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Fort Oglethorpe looking to start council meetings an hour earlier
The city of Fort Oglethorpe has plans to possibly start its twice-monthly council meetings an hour earlier to better accommodate business hours and older residents.
Source: Catoosa County News

Proprietor tells city council filming hurts profits
Olde Town Conyers shop owners aren’t all happy with the impact of the television industry on business, a local merchant told the city council Wednesday at its biweekly meeting.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Council Approves Re-Zoning
Members of the Monticello City Council voted to grant conditional use of two residential zone addresses in Monticello for conditional use as day care centers. They also voted to amend zoning at 972 College Street (the former Joyce McDonald Realty) as office-institutional.
Source: Monticello News

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

Back to basics: ride-along with Mayor Gregg Ellwanger
Browsing the walls of Newborn City Hall is a walk down the past of a place that values heritage and the simple things in life.
Source: Newton Citizen

Ball Ground pulls plug on Heritage Days
"It's because of lack of interest," Main Street Association Director Karla Weaver replied when asked the reason why the Heritage Festival in Ball Ground had been cancelled this year.
Source: Pickens County Progress

Ellijay officials: City doesn’t own, can’t pave, Shrine Club Drive
An unpaved, potholed road inside the Ellijay city limits that is privately owned will likely not be paved in the near future despite the fact it is an occasional polling place for county voters, city officials said.
Source: Ellijay Times-Courier

Hampton officials name Capt. Derrick Austin new police chief
A new police chief has been appointed this week after Chief Rad Porter’s retirement earlier this month.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Cities Week is chance to thank city employees
Too many times, the day-to-day business of being mayor and governing the city prevents me from saying “thank you” to the city employees who make our city run smoothly. Contrary to what some may think, local government — not state or federal — usually has the greatest impact on the lives of its residents.
Source: Bryan County News

Administrator is Pembroke's first in four years
Pembroke has its first city administrator since 2011 after City Council members named Dustin Peebles to the post.
Source: Bryan County News

Dahlonega’s forgotten gold street mines
Are Dahlonega’s streets paved with gold? No, they are paved with asphalt over the gold.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Proposed tree ordinance would require root barriers
Flowery Branch city leaders are considering amending an existing ordinance to more clearly specify tree usage in subdivisions.
Source: Gainesville Times

Deannexation request set for April 30 public hearing
An April 30 public hearing has been set for businessman Chris Nonnemaker’s request to deannex from Clermont.
Source: Gainesville Times

Merkel announces candidacy for Alpharetta council
Dan Merkel, a 20 year resident of Alpharetta and resident of the Hampton Hall community, filed his declaration of intent to run for the Alpharetta City Council April 1. Merkel is seeking to fill the Post 6 seat being vacated by Councilman D.C. Aiken.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Savannah City Council terminates attorney's contract
The Savannah City Council voted Thursday to terminate its contract with private attorney Peter Giusti for outside legal services because of concerns about how his compensation was originally established.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Peek Park gets repairs before festival
The City of Cedartown is making improvements and repairs to the playground at Peek Park ahead of the Cedar Valley Arts Festival later in the month.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Officer Jordan to be on memorial wall
Murdered Griffin Police Officer Kevin Jordan's name will be added to the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Gainesville budget proposal includes no property tax increase
Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett has recommended no property tax increases as part of a $30.76 million spending plan for the 2016 fiscal year, which begins July 1.
Source: Gainesville Times

Hwy. 54E Peachtree City annexation plan gets 1st hearing
The near-term future could bring another annexation into Peachtree City. The Peachtree City Planning Commission on April 13 in a non-voting workshop item heard an initial presentation on a proposed annexation and zoning request for the 28.3-acre Bradshaw tract on Sumner Road and Ga. Highway 54, just before the eastern entrance into Peachtree City
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City Council says 'no' to Great Wolf
It was a no-go for Great Wolf Family Lodge at the April 16 meeting of the Peachtree City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Gordon Highway sports bar pushes law change allowing later hours
The Alter Ego’z Breakfast Club might soon be back in business. Owners of the Gordon High­­­way sports bar and grill persuaded Augusta Com­mis­sion member Dennis Wil­­­­liams to return the club’s request to amend city alcohol laws to allow restaurants that serve alcohol to remain open – though not to serve booze – after bars close, and it had three committee votes Tuesday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

