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Flag an issue in museum offer
Whether a historic tavern may become a city museum for Villa Rica depends on resolving the sole condition: that a flag bearing a Confederate symbol remain on the site.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Atlanta moves to annex Cascade corridor
In an apparent move to keep the Cascade Road corridor of homes and businesses out of the proposed city of South Fulton, Atlanta has scheduled a June 15 public hearing on annexing the area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Columbus Council rarely sees quick turnover like the school board
Walker Garrett, Columbus Council’s newest member, joins an elected panel where the faces don’t change very often.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Brookhaven conducts road surveys
Brookhaven is conducting a public roads survey this week. Using an automated data collection vehicle, Infrastructure Management Services will drive every street and collect data on conditions.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates commission still uncertain over compensation
Avondale Estates commissioners remain divided on whether to give themselves compensation, with a final board vote scheduled for June 20.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

College Park announces FAA building expansion
The city of College Park will expand the building used by the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA’s southern regional center is located beside the College Park MARTA station. The city will host a formal reception for the expansion of the FAA Southern region center June 14 to acknowledge the relocation of 330 FAA employees to the location.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two-way traffic for 13th Street in Midtown Atlanta
Motorists may soon find it easier to navigate Midtown Atlanta, if the City Council approves a proposal to convert 13th Street NE from one-way eastbound to a two-way thoroughfare between Spring Street NW and Peachtree Walk NE.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

More new sidewalks to be installed in Peachtree Corners
Sidewalks are planned this fall along Jay Bird Alley from Peachtree Parkway to Crooked Creek Road in Peachtree Corners.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Holly Springs sets alarm fines
The city of Holly Springs is cracking down on repeat alarm violators.The city council recently OK’d an ordinance setting up fines for repeat false alarms. A fourth automatic alarm drawing a police response within a year is a $50 fine. That escalates to $75 with a fifth occasion and for a sixth and beyond, the fine jumps to $100.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Grayson intersection improvements move forward
The intersection improvement at Grayson Parkway and Rosebud Road continues this month with the movement of utilities. Trees at the corner are being removed to make room for turning lanes. The trees will be replaced with indigenous inventory when the city finalizes the new park plans. Gwinnett DOT predicts 6 to 9 months to complete the intersection project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta City Council mulls employee leave changes
The Marietta City Council is considering amending its benefits policies to include differential pay for city employees who take military leave and six-weeks paid time off for employees taking maternity or paternity leave.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

UGa students join effort to preserve historic Brunswick home
Joe McDonough has an unlivable house that he wants to tear down, but the city won’t let him.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Marietta City Council considers 18-month probation period for police, fire
Instead of a 12-month probationary work period, new hires in Marietta’s police and fire departments may have to work 18 months before becoming permanent employees if the City Council approves a policy change presented during its committee work session this week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Draft of Athens-Clarke public art master plan coming soon
One more public forum, some meetings with county government staff to iron out technical details, and the final draft of a public art master plan for Athens-Clarke County should be ready for public review, according to Marc Beechuk, chairman of the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Oakwood hoping to start widening Old Oakwood Road in July
If all goes as hoped, Oakwood could start widening a section of Old Oakwood Road to three lanes in July.
Source: Gainesville Times

Sale of historic buildings finalized
City officials were elated Friday morning as the sale of the historic school board buildings in downtown Canton was finalized at City Hall.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Woodstock among fastest growing cities in state of Georgia
New population estimates released last week by the United States Census Bureau ranked Woodstock ninth in the state’s top 10 fastest growing cities, with a population increase of 7.6 percent.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Griffin buying land for new fire station
Griffin is buying 2.73 acres on Ellis Road and Baker Street for the new headquarters fire station.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Canton approves $1.4 million road project
The city of Canton is undertaking its largest repaving project to date, city officials say.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

100 speaker receives key to the city
A new piece of history was introduced Friday during the 100 Black Men of Valdosta's 22nd Annual Black Tie Banquet at Valdosta Middle School. Mayor John Gayle presented keynote speaker Samuel M. Matchett with the key to the city.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Sneak-peek at Peachtree Corners incubator draws large crowd
Organizers were anticipating 75 to 100 to attend last week’s Peachtree Corners new business incubator sneak peek. Instead, the event drew nearly 200 who were eager to learn more about the city’s plans.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New pier to be built at Sims Lake Park in Suwanee
Officials in Suwanee have given approval for a new pier to be built at Sims Lake Park.
Source: Access North Georgia

