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Martin: It's not all gloom and doom in Toccoa
Stephens County Development Authority executive director Tim Martin acknowledged Monday that the loss of Caterpillar was a huge industrial setback to the City of Toccoa.
Source: Toccoa Record

Toccoa pursuing Flames festival
City Commissioner David Austin greeted the motion with unbridled enthusiasm. The Toccoa City Commission on Monday unanimously approved a grant application to the Georgia Council of Arts to stage a month-long “Flames Fest” in the city.
Source: Toccoa Record

City plans review of CH2M Hill service agreement
The Johns Creek City Council will begin a review of its outsourcing contracts for service as part of a decision made at the council’s retreat.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Johns Creek city manager building his team
As Johns Creek continues to grow, so do the responsibilities of City Manager Warren Hutmacher, and with the blessing of the City Council he has announced his management team to help him direct the operations of the various departments of the city.
Source: NorthFulton.com

City of South Fulton: Fulton County's 15th and Last City?
Residents in unincorporated South Fulton debated Thursday night whether they should become their own city.
Source: WABE

City considering consultant as SPLOST dollars come in
It’s too soon to say whether expectations will be met this time, but the city of Savannah recently received its first check from the sixth installment of the sales tax for voter-approved construction projects.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City warns lawmakers about transportation funding
City officials cautioned local lawmakers Thursday to be careful in considering a proposed plan to fund transportation out of fears the benefits for transit systems could be outweighed by the gas-tax revenue that would be given up.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee seeking grant to record historic properties
The city of Tybee Island is applying for a state grant to help officials keep a record of the island’s historic properties.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb elections board postpones vote on plan to cut polling stations
More than 50 people packed the Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections office Thursday to oppose plans to reduce the number of polling places across the county.
Source: Macon Telegraph

My Brother's Keeper initiative gets underway
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis’ effort to help the city’s young people got underway Thursday with a brainstorming session at Richmond County Technical Career Magnet School.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

City officials stop apparent cell tower work
City officials put the brakes on apparent preparatory work for a new cellphone tower at the corner of Walton Way and Baker Avenue after determining the tower had none of the proper permits.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Gainesville Council opposes being controlled by Ga. House Bill 14
Judging by the animated private conversations going on between Gainesville City Council members prior to the start of Thursday morning’s work session, it was apparent something of enhanced interest might be a part of the unusually short agenda.
Source: Access North Georgia

Sandy Springs wins environmental award
The city of Sandy Springs is one of seven local governments honored recently by the Atlanta Regional Commission for leadership in sustainable use of resources policies.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

County approves Doraville de-annexation
The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners voted recently to approve the de-annexation of properties that had been annexed by the Georgia State Legislature into the city of Doraville.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor: Annexation linked to fate of new cities
During his Tuesday State of the City address Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett spoke briefly, though significantly, of the city’s proposed annexation.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Baskett: City to pursue Bond referendum
Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett made the city’s first public pronouncement of helping City Schools Decatur secure financing for its various construction projects.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of Greenhaven proposed for South DeKalb
A proposed city in the southern part of DeKalb County has been given a name: Greenhaven.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

MARTA/Riverdale set up bus agreements
Riverdale’s mayor and city council voted unanimously Monday to enter into an agreement with MARTA to establish how the authority would operate in Riverdale. City officials also settled on how MARTA would operate advertising in bus shelters.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fort Oglethorpe's Sixth Cavalry Museum approved for needed renovationsFort Oglethorpe's Sixth Cavalry Museum approved for needed renovations
Needed renovations to the 6th Cavalry Museum in Fort Oglethorpe are making head way after being on hold for more than a year.
Source: Catoosa County News

Brunswick residents can apply for housing rehab funds
Senior homeowners inside the city limits of Brunswick have an opportunity to apply for no-cost housing rehabilitation funds.
Source: Brunswick News

