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Suwanee officials announce election plans
Suwanee officials got the 2015 election year officially started Tuesday by setting Nov. 3 as the date for voting, as part of the City Council meeting. Also, several key officials officially announced plans for re-election.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Mayor calls past year successful in address
In the past 12 months, the city of Woodstock has seen many great successes, Mayor Donnie Henriques said in his State of the City address Monday night at a City Council meeting.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Rincon Police sets sights on acquiring second K-9
The Rincon Police Department is getting closer to acquiring another K-9.
Source: Effingham Herald

Springfield adds more parking
Springfield City Council members addressed a long-standing goal at their Jan. 13 meeting.
Source: Elberton Star & Examiner

Grantville merges with county emergency dispatch
During Monday’s city council meeting, the city of Grantville voted to sign a memorandum of understanding to integrate its computer aided dispatch service with Coweta County.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City Looks To Help Women Start Small Businesses With New Incubator Program
In the Atlanta area, there are more than 200,000 businesses owned by women. Mayor Kasim Reed thinks there could be more. So he’s launching a program to help women start their own small businesses. It’s called the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative.
Source: WABE

Mayor Reed Says Stadium Vendors Can Come Back
About two years ago, the city placed a ban on all street vending while it tried to develop a new vending system.
Source: WABE

Political newcomer begins campaign for Social Circle mayor
Sinclair Grey is not a native of Social Circle, but he is hoping to affect the future of his new hometown.
Source: Walton Tribune

Macon-Bibb pay plan unveiled, may add $2.6 million in pay
The long-awaited pay plan for all Macon-Bibb County employees is now public, in time for at least some of its recommendations to be included in the next annual budget.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Golf carts may be allowed on some Macon streets
Golf carts may soon be standard traffic on downtown Macon streets, under an ordinance that cleared a committee in a 3-1 vote Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City of Jackson targets blighted structures for demolition
Armed with an excavator and a court order, city workers last week knocked down a house on Benton Street in Jackson in a matter of minutes.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Mayor: Local 'My Brother's Keeper' initiative has community focus
Inviting Rotary Club of Augusta members to attend a Thursday summit on becoming a “My Brother’s Keeper” community, Mayor Hardie Davis said the White House initiative won’t become another example of “big government” in Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Suwanee City Council selects Mayor Pro Tem., hears FY 2014 audit
Beth Hilscher will serve a second consecutive term as Mayor Pro Tempore of Suwanee.
Source: Access North Georgia

Mayor: State of city successful
Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henrique said the city made significant progress on several fronts in 2014, but he warned in his State of the City Address Monday night that much remains to be done.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Austell mayor seeking re-election
Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins said Monday he plans to seek re-election as mayor. “Even though I’m 72, I’m still healthy. I still care about the city and city employees, and a lot of people don’t want me to quit,” Jerkins said.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Google picks metro Atlanta cities for fast web
In metro Atlanta, Google plans gigabit-per-second service — that’s 100 times faster than the average U.S. residential connection — in Atlanta, Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, College Park, Decatur, East Point, Hapeville, Sandy Springs and Smyrna.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Hogansville to host library public hearings
Hogansville will host two public events this week for residents’ input and information on plans for the new city library. The project is funded with $1.1 million in countywide special-purpose, local-option sales tax – or SPLOST – funds, and a $2 million construction grant from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, which oversees the state’s public libraries.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Jackson DDA starting facade grant program
The Downtown Development Authority of Jackson is launching a facade grant program.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Ringgold sign committees continue to multiply
Ringgold, Ga., leaders must like committees.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

