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Woodstock Mayor to deliver State of the City address
Woodstock Mayor to deliver State of the City address_img Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques will deliver the State of the City address during the city council meeting on Monday evening.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Owner to seek historic board’s OK for new downtown Flowery Branch building
Owner to seek historic board’s OK for new downtown Flowery Branch building_img Plans for a new downtown Flowery Branch retail and office building are still in the works, but the owner must first get an OK from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.
Source: Gainesville Times
Downtown Transformation Strategies
Downtown Transformation Strategies_img Urban Scale published a report written by John Karras, Feb. 5, 2014, headlined "12 Strategies That Will Transform Your City’s Downtown.” Karras’ report gave these suggestions:
Source: Tifton Gazette
Bill Fricks dies at 91, leaves a legacy of love for Rome
Bill Fricks dies at 91, leaves a legacy of love for Rome_img Bill Fricks had a smile that lit up anyplace he was, from a contentious city commission session to a welcoming reception for foreign industrial prospects. The 91-year-old — who friends called one of Rome’s biggest cheerleaders and a mentor to many — died late Friday night.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Rome to recognize employees tonight
Rome to recognize employees tonight_img The Rome City Commission is scheduled to recognize tonight nearly two dozen employees with between 20 and 40 years of service.
Source: Rome News-Tribune
Making downtowns great again
Making downtowns great again_img When you think of a great city, you think of its downtown.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise
Downtown: A Sense of Place
Downtown: A Sense of Place_img According to Main Street America — an organization focused on downtown revitalization across the nation — a vibrant downtown district goes a long way toward giving a community its character, vibrancy and identity — a sense of place
Source: Moultrie Observer
Valdosta official: Traffic cams aren't for ticketing drivers
Valdosta official: Traffic cams aren't for ticketing drivers_img The city of Valdosta is installing cameras along with new traffic lights at several busy intersections.
Source: Neighbor News
Statesboro retreats from charging for police funeral escorts
Statesboro retreats from charging for police funeral escorts_img City officials in Statesboro have retreated from a plan to charge funeral homes $90 or more for police escorts to accompany funeral processions.
Source: Neighbor News
Mitchell resigns from Aragon council and special election called
Mitchell resigns from Aragon council and special election called_img The Aragon City Council is back down to three members and Mayor Garry Baldwin after Duel Mitchell had his resignation announced to start the first meeting of 2017.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Young Gamechangers to start new project in LaGrange
Young Gamechangers to start new project in LaGrange_img The Young Gamechangers welcomed 50 new and bright leaders to its 2017 program Thursday morning at the Troup County Chamber of Commerce.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
City leaders turn attention to blighted Winterfield neighborhood
City leaders turn attention to blighted Winterfield neighborhood_img In 2014, it seemed the Winterfield neighborhood was being abandoned by city leaders.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Brookhaven, CHOA breaks ground for pediatric ambulatory care center
Brookhaven, CHOA breaks ground for pediatric ambulatory care center_img A new pediatric care center will soon be the gateway visual for southeast Brookhaven.
Source: Champion Newspaper
Storm system claims 15 lives, four in Dougherty County
Storm system claims 15 lives, four in Dougherty County_img At least four people in Dougherty County are dead in the wake of what is believed to be a deadly tornado that struck east Albany Sunday afternoon, according to Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler.
Source: Albany Herald
Making downtowns great again
Making downtowns great again_img When you think of a great city, you think of its downtown. Great cities have great downtowns.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
Cumming City Council sets qualifying, retirement policy
Cumming City Council sets qualifying, retirement policy_img The Cumming City Council changed a retirement benefit rule and set qualifying for the November municipal election at its meeting Tuesday night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Dacula sets qualifying fees for November election
Dacula sets qualifying fees for November election_img The Dacula municipal election will be held Nov. 7 at the Dacula City Hall, 442 Harbins Road, to elect the mayor and two councilmembers.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Smyrna restricts booting operators
Smyrna restricts booting operators_img Predatory booters will be restricted in Smyrna with regulations passed 7-0 Tuesday by the City Council.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Roswell advances Big Creek Parkway project
Roswell advances Big Creek Parkway project_img The Roswell City Council has given the green light for the first big project funded by the recently approved transportation sales tax – the Big Creek Parkway, a new road for congestion relief in the area immediately north of the Ga. 400/Holcomb Bridge Road interchange.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sandy Springs adds tech surcharge to permits
Sandy Springs adds tech surcharge to permits_img Sandy Springs has become one of the first local governments in metro Atlanta to adopt a technology surcharge for permit applications, intended to recover the cost of technology and software necessary for the city’s online permitting services.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
City Council approves pay increases; Segal casts lone vote against waiving logo requirement
City Council approves pay increases; Segal casts lone vote against waiving logo requirement_img The Douglasville City Council approved an item during their Tuesday meeting to increase pay for city of Douglasville employees.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Temple named 40th safest city in state
Temple named 40th safest city in state_img A local official said the combination of a police department that engages with the community and good citizenship from residents is a part of the reason why Temple earned a SafeWise Safest Cities badge and a place on the list of 50 safest cities in Georgia for 2016.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Cities discuss districting with State Reps
Cities discuss districting with State Reps_img Representatives from several Clayton County cities expressed their disapproval of proposed districting plans to state representatives and senators on Wednesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Loganville City Manager Bill Jones plans to retire in February
Loganville City Manager Bill Jones plans to retire in February_img After a lengthy 20-year tenure with Loganville that included spending the last 15 years as its City Manager, Bill Jones just wants to spend time relaxing with his grandchildren.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Lawrenceville attempts to ‘bridge the gap’ between police, community with forum
Lawrenceville attempts to ‘bridge the gap’ between police, community with forum_img Lawrenceville residents believe talking it out can help ease tensions between officers and the community they police.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Covington mayor makes statement on housing authority
Covington mayor makes statement on housing authority_img Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston said he is working closely with the Housing Authority of the City of Covington after reports of missing money within the authority surfaced last year.
