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Land deal put on hold
A land deal that might one day be a new industrial park for Moultrie and Colquitt County is on hold.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Sharon Subadan named Albany city manager
An air of excitement was in the downtown Government Center Tuesday night after the Albany City Commission voted unanimously to name Assistant Hillsborough County (Fla.) Administrator Sharon Subadan Albany’s new city manager.
Source: Albany Herald

Johns Creek's ‘The District’ lacking consensus
The May 12 town hall meeting on proposals for the city’s central business district seemed to raise more questions about the concept than it answered for the 60-plus residents who came.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Community shapes subdivision talks
The city of Milton held the first of a series of public meetings inviting community members to shape discussions on conservation subdivisions Wednesday, May 20.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Mayor launches ‘Legacy Milton’
Mayor Joe Lockwood announced an initiative to preserve the greenspace and rural character in Milton at the City Council meeting Monday, May 18.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Who will be Yatesville’s next mayor?
By the end of 2016, both Thomaston and Yatesville will have new leaders at their helms.
Source: Thomaston Times

Creating New Cities: DeKalb County Is Ga.'s Latest Hotspot
Cityhood is a term you may have heard recently but didn’t really know what it meant. It’s a quick way to explain the process of unincorporated parts of counties creating proposals to become their own cities. In the past decade there have been nine of these in metro Atlanta.
Source: WABE

Environmental financing reps to discuss well proposed for Tybee
Representatives of a Georgia agency charged with finding new sources of water for the state will be on Tybee Island today to discuss a proposed deep well project that could tap into an ancient water supply some 4,000 feet underground.
Source: Savannah Morning News

$176K Savannah arena study proposed
Determining the community’s tastes and how many area residents are likely to jettison the comfy confines of their homes for entertainment at the new facility is an important component of the city’s plan to build a new arena in the Carver Heights neighborhood west of downtown.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Social Circle council votes to approve subdividing property
After a month of deliberation, the Social Circle City Council voted last week on the subdivision and rezoning of 246 Hightower Trail — the end result being the subdivision of the property into three R15 residential lots.
Source: Walton Tribune

Rockmart Farmers Market seeking $100,000 USDA grant
The Rockmart Farmers Market has applied for a $100,000 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant, as part of the Farmers Market Promotion Program.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Former Payne City property rezoned for first time in 28 years
The former Payne City was rezoned Monday for the first time in 28 years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb committee asks for changes to water park plan
The man behind a new water theme park at Lake Tobesofkee told a Macon-Bibb County Commission committee Tuesday that his enthusiasm for the project caused him to overestimate how soon he could build it.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Peachtree City announces three candidates for police chief
Peachtree City has announced the three finalists for the position of chief of police. The candidates set to be interviewed on June 2 include Marietta Police Department Maj. Archie Joseph Duvall, Suwanee Police Department Deputy Chief Janet Lee Moon and Atlanta Police Department Maj. Jeffrey Lawrence Glazier.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Mayor, council members plan to run for re-election this fall
Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock says one year isn’t enough time to help the city make the sort of improvements he’d like to see.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Costs down in plan to save historic Augusta buildings
Partial demolition that will save a historic court building on the city government campus will add just $31,078 to demolition costs, and Historic Augusta has agreed to pay that amount to save the building, City Administrator Janice Allen Jackson told commissioners at a Tuesday committee meeting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Suwanee City Council approves $11K for Town Center lighting improvements
New lights are on the way to the streetlamps in the Suwanee Town Center following a contract approval Tuesday night by the city council.
Source: Access North Georgia

Clayton County government officials come together at The Hometown Connection
The City of Jonesboro and the Clayton County Municipal Association welcomed county officials to the Hometown Connection 2015 last week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Mayor bestows scholarship upon Lovejoy High senior
Lovejoy High seniors filled the Georgia Dome adorned in their caps and gowns as they prepared for the Commencement Ceremony. ##Among those in the crowd Thursday was the recipient of the first Lovejoy Mayoral Scholarship, Tyler Dawson, who got the Mayor Bobby Cartwright Award.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Rome City Commission hearings set for chickens, Wendy’s, El Patron Sports Bar noise penalty
The Rome City Commission will meet Tuesday instead of today, due to the Memorial Day holiday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cumming City Council election set at four candidates
The field for the city of Cumming's June 16 special election for the Post 1 council seat is set at four candidates.
Source: Forsyth County News