Cities voice opposition to HOST
Leaders from the five cities around Cherokee County began to voice growing opposition Tuesday to the county’s proposed alternative homestead option sales tax. A group of about 20 mayors, city council members, clerks and city managers took an hour to discuss the negative impacts the HOST could make on the cities of Canton, Ball Ground, Holly Springs, Waleska or Woodstock if it were to become a tax option in Cherokee County.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

5 applicants to vie for vacant Cave Spring Council post
The Cave Spring City Council is expected to meet at 4 p.m. Feb. 4 with five applicants hoping to fill a vacancy on the council.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Floyd County commissioners tie recreation funding to agreement
Floyd County commissioners set a deadline for a new recreation agreement when they approved their $45.6 million budget Tuesday, stating that funds for the Rome-Floyd Parks & Recreation Authority will stop on April 1 if no agreement is reached.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome-Floyd Tennis Center to get facelift
The Rome-Floyd Tennis Center on West Third Street will be refurbished to match the look of the planned Tennis Center of Georgia.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Riverdale adopts new tattoo ordinance
Riverdale’s council voted Monday to accept an ordinance that would allow the city to monitor its lone tattoo parlor.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Riverdale still considering giving local elections to county
Riverdale hasn’t ruled out letting the county run its November elections.
Source: Clayton News Daily

McDonough tourism names new director
The McDonough Hospitality & Tourism board has named Christy Collier as its new tourism director.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Economist charges officals to develop downtown, waterfront
Economist Don Mathews issued a challenge to public officials and community leaders gathered at the annual Economic Outlook Luncheon at the Jekyll Island Convention Center Wednesday.
Source: Brunswick News

Three residents qualify for Jonesboro City Council special election
Three residents have stepped forward to run for Randy Segner’s seat on the Jonesboro City Council, officials confirmed.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Hang Tran to serve again as Morrow pro tem
Councilmember Hang Tran will serve as Morrow’s mayor pro tem for a second consecutive year.
Source: Clayton News Daily

McDonough plans to expand city cemetery
Officials have plans to expand the city cemetery to the tune of $1.35 million, to potentially include a mausoleum and columbarium, or a vault used to store urns.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Body camera proposal fails to garner support
City Councilman Anthony Coleman failed to persuade the other two members of the Public Safety Committee to outfit police with body cameras Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

PDA, city work with specialists to improve Wilkes Co. economy
In an effort to improve the Washington Wilkes economy, representatives from the Washington-Wilkes Payroll Development Authority and the City of Washington met recently with economic and community development specialists from Electric Cities of Georgia (ECG).
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Braselton board denies cemetery plans
Braselton planners are recommending that the town deny requests by a prominent Gainesville businessman to allow a proposed cemetery and funeral home adjacent to the historic Braselton family cemetery at the corner of Jesse Cronic Road and Hwy. 124.
Source: Jackson County News

Water, Gas & Light Commission no longer exists
The city of Albany’s Water, Gas & Light Commission no longer exists.
Source: Albany Herald

Are There Tunnels Under Marietta Square?
According to legend, there’s a tunnel located underneath the city of Marietta’s town square. As the city looks at redeveloping property near the square, residents wonder whether the tunnels really exist.
Source: WABE

Queen elected chairman of LEPC
Todd Queen, Rockmart Fire Chief, has been elected chairman of the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Local law enforcement have mixed feelings on body cameras
Mandatory body cameras on police officers will solve some problems, but could cause a new set of issues, according to local law enforcement.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Ground floor residences OK’d for downtown
Ground level residences are now allowed in certain areas of downtown Newnan.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday
The city of Newnan is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new public safety complex on Friday at 11 a.m.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Brand Properties files lawsuit against Snellville over city’s first apartments
Brand Properties is suing Snellville, Ga., after city officials denied a zoning request that would have allowed the developer to build the city's first apartment complex.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Centerville reverses increase in City Council qualifying fees
The City Council returned the cost of qualifying for City Council posts in the coming November election back to $108 during a special session Wednesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Hill Street ‘road diet’ approved
The City of Griffin approved the lane reductions - called a "road diet" - for Hill Street through downtown, so it will change to one lane in each direction.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Another PTC east side annexation sought
In December, the Peachtree City Council loosened restrictions on annexation proposals. Less than a month later, a new annexation request has been filed with the city’s planning and zoning department.
Source: Fayette Citizen

