Trey Kelley, R-16th district, pledged his support to continued business growth in Polk County during a meeting of the Rockmart Business Alliance.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Perry to abandon plans for special tax district
The city of Perry will not move forward with its efforts to create a community improvement district to benefit General Courtney Hodges Boulevard.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Acworth aldermen approve Boston trip for teens
The Acworth Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 Thursday to approve travel for around a dozen underserved teens to Boston, Massachusetts for an educational trip.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Acworth plans Logan Farm Park expansion
The Acworth Board of Aldermen voted 5-0 Thursday to buy another parcel in its effort to expand Logan Farm Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Augusta nears hire for new compliance director position
The Augusta Commission is finalizing selection of a candidate to fill the new position of compliance director.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

At Issue: Should Decatur popularly elect its mayor?
Decatur is the only metro-area municipality that doesn’t popularly elect its mayor, instead appointing the position annually from among its five-person commission.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Flowery Branch Police make car accident reports more efficient
The Flowery Branch Police Department has a new way of filing automobile accident reports.
Source: Access North Georgia

Business a key issue for Villa Rica mayoral candidates
Villa Rica’s mayor and two challengers discussed their goals and the city’s needs Wednesday night in forum hosted by the Carrollton-Carroll County League of Women Voters.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Purvis declares his candidacy for City Council Ward 2
Wilbur T. Purvis III has officially announced his candidacy for City Council (Ward 2) in Douglasville, Georgia, where he has lived for the past 25 years.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Persons announces his bid for re-election as Douglasville mayor
After much family prayer and reflection, on April 16, 2015, I announced that I am seeking reelection as Mayor of the City of Douglasville.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City receives $1.8 million grant
The Cartersville Bartow Airport Authority will receive $1.8 million in funding assistance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for construction around the airport, the city council learned Thursday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Morrow hopes to attract businesses after rezoning largest undeveloped area
Morrow’s largest undeveloped land area has just undergone a policy makeover.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Conyers city officials continue talks for downtown parking lot
City officials continue to negotiate with an Olde Town property owner for the acquisition of a parcel of land on Main Street to construct a new public parking lot.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Yellow River Jam set for Saturday in Porterdale
Paddle on the river and hear good music — it’s boats, bands, brew and Georgia-Bama football on tap for the Yellow River Jam Saturday at Yellow River Park in Porterdale.
Source: Newton Citizen

Rutledge Council denies wedding venue request
The Rutledge City Council (RCC) voted against Tom and Michelle Strott’s petitions for both a text amendment of The City Zoning Ordinance and a Conditional Use Permit to operate an event facility on 160 Fairplay Street in Rutledge.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Marietta debates naming park after actress Joanne Woodward
A neighborhood association wants to name a city park after Academy Award winner Joanne Woodward, but the proposal has run afoul of the city’s park-naming policy.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Flowery Branch may ban some outdoor drop boxes
Outdoor drop boxes may be allowed in Flowery Branch, but only those related to the property they’re on.
Source: Gainesville Times

9 proposals to improve downtown Gainesville
A new concept plan for downtown Gainesville focuses on the area’s potential and how it can meet the desires of millennials and Generation Xers between the ages of 20 and 44.
Source: Gainesville Times

Vienna Council names interim chief
Council members here handled a brief agenda with one of the main items being the naming of an interim chief for the police department.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Department will host open house for new facility
As part of the city’s continuing efforts at progress the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department will host a dedication and open house for their new facility, located at 103 North Third Street at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 3.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

City adopts same millage rate as last year
The Americus Mayor and City Council met Sept. 24 for its regular monthly meeting.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

St. Marys seeks input on TAD plan
St. Marys residents will have two opportunities in the next week to share their opinions about a draft redevelopment plan.
Source: St. Marys Tribune and Georgian

Ellijay Police to use license plate recognition system for trial period
For the next 30 days, the Ellijay Police Department will be evaluating — and using — a new piece of technology that assists officers in locating wanted persons.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Kyle looks forward to ‘stepping up’
As a practicing attorney and former judge, Patricia Jean Kyle was getting a feeling her legal endeavors were taking over too much of her life. Then she happened to visit Ellijay to see a friend.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Stewart wants to ‘make a difference’
After retiring from a career in education, Lynelle Reece Stewart moved back to Ellijay four years ago. But making a difference in the lives of children — in the classroom and also administratively — is not her stopping point.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

