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Madison top town of culture
The City of Madison earned a spot on The Culture Trip’s Top Ten Most Beautiful Town in Georgia list this week. T
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Emerson council approves wake park well
In the same amount of time it took to pledge allegiance to the flag and seek direction from the Almighty, Emerson City Council approved Wake Park Atlanta’s application to drill a private well.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Canton weighs action on chemical smell
After receiving new complaints about a hazardous material smell emitting from a Cherokee County facility, Canton officials are considering taking action.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

2 qualify Monday to run for open seat on Flowery Branch council
Two people qualified Monday to run for one of two open seats on the Flowery Branch City Council.
Source: Gainesville Times

Local, state leaders reflect on legislative session
Transportation and education dominated much of the debate and media coverage coming out of this year’s state legislative session, which ended April 2, but what about those rabid raccoons populating Hall County?
Source: Gainesville Times

Tom Berry: Albany city manager vetting process just begun
Interim Albany City Manager Tom Berry said Monday he’s aware of negative reports being circulated about three of the five finalists for the city manager’s position that he currently holds, but that the vetting process for the position has “just begun.”
Source: Albany Herald

Milton considering impact fees
The city of Milton is looking into implementing impact fees to help pay for the infrastructure costs associated with new development.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Clarkston, Ga., Is Small In Stature But Big On Diversity
Though the size of Clarkston, Georgia, is just a little over a mile, the city boasts one of the most diverse communities in metro Atlanta.
Source: WABE

Weather siren being repaired in Flovilla
With the season for severe weather bearing down, the Flovilla City Council recently discovered the city’s weather siren has not been sounding during weekly tests.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Officials plot the return of SPLOST
Getting the SPLOST back was an important discussion topic during the county-wide planning workshop held Wednesday and Thursday on St. Simons Island. City and county officials brainstormed on ways they could promote SPLOST to residents.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

How Atlanta Was Kept Out Of Cobb County By A 10-Foot-Wide City
You might have noticed these green signs in East Cobb. They’re around Johnson Ferry Road, near the border of the Chattahoochee River. In white lettering, they read, "Former City Limits Chattahoochee Plantation (1961-1995)."
Source: WABE

Officials unveil plans for new municipal complex, historic Pooler
It may not be immediately apparent to motorists driving past on U.S. 80, but Pooler officials say the excavator at work behind City Hall this week is doing more than ripping down an old shopping center.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hiram nears opening of dog park next to Silver Comet Trail
The city of Hiram is set to open its newest amenity, the Hiram Hounds Dog Park, May 9 at 9 a.m.
Source: Neighbor News

Seeking answers to Macon-Bibb's commercial blight
It’s an all-too-familiar story playing out all across the country. Once-thriving retail districts closer to the urban core are no longer the shiny new thing. Tastes change. Wealthier people move to the edge of town. Retail follows them. And empty buildings are left behind.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jenkinsburg leaders continue work on Memorial Park
Jenkinsburg’s Memorial Park is continuing to take shape. Grills, benches and playground equipment will soon join the park’s pavilion, walking track and children’s model train car.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Commission committee to hear demolition recommendations for 19th-century buildings
Recommendations that the city demolish two 19th-century buildings on the municipal government campus and be able to bypass the Historic Preservation Com­mis­sion’s certificate of appropriateness process go before an Augusta Commission committee today.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Hall Co. municipalities briefed on Ga. legislative session
The various municipalities in Hall County (Braselton, Buford, Clermont, Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Lula, and Oakwood) got their briefing on how various pieces of legislation passed in the Georgia General Assembly in 2015 will affect them.
Source: Access North Georgia

Downtown street could be renamed for Ted Turner
Ted Turner might lose a stadium bearing his name, but the billionaire philanthropist could soon gain a street.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City Commission to have budget hearing
The City Commission will have its first public hearing about its fiscal year 2016 operating budget at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday.
Source: Anderson Independent Mail

Zoning, ideas for future discussed at Stockbridge city retreat
City council and staff held a retreat Thursday at the Ted Strickland Community Center to hear updates and plans for the city departments.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Suwanee launches annual Art on a Limb program
The city of Suwanee’s annual Art on a Limb program begins this week as artwork is placed around Suwanee parks and people who find it, can keep it.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Rome City Commission to vote on recreation changes tonight
The two-year journey of working out a new joint city-county recreation agreement will reach a conclusion for the Rome City Commission tonight.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Council closes alley, approves bids
An alley between Williams and Slater streets has been closed, a lease supplement was approved and four bids were accepted Thursday evening at the Valdosta City Council meeting.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta welcomes welcome sign
Valdosta city officials held a ceremony to dedicate Valdosta’s first welcome sign on North Valdosta Road Friday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City alcohol law drafts would limit under-21 entry
Statesboro City Council received two versions of a draft of a new Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance from its attorney Tuesday night and released them to the public.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Police Department to get body cameras
Statesboro's proposed city budget earmarks $42,063 to buy body-worn video cameras for use by all Police Department patrol officers.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Albany names city manager finalists
Assistant County Administrator Mike McCoy was named Friday afternoon as one of five finalists to become Albany’s next city manager.
Source: Albany Herald

