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Waycross can't turn off water, sewer to de-annexed properties in Pierce County, judge rules
Waycross cannot cut off water and sewer service to legislatively de-annexed property in Pierce County because it would cause undue harm to customers while not resulting in short term financial harm to the city, a Superior Court Judge ruled Wednesday.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Council affirms deputy manager salary, unchanged millage rate
Statesboro City Council finalized some recent business Tuesday, approving a contract with Robert Cheshire in his new, permanent job as deputy city manager and setting the property tax rate for the year.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Nov. 3 elections shaping up to be competitive in many cities
Candidates emerged for the Nov. 3 elections in cities across Hall County on Wednesday, with four-way races set in Gainesville and Lula.
Source: Gainesville Times

Washington moves forward on Gordon Street; agrees to support Kettle Creek Battlefield park
In a shorter-than-usual meeting Monday night, the Washington City Council tended to routine business, heard an update on the Kettle Creek Battlefield development plan, and agreed to a vital step to move forward in the redevelopment of the Gordon Street school property.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Rayle aims to regain state compliance
The tiny Wilkes County City of Rayle, with a population of less than 200 people, is taking a series of big steps to line up the city with state requirements for all cities, some of which city leaders have overlooked for decades.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Qualifying closes in Pavo
Candidate qualifying closed in Pavo on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. without anyone seeking to fill a two-year Pavo City Council seat.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Elections: Who's Running And Who's Thinking About It.
Trion Councilwoman Tonya Abernathy won’t be running for re-election in November. The outspoken councilwoman said that the time demands of her job have made serving on the council too difficult.
Source: Summerville News

City to hold millage rate
No one spoke Tuesday at the first of three public hearings on the millage rate planned for the upcoming fiscal year by Moultrie City Council.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Qualifying period closes for city elections
Three Canton City Council incumbents and one Woodstock City Council incumbent will face opposition in the Nov. 3 general election.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Downtown hotel takes another step forward
Brunswick officials moved plans for a downtown hotel one step closer Wednesday when the city commission and the Urban Redevelopment Agency agreed on developer guidelines for the project.
Source: Brunswick News

None yet qualify to challenge Thomson incumbents
In the first three days of qualifying for the positions on the City Council and for mayor, there were no challengers to the incumbents seeking reelection.
Source: McDuffie Progress

Eastman city council approves zoning board recommendation
Although Greg, Todd and Merle Peacock were not present for the Eastman City Council’s meeting on August 24, the council nonetheless voted to approve Eastman Planning and Zoning’s recommendation not to change the zoning for an area including Wright Drive and 2nd Avenue from R-1 to R-2.
Source: Dodge County News

Auditors address city commissioners with recent findings in regard to city bank account
Representatives with Mauldin and Jenkins were present once again at the regular meeting of the city commission. This time to address questions that arose regarding an alleged “secret” bank account for the city’s public works department.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Greenbriar Mall streetscape to be officially opened Thursday morning
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and District 11 City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Greenbriar Parkway and Headland Drive streetscape improvement project Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at the Greenbriar Mall entrance at the intersection of Greenbriar Parkway SW and The Fontainebleau.
Source: Neighbor News

Villa Rica prepares to improve roads
The Villa Rica City Council on Tuesday discussed how it will begin improving city roads, deciding to allow City Manager David Milliron to began accepting bids from engineers who could assess them.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Walker County racers ready: 14 qualify for mayoral and city council campaigns
A total of 14 people have qualified — so far — for municipal elections in Walker County. More will join the fray Friday, after Lookout Mountain’s qualifying period ends.
Source: Catoosa County News

2016 CDBG budget wins committee approval
A program that provides money for repairs to low-income people’s homes is expected to get more than 25 percent of Rome’s $405,000 Community Development Block Grant funds in 2016.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Faison challenges Hill for mayor
Commerce Mayor Clark Hill will have competition as he seeks re-election to his second term in office.
Source: Commerce News