More business, term limits part of Robinson’s platform
Downtown businessman Larry Robinson has thrown his hat into the political arena for the first time by announcing his candidacy for Ellijay City Council.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Fuller touts accomplishments
When 2015 draws to a close, Al Fuller will have served 32 years as an Ellijay city councilman, according to city records.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

More tourism, more parking keys for Westmoreland
Having served on the Ellijay City Council since 1981, except for four years, David Westmoreland is proud of what the council has accomplished through the years.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Historic Building Battle on hold
Members of the Dahlonega Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) unanimously agreed to table the demolition discussion surrounding the antebellum building until their October 21 meeting after listening to strong arguments from both sides of the debate at the Parks & Rec building on Monday.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Cinnamon Spurlock seeks Helen City seat
One of the first things Cinnamon Spurlock noticed when she moved back to the Helen area after more than 20 years was the same family names on the city commission as when she was in high school.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Atlanta Millennials Included In Long-Term Regional Planning
The Atlanta Regional Commission has spent the past eight months working with a unique group of people on a the commission’s long-term planning process for future city development.
Source: WABE

Savannah Fire Chief named Office of the Year
Savannah Fire and Emergency Services Battalion Chief Jeff Alberts was recognized tonight by American Legion Savannah Post 135 as the department’s Chief Officer of the Year, according to spokesman Mark Keller.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police salaries may go before commission
The recently enacted salary increases for Savannah-Chatham police are expected to be considered next week by the police policy committee composed of Mayor Edna Jackson, Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott, and the city and county managers.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Ryan Tucker wins District 3 seat
Ryan Tucker could be sworn in as the District 3 member of the Thomaston City Council as soon as November 17, 2015.
Source: Thomaston Times

Collegiate baseball league shows interest in Macon
A summer collegiate baseball league is showing interest in bringing a team to Macon-Bibb County as a vote looms on a feasibility study for professional baseball.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry Main Street exploring trolley service between fairgrounds and downtown
The Main Street Advisory Board is exploring the option of having a trolley run between the Georgia National Fairgrounds and downtown.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Goats have saved $22,125 in Augusta pond maintenance expenses
In its first year, the Augusta goat program has saved the city $21,145 over what it would have cost for humans to mow county detention ponds.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke County produces its own 'hype' video
Quick cuts. Bouncy music. Lots of up-close and personal images. It’s a hype video — for the Athens-Clarke County government. Released earlier this week on the government’s Facebook page, the almost-two-minute video is a shorter version of a nearly 10-minute video produced by the county’s Public Information Office.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Parking, traffic, rain will challenge Athens-Clarke government on Saturday
With parking spaces likely to be scarce as Saturday afternoon’s kickoff of the University of Georgia’s football game with the University of Alabama approaches, John Spagna, administrator of the Athens-Clarke County government’s Community Protection Division, is expecting to see “a lot of entrepreneurial activity” as some enterprising property owners turn their yards into parking lots.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Reed thumps for trade deal with TPP talks in town
With trade representatives from around the globe convening in Atlanta this week, Mayor Kasim Reed joined a host of other U.S. mayors Thursday to call for conclusion to years-long negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Upgrades started on Rockmart sewage plant
Modification has begun at the Rockmart Water Pollution Control Plant so that it will meet new permit limits for phosphorus reduction.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Aragon city council says ‘nay’ to city hall paving project
No new parking spaces will be added to the front of Aragon’s city hall, as the city council voted Sept. 24 against a Public Works plan to expand the number of spaces in the lot.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Former Macon-Bibb EMA director announces plan to run for county commission
Former Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Don Druitt announced Thursday his intention to run for a county commission seat next year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Gainesville City Council hears update on plans for Downtown/Midtown
Gainesville City Council members got a chance to see the fruits of 10 months worth of labor to map out a Master Plan for the city's Downtown and Midtown areas.
Source: Access North Georgia

Court says pro wrestler can't run for Ringgold mayor
Paul Lee, the professional wrestler who was running for Ringgold mayor, will not be on the Nov. 3 ballot.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Downtown plan to be unveiled today
The Gainesville City Council will get its first look at a new downtown strategic plan when it meets this morning.
Source: Gainesville Times

