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End of park project in sight
After delays caused by spring rains, Holly Springs’ newest park is expected to be open for business following a ribbon-cutting planned by summer’s end.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City hopes to get FEMA reimbursement
Commerce finance director James Wascher hopes that in a little less than a year he’ll have to get the city council to prepare a $106,000 amendment to the fiscal year 16 city budget.
Source: Commerce News

Auburn to conduct bike trail plaza
After several years in the making, Auburn is finally ready to begin final design and construction of a bike trailhead plaza in the city.
Source: Jackson County News

Albany City Commission OKs downtown redevelopment funding plan
Moments after an extended prebriefing discussion of the meaning of the phrase “surrounding area,” the Albany City Commission voted 5-2 Tuesday evening to approve use of up to $5 million from its Job-Enhancement Fund for downtown redevelopment.
Source: Albany Herald

EDC board members named for Fiscal Year 2016
The Albany City Commission, Dougherty County Commission and Albany Area Chamber of Commerce named their representatives to the Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission board for Fiscal Year 2016 Wednesday during that group’s annual meeting.
Source: Albany Herald

Woodstock approves smoke shop regs
The city of Woodstock is moving to place more oversight over specialty “smoke shops.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

BOC looking at SPLOST projects
Upson County, along with Thomaston and Yatesville, is in the process of discussing a SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) referendum to be placed on the ballot for November of this year.
Source: Thomaston Times

City hears parks plan options for 10-year strategic plan
The public got their first look at ideas and suggestions for the city’s 10-year recreation and parks department master plan, but the consultants could not answer how much residents are willing to pay and for what kinds of services.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Marietta powerless to crack down on firework noise, attorney says
There is nothing the city can do about the new fireworks law approved by the Georgia General Assembly earlier this year, city attorney Doug Haynie said Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Supporters, opponents speak out at 'thaw the freeze' forum
Two former state legislators and original supporters of the city’s property tax assessment freeze attended Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s fourth and final summer forum promoting her proposal to “thaw” the freeze.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Holly Springs city planners to consider requests tonight
With development on the rise in Holly Springs, the city’s planning commission is expected to make recommendations on several hot-button issues at its meeting tonight, including a controversial application to annex and rezone about 22 acres of land on Owens Farm Lane and Vaughn Road.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Clarkston’s war against video gambling
How one tiny city became a battleground in the coin-operated amusement machine war.
Source: Creative Loafing

Savannah-Chatham police recognized by ATF for gun investigations
Since receiving ballistics-tracking software from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in October, Savannah-Chatham police have identified about 160 potential shell-casing matches. On Wednesday, the ATF recognized the department’s forensics investigators for their work.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Girtz makes good on promise to reconnect with water resources group
As he told his commission colleagues he would, Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz is reconnecting with a committee appointed late last year by Mayor Nancy Denson — and which he chaired — to review environmental protections for the county’s water resources.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Work on downtown Athens streetscape might take place during football season
To the surprise of at least two downtown Athens business owners, work on a proposed streetscape project might get underway during football season.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta Breaks Ground On First Infrastructure Bond Project
City of Atlanta officials Wednesday broke ground on the first of hundreds of planned projects tied to millions in bond money for infrastructure repairs.
Source: WABE

Alpharetta restricts temporary pyrotechnic sales
Temporary tent and retail sales of fireworks will be restricted to being sold with a permit in the light industrial district of the city of Alpharetta — despite apprehension from city officials, who would like stricter limitations.
Source: Neighbor News

Land Bank updates city on properties
The Griffin-Spalding Land Bank Authority provided an update on its properties at the city commission workshop, Tuesday morning.
Source: Griffin Daily News

New police chief says hello to Peachtree City
Peachtree City Police Department employees were introduced to new Peachtree City Police Chief Janet Moon at an informal ceremony held at the department on July 24. Moon starts working in Peachtree City Aug. 10.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta battalion chief celebrates 40 years with fire department
Underneath the desk of Battalion Chief Bryan McFeely sits a black notebook filled with hundreds of handwritten street drawings.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Public has chance to weigh in on Augusta's next SPLOST package
The public will have a say beginning Thursday on which projects to include in the new sales tax referendum going before voters Nov. 3.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Roswell police to get cooling donation
Roswell police will soon be equipped with new tools to deal with both overheated pets and kids, courtesy of a local business.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lawrenceville top cop Randy Johnson named Georgia chief of 2015
The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police has named Lawrenceville’s Randy Johnson the 2015 “outstanding chief of the year.”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City council, manager praise Walden’s leadership
Ever since mid-November of last year, Jeanette Walden has been serving as acting mayor of Milledgeville, and on Tuesday night she was recognized for her leadership during the past several months.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Atlanta Police Chief To Lead State Police Chiefs Association
Atlanta's police chief has been named the new president of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police.
Source: WABE