City to dedicate park on Saturday
The passive neighborhood park was funded with a combination of private donations, a Land & Water Conservation Fund Grant, Special Local Option Sales Tax dollars, and in-kind services.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Decatur Co. Board of Commissioners vote to lift Bainbridge landfill ban
The Decatur County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to lift Bainbridge’s suspension on the county landfill.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Cartersville council voices opinions on future direction
After meeting with department heads on the first day of its annual visioning retreat, the Cartersville City Council spent Saturday morning discussing its ideas for the coming year.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Buchanan approves youth center
Buchanan City Council members approved the building of a youth center on Tallapoosa Street during a called meeting on Jan. 16.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Refinancing Will Save Villa Rica Millions
Villa Rica will save $6.3 million after refinancing the city’s bonds, according to a report given to the City Council by Davenport & Company, the financial adviser tasked with overseeing the sale.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Conyers City Council retreat addresses revitalization and a range of issues
Mayor Randal Mills and the Conyers City Council met for their annual planning retreat over the weekend at the Lake Lanier Islands Resort in Buford.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Promoted employee thankful for city's new CDL program
Larry Baines’ first child, Malaysia, was born Sept. 19, two days after his 13-year anniversary of employment with the city of Covington. With a new baby girl to raise, a promotion would come handy.
Source: Newton Citizen

Emerson council tackles wrecked cars, media production
An Emerson police car was extensively damaged Monday without ever leaving the city hall parking lot.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Brunswick Police chief search narrowed to three
Brunswick city manager Bill Weeks has narrowed his search for a police chief from more than 35 applicants to three final candidates and could have someone hired before the end of February.
Source: Brunswick News

Count of homeless seeks to address issue
Monday was a long one for Shauntae Walker and the 115 people who pitched in to get an accurate count of the number of homeless people living in Brunswick and Glynn County.
Source: Brunswick News

City to ask council to cancel Aquatic Center's management contract
City Manager Isaiah Hugley says he will ask Columbus Council Tuesday to cancel the city’s contract with USA Pools to manage the Columbus Aquatic Center.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Georgia Municipal Institute awards Riverdale mayor, council member certificates of excellence
Two elected city officials received recognition from the Georgia Municipal Training Institute at the Annual Mayor’s Day Conference in Atlanta Sunday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Grayson mayor Allison Wilkerson honored by municipal association
Grayson Mayor Allison Wilkerson was recognized Sunday by the Georgia Municipal Association.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth mayor wants city, residents to dig deeper
For the sixth time, Duluth mayor Nancy Harris delivered her state of the city address before a packed house Monday at City Hall.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville officials butt heads over Nov. election featuring race for mayor’s seat
Mayor Kelly Kautz hasn’t even decided whether to seek another term in the November, and the election is already raising issues in the often heated city government.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Riverdale approves three agreements with MARTA
Mayor and council voted Monday to enter into three agreements with MARTA that worked out how the authority would operate two bus stations in Riverdale and how it would operate advertising in bus shelters in the future.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Brunswick names three finalists for police chief position
The city has narrowed its search for a new police chief to three candidates, and all are longtime residents with extensive law enforcement experience.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Lula in somber mood in wake of councilwoman’s death
The flag was at half-staff at Lula City Hall on Monday and a memorial wreath hung on the building’s front door, stark reminders this small town on the Hall-Banks county line was deep in mourning for one of its most energetic leaders.
Source: Gainesville Times

Oakwood City Council OKs Nov. 3 election
Oakwood City Council gave its final OK on Monday night to a Nov. 3 election filling four council seats.
Source: Gainesville Times

Clermont elections set for Nov. 3
Clermont Town Council has set its 2015 election for Nov. 3.
Source: Gainesville Times

Concerns about SCAD's new buses prompt meeting at Savannah City Hall
The Savannah College of Art and Design’s new fleet of student buses has resurrected concerns about overburdening downtown streets after resident opposition ultimately led to the city banning double-decker bus tours two years ago.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor: Interviews for Jackson police chief job near completion
Jackson Mayor Kay Pippin is due to wrap up her interviews this week with candidates for the job of police chief in the city.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Hall Co. JMA hears proposal for trail system, cities give updates
The Hall County Joint Municipal Association now has a trail system as an item to consider for the future of Hall County and its municipalities.
Source: Access North Georgia