City Commissioner Jon Howard's comments focus spotlight on chamber, EDC
Ward I Albany City Commissioner Jon Howard’s comments at a commission work session Tuesday appear to have been the spark that set off a powder keg of concern and conjecture on the work of local agencies charged with business recruitment and retention in the community.
Source: Albany Herald

Helicopters, electric bikes among soaring Savannah tour options
Savannah has become special enough that a growing number of people are willing to pay to hear its story and witness its charm. Keeping Savannah’s charm intact, while accommodating the industry’s growth, is no easy task.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Eisenhower decline at center of commercial blight
As Macon-Bibb officials have tried to fight blight in recent years, much of the emphasis has been on dilapidated houses that attract crime and trash just steps from where families live. But much more visually apparent from the major thoroughfares is commercial blight -- including stretches of vacant or near-vacant shopping centers.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Pinewood project to be eyed Tues. by Fayetteville planners
The biggest development that could alter the landscape in the heart of Fayette County will get another once-over by the Fayetteville Planning Commission April 28. The first phase of Pinewood Forrest would bring 55 acres of assorted housing, retail and a boutique hotel along Veterans Parkway across from Pinewood Atlanta Studios.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Two Savannah-Chatham police officers among Army Reservists deploying to Middle East
Two Savannah-Chatham police officers were among the 100 Army Reserve soldiers preparing to deploy to the Middle East.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police working to rebuild trust, stop attrition
When Joseph Lumpkin was sworn in as chief of the combined city-county police force Nov. 10, he inherited a department that was hemorrhaging officers and under scrutiny after public revelations of corruption and the controversial shooting of a handcuffed man who had tried to escape custody.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Social Circle officials want more information on Hightower Trail project
Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Kent Adams went before the mayor and council Tuesday to discuss a request to divide property.
Source: Walton Tribune

Regional leaders taking fresh look at TSPLOST
Robert Hiett, director of government services for the Three Rivers Regional Commission, talked about the new transportation law when Three Rivers Regional Council met Thursday at Walter B. Hill Community Center in Turin.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Commercial blight: The epidemic’s next chapter
Charles Morseman has seen firsthand how blight can take over a commercial property. Before the recent recession, a large animal feed mill next door to his equipment company “was a real thriving business” until the owner retired and sold it, he said.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta, Aiken boast different benefits for water park
Developer Benjamin Bell could have his choice between more commercial property or fewer government regulations and fees if he decides to build a $20 million water park in Augusta or Aiken County.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Rezoning request for West Broad commercial center likely to be withdrawn
Faced with the possibility that Athens-Clarke County commissioners could deny a rezoning request for the corner of a West Broad Street commercial center, the owner of the property and the engineering firm working with him are poised to withdraw that request, according to information from Tuesday’s commission work session.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Bill signed by Gov. Deal could hinder effort to bring grocery store to downtown Athens
Five words in a piece of legislation recently signed by Gov. Nathan Deal could hinder local efforts to bring a grocery store into downtown Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Perry-Fort McPherson closing in sight
The long-delayed sale of Fort McPherson land to Tyler Perry could be just weeks away, according to Mayor Kasim Reed, bringing to a close months of high-level negotiations and ushering in what could be the largest investment the southside of Atlanta has seen in decades.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City preparing to extend riverwalk to Savannah River Landing
For years there has been a gap between the Savannah Riverwalk’s eastern end at Morrell Park and the extension further east that was built five years ago to serve the failed Savannah River Landing development.
Source: Savannah Morning News

2nd mural coming to square
Barnesville is already noted for its downtown murals by artist Shannon Lake. Thomaston may soon be noted for them as well, as Lake is returning to town to paint his second mural around the square.
Source: Thomaston Times

City of Aragon releases draft budget
The City of Aragon is still working to get its financial feet firmly back on the ground, and with a new city budget in the works city officials hope to see the city moving toward stability in the coming year.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Reichert vetoes attempt to rebid pension job
Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert has vetoed an attempt to rebid the job of investment consultant for the Macon-Bibb pension plan, his first veto since the January 2014 creation of the joint city-county government.
Source: Macon Telegraph

County commission, Savannah City Council to see proposed police merger agreement next week
Chatham County Manager Lee Smith said Friday he will introduce a new proposal for a combined Savannah-Chatham police department to the county commission when it gathers for a workshop next week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hogansville invites residents for ‘vision’ meeting
Hogansville will soon hold a meeting for residents to provide input on solutions to the city’s issues. Hogansville Mayor Bill Stankiewicz hopes that the discussion will provide talking points for an eight-person steering committee he selected to provide insight and suggestions to issues brought up in the meeting.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