The former mayor turned state legislator
When he was young, J. Collins’ grandfather took him to the state capitol in Atlanta to see where Georgia’s lawmakers met. At one point during the tour, he got a chance to sit behind the governor’s desk.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Brunswick receives Excellence in Financial reporting in spite of weaknesses
Although it may not be rolling in money, the city of Brunswick is getting by, paying its bills and balancing its budget, according to a 2015 audit report due last December that is finally complete.
Source: Brunswick News

West Point opens Splash Park
Officials dedicated a new feature of West Point’s growing parks area on Friday, and had some fun getting wet in the process.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Citizens donate items to city
The city of Tifton has received several donated items to display in the archives room at City Hall.
Source: Tifton Gazette

City sprucing up West Jackson corridor
A highly traveled Thomasville thoroughfare will get a new look in 2017.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Vienna Council meets
Mayor and Council members here met Monday night to discuss the business of the city. Mayor Hobby Stripling Sr. called the meeting to order and welcomed guest pastor Williams Ford who provided an invocation for the meeting.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

City Manager Hugley confronts AT&T about Forrest Road project
As we have reported recently, the ongoing inconvenience that is the Forrest Road bridges project continues to drag on with little chance of it being completed this year.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Holly Springs racing to help school for Memorial Day 5K on Saturday
The city of Holly Springs will host its 11th annual Memorial Day 5K and Fun Run Saturday. This year, proceeds will be donated to Holly Springs Elementary School STEM Academy.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Johns Creek opens free, public map-based data
To help encourage private-sector innovation and growth, the city of Johns Creek has created an OpenData portal to provide the public with free access to data it uses for maps. The initiative makes Johns Creek one of the first city governments in Georgia to open its map-based data without restrictions.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Mt. Carmel Bridge replacement complete, now open to public
The Georgia Department of Transportation announced the completion of the Mt. Carmel Bridge replacement project in McDonough. The new bridge, an infrastructure improvement that replaces the previous bridge built in 1957, opened to traffic Wednesday.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Riverdale proposes tax increase to fund pay raises for public safety and city employees
The city of Riverdale has proposed a 1.5 mill increase and wage increases for the upcoming fiscal year.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City SPLOST budget near completion
The latest SPLOST revision for the city of Carrollton show the $700,000 renovations, electrical and plumbing repairs to the Bonner Gym, $400,000 TE Grant match to the Alabama Street portion of the GreenBelt and addressing the culverts on Ben Scott Boulevard held over.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Council hears sound and fury over proposed noise ordinance
The Johns Creek City Council listened to a three-hour debate Monday night from its citizens over the merits of a nuisance (they don’t want to use the word noise) ordinance that would force the popular Medlock Bridge night club 37 Main to rein in its beat or close.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Which DeKalb County city is growing the fastest?
In five years, only one city in DeKalb County grew faster than the county itself.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Brainstorms Future Transportation, MARTA Projects
The city of Atlanta is putting together a list of transportation upgrades and transit expansions that could bring big changes to how people get around.
Source: WABE

Town hall meeting set to address drug ‘epidemic’
Local citizens are encouraged to attend a town hall meeting this weekend held to discuss what one local official is calling “a serious drug matter” affecting the community. Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard said that, with school ending, now is the perfect time for families to get informed on how to protect their kids.
Source: Albany Herald

Athens sales tax committee considering membership changes
The members of a citizen committee established almost five years ago to monitor progress on infrastructure improvement projects funded with Special-Purpose Local Option Sales Tax dollars are working to reconfigure the group so its representatives come from each of Athens-Clarke County’s 10 county commission districts.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Warner Robins police running Special Olympics torch through Houston County
Drivers in Houston County will be sharing the road with Warner Robins police officers on bicycles and on foot Friday morning.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tybee council adopts new short-term vacation rental rules
After multiple discussions at public workshops and meetings, officials on Tybee Island have at last adopted rules to govern the city’s growing number of short-term vacation rentals.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City proposes $106M budget
The mayor and City Council this week reviewed the city’s annual budget, which cuts expenses by about 3.5 percent, but remains balanced and levies no city property taxes.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

