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Carrollton GreenBelt launches volunteer program to maintain the trail
When the Carrollton GreenBelt recently started its Adopt-A-Trail program, Steven Daugherty was first in line.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Madison Planning Commission Approves Lofts, B&B
The Madison Planning and Zoning Commission heard two applications at its Feb. 19 meeting, one for the creation of Bell Park Lofts and Suites and the other for the conditional use of a Main Street property as a bed and breakfast.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City Council requests legislation for public facilities authority
The Conyers City Council Wednesday approved a resolution requesting the local legislative delegation to introduce a proposed act to the General Assembly that would create a public facilities authority. Whether the legislation will be necessary is uncertain.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

New city police chief eager to get to work
Newly appointed Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones has no plans of changing his philosophy on policing just because he has a new title.
Source: Brunswick News

Comcast refuses to pay its bill: Chickamauga prepared to cut cable
“These are our poles.” That’s the message repeated again and again during the Chickamauga city council’s March meeting. City manager Micheal Haney for months has attempted to negotiate a new rate for Comcast’s use of the city-owned utility poles to carry its coaxial cable to its Chickamauga customers.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

LaFayette passes pawnshop ordinance, sets hours
The LaFayette city council passed a pawnshop ordinance at the Monday, March 2, special called meeting that requires pawnshops to digitally inventory property through a company called Leads Online.
Source: Catoosa County News

Downtown Development Parking Office launches “We Validate” campaign
A trip to downtown Rome for lunch or shopping doesn’t have to include looking for a spot outside the paid-parking areas adjacent to Broad Street. The Downtown Development Parking Office has launched the “We Validate” campaign for parking downtown.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Parties agree to 11th hour extension on Service Delivery Strategy between county, Stockbridge
Henry County officials said Friday morning they were about 36 hours from not being legally allowed to enforce police services in Stockbridge. But by the afternoon, County Manager Jim Walker said an extension agreement had been reached.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Smyrna hotel alcohol restrictions loosened: Minimum square-foot requirements for grocery store wine tastings is lowered
Smyrna City Council loosened restrictions on how alcohol may be consumed in hotels this week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Barrow leaders pleased with latest state transportation bill
A much-debated $1 billion transportation bill could be coming to a vote.
Source: Barrow County News

City to allow vote on Sunday package sales
Members of Richmond Hill City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to let residents decide whether package sales of alcohol should be legal on Sundays within city limits.
Source: Bryan County News

City appoints new planning commission member
The Richmond Hill City Council recently appointed Brad Brookshire to be a member of its planning commission.
Source: Bryan County News

Oakwood plans hearing on restricting residential parking
A public hearing on a proposed Oakwood ordinance limiting parking in front of houses is scheduled for Monday.
Source: Gainesville Times

Court won’t OK Forest Park settlement with strip clubs
A federal judge declined Feb. 24 to approve the consent agreement to end the lawsuit between two strip clubs and the City of Forest Park — but the city and clubs aren't worried.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Covington hears first reading of utilities ordinances
Three ordinances, each written to amend provisions of the electric system and water system, were read for the first time at the Covington City Council meeting on March 2. The change could reduce city revenue by up to $700,000.
Source: Covington News

City Council rules in favor of HPC and homeowner
In a 4-3 vote, the Valdosta City Council ruled the Historic Preservation Commission did not abuse its power by requesting the removal of stacked-stone veneer from a house on Park Avenue, but at the same time, allowed the veneer to stay on the house.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Claxton holds first meeting in new city hall
Claxton City Council held their first meeting in the newly constructed City Hall on Monday evening, March 2.
Source: Claxton Enterprise

Chatsworth PD carries donated medical kits
Chatsworth Police Chief Josh Etheridge said his officers now have access to quick emergency medical supplies thanks to a donation.
Source: Chatsworth Times

Waterworks offers online bill pay
Chatsworth Waterworks customers now have the option of paying their bill online.
Source: Chatsworth Times

Alpharetta: 2015 is year of ‘Phase 2’
In his annual State of the City address March 3, Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle said while 2014 was a banner year for the city, 2015 will be even better, with many large projects well under way and entering their second phases.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Pooler police get laser crime scene scanner
Detectives at the Pooler police department have added a new tool to help them solve crimes in west Chatham County.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Improvements for Victory Drive under consideration
Traffic circles, sidewalks, bike lanes, parks, better drainage and additional trees all are ideas being considered for improving Victory Drive as part of a multi-phase study being conducted by the Chatham County-Savannah Metropolitan Planning Commission.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Suwanee residents give input on Master Plan update, hear info on Buford Hwy Project
Residents of Suwanee packed City Hall Thursday night to give their input and hear updates on the city's Master Plan, which was first adopted in 2002.
Source: Access North Georgia