Eastman City Council approves roundabout
The intersection by the Dodge County Hospital, the site of many accidents and general driving inconveniences, may become a roundabout in the future.
Source: Dodge County News

City in final planning to restore rail depot
Proposed renovations to Blackshear’s historic train depot are heading for a final review from state officials.
Source: Blackshear Times

Baxley City Council approves Resolution for Proposed Budgets
The Baxley City Council on Tuesday, Sept. 22 unanimously adopted a resolution approving the City’s Fiscal Year 2016 Proposed Budgets, with projected revenues for the General Operating Fund at $3,864,188.00. The Proposed Revenues from taxes is projected to be $2,559,450.00.
Source: Baxley News Banner

Tybee brainstorms for solutions to reduce beach litter
The 30 or so people gathered for a meeting Wednesday on Tybee Island weren’t supposed to come up with a solution for the city’s litter problem.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Ideas sought for Knight Cities Challenge
The city of Macon is challenged once again by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to come up with ideas for how to make the city a more vibrant place to live and work.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange, Troup County and West Point fire departments quell the inferno
It was hard to miss the the large plume of flames or feel the heat radiating from the 25-foot tornado of fire hovering over the LaGrange Fire Training Center off Fort Drive on Tuesday night.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Peachtree City PD wins state award
The Peachtree City Police Department was one of several law enforcement agencies to take home a prize today when the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) hosted its 15th Annual Governor’s Challenge Awards at the Macon Centreplex.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Cellphone app can improve data on Athens pedestrian, cycling incidents, advocates say
Local alternative transportation advocates are promoting the use of a cellphone app to provide the Athens-Clarke County government with information on bicycling and pedestrian hazards that may not be reported through official channels.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Powder Springs may ban weapons in city buildings
The Powder Springs City Council is expected to vote at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct.5, on whether to ban weapons in city buildings.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

More diverse housing, money for water leaks head Rockmart city council agenda
Rockmart Mayor Steve Miller and city council members have a vision of the next four years that includes new programs and changes.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Milton adopts 2016 budget
The Milton City Council voted 6-0 to adopt its approximately $26.3 million FY 2016 budget. The budget is based on the city’s steady millage rate of 4.732, and it projects a $4.9 million surplus.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek signs off on budget
The Johns Creek City Council has finalized its FY 2016 operating budget at $60.4 million on a 5-0 vote.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Savannah launches "facts" web page ahead of election
With about one month until the municipal elections on Nov. 3, the city of Savannah has launched a page on its website officials say is meant to answer questions the public may have about decisions the city has made or services it offers.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb and Robins Air Force Base firefighters train for aviation disaster
If one of the big cargo planes that flies out of Robins goes down, firefighters could have a blaze to put out unlike any they have ever seen. That’s why firefighters from Robins Air Force Base and the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department were training together Wednesday to practice extinguishing a fire from a large aircraft.
Source: Macon Telegraph

5th Candidate wants to be Hinesville mayor
Tyrone Adams is the fifth and final candidate to declare his run for the office of Mayor of Hinesville.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Savannah-Chatham police raises holding up merger vote
Chatham County Commission Chairman Al Scott has offered support for increasing the salaries of Savannah-Chatham police officers, which have already been approved by the Savannah City Council. It’s the timing and method for approving those increases that’s an issue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Lockhart, Stovall to read at Little Ones Learning Center
Students at Little Ones Learning Center will get visits from two special guests in honor of Georgia’s Pre-K Week, said officials Tuesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Transportation needs, solutions discussed at Monday town hall
Transportation needs — and solutions — were the topics of conversation Monday night at Jessie Davis Park as representatives from the city, the county and the community came together at a town hall meeting hosted by District 1 Commissioner Henry Mitchell to weigh in on solving transportation problems facing citizens.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Ringgold’s downtown sign controversy turned over to Convention and Visitors Bureau for review
The final decision on the fate of Ringgold’s downtown digital sign will have to wait a little longer, as the city council voted Monday night, Sept. 28, to turn the issue over to the Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for review before a determination can be made.
Source: Catoosa County News