City, state prepare Bobby Jones/Underground Atlanta property deals
A real estate deal that, oddly, concerns both the future of Atlanta's Bobby Jones Golf Course and the proposed Underground Atlanta redevelopment looks like it's getting closer to completion.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta joins Rockefeller Foundation list of ‘resilient’ cities
Funds to hire a “Chief Resilience Officer” and technical support to develop a “Resilience Strategy” have been promised to Atlanta after its selection to join the Rockefeller Foundation-supported 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Unemployment rates drop along coast, in Savannah
The unemployment rate in the Coastal Georgia region declined to 4.9 percent in April and metro Savannah’s rate was at 4.7 percent, down from 5.1 in March.
Source: Savannah Morning News

State threatens to shut down Atlanta streetcar
State regulators have threatened to shut down Atlanta’s troubled streetcar unless the city resolves a slew of problems outlined in recent audits.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Eric Christ wins Peachtree Corners post 2 council seat
Eric Christ, 48, defeated Stephen Peet, 60, to win Peachtree Corners’ Post 2 council seat in the special election held May 24. Christ collected 632 votes while Peet captured 325 votes. The final votes included absentee and early voter ballots.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Beekeeping Sandy Springs mayor moves swarm to safety
Sandy Springs’ mayor moonlights as a beekeeper and he got a chance to show off his skills recently.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lovejoy provides lawn care for seniors
The city of Lovejoy is looking out for its senior citizens by providing lawn mowing services all summer.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Snellville makes changes to fireworks restrictions
In an effort to allow distributors of consumer fireworks sufficient time to prepare for the upcoming July 4 holiday, the Snellville city council approved a zoning ordinance amendment Monday to regulate the location of fireworks sales. The amendment includes prohibiting consumer fireworks retail sales facilities, but not consumer fireworks retail sales stands, within the Town Center Overlay District.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Savannah may pass food truck ordinance in June
The Savannah City Council is expected to pass an ordinance allowing food trucks to operate in the city, after raising few concerns about the proposed regulations during a workshop on Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate declines
Metro Atlanta unemployment rate for April was 4.8 percent, which is down four-tenths of a percentage point from 5.2 percent in March, according to Georgia Department of Labor.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Atlanta Gets $1B Plan To Boost Biking, Walking Friendliness
The Atlanta Regional Commission has approved its plan to make the area more friendly to cyclists and walkers. The new plan, called "Walk. Bike. Thrive!," aims to make biking and walking more safe by building additional bike lanes and multi-use trails, and, when possible, creating buffers against cars.
Source: WABE

Decatur’s packed with new construction, infrastructure improvements
Decatur has 10 new construction/infrastructure projects of varying complexity and duration mapped out for the next two years, a combination of public and private work.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell approves a new logo
The city of Roswell has a new logo. Council members approved a new design at their May 23 meeting.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After delays, south Bibb recreation project making progress
Macon-Bibb County commissioners likely will vote next month on a contract for the construction of a long-anticipated recreation center project in south Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Athens Transit named Urban Community Transit System of the Year
The Athens Transit System was recently recognized as the 2016 Urban Community Transportation System of the Year by the Community Transportation Association of America. The CTTA represents thousands of transit providers across the country.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta Looks For Solutions To City’s Parking Lot Deserts
Tim Keane is no fan of free parking. “That has been proven time and again, in every single city in the world that the more parking you provide, the more people drive,” said Keane, who became Atlanta's planning commissioner last summer.
Source: WABE

Chickamauga OKs school demolition funding and on-site consumption of distilled spirits
By a vote of 470-142 it was decided that a 15-year bond will be issued to cover nearly $2.5 million of demolition, paving and landscaping at Gordon Lee High School. Today's vote means the last hurdle has been cleared and construction of a new high school can begin.
Source: Catoosa County News

Prewett set to resign, Aragon calls for fall vote to fill council
Aragon residents will get to choose a new city councilman in November after elected officials voted 2-1 to call for a vote on the fall ballot.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City celebrates 50-year anniversary of Lemon Street state title
The Lemon Street High School Hornets were recognized by Mayor Steve Tumlin and the Marietta City Council on May 11 for the 50th anniversary of their Georgia Interscholastic Association Conference State championship.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta to receive new bookstore
Half Price Books, a new and used bookstore chain, will open a new location today at 9 a.m. in Marietta at 1205 Johnson Ferry Road.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