Blackshear police add body cameras for patrol
Blackshear police now have an extra “eye” watching while they’re on the job. Local officers are now equipped with body-worn video cameras.
Source: Blackshear Times

Proposed city budget cuts pool, adds HR position, road paving
Bainbridge City manager Chris Hobby presented the city’s proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget at a special-called Bainbridge City Council meeting Tuesday.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Witts qualifies to challenge Kautz for Snellville mayor’s seat
Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz got competition for her job on Wednesday when former Mayor Pro Tem Tom Wit
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

40 Safest Cities in Georgia list includes Adairsville, Euharlee
Due to their low crime rates, a pair of Bartow County municipalities were ranked among the 40 Safest Cities in Georgia list. While Adairsville claimed the sixth spot, Euharlee also stood out at No. 35.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Municipal elections open, six qualify within first two days
In the City of Bainbridge, District A, Post 4 seat occupant Luther Conyers, Jr., District B, Post 5 seat occupant Roslyn Palmer and District B, Post 6 seat occupant Don Whaley are all up for reelection.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Leesburg City Council takes steps to keep property tax rate at 6 mills
Members of the Leesburg City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to schedule a series of public hearings that likely will result in the city maintaining its current tax rate of 6 mills.
Source: Albany Herald

Lowry to challenge Pallone for Emerson mayoral seat
Halfway through the week-long qualifying period, a handful of candidates have qualified for local offices on the November ballot.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Powder Springs mayor opts not to seek reelection
Powder Springs Mayor Pat Vaughn announced Wednesday that “after much heartfelt and prayerful consideration,” she would not seek re-election.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Acworth board eyes park expansion, police equipment
The Acworth Board of Aldermen is considering approving $400,000 worth of equipment upgrades for the city’s police department and is also moving forward in expanding one of the city’s most popular parks.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Challengers qualify in Senoia, Turin, Sharpsburg
There will be contested city elections in Senoia, Turin and Sharpsburg this fall.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Downtown kiosks to be updated
The Newnan Downtown Development Authority is updating the kiosk directories at the historic courthouse.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Mars Theatre director leaves Springfield for North Carolina
Springfield's director of cultural affairs, Tommy Deadwyler, is leaving to become executive director of a new, 1,000-seat performing arts center in Henderson, N.C.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Three qualify for Centerville City Council posts
Qualifying ended Wednesday for two Centerville City Council posts on the ballot in November.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Two more months of lake dredging still ahead for Peachtree City
Dredging work on Lake Peachtree has come a long way but it could be nearly two months before all the work is completed.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City to vote on mowing lake
The discussion by the Peachtree City Council on what approach to take to remove vegetation from a large portion of Lake Peachtree will continue on Sept. 3
Source: Fayette Citizen

Dalton council members have challengers
Dalton voters will see a couple of contested City Council seats on the November ballot.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Atlanta to hire urban agriculture director
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is looking to get rid of so-called “food deserts” in the city by hiring a full-time urban agriculture director.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

North Chase Street to get review for accommodation of pedestrians and bicyclists
Local alternative transportation advocates, including Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Melissa Link, were successful Tuesday in prompting the county government to take a detailed look at possible improvements to North Chase Street to accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians, but they may not get everything they want out of that review.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke commissioners reject $12 million bid for downtown streetscape
Athens-Clarke County commissioners rejected on Tuesday a $12.9 million bid for a downtown Athens streetscape and infrastructure improvement project the county government had budgeted at $4.5 million.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

New consultant selected for Macon fire and police pension fund
The Macon Fire and Police Employees Retirement Pension Board selected a new investment consultant Wednesday to manage its $220 million portfolio.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Aging in place a major concern in Decatur diversity workshop
Roughly 250 showed up to the Ebster Recreation Center in Decatur last Saturday for a workshop and conversations on community differences in culture, race, age, politics and economic resources, among others.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Dallas mayor, three city council incumbents to be unopposed for re-election
Dallas’s longtime mayor and three council incumbents will be unopposed in the city's Nov. 3 election after no one filed to qualify to challenge them by today's deadline.
Source: Neighbor News