Fired Augusta parks chief loses suit against city
A federal judge ruled in the city of Augusta’s favor this week by dismissing a lawsuit filed by former parks director Tom Beck.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke on fast track with chicken ordinance
Egged on by a handful of chicken-raising scofflaws and many others who have been ready to cross that road, a henpecked Athens-Clarke County government is scratching its way toward an urban agriculture ordinance that would allow the raising of backyard poultry in the many residential-zoned areas where it now is not allowed.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

DeKalb Cityhood Bills Clear Key Committee, But Border Disputes Remain
Legislation that would allow residents to create two new cities in DeKalb County is a step closer to a vote by the Georgia House, but border disputes remain unresolved.
Source: WABE

Atlanta among 12 cities in running for $1 million in funding for public art projects
Bloomberg Philanthropies named Atlanta as one of its 12 finalist cities in the running to receive up to $1 million as part of the Public Art Challenge.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Austell targeting flood-damaged homes
Mayor Joe Jerkins said the city is close to completing its plan to acquire homes damaged by the 2009 flood. “Something’s got to be done with them,” Jerkins said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City council hears good reports on economic development efforts
It may have been the pre-meeting prayers in The Pope Center lobby by volunteers from local churches, but the February meeting of the Washington City Council was short, businesslike, and informative.
Source: Washington News-Reporter

Flowery Branch council loses 2 members back-to-back
Two Flowery Branch City Council members have resigned due to moving away from the South Hall city.
Source: Gainesville Times

Jonesboro Road one-way pair to help congestion but officials say railroad bridge ‘impossible’
Traffic into the downtown area may never be perfect, said Mayor Billy Copeland, but it’s something that officials and transportation representatives have tried fixing.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Council to vote on LCI plan
A new amphitheater is included in the Livable Centers Initiative update that the council is expected to approve at its next meeting.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Rutledge part grand opening set
A two-year-old discussion of a wooden sign on the corner of Hwy 278 and Newborn Road was brought back before the Rutledge City Council at its Feb. 17 meeting.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Retreat
Local leaders and members of the Madison Housing Board attended a Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) retreat in Macon last week to begin the long journey toward improving housing in Madison and Morgan County.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

White out as Social Circle city manager
After 13 years the city of Social Circle is making a change with its city manager. The city voted to dismiss Doug White during a special called meeting on Monday, Feb. 23. The vote came after White’s reappointment was tabled from January.
Source: Covington News

Canton council to talk 2nd entrance for Laurel Canyon subdivision
he list of discussion items for the Canton City Council to consider at tonight’s meeting at City Hall includes a second entrance at the Soleil Laurel Canyon subdivision, a utility deposit refund application and an update on the downtown parking solution.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

New police chief named
Brunswick has a new police chief and an interim city manager.
Source: Brunswick News

Avatron Smart Park CEO talks Emerson theme park
David C. Garrett, chairman and CEO of Avatron Smart Park, the technology-centered theme park planned to be built in Emerson by California-based Avatron USA Development LLC, said Wednesday that he anticipates the development will be both groundbreaking and economically beneficial for Bartow County.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

LaFayette council will begin holding meetings an hour earlier
The LaFayette city council will soon begin its regular meetings one hour earlier.
Source: Catoosa County News

Historic Textile Trail conference sign-up underway; set for March 19-20 in Dalton
An effort to promote tourism via the region’s manufacturing roots is the focus of the West Georgia Heritage Textile Trail conference scheduled for March 19-20 in Dalton.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome's new code officer funded by federal grant makes a difference
In fewer than four months, Tony Wright has been able to change the look of some of Rome’s residential streets.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Brunswick City Commission names Capt. Kevin Jones police chief
Capt. Kevin Jones was confirmed as chief of the Brunswick Police Department Wednesday night.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Johns Creek Business District breaks mold for revitalization
Johns Creek’s plan to designate a 25-acre site near Medlock Bridge and McGinnis Ferry roads as a business district runs counter to recent efforts by cities to grow their economies.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Milton to buy Providence Park
After more than a decade of cleanup, Providence Park may soon belong to the city of Milton.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Johns Creek aims to strike radio tower deal with Forsyth
Johns Creek looked not only outside the box but outside the county to find a solution for where to put its public safety radio tower – in Forsyth County.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta downs skydiving company
A potential new indoor skydiving business at the corner of Mansell Road and North Point Parkway did not receive a glowing recommendation from the Alpharetta City Council Feb. 24. However, the item was not outright denied. Instead, it was tabled until a future meeting.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Commission approves hiring of full-time vet for Augusta Animal Services
The Augusta Commission on Tuesday approved the hire of a full-time veterinarian for Animal Services, a new position that saw few applicants since it was created last year as a strategy to lower the euthanasia rate.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Georgia bill would protect Civil War, other monuments despite any local objections
Proposed Georgia legislation would prohibit the removal of monuments despite any future objections to them.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Hinesville honored for being a ‘Tree City’
Hinesville was among Georgia cities recognized Feb. 18 for their commitment to caring for and managing trees.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