ARC, Atlanta Streets Alive to use ‘tactical urbanism’ to revitalize Atlanta’s West End
The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and Atlanta Streets Alive will join forces April 19 to employ a planning practice known as tactical urbanism to temporarily and inexpensively transform and revitalize key aspects of the Atlanta’s historic West End to lead to safer transportation options for older adults.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Transit, walkability key factors in Kaiser Permanente’s decision to put 900 jobs in Midtown
When Kaiser Permanente was looking for a site for its new innovation and information technology hub for 900 new employees, the company sought public transit and a walkable community.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Richards say goodbye in F. Branch; council rejects road closure for movie filming
Tara Richards is officially finished as a member of the Flowery Branch City Council, and said her goodbyes at Thursday night's meeting.
Source: Access North Georgia

Stephanie Benfield to join Reed’s administration
A former state legislator known for her work on environmental issues is joining Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Councilwoman Keisha Bottoms named head of AFCRA
Atlanta City Councilwoman Keisha Lance Bottoms has been named the new executive director of the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, the entity that will oversee the redevelopment of Turner Field once the Braves leave for Cobb County.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Gainesville City Manager: No tax increase for funding city operations
“No tax increase is recommended,” Gainesville City Manager Kip Padgett told the City Council at Thursday morning’s work session, music to the ear of property owners and city leaders alike.
Source: Access North Georgia

LaGrange College seeks city’s partnership
Dan McAlexander, president of LaGrange College, spoke to council members about tentative plans for more than $25 million in new construction and renovation projects in the next two years. He said the presentation aimed to create a new relationship between the college and the LaGrange community.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Roswell fire insurance rating upgraded
The Insurance Services Office has upgraded the city of Roswell’s Public Protection Classification from class 3 to class 2, indicating an improved and high-quality capability to respond to and fight structure fires.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Walking tour pinpoints potential site for parking deck
During a walking tour earlier this week, members of Avondale Estates’ commission and Downtown Development Authority identified a primary site for a future parking deck: the old parking area behind the now-abandoned Peach State Credit Union on U.S. 278 and backing up to Franklin Street.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City commissioners approve spending over $1million to upgrade radio system
Brunswick City commissioners Wednesday night approved upgrading the city/county radio system for emergency and other services.
Source: Brunswick News

Roderick Gay is the unofficial winner of College Park special election.
Roderick Gay is the unofficial winner of the College Park special election.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City, county officials say new director for recreation department should be in place before August
The Rome and Floyd County managers intend this week to post the open director position for the recreation department, a job they hope to fill before August.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City to sell bonds for Tennis Center of Georgia
The city of Rome is planning to sell bonds in order to get $11.4 million cash in the bank this summer to build the new Tennis Center of Georgia.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Canton City Council to select company for fire station’s design, build
The Canton City Council is set to decide on the company that will oversee the design and construction phases of the northwest Canton fire station at its meeting tonight.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Johns Creek revamping Rec Master Plan
The city is embarking on a new Recreation and Parks Master Plan, saying the 2009 plan is not satisfactory for a growing Johns Creek.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Flattening blighted apartments off MLK Drive a start, Reed says
A southwest Atlanta apartment complex that Mayor Kasim Reed called a source of blight and crime started to crumble in the jaws of an excavator this week after years of complaints from neighbors. And the city is working faster now address code enforcement violations, he said.
Source: Creative Loafing

Hitch Village housing plan going before Savannah City Council
As the demand for affordable housing continues to outpace availability, the vacant lot on the northeast corner of Wheaton and Randolph streets beckons.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee Island prepares for 2015 Orange Crush
Officials on Tybee Island are expecting the annual beach party known as Orange Crush to take place Saturday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah aldermen call for vote on attorney's contract
Savannah Aldermen Tom Bordeaux and Tony Thomas are seeking a City Council vote on the city’s contract with outside attorney Peter Giusti.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond council approves final waste treatment plant loan
The Richmond Hill City Council voted 3-0 (Councilmember John Fesperman was absent) to approve an application to the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) for phase III of the construction loan for the city’s new wastewater treatment plant during its April 7 meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor says thanks
Too many times, the day-to-day business of being mayor and governing the city prevents me from saying thank you to the city employees who make our city run smoothly.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Statesboro council to revisit city alcohol rules
Statesboro City Council is slated to resume Tuesday looking at possibilities for a revised Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance, after putting the topic on pause while events in Statesboro inspired a pending change in state law.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Council urges Congress to keep historic tax credit
The Gainesville City Council has joined other municipalities across the state in signing a letter of support for the federal historic tax credit, which offers incentives for the reuse of historic buildings to drive economic development and create new jobs.
Source: Gainesville Times