Bates named Downtown Events Coordinator for Rockmart
Laura Bates of Cedartown has accepted a new position with the City of Rockmart, according to Mayor Steve Miller.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Alpharetta launches new website
The city of Alpharetta has launched a new website. City officials said their new home at www.alpharetta.ga.us is more contemporary with new features, user-friendly navigation and a “mobile-first” approach and is located on a very modern platform.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hinesville PD chief's peers present service award
The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police has named Hinesville Police Chief George Stagmeier as the recipient of the GACP Meritorious Service Award.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Augusta commissioners leaning toward not including groups in SPLOST
Five arts and services groups promised the Augusta Commission on Tuesday they’ll enrich the city and help its seventh sales tax referendum pass if they’re included in the project package under development.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Suwanee Dep. Police Chief leaving for Peachtree City
The city of Suwanee is losing a Deputy Police Chief and the city of Peachtree Corners is gaining a new Chief.
Source: Access North Georgia

Demorest voters could be asked to decide liquor by the drink
The Demorest City Council has been asked to consider allowing sale of distilled spirits by the drink.
Source: Access North Georgia

Proposals presented for park on Lee Street, medians
Interns with the University of Georgia College of Environment & Design recently presented drafts for a park adjacent to the former elementary school on Lee Street and the divided medians in the city’s historic district.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Central City Park emerges as contender for senior citizens center in Macon
Reassurance from Macon-Bibb County officials to explore locations around Central City Park as possible locations for the senior citizens center drew support from a vocal group Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tomlinson's final summer tax forum Wednesday
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will hold the final of four summer forums espousing her effort to “thaw” the city’s’ property tax assessment freeze Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Columbus Public Library on Macon Road.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Emerson council allows permit extension
A petitioner for a conditional use permit extension in Emerson got his way, but not before getting a stern lecture about following the rules.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Euharlee council begins search for city manager
The Euharlee mayor and city council began interviewing candidates Tuesday for the vacant city manager job.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Covington airport poised for launch of new era
Things are happening at Covington Municipal Airport besides airplanes landing and taking off, but events may be occuring there in the near future at similar frequencies.
Source: Newton Citizen

Immediate changes to city of LaFayette recycling
The City of LaFayette is immediately making a change to how residents will drop off recycling within the city, as the items will now be mixed streamed.
Source: Catoosa County News

Barger pedestrian bridge, additional city parking lots now open in Ringgold
Ringgold’s long-awaited pedestrian walking bridge over U.S. Highway 41 at the historic train Depot is now open, creating safer passage to events and additional parking options for those visiting the downtown area.
Source: Catoosa County News

Snow presented special service award by Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police
The Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police (GACP) presented the Special Service Award to Chief Elaine Snow from Rome Police Department.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Council allocation will allow NeighborWorks to expand cottage program
Columbus Council allocated just over $376,000 Tuesday night to NeighborWorks Columbus, Inc., most of which will go to expand the non-profit’s Columbus Cottage program.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Thrower begins tenure as mayor Thursday
Gary Thrower officially begins his tenure as mayor of Milledgeville on Thursday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

UPDATE: McDonough city officials approve tax increase
City officials approved a tax increase Monday evening to assist in funding some items added in this year’s budget $25.4 million budget.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Holly Springs earns prestigious budget award
Officials with the city of Holly Springs announced Tuesday the city had received the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for its 2015 budget.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Ball Ground sets 5.139 millage rate
The Ball Ground City Council unanimously voted at its Thursday meeting to roll back the city’s millage rate, so property owners in the city on average should not see an increase in taxes.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Qualifying for municipal races to start late next month
Qualifying for the three municipal elections in Effingham County is set to begin late next month.
Source: Effingham Herald

Demorest discusses how to help Sweet Breads help downtown
The Demorest City Council is trying to figure how to best help the business they hope will anchor the downtown distri
Source: Access North Georgia

Oakwood manager wants cities, county to work closer on roads
Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown is calling for “better coordination and cooperation” between Hall County and its city governments on roads upkeep.
Source: Gainesville Times

Rainwater more than $5 million in economic impact
An economic impact of $220,000 for the month of June puts the Rainwater Conference Center’s economic impact for Fiscal Year 2014-15 at more than $5 million, reported Rainwater General Manager Tim Riddle at the Valdosta-Lowndes County Tourism Authority meeting Tuesday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

BPS builds relationship with local youth community through summer activities
The summer isn’t over yet, but several Bainbridge Public Safety officers are already planning on how to make the next a bit more special for kids in Bainbridge.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Council battles $200K budget deficit for FY'16
Capital improvement projects not funded through SPLOST were placed on the chopping block as Metter officials continue to cut an imbalance of over $200,000 of expenses over revenue for Fiscal Year 2016.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Grantville plans to collect on $200,000 in bad debt
Grantville is attempting to collect an estimated $200,000 in bad debt. On Monday night, the Grantville City Council voted unanimously to enter into a collection contracted with Penn Credit Corporation to help collect any and all bad debts the city may have.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Savannah carriage horse companies cited under new heat policy
Two horse-carriage companies were cited for violating Savannah’s new heat policy last week, less than two weeks after the city announced stricter rules on July 10.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee study establishes tourism's value
For anyone who has questions about the value of tourism as an economic driver in the greater Savannah area, a recent study done for Tybee Island captures in a capsule version the impact of those multiple millions of visitors who choose to spend their time and money here.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New law OKs some hunting inside city
City Council members have rewritten Social Circle’s laws on birds and squirrels.
Source: Walton Tribune

