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VR citizens to get input in Douglas SPLOST referendum
A town hall meeting for Villa Rica citizens interested in a proposed Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum for Douglas County will be held next month.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Costco approval delayed
Plans for a mixed-use development that includes a Costco with its own gas station were put on hold Monday after the City Council said it needs more time to deliberate.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Marietta city council mulls maternity benefits
In 2015, four Marietta city employees took time off from work after becoming new parents. Because the city does not offer its employees specific maternity or paternity benefits, the two mothers and two fathers had to use the Family Medical Leave Act and their accrued sick and vacation benefits in order to stay home and get paid.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Bye bye PARKatlanta?
The private parking enforcer's seven-year contract officially comes to an end in late September.
Source: Creative Loafing

City and Ringgold Youth Sports Association trying to hammer out new contract for use of soccer fields
Time is running out for the city of Ringgold and its local youth sports association to agree on a contract extension for the field use at the recreational complex on Emberson Drive.
Source: Walker County Messenger

Tybee Island City Council plans for upcoming budget
Officials on Tybee Island are putting the funds in place to kickstart some long-awaited projects when the next fiscal year begins July 1.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Guyton awards bids for treatment plant
Guyton City Council members have approved two contracts that will pave the way for the city’s own wastewater treatment plant.
Source: Effingham Herald

Riverdale approves spending guidelines
The Riverdale City Council has adopted guidelines for the way it will spend the public’s money.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Augusta baseball clinic for kids part of My Brother's Keeper initiative
Augusta Mayor Hardie Davis is taking the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to Jaguar Field.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Wall at proposed new eastside Athens Kroger could be public art canvas, commissioner suggests
Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Andy Herod is hinting strongly he’d like to see what appears to be a blank wall at the Kroger Marketplace store proposed for the College Station Shopping Center become a public-art canvas.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Maxeys receives DNR grant to construct bike and walking trail
The city of Maxeys in Oglethorpe County is receiving a $100,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to build a trail in the city that may one day become linked into the proposed 39-mile long Firefly Trail from Athens to Union Point.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Woodstock tables Costco proposal
The Woodstock City Council Monday night tabled a significant development proposal for a neighborhood near the Outlet Shoppes of Atlanta mall to allow more time to study the detailed proposal.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Roswell proposes no property tax change
Roswell city officials are proposing keeping the city’s property tax rate for FY 2017 level at 5.455 mills — said to be among the lowest in metro Atlanta — and plan three public hearings on the matter.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale Estates closer to mayor/commission compensation
Avondale Estates’ gave a first reading Monday regarding compensation for the board of mayor and commissioners. The proposal asks for $400 a month each for four commissioners and $600 a month for the mayor.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Chamblee now accepts online payments for fines
The city of Chamblee now allows payment for traffic citations online or by phone.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Smyrna receives $100,00 ARC grant to study Atlanta Braves impact
The Smyrna City Council recently accepted a Livable Centers Initiative Supplemental Grant Award of $100,000 from the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

North Ga. mayor saves woman, dog from dog attack
A north Georgia man heard his neighbor screaming for help, after three dogs attacked her and her dog. Carly Sharec told Channel 2 Action News the man — who happened to be the mayor of Dawsonville — saved her and her dog from the surprise attack.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Judge: Atlanta annexation case ‘very strong’
The city of Atlanta has a strong argument that it should have the right to annex land in an unincorporated portion of Fulton County that has been off-limits for nearly 40 years, a State Supreme Court justice said Wednesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council committee postpones action on Uber airport pickups, yet public debate rages on
While the Atlanta City Council transportation committee put on hold its consideration of a proposal to legalize and regulate Uber X and Lyft pickups at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the issue continues to generate strong opinions on both sides.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta committee votes to convey Turner Field to recreation authority
The Atlanta City Council’s Finance Committee voted to approve on Wednesday the conveyance of about 70 acres of city-owned land around Turner Field to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreational Authority, which is negotiating its sale to Georgia State University and its development partner, Carter and Oakwood Development.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Plans introduced to renovate, raze ‘the bricks’
Plans to renovate and raze the Ben Hill and Lucy Morgan public housing complexes were presented to City Council during a work session Tuesday at the THINC College and Career Academy.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council votes to ban downtown skating
Skateboard enthusiasts will have to find other places in town to ride the rails after the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve new changes to an ordinance prohibiting skating in parts of LaGrange.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Suwanee approves first step of Town Center expansion, massage parlor ordinance
The Town Center Park in Suwanee could be getting an expansion, as city council members approved the first step of the planning process at their voting session Wednesday night.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta City Council approves Delta lease
The Atlanta City Council unanimously approved a lease agreement between Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Delta Air Lines.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Flowery Branch names new interim solicitor to represent city
A South Hall resident who practices law in Lawrenceville was named Flowery Branch’s interim solicitor Wednesday morning.
Source: Gainesville Times