Valdosta Police expand paperless report system
The Valdosta Police Department is expanding its custom electronic records management system to give judges and prosecutors real-time access to case files and evidence.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Georgia Cities Week proclaimed in Tifton
Georgia Cities Week has been proclaimed in the city of Tifton for April 19-25.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Waycross city limits to be removed from Pierce County
Legislation that will remove nearly 400 acres of Waycross city limits in Pierce County is a big step in recruiting commercial prospects “serious” about locating in the area, according to county officials.
Source: Blackshear Times

City thanks Truitt for a job well done
By a unanimous vote, the Thomaston City Council approved making an offer to Clinton Chastain to become the new Thomaston City Clerk/Finance Director. Chastain will replace Dennis Truitt, who is retiring from the position at the end of May.
Source: Thomaston Times

Albany Tech, city of Albany host Career Transition Fair
Albany Technical College and the city of Albany will offer a Career Transition Fair 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Albany Civic Center.
Source: Albany Herald

Byron City Council annexes, rezones nearly 10 acres
The City Council annexed and rezoned 9.79 acres east of Interstate 75 from residential to commercial during a meeting this week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Sgt. Hudson named March Strongest Link
The City of Griffin Board of Commissioners recognized Griffin Police Sgt. Joe Hudson, with the Uniform Patrol Division, as the March 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Commissoners shocked by decrepit conditions at public defender's office, but options limited
A trip to county jail or state prison might not be the worst sight ahead for some of Augusta’s poorest criminal defendants.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Yonah Avenue residents continue to press for hearing on Prince Avenue project
Flurries of paper continue to fly from residents of the neighborhood surrounding a planned Prince Avenue medical building and their counsel, as they keep working to have their concerns about the project heard formally by Athens-Clarke County government officials and the project developer.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

New Decatur tree ordinance gets first test
Decatur’s new tree ordinance, passed last May, is getting its first test.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Woodstock acts on entertainment venue
The Woodstock City Council Monday night approved two measures regarding a planned entertainment complex.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton enacts temporary land permit restriction
The Milton City Council has enacted a 90-day moratorium on land disturbance permits required for developers, as officials work to revise subdivision regulations. The moratorium goes into effect Monday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Melba Burrell announces mayoral bid
Melba Burrell announced her intent to seek the office of mayor of Milledgeville in the June 16 city election on Monday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Qualifying begins for mayoral special election
Qualifying for the upcoming mayoral special election in Milledgeville began at 8:30 a.m. today.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Harlem to celebrate Georgia Cities Week
Harlem officials will spend next week celebrating Georgia Cities Week. The theme for the week of festivities from the Georgia Municipal Association is Destination Downtown. And city officials will be showing off a part of downtown, the city’s Public Safety Building, during an open house on Sunday.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Lilburn OKs bicycle rental in parks, trails
In the next few weeks, patrons visiting the city parks and Greenway Trails will not only be able to walk and jog here, but can ride bicycles furnished by a licensed vendor.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

'The Originals' balconies could remain in Olde Town
Those New Orleans-style balconies going up on Commercial Street eventually may be used for something other than set props for actors to toss beads down into the street while a Mardi Gras scene is filmed.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Monticello Street dedicated as Veterans Memorial Highway
The late Allen Mallet fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, and soon after while advancing in a European town, he was hit by enemy fire, lost an arm and spent 18 months in an English hospital recovering.
Source: Newton Citizen

Porterdale enacts 'Jake Brakes' ordinance
The city of Porterdale has approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of Jacobs Braking System brakes inside the city limits, except in the case of an emergency.
Source: Newton Citizen

New Villa Rica library planning in final stages
Villa Rica expects to break ground on its new public library in May, with construction expected to be finished by next spring.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Douglasville Farmers and Artisans Market opens for sixth season
The Douglasville Farmers and Artisans Market will open for its sixth season Wednesday on the green space beside the Douglas County Courthouse at Hospital Drive and Dorris Road.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City and County leaders work it out over BBQ
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners and the Madison City Council Monday buried the hatchet in plates of barbecue and fried catfish during a supper to promote understanding between the two groups.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Chickamauga council adjusts annexation fee
Members of Chickamauga’s city council spent several hours dealing with important but unexciting issues during their regularly scheduled March meeting.
Source: Catoosa County News