West Point’s ISO fire rating improves
A recent assessment by the Insurance services Offices improved West Point Fire Department’s ISO ranking, Chief Mitt Smith announced Tuesday.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Suwanee officials announce election plans
Suwanee officials got the 2015 election year officially started Tuesday by setting Nov. 3 as the date for voting, as part of the City Council meeting. Also, several key officials officially announced plans for re-election.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Mayor calls past year successful in address
In the past 12 months, the city of Woodstock has seen many great successes, Mayor Donnie Henriques said in his State of the City address Monday night at a City Council meeting.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Rincon Police sets sights on acquiring second K-9
The Rincon Police Department is getting closer to acquiring another K-9.
Source: Effingham Herald

Springfield adds more parking
Springfield City Council members addressed a long-standing goal at their Jan. 13 meeting.
Source: Elberton Star & Examiner

Grantville merges with county emergency dispatch
During Monday’s city council meeting, the city of Grantville voted to sign a memorandum of understanding to integrate its computer aided dispatch service with Coweta County.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City Looks To Help Women Start Small Businesses With New Incubator Program
In the Atlanta area, there are more than 200,000 businesses owned by women. Mayor Kasim Reed thinks there could be more. So he’s launching a program to help women start their own small businesses. It’s called the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Source: WABE

Mayor Reed Says Stadium Vendors Can Come Back
About two years ago, the city placed a ban on all street vending while it tried to develop a new vending system.
Source: WABE

Political newcomer begins campaign for Social Circle mayor
Sinclair Grey is not a native of Social Circle, but he is hoping to affect the future of his new hometown.
Source: Walton Tribune

Macon-Bibb pay plan unveiled, may add $2.6 million in pay
The long-awaited pay plan for all Macon-Bibb County employees is now public, in time for at least some of its recommendations to be included in the next annual budget.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Golf carts may be allowed on some Macon streets
Golf carts may soon be standard traffic on downtown Macon streets, under an ordinance that cleared a committee in a 3-1 vote Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City of Jackson targets blighted structures for demolition
Armed with an excavator and a court order, city workers last week knocked down a house on Benton Street in Jackson in a matter of minutes.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Mayor: Local 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative has community focus
Inviting Rotary Club of Augusta members to attend a Thursday summit on becoming a “My Brother’s Keeper” community, Mayor Hardie Davis said the White House initiative won’t become another example of “big government” in Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Suwanee City Council selects Mayor Pro Tem., hears FY 2014 audit
Beth Hilscher will serve a second consecutive term as Mayor Pro Tempore of Suwanee.
Source: Access North Georgia

Mayor: State of city successful
Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henrique said the city made significant progress on several fronts in 2014, but he warned in his State of the City Address Monday night that much remains to be done.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Austell mayor seeking re-election
Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins said Monday he plans to seek re-election as mayor. “Even though I’m 72, I’m still healthy. I still care about the city and city employees, and a lot of people don’t want me to quit,” Jerkins said.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Google picks metro Atlanta cities for fast web
In metro Atlanta, Google plans gigabit-per-second service — that’s 100 times faster than the average U.S. residential connection — in Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Hogansville to host library public hearings
Hogansville will host two public events this week for residents’ input and information on plans for the new city library. The project is funded with $1.1 million in countywide special-purpose, local-option sales tax – or SPLOST – funds, and a $2 million construction grant from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which oversees the state’s public libraries.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Jackson DDA starting facade grant program
The Downtown Development Authority of Jackson is launching a facade grant program.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Ringgold sign committees continue to multiply
Ringgold, Ga., leaders must like committees.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