City of Flowery Branch announces two city council resignations
The city of Flowery Branch announced Wednesday afternoon that two City Council members have resigned.
Source: Access North Georgia

Cityhood legislation rapidly moves ahead
Measures to create the cities of LaVista Hills, South Fulton and Tucker sailed through a committee Wednesday, setting up a vote before the full House of Representatives possibly next week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Centerville discusses cleanup day and Independence Day celebration
The City Council this week discussed plans for two city events: a biannual community cleanup day and its second annual Independence Day celebration.
Source: Macon Telegraph

West Point PD kicks off citizens academy
Troup County resident Stacy Adams came not knowing exactly what to expect. He sat in the back row of a packed lecture-style classroom at the Technology Center on O.G. Skinner Drive on Tuesday evening for the first session of the West Point Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Tourism predicted to rise in 2015 despite loss of tournamentc
The recent break in the cloudy, chilly weather has served as a reminder — spring is just around the corner. And soon, warmer temperatures will be accompanied by droves of tourists that fuel the Golden Isles economy.
Source: Brunswick News

Sandy Springs OKs letter of intent, contract with City Center developers
The Sandy Springs City Council on March 3 approved terms with City Center developer Carter/Selig for the private components of the project and the architect of the public portion, Rosser.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Harlem approves Urban Redevelopment Plan
Harlem officials approved a plan last week that will guide the look of Harlem in the future and they hope attract more businesses to the city.
Source: Columbia County News Times

City restarts bid process on new police building
The city of Carrollton has hit the reset button on the bid process for its new police department evidence building and has gone back to square one to start over.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

City to hire contractor for Riverside Parkway bridge project
Douglasville City Council members took action on an item Monday that will move the city a step closer to getting the funds needed for the Riverside Parkway bridge project.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Plans revealed for futuristic theme park in Emerson
A California-based company has plans to build a digital-age theme park near Paga Mine Road in Emerson. The city of Emerson submitted a Development of Regional Impact form to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs on Monday that included details about a plan by Avatron USA Development LLC to construct the Avatron Smart Park.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Covington City Council set to give breaks to large industrial utility customers
In an effort to lure large industries, the Covington City Council on Monday unanimously approved first readings of two ordinances that would amend the Covington Municipal Code to add a new “large industrial service” level to the rate structures for the city’s electricity and water utilities.
Source: Newton Citizen

Unification vote won’t take place this summer
It appears that voters in Milledgeville and Baldwin County aren’t going to head to the polls to vote on unification as early as some may have originally thought.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Ringgold reconsiders how to pay for Barger Bridge plaque
The city of Ringgold recently decided to name its new pedestrian walking bridge after long-time mayor Joe Barger. But after a couple of weeks of consideration, the city council chose Monday night, Feb. 23, to change the way it plans to pay for the commemorative narrative at the site.
Source: Catoosa County News

Introducing Morrow’s two city manager finalists
Finalists for Morrow’s city manager position are preparing for their final interviews.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Transportation funding bill would shake up sales tax
Floyd County would take in an extra $900,000 a year in local option sales tax revenue under the newest version of the state’s Transportation Funding Act, although surrounding counties would see different effects.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Councilwoman hopes to set aside day to remember ‘Grandma of Forest Park’
Councilwoman Latresa Akins hopes to set aside a day in the city to remember the “Grandma of Forest Park,” who died last week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Auditor paints positive picture of St. Marys' finances
Years of operating on a tight budget are paying off for St. Marys. At Monday’s meeting, an auditor painted a positive picture of the city’s finances.
Source: Brunswick News

Council hears update on proposed ice rink
An update was provided to the mayor and council regarding research on a proposed seasonal ice skating rink in the city.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Locust Grove receives LCI grant
Locust Grove is one of eight cities to receive a Livable Cities Initiatives grant last week from the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Town hall seeks answers questions surrounding police chief hire
Seventy-five people crammed into Tuesday’s town hall meeting at Old City Hall to get answers about the process of hiring a new police chief.
Source: Brunswick News