TANS for schools to cost Rome $46,000; Commissioners to mull over 2016 tax levy
It’s going to cost the city of Rome a little more than $46,000 in interest to take out $6.3 million in tax anticipation notes, which will be used to keep the city schools in business until property tax money starts to flow in the fall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Local Parks and Rec Department announces new logo, contest winner
On Wednesday, Floyd County Manager Jamie McCord and Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Cowling visited Model High School to recognize senior Josh Walls as the county-wide logo contest winner for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City signs off on $1.6 million loan
Madison’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) received the backing of Madison City Council for their Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) loan in the amount of $1.6 million, that they recently received to makeover the West Washington Gateway.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Black mayors conference in Madison
Last weekend, The James Madison Inn and Madison Tea Room hosted a conference for black mayors across Georgia. The Georgia Conference of Black Mayors (GCBM) was founded in 1986, celebrating its 30th year in Madison, where Madison Mayor Fred Perriman is the first ever African-American mayor in the city’s history.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Columbus Council finalizes FY2017 budget
Columbus Council finalized the city’s fiscal 2017 budget by cutting proposed funding to the Columbus Aquatic Center to a level that will sharply curtail hours of operation.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council District 4: Turner Pugh defeats Averett
In the race for Columbus Council District 4, incumbent Evelyn Turner Pugh has defeated her young challenger Marquese “Skinny” Averett.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council at-large: Skip Henderson to retain council seat
Columbus at-large councilor Skip Henderson appears on his way to retaining his seat against challenger Teddy Reese.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Council at-large: Henderson wins re-election bid easily
Veteran District 10 At-Large Councilor Skip Henderson cruised to re-election Tuesday, easily defeating a political newcomer by a wide margin.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Free golf cart shuttle to be offered on the Square
Visitors to the Covington Square unable to find a parking spare directly in front of their dining or shopping destination, will not have to worry about walking.
Source: Covington News

Chiefs trained in open records
Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police members underwent open government training Tuesday. The Valdosta Daily Times Editor Jim Zachary, in coordination with Valdosta Police Chief Brian Childress, led the class on the Georgia Open Government Act.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission reviews budget
The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission, given the absence of Dougherty County officials, opted to delay a vote on its Fiscal Year 2017 budget until June, while officials said a report on the industry activity for April indicate a promising month.
Source: Albany Herald

Five-day work week final in Grantville
The Grantville City Council voted to keep the five-day work week permanent at Monday night’s regular council meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Incumbents Fennoy and Williams, Jefferson win Augusta Commission races
Augusta voters retained two incumbents - Bill Fennoy and Marion Williams - and approved a familiar face, Andrew Jefferson, to fill three commission seats in Tuesday elections.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Suwanee saves $3M through bond refinance
The Suwanee city council adopted a bond resolution and bond purchase agreement May 24 and voted to approve the refinancing of the city’s outstanding Open Space bonds, resulting in savings of $3 million over the life of the bond for Suwanee taxpayers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Reichert reveals plans for final term, reflects on past
As Reichert embarks on becoming the longest-tenured mayor in Macon’s modern history — reaching 13 years when the next term ends in December 2020 — he and other officials who have worked with him closely explore his accomplishments, legacy, challenges and plans for the future.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City finds buyer for former cultural arts center site; apartments planned
The city has found a buyer for the vacant lot at Hall Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, where the cultural arts center was originally going to be built, after three previous efforts to sell the property failed.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Bobby Jones Golf Course-Underground deal moves forward
A controversial property swap involving Bobby Jones Golf Course in Buckhead, seen as critical to the redevelopment of Underground Atlanta, could go before the full Atlanta City Council for a vote June 6.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Work ahead for Buckhead ‘Duck Pond’ park
The city of Atlanta may spend up to $72,286 to restore a stream bank and protect a city-owned water line in the Peachtree Heights East neighborhood of Buckhead.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeFore, Allen prepare for Macon-Bibb commission showdown
Ed DeFore and Joe Allen say they’re not surprised that they’re headed to a runoff to see who will be the next District 6 commissioner in Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Duluth police use confiscated property to buy equipment
Over the past several months, the Duluth police department has used eBay to sell various items of confiscated property. The sales have generated over $1,100 in revenue for the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Riceboro FD lowers ISO rating
The members of the Riceboro Volunteer Fire-Rescue Department received notification from the Insurance Service Office that the city’s public fire protection classification has been lowered to the new rating of 05/5X from 6/9.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Gainesville metro once again boasts lowest unemployment rate in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Labor announced Thursday morning that Metro Gainesville’s unemployment rate for April was 4.2 percent, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 4.5 percent in March. The rate in April 2015 was 4.6 percent.
Source: Access North Georgia