Macon wins Georgia’s best-tasting water as MWA workers honored
After Macon earned the 2009 title of Best-Tasting Water in North America, the Georgia Association of Water Professionals gave the Macon Water Authority top honors during their annual conference this month in Savannah.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Second reading of Augusta stormwater fee passes
It’s official. Augusta residents will see a stormwater utility fee attached to their water bills next year.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Roswell’s change to disorderly conduct law allows public cursing
The city of Roswell is moving to loosen regulations on public cursing.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Macon-Bibb considering making property owners liable for underage drinking
A local organization is asking Macon-Bibb County commissioners to pass an ordinance that would fine property owners for underage drinking violations.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Norcross Adds 2 Motorcycle Officers To Catch Distracted Drivers
In 2012, the city of Norcross annexed about two miles near Jimmy Carter Boulevard on I-85. That's when it saw the number of traffic accidents more than double from 650 to 1,600 per year.
Source: WABE

Jackson attorney: 26 structures demolished to date
In the span of roughly one year, the city of Jackson has taken dozens of property owners to court and won orders to demolish more than two dozen blighted structures.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

CityCenter hits small snag; officials don't like price for land on Riverside Parkway
Rome City commissioners say they like an altered proposal to develop the CityCenter mixed-use project, though they balked at the price the developer suggested for the land.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Crime drops in North Rome; police, community collaboration making difference
Crime is down significantly across North Rome since the North Rome Community Action Committee was formed in March 2014.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Peachtree Corners mayor outlines future development during city update
Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason dropped a hint that the city could become a college town in the near future during his annual State of the City address to business leaders on Friday at the Marriott hotel in the city.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Tax hike proposed in St. Marys
City officials are proposing the first tax hike in St. Marys in nearly a decade.
Source: Brunswick News

Snellville approves request for sprawling Scenic Highway development
A developer’s plans for a massive retail center on Scenic Highway, at Pharrs Road, has received the go-ahead from officials.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

McDonough to host final millage hearing tonight for proposed .547 increase
A final public hearing is scheduled today for the millage rate before city council is expected to vote after the hearing.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Tumlin: Marietta ‘still in the hunt’ for Atlanta United FC practice facility
Mayor Steve Tumlin is still optimistic the training facility for the new Atlanta Major League Soccer team will be coming to a site on Franklin Road.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Arnold Mill overlay nears completion
As the Arnold Mill Form-Based Code nears completion, the public has been able to weigh in.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Council defers Conservation ordinance
In a unanimous decision, the Milton City Council voted to defer any action on the proposed Conservation Subdivision Ordinance (CSO) until an Aug. 20 special work session at 5 p.m.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Cumming City Council welcomes new member
At the July 21 Cumming City Council meeting, Mayor H. Ford Gravitt and the other council members welcomed Chuck Welch. Standing alongside his family, Welch was sworn in by Judge Richard Nevill.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Tybee OKs North Beach improvements
Officials on Tybee Island are moving ahead with plans to make improvements along the island’s North Beach during the coming off-season.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Fountains across downtown Macon coming back to life
Things are wetter -- at least in downtown Macon-Bibb County -- just in time for summer’s last hurrah. Defective fountains at parks and at other locations are in the process of getting repaired by the Macon-Bibb Parks & Beautification Department.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Griffin to vote on SPLOST deal
The Griffin city commissioners will be voting on the intergovernmental agreement Tuesday night for the upcoming SPLOST referendum.
Source: Griffin Daily News

GRU President Keel pledges to work together with Augusta
Georgia Regents University and Augusta are on a “two-way street” where they should work together to become great, new GRU President Brooks Keel said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Final vote on stormwater fee set for today by Augusta Commission
Augusta’s controversial stormwater utility fee goes for a second and final Augusta Commission vote today.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Consultant sees public art as means of bringing Athens together
Though Todd Bressi hasn’t yet officially started work, the Pennsylvania-based urban designer and public art consultant hired to help Athens-Clarke County develop a public art master plan has already visited the community and started to form some ideas about what a public art program can be, and do, in Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta’s East Lake Neighborhood Model For Revitalization
Atlanta’s East Lake neighborhood is a thriving community these days. But this wasn’t always the case. In fact, it wasn’t so long ago that East Lake, located in DeKalb County, was once referred to as an urban nightmare and nicknamed “Little Vietnam.”
Source: WABE

