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Hinesville mayor speaks at RH Rotary
In an effort to drum up support for Fort Stewart, which is facing threats in the form of sequestration and BRAC, Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas spoke to the Richmond Hill Rotary Club on Thursday at the City Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Source: Bryan County News

Madison City Council approves North Main Car Lot Appeal
The Madison City Council approved a zoning text amendment to allow a used car lot within city limits, two zoning applications for two new duplex units, and reversed a dangerous dog designation at their meeting on Monday, Oct. 13.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Building owner fights for business sign
The large sign hung on the back of Doughboy Pizza at the 128 N. Wayne St. building can't stay.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Canton Police Chief Merchant resigns, hopes to retire in Jan.
After two and half years heading up the Canton Police Department, Chief Robert Merchant has resigned. His plan is to retire in January after about 40 years in the law enforcement field.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Conyers City Council approves contract for ice skating rink to return to Olde Town Pavilion
A popular annual holiday tradition will resurface in November when the ice skating rink returns to the Conyers Olde Town Pavilion
Source: Newton Citizen

Smyrna City Council set to vote on new vehicles
The City Council is set to vote next week to purchase four new cars for its police department.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Ringgold mayor fights to keep ginkgo trees in new streetscape plan
Ringgold’s mayor and city council will try to determine the fate of two ginkgo trees that were accidentally scheduled for demolition as part of the city’s downtown streetscaping plan, which is currently underway.
Source: Catoosa County News

Waleska residents to vote on Sunday alcohol sales
Residents in the county’s smallest city have the opportunity to vote Nov. 4, to decide whether Waleska will allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays for the first time in the city’s history.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Peachtree Corners town hall meeting focused on community improvements
More than 100 Peachtree Corners residents were in attendance for an Oct. 7 town hall event to discuss improvements for the Winter Chapel Road area, plans for the Holcomb Bridge Corridor and other city news.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Canton Councilman Rust requests delaying enforcement of political sign rule
Candidates who may have campaign signs in violation of the city’s sign ordinance will not be reprimanded during this election cycle.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Officials looking for ways to diversify local law enforcement
Columbus is now a majority minority city, with non-white residents accounting for more than 50 percent of the population. But the city's two largest law enforcement agencies remain predominantly white.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Canton City Council Ward 3 hopefuls voice stances
Two candidates are vying for the seat left open on the Canton City Council when Ward 3 representative Glen Cummins resigned to become city manager in July.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Statham to switch phone providers to improve their call-in system
Getting in touch with the City of Statham will soon be a lot easier.
Source: Barrow County News

With grant funds denied, St. Marys and developer may fund plans for Gilman boathouse property
After failing to win a state tourism grant, city officials hope they have pieced together a plan to pay for concept renderings for a hotel they would like to see built on the downtown waterfront.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Talk of merging Hall, Gainesville governments reignites
The idea to merge the Hall County and Gainesville governments has been floating around for decades but is now taking on new life.
Source: Gainesville Times

Brookhaven Having Trouble Getting Respect from USPS
Brookhaven has been a city for almost two years now, but the U.S. Postal Service has been a little slow to catch on.
Source: WABE

Annexation is now official
The Chattahoochee Hills City Council on Oct. 7 agreed with the Coweta County Commission to have 179 acres off Shell Road annexed into the city.
Source: Fayette Citizen

City moves forward on stormwater plan
The city of Senoia, under federal requirement, will continue to implement a management plan dedicated to controlling storm water.
Source: Fayette Citizen

McCollom is now officially top cop
Peachtree City Manager Jim Pennington at the Oct. 16 meeting of the Peachtree City Council announced that interim Police Chief Will McCollom has been appointed to fill the position on a permanent basis.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Tybee Island gets 'back to normal' with Community Day
Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at Memorial Park on Tybee Island for the third annual Tybee Community Day.
Source: Savannah Morning News