Morrow: modern strategies are needed to attract business
The city of Morrow is working to accomplish one task in regards to the hotel/motel tax dollars — get more people to “Come to Morrow.” We cannot just say that, we have to carefully develop strategies to do that.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Stockbridge Mayor Tim Thomspon’s veto on council, mayor raises not valid
Mayor Tim Thompson’s attempt at vetoing an ordinance that increases the salary for the mayor and council did not stand, said City Attorney Michael Williams at the Monday city council meeting.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Veterans Memorial Highway unveiled
Covington already had a memorial to its veterans with the monument on the Square, but Tuesday it added another way to honor those who served while driving around town.
Source: Covington News

Gay triumphant in College Park runoff
College Park Ward reported unofficial results in the Ward 4 city council runoff between Ron Fears and Roderick Gay.
Source: Neighbor News

Rincon to support public library branch
Rincon City Council has agreed to support the Effingham County library system, committing $12,000 it had set aside in its fiscal year 2015 budget.
Source: Effingham Herald

Rincon may sell first Charger to Guyton
The Rincon Police Department is going to help the Guyton force add to its fleet.
Source: Effingham Herald

Valdosta touts success of sewer repairs
The City of Valdosta is nearing the end of the third phase of its Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) project, that seals pipes instead of replacing them.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Decatur Co. Board of Commissioners discuss solution to prison debt, form committee to negotiate with Bainbridge
The Decatur County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to form a negotiating committee to work with the City of Bainbridge on “finalizing the loose ends of the service delivery implementation,” Commissioner Butch Mosely said.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Tommie Postell to seek fourth term on Albany City Commission
Saying there’s still work to be done, Ward VI Albany City Commissioner Tommie Postell told The Albany Herald Tuesday morning he will seek a fourth term on the commission.
Source: Albany Herald

300-acre annexation referred to planning commission
The city of Newnan could be seeing some new residential developments, as the city council is moving forward with two initial annexation requests for nearly 300 acres outside the city limits.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Vote on work vehicle leads to debate over rec dept.
Debate regarding the present and future needs of the Grantville recreation department provided a spirited discussion during Monday’s city council meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

SCCPSS won't pursue partnership with City of Savannah on Garrison auditorium project
Savannah-Chatham public school officials will not attempt to pursue cost-saving plans to merge the stalled Garrison Arts K8 School auditorium plan with the city of Savannah’s Cultural Arts Center project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Monroe downtown nationally accredited
Monroe Downtown 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.
Source: Walton Tribune

Macon-Bibb moves toward big blight bonds
Macon-Bibb County commissioners endorsed major bond issues Tuesday, with much of the new money planned to fight urban blight.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Peachtree City planners like potential Sprouts grocery
A small specialty grocery store and a handful of retail offerings will be coming to the intersection of Walt Banks Road and Ga. Highway 54 in Peachtree City.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Commissioner's shot at basketball goals blocked in committee
Augusta Commission member Sammie Sias’ effort to get a specific city ban on basketball goals in city streets and rights-of-way failed to advance Tuesday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Frantom, 36, wins District 7 runoff election in decisive fashion
Augusta Commission District 7 will have a new representative with Sean Frantom’s Tuesday runoff victory over interim commissioner Louis “Hap” Harris.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