Cumming welcomes new city councilman
Doug Sorrells became the first new member on the Cumming City Council in more than 20 years when he was sworn in Tuesday night.
Source: Forsyth County News

First draft of FY16 Statham budget includes big rise in tax revenue
Statham officials are finalizing details on a new budget just months after the city drew criticism for its financial stability.
Source: Barrow County News

Auburn budget on pace to finish in the black
The Auburn budget is on pace to finish in the black, according to a six month budget review.
Source: Barrow County News

Statesboro council to discuss alcohol ordinance at work session Wednesday
Whether any patrons under age 21 can enter "bars" and "nightclubs" will be one question when Statesboro City Council holds a work session on the proposed new Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Lula sets aside money for caboose restoration
Lula is moving forward on improvements to its iconic red caboose, even though details are still being worked out.
Source: Gainesville Times

Food trucks rally in Doraville
A great way to spend a summer day is enjoying music with family and friends and binging on food truck treats.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Sandy Springs: A New City Run By A Business
For over three decades the unincorporated area of Fulton County fought to become a city. In 2005, Sandy Springs was created and became the first new city in the county in over 100 years.
Source: WABE

Peachtree City announces search for police chief has narrowed to 7
What began as a list of 126 candidates for the Peachtree City police chief’s job will soon be narrowed to at least three. The finalists for the job are expected to be interviewed on June 2.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Stormwater fee project specifics hard to find
Although no one has promised Jackie Hayter that paying a new stormwater fee will get her Jamaica Drive drainage issues addressed, it’s a chance she is willing to take.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Savannah preservation study touts greater better quality of life, stronger economies in historic neighborhoods
Daniel Carey walked along Lincoln Street pointing out about a dozen historic homes the Historic Savannah Foundation had helped restore either directly or by finding an owner willing to invest time and money.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Social Circle police to begin using body cameras
In wake of national crises for law enforcement accountability, the Social Circle Police Department resolved Tuesday to implement body cameras on each of the agency’s 14 officers.
Source: Walton Tribune

Chatham County Commission OKs new police merger framework
The Chatham County Commission on Friday approved an outline for an intergovernmental agreement that maintains a joint Savannah-Chatham police department for at least two more years.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tree commission wants old cell phones for pay for new saplings
The Cedartown Tree Commission is hoping local residents will donate their old phones to the Commission to raise money to plant new trees in parks around the community.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Rorie named interim PTC city manager
Peachtree City Community Services Division/Public Services Division Director Jon Rorie has been named to serve as interim city manager beginning June 12. Outgoing City Manager Jim Pennington is set to retire in mid-June.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Rutledge mayor resigns
Rutledge Mayor James Bratche resigned effective immediately at the May 18 meeting of the Rutledge City Council.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Cartersville council considers exception to residential zoning
A special use application to allow camping along with kayaking, canoeing and tubing in an area alongside Euharlee Road known as Floyd’s Landing, met vocal opposition from landowners at Thursday’s Cartersville City Council meeting.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

County seeks city help for library
Newton County will step up to save the Covington branch of the library, commissioners said Tuesday, but not before making one last attempt to get the city of Covington to contribute to the library’s costly new heating, air conditioning and ventilation system (HVAC).
Source: Covington News

GE opens warehouse at vacant plant on Redmond
The old General Electric plant on Redmond Circle was humming Thursday as the first of more than 50 shipments of parts arrived for storage and ultimate distribution.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Downtown businesses, FaithWorks seek common ground in Well solution
Businesses, city officials and charity workers say they will try to work together to find a solution to what some feel is creating problems in downtown Brunswick.
Source: Brunswick News