LaVista Hills and Tucker envision distinct governments
The proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker may be neighbors, but they’d have significantly different forms of government.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Communications supervisor honored
Belinda Morris was selected as the City of Smyrna’s Communication Officer of the Year in conjunction with 911 National Communications Week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Powder Springs residents to start paying for detention pond cleanup
The Powder Springs City Council voted this week to require homeowners to pay for the yearly cleaning of the detention ponds in their neighborhoods.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Mayor proposes reformed police pay plan
The city’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget includes a reformed pay plan for the Columbus Police Department aimed at retaining more officers initially and encouraging them to stay with the department longer.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Rome celebrates Georgia Cities Week
Rome will be celebrating Georgia Cities Week this week (April 19-25) with events every day through Saturday. The week will be capped off with the annual Clocktower Classic Handcycling Races Thursday through Sunday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Conyers Police Department partners with CVS to place drug disposal bin in police department lobby
The Conyers Police Department has installed a drop box for citizens to safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Conyers Councilman Vince Evans displays sense of humor, sense of duty
During a ride-along this week, Vince Evans, a Covington native serving his fourth term on the Conyers City Council, shared a proud memory. As a senior at Newton County High School he won the typing contest in a region literacy meet.
Source: Newton Citizen

Business Owner Request Change In Beer Ordinance
The Trenton City Commission held its regular monthly meeting Monday, April 13, at Trenton City Hall. An issue brought up at the monthly meeting was a request by the owners of Los 3 Amigos Restaurant to change the ordinance as to allow them to sell beer at their Trenton location.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Rome’s city manager answers questions on Facebook
Rome’s city manager made the most out of his lunch hour Thursday without leaving City Hall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Toccoa Main Street program receives national accreditation
Main Street Toccoa has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Source: Toccoa Record

Rome to take next step to redevelop Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital property; Atlanta firm working on plan
Leaders of key economic and community groups will be invited to attend meetings next week to provide thoughts on the redevelopment of the former Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital site.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayor, councilman dish on food fest in its 22nd year
Food lovers have the opportunity to sample some of the county’s finest cuisines as the city prepares for its 22nd annual Taste of Marietta festival Sunday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

What’s that noise?
Rincon soon may have new tornado sirens up and active, just in time for tornado season.
Source: Effingham Herald

Folkston planning $13M sewer expansion
Folkston city council members learned federal money has been “set aside” for an upcoming sewage treatment facility project.
Source: Charlton County Herald

Dog park supporters may be gaining ground
Downtown dog park supporters are digging in at Dahlonega city hall. Sandy Steele returned to the meeting room with a sizable assemblage last Thursday to make a second plea to council members to turn the grassy acre next to the old school building on North Park Street into an official canine-friendly zone.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Ellijay council OKs controversial boardwalk plan
By an infrequent 4-1 vote, the Ellijay City Council moved ahead on a controversial “boardwalk” project Monday night planned to spruce up the North Church Street corridor that has often been referred to as an “alley” off River Street near the square.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Focus on Education and Conservation
As part of ongoing efforts to provide education to the public about water and sewer resources and conservation efforts, the City of Cumming Department of Utilities recently distributed informational brochures and letters to a large south Forsyth subdivision.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Designing a city block by block
In a three-day blitz, the city’s consultants on The District, headed by Urban Design Associates, met with residents in focus groups. Culminating in a public charrette, the planners showed how they had refined the ideas voiced by residents to become pictures on paper and computer screens.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Greathouse honored for service
Since he announced his retirement as Thomaston Police Chief two weeks ago, Dan Greathouse has received numerous praise from city and county officials.
Source: Thomaston Times

Savannah alderman says he won't seek second term
There will be at least one new face on the Savannah City Council next year. Savannah Alderman Tom Bordeaux announced Thursday he will not run for re-election about seven months away from the end of his four-year term.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee Island officials support plastic bag ban on first reading
Tybee Island officials on Thursday took another step toward becoming the first city in Georgia to prohibit the use of plastic bags at local businesses. On the heels of the annual celebration of Earth Day, the Tybee Island City Council approved on first reading its controversial plastic bag ban.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City concerned about downtown clients
Griffin officials are concerned about downtown with a couple of missions in the area reportedly attracting the homeless and a request for an adult daycare going before city commissioners on Tuesday.
Source: Griffin Daily News

City again considers demolishing historic synagogue building
Two historic structures on the Augusta Municipal Building campus are again on the chopping block, despite a 2013 preservation debate that saw them spared.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commissioners peck at 'backyard chicken' proposal
A proposed “backyard chicken” ordinance that Athens-Clarke County Planning Director Brad Griffin said was purposefully kept “fairly straightforward and simple” could see some tweaking before it gets a vote from Athens-Clarke County commissioners at their May 5 meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Helen restaurant/bar owner fined $1,000 by city
The owner of two Helen restaurants/bars will get to keep her license, despite being accused of keeping one of those establishments open until nearly 4 a.m. March 28, contrary to city ordinances.
Source: Access North Georgia

Councilman: Fort MacPherson, Tyler Perry Deal Good For Atlanta
The Atlanta City Council approved a controversial measure worth $13 million this week to help filmmaker Tyler Perry buy most of Fort McPherson – a vacant, 488-acre former Army base in southwest Atlanta.
Source: WABE