Proposed county exodus may be ‘good thing’
DeKalb County Interim CEO Lee May’s proposal to relocate some government functions from Decatur to create a “Downtown DeKalb” district near Interstate 285 and Memorial Drive is not a new idea according to Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton enacts rezoning moratorium
The Milton City Council is temporarily putting the brakes on rezoning applications in the so-called Highway 9 vision area, stretching along Ga. 9 from Bethany Bend to the Forsyth County line.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

New cities might escape DeKalb pension debts
All across DeKalb County, neighborhoods are banding together, pushing to become cities in their own right. They want greater control over local government, more police, better parks.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven seeks federal funds for city enhancement
Brookhaven Mayor J. Max Davis met with representatives from the Georgia Congressional delegation Thursday at the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Savannah-Chatham police chief seeks residents' support
Savannah-Chatham Police Chief Joseph H. Lumpkin shared his vision and hopes for the city of Savannah and its residents on Sunday during the NAACP monthly mass meeting at St. Paul CME Church.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tyrone mayor open to adding sewer downtown
Tyrone Mayor Eric Dial’s State of the Town address presented to the Tyrone Town Council on Jan. 15 covered a variety of topics from 2014 and others in the town’s near-term future.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Local builder wants conversation with commission on city's bidding process
City projects that are bid on over and over are a waste of time and money for small businesses, said an attorney seeking to “start a dialogue” about possibly changing Augusta’s procurement process.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Ground Floor Apartments Could Be Allowed
Ground level residences could be allowed in downtown Newnan, as the city council will discuss the option at its meeting on Tuesday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Gomez Makes Georgia History
When Grantville Councilman Leonard Gomez was elected to serve as mayor pro-tem, he quietly made Georgia history.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

How Should Atlanta Tackle Blight?
The City of Atlanta is working to tackle abandoned homes and properties throughout the city, something the city has had a hard time handling with because of its current laws, officials said.
Source: WABE

Tybee Island discusses new location for amusements
While Tybee officials objected earlier this month to the installation of a 35-foot inflatable water slide on Butler Avenue because of its proximity to local residences, another site proposed near the island’s North Beach might prove to be a better fit.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Holly Springs acts on downtown program, fire station
The final building blocks have been put in place for the Holly Springs Main Street Program to get up and running, moving from start-up phase to accreditation.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Opponents rallying against plan to cut Bibb voting stations
Elaine Lucas hopes to get other Macon-Bibb County commissioners on the record against a plan to slash the county’s number of polling places from 40 to 26.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Atlanta Mayor Reed: better transportation reduces income inequality
Improved transportation options in metro Atlanta will help reduce income inequality in the region, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Friday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Marietta studying trolley proposal
Marietta officials want to study whether to invest tax money in a trolley that could increase tourism to the city’s museums and historic sites — and possibly shuttle fans 10 miles from Marietta Square down Cobb Parkway to Atlanta Braves games.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Local law agencies struggle to balance racial makeup, add bilingual officers
When law officers respond to a crime scene, language barriers can slow down an investigation if no translators are available.
Source: Gainesville Times

Downtown intersection gets traffic signal upgrade
Work began Thursday morning at the Greene Street and Wayne Street intersection as an electric company crew installed a new traffic signal. A lane will remain closed until 4 p.m. today as the new signal is installed.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Acting mayor promises ‘greater economic opportunities’
Acting Mayor Jeanette Walden says Milledgeville is a wonderful place to live and work, and says even greater things are in store for residents, along with greater economic opportunities in 2015.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Council wrestles with outdoor display zoning issue for Rockland Cargo Equipment
The Conyers City Council agonized over a thorny zoning issue at its meeting Wednesday and then decided to table the motion to allow further review of the matter.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

BoC to talk HOST with mayors
County commissioners decided to delay a decision on a resolution asking the Georgia General Assembly to pass an alternative Homestead Option Sales Tax until they could first rally support from all city officials.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Ringgold sets qualifying fees for 2015 city elections
The city of Ringgold recently set its qualifying fees for the 2015 city elections that will take place on Nov. 3 to determine who will serve in the offices of mayor and city council.
Source: Catoosa County News