Acworth to vote on sending at-risk youth to Boston
The Acworth City Council is expected to vote Thursday on approving a trip for at-risk youth to Boston through a city program aimed at keeping kids engaged.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Forest Park appoints interim city manager after month-and-a-half government stall
Forest Park finally has an interim city manager. Council voted unanimously during a called meeting Tuesday to appoint Planning, Zoning and Building Director Al Wiggins interim city manager.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Wanted: Young professionals in Woodstock
As the young professional population continues to grow in Woodstock and surrounding areas, Main Street Woodstock has created a Young Professionals of Woodstock group for young entrepreneurs.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta City Council frustrated by pace of Wynhaven development
City Council members say they are growing frustrated at the pace of the developers who plan to raze the dilapidated Wynhaven Apartments on Powder Springs Street.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta gets OK for parking
While the Woodstock City Council decided Monday to fast-track plans to allow more parking at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta by doing away with future public input meetings, the new parking must be lighted.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Holly Springs Council OKs revised plan for Hickory Flat development
Scaled-back plans for a development in Hickory Flat were approved by the Holly Springs City Council at its meeting Monday — a move one resident called “disappointing.”
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Jefferson interviewing city manager finalists Wednesday
Two finalists for the Jefferson city manager position are being interviewed today during a 12:50 p.m. called meeting, which will be an executive session.
Source: Gainesville Times

Travel marketing study: Albany tourism investment needed
A recent study conducted by a top travel marketing research team indicates that while Albany and Dougherty County have a plethora of unique features and attractions that make it desirable to visitors, failure to invest properly in facilities and in the downtown area will hinder future tourism revenue.
Source: Albany Herald

Study: Quarter of Alpharetta lives in rentals
A new study commissioned by the city shows that more than a third of all housing in the city is for-rent and many of those are in fact single-family homes, with a quarter of all residents living in rentals.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Grantville's four-day work week starts Oct. 5
On Monday, Grantville City Council upheld its decision for a four-day work week for city hall and public works employees. The shortened work week will start the week of Oct. 5th for a 90-day trial.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah to drop tour guide test, restrict tour hours
Savannah officials are ready to drop a requirement that would-be tour guides pass a written test before they can get a guide permit.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler planning board approves additional land in development tract, turns down request for mid-rise apartments
Pooler planning officials this week signed off on a request to incorporate additional parcels of land into a larger planned unit development, but they declined to recommend changes that would allow for the city’s first mid-rise apartment complex.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Monroe fireman Lott named GSFA Educator of the Year
The Georgia State Firefighters Association recently recognized Ricardo “RJ” Lott of the Monroe Fire Department as its Educator of the Year.
Source: Walton Tribune

Social Circle maintains tax rate, talks furniture, preps for manager
Social Circle city council members alongside members of the community came together at Monday night's public hearing for the millage rate, followed by a called city council meeting to discuss some new agenda items.
Source: Walton Tribune

No help needed in hunt for Aragon beavers
Chris Hindman has one simple message for Aragon residents following his and two other contractors beginning their hunt for the beavers blocking up the spring that feeds the mill pond: Stay away.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Warner Robins seeks public input on 2040 transportation plan
The Warner Robins Metropolitan Planning Organization will hold two public information meetings Thursday to get feedback on the area’s long-range transportation plan for 2040.
Source: Macon Telegraph

First major roundabout in Athens set to open soon
Early next week, weather permitting, many motorists will have a new experience in Athens-Clarke County, with the opening of the community’s first major traffic roundabout.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Hall County SPLOST Citizen Review Committee wants all cities involved
The Hall County SPLOST VII Citizens’ Review Committee met for the second time Monday afternoon at the Hall County Government Center, elected leaders and immediately began sharing their visions of the committee’s objectives.
Source: Access North Georgia