City to dedicate park on Saturday
The passive neighborhood park was funded with a combination of private donations, a Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant, Special Local Option Sales Tax dollars, and in-kind services.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Decatur Co. Board of Commissioners vote to lift Bainbridge landfill ban
The Decatur County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to lift Bainbridge’s suspension on the county landfill.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Cartersville council voices opinions on future direction
After meeting with department heads on the first day of its annual visioning retreat, the Cartersville City Council spent Saturday morning discussing its ideas for the coming year.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Buchanan approves youth center
Buchanan City Council members approved the building of a youth center on Tallapoosa Street during a called meeting on Jan. 16.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Refinancing Will Save Villa Rica Millions
Villa Rica will save $6.3 million after refinancing the city’s bonds, according to a report given to the City Council by Davenport & Company, the financial adviser tasked with overseeing the sale.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Conyers City Council retreat addresses revitalization and a range of issues
Mayor Randal Mills and the Conyers City Council met for their annual planning retreat over the weekend at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Promoted employee thankful for city's new CDL program
Larry Baines’ first child, Malaysia, was born Sept. 19, two days after his 13-year anniversary of employment with the city of Covington. With a new baby girl to raise, a promotion would come handy.
Source: Newton Citizen

Emerson council tackles wrecked cars, media production
An Emerson police car was extensively damaged Monday without ever leaving the city hall parking lot.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Brunswick Police chief search narrowed to three
Brunswick city manager Bill Weeks has narrowed his search for a police chief from more than 35 applicants to three final candidates and could have someone hired before the end of February.
Source: Brunswick News

Count of homeless seeks to address issue
Monday was a long one for Shauntae Walker and the 115 people who pitched in to get an accurate count of the number of homeless people living in Brunswick and Glynn County.
Source: Brunswick News

City to ask council to cancel Aquatic Center's management contract
City Manager Isaiah Hugley says he will ask Columbus Council Tuesday to cancel the city’s contract with USA Pools to manage the Columbus Aquatic Center.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia Municipal Institute awards Riverdale mayor, council member certificates of excellence
Two elected city officials received recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Annual Mayor’s Day Conference in Atlanta Sunday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Grayson mayor Allison Wilkerson honored by municipal association
Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson was recognized Sunday by the Georgia Municipal Association.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth mayor wants city, residents to dig deeper
For the sixth time, Duluth mayor Nancy Harris delivered her state of the city address before a packed house Monday at City Hall.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville officials butt heads over Nov. election featuring race for mayor’s seat
Mayor Kelly Kautz hasn’t even decided whether to seek another term in the November, and the election is already raising issues in the often heated city government.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Riverdale approves three agreements with MARTA
Mayor and council voted Monday to enter into three agreements with MARTA that worked out how the authority would operate two bus stations in Riverdale and how it would operate advertising in bus shelters in the future.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Brunswick names three finalists for police chief position
The city has narrowed its search for a new police chief to three candidates, and all are longtime residents with extensive law enforcement experience.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Lula in somber mood in wake of councilwoman’s death
The flag was at half-staff at Lula City Hall on Monday and a memorial wreath hung on the building’s front door, stark reminders this small town on the Hall-Banks county line was deep in mourning for one of its most energetic leaders.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood City Council OKs Nov. 3 election
Oakwood City Council gave its final OK on Monday night to a Nov. 3 election filling four council seats.
Source: Gainesville Times

Clermont elections set for Nov. 3
Clermont Town Council has set its 2015 election for Nov. 3.
Source: Gainesville Times