Lawsuit against city falls short
An Atlanta personal injury law firm claiming to be “for the people,” apparently failed to learn “where the people” got hurt.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Officials Will Not Change City's Malt Beverage Ordinance
The Trenton City Commission held its first meeting of the New Year last week with good news from 2014.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Director stepping down after 2 years
The Main Street program director for Canton announced this week she will be resigning at the end of February.
Source: Catoosa County News

St. Marys raising police pay to stem losses of officers to other agencies
Aiming to stem the loss of young police officers to higher paying agencies, the City Council voted Tuesday night to give city police officers a raise and to implement a five-year salary schedule that would make the city’s police salaries more competitive with neighboring departments.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Statesboro City Council to put hotel & gas station decision in writing
With the property owner raising issues that could inform a possible appeal to Bulloch County Superior Court, Statesboro City Council has delayed its decision on whether a hotel and a gas station can be built on land next to the Garden of the Coastal Plain.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Flowery Branch City Council OKs sales tax agreement with Hall County
Flowery Branch City Council members have approved an intergovernmental agreement with Hall County for participation in an upcoming sales tax referendum.
Source: Gainesville Times

Parking woes topic at Blue Ridge council meet
Downtown Blue Ridge could get up to 175 more parking spaces if the city council moves forward with a proposal that Mayor Donna Whitener put on the table at Tuesday night’s council meeting, Jan. 13.
Source: Blue Ridge News Observer

Law enforcement, clergy in Gainesville, Ga., discuss training, community
Two Marines sat across from each other Thursday night at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.
Source: Gainesville Times

Lula councilwoman dies following Jan. 10 wreck
Longtime Lula Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was injured in a Jan. 10 wreck in East Hall County, died Thursday.
Source: Gainesville Times

City Council approves taxi amendment
City officials unanimously approved an amendment to the Valdosta taxi cab ordinance Thursday evening.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council sets fees for municipal election
On Tuesday, Moultrie City Council set qualifying fees for the mayor and city councilman posts that will be up for election later this year.
Source: Moultrie Observer

City moves forward on demolition project
One more hurdle remains before the City of Moultrie can begin work on a project for which it was awarded a federal grant more than a year ago.
Source: Moultrie Observer

DeKalb CEO Wants To Move Goverment Center Out Of Decatur
DeKalb County’s Government Center could move from downtown Decatur to Memorial Drive. DeKalb CEO Lee May announced the relocation proposal today during his state of the county address. Decatur Mayor Jim Baskett says as long as the county courthouse stays, it won’t hurt the city economically.
Source: WABE

Cell Towers, Backyards, and the Courts: A Talk with Roswell Mayor Jere Wood
Cell phone tower fights between companies and residents have broken out in many places around metro Atlanta. But in the city of Roswell, it went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Source: WABE

Savannah Council approves $112,000 Meldrim Row demolition for police station
The Savannah City Council unanimously approved a $112,000 contract on Thursday to demolish 19 historic Meldrim Row cottages for a new Central Precinct Savannah-Chatham police station.
Source: Savannah Morning News