Family Promise members ask the city for help in providing day center
To help combat the issue of homelessness in Tift County, a group called Family Promise is working to offer a shelter for families with children with the help of local churches. Representatives spoke to the Tifton City Council at last Thursday's workshop.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Decatur County agrees to money-saving healthcare plan with city, Memorial Hospital
The Decatur County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a proposed healthcare cooperative between the county, the City of Bainbridge and Memorial Hospital and Manor Tuesday that will save a proposed $176,838 for the county in its first year.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Albany City Commission OKs Motorola radio system upgrade
From their concern about the lack of a bid process to whether they were being forced to fund a new radio system, Albany city commissioners peppered staff with questions about the proposed $5.8 million upgrade of the city’s public safety radio system during Tuesday’s commission business meeting.
Source: Albany Herald

Albany City Commission signs off on plan for Georgia development designation
The Albany City Commission agreed to send a draft of the joint city/county Comprehensive Plan to the Department of Community Affairs for approval and OK’d $57,300 in funding that will provide for a consultant to help officials at the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport get an 85-acre tract of land Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development designation.
Source: Albany Herald

Officials recall 2011 Northwest Georgia tornado strikes
Five years ago today, Rome, Floyd County and communities across Northwest Georgia were hammered twice by tornadoes as a storm system swept through the region.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City prepares for Blessing of the Fleet
Brunswick is abuzz with excitement as city crews spruce up the area in preparation for the arrival of the USNS Brunswick, a new U.S. Navy vessel named after the port city.
Source: Brunswick News

Second block party coming to Rockmart
Marble Street will be closed from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6, for the second block party of 2016 in downtown Rockmart.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Grantville council passes four-day work week
Grantville City Council passed the four-day work week schedule at their regular council meeting Monday night.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

A Macon Program To Revitalize a Neighborhood Expands
A program in Macon-Bibb County that pays the down payment for Macon homes is going to expand. The target is the Bealls Hill neighborhood, a place that used to be downtrodden but is now revitalized. Twenty-thousand dollar down payments are provided as Mercer matches Knight Foundation money.
Source: GPB News