Richmond Hill police train for high stress situations
Richmond Hill police officer Cpl. Paul Carter took aim and fired his Glock 17T training pistol on fellow officer Cpl. Keith Welch successfully putting two marking rounds on his shoulder.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rezoning approved for a new mixed-use development planned for downtown Macon
A mixed-use project that would include commercial, retail and residential uses in downtown Macon was approved Monday despite opposition from members of the Intown Macon Neighborhood Association.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb commissioners to discuss senior citizens center options
A local group says it’s not satisfied with the two potential locations for the Macon-Bibb County Senior Citizens Center that architects are scheduled to provide details about Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Sandy Springs hires new community development director
Sandy Springs has hired a new community development director to oversee its planning and building efforts.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hapeville building collapses; no major injuries
A building collapsed this week in Hapeville but workers were able to escape with minor injuries, according to City Manager William Whitson.
Source: Neighbor News

St. Marys sets tax allocation district boundaries
The boundaries for a proposed tax allocation district were established Friday during a special St. Marys City Council meeting.
Source: Brunswick News

Pedaling police keep in touch with community
When Brunswick Police Chief Kevin Jones wants to get back in touch with his law enforcement roots, you will most likely find him donning short pants and rolling along in the open air.
Source: Brunswick News

Art of tomato sandwich focus of Canton festival
For those wondering what makes the perfect tomato sandwich, the answer may be as close as downtown Canton.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Mayor: Columbus police chief recovering from heart attack
Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren is at St. Francis Hospital recovering from a heart attack he had early Friday, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

GAB: Lilburn police hosting National Night Out
The Lilburn Police Department will celebrate its sixth annual National Night Out event Tuesday, Aug. 4, at Lilburn City Park.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Marietta residents plan neighborhood cleanup
Marietta residents are teaming up with city officials to beautify the city next week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Silver Comet Trail Linear Park in Powder Springs to get adult exercise station
The Powder Springs City Council unanimously agreed Monday to pay Croy Engineering $260,000 to build an adult exercise station at Silver Comet Trail Linear Park.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Roundabout delayed: City Council tables plans for Lewis Road, Atlanta Street project
A $988,891 proposal for the construction of a roundabout near the intersection of Lewis Road and Atlanta Street has been tabled by the Powder Springs City Council.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Utility Board move on city's horizon
City Manager Sharon Subadan has confirmed that the city plans to move its Albany Utility Board offices from its current location at 207 Pine Ave. in the former Gordon Hotel building.
Source: Albany Herald

Police officers discuss use of force, community involvement at NAACP meeting
Police officers from across Chatham County joined at New Covenant Church on Sunday for the NAACP meeting regarding police use of force.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Local PD wins national award
The Peachtree City Police Department has been selected by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the recipient of first-place honors in the National Law Enforcement Challenge for efforts in traffic safety during the 2014 calendar year.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Sharpsburg readies for first park
Initial work on Sharpsburg’s first park is about to begin. Once completed, the one-acre park adjacent to Town Hall will feature passive and play areas, a pavilion and gazebo and a parking area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Powder Springs initiates CAP - Citizens and Police Program
The Powder Springs Police Department has formed a new program called CAP for Citizens and Police Program.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Perdue elected to GMA Board of Directors
Thomaston City Council member Patsy Perdue was elected to the Board of Directors for the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) during the association’s annual meeting in Savannah June 28.
Source: Thomaston Times

City of Savannah-owned residential properties a hard sell, hurting redevelopment
The residential lot next to Rudolph Moore’s house on Cumming Street in West Savannah fell into the city’s possession 25 years ago.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City administrator's SPLOST proposal excludes outside groups
Nongovernment organizations such as Paine College and Symphony Orchestra Augusta are excluded in City Admin­is­trator Janice Allen Jackson’s proposal for the Nov. 3 sales tax referendum.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke officials setting stage for audit of Leisure Services Department
An Athens-Clarke County Commission committee is laying the groundwork for an operational audit of the county’s Leisure Services Department, deciding exactly what the local government should get from an outside auditing firm that will assist the county’s Operational Analysis Office in conducting that audit.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Macon Ready: Macon-Bibb takes disaster preparedness to the next level
When community representatives arrive at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, senior training specialist Ray Chevalier can usually size them up on the first day.
Source: Macon Telegraph

State association taps Warner Robins firefighter for rookie award
Warner Robins firefighter Jonathan Clark has been selected by the Georgia State Firefighters Association as Rookie Firefighter of the Year for 2015.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Proposal made to expand Augusta Common
As Augusta sales tax talks got underway Friday, Paul Simon of Augusta Riverfront LLC pitched a plan that would expand Augusta Common to the Savannah River and put a new hotel at Reynolds Street and James Brown Boulevard.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Jackson officials receive training
Several city of Jackson officials received training during the Georgia Municipal Association conference in Savannah June 26-30.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