Source: Covington News
Ringgold sets timetable for occupational tax committee to devise new ordinance
Ringgold sets timetable for occupational tax committee to devise new ordinance_img The city of Ringgold couldn't reach a final decision on its change of how to collect occupational tax from businesses by the end of 2016, but hopes to have a new plan designed by early April.
Source: Walker County Messenger
City’s Animal Control department honored by Harvard
City’s Animal Control department honored by Harvard_img The Columbus Animal Care and Control Department has been recognized by Harvard University for its Save-a-Pet program, which has cut the department’s euthanasia rate considerably, the city announced Wednesday.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Leesburg water tower raised 40 feet
Leesburg water tower raised 40 feet_img Ongoing improvements to the city of Leesburg’s water system took a major step forward Thursday when crews from Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors, aided by some of the largest cranes in the state of Georgia, raised the city’s State Highway 32 water tower to 140 feet.
Source: Albany Herald
Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan responds to charges of refusing storm help
Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan responds to charges of refusing storm help_img Albany City Manager Sharon Subadan responded Thursday to media reports that she had refused help from Georgia Power in the aftermath of a powerful Jan. 2 storm that left thousands in the community without power.
Source: Albany Herald
Development Authority backs truck bypass
Development Authority backs truck bypass_img The development authority wants trucks to bypass Downtown Valdosta.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Athens West Corridor Group talks about transportation tax
Athens West Corridor Group talks about transportation tax_img Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Jerry NeSmith is working with county government staff members to develop a proposal for a road project on the west side of the county that would address the difficulty of making left turns onto Atlanta Highway from the numerous shopping centers and stand-alone businesses in the Georgia Square mall area.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Warner Robins considers paid maternity leave
Warner Robins considers paid maternity leave_img City Councilman Chuck Shaheen is proposing that the city add a paid maternity leave benefit for city employees.
Source: Macon Telegraph
New award honors Tom Hall
New award honors Tom Hall_img On a night that celebrated one of the last projects former LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall worked on, the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce took another step to make sure his legacy in town is secured.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Demorest welcomes new city manager
Demorest welcomes new city manager_img Demorest has a new city manager on the job and she's already helping the city find ways to save money.
Source: Access North Georgia
Flowery Branch approves city hall maximum price, sets groundbreaking date
Flowery Branch approves city hall maximum price, sets groundbreaking date_img The Flowery Branch City Council has approved the final maximum price and set a groundbreaking date for the new city hall project that is set to begin construction in the coming months.
Source: Access North Georgia
Improving crosswalks and one street's name discussed by Gainesville City Council
Improving crosswalks and one street's name discussed by Gainesville City Council_img Improvements are coming to five crosswalks in the city of Gainesville.
Source: Access North Georgia
Commission approves bid for sewer project
Commission approves bid for sewer project_img Cedartown commissioners gathered for a special meeting to consider two items for immediate action on Wednesday afternoon so they can move forward on two projects in the coming months.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Douglasville council denies quarry plan
Douglasville council denies quarry plan_img Douglasville’s mayor pro-tem is questioning the next step for both sides of a planned quarry project after city council members denied a rezoning for the project Tuesday.