Brunswick City Commission likely to vote on police chief Wednesday night, mayor says
Mayor Cornell Harvey told a group of concerned citizens Tuesday night that the City Commission will likely vote on the city’s next police chief during its regular meeting Wednesday.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Study finds new south Forsyth city is feasible
Advocates of Sharon Springs, a proposed second municipality in Forsyth County, received some good news this week, though the pursuit of cityhood likely will stretch well into 2016.
Source: Forsyth County News

Wild Wing Café challenges Statesboro alcohol hearing standards
For the first time since Statesboro City Council resumed Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance hearings last fall, a business declined to plead guilty, instead challenging the way the ordinance is being applied.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Clermont gives first OK to businessman's request to leave town limits
A businessman got the Clermont Town Council’s initial blessing Tuesday night to leave the North Hall town’s boundaries.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville City Council again denies drive-thru
Gainesville residents begged for an end to the back-and-forth proposals for a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.
Source: Gainesville Times

The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to hear rezoning request
Gainesville City Council will vote today on a proposed drive-thru restaurant at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle.
Source: Gainesville Times

Drenner still mum on Avondale annexation support
After a 2½-hour town hall meeting at Avondale Estates’ city hall Tuesday, State Representative Karla Drenner,D-Avondale Estates, still isn’t saying whether she’ll sponsor the city’s annexation master plan.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ga. lawmakers begin considering city of Stonecrest
A bill to incorporate a city of Stonecrest has been introduced in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tybee considering parking fee hike
Good news for Tybee Island residents: The City Council voted 4-1 last week to decrease the cost for annual parking decals for residents’ golf carts. Bad news for those who live off the island: The council is considering an increase to the fee for an annual parking decal for vehicles.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Coggins, Swopes donate to Boys, Girls Club
When the new Boys and Girls Club opens at Newnan’s Howard Warner facility in a few years, the first year of operations will get a boost from the Coggin family and from Steve and Marie Swope.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Social Circle council begins consideration of roundabout on Alcova
Social Circle council members discussed at their work session last month the possibility of implementing a roundabout traffic system at Alcova Drive to relieve school traffic congestion and to slow cars as they enter downtown.
Source: Walton Tribune

Perry to crackdown on weekend signs
A code enforcement officer could start picking up roadside signs this weekend in Perry.
Source: Macon Telegraph

More than 2.6 million pounds recycled in Dalton last year
That’s the 1,334 tons, or 2,668,020 pounds, of materials that residents in the city of Dalton recycled in 2014 through the city’s curbside recycling program.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Mayor declines to break commission tie on providing information prior to all taxpayer-funded excursions
Augusta Commission members won’t have to justify out-of-state travel after Mayor Hardie Davis declined to break a tie and indicate his stance on the issue Tuesday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Potential Forsyth Co. city moving forward; deemed financially viable
A city hoping to incorporate in the southern end of Forsyth County completed a study that proved the proposed city of Sharon Springs would be financially viable, and the proposed city is moving forward towards incorporation.
Source: Access North Georgia

Cities of LaVista Hills, South Fulton and Tucker advance
Efforts to create new cities of LaVista Hills, South Fulton and Tucker quickly passed their first test Tuesday, advancing through a subcommittee of the Georgia House of Representatives.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamblee receives ARC grant
The city of Chamblee and MARTA received an Atlanta Regional Commission grant for $104,000 grant to fund a trail concept and feasibility study on MARTA property and extending to destinations throughout Chamblee.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta's surveillance camera network could expand if bond package passes
If Atlanta voters approve the city's $250 million infrastructure bond package on March 17, the Atlanta Police Department could receive $3 million to continue expanding the operations of the Loudermilk Video Integration Center operation.
Source: Creative Loafing

Atlanta plans to launch its new bike share program in 2015
Atlanta residents and visitors will soon be able to rent a bike, ride across town, and drop off their two-wheeler close to their destination. After years of planning and negotiations, city officials have signed contracts companies to launch the Atlanta Bike Share later this year.
Source: Creative Loafing

Savannah beginning $48,000 removal of Forsyth Park stage fountain
City officials are set to begin demolishing the former fountain area in front of Forsyth Park’s outdoor stage to make room for an expanded splash zone after years of failed attempts to keep children out with barricades and warning signs.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler Council delays vapor shop ruling
Pooler officials this week delayed discussion of a proposal to amend the city’s smoke-free air ordinance to allow their city attorney to conduct more research.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Police review committee on agenda
The Thomaston City Council will have a request to form a citizens’ police review committee on their agenda for tonight.
Source: Thomaston Times

Forsyth Fire Dept. sees leap in insurance rating
People living within five miles of the Forsyth fire station on Kimball Street might see their fire insurance rates drop this summer.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Hogansville looks at comprehensive plan
Hogansville launched a kick-off hearing for its comprehensive plan Monday.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Canton, Cherokee again considering fire deal
The Canton City Council this week will again consider how to move forward on the northwest Canton fire station project.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Austell employees, council members will be paid to use city gym
A plan by Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins to pay city employees and council members to use the city’s $80,000 round-the-clock gym was approved Monday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