Hiram city manager resigning to enter private sector
Hiram’s first city manager resigned Tuesday night after receiving an offer in the private sector, he said today.
Source: Neighbor News

Some incumbents, 2 challengers enter city council elections for LaGrange, West Point, Hogansville
Several incumbents have qualified to seek re-election in local city council seats and two challengers have entered the Hogansville race.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Craig McDaniel joins Rome City Commission race
Former Georgia Northwestern Technical College president Craig McDaniel qualified Tuesday to seek one of the three Ward 3 seats in the Rome election, according to City Clerk Joe Smith.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Candidates declare for local municipal elections
As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, several local candidates filed notices of their candidacies for offices in the upcoming municipal elections.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

City Council to vote on new police chief
The Douglasville City Council will hold a special called meeting Thursday to vote on Mayor Harvey Persons’ nomination for police chief.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

So far, 15 qualify for upcoming city elections in Ringgold, Fort Oglethorpe
More than a dozen people qualified for city council and mayor seats in Catoosa County Monday during the first day of the three-day qualifying periods in Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe.
Source: Catoosa County News

Blount declares candidacy for Kingsland mayor
Kingsland City Councilman Alex Blount resigned his seat Tuesday before filing the paperwork to run for city mayor.
Source: Brunswick News

Railroad museum opens Oct. 3
Riders on themed train rides offered throughout the year by St. Marys Express and visitors to Theatre by the Trax in St. Marys will soon have a chance to learn more about railroad history.
Source: Brunswick News

McDonough Square represents nearly 200 years of city’s history
As long as Henry County has existed, so has McDonough’s Historic Square.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Marietta PD provides safe place to buy, sell online items
The Marietta Police Department is offering online buyers and sellers a safe and secure location for any buying and selling transactions in their front lobby and parking lot, equipped with 24-hour surveillance cameras.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Races in 5 Cobb cities heat up as more candidates declare
Municipal races in five cities gained momentum Tuesday as more candidates declared their intentions to run for seats in Acworth, Smyrna, Kennesaw, Austell and Powder Springs.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Grant to aid airport construction
An email containing some very good news popped up in the inbox on Mel Baxter’s computer Tuesday.
Source: Brunswick News

Police chief to design plan to reduce crime at extended-stay hotels, motels
A city committee has asked Marietta Police Chief Dan Flynn to design a program to attempt to reduce crime at extended-stay hotels and motels.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta City Council OK’s $2.8M Fairground streetscape
A heavily trafficked section on the south end of Fairground Street may soon receive some beautification and safety enhancements.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City’s golf course getting noticed
One of the city of Rincon’s biggest investments may be starting to provide dividends.
Source: Effingham Herald

Lariscy to run for Guyton mayor
Jeff Lariscy has announced his intention to run for mayor of Guyton in the Nov. 3 election.
Source: Effingham Herald

Euharlee council adopts zoning ordinances
Three public hearings called by the Euharlee City Council concerning changes to zoning ordinances were met with total silence Tuesday. The hearings are required by Georgia law.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Statesboro Council qualifying begins
The first two candidates to qualify for Statesboro City Council seats in the Nov. 3 election, Sam Lee Jones in District 2 and Jeffrey B. Yawn in District 3, are lifetime residents of Statesboro.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Permanently 'temporary'? Council continues debate about city rules for flea markets, vendor stands
Staff members gave Statesboro City Council a new draft of a Temporary Vendors Ordinance that would "grandfather in" some existing vendors, such as Green Man's Corner on South Main Street and Ellis' Open Market on Northside Drive East.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Hahira residents call for DDA town hall
Residents in Hahira are calling for an open town hall meeting addressing the city’s proposed Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

11 hopefuls qualify for elections
As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, 11 hopefuls had thrown their hats into the ring for municipal races in Thomas and Grady counties.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Albany City Commission candidate Chad Warbington resigns appointed board positions
In an email announcement this afternoon, Ward IV Albany City Commission candidate Chad Warbington said he is resigning from two local boards to focus on his campaign.
Source: Albany Herald