East Bibb fire station plans moving forward
It’s been more than a year since Bibb County officials broke ground for Fire Station No. 111. Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said Macon-Bibb County consolidation ultimately delayed the timetable to open No. 111 even as other fire stations across the county were being opened and dedicated.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Does Griffin need a hotel conference center?
Local officials are exploring the potential for a hotel conference/convention center.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Fayetteville moves toward novel zoning categories for west side
Fayetteville could soon see zoning categories that have never been used in the city or in Fayette County.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Commissioners say work for schools OK as long as LOST agreement observed
Whitfield County commissioners said Thursday they aren’t opposed to doing work for Whitfield County Schools but they want to make sure that work doesn’t violate an agreement they’ve signed with the Dalton City Council.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Sias pushes public safety in animal ordinance revision
Revamping Augusta’s animal ordinance to include mandatory spay and neuter laws and other protections for animals can’t move forward without also addressing the need to protect humans from aggressive animals, the chairman of the subcommittee studying the ordinance said Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke commission committee looking at changes to sidewalk cafe regulations
An Athens-Clarke County Commission committee is continuing to work through the possibilities for making some changes to the county’s outdoor cafe ordinance, including the question of whether outdoor serving areas at businesses outside the downtown area should be regulated at all.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Kennesaw approves downtown development
The Kennesaw City Council has approved final site plans for a $20 million, mixed-use development on Dallas Street, Watts Drive and Lewis Street.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor launches effort to get tax freeze sunset plan on the ballot
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson used her 2015 State of the City address as a platform to launch her effort get her proposal to sunset the city’s property tax assessment freeze before the voters.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Grayson hears plans for pedestrian, bicycle plan
The Grayson City Council heard a presentation on a proposed Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan by Jimmy Adams, working with the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design on Tuesday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Rome city, Floyd County offer chances for residents to serve on government boards
The opportunity to have an active voice in local government is open to all residents of Rome and Floyd County, officials say — and volunteering is one of the avenues.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Cave Spring priorities: Renovating historic tourism draws, rules to protect them
Business leaders in Cave Spring want to develop a comprehensive vision for the future of their community.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Bridge construction over South Marietta Parkway yet to begin
A proposed $500,000 walking and biking bridge crossing over South Marietta Parkway into Brown Park the city originally said would open last summer has yet to see construction begin.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Statham looks to improve water treatment plant
Statham is about to spend up to $8,000 on the preparation of a performance survey and the completion of an operational evaluation of the city’s water treatment facility, both done by Engineering Management, Inc.
Source: Barrow County News

Gainesville wants peek under Green Street to fix traffic, drainage problems
Everybody knows what’s on top of Green Street in Gainesville: cars and more cars.
Source: Gainesville Times

Waynesboro budget heads to final hearing
Waynesboro officials are poised to pass an $8.86 million budget.
Source: Waynesboro True Citizen

City of Moultrie commends girl for reporting fire
A 6-year-old’s quick reaction to a fire near her apartment complex last month may have prevented significant damage, and Moultrie City Council rewarded the girl with a plaque during Tuesday night’s meeting.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Gray mayor reflects on city’s year
Gray’s mayor took the opportunity at the first council meeting of the year to reflect on his first year in office.
Source: Jones County News

City of Colquitt constructs new animal shelter
The City of Colquitt recently constructed a new animal shelter facility located at its Wastewater Treatment Facility on Mayhaw Drive.
Source: Miller County Liberal

City Council tables decision to move boat basin steam engine
Tuesday evening, the Bainbridge City Council tabled a discussion about the L&N steam engine at the Earle May Boat Basin after hearing a presentation from representatives of Corbin, Kentucky.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Mayor: State of Milton OK
In his first-ever State of the City address Jan. 15, Milton Mayor Joe Lockwood gave his assessment of how far the fledgling city has come and where it is headed.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta develops recommendations for city center
Much has changed in Alpharetta over the past few years. More people, businesses and development have all occurred, and the city has a renewed focus on its downtown as a “hometown” place to be.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta launches financial transparency portal
The city of Alpharetta has unveiled a new financial data platform powered by OpenGov.com that provides residents and stakeholders improved access to the city’s budget information.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Pooler passes resolution opposing expansion of CAT tax
Officials in Pooler this week fulfilled a promise to oppose legislation that would allow the expansion of Chatham Area Transit into some areas of the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City partners with Georgia Power to replace trees
The city of Savannah is joining forces with Georgia Power this week on a project to improve the streetscape and reduce tree-related problems on Savannah’s eastside.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Aragon to keep spending to minimum
Aragon officials are keeping expenditures to a minimum as the City rebuilds its financial status.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb eyeing reduction in number of polling stations
Macon-Bibb County Board of Elections officials are considering a plan to cut the number of polling precincts from 40 to 26 as a cost-savings measure.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Fayetteville residents sound off on noise
For more than three hours Thursday night, Fayetteville residents had their say on two issues that stirred the passions of several residents.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Grovetown inmates now wearing hot-pink uniforms
Chief Gary Jones has a clear philosophy when it comes to jailed inmates. “It’s our job to make sure they don’t want to come back,” said Jones, director of Grovetown’s Public Safety Department.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