August visitors expected to generate $2.9 million
The Augusta Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Augusta Sports Council said Friday that visitors attending meetings, reunions and sporting events next month will create at least $2.9 million in direct visitor spending.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta chief operating officer steps down from post
Atlanta’s Chief Operating Officer is resigning from Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration, less than two years after being named to the post.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

East Atlanta Park Built By Neighbors Opens
An East Atlanta neighborhood park, built entirely by the people who live there, is now open to the public.
Source: WABE

Warner Robins council member to face opposition
At least one City Council member up for re-election this year will face opposition.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Cameras can catch criminals in LaGrange: Program helps LaGrange PD gets videos
When a criminal broke into the offices of Jackson Heating and Air on Whitesville Street, the suspect made two vital mistakes.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Marietta welcomes Lance Cpl. Skip Wells home
With tears in her eyes, Marietta resident Cheryl Cappelli looked out at Interstate 75, listening to drivers, truckers and motorcyclists honk their horns in support of the late Lance Cpl. Squire “Skip” Wells as they drove by.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Event Hall to Open in Downtown Villa Rica
The Venue, a new special events hall, is soon to debut in downtown Villa Rica. Located at 150 Stone St., next to The Olive Tree Restaurant, the facility boasts over 4,000-square-foot of multipurpose meeting space.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

New mayor to be sworn into office July 30
A new mayor for the city of Milledgeville will be sworn into office next Thursday.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Council OK’s tax increase
The Madison City Council adopted the new millage rate, after the third and final public hearing on Thursday July 16. In a 4-1 vote, the city council increased the millage rate to 6.227, up from 6.127, forgoing the rollback rate of 5.783.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Residents speak out on potential 31% tax rate hike
Two Douglasville residents spoke out about a potential 31.32 percent property tax rate increase during this week's public hearings on the proposed 2015 millage rate.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Main Street Marketplace to feature restaurants, dental clinic
New details have emerged about the Main Street Marketplace shopping center currently being constructed on East Main Street in Cartersville.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Covington City Council adopts rollback property tax millage
Property owners in Covington will pay higher taxes in 2015 because Newton County raised the county millage rate and property values are increasing as the effects of the Great Recession wind down.
Source: Newton Citizen

Lithonia manufacturer-distributor buys warehouse, will impact local economy
According to the research department of CRBE, a major global real estate firm in Duluth, large warehouses currently are the main driver in the metro Atlanta industrial market.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Forest Park Urban Redevelopment Association accepts landscaping for entrance into Gillem
The Forest Park Urban Redevelopment Association approved a design for one entrance way into the Gillem Logistics Center Wednesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park turns old library into new community center
Forest Park unveiled its new community center after Monday’s meeting. "So much work’s been done there,” Mayor David Lockhart said. “We’re proud of it and we think you’ll like it.”
Source: Clayton News Daily

City of Rome prepares to set millage rate
No one spoke about a proposed millage rate change for Rome property owners at a Thursday public hearing, a required meeting that sets the stage for next week’s vote by the Rome City Commission.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Fishing event for youths by St. Marys Police
St. Marys police are always fishing for ways to improve community relations, especially among youths who are often intimidated by an authority figure.
Source: Brunswick News

City works to lower flood insurance
Often, a perfect 10 is a good thing, but not in the case of flood insurance ratings. Property owners in areas rated a 10 pay the highest premiums, and St. Marys is one of those communities. City officials are confident the number will drop in coming months.
Source: Brunswick News

Committee study reveals inconsistencies
A study of the 14 appointed committees in St. Marys is months away from completion, but one conclusion has already been reached: there are things regarding committees they can’t control.
Source: Brunswick News

Peachtree Corners OKs development on green
The city celebrated its three-year anniversary during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled city council meeting, but Mayor Mike Mason started looking into the future in hopes that the city’s town green and its development would be ready to go for the five-year anniversary.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Suwanee picks up national awards for community engagement
The city of Suwanee should make room on its trophy shelf for more awards. It was recently named a winner of two “Voice of the People” awards for excellence in community engagement, recreation and wellness by the International City/County Management Association and National Research Center.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Hometown heroes: Council recognizes two officers for lifesaving efforts
In the city of Holly Springs, heroes don’t wear capes — they wear badges.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Building comes down in Woodstock
Residents traveling through downtown Woodstock might notice some changes after a historic building was torn down Wednesday to make way for a new city office addition.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

New car, officers for Rincon Police
The Rincon Police Department is now at full staff, with three new offices, its latest K9 ready for service and city council’s approval to purchase a new police car.
Source: Effingham Herald

Stormwater fee to appear on next water bills
Statesboro residents and all property owners in the city have yet to receive the first bill for the city's new stormwater fee, but will soon, and the city has a fledgling stormwater program with two employees.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Pine Lake’s dilemma: Two rs or one
It all comes down to an r.
Source: Champion Newspaper