Source: Neighbor News
City introducing marketing campaign for 2018 College Football National Championship
City introducing marketing campaign for 2018 College Football National Championship_img Atlanta's host committee for the 2018 College Football National Championship is planning a year-long marketing campaign for the event.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Atlanta council approves new Chastain Park Amphitheatre lease
Atlanta council approves new Chastain Park Amphitheatre lease_img Live Nation, the California-based company that manages the concerts at the Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Buckhead, is investing millions into the venue with its new lease agreement with the city of Atlanta.
Source: Neighbor News
Mobile health vehicle for Atlanta city employees unveiled
Mobile health vehicle for Atlanta city employees unveiled_img Kaiser Permanente of Georgia and the city of Atlanta recently unveiled a new mobile health vehicle whose services are now available to city employees.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
East Point approves mayor pro tem, alcohol licenses
East Point approves mayor pro tem, alcohol licenses_img At two separate meetings, the East Point City Council approved its mayor pro tem for 2017 and a handful of alcohol license requests, respectively.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
East Point offers ticket amnesty in February
East Point offers ticket amnesty in February_img The city of East Point has announced that the East Point Municipal Court Ticket Amnesty program will begin in February.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peachtree Corners approves permit for adult day care facility
Peachtree Corners approves permit for adult day care facility_img The Peachtree Corners City Council voted Tuesday to approve a special use permit that will allow for an adult day care facility at 6991 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard. The center will operate in 7,282-square feet in one of the seven buildings located on a portion of the 7.4-acre property.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Felicia Moore to run for president of Atlanta City Council
Felicia Moore to run for president of Atlanta City Council_img Atlanta City Councilwoman Felicia Moore threw her hat in the ring to become the council’s next president on Thursday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Underground Atlanta sale clears key city vote
Underground Atlanta sale clears key city vote_img The board of Atlanta’s Downtown Development Authority voted Thursday to approve an amendment to the sales agreement for Underground Atlanta that will help pave the way to a final transaction with a South Carolina developer.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
City to reverse escort decision
City to reverse escort decision_img Statesboro Mayor Jan Moore called an ordinance authorizing police escorts for funeral processions a “compromise.”
Source: Statesboro Herald
City, county approve mutual aid agreement for fire services
City, county approve mutual aid agreement for fire services_img The Tifton City Council and the Tift County Board of Commissioners both voted at their meetings Monday night to approve the mutual aid agreement for fire services first proposed at the beginning of the month.
Source: Tifton Gazette
City fires back in service delivery dispute
City fires back in service delivery dispute_img Valdosta issued a sharp response to Lowndes County last week regarding the heated service delivery dispute, marking the latest round of shots fired in a battle between the county and its five cities that has been raging for months.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
City, county hope to set up independent authority for Recreation Department
City, county hope to set up independent authority for Recreation Department_img Moultrie and Colquitt County governments are moving to eliminate a point of conflict by creating an independent authority to govern the recreation department.
Source: Moultrie Observer
City council to vote on townhomes
City council to vote on townhomes_img Holly Springs City council members will vote this evening whether to greenlight a developer’s plans to build 97 townhomes on 14 “underdeveloped” acres along Old Highway 5 at Marjoe Lane.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Ball Ground discusses city plans at retreat
Ball Ground discusses city plans at retreat_img The Ball Ground City Council held their annual retreat Saturday to discuss several items city officials hope to tackle in 2017.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Mayor to deliver State of the City address
Mayor to deliver State of the City address_img Mayor Gene Hobgood will take center stage at tonight’s city council meeting to deliver his annual State of the City address and discuss Canton’s plans for 2017.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Smyrna awards streetscape contracts, approves special event parking near Braves stadium
Smyrna awards streetscape contracts, approves special event parking near Braves stadium_img The Smyrna City Council is eyeing the March opening of the new Atlanta Braves stadium, SunTrust Park, by addressing special event parking and improving the look of streets near the stadium.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
VR council approves $26.8M budget for 2017
VR council approves $26.8M budget for 2017_img The Villa Rica City Council on Wednesday approved its $26.8 million operating budget for 2017.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Villa Rica OKs $8,000 discount on senior taxes
Villa Rica OKs $8,000 discount on senior taxes_img Senior citizens in Villa Rica could receive an $8,000 discount on the taxable value of their homes, based on a plan approved Wednesday afternoon by the City Council.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
McDonough to reserve veteran parking spaces as a Purple Heart City
McDonough to reserve veteran parking spaces as a Purple Heart City_img McDonough officials adopted a proclamation Tuesday that allows the city of McDonough to become a “Purple Heart City.”
Source: Henry Daily Herald
Oxford hears proposal for downtown development
Oxford hears proposal for downtown development_img At an informational meeting Wednesday afternoon, the Oxford City Council heard and saw a proposal to bring a mixed use development to the town. Randy Vinson of Live Work Building Company made the presentation.