City expands homeless count to south Augusta
Volunteers and community outreach groups will expand the area’s homeless count into south Augusta this year to include a segment of the city’s population many feel has been widely overlooked, an official said Wednesday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Properties can opt-in to ADDA tax district discussions
Owners of The Mark, a massive mixed-use residential and commercial development in the earliest stages of construction, and St. Joseph's church on Prince Avenue have expressed interest in being included in the Athens Downtown Development Authority tax district, according to the head of the authority.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

AT&T Georgia sues Atlanta, MARTA over Streetcar costs
AT&T Georgia is suing Atlanta and MARTA for millions of dollars it says it’s owed for relocating utilities to make way for the city’s new Streetcar.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City prepares to take next step in raising salaries
While some city of Douglasville employees have gotten a raise as part of the city’s implementation of a recent pay study, some are still waiting for their piece of the pie.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City takes step toward putting SROs in 3 more schools
The Douglasville City Council has taken another step in its efforts to place school resource officers in the three remaining schools in the city limits.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City officials to determine Canton Creek bridge options
Canton officials have to decide how they want to proceed with a bridge over Canton Creek that is one of the main entrances to downtown.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

Euharlee council debates HR chart
The Euharlee City Council spent nearly 48 minutes Tuesday in work session with half of those minutes devoted to the same question that has nipped at its heels for more than two years: Do administrative and supervisory employees answer to the city council or the city manager?
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Jonesboro officials aiming to improve health, wellness for employees through new programs
Officials in Jonesboro rolled out a series of initiatives aimed at helping city employees live healthier lifestyles last week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Commissioners discuss funding during Rome, Floyd County joint rec meeting
Rome and Floyd County leaders took turns Tuesday expressing their opinions on the future direction of recreation in the community.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority eyes new programs, facilities upgrades
The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority discussed Tuesday the possible creation of a lacrosse league and construction of a bike trail at Ridge Ferry Park.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome-Floyd County Development Authority prepares for new year
Hardy Realty broker Jimmy Byars was sworn in Tuesday as the new chairman of the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Covington offers commercial license opportunities
Larry Baines took advantage of a program now open to all City of Covington employees, and is commercially licensed driver.
Source: Covington News

CSU’s downtown project gets OK from Uptown Facade Board
The design of Columbus State University’s planned college on the Ledger-Enquirer’s downtown property won approval from the Uptown Facade Board Tuesday, but not without plenty of suggestions for tweaking the way it should look.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Stockbridge officials present checks to organizations
A $500 check was presented to Shane Persaud, executive director of Communities in Schools of Henry County, an organization that connects business, churches and other organizations with the needs of schoolchildren to promote retention and graduation rates.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Pro law enforcment rally to be held in Hampton Saturday
A group of Hampton residents have organized a law enforcement rally for Saturday, in support of “Link in the Chain,” a nationwide demonstration where people rally in support of law enforcement agencies.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Grayson defeats Snellville in food drive contest
With about 3,000 city residents at the U.S. Census’ last count, Grayson is roughly six times smaller than Snellville.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Guyton resident questions mayor, council
A Guyton resident brought up a series of concerns about how the city is being run — and how her issues are not being addressed — to the city council.
Source: Effingham Herald

Lula planning meeting hinges on councilwoman’s recovery
Lula City Council has put off a Jan. 28 planning session until Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was seriously injured in a Jan. 10 wreck, can participate.
Source: Gainesville Times

Albany city officials vote to take on costs of some traffic calming devices
Under a plan tentatively approved by the Albany City Commission at its work session today, citizens in neighborhoods asking for “traffic calming” devices like speed humps may no longer have to pay to have the devices installed.
Source: Albany Herald