Savannah seeking faster, expanded wireless network
As the city develops plans for improving public safety and spurring economic development, officials say there is a need to evaluate Savannah’s high-speed Internet capabilities as well.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon arts village taking shape
The centerpiece of an arts village in Macon’s oldest neighborhood could be ready by the summer of 2017.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb says next SPLOST may reach $240 million
In 2011, the last time officials pushed for a new sales tax referendum in Macon, the total amount of the tax was $190 million. This time around, they want up to $240 million.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Committee backs $1 million Riverwalk Augusta upgrades
Augusta Commission members got an early glance Tuesday at the Downtown Devel­op­ment Authority’s $1 million plan to enhance Riverwalk Augusta, starting with two large, illuminated arches.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Delta, Atlanta to sign 20-year lease renewal Wednesday
The Atlanta City Council will vote Wednesday on a 20-year lease extension with Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Peachtree City designates community officers
A new program within the Peachtree City Police Department is giving residents more direct contact with law enforcement officers. Each of the city’s 179 neighborhoods has been paired with one of approximately 45 officers who have volunteered for My Community Officer, which gives residents an individual point of contact within the department.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta can now pursue a $2.5B MARTA transit expansion
Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday signed a measure into law that allows the city of Atlanta to pursue a $2.5 billion expansion of MARTA that’s likely to include a light rail system along the Beltline.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Planners see signs of trouble
Hinesville’s sign ordinance raised concerns for a local business owner and the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission at their meeting Tuesday.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Architects vie for Hahira City Center project
Five architectural firms pitched their qualifications to the Hahira City Council at a special called meeting Friday afternoon to design the city center.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Small Georgia town trying to save historic building
The only three-story building in the small South Georgia town of Hahira is likely to be deeded to the Hahira Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Emerson considers ways to cut spending
Emerson City Council, facing a glut of needed repairs, but with nowhere near enough cash to hire the needed manpower, may turn to prison power to solve its problems.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Brunswick seek assistance to enhance African American tourism
Officials and administrators in Brunswick and Glynn County have joined forces to obtain assistance from the Georgia Department of Economic Development to better promote area-wide African American heritage tourist attractions.
Source: Brunswick News

Open house Tuesday for renovated City Council chambers
City officials will hold an open house today for the community to view the newly renovated Milledgeville City Council chambers.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Marietta given grant from U.S. Soccer Foundation
The city of Marietta has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation to help pay for the lighting of fields at its new sports complex on Franklin Gateway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Golden opportunity: City needs historic baseball park
On April 28, 1926, hordes of baseball fans descended on the South Commons to the brand-new stadium on the Chattahoochee. White fans passed through the main entrance. African American fans bought tickets at the Fourth Street entrance and sat in the "colored" section. All cheered for the Foxes, Columbus' newly arrived South Atlantic League team.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Management team announced for Rome Tennis Center at Berry College
The office of the Rome City Manager is pleased to announce the new management team for the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College. Tom Daglis has been appointed Executive Director of the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College and will also serve as the Director of the Professional Tennis Management Program at Berry College starting June 1, 2016.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayor Tomlinson to present proposed fiscal 2017 budget to council Tuesday
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and City Manager Isaiah Hugley will present the proposed fiscal 2017 budget to Columbus Council Tuesday afternoon at council’s regularly scheduled meeting.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

City Commission proclaims “Touch a Train Day”
City Commissioners here held their regular bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night during which they approved several items of business on the agenda.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Clarkston forges ahead with plan to decriminalize marijuana
The city of Clarkston is pressing ahead with a vote as early as next week to make it the first city in Georgia to decriminalize marijuana despite warnings from Gov. Nathan Deal and law enforcement officials that it would violate state and federal law.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta awarded grant from U.S. Soccer Foundation
Marietta has been awarded a $45,000 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation for lighting at the new Franklin Gateway Sports Complex.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Springfield agrees to spend new SPLOST money on buildings
The City of Springfield would spend a big chunk of $3.8 million in new penny-per-dollar sales tax on developing the City Hall property into a community venue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler planning board OKs site plan for Savannah Quarters Publix
After an extensive discussion with developers and the public, Pooler Planning Commissioners on Monday recommended that the City Council approve a site plan for a new Publix at the Savannah Quarters community — with some conditions.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah considering $33 million bond issue for West River Street hotel garage
The Savannah City Council on Thursday will consider an agreement to issue $33 million in bonds to build a parking garage on West River Street as part of Richard Kessler’s Plant Riverside hotel project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New Macon-Bibb dispatch system improves emergency response
From mapping the location of fire hydrants to pinpointing the nearest sheriff’s deputy car, a new Macon-Bibb County 911 system is providing a higher level of efficiency in public safety. Macon-Bibb leaders spoke Monday about the benefits of the computer-aided dispatch system, or CAD, that is considered next-generation technology in public safety.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta panel set to approve gift to animal shelter left in will
Col. Barbara A. Davis was “a longtime supporter of Augusta Animal Services,” so she left the city’s animal shelter a portion of her estate.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Prince Avenue pedestrian flag program ending
Athens-Clarke County traffic engineers are throwing in the towel on a nearly 18-month experiment with pedestrian crossing flags at two Prince Avenue crosswalks, after dozens of the flags walked off in the hands of petty pranksters.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Peachtree City to revise tree ordinance
Peachtree City plans to crack down on residents who cut down trees in violation of city rules.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Johns Creek mayor outlines goals in annual address
Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker lined out a new vision for the city during his 10th annual State of the City Address at the Atlanta Athletic Club on April 22.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Canton approves historic district plan
The Canton City Council voted 5-1 to approve creation of a downtown historic district as well as guidelines requiring business in the district to get approval before making significant changes to their structures.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aman declares candidacy for Atlanta mayor
A former top official in Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration announced his candidacy for mayor Monday.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kennesaw offering All-Star Summer Day Camp
The city of Kennesaw announced that registration is now open for the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation’s All-Star Summer Day Camp at the Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. The 10 weeks of camp will be offered from May 31 — July 29.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw to have Historic Cemetery Clean-up Day
The Kennesaw Cemetery Preservation Commission will have a clean-up and beautification day called “Decoration Day” for Kennesaw’s historic cemetery on May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