Concerns about SCAD's new buses prompt meeting at Savannah City Hall
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s new fleet of student buses has resurrected concerns about overburdening downtown streets after resident opposition ultimately led to the city banning double-decker bus tours two years ago.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor: Interviews for Jackson police chief job near completion
Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin is due to wrap up her interviews this week with candidates for the job of police chief in the city.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Hall Co. JMA hears proposal for trail system, cities give updates
The Hall County Joint Municipal Association now has a trail system as an item to consider for the future of Hall County and its municipalities.
Source: Access North Georgia

Proposed county exodus may be ‘good thing’
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May’s proposal to relocate some government functions from Decatur to create a “Downtown DeKalb” district near Interstate 285 and Memorial Drive is not a new idea according to Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton enacts rezoning moratorium
The Milton City Council is temporarily putting the brakes on rezoning applications in the so-called Highway 9 vision area, stretching along Ga. 9 from Bethany Bend to the Forsyth County line.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New cities might escape DeKalb pension debts
All across DeKalb County, neighborhoods are banding together, pushing to become cities in their own right. They want greater control over local government, more police, better parks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven seeks federal funds for city enhancement
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis met with representatives from the Georgia Congressional delegation Thursday at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Savannah-Chatham police chief seeks residents' support
Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin shared his vision and hopes for the city of Savannah and its residents on Sunday during the NAACP monthly mass meeting at St. Paul CME Church.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tyrone mayor open to adding sewer downtown
Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial’s State of the Town address presented to the Tyrone Town Council on Jan. 15 covered a variety of topics from 2014 and others in the town’s near-term future.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Local builder wants conversation with commission on city's bidding process
City projects that are bid on over and over are a waste of time and money for small businesses, said an attorney seeking to “start a dialogue” about possibly changing Augusta’s procurement process.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Ground Floor Apartments Could Be Allowed
Ground level residences could be allowed in downtown Newnan, as the city council will discuss the option at its meeting on Tuesday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Gomez Makes Georgia History
When Grantville Councilman Leonard Gomez was elected to serve as mayor pro-tem, he quietly made Georgia history.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

How Should Atlanta Tackle Blight?
The City of Atlanta is working to tackle abandoned homes and properties throughout the city, something the city has had a hard time handling with because of its current laws, officials said.
Source: WABE

Tybee Island discusses new location for amusements
While Tybee officials objected earlier this month to the installation of a 35-foot inflatable water slide on Butler Avenue because of its proximity to local residences, another site proposed near the island’s North Beach might prove to be a better fit.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Holly Springs acts on downtown program, fire station
The final building blocks have been put in place for the Holly Springs Main Street Program to get up and running, moving from start-up phase to accreditation.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Opponents rallying against plan to cut Bibb voting stations
Elaine Lucas hopes to get other Macon-Bibb County commissioners on the record against a plan to slash the county’s number of polling places from 40 to 26.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Atlanta Mayor Reed: better transportation reduces income inequality
Improved transportation options in metro Atlanta will help reduce income inequality in the region, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta studying trolley proposal
Marietta officials want to study whether to invest tax money in a trolley that could increase tourism to the city’s museums and historic sites — and possibly shuttle fans 10 miles from Marietta Square down Cobb Parkway to Atlanta Braves games.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Local law agencies struggle to balance racial makeup, add bilingual officers
When law officers respond to a crime scene, language barriers can slow down an investigation if no translators are available.
Source: Gainesville Times

Downtown intersection gets traffic signal upgrade
Work began Thursday morning at the Greene Street and Wayne Street intersection as an electric company crew installed a new traffic signal. A lane will remain closed until 4 p.m. today as the new signal is installed.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Acting mayor promises ‘greater economic opportunities’
Acting Mayor Jeanette Walden says Milledgeville is a wonderful place to live and work, and says even greater things are in store for residents, along with greater economic opportunities in 2015.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Council wrestles with outdoor display zoning issue for Rockland Cargo Equipment
The Conyers City Council agonized over a thorny zoning issue at its meeting Wednesday and then decided to table the motion to allow further review of the matter.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