20-acre residential development eyed for downtown Duluth
Duluth, Ga., has assembled a 20-plus acre site near its downtown and is seeking a developer to create a walkable residential community.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Peachtree City residents in uproar over proposed water park resort
Developers envision a resort with an indoor water park that could pull in half a million visitors a year. With its hotel, eateries and arcade, they say, the venture will generate millions in annual revenue from taxes and up to 770 jobs.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Proposed Pooler auto shop to be first considered in heavy commercial district
After no one came forward to speak for or against the request, Pooler planning officials this week voted unanimously to recommend a conditional use for an auto body repair and paint shop in a heavy commercial district.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Peebles named Pembroke administrator
The city of Pembroke name Dustin Peebles as its new city administrator during its city council meeting April 13.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City council members divided over splashpad location
West Point City Council members were divided at Monday’s meeting over voting on contracting the design of a splashpad at the planned Downtown River Park.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Brookhaven approves plan for greenway
Brookhaven City Council approved a contract recently for Heath & Lineback Engineers to prepare a North Fork Peachtree Creek Greenway Masterplan at a cost of $153,800.96.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Committee interviews six candidates from within department to be next Rome-Floyd fire chief
Rome and Floyd County are looking inside the fire department for a new chief before possibly advertising the open position to outside candidates.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Forest Park extends RFPs for solicitor, Environmental Court judge
City council voted Monday evening to extend RFPs for two positions they put out two months ago. The city will continue searching for possible new candidates for the city solicitor and Environmental Court judge positions for an additional two weeks.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Duluth council honors public safety officers
The news has recently been filled with situations involving law enforcement officers. For Duluth, Monday night’s city council meeting was a chance to honor officers who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in helping to keep the city safe.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City OKs $10 million loan application for new plant
Richmond Hill City Council approved a $10.5 million loan application Tuesday night to pay for the last phase of construction on the new Sterling Creek wastewater-treatment facility.
Source: Bryan County News

Cartersville Bluegrass & Folk Festival wins Best Event award
Cartersville Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Program’s efforts were rewarded recently, winning one of the Historic High Country Travel Association’s first Awards of Association Excellence.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston council approves water system repairs
Five years after learning the woeful condition of its water system, Kingston City Council authorized Sweitzer Engineering to begin the first half of a four-part plan to repair or replace parts of the old system.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City commissioners make plans to give Glynn County roads and alleyways
Glynn County may soon receive something it has wanted for a long, long time but failed to get from the city. The prize: street and alley abandonments adjacent to the old detention center.
Source: Brunswick News

Locust Grove Councilman James Rosser dies
City Councilman James Rosser died Monday morning after a sudden illness, according to an announcement on the city’s Facebook page.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Social Circle recognizes Doug White
Members of the Social Circle community both said goodbye and hello to Doug White Sunday. Dozens gathered in the Magnolia Manor for a reception honoring the departing City Manager and welcoming White as a regular private citizen.
Source: Creative Loafing

Pembroke names new city administrator
Dustin Peebles, who is a regional planner for the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission, was the choice by a 5-0 vote Monday evening.
Source: Bryan County News

Sugar Hill approves design contract for EpiCenter project
Sugar Hill continued its downtown development efforts Monday by approving a deal to design a new downtown project.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville mayor, council recognize city volunteers
City officials praised the 2015 Snellville volunteer of the year during Monday night’s council meeting.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Oakwood OKs parking ordinance
Oakwood City Council unanimously, but unsmoothly, gave its first OK Monday night to an ordinance restricting parking in residential areas.
Source: Gainesville Times

Butts County commissioners host panel on consolidation
Butts County commissioners on Monday voted to hold talks among elected and appointed officials to discuss the possible consolidation of city and county governments.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Tybee to host events for Georgia Cities Week
The city of Tybee Island has a slate of events scheduled next week to mark the Georgia Municipal Association's annual Georgia Cities Week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

6 Year Old Raises $2,400 for Johns Creek Police K9
Johns Creek's Caden Kelly (age 6) was presented with Georgia Senate Resolution 578 on April 3 for his outstanding work in the community and helping the Johns Creek Police Department. Caden hosted a fundraiser back in January for Kyra the newest K-9 officer in the Johns Creek Police.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Voting board discusses Sharon Springs
Now that State Rep. Mike Dudgeon (R-South Forsyth/Johns Creek) introduced House Bill 660 on March 25, a lot of people were wondering what would be next if it passed.
Source: NorthFulton.com