New Kroger development beginning to take shape
As construction continues on the future site of the Main Street Market Place, new details about the shopping center are starting to materialize. Anchored by Kroger, which is on pace to open by October, the development at 125 E. Main St. in Cartersville across from Kohl’s also will feature various smaller businesses, one of which will be Freddy’s Frozen Custard.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Woodstock to consider Costco
At least one city councilman has some concerns about plans for a mixed-use development that includes a Costco.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Conyers City Council approves deal to lease land for solar energy generation
After the Georgia Public Service Commission approved Georgia Power’s plan to start buying solar power in 2011, solar farms began sprouting up around the state. Now the city of Conyers is plugging into the movement.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

City and county make plans for new veterans memorial park
The Glynn County Commission has begun making plans for a proposed veterans memorial park, which the county wants to construct on the block between I and J streets where the Glynn County Detention Center was formerly located
Source: Brunswick News

Carrollton plans repair, repaving for 13 streets
Carrollton has received $300,000 from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance Improvement Grant that will go toward the city’s spending on road work this year to more than $1.2 million.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Villa Rica to have input in Douglas SPLOST talks
If a special purpose local option sales tax referendum for Douglas County is placed on the ballot this November, it could have a potential impact on 40 percent of Villa Rica’s residents.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Annual Grayson Day celebration set for April 30
The 37th annual Grayson Day will honor the Grayson community’s most phenomenal festivals, individuals and businesses on April 30.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Rome City Commission has several public hearings on its agenda tonight
Inman Solar of Atlanta is seeking a special-use permit to put a solar farm on approximately 12 acres of undeveloped land on Cave Spring Street in South Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Outline of Athens-Clarke public art master plan available for review and comment
The proposed public art master plan for Athens-Clarke County is still being drafted, but the final proposal is likely to steer the community toward seeing public art as more than just static works placed at various locations.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

DeKalb County city wants to ban e-cigarettes, decriminalize marijuana
A DeKalb County city mayor wants to ban e-cigarette smoking indoors and decriminalize possession of marijuana.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