National program reconizes Marietta police
A crime reduction task force established by President Barack Obama has named the Marietta Police Department as one of the top three forces in the country for community outreach programs.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Carroll Mills project expected to boost economy $4.2 million
The developer of the Carroll Mills project on Bradley Street in Carrollton estimates the work will have a $4.2 million economic impact during the construction phase, adding another $649,000 annually to the economy while creating 52 new jobs.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Covington Police Explorers train, excel in law enforcement skills
The advisor of the Covington Police Explorers program, Allan Seebaran, is very proud of Post 222 these days.
Source: Newton Citizen

Ringgold approves live and on-demand video streaming of meetings
After a couple of weeks of research and discussion, the Ringgold city council unanimously approved incorporating live and on-demand video streaming of its meetings.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome City, Floyd County managers hammer out draft recreation agreement
The managers of Rome and Floyd County are almost finished compiling a draft that, once complete, will be sculpted into a new recreation agreement.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ozzy Park founder wants kids to take ownership
Mark Wallace wants to keep the Ozzy Park story positive. The soft-spoken driving force behind the Richmond Hill skate park named after his late son, Marcus “Ozzy” Wallace Jr., would rather not dwell long on the vandalism that has been an issue at the park since it opened in 2004.
Source: Bryan County News

Forest Park Police Department celebrates state certification
The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police recognized the Forest Park Police Department Monday as one of 114 agencies to receive state certification this year.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Amid accident increase, new traffic officers to patrol Norcross
The Norcross Police Department’s new traffic enforcement unit, approved by the City Council on Monday night, won’t be large, but officials feel it will be effective. The unit will consist of two new officers, one in a cruiser, one on a motorcycle.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City to discuss police chief, illegal dumping and dock repairs
The agenda for Wednesday’s Brunswick City Commission meeting is so stacked with topics like a new police chief, dock repairs and illegal dumping, the group could be in for a long night of discussion.
Source: Brunswick News

Lawrenceville postpones vote on crematorium
Action on a proposed crematorium/funeral home on Hurricane Shoals Road was postponed Monday night by the Lawrenceville City Council.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Buford denies rezoning for new subdivision
A divided Buford City Commission on Monday voted to deny a rezoning that would have allowed a housing development in the Hall County area of the city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City elections put on hold
With just one candidate qualifying for a city council seat, the City of Dawsonville will not be holding an election to fill the recently-appointed seat in March.
Source: Dawson Community News

City Council to consider vehicle bids
The Valdosta City Council will consider the purchase of a total of 26 automobiles, one backhoe, and in-car police computers this week.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Lake Park to discuss sinking civic center
Bids for moving and/or renovating the sinking Lake Park Civic Center are set to be discussed at tonight's meeting of the Lake Park City Council.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Lithonia mayor: ‘2015 is Lithonia’s year to shine’
Last year, was a year of cityhood movements and annexation, and Lithonia plans to join the party in 2015.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Commissioners approve Johns Creek request to build radio tower in Forsyth
The city of Johns Creek will soon have a new public safety radio tower — but not within its city limits, or even Fulton County.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Warner Robins welcome center could move, but probably won’t
A measure that would allow a Warner Robins welcome center to be built away from Interstate 75 drew unanimous support Monday from City Council members, most of whom also said they don’t actually want to build the center somewhere else.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Agreement reached on 800 MHz fees
No vote was taken, but there’s a consensus of both boards after five years of back and forth on the terms of an agreement on the 800 MHz system user fees.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Council votes for soccer complex improvements
Dalton’s Broaddus-Durkan Soccer Complex is already one of the city’s most used recreation facilities. But in a few weeks it could be drawing people to do more than just play soccer.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

2 Augusta commissioners want to let administrator hire, fire department heads
As Mayor Hardie Davis seeks more power in the consolidated government, two Augusta Commission members are pushing to streamline operations by giving more responsibility to the city administrator.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Commission committee getting to work on downtown Athens master plan
A preliminary look at a possible public-private partnership for redeveloping some county-owned property near Hotel Indigo is on Thursday’s agenda for the Athens-Clarke County Commission committee looking at a master plan for the future development of downtown Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Mt. Airy gathering floor stabilization, HVAC bids for schoolhouse
The Mt. Airy Town Council continues to move forward with plans to relocate town hall to the Mt. Airy Schoolhouse.
Source: Access North Georgia