House demolition hits Macon-Bibb goal early
Macon-Bibb County reached a landmark Thursday, tearing down the 100th and 101st abandoned houses of the fiscal year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Planning workshop focuses on Liberty County branding, SPLOST
Day 2 of the county-wide planning workshop started with developing action plans for the top three issues chosen Wednesday afternoon: Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax, branding Liberty County and business development.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Brookhaven recovers $1M in fees from Comcast
The city of Brookhaven has reached an agreement with Comcast to collect nearly $1 million in fees paid by residents to the cable company but never transferred to the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hogansville presents library designs
Hogansville City Council reviewed preliminary design plans for its new public library at its Monday meeting.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Signature Fayetteville bridge at hospital gets council support
By 2018, Fayetteville could have a pedestrian and cart path bridge rivaling the signature bridge that crosses Ga. Highway 54 at the Aberdeen Shopping Center in Peachtree City.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Unhealthy trees at Ridge Ferry Park targeted for removal
Trees are being removed at Ridge Ferry Park and other public spaces as a safety measure, according to Rome and recreation authority officials .
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Mayoral campaigning underway in Milledgeville
Even though there are several weeks before the June 16 special election where voters will choose a new mayor in Milledgeville, the three candidates vying for the office are wasting no time hitting the campaign trail.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City, county celebrating what the area has to offer
Clayton’s county seat is celebrating Georgia Cities Week with a “Destination Downtown” theme.
Source: Clayton News Daily

McDonough city administator makes plans to include SPLOST projects, expenses on website
City Administrator Keith Dickerson announced a plan at Monday’s City Council meeting to begin updating the city’s website with a list of upcoming SPLOST projects.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Haler leaving Porterdale for Conyers
Porterdale Main Street Director Terri Haler will be leaving her post to be the new tourism director for the city of Conyers.
Source: Covington News

Civic Center gets "Bike Friendly" designation
The League of American Bicyclists has named the Columbus Civic Center a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business, making it one of only two entities in Georgia to earn the distinction this year.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Norcross condemns popular Hispanic marketplace to build library
A slight glint of worry in her dark eyes, Maysi Arriola stood caressing her young daughter’s back and thinking about her family’s future.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Dublin, Macon score highest in Livability Index ratings
If you gave your hometown a “livability index” score from 0 to 100, based on everything from housing costs to water quality, what would it be?
Source: Macon Telegraph

Possible City Of Decatur Purchase May Save Oakhurst Dog Park
For the last few months, residents in Decatur have been working to save a dog park.
Source: WABE

City, County talk shared services
Concerns shared at the City Council meeting on April 13 opened a whole new round of discussions regarding shared services and has led city and county officials to revisit their service delivery strategies three years earlier than the required 2018.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Familiar faces vie for mayor’s seat
Although qualifying for this year’s Douglasville mayoral election is in August, three familiar names already have announced their candidacies.
Source: Neighbor News

Invest Atlanta asked for money to finish Moores Mill project
The developer of a mixed-use project slated for northwest Atlanta asked the city’s economic development agency Wednesday for $700,000 to build a road considered vital to finishing the work.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta to create new park near Beltline with $280K federal grant
Atlanta will use a $280,000 federal grant to create a 9.2-acre community park adjacent to Proctor Creek in northwest Atlanta. The area is expected to eventually connect to Atlanta Beltline.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Ribbon cut on first phase of Columbia Brookside mixed-income housing development
There was a lot of talk Wednesday about how Columbia Brookside is signaling the local realization of a new paradigm for public housing, but it may have been the straightforward observations of residents that best explained what the opening of the community means for Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Watkinsville mayor pushes to expand police force
Watkinsville Mayor Charles Ivie is asking the city council to add a new policeman to the city’s staff in July.
Source: Oconee Enterprise

Lavonia mourns death of Council Member Canady
On Saturday, Lavonia lost a treasured friend, a beloved resident and a dedicated city councilman as Don Canady, 71, lost his battle with the illnesses that besieged him.
Source: Franklin County Citizen

City agrees to accept sewage
Gray City Council’s Water and Sewer Committee tackled a full slate of items at last Thursday’s called meeting.
Source: Jones County News

Eastman officials celebrate Georgia Cities Week
City of Eastman officials announced the city will be celebrating “Georgia Cities Week” April 19-25.
Source: Dodge County News

City manager lists ‘action items’ from retreat
Jefferson city manager Jason Tinsley gave council members a list of “action items” Monday night that he compiled from items discussed at a recent retreat.
Source: Jackson County News

City of Damascus welcomes new mayor
“A New Day” and “A New Way!” marks the philosophy of Damascus’ newly-elected mayor, Debra Butler.
Source: Early County News

Planned meeting of neighbors, developer on Prince Avenue project canceled
Dirt is moving at 1282 Prince Avenue, the 1.4-acre site of a planned medical building, but plans for a meeting between the developer, neighborhood residents and local elected officials have come to a screeching halt.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City denies Redbud rezoning
A re-zoning request by Mike and Meredith Whitehead to rezone 24 acres, including the old stockyard property, from Residential 1 to Planned Unit Development (PUD) was denied by the council.
Source: Early County News