Savannah set to borrow $8 million for downtown street improvements
The city is getting ready to borrow $8 million to make improvements to Broughton Street, as part of a $14 million streetscaping plan that is intended to also make Bay and River streets safer and more inviting for residents and visitors.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Chatham Area Transit starts conversation about regional transportation
When former Louisville, Colo., Mayor Chuck Sisk and other leaders from across the Denver region got together in the mid- to late-1990s to improve their area’s transit system, they had their share of setbacks. And while Sisk’s visit to the Savannah area this week marked a big step in taking the discussion from the confines of the CAT’s meeting room to the greater Savannah area, local transit officials still have their work cut out for them to get everyone on board.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Athens Downtown Development Authority director wants funds for tech, arts incubators
The executive director of the Athens Downtown Development Authority is asking the authority’s board of directors to allocate $75,000 in the budget for the upcoming fiscal year to what she is calling “incubators” for technology businesses and arts-related enterprises.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City of Cornelia launches Farmers Market, vendor orientation this week
Farmers markets are popping up in more and more locations around North Georgia, and the city of Cornelia is one of the latest to launch a market for its citizens.
Source: Access North Georgia

Cedartown seeks residents’ help to control mosquitoes and ‘Block the Bite’
The City of Cedartown has launched an education campaign in hopes of reminding residents that the best way to prevent a mosquito outbreak at their home is to eliminate mosquito breeding habitats.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

$36 million eyed for road, cart path repair in PTC
More than $8 of every $10 raised via a new sales tax would be spent on repair and maintenance of city’s infrastructure.
Source: Fayette Citizen

From Historic School To Affordable Housing
A few members of the Macon-Bibb County Commission and Mayor Robert Reichert toured the still under renovation A.L. Miller High School building. The County has committed six hundred thousand dollars for infrastructure improvements in the surrounding neighborhood.
Source: GPB News

Atlanta Wins Bid For 2019 Super Bowl
The city of Atlanta has won the bid to host the Super Bowl in 2019, after NFL owners voted Tuesday. Tampa, New Orleans, Miami and Los Angeles were also in the running to host the championship games from 2019 through 2021.
Source: WABE

Duluth adjusts late fees, interest on stormwater billing
The Duluth city council adopted a new resolution in March to add stormwater charges to real estate property tax bills. At this month’s city council meeting, the city amended city code to reflect new dates for when interest and penalties will apply.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alcohol sales now allowed at Duluth golf courses
The Duluth City Council voted May 9 to permit the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on golf courses. The amendment to city code comes after the owners of two golf courses in Duluth requested a review by the Alcohol Review Board.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Loganville to vote on FY17 budget
Loganville officials held two public meetings this month to consider an initial general fund budget totaling $10.4 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur sets maximum booting fee at $75
Decatur has set the maximum booting fee in privately owned parking lots at $75. The typical charge has been $90 to $100, and Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne said the lower fee’s comparable with City of Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Green space committee produces residential tree ordinance draft
Avondale Estates’ new green space committee has produced a first draft of a residential tree ordinance, recently posted on the city’s website at avondaleestates.org.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta the most “American” city in Georgia
What does it mean to be a normal “American?” That’s debatable. To make his list, economist Jed Kolko calculated “how demographically similar each U.S. metropolitan area is to the U.S. overall based on age, educational attainment, race and ethnicity.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

'Touch-a-Truck' reaches youths
The City of Valdosta Public Works Department brought National Public Works Week to a close recently with its Touch-a-Truck campaign.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

House version of defense budget includes $6 million to move St. Marys airport away from sub base
Navy brass has said airport poses security, safety risks to neighboring Kings Bay, but city can't afford to pay for move.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Warwick police dog gets lifesaving vest
The next time “Stitch” is out in the field, hard at work on a drug trafficking case or searching for a missing person, he’ll be doing it with some new, life-saving protection now that the police dog will be wearing a brand new bulletproof vest he received last week from an Albany charity.
Source: Albany Herald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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