Morrow considers new ambulance
The Morrow Fire Department is trying to get a new ambulance this year.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park Mayor David Lockhart issues veto that passes budget defeated by majority of council
Mayor David Lockhart issued a veto Thursday that means the city’s believed-defeated budget has technically been adopted. "There will no doubt be loud opposition to this veto,” he said.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Peachtree Corners considering a small business incubator
Peachtree Corners officials believe a proposed business incubation center could help the city become the womb that produces many successful small businesses in the southwest corner of Gwinnett County.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Waycross residents hopeful state rep. can keep area from more expenses connected to water and sewage services
State Rep. Chad Nimmer pledged Thursday to do all he can to ensure that a Pierce County church and others there that rely on Waycross’ water and sewer services don’t incur more expenses as a result of his House bill that would compel the city to pull its limits back to the Ware-Pierce county line July 1.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Decatur dedicates Beacon Municipal Center
Decatur city officials, residents and many who grew up in the historic Black Beacon community, gathered May 16 to celebrate the dedication of the new Beacon Municipal Center.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Persley prepares for new role as Albany chief of police
Michael Persley, an Albany native and, at age 43, among the youngest officers heading the police force of a metropolitan area in Georgia, meet with the media Thursday morning to discuss his new position and his plans for the future.
Source: Albany Herald

Tybee Island trims nonprofit funding request
What began as a collective request for more than $250,000 in contributions for area nonprofits at the beginning of Tybee Island’s budget process was reduced by City Council members Thursday to somewhere just south of $70,000.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Peachtree Corners taps Ga. Tech to study need for business incubation center
Peachtree Corners is working with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute to determine if a business incubator would work in the Gwinnett County city.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City rallies residents for dog park contest
LaGrange residents had contributed almost 1,200 votes in a contest for an in-town dog park as of about 8:30 a.m. today, and city officials are hoping the votes continue.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Show dogs not exempt from licensing requirements approved by animal ordinance subcommitee
Performance and show animals won’t be exempt from steep annual licensing fees for owners who chose not to spay or neuter pets under a requirement approved Thursday by an Augusta subcommittee that’s revising the city’s animal ordinance package.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Stone Mountain creates small business grant program
The city of Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority has created a new grant program for local small businesses called BOOST Stone Mountain.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Kennesaw mayor, council benefits cutbacks under review
The Kennesaw City Council voted 3-2 Monday to review the legal implications of eliminating health care and pension benefits for Mayor Mark Mathews and the five City Council members.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

State legislators, Waycross and Pierce County officials to meet on mandated de-annexation of city property
Waycross and Pierce County officials and local legislators will meet Thursday afternoon at the City Auditorium to discuss a House bill that compels the city to de-annex land in Pierce County.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Brunswick commissioners say day shelter for homeless is hurting downtown development
A City Commissioner suggested Wednesday that a day shelter for homeless people be moved from downtown Brunswick to St. Simons Island where its founder, the Rev. Wright Culpepper, resides.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Team effort results in new nature trail for Mansfield
Taking a break from the muggy heat on Tuesday, Andy Taylor, owner of ArtScape Lawn & Turf Professionals in Conyers, and his business partner Benny Evans proudly showed off a new nature trail that has sprung up in Mansfield over the past month.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington City Council hears report on impact of tourism on local revenue
In a presentation to the Covington City Council Monday, Ralph Staffins, president of the Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce, said that direct tourism spending generated $113.84 million in 2013.
Source: Newton Citizen

Firings debated again at Euharlee council meeting
In an effort to restore a safe environment around Euharlee Elementary and Woodland Middle schools, council studied an intergovernmental agreement to re-establish city officers as crossing guards.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Intergovernmental agreements, bond funds head commissioners meeting
Bartow County Commissioner Steve Taylor wasted little time approving an amendment to an agreement between the county and the Bartow-Cartersville Joint Development Authority relating to taxable revenue bonds issued in 2005.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Movie production company mulls move to Austell
A North Carolina-based movie production company is considering relocating to Austell, the city’s mayor said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Woodstock Council considers proposed $36M budget for 2016
While the city of Woodstock’s proposed $36 million budget for 2016 is up about $1.7 million from last year, officials said the tax rate could be rolled back.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Auburn council candidates meet with voters
The candidates for the Auburn City Council were able to meet with voters at a forum on Monday.
Source: Barrow County News