Mayor's Campaign for Healthy Kids and Familes adds 803 new members for health insurance
A campaign targeting children and teens of working families in Chatham County for public health insurance has added more than 800 new members at the halfway point of an 18-month initiative. The 18-month initiative is part of a National League of Cities grant to eight cities to provide free enrollment assistance to families.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Albany Town Hall meeting to address West Nile virus and rabies
A program addressing West Nile virus and rabies is planned for Saturday at the East Albany Community Center, 1721 E. Oglethorpe Blvd.
Source: Albany Herald

City, sponsors launch Savannah anti-litter campaign
The anti-littering campaign, led by the nonprofit Keep Savannah Beautiful, has raised $100,000 in private donations, along with a $20,000 city match, to educate the public, punish those who don’t listen and enlist the support of community members who want to make a difference.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Decatur Mayor favors GO Bond on the ballot
Twenty months ago Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett didn’t think City Schools Decatur’s General Obligation Bond had any chance of passing voter approval. He’s definitely changed his mind, though he’s still cautious regarding the amount.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs property owners must pay for pond cleanings
The Powder Springs City Council voted 5-0 Monday to require property owners to clean their detention ponds. Previously, the city had been paying for maintenance of these 113 ponds instead of charging fees to the property owners.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor proposes reformed police pay plan
The city’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget includes a reformed pay plan for the Columbus Police Department aimed at retaining more officers initially and encouraging them to stay with the department longer.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Covington City Council approves rezoning for high-end senior living community
The Covington City Council has paved the way for a new, state-of-the-art retirement community that will provide housing that will transition from independent living to assisted care to memory care.
Source: Newton Citizen

Town Hall Meeting, Yardsale to Highlight Villa Rica's Georgia Cities Week
Villa Rica officials have proclaimed this week, April 19 through 26, “Georgia Cities Week.” The city will observe events this week including a Downtown Town Hall Meeting and celebrate past and future projects that make Villa Rica a great place to shop, dine, play, tour and live.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Segal, Pope running for city council; Adams undeclared
Richard Segal, an advocate for citizen involvement in local government with a background in business, has announced his candidacy for city council.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City opposes industrial development
A proposed large-scale warehouse operation expected to have a high volume of truck traffic may be locating next to the Sweetwater residential community.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

LaFayette to study policy on solar power energy
The city of LaFayette plans to study creating a policy on connecting solar panels to the electric grid and its impact on utilities.
Source: Catoosa County News

LaFayette names newly restored walking trail in honor of a local war hero
The city of LaFayette dedicated the newly remodeled walking trail to a local military war hero at the April 14 city council meeting.
Source: Catoosa County News

Locust Grove officials schedule special election after death of Councilman James Rosser
A special election has been called by city council to fill the remaining term of Councilman James Rosser, who died of a sudden illness April 13.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Romp Around Rome events planned for National Tourism Week
The Greater Rome Convention & Visitors Bureau announces “Romp Around Rome” events and activities are planned for National Travel & Tourism Week celebration, May 2-10, 2015.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Holly Springs explores plans for new downtown
Plans to shape a new downtown core for Holly Springs are once more on the table, as city leaders met with planning consultants Monday night to discuss a downtown redevelopment design.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Euharlee council considers term limits
Term limits were the hot topic at the Euharlee City Council’s Tuesday work session. Mayor Dennis Thayer brought up the idea of placing limits on the number of times a person could hold an elected office.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Springfield, county fire make plans to join forces
A deal that would consolidate the Effingham County and Springfield fire departments could be resolved in a matter of weeks, following a workshop last Wednesday between county commissioners, Springfield City Council and staff from both bodies.
Source: Effingham Herald

City delays votes on ordinance changes
Members of the St. Marys Council want mobile homes to not look so mobile. All existing manufactured homes would be grandfathered under a proposed ordinance change, but new homes will be required to have a permanent foundation.
Source: Brunswick News

Clermont Town Council ponders possible alcohol resolution for Nov. 3 ballot
The Clermont Town Council talked Tuesday night about holding a straw poll or nonbinding resolution on whether to allow beer and wine sales on U.S. 129/Cleveland Highway, a major road running through town.
Source: Gainesville Times

Brookhaven mayor: ‘We have accomplished so much’
The city of Brookhaven has been busy in the two years of its existence, according to Mayor J. Max Davis.
Source: Champion Newspaper

City Council hears ‘Tour de Change’ proposal
Jannette Burns-Micheau hasn’t lived in Bainbridge full-time since she graduated from Hutto High School in 1961.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Albany City Commission says yes to Rails to Trails purchase
The Albany City Commission gave nonbinding approval Tuesday to the purchase of 13.6 miles of land owned by South Georgia Rails to Trails in a measure that could have far-reaching financial and recreational impacts on the region.
Source: Albany Herald