Source: Covington News
Eastman council approves several projects for the city
Eastman council approves several projects for the city_img The Eastman council approved motions on a handful of projects for the city, the first of which being the construction of parking spaces at Sunset Park at the meeting on December 27.
Source: Dodge County News
Covington mayor votes to shop local
Covington mayor votes to shop local_img In a $40 decision of whether or not to shop at a local car dealership versus an out-of-town dealership, Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston made the deciding vote Wednesday night to support a local business.
Source: Covington News
Ringgold sets timetable for occupational tax committee to devise new ordinance
Ringgold sets timetable for occupational tax committee to devise new ordinance_img The city of Ringgold couldn't reach a final decision on its change of how to collect occupational tax from businesses by the end of 2016, but hopes to have a new plan designed by early April.
Source: Walker County Messenger
20 years later, city reopens Front Avenue between 13th, 14th Streets
20 years later, city reopens Front Avenue between 13th, 14th Streets_img The long-closed stretch of Front Avenue between 13th and 14th Streets is again open to the public.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Danielsville swears in new council members, mayor begins new term
Danielsville swears in new council members, mayor begins new term_img Danielsville started the year off with two new council members and the beginning of a new term for Mayor Todd Higdon.
Source: Madison County Journal
City holds busy meeting
City holds busy meeting_img The Blakely City Council started the new year off with a busy agenda Jan. 3 at their January council meeting.
Source: Early County News
Lake Park signs SDS petition
Lake Park signs SDS petition_img Lake Park joined other cities in a plan to take Lowndes County to court.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
City looks to expand solar agreements
City looks to expand solar agreements_img Valdosta City Council will vote on an agreement to place additional solar panels near the city’s wastewater treatment plants at its Jan. 19 meeting.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times
Garden City updates utility bills, adds on fees for fire protection
Garden City updates utility bills, adds on fees for fire protection_img Garden City’s utility customers will soon notice a change on their monthly bills.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Grovetown appoints new city attorney
Grovetown appoints new city attorney_img The Grovetown city council unanimously approved a new attorney Wednesday after none voted to reappoint longtime counsel Brendan Fleming at last week’s council meeting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
New Athens-Clarke Municipal Court judge appointed
New Athens-Clarke Municipal Court judge appointed_img Ryan Hope, long-time chief assistant solicitor in the Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General’s office, has been named the county’s new Municipal Court judge.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
“Step No. 1” taken on policies attracting business to Centerville town center
“Step No. 1” taken on policies attracting business to Centerville town center_img Officials took “step No. 1” to create policies to entice new businesses to Centerville’s planned town center Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph
City to decide on transport system
City to decide on transport system_img The Americus mayor and city council will meet Thursday for their regular monthly meeting. Several items are on the agenda for action during the meeting, which starts at 5 p.m. at the Russell Thomas Jr. Public Safety Building.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder
New animal shelter opens in Perry
New animal shelter opens in Perry_img A couple of stray dogs on Wednesday became the first residents of Perry’s long-awaited new animal shelter.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Macon-Bibb sets new hours for parks, recreation centers
Macon-Bibb sets new hours for parks, recreation centers_img Macon-Bibb County parks and recreation centers now have the same hours when they are closed.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Cedartown Commission hands out longevity awards
Cedartown Commission hands out longevity awards_img During the January meeting of the Cedartown City Commission, employees who have been in service for more than five years were recognized, along with those who won specific awards for their dedication to the job.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
Beltline hires goats to clear invasive ivy
Beltline hires goats to clear invasive ivy_img Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and Trees Atlanta are partnering with Get Your Goat, an Atlanta-based company that provides goat grazing services, to clear six acres of privet, kudzu and English ivy.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
City buying property for Triangle Park, dual roundabout
City buying property for Triangle Park, dual roundabout_img After a long wait, the city of Sandy Springs is ready to settle payment for the property at the Johnson Ferry Road/Mount Vernon Highway triangle.
Source: Neighbor News
Would-be mayors appeal to South Fulton residents
Would-be mayors appeal to South Fulton residents_img As unincorporated Fulton County prepares to transition into the city of South Fulton, 71 candidates have lined up to provide its inaugural leadership, as of the final tally.