Agenda light at Peachtree Corners city council meeting
The agenda was light at Tuesday’s regularly-scheduled Peachtree Corners city council meeting, but the importance of the first reads on four ordinances set the table for June’s council meeting.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

New city manager starts Villa Rica job
Villa Rica’s new city manager is on the job after agreeing to terms with the City Council.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Carrollton bans glass from its curbside recycling bins
The city of Carrollton is asking its garbage customers not to put glass into the blue recycling bins.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Levy plans expansion of Paper Recovery; if OK'd, project could mean 20 new jobs
A proposal to rezone close to 11 acres off East 12th Street in South Rome for heavy industrial use won unanimous approval from the South Rome Redevelopment Corp. on Tuesday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New Cabela’s store to provide a big economic boost, hopefully entice other retailers
The long-awaited opening of Cabela’s World’s Foremost Outfitters occurred in Fort Oglethorpe last week to herds of customers, which is just the way county and city officials drew it up when they brought the popular retailer to town.
Source: Catoosa County News

Officials: No hitch in Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority switch
The process of putting all Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority employees under Floyd County has been smooth, according to officials with both groups.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Salary study shows McDonough police officers are underpaid
A salary study by McDonough police Chief Preston Dorsey shows that his officers are underpaid in comparison to law enforcement personnel in 13 metro Atlanta cities.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Developers preparing to build Sugarloaf Market in Duluth
A sprawling 31-acre patch of dirt will soon be a new hub of commerce at the intersection of the Sugarloaf and Peachtree Industrial business corridors in Duluth.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Plan to shift investigators from sheriff to police may be dead
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s proposal to transfer eight investigative positions from the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office to the Columbus Police Department may have died Tuesday during a city budget hearing.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

City celebrates with annual Jonesboro Days
The city celebrated Saturday with its Annual Jonesboro Days event.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park celebrates National Public Works Week
Forest Park celebrated the men and women Monday who “connect the dots” in the city as part of National Public Works Week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Brunswick commissioners bridging the gap between citizens and the homeless in downtown
Brunswick city commissioners are facing quite a challenge: How to care for the homeless in the city to everyone’s satisfaction.
Source: Brunswick News

First draft of FY16 Statham budget includes big rise in tax revenue
Statham officials are finalizing details on a new budget just months after the city drew criticism for its financial stability.
Source: Barrow County News

New Locust Grove councilmember takes office
Willie James Taylor was sworn in Monday as Locust Grove’s new councilmember.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

City adopts new water and sewer billing rules
New rules that Statesboro City Council approved Tuesday restrict water bill adjustments for city employees and their families but also provide a waiver of late charges for customers with previously spotless five-year payment histories.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City, county officials discuss emergency services
Thomasville City Council and Thomas County Commission members met on city turf Wednesday to discuss several matters, including the new 911 center and dispatch services.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Old Comer gym to be used as a store
The old Comer gym will soon house a retail store.
Source: Madison County Journal

City zoning update
The mayor and council heard an update on the process of updating its zoning map from Building and Code Superintendent Kenneth Jones at the May 12 city council meeting.
Source: Early County News

City approves contract with Decatur Co. to house inmates at county facilities
Tuesday evening the Bainbridge City Council approved a three-year intergovernmental contract with Decatur County establishing the terms for Bainbridge to house inmates at the county’s facility.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Local business owner announces candidacy for Gainesville City Council
Gainesville resident Zack Thompson announced Wednesday that he will run against incumbent Bob Hamrick for the Ward 2 seat on the Gainesville City Council this fall.
Source: Gainesville Times