One year in, Savannah's Short-Term Vacation Rental ordinance getting another look
Throughout the city, 461 properties have been certified as short-term vacation rentals since the city began regulating the industry in 2015. Since that time, complaints about noise and other nuisances have subsided because of the restrictions the ordinance places on rentals, according to residents and city officials.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New apartments bring essential downtown density
Earlier this month, the Metropolitan Planning Commission approved a 70-unit apartment complex for 1020 E. Broad St.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Publix plans to be reviewed in Pooler
The Pooler Planning Commission on Monday will consider the site and landscape plans for a Publix grocery store in the Village Quarter commercial area of the Savannah Quarters development.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor Brown: Hinesville needs SPLOST back
The Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax was clearly on Mayor Allen Brown’s mind as he gave the first State of Hinesville address of his current term.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Grovetown's new rules are step toward building downtown
The question was asked not long after Frank Neal accepted an offer to be Grove­town’s city planner: “How long do you think it would take to build a downtown?
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Redevelopment plan takes on quality of life in Macon
The president of a south Macon neighborhood organization envisions a new playground that would offer a constructive place for children and teens.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Franklin police cracking down on noisy vehicles
cording to a statement from Chief Kevin Hannah, the Franklin Police Department will immediately begin a zero-tolerance enforcement program to reduce the excessive noise being caused by vehicle radios and exhaust, after receiving complaints from citizens, business owners, and government officials.
Source: Heard Citizen

4 finalists interviewed for new Augusta position
Augusta is looking in-house and to Fort Gordon to fill the new position of central services director.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Massive Atlanta Highway development proposal gets commission review
Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Jerry NeSmith, whose advocacy for the revitalization of Atlanta Highway has included an insistence the route be recognized as a commercial corridor and county regulations be adjusted to facilitate commercial development there, indicated this week he will be an enthusiastic supporter of a commercial and residential development proposed for the western end of the corridor near the Oconee County line.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Suwanee to consider massage parlor ordinance, design planner for Town Center expansion
Suwanee city council members are considering an update to the city' massage parlor ordinance, an "indirect" response to recent criminal activity reported at several local massage establishments.
Source: Access North Georgia

City calls for input on skate park
City officials are eyeing the possibility of creating a public skateboarding park, but say they need the community’s help in crafting the plan.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Over the last decade, city’s budget has risen 37 percent
On Tuesday, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and City Manager Isaiah Hugley will present their fiscal 2017 budget to Columbus Council.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Guzman settles into role as director of the Cedartown Auditorium
Oscar Guzman has spent the past few months settling into his new role as director of the Cedartown Civic Auditorium. He was appointed in January 2016 by unanimous vote of the Cedartown City Commission.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown commission approves request for new auto shop, police vehicle equipment
Another auto shop will be opening in Cedartown soon as the city commission give their approval for a conditional use change for the new business.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

New Flowery Branch City Hall OK'd in downtown area
A new $5 million City Hall is in store for Flowery Branch.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany utility customers may see slight increase this summer
Utility customers can expect a slight increase in their bills starting July 1 if a proposed rate increase recommended by the Albany Utility Board is approved by the Albany City Commission.
Source: Albany Herald

Holmes Clothing receives DCA façade grant
Holmes Clothing recently replaced an aging awning cover thanks to a Downtown Cedartown Association Façade Grant.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Augusta stormwater fee opponents join forces
Momentum to repeal Augusta’s new stormwater utility fee continued to build Thursday with three groups announcing they have joined forces on the effort.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Kroger fuel center plan gets positive comments from some commissioners
It will be a little more than two weeks before Kroger will know whether its plans for a fuel center on a 0.71-acre lot on Baxter Street can go forward, with a vote of the Athens-Clarke County Commission scheduled for early next month.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Clarkesville fire chief asks for additional space
After almost three months, discussions are continuing about how to mitigate an issue of flooding at the Clarkesville Public Safety Building.
Source: Access North Georgia

Divided Flowery Branch City Council votes to move forward with new city hall
The Flowery Branch City Council was divided Thursday evening on taking the next step toward construction of a new city hall despite the fact that they all agree something needs to be done to alleviate inadequate and crowded conditions facing city staff and the Flowery Branch Police Department.
Source: Access North Georgia