LaVista Hills cityhood map divides neighborhoods
Two DeKalb County neighborhoods are divided by the map for the proposed city of LaVista Hills, with some residents included in the new city’s borders and others remaining unincorporated.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In softer tone, Reed calls for partnership with Fulton on recidivism
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is calling for a stronger relationship with Fulton County over issues including jail crowding and curbing recidivism rates.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bonds for blight coming before Macon-Bibb commission
Big money is on the agenda for Macon-Bibb County commissioners during Tuesday’s committee meetings. A resolution asking the Urban Development Authority and Industrial Authority to issue $28.3 million in bonds will be discussed in the Operations & Finance Committee.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb SPLOST work costs rising
Work paid for with the 2011 special purpose local option sales tax is about halfway complete or is in the planning and contracting stages. But some of the looming major projects may take more money than expected, Macon-Bibb County officials said Monday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City to revisit 800 MHz agreement
The City of Griffin Board of Commissioners is scheduled to revisit the 800 MHz agreement with Spalding County.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Basketball goals, EEO firing on city committee agendas
Augusta Commission member Sammie Sias is taking aim at residents who set up basketball goals in cul-de-sacs or on city rights of way to play ball in the road.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Effort to modify plan for proposed Prince Avenue medical building continues
Residents of Yonah Avenue, and the law firm they have retained to challenge the issuance of a number of construction-related permits for a planned Prince Avenue medical complex, could respond as soon as today to Athens-Clarke County Planning Director Brad Griffin’s rejection of their effort to appeal the permit issuance, according to information from the group.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Property transfer clears way for restaurant in Demorest
A meeting of the Demorest Downtown Development Authority Monday night solidified an agreement with a restaurant to anchor downtown Demorest.
Source: Access North Georgia

Zoning commission defers decision on proposed Barnes Ferry Road rail spur in south Macon
The Macon-Bibb County Planning and Zoning Commission deferred until May 26 a decision on a rezoning application requesting a rail spur to a pipeline loading station on Barnes Ferry Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Essay contest winners recognized
Richmond Hill Mayor Harold Fowler took time during the April 7 meeting of the city council to honor the winners in the Georgia Cities Week Essay Winners.
Source: Savannah Morning News

How much tennis can Rome afford? Rome officials say Tennis Center will be big, just not as big as envisioned
The proposed Tennis Center of Georgia was originally envisioned as the largest tennis center in the Southeast. The reality of how much money is available, however, has forced the number of courts to shrink.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New joint Rome-Floyd County website will link with city’s MyRome app, to be unveiled by end of May
A focus on mobile compatibility is shaping the new Rome-Floyd County joint government website that is expected to be unveiled next month.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Next step for Second Avenue widening tonight at Rome City Commission meeting
An item on the Rome City Commission’s agenda tonight could bring the Second Avenue widening and realignment project closer to reality.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Business is booming, especially downtown
A law firm and high-fashion store are two new businesses expected to open in downtown Douglasville in coming weeks.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Golf carts safety concerns expressed
Golf carts are a popular mode of transportation on St. Marys streets with speed limits of 35 mph or lower. The vehicles are required to observe the same laws as other motorists, which creates conflicts when the carts hold up traffic on some of the city’s busier roads.
Source: Brunswick News

Local officials create SPLOST wish lists
The bulk of money that would be generated by a proposed SPLOST in 2016 would most likely go toward improving road conditions, tackling drainage issues and upgrading water and sewer service in Brunswick and the Golden Isles.
Source: Brunswick News

City of Covington gets its shovels ready
Construction for new businesses in Covington will now be welcomed with a traditional groundbreaking ceremony from
Source: Covington News

Stockbridge, DDA remain at odds
The Downtown Development Authority appeared to be under much pressure by the city to turn over its property and assets at a special called joint meeting last week.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Geocaching available on Kennesaw trails
Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Director Doug Taylor announced the Parks Department has hidden several geocaches along the Kennesaw Trail System.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Lilburn CID’s Design 29 project moving forward with open house
Highway 29 is closer to seeing changes in Lilburn.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Suwanee to host brand new ‘Legen-dairy’ event
Things are about to get a little cheesy at Town Center Park — but in a good way. The city of Suwanee will be hosting its first ever Big Cheesy Festival on Saturday, April 18. Amy Doherty, Events Manager for Suwanee, said her own love for cheese was part of the inspiration behind the unique event.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

All aboard? Kennesaw officials advocating to move second Great Locomotive Chase train to museum
City officials are trying to find a way to bring a runaway train back to Kennesaw to live with its sister train. Kennesaw’s The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History owns The General, one of the two main engines involved in what’s been named The Great Locomotive Chase.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Winder approves projected Jug Tavern budget for FY 2016
The budget for this year’s Jug Tavern Festival is in, and its projected expenditures are $11,000 cheaper than what last year’s ended up being.
Source: Barrow County News

Auburn police to get training to help deter sex trafficking
Atlanta’s northeast suburbs have become a hub for sex trafficking of minors.
Source: Barrow County News