BoC to talk HOST with mayors
County commissioners decided to delay a decision on a resolution asking the Georgia General Assembly to pass an alternative Homestead Option Sales Tax until they could first rally support from all city officials.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Ringgold sets qualifying fees for 2015 city elections
The city of Ringgold recently set its qualifying fees for the 2015 city elections that will take place on Nov. 3 to determine who will serve in the offices of mayor and city council.
Source: Catoosa County News

Lawsuit against city falls short
An Atlanta personal injury law firm claiming to be “for the people,” apparently failed to learn “where the people” got hurt.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Officials Will Not Change City's Malt Beverage Ordinance
The Trenton City Commission held its first meeting of the New Year last week with good news from 2014.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Director stepping down after 2 years
The Main Street program director for Canton announced this week she will be resigning at the end of February.
Source: Catoosa County News

St. Marys raising police pay to stem losses of officers to other agencies
Aiming to stem the loss of young police officers to higher paying agencies, the City Council voted Tuesday night to give city police officers a raise and to implement a five-year salary schedule that would make the city’s police salaries more competitive with neighboring departments.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Statesboro City Council to put hotel & gas station decision in writing
With the property owner raising issues that could inform a possible appeal to Bulloch County Superior Court, Statesboro City Council has delayed its decision on whether a hotel and a gas station can be built on land next to the Garden of the Coastal Plain.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Flowery Branch City Council OKs sales tax agreement with Hall County
Flowery Branch City Council members have approved an intergovernmental agreement with Hall County for participation in an upcoming sales tax referendum.
Source: Gainesville Times

Parking woes topic at Blue Ridge council meet
Downtown Blue Ridge could get up to 175 more parking spaces if the city council moves forward with a proposal that Mayor Donna Whitener put on the table at Tuesday night’s council meeting, Jan. 13.
Source: Blue Ridge News Observer

Law enforcement, clergy in Gainesville, Ga., discuss training, community
Two Marines sat across from each other Thursday night at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.
Source: Gainesville Times

Lula councilwoman dies following Jan. 10 wreck
Longtime Lula Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was injured in a Jan. 10 wreck in East Hall County, died Thursday.
Source: Gainesville Times

City Council approves taxi amendment
City officials unanimously approved an amendment to the Valdosta taxi cab ordinance Thursday evening.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council sets fees for municipal election
On Tuesday, Moultrie City Council set qualifying fees for the mayor and city councilman posts that will be up for election later this year.
Source: Moultrie Observer

City moves forward on demolition project
One more hurdle remains before the City of Moultrie can begin work on a project for which it was awarded a federal grant more than a year ago.
Source: Moultrie Observer

DeKalb CEO Wants To Move Goverment Center Out Of Decatur
DeKalb County’s Government Center could move from downtown Decatur to Memorial Drive. DeKalb CEO Lee May announced the relocation proposal today during his state of the county address. Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett says as long as the county courthouse stays, it won’t hurt the city economically.
Source: WABE

Cell Towers, Backyards, and the Courts: A Talk with Roswell Mayor Jere Wood
Cell phone tower fights between companies and residents have broken out in many places around metro Atlanta. But in the city of Roswell, it went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Source: WABE

Savannah Council approves $112,000 Meldrim Row demolition for police station
The Savannah City Council unanimously approved a $112,000 contract on Thursday to demolish 19 historic Meldrim Row cottages for a new Central Precinct Savannah-Chatham police station.
Source: Savannah Morning News