Grantville Names New City Manager
Al Grieshaber Jr. has been named the new city manager for the city of Grantville.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City may relocate historic Savannah school house in way of Southside development
The city of Savannah plans to take ownership of a 108-year-old schoolhouse on White Bluff Road to relocate the one-room structure and save it from demolition.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Layson opts to accept Macon-Bibb retirement package, leave local government
Steve Layson will be the highest-ranking public official to take the early retirement package being offered by Macon-Bibb County.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Cedartown sets example for state with Biz Builders program
The Cedartown Biz Builders program is doing more than offering opportunities for entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into viable businesses, according to city manager Bill Fann. It is also bringing the city to the forefront as an example of successful economic development.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

East Atlanta Citizens Bet On Elbow Grease To Build Community
One of Stephanie Parker’s favorite things to do is to take long walks through East Atlanta, where she’s lived for more than two decades. But until recently, she almost never ventured south of Glenwood Avenue.
Source: WABE

Pace offers Fayetteville a vision of Pinewood Forrest
“Books will be written about this development, but not because of its density. They will be written because it’s cool.” That’s part of the vision developer Jim Pace wants to convey to the Fayetteville City Council Thursday night as it decides on the future of the mixed-use development known as Pinewood Forrest, across the road from Pinewood Studios on Veterans Parkway.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Alpharetta OKs downtown project rezoning
Alpharetta officials are launching into a new phase of the City Center project reshaping the downtown area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council OKs 94-home development
A request to rezone 32.33 acres on Hickory Road across from Sequoyah High School to allow for 94 new homes got unanimous approval from the Holly Springs City Council at its meeting Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Rincon OKs sale of land bought in new station purchase
Rincon City Council has approved sales contracts on surplus land that was part of its purchase for a new fire station.
Source: Effingham Herald

New city-county website in final stages; set to go live in the coming weeks
The new Rome-Floyd County government joint website is set to go live in the coming weeks after all of the different departments finish reviewing their respective pages.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Recycling center to get new look with earth tones replacing bright purple
The bright purple paint scheme at the Rome-Floyd Recycling Center at 405 Watters St. is going the way of the dinosaurs.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Crime lab accredited
The Valdosta-Lowndes Regional Crime Lab has become the first local lab in Georgia to be certified as an accredited testing site by the American Society of Crime Lab Directors.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Local lawmen respond to cuts in military gear
Local law enforcement officers say President Barack Obama’s cutting back on shipments of military equipment to local police will not have a drastic effect on their agencies.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Portal responds to wastewater violations
Portal city officials are working towards improving wastewater disposal and maintenance issues after the Georgia Environmental Protection Division mandated changes following an unpermitted discharge and sewage spill.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Albany officials consider Hilton Garden Inn finances
Ward V City Commissioner Bob Langstaff offered a short tutorial in Hotel Financing 101 Tuesday morning during the commission’s work session, clearing some of the confusion surrounding a call for a collateral change by principles with the downtown Hilton Garden Inn hotel.
Source: Albany Herald

Flowery Branch moves forward on plans for new city hall
With Flowery Branch Mayor Mike Miller calling it the “second most important date” the city has had after becoming home base for the Atlanta Falcons, council members approved the very first steps of developing a new city hall location.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville Council formally adopts 2016 budget
Gainesville City Council formally adopted a $30.7 million general fund spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year Tuesday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville city manager announces resignation
Gainesville City Council members said they have big shoes to fill after City Manager Kip Padgett announced his resignation Tuesday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

East Point, Georgia Is ‘Where Main Meets Metro’
East Point, Georgia, which is southwest of Atlanta between the city and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, was established in 1847. It was the eastern terminus for the Western Railroad. And is known for its historical industrial plants.
Source: WABE

Chatham Area Transit hears proposal to expand system westward
The future of transit in Chatham County’s western suburbs should involve more than buses, a transportation researcher from the University of South Florida said Tuesday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Boland announces re-election bid for Loganville Council
Councilman Jay Boland announced his intent to seek re-election in November, becoming the third incumbent hoping to extend their stay on the council.
Source: Walton Tribune