Postell qualifies, completes list of announced candidates
Unless some unknown citizen with political aspirations comes forward by Friday — and there have been calls for certain individuals to do so — the stage is set for the city’s Nov. 3 municipal election.
Source: Albany Herald

Waycross officials tell Georgia House committee of issues in annexation, de-annexation laws
Officials from Waycross told a legislative panel Monday of the city’s problems in the procedures for shrinking city borders that creates headaches for residents and taxpayers.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Doraville’s Old GM Plant Gateway To New Economic Growth
In the late 1940s, the tiny agricultural enclave of Doraville, north of Atlanta in DeKalb County, had just under 500 residents.
Source: WABE

Grantville to switch to four-day work week
The Grantville City Council will keep the senior citizen center open five days a week even though city employees are moving to a four-day work week.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Rincon considers buying border collie to chase geese from golf course
Rincon City Council members are considering acquiring a border collie that would be trained to chase geese from the Lost Plantation golf course.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry council votes to amend fire fees
The Perry City Council voted Tuesday to reduce the fire fee for places of worship and charge apartment complexes by the number of units.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb blight proposal hits road bump Tuesday
A Macon-Bibb County blight proposal for demolishing structures hit a snag because of a technicality Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb spends $303,000 for garbage, recycling bins
Macon-Bibb County commissioners approved spending $303,000 on new garbage cans and recycling bins during Tuesday’s commission meeting.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Hogansville looks at lake ideas
Members of the Hogansville City Council took a workshop field trip Friday to several areas in Alabama for ideas about the Lake Jimmy Jackson recreation area project.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge bid scrapped to redesign project
City officials have scrapped a $2 million contract proposal to restore downtown Augusta’s Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge, saying this week that the project will be redesigned to include repairs of three additional overpasses to save money on construction costs.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Stop signs coming down, yield signs going up, at East Broad railroad crossing
An Athens-Clarke County ordinance caught up with the reality of an East Broad Street railroad crossing Tuesday evening, as the county’s mayor and commission approved the removal of stop signs, and the installation of yield signs, along a section of track that has been used almost exclusively to carry coal to the University of Georgia.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke commissioners reject plan for Springdale residential development
Local developer Jared York’s plan for a 14-unit residential development on three acres at the intersection of Springdale and Rocksprings streets was soundly rejected by Athens-Clarke County commissioners on Tuesday night, even as the commissioners were put on notice that a decision adverse to the proposed development might land them in court.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville City Council has short fuse on new fireworks law
The Gainesville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to exercise the limited influence left under their jurisdiction by the General Assembly in the spectrum of consumer fireworks.
Source: Access North Georgia

Avondale favors annexation in comprehensive-plan poll
Avondale Estates recently held the third community-input meeting on its comprehensive plan, which needs updating every 10 years. One significant revelation emerging from of plan’s online survey is that a majority of residents favor annexation, a controversial topic last fall and winter.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stephens named Helen police chief
Helen has a new police chief, and he's a familiar face in town.
Source: Access North Georgia

Ruling could pave way for Atlanta annexation
A judge Monday handed the City of Atlanta a legal victory that could allow the city to annex key parts of unincorporated Fulton County.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Qualifying begins in Dunwoody, candidates file for mayor, 3 districts
The qualifying period for the Nov. 3 election in Dunwoody officially opened Aug. 31, with all incumbents filing on day one.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Dunwoody City Council approves flashing beacons at Mount Vernon Road crosswalk
City Council on Aug. 24 unanimously approved installation of rapidly flashing beacons to help pedestrians at the crosswalk at Stratham Drive and Mount Vernon Road.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Brookhaven mayoral election is a 3-way race
Incumbent Rebecca Chase Williams will face at least two challengers who filed today for the Brookhaven mayoral election.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

College Park to set millage rate for 2015
The mayor and city council of College Park announced Wednesday their intention to maintain the same ad valorem property tax millage rate of 12.619 mills.
Source: Neighbor News