Peter Aman jumps in Atlanta mayoral race
Peter Aman, who took a two-year hiatus as partner at Bain and Co. to be Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s first chief operating officer, has formally entered the 2017 mayoral race.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta looks at TSPLOST projects
The Alpharetta City Council on Monday night got a first look at a draft list of a possible $228 million menu of transportation projects for a Fulton County TSPLOST referendum in November.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton weighs tobacco and drones in city parks
Several changes could be on the way to Milton city park regulations after discussion at this week’s Milton City Council work session.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Aman, Kaiser, Mitchell sign up for Atlanta mayoral campaign contributions
Two long-rumored 2017 Atlanta mayoral candidates are getting pretty close to making it official: former Atlanta Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman and Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell filed state declarations of intent to accept campaign contributions this month.
Source: Creative Loafing

Warner Robins mayor defends sports complex location
Warner Robins Mayor Randy Toms on Thursday defended the city’s choice of locations for a $22 million sports complex.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Invest Atlanta gives tentative OK to bonds for downtown hotel
Atlanta’s economic development agency gave preliminary approval Thursday to bond financing for a planned 21-story, 333-room hotel adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park despite reservations about a proposed $2.6 million incentives package.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gov. Deal signs Stonecrest cityhood bill
Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill Thursday calling for a referendum on the creation of the city of Stonecest in southeast DeKalb County.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth reallocates funds for park master plan update
The Duluth City Council agreed April 11 to spend a maximum of $63,800 with the Foresite Group for a Park Master Plan Update.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Smyrna expands alcohol service in city facilities
The Smyrna City Council voted Monday to allow alcoholic beverages to be served during closed functions in more city facilities.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Former Mayor, Former Clerk Running
After 2 1/2 days of qualifying for mayor of Bowman, only two residents have thrown their hat into the ring, mayor pro-tem Betty Jo Maxwell and former mayor Pamela Johnson.
Source: Elberton Star & Examiner

Passions run deep for local veterans’ memorials
Roswell’s push for a City Green to connect the downtown district with City Hall has received mixed reviews among residents and some government leaders.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Eastman to celebrate Georgia Cities Week
City of Eastman officials announced the city will be celebrating “Georgia Cities Week” April 17-23.
Source: Dodge County News

China tour is opening eyes and doors
The Donalsonville delegation’s tour of China is one of the latest positive results of the partnership between the City of Donalsonville and SoZo Solutions - a relationship that is opening this community up to new thoughts and new possibilities, aspiring young and old to broaden their minds, work together, open up a world of ideas and let curiosity get the best of all of us.
Source: Donalsonville News

​Input from young adults sought
Input from young adults – who will live in Newnan 20 years from now – is being sought. The city is in the midst of a comprehensive plan update. Informational meetings have been held, and a survey is being taken by area residents, but there is a need for more information from young adults.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Gillsville residents will get a chance to speak on alcohol sales
Gillsville residents will soon get a chance to voice their opinion about the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City of Gillsville. The council plans to hear from local residents during the May 3 council meeting.
Source: Banks County News