Rockmart looking to future growth with land purchase
Rockmart officials are positioning the city for growth through acquisition of additional property for light industrial or commercial projects.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Cedartown commission proclaims, approves, in wide ranging agenda
Jefferson’s restaurant got no argument from the City Commission at its May meeting when the restaurant came before the commission for approval of its beer, wine and liquor pouring license. The commission unanimously approved the license and wished the restaurant owners well.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb commissioners face budget unknowns
Of all the budgets that Macon-Bibb County Commissioner Gary Bechtel has worked on, the proposed fiscal 2016 spending plan includes more unknowns than any of them, he said.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville’s former police department to be razed
The city’s old police department, which at one time served as City Hall, will be gone in a matter of weeks.
Source: Macon Telegraph

County hears SPLOST requests from cities
Spalding County has not yet decided what projects will be on the proposed SPLOST, but the three cities presented their requests for inclusion at a joint meeting Monday.
Source: Griffin Daily News

DDA hits cap on low-interest loans for downtown Augusta projects
Low-interest loans available to projects that promote downtown revitalization are temporarily halted in Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Absent Augusta Commissioners spur delays in decisions on controversial stormwater utility fee, demolition of historic buildings
With four colleagues absent and facing a critical gallery Tuesday, Augusta commissioners again delayed action on two controversal items – implementing a stormwater fee and deciding whether to demolish two historic city-owned buildings.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta City Council could rescind building ban on Memorial Drive
The Atlanta City Council is considering rescinding a moratorium on commercial building permits along Memorial Drive following complaints from developers.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Athens-Clarke considers demolition moratorium to study historic district possibility for Athens street
To halt the destruction of an Athens home, Clarke County commissioners recently considered a moratorium on issuing any demolition and building permits for an entire section of West Rutherford Street.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Flowery Branch moves forward with downtown redevelopment
The Flowery Branch City Council has given approval to start the pre-design work on an overhaul of the city's downtown area.
Source: Access North Georgia

New legal opinion in councilmember’s role on rec authority
A legal opinion sought by a critic of an Atlanta councilmember’s appointment to the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority is adding fuel to a debate over the appropriateness of her dual roles.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur Dog Owners Save Area Near Dog Park From Development
Decatur city commissioners voted last night to reject a plan to redevelop a half-acre lot that includes part of the Oakhurst Dog Park.
Source: WABE

City Hall crafting plan requiring new housing to include affordable units
City Hall officials are taking an important step toward requiring developers who build new apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and single-family homes throughout Atlanta to make those units available to people making a wide range of income levels — not just the wealthy.
Source: Creative Loafing

Woodstock unveils proposed budget
Woodstock City Council members got a look at the proposed FY 2016 city budget Monday night, which comes in at just over $36 million.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Morrow may explore body cameras for police
Morrow City Council recently discussed funding body cameras for its police force during a recent budget work session.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Decatur police revising strategic plan
Decatur’s police department is revising its strategic plan for the first time in nine years, with a series of focus groups run by consultants Frank and Alysin Foster.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Forest Park, Morrow Discuss Police Body Cameras
At least two Clayton County cities tentatively discussed the possibility of fitting their officers with body cameras during budget work sessions this week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Committee to study downtown Conyers parking probem
When local resident Bill Efnei drove to The Sandwich Factory in Old Towne for lunch Monday, he had trouble finding a parking spot, he said, and had to drive around looking for one.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Grayson sets public hearings for proposed 2015 millage rate
Grayson has set its public hearings for its proposed 2015 millage rate.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Local officials celebrate 50th Marietta High School reunion
For some Marietta officials, this weekend was a celebration of favorite childhood memories as the Marietta High School Class of 1965 celebrated its 50th reunion.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Stacey Cotton appointed to medical marijuana study group
Covington Police Chief Stacey Cotton has been named one of 11 members named to Gov. Nathan Deal’s new panel charged with making recommendations about what type of medical marijuana use Georgia should allow.
Source: Covington News