City workers to get 2.5-percent pay hikes
It’s official. Commerce employees are getting 2.5-percent salary increases, the first across-the-board pay raises in six years.
Source: Commerce News

Homer approves $415,900 budget
The Homer City Council approved the FY2015-2016 budget at a meeting held Tuesday, July 14. Where the operating budget indicates a slight increase, up from $401,900 last year to $415,900 for the upcoming year, it will be balanced by an anticipated withdrawal from reserve funds in the amount of $20,000.
Source: Banks County News

Lula approves moratorium on signs
The City of Lula will not be issuing any permanent sign permits during the next 60 days. At a meeting held Monday, July 20, a moratorium was put in place in order to give the council and staff time to review current regulations and make changes if necessary.
Source: Jackson County News

Danielsville roundabout project dead
For now at least, the roundabout project at the red light in Danielsville is officially “dead.”
Source: Madison County Journal

Sharon Subadan: We're not leaving SGRITA high and dry
Although Albany’s agreement to become a partner in the South Georgia Rural Information Technology Authority’s Department of Agriculture-sponsored telecommunications technology upgrade project came about long before Sharon Subadan became city manager of the Southwest Georgia hub, it’s Subadan who has borne the brunt of biting anger from some of SGRITA’s board members since she recommended — and the Albany City Commission tentatively approved — discontinuing its relationship “as it currently stands” with the collective.
Source: Albany Herald

Lake Thomaston Park receives unanimous vote by city council
More than 100 people packed the basement meeting room at the Archives Tuesday night for the Thomaston City Council meeting. The main topic they were there for was the vote on the Lake Thomaston Park.
Source: Thomaston Times

Loose dogs cost bucks: City of Homeland passes leash law
At their regular monthly meeting recently, the Homeland city council unanimously passed a leash ordinance requiring citizens to keep control of their animals. Loose dogs will be picked up and placed in the city pound facility.
Source: Charlton County Herald

City Auditor: Folkston’s in ‘good shape’
With a “cash balance” of nearly $3 million, Folkston’s auditor says the city is in very good shape financially.
Source: Charlton County Herald

Tax hike likely for city residents
A higher tax bill looms for the residents of Dahlonega as the city council is currently planning on a millage hike that will raise the rate one mill past the roll-up rate. At last Thursday’s work session members of the council seemed resigned to the increase as a necessary means to help bridge a projected budget shortfall of approximately $778,267.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Helen commissioners hear ideas about Riverside Park
elen city commissioners were presented two separate petitions at the commission’s meeting Tuesday, July 21, both objecting to the removal of picnic tables and grills from Riverside Park.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Cleveland seeks architect for Talon property
City of Cleveland officials have big dreams for the former Talon zipper factory, which they purchased in 2011. But they need an architect who can turn those dreams into reality.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Clayton refuses new water rate
Clayton City Council did not accept a proposed water rate increase from the Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, raising the question of what will happen when the city receives its water bill for July.
Source: Clayton Tribune

John Creek's Judge Schaefer uses innovative program on young drivers
Sometimes a picture – or a video – is not only worth a thousand words, it could save the life of a teenage driver. That is part of the reasoning for the Johns Creek STOP program, a safe driving program for teens designed by the Police Department and Municipal Court to reduce the number of teen traffic accidents and repeat violators in Johns Creek.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Savannah faces funding challenges, despite revenue increases
Let the juggling begin. Revenue is up, but expenses are, too. And the Savannah City Council has some funding challenges ahead.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon Ready: Multiple mock disasters test Macon-Bibb readiness
Macon-Bibb County leaders knew they were heading for disaster this week at FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, but no one had a clue about the extent of the two-day catastrophe and its aftermath.
Source: Macon Telegraph

DDDA selects finalist for director position
Kendra Evans says she is excited to use her talents to help downtown Dalton grow.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Augusta's code enforcement division moves to Municipal Building
Though the transition isn’t complete, Augusta is one step closer to having a “one-stop shop” downtown for all planning and development needs.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Long-delayed Winterville school project could be completed soon
A long delay in the completion of a Winterville renovation project doesn’t threaten a $500,000 federal grant the city received for the project, which may be completed soon after falling nearly two years behind schedule.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Reed: Hawks interested in renovated Philips Arena, civic center site, or mystery property elsewhere in city
In late June, Tony Ressler, the new owner of the Atlanta Hawks said that the team had three options with Philips Arena. Today Mayor Kasim Reed told reporters that he thinks rehabbing the approximately 16-year-old arena is on the team's mind — as are other pieces of property, one of which is owned by the city.
Source: Creative Loafing