Council to vote on historic district
City officials are set to meet tonight and vote on whether to approve the creation of a historic district and a set of guidelines that go along with it.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City seeks $500 million grant to expand Atlanta Streetcar, beautify MLK Drive
The Atlanta City Council is seeking a $500 million federal transportation grant to expand Atlanta Streetcar and to beautify the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive area.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Buckhead Council agrees to take down water oak tree
During this month’s city council meeting in Buckhead, council members discussed a mix of old and new business, including a proposal by a Buckhead resident to help save the community and himself some financial troubles.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Official stresses how local film production will benefit Savannah’s economy
Savannah is no stranger to the big screen, but with some of the best state and local production incentives in the country, the film industry has grown by leaps and bounds in the last few years and there’s no sign of its slowing down.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Luella fire station breaks ground
The first of three new fire stations broke ground Tuesday afternoon in the Luella area.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Rethink Rockmart: City rebrands housing effort
The Georgia Initiative for Community Housing (GICH) in Rockmart has evolved into an organization with a focus of reviving the community and reconnecting with its citizens.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Peachtree City considers going ahead with spillway funds
A potential vote on design and engineering phase for the Lake Peachtree spillway could come at the April 21 meeting of the Peachtree City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Experts to Fayetteville: ‘Build arts center, vo-tech school, free Internet’
The Fayetteville City Council will consider a professionally prepared economic development strategy at Thursday night’s meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Updating Augusta sidewalks could cost $105 million
The results of a $589,522 study are back and it will cost an estimated $105 million to get Au­gusta’s sidewalks and curb ramps in compliance with federal laws.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Analysis: GM redevelopment would help reverse DeKalb’s rapidly declining tax base
The proposed redevelopment of the 165-acre former Doraville General Motors plant would help reverse DeKalb County’s rapidly declining tax base, according to a new analysis by consultant Bleakly Advisory Group. The project, which is called Assembly, is stalled amid a dispute between Doraville officials, Dekalb County economic development leaders, and DeKalb School Superintendent Stephen Green.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Students shadow city workers
The City of Valdosta received a little extra help Wednesday in managing the city. Forty students from Valdosta High School participated in the annual job shadow day event as part of the city’s celebration of Georgia Cities Week.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City of Americus releases finalists for tourism director position
The Americus City Manager, Steve Kennedy, has narrowed the field of candidates for the position of Tourism Director to three: David Lyons, Lisa Riddle, and Nicole Thurston.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Albany forum focuses on senior services, issues
A Mayor’s Coalition for Economic Development forum at the downtown Government Center Tuesday focused on what the community has to offer its senior citizens and some of the issues relevant to the elderly.
Source: Albany Herald

Athens-Clarke commissioner gives 100 Prince positive review
Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz delivered a lengthy monologue Tuesday — so lengthy, in fact, that he felt compelled to apologize as he wrapped it up — in support of a proposed mixed-use development planned for six acres between Pulaski and Childs streets on Prince Avenue in the western edge of downtown Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens-Clarke commissioners have questions, praise, for Athens Regional affiliation agreement
Athens-Clarke County commissioners appear close to signing off on a proposed affiliation agreement between Atlanta-based Piedmont Healthcare and Athens Regional Medical Center that will bring an infusion of capital and relief from bond debt to the Athens hospital, in return for ceding some control of Athens Regional to the six-hospital Piedmont system.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Powder Springs OKs fitness test for city employees
The Powder Springs City Council voted Monday to allow an extra day off if city employees pass an annual physical fitness test.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth accepts artist’s donation for construction drawings
Duluth’s next public art installation will come from Duluth-native Kathy Fincher and Atlanta sculptor, Martin Dawe, based on Fincher’s post 9/11 painting “The Dream Keepers.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gainesville council members okay resolution to seek funding for traffic study to move truck traffic off Green Street
Gainesville City Council is moving forward with a plan to alleviate truck traffic on Green Street, but not everyone is happy about the newest path council members have chosen.
Source: Access North Georgia

City renames Confederate cemetery
The Confederate cemetery on West Mulberry Street has been renamed and will undergo upgrades following action by LaGrange City Council last week.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Statham mulls next budget
The City of Statham has started its budget process for the year, and in some departments the key is building back up from the lean years.
Source: Barrow County News

Statham says ‘no’ to plan looking into railroad crossing changes
The sounds of the train aren’t going anywhere.
Source: Barrow County News

City council considers GDOT contract
Valdosta City Council will consider authorizing a contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation to remove Taxiway Charlie edge markings and related asphalt at the Valdosta Regional Airport at its Thursday meeting.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Citizens learn about the history of Tifton during downtown tour
A group of Tifton citizens participated in a downtown tour with Mayor Julie Smith Monday evening to kick off Georgia Cities Week. Also joining the tour was Henry Tift Myers Jr., whose father, Lt. Col. Henry Tift Myers, was the first presidential pilot and aviation pioneer.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Bainbridge to share inner workings of city for Georgia Cities Week
Bainbridge will join cities across Georgia this week to celebrate Georgia Cities Week.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City Council approves water bill increase
The Bainbridge City Council approved a $2.74 monthly increase to water bills starting in May to pay for preventative maintenance to the five water towers in the city. The resolution passed in a unanimous vote.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City of Americus selects new Main Street director
Americus City manager, Steve Kennedy, has announced that Patrick Kay has been selected to fill the position of Main Street director.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Students get up-close look at local politics
As Tuesday’s Albany City Commission meeting dragged well into its third hour Tuesday morning, many of the dozens of high school students who attended the meeting started fidgeting in their seats. Others whipped out their ever-present cellphones.
Source: Albany Herald