Akins drops out of Aragon city council race
The coming election in Aragon continues to twist and turn after a specially called Board of Elections meeting to challenge the candidacy of John Akins for city council Monday.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City approves lease agreement with Highland Rivers Health for One Door Polk space
Highland Rivers Health will soon be moving into their renovated space at One Door Polk now that remodeling work is wrapping up and the city commission has approved a lease agreement.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Early retirements bring new budget challenges to Macon-Bibb
Macon-Bibb leaders said Tuesday that while the city surpassed its goal for the number of people accepting retirements, sustaining some of the budget cuts will be more difficult next year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Canton seeks input on revitalization of Rivermill District
Canton city officials are looking for input from the public as they work to bring a plan to revitalize the city’s Rivermill District up to date.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock approves mall parking plans
The Woodstock City Council Monday night approved plans for upgraded parking at the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta, which mall officials say is needed for the holiday shopping season.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rome approves rezoning for apartments, retail project on Riverside Parkway; mayor casts needed 5th vote
In a packed chamber Monday, the Rome City Commission approved rezonings on two parcels on Riverside Parkway to allow an apartment complex and a small retail development — the first phase of the larger CityCenter proposal.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Snellville police chief, department honored for efforts against underage drinking
Police Chief Roy Whitehead and his Snellville Police Department were honored Monday night for efforts to reduce underage drinking.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Marietta City Council considers pension changes
A proposed change to the pension plans for city employees could allow former employees and elected officials to buy back time served if they decide to return to city employment.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Flowery Branch looking at extending Pine Street
Flowery Branch is getting more serious about extending Pine Street, which officials hope will improve downtown traffic flow and boost the local economy.
Source: Gainesville Times

Campaign signs vandalized
Signs for Tifton's mayoral candidates were the targets of vandals Friday night.
Source: Tifton Gazette

City defends cul-de-sac pump station
A pump station installed on the end of Wilkes Circle has met some complaints, but the city claims it is the best way to serve the neighborhood.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Councilman Proposes Delaying Peoplestown Retention Pond Project
An Atlanta City councilman wants to put on hold plans to build a stormwater retention pond and park in the Peoplestown neighborhood.
Source: WABE

Mayoral candidates talk crime, cronyism and gambling
The Savannah Jaycees hosted a two-hour mayoral debate at the Coastal Georgia Center Monday night. Mayor Edna Jackson and her three challengers, Eddie DeLoach, Murray Silver Jr. and Louis Wilson answered questions posed by panelists and submitted by the audience on issues that included crime, cronyism and gambling on Hutchinson Island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry animal shelter welcomes new building
Construction workers were busy dismantling a mobile building beside Houston Healthcare in Warner Robins on Monday afternoon. The building will be transported to Perry’s animal shelter this week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New community gardens, health services coming to Macon-Bibb Shalom neighborhoods
New community gardens and improved health services are coming to some Macon-Bibb County neighborhoods.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Flovilla to debut new website in October
Flovilla will soon have its own website, the City Council heard during a presentation at its Sept. 21 meeting.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

City receives seventh $500,000 CDBG check
For seven consecutive years, the City of Griffin has been awarded $500,000 dollars to address poor infrastructure conditions in the north Griffin area.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Atlanta wins $30 million federal Choice grant
U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro announced Monday Atlanta won a $30 million Choice grant.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

ARC to fund public art for Decatur overpass
The Atlanta Regional Commission recently announced the awarding of funding and technical assistance for public art to four metro-area communities including Decatur.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Officials tout success of Transportation Investment Act funding
Transportation projects cost money, a lot of money. But if you have the money, a lot can get done.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Morrow approves map for TriCities initiative
Morrow approved its long-awaited map to move forward with the TriCities initiative.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Columbus delegation ventures to sizzling hot Nashville
There's no doubt Music City has been sizzling with attention over the last decade -- a top city for job growth, a creative and livable community, and home of a vibrant music scene punctuated by its country roots.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Interview with Alan Harkness: 'It's my dream job, to be honest with you'
Alan Harkness came to Columbus two years ago for his “dream job” as director of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council talks road improvements
With several city streets in need of repairs, including the main thoroughfare in the River Green community, the Canton City Council Thursday discussed the need for more funds for roads, with one councilman raising the possibility of a bond referendum.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City celebrates railroad history
The history of railroads will be celebrated Oct. 3, in what will be one of the busiest days of the year in St. Marys.
Source: Brunswick News