Clarkesville takes group homes out of residential zoning
While group residential facilities and group treatment facilities have required a conditional use approval, prior to Monday they were allowed in any zoning district in Clarkesville.
Source: Access North Georgia

APD Chief George Turner On Technology, Use Of Force When Fighting Crime
He is a 32-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, and some consider Chief George Turner a pillar of the community.
Source: WABE

Rezoning denied by Thomaston City Council
For the first as far as anyone can remember, the Thomaston City Council had a split vote on a motion.
Source: Thomaston Times

Macon-Bibb to consider bridge contract, firefighter leave
Macon-Bibb County commissioners will be asked Tuesday to quickly approve a construction manager for the planned pedestrian bridge over Mercer University Drive.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Gainesville City Council to take another look at drive-thru, retail plan
Once again, the developer who wants to build a restaurant and a retail building on Thompson Bridge Road near the new Walmart Marketplace in Gainesville will take his proposal before the city council.
Source: Access North Georgia

Legislation filed to form cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker
Legislation to create the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker was introduced Monday in the Georgia House of Representatives.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council approves ordinance to redevelop Inman Park Trolley Barn
The Atlanta City Council gave the green light Monday to redeveloping the Inman Park Trolley Barn.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Planning for life after Turner Field is about to begin
In an effort to plan for life after the Braves' departure, the Atlanta Regional Commission has awarded a $212,000 grant to the neighborhoods adjacent to Turner Field.
Source: Creative Loafing

Fairburn mayor touts city’s growth
Fairburn residents can look forward to an improved quality of life in 2015 based on actions taken by the city in 2014, according to Mayor Mario Avery, who delivered his state of the city address earlier this month.
Source: Neighbor News

Hapeville’s finances sure to improve, mayor says
Hapeville’s “horrible decrease” in 2014 property tax revenue, Mayor Alan Hallman said last week, will be offset in 2015 by measures like $400,000 in pension plan fee restructuring, potential new taxes – and a lot of patience.
Source: Neighbor News

Union City on upswing, mayor says
Crime – from carjacking to littering – is in Union City Mayor Vince Williams’ sights this year, as are a bigger rainy-day fund, healthier residents and improved roads and bridges.
Source: Neighbor News

South Fulton power players tout partnerships
Partnerships are how the region will benefit from new film studios and attract more lucrative companies, jobs and youth opportunities, south Fulton business and government leaders said at the South Metro Development Outlook last week.
Source: Neighbor News

Fairburn fire department receives Class 1 rating
The city of Fairburn recently announced its fire department is among elite company after the Insurance Services Office upgraded the city’s rating from Class 4 to Class 1 last week.
Source: Neighbor News

College Park elementary school may become $15M YMCA
College Park city council candidate Roderick Gay recently announced he has requested approval from the Fulton County Board of Education to move forward with redevelopment plans for Harriet Tubman Elementary School.
Source: Neighbor News

Local Leaders: ‘Annoyed, alienated and shocked’ at Governor’s plan
The barrage of sudden and drastic changes to House Bill 170, Governor Nathan Deal’s new Transportation Plan, has given local leaders a case of legislative whiplash.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Mount Zion seeks county help with water, gymnasium
The city of Mount Zion is hoping it can get some financial help from Carroll County to upgrade its aging water distribution system and restore its recreation gymnasium.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Villa Rica police offer Internet buy-sell haven
The Villa Rica Police Department is making online buying and selling safer by offering police headquarters as a place to conduct transactions.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Mayoral election could be held on June 16, official says
Ever since Richard Bentley resigned as mayor earlier this month, officials and others in Milledgeville have been wondering when a special election might be held for someone new to fill that seat.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Snap Suwanee photo winners to be displayed at City Hall
The winning entries ranged from a paddle boarder on the Chattahoochee to a pig, yes a pig, on the grass in front of City Hall at Town Center Park
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Federal grant to help public housing residents
A new federal grant means public housing residents in Rome and Rockmart will continue to have access to services that help them live independently.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Canton Main Street ready to celebrate First Friday
With less than a week until Canton Main Street welcomes back First Friday events, the board members are facing a transitional period, but say the show must go on.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

C-Span Cities Tour currently filming in Columbus
If you see a television crew shooting video in town over the next few days, it could be the C-Span Cities Tour, in town to chronicle the city’s historical and cultural contributions.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Covington looking at utilities changes
The Covington City Council will vote on amending provisions of the electric system and water system ordinances during Monday’s council meeting, possibly reducing city revenue by approximately $700,000.
Source: Covington News