Union City to hold second arts festival, breast cancer 5K
Union City announced its second UC Arts & Crafts Festival and Breast Cancer Awareness 5K.
Source: Neighbor News

Union City appoints new chief judge
Union City has appointed Ronald J. Freeman Sr. as chief municipal court judge.
Source: Neighbor News

Grovetown officials seeking funding for new wastewater treatment plant
Grovetown officials took a big step Aug. 26 toward building their own wastewater treatment plant.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Mayor Johnston to run for re-election
Covington, Ga. mayor Ronnie Johnston announced today he will officially seek election for a second term in office.
Source: Covington News

Qualifying for 4 Cobb cities' elections begins
Several Cobb County mayoral races are expected to heat up before the November 3 general election after a handful of candidates qualified to run Monday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Rome, Cave Spring races shaping up; qualifying continues this week for Nov. 3 elections
Contests are shaping up in both the Rome City and Cave Spring municipal elections.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Food truck trend gains popularity in Gwinnett
Nomie Truong’s food truck, Viet-Nomie’s, is a common sight during the week for hungry Georgia Tech students looking for an afternoon bite inbetween classes.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth launches Geotour with local landmarks
The city of Duluth has announced its own Geotour entitled “Caching Duluth,” highlighting different areas of the city that are historic, playful, educational and fun.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Unification breakfast meeting draws more than 100
More than 100 persons attended what was described as a kickoff rally breakfast meeting Friday for a group of Milledgeville and Baldwin County residents supportive of one local government, as opposed to two different forms.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Snellville displays works of local artists in city hall
The city of Snellville is highlighting the work of two local artists, displaying their works in the cases of the city hall lobby for the next few months.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz qualifies for re-election
After a tumultuous first term, Snellville Mayor Kelly Kautz qualified Monday to run for reelection.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Brooklet, Portal, Register seats up for election
Upcoming elections could see new mayors for two Bulloch County towns. The Brooklet and Portal mayoral seats are open for qualifying, and several council seats for those towns as well as Register are also open for qualifying for the pending election. Qualifying began Monday.
Source: Statesboro Herald

The race is on in Brunswick as four file for city commission
Four people filed to run for Brunswick City Commission Monday, opening day of qualifications, including incumbent South Ward Commissioner Julie Martin, Glynn County Board of Elections Supervisor Tina Edwards said.
Source: Brunswick News

Statesboro Council qualifying begins
The first two candidates to qualify for Statesboro City Council seats in the Nov. 3 election, Sam Lee Jones in District 2 and Jeffrey B. Yawn in District 3, are lifetime residents of Statesboro.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Numerous candidates putting names in for Nov. 3 city elections
A number of potential candidates threw their name in the ring Monday for openings on city councils throughout Hall County and on the Gainesville school board.
Source: Gainesville Times

Credit card ordinance, civic center on Lake Park agenda
Lake Park City Council will weigh the first reading of a credit card policy ordinance during regular session Tuesday evening.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Town Hall meeting gets good response
When traveling through the city, via the downtown area what does one see? What does a tourist see? A brand new college of course....
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Municipal candidates get early jump on qualifying
Most of the announced candidates in Albany’s Nov. 3 municipal election took care of qualifying chores on the first day of the week long process Monday, a day that was also notable for the absence of one expected candidate and the potential candidacy of another.
Source: Albany Herald

Former police spokesman, newspaper publisher Miller running against Savannah Alderman Sprague
Julian Miller, a former newspaper publisher and spokesman for the Savannah-Chatham police, announced on Monday his run for the Savannah City Council’s 4th District seat currently held by Alderwoman Mary Ellen Sprague.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb commissioner pushes for basketball league for teens, young adults
In light of four people being shot outside a Macon recreation center Saturday night, a Macon-Bibb County official hopes a basketball league could help quell such violence.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County Commission to take up blight issues Tuesday
During its Tuesday meeting, the Macon-Bibb County Commission could designate funds for tearing down condemned structures and also allow a local organization to develop a list of various blight projects.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry re-evaluates fire fee, gives churches break
Some relief from the city’s year-old fire fee may soon be coming for places of worship and apartment complexes should the City Council vote Tuesday to decrease the fees for such establishments.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Topics for ACC Commission meeting tonight include rezoning near 5 Points, development, streetscape
Tonight’s Athens-Clarke County Commission meeting could be a lengthy one.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Flowery Branch considers a ban on panhandling and "urban camping"
Flowery Branch city councils will consider an ordinance Thursday that would ban "urban camping and panhandling" in the city.
Source: Access North Georgia

