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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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