Planners unveil three concepts re-imagining Turner Field and parking lot
Atlantans who braved the hot sun during Atlanta Streets Alive also got a peek at three new visions for how Turner Field and its sea of parking lots should be redeveloped to connect to and serve the surrounding neighborhoods.
Source: Creative Loafing

No more glass recycling in Forest Park
Glass recycling is being phased out in Forest Park.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City seeks tourism help
The city of Savannah plans to move forward this year with the development of a tourism management plan to try to balance the needs of residents and industry interests.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Guyton City Council hits stalemate trying to fill seat
Filling the vacant seat on Guyton City Council will have to wait at least one more meeting.
Source: Effingham Herald

City Auditorium addition going up
Steel is finally going up on the two-story addition to the rear of the City Auditorium. The $1.7 million SPLOST-funded addition to the building will include dressing rooms, rest rooms and a new green room for performers who are waiting to make an appearance on stage.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Perry Council hires disaster preparedness firm
City Council voted Tuesday to spend some money it hopes will be for naught.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Rome to spotlight services for Georgia Cities week
The City of Rome, along with cities across the state, is celebrating Georgia Cities Week.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cherokee celebrates Georgia Cities Week
The cities of Cherokee County will be participating in Georgia Cities Week beginning today.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Grant to help prep Smyrna for economic development
The Smyrna City Council has accepted a $100,000 grant to study the 2.4-mile Spring Road corridor from Cobb Parkway to Atlanta Road. The study will analyze future transportation and land use issues and opportunities stemming from the Atlanta Braves new stadium and the Jonquil Village mixed-use development.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Joint county, city session deals with SPLOST proposal
Though it’s not yet official, Brunswick city commissioners are feeling optimistic that Glynn County commissioners agreed not to cut their proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax lists any further, allowing them to forgo a recently imposed cap.
Source: Brunswick News

Macon-Bibb officials approve landfill closure
A Macon-Bibb County landfill that’s been forced to shut down because of federal regulations is getting $652,500 to close.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Town hall meeting to address parking issues in downtown Covington
With the Covington Square becoming the place to be and more and more people seeking to park automobiles downtown, the city has scheduled a parking authority town hall meeting for Wednesday, April 20, at 6 p.m. in the City Council room at City Hall. Members of the public are invited to attend and address the authority on parking issues.
Source: Newton Citizen

Hinesville Housing Authority cuts ribbon on Hineshouse
The Hinesville Housing Authority had a ribbon-cutting Tuesday afternoon for its Hineshouse Way Apartments, which provides affordable housing for veterans.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Interest rallied but no action taken as Augusta Film Office backs out of city film deal
Augusta’s efforts to attract moviemakers remain as is for the time being after an upstart film group Tuesday rejected plans to team up with the city tourism bureau.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Construction to begin on passive park sidewalk in Snellville
The Snellville City Council approved funding recently for a sidewalk leading to Oak Road Park. The pathway will connect Scenic Highway at the RaceTrac gas station to a five-acre passive park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Duluth to increase salaries for some city employees
Duluth conducts an annual salary classification pay plan study to compare salary ranges with 14 other local jurisdictions.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven approves new bicycle trail
The Brookhaven City Council approved construction of a bicycle, pedestrian and trail plan during its regular meeting last week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Groups team up to fight Augusta's stormwater fee
Former Augusta Commissioner Moses Todd’s I Love Augusta group is joining forces with a southside property owners group to push for the repeal of the stormwater utility fee.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

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