Source: Neighbor News
Smyrna adopts parking rules for SunTrust Park
Smyrna adopts parking rules for SunTrust Park_img The Smyrna City Council approved 7-0 Tuesday parking rules around SunTrust Park or any event attracting at least 2,000 participants to the city on any given day.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Cobb cities choose mayor pro tems
Cobb cities choose mayor pro tems_img The six cities in Cobb County have chosen their mayor pro tems - some by mayoral appointment, some by City Council vote.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Decatur closes another downtown street for sewer repairs
Decatur closes another downtown street for sewer repairs_img Decatur has closed down another section of East Howard Avenue, this time at the intersection with Barry Street, due to a crumbling sanitary sewer line.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Sandy Springs OKs outdoor alcohol at City Springs
Sandy Springs OKs outdoor alcohol at City Springs_img The Sandy Springs City Council approved an ordinance recently allowing outside consumption of alcoholic drinks at the City Springs downtown redevelopment.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta court wins grant to assist transitions into community
Atlanta court wins grant to assist transitions into community_img The Community Court of the Municipal Court of Atlanta recently was awarded a Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $27,960. According to Community Court Coordinator Ashlee’ Picket, this is a significant increase in comparison to previous years.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Smyrna increases package liquor license fees
Smyrna increases package liquor license fees_img The Smyrna City Council voted 7-0 Tuesday to lower the liquor package license fee from $5,000 to $2,000.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Johns Creek expands data portal with new tools
Johns Creek expands data portal with new tools_img In what local officials say is the first system of its kind in Georgia, Johns Creek has launched “DataHub,” an expansion of its OpenData portal that will offer interactive tools to help residents see, understand and work with large amounts of city-generated data.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Phase II of restoring Avondale Estates’ Carl’s Corner has begun
Phase II of restoring Avondale Estates’ Carl’s Corner has begun_img Avondale Estates has begun phase two of restoring the Carl’s Corner arch, once the city’s western gateway. A landscaping crew will work all week around the arch and sidewalk, though the sidewalk won’t be closed.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Guyton updates one contract, adds another to help with wastewater treatment plant
Guyton updates one contract, adds another to help with wastewater treatment plant_img In a special called meeting by the Guyton City Council Thursday afternoon, Mayor Jeff Lariscy and the other members of the council updated a contract with Hofstadter and Associates and agreed to a new contract with Parker Engineering to help with the Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Source: Effingham Herald
City council denies rezoning request for rock quarry
City council denies rezoning request for rock quarry_img The Douglasville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to deny a proposed change in zoning that would have allowed a rock quarry along West Strickland Street near downtown.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel
Euharlee, Adairsville among 50 Safest Cities in Georgia
Euharlee, Adairsville among 50 Safest Cities in Georgia_img In recognition of their low crime rates, two municipalities in Bartow recently were named to the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia List.Euharlee was awarded the 28th spot, followed by Adairsville at 37.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News
VR council to consider new plan for senior tax exemption
VR council to consider new plan for senior tax exemption_img A plan to exempt all senior citizens in Villa Rica from paying part of their city taxes will be among the issues discussed today at a special called meeting of the Villa Rica City Council.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian
Jonesboro honors MLK Day with parade
Jonesboro honors MLK Day with parade_img The streets of Jonesboro were packed Monday afternoon as one of the great Americans of history was honored.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Concerns raised over vapor shop and childcare center in Lovejoy
Concerns raised over vapor shop and childcare center in Lovejoy_img A child care center in Lovejoy is alleging that the opening of a vapor shop near their location could force them to close, but the city is expressing concerns over the childcare center itself.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Lawrenceville railroad crossings closed for repairs
Lawrenceville railroad crossings closed for repairs_img Railroad crossings in Lawrenceville at Maltbie and North Clayton Street closed on Tuesday because of maintenance and construction work.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Grayson City Council approves Champion Storage property rezoning
Grayson City Council approves Champion Storage property rezoning_img The Grayson City Council approved Tuesday night the rezoning of property at 2395 Loganville Highway for owners to build a two-story storage facility addition to the Champion Storage Company located there.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
LaFayette city lake "donut" problem
LaFayette city lake A bunch of kids going mudding on city property does not deter the city of LaFayette from continuing to revitalize the city lake and boat dock area.
Source: Walker County Messenger
Ringgold close to opening recycling site, appoints new Planning and Zoning members
Ringgold close to opening recycling site, appoints new Planning and Zoning members_img Ringgold is inching closer to opening its new recycling location downtown, which will give residents and local businesses the opportunity to better the environment.
Source: Walker County Messenger
City may spend $2.2M on long-dormant Savannah River Landing development
City may spend $2.2M on long-dormant Savannah River Landing development_img The Savannah River Landing development has sat dormant since the recession halted plans to develop the 54-acre site north of President Street as an eastern extension of the Historic District.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Springfield hires architect for Mars expansion
Springfield hires architect for Mars expansion_img The City of Springfield has hired an architectural firm to oversee expansion of the back-stage area of the Mars Theatre.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Special meeting to restore SPD funeral escorts
	 Special meeting to restore SPD funeral escorts_img Statesboro City Council has called a special meeting for 8:30 a.m. Thursday at City Hall to adopt an ordinance on providing police escorts for funeral processions.