Ironman to create $4 million in direct visitor spending
The Ironman triathlon is expected to generate more than $4 million in direct visitor spending, the most of any September event held in Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

City clerks earn finance certification
Two local city clerks have earned finance certification from the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Atlanta extends sustainability ordinance deadline
Atlanta is offering commercial building owners a grace period for complying with a sustainability ordinance the city council passed in April.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City gears up for election qualifying
Qualifying for the Nov. 3 municipal general election in Douglasville will be held Monday through Friday at City Hall on Church Street.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City unveils $22.4 million Metra improvement plan
The city of Columbus has unveiled its plan to spend about $22.4 million in sales tax funds on improving public transit service over the next 13 years.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Tourism home run: Columbus steps up to plate, attracts 1.8 million visitors
The way Clay Dickey sees it, Columbus is -- hands down -- the only place he and his athletes want to be.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Remember when: Retired police officers share their recollections
Former members of the Marietta Police Department gathered at the Marietta Museum of History on Friday morning to share their memorable moments from their time on the city’s police force.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta City Council OK’s $2.8M Fairground streetscape
A heavily trafficked section on the south end of Fairground Street may soon receive some beautification and safety enhancements.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City official talks about multi-family dwellings
Hank Griffeth has been busy this summer finding out lots of things related to multi-family dwellings in Milledgeville, and what he has discovered is interesting.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Qualifying begins for Brunswick City Commission seats
Julie Martin knows of at least one person who will be stopping by the Glynn County Board of Elections Office early this week.
Source: Brunswick News

New plans for old Mercy Care Rome building
Floyd County Tax Commissioner Kevin Payne has confirmed that he and his wife, Mai Lee Payne, have taken a contract for the former Mercy Care Rome building, 212 W. Third St., in Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Nelson City Council proposing not to change property tax rate
The Nelson City Council is considering adopting a property tax rate that is unchanged from last year.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock named 2040+ Community
Woodstock’s long-range planning has garnered it notoriety in the region. The city has been named a 2040+ Community and a regional leader in sustainability by the Atlanta Regional Commission for exceeding the regional long-range plan.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews says he won’t seek re-election
With qualifying for the November elections set to begin Monday, Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews announced in a news release Thursday he would not seek re-election.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Cobb cities begin qualifying for elections
Mayoral seats in Smyrna, Powder Springs, Kennesaw and Austell are all up for election this year, and three of the four sitting mayors said they plan to run again.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Waycross de-annexation from Pierce County land one subject of Atlanta meetings, state Rep. Jason Spencer says
A Georgia House committee on annexation, de-annexation and incorporation Tuesday, and state Rep. Jason Spencer, R-Woodbine, says Waycross is a prime example of what can go wrong.
Source: Florida Times-Union

City Council hears from local citizens about crematory being built
Mayor Jamie Cater called for a special meeting Thursday afternoon for citizens to discuss the construction of an on-site crematory at Reflection Cremation & Funeral Service, located on 12th Street.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Decatur’s public works building wins award
Decatur’s Eloise T. Leveritt Public Works Building Project was recently named a 2015 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA).
Source: Champion Newspaper

Lithonia holds comprehensive plan open house
Lithonia is updating its comprehensive plan and has invited residents to a Aug. 17 open house to share their thoughts on what the city’s goals and direction should be.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Weeklong municipal election qualifying in Albany starts
Nobody’s more aware than Henry Mathis that his window to qualify for a run at the mayor’s office is rapidly closing.
Source: Albany Herald