East Bibb fire station plans moving forward
It’s been more than a year since Bibb County officials broke ground for Fire Station No. 111. Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said Macon-Bibb County consolidation ultimately delayed the timetable to open No. 111 even as other fire stations across the county were being opened and dedicated.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Does Griffin need a hotel conference center?
Local officials are exploring the potential for a hotel conference/convention center.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Fayetteville moves toward novel zoning categories for west side
Fayetteville could soon see zoning categories that have never been used in the city or in Fayette County.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Commissioners say work for schools OK as long as LOST agreement observed
Whitfield County commissioners said Thursday they aren’t opposed to doing work for Whitfield County Schools but they want to make sure that work doesn’t violate an agreement they’ve signed with the Dalton City Council.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Sias pushes public safety in animal ordinance revision
Revamping Augusta’s animal ordinance to include mandatory spay and neuter laws and other protections for animals can’t move forward without also addressing the need to protect humans from aggressive animals, the chairman of the subcommittee studying the ordinance said Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commission committee looking at changes to sidewalk cafe regulations
An Athens-Clarke County Commission committee is continuing to work through the possibilities for making some changes to the county’s outdoor cafe ordinance, including the question of whether outdoor serving areas at businesses outside the downtown area should be regulated at all.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Kennesaw approves downtown development
The Kennesaw City Council has approved final site plans for a $20 million, mixed-use development on Dallas Street, Watts Drive and Lewis Street.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor launches effort to get tax freeze sunset plan on the ballot
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson used her 2015 State of the City address as a platform to launch her effort get her proposal to sunset the city’s property tax assessment freeze before the voters.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Grayson hears plans for pedestrian, bicycle plan
The Grayson City Council heard a presentation on a proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan by Jimmy Adams, working with the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design on Tuesday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Rome city, Floyd County offer chances for residents to serve on government boards
The opportunity to have an active voice in local government is open to all residents of Rome and Floyd County, officials say — and volunteering is one of the avenues.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cave Spring priorities: Renovating historic tourism draws, rules to protect them
Business leaders in Cave Spring want to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of their community.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Bridge construction over South Marietta Parkway yet to begin
A proposed $500,000 walking and biking bridge crossing over South Marietta Parkway into Brown Park the city originally said would open last summer has yet to see construction begin.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Statham looks to improve water treatment plant
Statham is about to spend up to $8,000 on the preparation of a performance survey and the completion of an operational evaluation of the city’s water treatment facility, both done by Engineering Management, Inc.
Source: Barrow County News

Gainesville wants peek under Green Street to fix traffic, drainage problems
Everybody knows what’s on top of Green Street in Gainesville: cars and more cars.
Source: Gainesville Times

Waynesboro budget heads to final hearing
Waynesboro officials are poised to pass an $8.86 million budget.
Source: Waynesboro True Citizen

City of Moultrie commends girl for reporting fire
A 6-year-old’s quick reaction to a fire near her apartment complex last month may have prevented significant damage, and Moultrie City Council rewarded the girl with a plaque during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Gray mayor reflects on city’s year
Gray’s mayor took the opportunity at the first council meeting of the year to reflect on his first year in office.
Source: Jones County News

City of Colquitt constructs new animal shelter
The City of Colquitt recently constructed a new animal shelter facility located at its Wastewater Treatment Facility on Mayhaw Drive.
Source: Miller County Liberal

City Council tables decision to move boat basin steam engine
Tuesday evening, the Bainbridge City Council tabled a discussion about the L&N steam engine at the Earle May Boat Basin after hearing a presentation from representatives of Corbin, Kentucky.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Mayor: State of Milton OK
In his first-ever State of the City address Jan. 15, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood gave his assessment of how far the fledgling city has come and where it is headed.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta develops recommendations for city center
Much has changed in Alpharetta over the past few years. More people, businesses and development have all occurred, and the city has a renewed focus on its downtown as a “hometown” place to be.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta launches financial transparency portal
The city of Alpharetta has unveiled a new financial data platform powered by OpenGov.com that provides residents and stakeholders improved access to the city’s budget information.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Pooler passes resolution opposing expansion of CAT tax
Officials in Pooler this week fulfilled a promise to oppose legislation that would allow the expansion of Chatham Area Transit into some areas of the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City partners with Georgia Power to replace trees
The city of Savannah is joining forces with Georgia Power this week on a project to improve the streetscape and reduce tree-related problems on Savannah’s eastside.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Aragon to keep spending to minimum
Aragon officials are keeping expenditures to a minimum as the City rebuilds its financial status.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb eyeing reduction in number of polling stations
Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections officials are considering a plan to cut the number of polling precincts from 40 to 26 as a cost-savings measure.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fayetteville residents sound off on noise
For more than three hours Thursday night, Fayetteville residents had their say on two issues that stirred the passions of several residents.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Grovetown inmates now wearing hot-pink uniforms
Chief Gary Jones has a clear philosophy when it comes to jailed inmates. “It’s our job to make sure they don’t want to come back,” said Jones, director of Grovetown’s Public Safety Department.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