Clermont one of few governments still with employee furloughs
Clermont, like other area governments, is gearing up for budget season.
Source: Gainesville Times

Dahlonega in early stages of downtown pedestrian improvements
Anthony Smith knows the value of “foot traffic” at his store, The Fudge Factory, a long-time fixture on the Dahlonega square.
Source: Gainesville Times

Residential parking issue resurfaces Monday night at Oakwood City Council
A proposed ordinance restricting parking in residential areas returns to the Oakwood City Council Monday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

LaVista Hills, Tucker cityhood bills pass General Assembly
LaVista Hills and Tucker are one step closer to becoming incorporated after both cityhood bills passed the Georgia General Assembly April 2.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Pooler hookah lounge seeks relief from city smoking ban
Just a few days after the city of Pooler’s smoke-free air ordinance went into effect, the owner of the town’s only hookah bar, Harry Kyriakides, came to the city council to ask for a reprieve.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Fighting blight: A conversation with Charles Coney
Macon-Bibb County leaders have decided to borrow $10 million dollars to fight blight, but it will take more than government money to clean up blight, said Coney, who is the Macon-Bibb government’s point person for community development issues.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Dalton Police reach out to Hispanic businesses
Police can’t investigate a crime if they aren’t aware of that crime. That’s one reason Officer Osvaldo Sicairos of the Dalton Police Department has been reaching out to improve communication with owners and managers of Hispanic businesses in Dalton.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Leaders in West Chatham work to jumpstart development
In recent weeks, Port Wentworth officials have been discussing how they can generate that capital and interest to help existing business owners and attract potential investors to some of the town’s older properties.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Loganville PD to begin using body cameras
Last week’s officer-involved shooting in North Charleston, S.C., certainly weighed on the decision Thursday night to approve the purchase of body cameras for Loganville police officers.
Source: Walton Tribune

Newest roundabout to be completed in April
The latest traffic circle to be engineered in Newnan will likely be complete before the start of May. the roundabout, located on Lower Fayetteville Road, will aid the flow of traffic to and from several popular venues in the area.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Senoia takes stand on developer tax defaults
When developers file for bankruptcy, unsuspecting homeowners in new subdivisions can be saddled with thousands of dollars of unpaid property taxes on common areas and amenities – and possible issues with amenities and infrastructure.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

More interest develops in baseball team, urban ballpark for Macon
Mayor Robert Reichert wants to see if Macon-Bibb County can support a professional baseball team again.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville police use smart glasses as body cameras
When police Officer Christopher Gray steps out of his patrol car on a call, his CopTrax Smart Glasses record everything he sees and hears.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Rockmart revamping city website
Rockmart officials are planning to roll out an updated City website by late June.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Eisenhower tax district plans short of target
The deadline is nearing for establishing a business improvement district this year along Eisenhower Parkway, and owners of the Macon Mall who are pushing the effort aren’t very close to their goal.
Source: Macon Telegraph

West Point plans river park
West Point City Council at a work session on Thursday discussed new plans to build a downtown river park next to the Chattahoochee River.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Sister city delegation visits Hinesville
A delegation from Hinesville’s sister city in China visited the area to explore economic, cultural and educational opportunities.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Peachtree City elections: Leave odd or change to even years?
The decision on having Peachtree City municipal elections moved to even-numbered years will have to wait a month. The council on April 2 discussed the idea and decided unanimously to continue the topic in May.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Imker: Hold a countywide SPLOST vote
For Peachtree City Councilman Eric Imker, a new sales tax is better than increased property taxes. It would bring in more money for local governments but would be revenue-neutral for taxpayers, Imker contends.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Yonah Avenue residents not entitled to hearing on Prince Avenue medical complex, county says
Residents of Yonah Avenue seeking revocation of construction-related permits for a planned Prince Avenue medical building aren’t entitled to a requested hearing on their appeal of the issuance of those permits, Athens-Clarke County Planning Director Brad Griffin said Friday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Garden may serve as unifier
Alden Parker said he wants to bring together different segments of the Toccoa-Stephens County community and believes he has found a way to do it.
Source: Toccoa Record

Demorest announces final two candidates for city manager
The Demorest City Council is nearing the end of its months-long search for a new city manager, after narrowing its pool of applicants to just two.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Belle Isle urges business take larger role in community
The Metropolitan Club in Alpharetta was filled with the movers and shakers of the city’s business world March 26, at the third annual Alpharetta Business Awards.
Source: NorthFulton.com