Source: Statesboro Herald
Pooler OKs contract for development of city mobile app
Pooler OKs contract for development of city mobile app_img Officials in Pooler this week opened up a new line of communication between the city and its residents.
Source: Savannah Morning News
City programs subsidize homeownership
City programs subsidize homeownership_img Responding to Augusta commissioner concerns about the city’s supply of affordable housing and about how federal housing grants are being spent, Housing and Community Development Director Hawthorne Welcher gave a presentation Tuesday on what Augusta is doing.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Commission OKs paint, sod for downtown landmarks
Commission OKs paint, sod for downtown landmarks_img Two downtown landmarks might get some city-funded maintenance – if a little later than expected.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Creature Comforts, Athens-Clarke detail proposal for new facility on Southern Mill property
Creature Comforts, Athens-Clarke detail proposal for new facility on Southern Mill property_img Creature Comforts Brewing Company will get $475,000 from an Athens-Clarke County government economic development fund to help equip a second Athens brewery, to be located in the Southern Mill mixed-use project off North Chase Street.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Warner Robins council considers limits on citizen comments
Warner Robins council considers limits on citizen comments_img The Warner Robins City Council is considering putting limits on citizens who speak at the end of meetings.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Macon-Bibb to seek out firms to manage $112 million pension plan
Macon-Bibb to seek out firms to manage $112 million pension plan_img The County Commission voted Tuesday to start the process of accepting proposals for the plan that has been managed for more than two years by Florida-based Independent Portfolio Consultants.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Five ideas for Macon in Knight Cities Challenge
Five ideas for Macon in Knight Cities Challenge_img Five ideas to help make Macon a more successful city stand a chance to be funded and brought to life in the spring.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Atlanta City Council rejects crackdown on music studios
Atlanta City Council rejects crackdown on music studios_img The Atlanta City Council Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated a proposal to require new music recording studios in the city to get a special-use permit.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle
Lula rolls out new alcohol ordinance
Lula rolls out new alcohol ordinance_img A new alcohol ordinance is taking shape in Lula.
Source: Gainesville Times
Southcrest Bank building up for sale to city
Southcrest Bank building up for sale to city_img The Cedartown Development Authority and the City of Cedartown are reaching a deal to work together to purchase the Southcrest Bank building to use for the Polk County Historical Society museum in the near future.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal
East Point breaks ground on $13M apartments, shops
East Point breaks ground on $13M apartments, shops_img From an inauspicious occasion – a cluster of officials and builders in an abandoned parking lot – will emerge a revitalization engine for the city of East Point.
Source: Neighbor News
Fire Department expansion project underway
Fire Department expansion project underway_img Outdoor construction has begun on a construction project at the Newnan Fire Department.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Johns Creek businesses can renew business licenses online now
Johns Creek businesses can renew business licenses online now_img Businesses in Johns Creek have until March 31 to renew their business tax certificates (business licenses) and starting this year, they are now able to renew online.
Source: NorthFulton.com
Norcross police offering Citizens Police Academy
Norcross police offering Citizens Police Academy_img The Norcross Police Department is hosting a 9-week Citizens Police Academy focusing police department operations and community partnerships. The Citizens Police Academy will explain how the police department operates and why police do what they do.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Peachtree City getting LED street lights
Peachtree City getting LED street lights_img That lone white street light outside City Hall in Peachtree City may be the look of the future.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Lawrenceville gas supply increased just in time for coldest day
Lawrenceville gas supply increased just in time for coldest day_img Lawrenceville, Georgia’s second largest municipal gas supplier, has completed construction on a new delivery point on Alcovy Road near Sugarloaf Parkway providing a 25 percent increase in the system.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Grayson honoring veterans with memorial bricks
Grayson honoring veterans with memorial bricks_img Grayson is offering citizens the opportunity to remember and honor favorite veterans by adding a commemorative brick to Grayson’s Veterans Memorial. Commemorative bricks are $50 each and will be installed at scheduled times throughout the year. Orders are being taken now through April 1 for installation prior to Memorial Day.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Snellville webpage and social media to track Towne Center progress
Snellville webpage and social media to track Towne Center progress_img Snellville will soon offer new online portals to keep citizens up-to-date on progress being made on the city’s planned Towne Center. The efforts will also encourage public feedback as the project moves forward.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta City Council approves public art
Atlanta City Council approves public art_img The Atlanta City Council recently approved the authorization of public art in the Kirkwood and Edgewood neighborhoods. Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong introduced the ordinances, which were adopted at the Jan. 3 meeting.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Hotel/motel tax audit gives Woodstock high marks
Hotel/motel tax audit gives Woodstock high marks_img The Georgia Municipal Association has given Woodstock a pat on the back for the way the city administers its hotel/motel tax.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Only one candidate seeks Clarkston City Council seat
Only one candidate seeks Clarkston City Council seat_img A special election in the city of Clarkston might be canceled because only one candidate signed up to run.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Canton Police beefing up staff
Canton Police beefing up staff_img The Canton Police Department is looking to hire three additional police officers to join the force, including one to take over parking enforcement.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News
Council approves advertising amendment allowing more residents to raise chickens
Council approves advertising amendment allowing more residents to raise chickens_img More hens may be coming to roost in Marietta backyards, but without their roosters.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal
Morrow park named for Bob and Becky Huie
Morrow park named for Bob and Becky Huie_img The park on Reynolds Road in Morrow will now bear the name of two of the city’s longtime residents and public servants.