City expands homeless count to south Augusta
Volunteers and community outreach groups will expand the area’s homeless count into south Augusta this year to include a segment of the city’s population many feel has been widely overlooked, an official said Wednesday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Properties can opt-in to ADDA tax district discussions
Owners of The Mark, a massive mixed-use residential and commercial development in the earliest stages of construction, and St. Joseph's church on Prince Avenue have expressed interest in being included in the Athens Downtown Development Authority tax district, according to the head of the authority.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

AT&T Georgia sues Atlanta, MARTA over Streetcar costs
AT&T Georgia is suing Atlanta and MARTA for millions of dollars it says it’s owed for relocating utilities to make way for the city’s new Streetcar.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City prepares to take next step in raising salaries
While some city of Douglasville employees have gotten a raise as part of the city’s implementation of a recent pay study, some are still waiting for their piece of the pie.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City takes step toward putting SROs in 3 more schools
The Douglasville City Council has taken another step in its efforts to place school resource officers in the three remaining schools in the city limits.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City officials to determine Canton Creek bridge options
Canton officials have to decide how they want to proceed with a bridge over Canton Creek that is one of the main entrances to downtown.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

Euharlee council debates HR chart
The Euharlee City Council spent nearly 48 minutes Tuesday in work session with half of those minutes devoted to the same question that has nipped at its heels for more than two years: Do administrative and supervisory employees answer to the city council or the city manager?
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Jonesboro officials aiming to improve health, wellness for employees through new programs
Officials in Jonesboro rolled out a series of initiatives aimed at helping city employees live healthier lifestyles last week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Commissioners discuss funding during Rome, Floyd County joint rec meeting
Rome and Floyd County leaders took turns Tuesday expressing their opinions on the future direction of recreation in the community.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority eyes new programs, facilities upgrades
The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority discussed Tuesday the possible creation of a lacrosse league and construction of a bike trail at Ridge Ferry Park.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome-Floyd County Development Authority prepares for new year
Hardy Realty broker Jimmy Byars was sworn in Tuesday as the new chairman of the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Covington offers commercial license opportunities
Larry Baines took advantage of a program now open to all City of Covington employees, and is commercially licensed driver.
Source: Covington News

CSU’s downtown project gets OK from Uptown Facade Board
The design of Columbus State University’s planned college on the Ledger-Enquirer’s downtown property won approval from the Uptown Facade Board Tuesday, but not without plenty of suggestions for tweaking the way it should look.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Stockbridge officials present checks to organizations
A $500 check was presented to Shane Persaud, executive director of Communities in Schools of Henry County, an organization that connects business, churches and other organizations with the needs of schoolchildren to promote retention and graduation rates.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Pro law enforcment rally to be held in Hampton Saturday
A group of Hampton residents have organized a law enforcement rally for Saturday, in support of “Link in the Chain,” a nationwide demonstration where people rally in support of law enforcement agencies.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Grayson defeats Snellville in food drive contest
With about 3,000 city residents at the U.S. Census’ last count, Grayson is roughly six times smaller than Snellville.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Guyton resident questions mayor, council
A Guyton resident brought up a series of concerns about how the city is being run — and how her issues are not being addressed — to the city council.
Source: Effingham Herald

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