Reed: Casinos interested in Turner Field amid MGM news
In a news conference Thursday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said as many as four gambling companies have asked to meet to discuss coming to the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs approves $643,700 for infrastructure mapping
The Powder Springs City Council awarded contracts Monday to two companies for tracking the water and sewer infrastructure.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta launches mobile career center
Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta Workforce Development Agency unveiled the Career Coach, a state-of-the-art mobile career center created to help underserved jobseekers in Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hogansville K9 officer Danny retires
Before Officer Danny came along, the Hogansville Police Department would spend hours searching a home or vehicle for illegal narcotics.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Bainbridge millage rate remains the same despite being advertised as increase
Tuesday evening, the Bainbridge City Council unanimously voted to maintain its 5.575 millage rate.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Report: 1 in 4 urban roads damaged, costing motorists up to $1,000 per year
Damaged big-city roads cost motorists as much as $1,000 a year in added maintenance, according to a report obtained by USA TODAY and are being used to urge Congress to approve a new highway bill to replace the one expiring July 31.
Source: USA Today

Valdosta to consider transit study
Funding a regional transit study tops several projects coming before Valdosta City Council today.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council cancelled for lack of quorum
District 3 Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Will Britt and District 4 Councilman John Riggs showed up for what would have been Statesboro City Council’s 5:30 p.m. Tuesday meeting.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Swift change comes at top of Gainesville's leadership
It's all happened so fast, faster than some could have believed just the other day.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany officials dispute Harper’s Magazine account of city’s lack of economic progress
It’s not often citizens of a community get to see their city painted by a national magazine as the poster child for poverty and cited for its struggles to recover from the Great Recession.
Source: Albany Herald

City tax bills to be consolidated with county's
Newnan City Council approved having the Coweta County Tax Commissioner bill and collect property taxes for the city of Newnan during Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Tybee improves flood insurance rating
The city of Tybee Island announced this week it has improved its community rating under the National Flood Insurance Program, which will bring additional savings on flood insurance premiums to island residents.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah youth work program participants honored
After weeks of demonstrating their working abilities, participants showed off their singing and dancing skills during performances at a ceremony Wednesday marking their graduation from the Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Athens-Clarke mayor, commissioner argue over water protection recommendations
Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Kelly Girtz’s push to revisit a set of recommendations on water resource protection could force the loss of economic development opportunities for the county, Mayor Nancy Denson asserted at a Tuesday commission meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Chase Street parking issue prompting new approach from Athens-Clarke County government
Athens-Clarke County Transportation & Public Works Department officials are backing out of their recent reinstatement of some nearly half-century-old parking restrictions along an in-town block of Chase Street.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Road work shrinks Tattnall Square Park intersection in Macon
The intersection of Adams and Oglethorpe streets is getting smaller. Andrew Silver, a Mercer University English professor and chairman of the local group Friends of Tattnall Square Park, said the two roads are far too wide there.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon Ready: FEMA drill thrusts Macon-Bibb into twin tornado disaster
Imagine what it would feel like to have two tornadoes hit Bibb County in less that 24 hours.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Savannah arts center design draws tepid response, split approv
While not exactly comparable to a standing ovation, the Savannah Historic District Board of Review ultimately approved the height and mass of the new design for the city’s proposed cultural art center after a two-hour meeting Wednesday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Ordinance fix puts Cedartown in the mix for Hwy 27 yard sale
The City of Cedartown has made a slight change to the yard sale ordinance so that local residents can set up shop on commercial property during special events, such as the upcoming Highway 27 Yard Sale.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Fayetteville extends 16-inch water line to new college campus
It is yet another sign of the volume of work unfolding in West Fayetteville. Work has been completed on a 16-inch water line extending along Veterans Parkway from the Pinewood Atlanta Studios area to the campus of Georgia Military College (GMC).
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City moves ahead with even-year council elections
The potential for changing municipal elections in Peachtree City to even-numbered years crossed the first hurdle at the July 16 City Council meeting. Next up, the measure will have to be cleared by the General Assembly next year and later by voters in a referendum.
Source: Fayette Citizen

No tax rollback for Fayetteville residents
Fayetteville officials decided Thursday night that beefing up its police department was a better use of tax money than rolling back the millage rate and giving the citizens a small tax break.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Storm fee fuels SPLOST resistance as talks on capital program begin
Development of a sales tax package to present to voters Nov. 3 kicks into high gear Friday at a three-hour Augusta Commission meeting. The content of the special purpose, local option sales tax package will be critical as SPLOST opponents cite Tuesday’s passage of a stormwater fee as another reason to defeat the referendum.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

3 Warner Robins council members seeking re-election
Three City Council members up for re-election this year all say they plan to seek a second term.
Source: Macon Telegraph

OCA lands Our Town program grant
It looks like the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affair's (OCA) is having a good summer. The OCA announced that it has received a $50,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
Source: Creative Loafing