Source: Clayton News Daily
Stockbridge adopts trail plan
Stockbridge adopts trail plan_img The city of Stockbridge is moving toward creating a more safe, walkable and healthy environment for bikers and pedestrians through the city council’s adoption of a trail plan.
Source: Henry Daily Herald
CITY BY CITY: A weekly look at the happenings in the places you call home
CITY BY CITY: A weekly look at the happenings in the places you call home_img The Auburn Public Library is going to celebrate a presidential inauguration next Saturday, but it’s not the one you may be thinking about.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
Porterdale accepts donated bus
Porterdale accepts donated bus_img On Monday, the Porterdale City Council accepted the donation of a wheelchair ramp-equipped bus. The bus was donated by the Newton County School System (NCSS).
Source: Covington News
Uptown Columbus campaigns to encourage people to use parking decks
Uptown Columbus campaigns to encourage people to use parking decks_img As downtown Columbus, evolves, those who frequent it need to evolve, too, said Ross Horner, president and CEO of Uptown Columbus.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Plans to improve MLK Boulevard move forward to preserve King’s legacy
Plans to improve MLK Boulevard move forward to preserve King’s legacy_img Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, a four-lane street that runs through a blighted south Columbus neighborhood, carries the name of the civil rights icon. But some say it undermines his legacy.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
City purchases former Club Majestic 4 years after fatal New Year’s shooting
City purchases former Club Majestic 4 years after fatal New Year’s shooting _img The city of Columbus has finalized its purchase of a five-parcel site that includes the former Club Majestic where a Columbus State University student was killed four years ago.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Downtown Savannah streets put in spotlight at meeting
Downtown Savannah streets put in spotlight at meeting_img Residents will get a chance tonight to see some of the potential improvements being considered for Broughton, Bay and River streets as part of the first phase of the Downtown Streetscape Improvement Initiative.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Bloomingdale's challenge: Making growth preparations
Bloomingdale's challenge: Making growth preparations_img With growth in Chatham County’s westernmost town looking inevitable, leaders in the small community of Bloomingdale are hoping to manage future development to preserve their city’s charm.
Source: Savannah Morning News
City, county parks make facilities sharing undesirable
City, county parks make facilities sharing undesirable_img As frustrated youth program leaders come forward lamenting the lack of practice fields and the condition of city and county parks, some Savannah-Chatham public school board members are beginning to think a proposal requiring the intergovernmental sharing of facilities is a bad idea.
Source: Savannah Morning News
Coastal Empire Fair reps pull request to host event in Bloomingdale
Coastal Empire Fair reps pull request to host event in Bloomingdale_img Representatives of the Coastal Empire Fair have withdrawn their request to host this year’s event at a site in Bloomingdale.
Source: Savannah Morning News
City trims vehicle maintenance bill
City trims vehicle maintenance bill_img Augusta’s large fleet just got a little smaller, and officials say it’s saving the city money.
Source: Augusta Chronicle
Athens-Clarke commissioners to hear about infill housing amendments
Athens-Clarke commissioners to hear about infill housing amendments_img Athens-Clarke County commissioners will hear a presentation Tuesday from county planning director Brad Griffin on the county planning commission’s recommendations for addressing infill housing, an issue county planners have addressed for months.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Athens-Clarke commissioners to see proposed public artwork for World of Wonder Park
Athens-Clarke commissioners to see proposed public artwork for World of Wonder Park_img A second attempt to select a public artwork for the new World of Wonder Park, a playground at Southeast Clarke Park, has produced a recommendation from a selection panel that appears to be headed for approval by Athens-Clarke County commissioners.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Athensmade working to make Athens known as creative city
Athensmade working to make Athens known as creative city_img With a new leader, an Athens organization is working to shape the identity of the city and spread the word to the nation.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
Macon-Bibb offers hub of information
Macon-Bibb offers hub of information_img Macon-Bibb County offers a new newsletter with the latest happenings in government and around the county.