Perry City Council to vote on non-traditional church, increasing fees caps
The Perry City Council is holding a public zoning hearing Tuesday about a proposed facility off General Courtney Hodges Boulevard that would cater to disadvantaged people.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon marks preparedness month as hurricane season intensifies
Tropical Storm Erika came along right on cue to bring thoughts of disaster readiness on the eve of National Preparedness Month. Macon-Bibb County Emergency Management Agency Director Spencer Hawkins was tracking the storm last week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

New fire truck unveiled
Peachtree City Fire Rescue is introducing its newest member, Freddie the Fire Truck.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Turin celebrates 125 years
The town of Turin, located in eastern Coweta County, celebrated its 125th birthday Saturday with many of the town’s residents, family and friends gathered together for food and entertainment.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Are Atlanta cops and firefighters leaving over pay?
Talk to union leaders for Atlanta’s cops and firefighters, and they’ll tell you that long-standing unhappiness over pay is driving people away — a morale problem that only got worse in recent weeks after public safety workers were left out of raises given to nearly 3,000 other Atlanta employees.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pooler to look at de-annexing megasite
Three Chatham County municipalities — one encompassing the state’s highly touted manufacturing megasite at Interstates 16 and 95 — hold the key to helping the county become more competitive in its quest to lure high-paying manufacturers to the area, a consultant for the Savannah Economic Development Authority said last week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City hires manager
Members of the community and city council welcomed Adele Schirmer to Social Circle as the City Council appointed her as city manager.
Source: Walton Tribune

Three-year dispute with Augusta ambulance provider hits turning point
It’s not Augusta’s first conflict over emergency medical services, but the city might be nearing a turning point in the latest – its three-year disagreement with its provider of 10 years, Gold Cross EMS.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Gainesville considers IGA with Hall Co. for Flat Creek litter trap
Gainesville officials are considering an inter-governmental agreement with Hall County for a litter trap in Flat Creek, which sits in both the city limits of Gainesville and unincorporated Hall County.
Source: Access North Georgia

Yatesville now has 2 working generators
Paperwork on a second military surplus generator has cleared, and the Yatesville Volunteer Fire Department now owns two emergency generators.
Source: Thomaston Times

Public art planning different for every city, consultant tells Athens audience
“Don’t ask me what I think about Athens yet,” said Philadelphia-based urban designer and public art consultant Todd Bressi as his presentation to a crowd of several dozen people gathered in the Athens-Clarke County Library auditorium wound down Thursday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Decatur identifies three potential green space sites
During a recent Decatur city commission work session, Assistant City Manager Lyn Menne identified three potential greenspace sites in which she’s in various stages of discussion.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Law enforcement, community have honest conversation about racial profiling
The conversation at a community meeting on racial profiling spanned nearly two hours at St. Paul United Methodist Church on Summit Street in Gainesville Thursday night.
Source: Access North Georgia

Kingsland mulls parliamentary procedure changes
Most local governments across the nation follow Roberts Rules of Order to conduct public meetings efficiently and fairly.
Source: Brunswick News

Lilburn Community Partnership hosting Wynne-Russell House cleanup day
The Wynne-Russell House is regarded by many as a historical treasure that offers visitors a look into Lilburn’s past. The Lilburn Community Partnership is inviting the community to pitch in on a little housekeeping to prepare the local landmark for the busy fall season.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Ellijay eyes $1.6M budget
Following a public hearing set for Sept. 14, the Ellijay City Council will likely pass a 2016 budget of $1.68 million at their Sept. 21 regular meeting, according to action taken at their August meeting to present the budget.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Cleveland, White County receive state rescue certification
Rescue teams from Cleveland and White County have received a renewal of their state rescue certification.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Shan Ash to seek mayor of Cleveland position
Roy “Shan” Ash III, 50, has decided to qualify as a candidate for Cleveland mayor, putting him head-to-head with 62-year-old Rush Mauney, a veteran Cleveland City Council member, who announced two weeks ago his plans to qualify for the mayor position.
Source: White County News Telegraph