Canton residents battle air pollution from plant
The smell of a plastic garbage bag burning is how Canton residents have described the odor coming from International Thermocast.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Marietta Historic Board of Review to decide on Goldstein's Square brewpub proposal
One month after the Marietta Historic Board of Review denied building plans for a brewpub on Councilman Philip Goldstein’s empty lot on the Square, a new set of plans will come before the board for a vote.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna councilman to run for mayor
Smyrna Councilman Wade Lnenicka this week will announce his plans to run for mayor in this year’s election.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Forsyth push for cityhood gets thumbs-up
A group looking to establish a limited-services city in southern Forsyth County said a feasibility study by the Carl Vinson Institute shows the proposed city would be financially viable.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tybee Council considers increasing their pay
The Tybee Island City Council is thinking about giving council members a pay raise.
Source: Savannah Morning News

A win for preservation, community on MLK
Cheers to the city of Savannah and Historic Savannah Foundation for saving one of the buildings on a portion of historic Meldrim Row from the wrecking ball.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry’s signs point to conflict
Enforcement of the city’s sign law is raising eyebrows and consternation among businessmen and churches.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb courts to get new software to cost at least $1.6 million
New software to run Macon-Bibb County’s court system is coming soon at an estimated cost of at least $1.6 million.
Source: Macon Telegraph

State legislators won't push bill giving mayor more power this session
The state legislators that Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis needs to draft legislation that will give him more power say that won’t happen this year, with less than a month remaining in the legislative session.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commission to consider backyard chicken issue
Athens-Clarke County commissioners are likely to direct the county government staff to develop a proposed local ordinance that would allow the keeping of chickens in residential areas, Mayor Nancy Denson said Friday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Deadline Looms For DeKalb Cityhood Proposals In State Legislature
The clock is ticking for new cityhood proposals to make it through the state legislature, but as of Friday, no lawmaker has introduced a bill for any of the DeKalb County city proposals.
Source: WABE

Council to consider microbrewery license fee
The Dalton City Council could make it easier for microbreweries and microdistilleries to open inside the city.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Augusta gets $3 million check for debris cleanup
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency wrote the city of Augusta a $3 million check Feb. 16 to go toward the debris removal project for last year’s ice storm.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta lands grant for Turner Field area study
The Atlanta Regional Commission has approved a $200,000 grant that the city of Atlanta will use to study future development options for the Turner Field area after the Braves leave for Cobb County.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Buford receives $100K grant for connectivity
The Atlanta Regional Commission is giving the city of Buford $100,000 in grant funding for connectivity improvements.
Source: Access North Georgia

Bond Referendum’s Fate Likely To Hang In A Few Voters’ Hands
Atlantans don’t have to look very hard for signs of the city’s infrastructure problems, like big potholes, crumbling sidewalks or bridges in disrepair.
Source: WABE

City to revise rental rules
City leaders say many houses in Hogansville and the surrounding area have become vacant due to neglect by renters.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Atlanta ponders sale of Inman Park Trolley Barn
Add another city property to Mayor Kasim Reed’s must-sell list: the Inman Park Trolley Barn.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City Employees Given Raise, Public Library Awarded Additional Funds
Employees of the City of Trenton and the Dade County Public Library got some good news at the Trenton City Commission meeting.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Austell mayor proposes to pay employees $5 for hour of exercise
Mayor Joe Jerkins hopes to save money by incentivizing city employees to spend an hour at the city’s 24-hour gym.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Norcross and Buford getting $148,000 from ARC for connectivity planning
The Atlanta Regional Commission is giving two Gwinnett County cities a combined $148,000 in grant funding to plan for trail and connectivity improvements in their communities.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Marietta City Council debates jails and trolleys: 2009 parks bond refinanced
Marietta City Council members met Wednesday despite the winter weather to further discuss a route for a city trolley proposed by Mayor Steve Tumlin. Members also discussed a proposal to use an additional municipal jail to house prisoners and approved refinancing the city’s 2009 parks bond.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City To Consider Tourist Accommodations
The Monticello City Council, on March 10, will consider a change to the text of its zoning ordinance to allow tourist accommodations and educational events, including commercial kitchen and gardens to be added as a conditional use in the R-20 residential zoning district.
Source: Monticello News

Study: Jesup can support new 25-room quality hotel
A small business-class hotel could survive in Jesup, according to a study released last week.
Source: Jesup Press-Sentinel

Folkston keeping it in the family
There will be a new face with a familiar name in the city attorney’s seat at the Folkston city council meeting next month. The council members voted unanimously Monday evening to appoint Patrick Brooks the new city attorney, effective March 1.
Source: Charlton County Herald