Source: Macon Telegraph
Small town that had a big vision
Small town that had a big vision_img A dozen or so years ago the economy of Hall County was booming: new businesses were entering the marketplace, those companies were hiring at a frantic pace and construction was robust as new subdivisions were being developed to provide housing for all those newly hired workers.
Source: Access North Georgia
Sink hole in Oakwood partially consumes large truck
Sink hole in Oakwood partially consumes large truck_img Authorities closed Wallis Road at Branch Road in Oakwood Tuesday morning, the result of a large truck in a sinkhole in a parking lot.
Source: Access North Georgia
Council to look at restricting after-hours use of City Hall
Council to look at restricting after-hours use of City Hall_img Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock says council members want to get a better grasp on what it costs taxpayers when outside groups use City Hall after hours.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen
South Fulton residents throw hats in ring for new city
South Fulton residents throw hats in ring for new city_img Voters in now-unincorporated Fulton County can look forward to going to the polls soon to elect their new municipality’s mayor and city council.
Source: Neighbor News
Mixed-use development coming to entrance of Avondale Estates
Mixed-use development coming to entrance of Avondale Estates_img Officials in the city of Avondale Estates said they are pleased to announce award-winning developer South City Partners has closed on the 3.17-acre parcel on the north side of East College Avenue between Hillyer Street and Sams Crossing, allowing them to begin construction on their multi-use development.
Source: Neighbor News
A ‘Wild Leap’ for downtown
A ‘Wild Leap’ for downtown_img The annual Craft Beer Festival won’t be the only thing hopping in downtown later this year thanks to the new brewery that is slated to be opened by some of the festival’s founders.
Source: LaGrange Daily News
Rufus Sherman announces Leesburg City Council candidacy
Rufus Sherman announces Leesburg City Council candidacy_img Although qualifying is still a few weeks away, one Leesburg resident has already announced he will seek to fill the Leesburg City Council seat vacated by long-time council member Sidney Johnson.
Source: Albany Herald
Developer Holds First Underground Atlanta Public Meeting
Developer Holds First Underground Atlanta Public Meeting_img More than 100 people, including Atlanta’s planning commissioner Tim Keane and Councilmember Kwanza Hall, gathered at Underground Atlanta’s atrium Saturday morning for a public meeting hosted by WRS Inc.
Source: WABE
Planning commission opposes Newnan Crossing Blvd. development
Planning commission opposes Newnan Crossing Blvd. development_img The Newnan Planning Commission has concerns about proposed development along Newnan Crossing Boulevard, and voted this week to recommend that the Newnan City Council deny the rezoning requests for the proposed “Village Square at Newnan Crossing” development.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Newnan Police retiree Riggs honored by city
Newnan Police retiree Riggs honored by city_img He was hired as Newnan’s first drug enforcement officer 41 years ago, and Rodney Riggs was honored by the city he served for so many years before retiring from his position as Assistant Chief of Police earlier this year.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald
Johns Creek advances $40M parks bond issue
Johns Creek advances $40M parks bond issue_img The Johns Creek City Council has taken the first step toward issuing $40 million in parks bonds approved by voters in November.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Milton to pay panel members $50 per meeting
Milton to pay panel members $50 per meeting_img The Milton City Council has advanced proposals to pay $50 per meeting to members of four city boards and commissions.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Marietta’s train depot undergoing renovations
Marietta’s train depot undergoing renovations_img The Marietta Welcome Center and Visitors Bureau is relocating temporarily to the Marietta Museum of History during renovations of the historic train depot, which houses the welcome center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Roswell to seek public art with $40K donation
Roswell to seek public art with $40K donation_img The Roswell Arts Fund has gotten the go-ahead from the city to set up a Public Art Selection Panel to seek, select and install artwork at Scott and Holcomb Bridge roads, a work that will be underwritten by a $40,000 developer’s donation.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Historic Peskin building in Winder to be renovated
Historic Peskin building in Winder to be renovated_img The old historic Peskin Department store building at 21 East Athens St. in downtown Winder has been vacant for more than two decades and fallen into disrepair. Local businessman, Daniel Diaz, has purchased the 1940 structure from the city and will be renovating the building.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Milton, nonprofit to work on funding special needs camp
Milton, nonprofit to work on funding special needs camp_img The Milton City Council has agreed to again work with Lionheart School Inc. to seek grant money to go towards the operation of a summer day camp for young people with developmental disabilities and special needs.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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