McCaysville plans help for water bills
McCaysville city leaders have agreed to help customers whose water bills jump because of leaks, but provided few details on specific rules for a new plan.
Source: Blue Ridge News Observer

Mayors, most city council members say they will seek re-election in Paulding
Both mayors and all but one incumbent councilman said they likely will be candidates in the November elections in Dallas and Hiram.
Source: Neighbor News

City approves TPD expansion
Improvements to the Thomaston Police Department, including an enclosed carport, improved evidence room, additional meeting and interrogation rooms, and additional offices were approved Tuesday night when the Thomaston City Council approved a bid of $387,000 for the work from McElroy Construction.
Source: Thomaston Times

Ruling coming on if Waycross can turn off water, sewer to deannexed part of Pierce County
A Superior Court judge said during a Thursday hearing he will rule by Wednesday on whether Waycross can shut off water and sewer service to a portion of Pierce County that was legislatively de-annexed as of July 1.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Hahira installing signs for disabled
The city of Hahira is working to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City to review building fees ordinance
At its regular monthly meeting of Aug. 21, the Americus City Council voted to discuss the possibility of changing the ordinance dealing with payment of building permit fees.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Albany officials differ on use of utility surplus funds | POLL
An Albany city commissioner applauded City Manager Sharon Subadan Thursday for her response to Albany Utility Board member Chad Warbington’s suggestion that the board consider using surplus funds to lower utility rates or offer rebates to utility customers.
Source: Albany Herald

Overcoming Hardships Key To Success For Riverdale Mayor
Riverdale, Georgia is located south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and is part of the Atlanta metro area, but, unlike the name suggests, the city is not located on or near a major waterway.
Source: WABE

Port Wentworth expands its motorized cart district
Officials in Port Wentworth have expanded the city’s motorized cart district to include every locally owned road in the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Dulek announces run for Savannah's 3rd District
Gordonston resident Kim Dulek announced Thursday her intention to run against incumbent Savannah Alderman John Hall for the District 3 seat.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Local group to begin restoration of Rockmart mural in October
To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the city in 1997, the Rockmart Cultural Arts Center and the Georgia Council for the Arts sponsored the historic mural located on Elm Street in downtown Rockmart.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City of Cedartown gets $500,000 grant for sewer line improvements
A community development block grant of $500,000 announced last week will be used for additional sewer line improvements in Cedartown.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Filmore Thomas park, Log Cabin Drive work moving forward in Macon-Bibb County
Improvements to the Filmore Thomas Recreation Area and roadwork along Log Cabin Drive are closer to happening now that the projects are in various stages of design and site work. Macon-Bibb has about $3 million in special purpose local option sales tax to spend on the projects.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Council discuss alternative energy, mileage
West Point City Council on Tuesday discussed utility rate changes for residents with distributed generation and mileage rate changes.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Cornelia posts revised sign ordinance, extends moratorium
The Cornelia City Commission has extended its moratorium on freestanding sign permits until Oct. 7.
Source: Access North Georgia

Old Fourth Ward's 525 North clears major zoning hurdle, as $55 million project moves toward city council vote
The largest project in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward since the massive redevelopment of the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. building is back on solid footing.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Study finds outsiders pay much of special sales tax
A new study commissioned by the Metro Augusta Chamber of Com­merce estimates that noncounty residents pay up to 54 percent of sales tax revenue.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

LaGrange residents concerned about planned new road
A joint city-county proposal to build a throughway from West Georgia Medical Center to Highland Country Club drew criticism and questions from area residents at a City Council meeting Tuesday.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Riceboro gets loan to replace water meters
The city of Riceboro has been awarded a $155,000 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority board of directors.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Gainesville City Council mulls fireworks ordinance; hearings set for ad valorem tax
City leaders in Gainesville are considering an ordinance that would regulate where "consumer fireworks" can be sold in the city.
Source: Access North Georgia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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