Public Square could see 3-hour parking
Downtown motorists could find themselves on-the-clock when pulling into the south side of the Public Square if a proposed enforcement program is approved by the Dahlonega City Council.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Tybee officials consider slate of environmental issues
Members of the Tybee City Council on Thursday hashed out their ideas for cutting back on the volume of trash accumulating on the island’s beaches and in its salt marshes. The proposals ranged from starting a new recycling initiative for plastic bags to enhanced police patrols and smoking restrictions.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City proposal allows adults, 18 and up, into Savannah bars with live entertainment
Adults too young to drink may soon be able to see their favorite bands perform at Savannah’s bars along with their fellow music fans of legal age.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City of Cedartown's new street sweeper goes into operation
The City of Cedartown Public Works Department received a special delivery last Friday afternoon – a new TYMCO 600 Regenerative Air Sweeper.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Atlanta City Council pondering fate of contested school deed
The Atlanta City Council is considering an ordinance that could determine the fate of a school property deed that Atlanta Public Schools wants, but Mayor Kasim Reed has refused to turn over.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

House Bill would let St. Marys voters decide election years and whether to require majorities for wins
Voters will have the chance to change election years and methods in Kingsland under bills introduced Wednesday by Reps. Jason Spencer and John Corbett.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Macon-Bibb gets power rebate
Macon-Bibb County will get a rebate of more than $25,000 Friday for energy efficiency.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Alpharetta finalizes downtown master plan
The Alpharetta City Council this week gave final approval to a new downtown master plan, after almost a year of work.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City looking at roundabout sizes, costs
The verdict is in on the Lexington-Wingate subdivision roundabout: It does the job it was supposed to do. But the Wellington community up the road is due for one at its entrance, and the City Council is hearing they would like it to be a little bigger.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Study: City of Greenhaven is viable
The proposed city of Greenhaven in South DeKalb would be financially solid, according to a study by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Georgia Senate votes to bar local bans on plastic bags
The Georgia Senate on Thursday voted to prohibit cities and counties from banning plastic bags, saying it would be too expensive and “confusing” for local retailers to worry about.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Canton City Council to create Historic Preservation Commission
Canton Council members were split when it came to moving forward to establish a Historic Preservation Commission on Thursday, but the ordinance finally passed.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City expects to increase fund balance; Rome's 2014 statements show tax collections up, spending down
The city of Rome could possibly have more than $500,000 added to its general fund balance once the final audit is done on its 2014 budget.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Residents hear county and city plans at town hall meeting
Residents packed the room at the Merle Manders Conference Center as city and county representatives spoke to residents about the state of the local economy.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Residents voice opinions for new park
The first of two public meetings was held Feb. 19 to determine what should go in the city’s new parkland along the Chattahoochee River.
Source: NorthFulton.com

City celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting
City officials joined Blessed Sacrament Catholic School teachers and students for an Arbor Day celebration and tree-planting ceremony Wednesday afternoon.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill council OK's Caesarstone expansion
Manufacturing and creating 130 jobs took center stage Feb. 17 when the Richmond Hill City Council put its official stamp of approval on “Project Honey,” the expansion of Caesarstone in the Belfast Commerce Centre.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Newnan Police getting body cameras
Newnan City Council approved new body cameras for Newnan Police Department officers, to help capture and preserve evidence.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Cedartown Employee Spotlight: Kyle Watters
When he’s not busy putting out flames, Cedartown Fire Captain Kyle Watters passes the time on his farm, looking after a herd of 34 cows and one somewhat stubborn bull.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

LaGrange leaders meet with consulting firm
The LaGrange City Council met with a community marketing firm at City Hall during a work session Tuesday to begin hashing out a strategy to improve the city’s ability to attract new businesses and residents.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Albany City Commission OKs child care facility ordinance
The Albany City Commission opened the door for group child care facilities in residential neighborhoods Tuesday by passing an ordinance that clearly defines such facilities and establishes zoning districts where they will be allowed by right or with conditions.
Source: Albany Herald

Utility initiatives adding to Albany's bottom line
Three programs created in the last year to bring in additional revenue for the Albany Utility Board are already paying big dividends.
Source: Albany Herald

Rockmart approves urban redevelopment area
The City of Rockmart is set to move forward with redevelopment plans following the approval of a resoluition during their monthly meeting approving of a urban redevelopment area plan.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

West Point celebrates Black History Month, announces return of Smart Bus
The city of West Point held its eighth annual Black History Month celebration Tuesday evening at the West Point Gymnasium.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Mayor proposes paying Austell employees to use city gym
Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins is proposing a plan to pay city employees and city council members to use the city’s new round-the-clock gym as a way to decrease the city’s health care costs.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton gets special needs designation
The city of Milton said it’s become the first city in the country to become special needs certified, a designation conferred by Georgia-based Special Needs Certified.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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