For lease: 1 amphitheater, gently used, 1 owner
The 10,600-square-foot amphitheater at Newtown Park has been a big hit in its first year of operation. The Johns Creek City Council may get even more use out of the facility by opening it up to lease for public and private events.
Source: NorthFulton.com

City’s design team to show interactive look at master plan
Urban Design Associates (UDA), the consultants heading up the design team for Johns Creek’s The District, will be back in town the week of April 13 to give residents an idea of how the master plan for the 800-acre project is shaping up.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell approves first public art program
Roswell is laying out up to $80,500 to pilot a public art program.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Clayton Council informally OKs Skywalk funding request
Just more than a week after suggesting the Rabun County Tourism Development Authority seek funds from the Clayton Downtown Development Authority for a Tallulah Gorge Skywalk Celebration block party, Clayton City Council was found in an informal poll to be in favor of giving the funds itself.
Source: Clayton Tribune

Blue Ridge city park getting much-needed improvements
Improvements are under way at the Blue Ridge city recreation park with a goal of completion by or before Memorial Day, May 31.
Source: Blue Ridge News Observer

Peachtree City to spend $24K to dredge boat ramp
The Peachtree City Council has decided to spend $24,000 to dredge the Pinecrest Boat Dock off Hip Pocket Road. The council on April 2 decided against spending more than $900,000 to dredge a larger area in the center of Lake Peachtree.
Source: Fayette Citizen

When will MacDuff Pkwy. be finished? Maybe 2 years
“This is not going to be Peachtree Parkway.” Those were the words of Peachtree City City Manager Jim Pennington in describing the features incorporated into the extension of MacDuff Parkway that will soon see the initial phase of construction.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Anti-Wolf pack plans rally, march to Peachtree City Hall
Opponents of a variance and rezoning that would allow a water park on the current Dolce conference site on Aberdeen Parkway in Peachtree City have planned a rally April 16, followed by a combined golf cart procession and march to nearby City Hall.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Tybee OKs beach projects
In a pair of votes Thursday, the Tybee Island City Council got started on two long-awaited projects — the removal of several derelict structures and the construction of a new beach entry plaza that includes restrooms and showers.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Village Green community gaining momentum in anti-blight efforts
Macon-Bibb County will borrow $10 million to dismantle blighted homes and buildings across the region.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon blight meeting seeks residents’ help in gathering data
Macon-Bibb County wants the public’s help in identifying abandoned and run-down properties, Assistant County Manager Charles Coney told a crowd of about 50 Thursday night.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Nine months of improvements has Augusta Municipal ready for Masters Week
On July 1, the image of Augusta Municipal began to change when Orlando, Fla.-based Cypress Golf Management headed the challenge of improving the course.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Bill awaiting governor's signature sets rules for yellow-signal crosswalks
Somewhat ironically, the legislative equivalent of scooting through a crosswalk just barely ahead of oncoming traffic produced a bill in the Georgia legislature that formally sets rules for pedestrians and motorists at crosswalks equipped with flashing yellow lights.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City: Short-term agreement considered for Savannah-Chatham police department
One week after Chatham County commissioners agreed to hire a search firm, County Manager Lee Smith and City Manager Stephanie Cutter will meet to potentially prevent the need for a county police chief.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon Transit asks for public support for funding extension
Federal funding for public transit and transportation infrastructure is scheduled to run out May 31. Unless Congress acts, that would cost the transit authority about half its regular operating budget and four-fifths of its capital budget, MTA General Manager Rick Jones said.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Hogansville resident seeks compensation after dog attack
Hogansville City Council voted Monday to reject an ante litem notice from attorneys representing a woman who said that the city is liable for injuries she sustained when she was attacked by a dog on Sept. 22.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Council talks about Peachtree City election cycle
The Peachtree City Council on April 2 discussed, but decided to continue, the idea of changing municipal elections to even-numbered years until the first meeting in May.
Source: Fayette Citizen

'Cities Week' to showcase importance of downtown gathering spots
Fayetteville will celebrate the 16th annual “Georgia Cities Week” April 19 – 25 with a variety of events throughout the week that feature the importance of downtown areas.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City to get into fiber-optic broadband business?
An agreement to explore a business plan to develop high-speed broadband for Peachtree City municipal facilities was approved April 2 by the Peachtree City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

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