Kennesaw City Council asks its attorney to study health care, pension benefits
In a split vote Monday, the City Council ordered its attorney to review the legal implications of eliminating health care and pension benefits for the mayor and City Council.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Staffins: tourism big impact on Covington
Hundreds flocked to Covington this weekend, and it was exactly the turnout Newton County Tourism President Jenny McDonald expected, but it was a little much for Newton County-Covington Chamber of Commerce President Ralph Staffins.
Source: Covington News

Powder Springs police hold youth forum
The Powder Springs Police Department is hosting a forum designed to engage the city’s youth with public safety officials tonight at Tapp Middle School.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City honors longtime resident for years of service
In 1984 Ernie Craft and his wife Joy bought a piece of property on St. Simons Island with plans of moving there when the couple was ready for something new after living in Brunswick’s Old Town neighborhood for many years.
Source: Brunswick News

Valdosta to consider nine bids, block grant
Nine bids, water and sewer for Lowndes Middle School and the Community Development Block Grant plan are on this week’s Valdosta City Council agenda.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Oakwood city manager at top of field
Colleagues, friends and family members of Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown gathered on May 11 to recognize him for being named as one of 2015’s top 10 public works leaders by the American Public Works Association.
Source: Gainesville Times

Lula council denies rezoning request for baseball center
Lula City Council unanimously voted down a proposed rezoning Monday night that would have allowed for a baseball training center in an otherwise agriculturally zoned area.
Source: Gainesville Times

Pooler hookah lounge request denied
Officials in Pooler this week were not convinced by a local business’ argument that it should be granted relief from the city’s public smoking ban.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah youth program aims to curb juvenile arrests
Officials with the city of Savannah hope an expanded youth program this summer will prevent a group of young people who have already had brushes with the law from spending their older years behind bars.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Summit resident wants alley opened to help disabled at complex
Lamar Hawkins is just one man among more than 130 people who live at Richmond Summit, but he wants to make a difference for the low-income complex’s mostly disabled residents.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta Commission face decisions on stormwater utility fee, historic house demolitions at meeting
Tough decisions on saving two historic buildings on the city government campus and imposing a stormwater utility fee await the Augusta Commission at today’s meeting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Downtown Atlanta street renamed for Ted Turner
The Atlanta City Council voted late Monday to name a portion of Spring Street after Ted Turner, but not without complaints over the city’s process for renaming streets.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Cedartown recognizes employees during National Public Works Week
The City of Cedartown has joined the American Public Works Association in applauding the dedicated service that public works employees perform on a daily basis.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Warner Robins council takes issue with rezoning request
One property owner’s effort to commercialize part of a Warner Robins neighborhood stalled at Monday’s City Council meeting.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Officials: Government consolidation not needed
A committee of top elected and appointed officials from across Butts County, convened to discuss possible government consolidation, has concluded there doesn’t appear to be a need to consolidate.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Four qualify in Cumming Special election
Four candidates have qualified to run for the unexpired term of Cumming City Council Post 1 member Rupert Sexton, who retired as of May 1.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City of LaVista Hills would be financially fit
The proposed city of LaVista Hills would be financially feasible, with a government that’s able to afford several services and maintain a $1.7 million annual surplus, according to a study by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bostwick to get tough on unkempt properties
The city of Bostwick is going to crack down on property owners who keep unkempt lots, Bostwick Mayor John Bostwick said last week.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City adopts tethering ban
After more than three months of negotiating, the city of Madison Monday approved a tethering ban. The ban will make it illegal to tether any unsupervised animal within the city limits of Madison.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City to take action on Riverside Parkway bridge project
Douglasville City Council members are expected to take 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 for Courtyard by Marriott on West Third Street getting final reviews
The Rome Floyd Building Inspection and Rome Fire Marshal’s Office are reviewing final plans for the new Courtyard by Marriott in Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City: Nearly $100 million added to tax rolls since 2003
Dacula officials recently announced building over the last 12 years has added nearly $92 million in property to the city’s tax rolls as of the beginning of May.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Filming prep brings City of Ball Ground revenue, detours
As crews prepare for the filming of a movie starring Tom Cruise, feelings about the project are mixed in the town where the action is taking place.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

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