Savannah-Chatham police earn third in SWAT team challenge
Several officers on the SWAT team placed third in SWAT Teams and seventh in the overall competition at the Special Operations Warrior Challenge Operation One Voice competition in Gwinnet County on April 18.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Riverwalk extension approved by state, despite concerns
The state has given the go-ahead for a longer Savannah Riverwalk at the west end of River Street despite concerns about a performance platform that would be built over the Savannah River.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Orange Crush goes sour
Tybee Island Mayor Jason Buelterman is right about the future of Orange Crush. If the violence-plagued beach bash can’t be mended, then it’s time to end it. The big question is how.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City of Rockmart land purchase offers 10 acres of possibilities
The Rockmart mayor and City Council have approved the first step in development of 10 acres of land with the potential for simultaneous use of multiple types of development, including a venue for weddings and family events, green space, spill-over space for the Homespun festival, a new connection to the Silver Comet Trail, and an amphitheater.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Walking Dead street closures needed for safety
The Senoia City Council has approved the occasional closure of Gin Street for the upcoming filming of Season 6 of “The Walking Dead,” and approved a new base camp and equipment parking lot for the filming.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Washington named Centerville’s police officer of the year
Sgt. Jimmy L. Washington is the Centerville Police Department’s 2014 Officer of the Year. Washington was given the honor at the City Council’s April work session Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry gas station targeted under blight code
Rotting wood and a metal beam are falling through the canopy of the former Perry Full Service gas station, which City Council agreed Tuesday night should be the first property addressed under its blight ordinance.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Retirement subsidies coming, but Macon-Bibb pension consultant in question
Macon-Bibb County commissioners gave unanimous approval Tuesday night to retirement incentives for up to 200 government employees. If that many take the offer, it could cover much of the $10 million in savings needed to balance the upcoming annual budget.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City approves 800 MHz agreement
The City of Griffin Board of Commissioners approved the 800 MHz agreement with Spalding County, again.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Commission gives OK for new gated community off Berckmans Road
A handful of his new constituents weren’t pleased, but newly sworn-in District 7 Commissioner Sean Frantom said his vote to OK a new gated community off Berckmans Road wasn’t a hard one.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Hogansville approves purchase of tactical weapons
Hogansville City Council on Monday approved a measure that would allow the police department to purchase tactical rifles and shotguns for its police units.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Atlanta City Council approves sustainability measure
Owners of commercial buildings in Atlanta will be required to keep track of the electricity and water they use and report the data under an sustainability ordinance approved unanimously by the city council.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Council says OK to body cameras
The Smyrna City Council voted 7-0 to approve purchasing 75 body cameras for the city’s police department at a cost of $68,140 at its meeting Monday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Tumlin Eyes ‘Texas’ ... and would house it in new DMDA parking deck
Kennesaw Mayor Mark Mathews isn’t the only Cobb leader hoping to get his hands on the historic steam engine “The Texas,” which figured prominently in “The Great Locomotive Chase” here during the Civil War. He now has some friendly competition from Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin, who tells Around Town he’d like to see his city build a hybrid parking deck/museum to house “The Texas” — if it can be pried out of the hands of the city of Atlanta, that is.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Watch your step! Weather hinders Marietta’s work to repair sinkhole between two businesses
he city is working to repair a 10-foot deep sinkhole that opened on North Fairground Street near North Marietta Parkway over the weekend.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Bicycle enthusiasts talk about growing interest in riding locally
As if bicycle riding wasn’t already a big thing in Milledgeville, its popularity is growing every day, according to a group of local businessmen and bicycle enthusiasts.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Sandy Springs council takes up Roswell Road rezonings
Sandy Springs City Council will consider Tuesday, April 21, whether to approve mixed-use zoning for two large pieces of land on Roswell Road.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Cartersville council tables pawn shop ordinance
Cartersville City Council made short work of a lean April agenda Thursday. An expected first reading of an ordinance providing more regulations for pawn shops was abruptly removed from the agenda.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Toccoa city manager gets extension
Toccoa City Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to extend City Manager Billy Morse’s employment agreement with the city through Oct. 1, 2017.
Source: Anderson Independent Mail

Fort Oglethorpe approves new water, sewer project on Cross Street
The city of Fort Oglethorpe awarded a bid Monday night, April 13, for its upcoming water main project along Cross Street and Patterson Avenue off Ga. 2 (Battlefield Parkway).
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome, Floyd name 25-year veteran Troy Brock as fire chief
More than two decades with the agency has provided Troy Brock with some clarity and understanding of the Rome-Floyd Fire Department’s daily operations.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City Hall celebrates 100 years
Construction of Rome’s iconic City Hall and auditorium started 100 years ago this month and city officials, along with representatives of the Rome Area Heritage Foundation, kicked off Georgia Cities Week on Monday with a celebration of the landmark Broad Street building.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Silver Comet open house draws crowd to Cedartown to discuss possible link to Cave Spring
A goodly number of Rome residents made the trek to Cedartown Monday night to get a first look at proposed routes to take the Silver Comet Trail from Cedartown to Cave Spring.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Police precinct at Downtown Welcome Center officially opens
The Police Precinct at the Downtown Welcome Center officially opened. The welcome center will serve as a precinct for the Rome City Police, Floyd County Police and Floyd County Sheriff and was coordinated through the support of the Greater Rome Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) and Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Tybee officials look to put an end to Orange Crush
Following more than two dozen arrests and a shooting on the beach that left one man injured on Saturday afternoon, Tybee Island officials want to put a stop to Orange Crush, the annual beach party that draws thousands of college-aged students to the island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Pooler Council delays vote on hookah lounge
A representative for the owner of a Pooler restaurant and hookah lounge argued Monday that a public smoking ban that went into effect in the city this year doesn’t apply to the business.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins chickens to get a vote
The idea of backyard hens in this Houston County city could become reality in May, while a new Warner Robins city clerk will start work Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jackson facade grant program kicks off
The city of Jackson’s Downtown Development Authority is rolling out one of its first major programs since being reestablished in 2013.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