Atlanta Suburbs Craft Small-Town Identities
The city of Lilburn – in Gwinnett County – is getting ready to build a brand new city hall. The mood it’s going for? Nostalgic. It’s one of a growing list of suburban cities that are trying to reinvent themselves as competitive, small towns.
Source: WABE

Savannah updates alcohol ordinance proposal
Patrons of Spudnik on Broughton Street who haven’t turned 21 will continue to be able to eat their baked potatoes in peace late into the evening.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Senoia City Council denies 5-car garage request
The Senoia City Council rejected a Couch Street resident’s plans for a five-car garage at Monday’s city council meeting.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Warner Robins OKs noise law, recreation study
City Council members here had been reluctant to pass a complex noise ordinance or approve a contract for a far-reaching recreation plan.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Planning moves forward on two Macon-Bibb rec centers
Two Macon-Bibb County recreation centers will soon get major design work, as Macon-Bibb commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday night to pay most of the money previously authorized for Rosa Jackson and the new Sub South recreation centers.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville increases qualifying fees
The City Council raised qualifying fees by 1 percent for those seeking to run for a council seat in November.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Council moves to keep entrance to Brookwood undeveloped
For years, residents of the Brookwood subdivision have resisted commercial encroachment. Now, they can rest a little easier, knowing some of the last remaining undeveloped land along Walnut Avenue will remain undeveloped.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Commission refuses to waive landlord's late payment penalties
An Evans businessman grew livid Tuesday after eight Augusta Com­mission members refused to waive about $3,000 in late payment penalties and interest he owes on 23 rental properties he owns in Richmond County.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta City Council OKs incentives for NCR
The Atlanta City Council signed off Tuesday on an incentives package for NCR Corp. worth $3.2 million.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

'Comply, then complain' guidance offered at Athens forum on police and community relations
Admitting the Athens-Clarke County Police Department dramatically diverges from the county’s racial demographics, a high-ranking officer went on to tell a largely black crowd at a recent forum on police and community relations that “having good officers” is “more important than having black officers or white officers.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Downtown Development Authority looking to expand tax district boundaries
The Athens Downtown Development Authority is taking steps to expand the boundaries of its jurisdiction, a move that would add an extra mill to the property tax rate within the additional limits.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens officials eye limiting number of alcohol licenses downtown
Seeking greater balance and variety in the type of businesses in downtown Athens, the Downtown Development Authority is working to determine if a cap should be placed on the number of alcohol licenses issued to downtown establishments.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville City Council approves new firefighter positions, other business
At its meeting Tuesday evening, the Gainesville City Council unanimously approved a resolution that could add three new firefighter positions to the city's fire department.
Source: Access North Georgia

Judge’s ruling a win for sex toy sales in Brookhaven
A U.S. District Judge has ruled in favor of the sale of sex toys at a Brookhaven shop, the Daily Report reported. It’s the latest development in the city’s two-year efforts to stop the smoke shop from violating a local ordinance.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Plans in place for Jackson-Butts County Day
Another Jackson-Butts County Day is planned at the state Capitol during this legislative session, and this time local leaders are going to Atlanta with an agenda aimed at not just raising the community’s profile.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

One candidate files for vacant Woodstock seat
Woodstock officials said only one candidate qualified to run for the vacant Ward 6 City Council seat during a special qualifying period that ended Friday. Rob Usher, a former Cherokee county school board member and 18-year Woodstock resident, is the lone contender.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Clack and Markley address Bostwick City Council
The Bostwick City Council convened on Monday, January 5 to hear special guests County Commissioner Philip Clack and Morgan County Sheriff Robert Markley.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Villa Rica to save millions by refinancing city's bonds
Villa Rica will save $6.3 million after refinancing the city’s bonds, according to a report given to the City Council by Davenport & Company, the financial advisor tasked with overseeing the sale.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Conyers' 2015 plans: golf carts, new city hall and more
Residents of Conyers last week got a glimpse of the past and future as Mayor Randy Mills and Conyers City Council members discussed the municipality’s 2014 achievements and plans for the upcoming year.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Officer Pat Womack, Annie Reed and Herrion Ervin named 2014 Covington Police Department's Employees of the Year
Receiving a word of encouragement from a supervisor or manager can brighten one’s day and provide a little more energy in performing daily tasks, but being singled out by your fellow co-workers for a job well done is often an even greater honor.
Source: Covington News