Police to provide hospital security
Hinesville City Council has approved an agreement to provide a city police officer for Liberty Regional Medical Center on weekends.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Springfield has strong financial position
Springfield’s auditor said the city has a strong fund balance – at least six months of operating reserves.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Atlanta on cusp of landing $30 million HUD grant
Atlanta is one of nine finalists for the 2014-2015 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant worth $30 million.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Brookhaven Parks & Recreation launches program to protect wildlife
Brookhaven announced that five monofilament recycling containers for fishing line as well as five ‘no feeding’ signs will be installed before the end of this week, in an effort to promote good park stewardship and to protect wildlife around Murphey Candler Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Powder Springs residents continue to be concerned over fees
For the second consecutive meeting, city residents voiced their concerns to the Powder Springs City Council Monday about being required by the city to pay for the cleaning of a detention pond.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Cedartown gets clean audit for 2014 budget
The City of Cedartown’s budget for 2014 tallied up just right after an audit was completed by Rushton and Company.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Invest Atlanta posts strong job numbers
Deals hatched by Atlanta’s economic development agency created 6,320 jobs during the first half of this year, exceeding its goal by more than 200 jobs.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

City brightening up Atlantic Mall with $255K lighting project
Evening strolls through the palm-tree lined Atlantic Mall could soon be a bit more illuminated and atmospheric.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Garden City officially names Ron Feldner city manager
Other than to drop the word “acting” from his job title, City Manager Ron Feldner said not much had changed for him since the City Council appointed him the city’s chief administrator the previous evening.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Talking trash: City talks of downtown beautification issues
More must be done to maintain the streets and rights-of-way in downtown Metter. By consensus, city council agreed that downtown beautification was an issue that needed to be addressed immediately.
Source: Metter Advertiser

Macon-Bibb approves $18 million for park improvements, subsouth rec center plans
Macon-Bibb County will spend more than $18 million for improvements at five parks and community centers, including a new community recreation facility that’s been the focus of debates between residents who want a traditional rec center and those who wanted a large tennis complex to attract tournaments.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry council moves farmers market, hires city clerk
The city’s popular farmer’s market downtown is moving in October, but not very far.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Drones proposal hits snag as Macon-Bibb officials table resolution
A proposal to bring drones to Macon-Bibb County hit a snag Tuesday as commissioners voted to table a resolution until more details come in.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb officials approve blight funding split with a last minute change
Macon-Bibb County commissioners approved an amended ordinance Tuesday that will provide more leeway on how $9 million can be divided for blight projects.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Richmond County school board questions stormwater fee, takes stance district is exempt
The Richmond County Board of Education voted to approve a motion asking the Augusta Commission for more information on the newly passed stormwater fee, with some board members arguing that state law exempts the public entity from paying the fee.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Decatur Residents Concerned About Loss Of Diversity
Decatur residents are concerned. Home prices are rising, and the city is losing its African-American population. On Monday night, city commissioners voted to approve a $109,000 contract to hold public meetings about how to keep the city diverse, welcoming and affordable over the next six months.
Source: WABE

Atlanta Program Looks To Build Community Over Public Art
A visit to Philadelphia inspired Atlanta-area civic leaders to start a public art campaign that they hope will reflect the region’s many communities and its diverse history.
Source: WABE

Butts County government officials share meal, information
Butts County’s elected and appointed officials on Thursday met during their quarterly dinner gathering to discuss ongoing projects throughout the county.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Augusta Commission approves new stormwater fee
After months of debate, the Augusta Commission voted Tuesday to approve a first reading of an ordinance implementing a stormwater utility fee.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

American Airlines opts against commercial service from Athens-Ben Epps Airport
American Airlines has opted against providing scheduled commercial air service out of Athens-Ben Epps Airport, members of the airport authority learned Thursday.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Bob Hamrick will not seek re-election to City Council
Bob Hamrick has announced he has reconsidered a run for re-election to the Gainesville City Council. Hamrick said he will finish out his term, which ends on December 31, 2015.
Source: Access North Georgia

Rockmart eyes housing blight
The City of Rockmart has recently experienced an increase in the number of vacant and abandoned properties identified as dangerous or unsafe.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Council sets opening/closing hours for Aragon Mill Pond
It took a couple of motions and some discussion, but the Aragon City Council approved posting a closing time for the mill pond to restrict people from going to the park during late night hours.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon Ready: Public information key to Macon-Bibb disaster response
At FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute, 60 Macon-Bibb County leaders are learning the challenges communities face when not only local folks, but the eyes of the world are looking to them for news.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Hogansville splash pad nears completion
The splash pad at Strozier Park is expected to be complete Aug. 1, city officials said Monday. City Council discussed the construction efforts of the splash pad at its Monday meeting.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Atlanta City Council gives some city workers a raise
About 3,000 Atlanta government employees toward the lower end of the pay scale will be getting 3.5 percent raises retroactive to July 1.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commissioners get requests for additional Jamie Hood trial funding
Athens-Clarke County commissioners are being asked to move almost $200,000 from a county contingency fund to cover expenses incurred by Clarke County Superior Court and the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office in connection with the murder trial of Jamie Hood.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

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