City Council paves way for new business
The Dalton City Council on Monday opened the door for small, local brewers and makers of distilled spirits to do business in Dalton.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Jay Shaw passes away
Former state representative and Lakeland mayor Jay Shaw passed away early Monday morning, according to family
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Dorothy Hubbard, Jon Howard, Roger Marietta to seek re-election
Two Albany elected officials whose political futures were in question going into the current election cycle joined a third colleague in announcing Monday that they would indeed seek four more years in office.
Source: Albany Herald

New commissioner Frantom could have tough decision to make on first day
Sean Frantom, who’ll be administered the oath of office a half-hour before Tuesday’s meeting, will then be called on to represent the interests of District 7 in a rezoning decision especially important to those who reside near Augusta National Golf Club.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Meeting set between developer, residents, officials on Prince Avenue medical building project
After numerous requests to do so, a couple of residents of Yonah Avenue and the Boulevard neighborhood will sit down Friday with the developer of the Prince Avenue Medical Center to talk about their long-simmering concerns that the building will bring hundreds more vehicles daily onto the area’s residential streets, jamming traffic and endangering pedestrians and bicyclists.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Macon-Bibb may set retirement incentives
Incentives for Macon-Bibb County employees to retire will be up for a vote by city-county commissioners Tuesday evening.
Source: Macon Telegraph

LaGrange hires new contractor for traffic light project
Travelers will have to wait longer for working traffic lights at New Franklin Road and the new bypass at North Davis Road.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Brookhaven mayor gives state of the city address
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis discussed a number of improvements to the city in his State of the City address last week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Governmental land-swap deal finalized
The city of Canton and Cherokee County School District on Friday finalized the paperwork on a land-swap deal clearing the way for school officials to construct a new/replacement administration building.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta City Council OKs Tyler Perry deal at Fort McPherson
The Atlanta City Council signed off late Monday on a deal that would allow filmmaker Tyler Perry to turn much of Fort McPherson into a movie studio.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Galambos sparked a city - and a movement
For decades, Eva Galambos tried to get state legislators to imagine what she could: a city, created out of a mishmash of strip malls and residential neighborhoods in north Fulton County.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Music festival organizers eye Douglasville for downtown event
The organizers of a three-day country music festival that will be held at Douglas County County’s Foxhall Resort and Sporting Club want to bring some of the excitement to downtown Douglasville.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

LaFayette Police Department planning to restart K-9 program
LaFayette city officials decided at their April 14 council meeting that the time is right to consider re-implementing a K9 officer program for the police department.
Source: Catoosa County News

Ceremony this morning to mark 100 years for Rome City Hall
Nearly a century has gone by since the doors of Rome City Hall were first opened, and a local group is recognizing its staying power today.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cartersville council tables pawn shop ordinance
Cartersville City Council made short work of a lean April agenda Thursday. An expected first reading of an ordinance providing more regulations for pawn shops was abruptly removed from the agenda.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Canton City Council votes to hire architect for Laurel Canyon Fire Station
Following two roll call votes and two tie breakers by the mayor, the Canton City Council finally voted 4-3 at Thursday’s meeting to hire an architect to go back to the drawing board on plans for a new fire station in Laurel Canyon.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Hampton’s splash pad may have steeper restrictions on large groups
The city is looking to put stricter limitations on groups who visit the city’s splash pad.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Holly Springs observes Ga. Cities Week
In celebration of Georgia Cities Week, the city of Holly Springs is hosting special events starting Monday. This year’s theme, “Destination Downtown,” will be showcased through an art exhibit at City Hall. Second-graders from Johnston Elementary created art to reflect the theme.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Smyrna City Council mulls body cameras for police officers
Nearly a month after the fatal shooting of a Smyrna man by police during the delivery of an arrest warrant, the Smyrna City Council is considering equipping police with body cameras.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Statham mayor says he wants another city administrator
Statham Mayor Robert Bridges wants another city administrator.
Source: Barrow County News