Buchanan buys property, set to vote on youth center Friday
The City of Buchanan will pay $40,000 to purchase property on Carrollton Street for use by its Department of Public Works.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Tallapoosa welcomes Cain to downtown
As a movement continues to move more businesses into historic downtowns, Tallapoosa City Council member Jackie Roberts says it’s good to have an attorney on main street again.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

3rd failed effort for East Rome planning grant means revitalization will be parcel by parcel
The Northwest Georgia Housing Authority has been stymied for a third time in its effort to make major renovations to the Maple Street community in East Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome, Floyd County to try for Parks and Recreation compromise at today's meeting
Today’s joint recreation meeting between the city of Rome and Floyd County is a long time coming.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Morrow offers update on hiring of city manager after resident’s complaint
A resident’s complaint led to an update on Morrow’s city manager hiring process Tuesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Forest Park URA may lose executive director, Gillem expert
Forest Park’s Urban Redevelopment Agency will try its hardest not to lose its leader and expert this week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

By golly, a new trolley? Mayor Tumlin envisions route from Square to new Braves stadium
Mayor Steve Tumlin has received overwhelming support from the City Council after floating his idea of a city trolley this week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta residents look to future of empty buildings
The sidewalks on Whitlock Avenue will soon be under construction in May, but residents of the area have turned their attention to two lots in the city, asking when they’ll be developed.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Cities increase equipment for storms, review plans of action
With the unpredictability of Mother Nature always in mind, government agencies in Cherokee County are preparing for whatever the winter season may bring this year to make sure there’s not another“Snowmageddon.”
Source: Cherokee Tribune

St. Marys role in War of 1812 detailed in bicentennial observance
The city is inextricably woven into our nation’s history as much as it tied to country’s future, officers from Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base said Saturday during a bicentennial celebration of one of the last battles of the War of 1812.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Ringgold wants lights out for sign in heart of downtown
The Ringgold City Council voted this week to move an electric sign currently sitting in the heart of downtown.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Kentucky community requests return of Boat Basin train
Picnic tables. Flint River views. A “megaramp.” Nature trails.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Auburn to take time before voting on spending more money for ballfields
A sharp increase in cost for a Parks Mill Ball Field project has led to the Auburn City Council members taking more time to decide how it’ll be handled.
Source: Barrow County News

Statham to pay more for water plant
The City of Statham will have to fork out nearly $900,000 in the next five years for needed maintenance and improvements to the city’s water plant.
Source: Barrow County News

Officials: Macon runway expansion would bring jobs, not threaten Robins
The Middle Georgia Regional Airport can lengthen its runway to boost the region’s economy without threatening the nearby Robins Air Force Base operations, the airport’s manager said. Macon-Bibb County has a proposal to expand the Middle Georgia Regional Airport’s main runway in fiscal 2018.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Are TADs coming to Peachtree City?
An agenda item at the Peachtree City Council retreat held Jan. 9 will have staff in the coming months analyze the idea of the city establishing one or more areas of the city as a tax allocation district (TAD).
Source: Fayette Citizen

Richmond County Development Authority wants extension for jobs news
Augusta committed last month to build a road, extend utilities and do site work at a corporate park if a major manufacturer announces plans to locate here by Feb. 1, but the announcement is now on hold after the unnamed company’s board couldn’t meet due to inclement weather.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Braselton welcomes Hitachi Koki USA
Mayor Bill Orr joined company officers and dignitaries Thursday, January 15 to welcome Hitachi Koki USA to Braselton at its new distribution logistics center on Broadway Avenue.
Source: Access North Georgia


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