CityCenter zoning hearing set for tonight's Rome City Commission meeting
A public hearing on partial plans for the proposed CityCenter development on Riverside Parkway is scheduled for tonight.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Snellville welcomes new finance officer-controller
The City of Snellville recently welcomed longtime Lawrenceville resident ChaRita Echols to the staff at City Hall. Echols is the new finance officer-controller and will handle all of the city’s accounting-related duties.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Officials open Snellville Livable Centers Initiative project
At a ceremony celebrating the completion of Snellville’s Livable Centers Initiative, city officials chose a green ribbon to cut.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Canton Council talking annexation for reduced tap fees
Canton city leaders are looking to gauge a property owner’s willingness to annex into the city before moving forward with negotiating a request to reduce its commercial tap fees.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Vaughn Road zoning case back on table
After entering into a land use agreement with the county, the Holly Springs City Council could consider an application to rezone acreage in Hickory Flat at its meeting Monday night.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton Police hires new captain: Wendell Turner will lead the agency’s support services bureau
The Canton Police Department is expanding its command staff and has hired a former public safety director to lead the agency’s support services bureau.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City says goodbye to departing public safety director
As the community wished farewell to Statesboro’s outgoing public safety director during a reception Friday, Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore shared ideas about the upcoming search for his replacement.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Flowery Branch poised to grow with enhanced sewer system
On the verge of finishing a long-awaited sewer project, Flowery Branch is looking to what a more developed sewer system could mean for the South Hall County city.
Source: Gainesville Times

New youth council provides public servant experience for local 7th, 8th graders
A new Valdosta Youth Council (VYC), initiated by Mayor John Gayle and approved by the Valdosta City Council at their Sept. 24 meeting, seeks to inspire local 7th and 8th grade students to build leadership and civic responsibility, to gain a better understanding of municipal government, and to prepare youth for a lifetime of public and community service.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

State ratchets down aquifer use in Savannah area
Cities, towns and industries around Savannah have new marching orders about how much water they can pull from local wells.
Source: Savannah Morning News

NAACP hosts Savannah City Council candidates
Despite having more than two dozen candidates for Savannah City Council — from the mayor’s race to all six districts and two at-large seats — take the podium, the forum hosted by the Savannah branch of the NAACP ran on schedule and barely exceeded two hours.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins considers foreign investments for hotel, conference center
As City Council plans for the development of a hotel and conference center beside City Hall, one part of a financing package it is considering has come under public scrutiny.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Renovations set to begin on Bibb County Courthouse; old Sears project nearing completion
Construction is set to begin this week to renovate the Bibb County Courthouse and the Grand Building in advance of more office relocations that began last year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Alcohol law change could make Dalton more attractive
Imagine having dinner at a downtown restaurant, getting a beer to go and then strolling around downtown, maybe meeting friends at a nearby bar.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Complete Streets group widening focus to include all of Athens
A recent decision by Athens-Clarke County commissioners to postpone a reconfiguration of part of Chase Street in favor of a wider look at possible pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly changes to the entire corridor may have been “a victory,” according to local alternative transportation advocate Tony Eubanks, but it’s only “a first small step” toward a more comprehensive approach to accommodating all users of all the county’s roadways.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Sheep on the way to Brookhaven Park
A flock of sheep will soon be dispatched to Brookhaven Park. Expected to start at the front area along Peachtree Road, the sheep are used to clean out invasive growth and overgrown vegetation.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Savannah's District 2 candidates discuss priorities, issues
Four candidates are running for the Savannah City Council in the city’s Second District going into the Nov. 3 election.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Permanent memorial bought to mark field
The City of Yatesville is hoping to have a memorial marker in place in the field at the corner of Logtown Road and Highway 74 by Veteran’s Day on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.
Source: Thomaston Times

Reed on leading in 2015: Direct engagement and “authenticity” required
You can learn a lot about Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed from his Twitter account.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tybee Councilman Rob Callahan to resign
Tybee Island Councilman Rob Callahan on Friday announced he will resign his post on the City Council.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City of Savannah sets United Way goal at $240,000
The city of Savannah kicked off its 2015 United Way Campaign with a pep rally at City Hall on Friday morning.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Grantville holds public hearing on four-day work week
Grantville City Council held a public hearing on Thursday regarding a proposed four-day work week for employees.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Decatur sends developer back to the drawing board
Earlier this week, rather than voting on Cousins Properties’ “special exception requests” for redeveloping the Callaway Building Property, Decatur’s commission unanimously referred Cousins’ plans back to the Downtown Development Authority for further review.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta likely to win $30 million housing and economic development grant
Atlanta likely landed a $30 million Choice grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help revitalize communities in west Atlanta, including Vine City, Ashview Heights and the Atlanta University Center Neighborhood..
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Pension break for new cities in DeKalb scrutinized
Georgia legislators will have to change state law if they want residents of new cities to contribute to DeKalb County’s pension debt at the same rate as they did before incorporation.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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