Lake Park to fly flag at half-staff
The city of Lake Park will fly its flag at half-staff for three days.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Youth link to crime being studied in Macon-Bibb
Macon-Bibb County is putting youth offenders under the microscope to find out how much they influence property crimes, drugs and gang-related incidents.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Push for chickens in Warner Robins has folks clucking
Chickens may yet come home to roost in Warner Robins, but city leaders aren’t exactly crowing at the idea of leading a charge for backyard poultry.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Move on to stop Pavo City Council from adding debt to buy old bank building
Some Pavo citizens are aiming to stop the Pavo City Council from obtaining a loan Monday night that would put the city in debt for nearly $200,000 to house one city employee office and the City Council chambers.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Moultrie's week-long clean-up begins Monday
Saturday’s Spring Fling festival kicks off Georgia Cities week in Moultrie. Moultrie celebrates the week by holding its annual Spring Cleanup Week, Monday through Friday, April 20-24.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Lee talks recreation opportunities
Joey Lee, program director for the City of Bainbridge, was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Macon-Bibb waste plan looks to divert much from landfills
On average, every person in Macon-Bibb County throws away six pounds of trash a day. That’s not even counting industrial and construction waste, which pushes the total to 8.6 pounds.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Decatur County forms committee to renegotiate with Bainbridge, implement service delivery strategy
After signing a legal agreement in March with the City of Bainbridge on service delivery strategy, the Decatur County Board of Commissioners formed a committee Tuesday to renegotiate certain parts of the agreement.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Sandy Springs 'founding mother,' first mayor Eva Galambos dies
Eva Galambos, the “founding mother” of Sandy Springs who led the 2005 push for cityhood and served as the new city’s first mayor, died Sunday afternoon.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta Council Member Wants To Preserve Historic Gold Dust Twins Ad
An Atlanta city council member wants to save a nearly century-old advertisement in the city’s Sweet Auburn Historic District.
Source: WABE

Savannah tourism futures study casts an eye toward emerging trends in travel
When considering Savannah’s defining characteristics as a city and tourism destination, what’s the takeaway — are we a haunted city, a historical city, the most romantic city or simply a good place to get buzzed while staggering around River Street?
Source: Savannah Morning News

Yatesville seeking ‘needed’ fire equipment
The Yatesville Volunteer Fire Department is in need of equipment, and Chief Billy Lee hopes the Upson County Commissioners will provide the funds needed through the SPLOST funds.
Source: Thomaston Times

Athens-Clarke County police officers getting Tasers
Athens-Clarke County police officers will soon be equipped with Tasers. Police Chief Carter Greene said he hopes that the devices that can incapacitate violent offender by delivering an electrical jolt will reduce injuries to police officers and civilians alike.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Madras student district winner of ‘If I Were Mayor’
Madras Middle School sixth grader Willis Tripp is one of 12 students chosen from 6,000 applicants to compete at the state level of the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Essay contest, “If I Were Mayor.”
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Peachtree Corners Mayor Talks Growing Pains Of Incorporation
The list of unincorporated areas in Fulton and DeKalb counties that have become cities over the past decade has expanded significantly: Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Chattahoochee Hills to name a few.
Source: WABE

Tybee considers new path for fire department
During a called meeting Thursday, the Tybee Island City Council voted unanimously to expand the fire chief’s position from a 30-hour, part-time week to full time. The change, which came at the request of the fire department’s command staff, also adds several duties to the job description.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah, SEDA hope to be the next Hollywood hit
The movie and television industries are always looking for talent. Ralph Singleton wants Savannah to be the next star.
Source: Savannah Morning News

‘If I were Mayor, I would…’
Nikki Cliff, the daughter of Bill and Penny Cliff of Thomaston and a sixth grade student at Upson-Lee Middle School, won the 2015 “If I were Mayor, I would…” essay contest. Taylor Daniel, Nikki’s classmate at ULMS was the Runner-Up. The contest is part of the annual Thomaston Shine/Georgia Cities Week celebration, with the winner receiving $100 and the Runner-Up receiving $50.
Source: Thomaston Times

Aragon city council debates trash service discount for disabled citizens
The City of Aragon is putting together a plan to allow residents who are disabled to use trash service within the city limits at the same discounted rate senior residents of the community enjoy.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

College Hill improvements front and center for visiting officials
What does it take for a college town to attract and retain talent? That was one of the questions on the minds of about 30 leaders from universities across Georgia Friday during a visit to Macon to see and hear about economic development, especially the College Hill Corridor project. The corridor is a two-square-mile area between Mercer University and the downtown business district.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fraternal Order of Police fears Macon-Bibb retirement incentives will bankrupt pension
The leadership of the local Fraternal Order of Police is warning of dire consequences if too many Macon-Bibb County workers accept retirement incentives.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Proposed LaVista Hills and Tucker cities may lean Democratic
Voters in the proposed cites of LaVista Hills and Tucker leaned Democratic in last November’s elections, supporting Jason Carter for governor and Michelle Nunn for Senate, according to figures provided by the state.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Kennesaw may change wording from ‘church’ to ‘religious assembly’
The Kennesaw City Council will consider changing wording throughout their city code from “church” to “religious assembly” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Ave. “to promote free and public assembly.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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