SEDA to promote Savannah to film industry
With consistent efforts to address infrastructure and labor issues, the film, television and commercial production industry represents one of Savannah’s greatest opportunities to further diversify and expand its economy, according to a study conducted three years ago for the Savannah Economic Development Authority.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Priorities for new Savannah-Chatham police chief
Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin will take over as chief of the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department on Nov. 9. What does that jurisdiction look like? There’s obviously the Historic District, often teeming with tourists and routinely home to special events.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins reconsiders Russell Parkway restrictions
A couple years after Warner Robins rolled back restrictions it said were stifling growth on a stretch of Russell Parkway, nearly similar restrictions are again being brought back to the table.
Source: Macon Telegraph

DASH project breaks ground in West Point
DASH for LaGrange’s expansion into West Point will provide the city with much needed affordable housing, upon the completion of its Forest Mill Apartments project next year.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Dalton needs a vision
Miller Jones and Dennis Mock have squared off in three different forums so far in their quest to be Dalton’s next mayor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Savannah's crime battle comes with costs
As a culture of violence and distrust of law enforcement spurs more shootings and other crimes, the city of Savannah is betting on new crime-fighting tools and added manpower to address the trend.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Grants provide bullet-proof vests, cameras for Danielsville Police
The Georgia Municipal Association has awarded the city of Danielsville a Safety Grant check for $1,399 for the purchase of bulletproof vests and a Liability Reduction Grant check in the amount of $4,253 for the purchase of an in-car video camera and portable radios.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Thomaston accepts Hugo Starling Drive into city
The City of Thomaston has a new piece of property. The Thomaston City Council approved accepting Hugo Starling Drive into the city at their council meeting on Oct. 7.
Source: Thomaston Times

Flowery Branch City Council approves annexation/rezoning requests
The Flowery Branch City Council approved the annexing and rezoning of 142 acres of land to build office parks.
Source: Access North Georgia

Milton: Relatively new city has centuries of history
In an area known for a high population of newcomers, Travis Allen stands out. He’s not only a native of Milton; he’s lived most of his life in the vicinity of the North Fulton town. As such, he’s seen the area transform from a rural village to the suburb of a major metropolis, and as it’s grown, he’s kept an eye on its history.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Morrow begins healing after move to fire city manager
Former City Manager Ron Few left the council room Tuesday amid as much controversy and shock as when he was hired in January.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Five Acworth railroad crossings may see $2.2M
Pending approval by the Acworth Board of Aldermen tonight, the city will use $2.2 million from federal funding and SPLOST money to improve five railroad crossings.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

More officials weigh in on incorporation proposal
Proponents of incorporating St. Simons Island will have their work cut out for them if they plan to proceed with the idea, state and county officials say.
Source: Brunswick News

City comes to veteran safety aid
The City of Milledgeville approved a resolution Tuesday for an agreement with the State Properties Commission (SPC) to access Central State Hospital (CSH) property to improve pedestrian accessibility along the Vinson Highway frontage for Georgia War Veterans Home (GWVH) residents.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Google names Suwanee Georgia's top eCity
A Gwinnett County city has been honored by Internet giant Google as one of the country’s digital capitals.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Recreation authority panel battles over funding question
Floyd County Commissioner Garry Fricks said Thursday he’s unsure if he would vote for a tax hike to fund recreation projects, although he asked Rome leaders if they would offer moral support if the county enacts a millage rate increase.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Flowery Branch City Council says yes to land annexation
The controversial annexation and rezoning requests of a large portion of land in South Hall County has been approved by the Flowery Branch City Council.
Source: Gainesville Times

Kennesaw City Council to hear from residents Monday
The Kennesaw City Council will hold its first public hearing about the creation of a stormwater utility — and its associated fee — at its meeting on Monday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City gives clearance for fed building remodel
After going back and forth over the project for more than two years, the city of Brunswick Wednesday entered into an easement agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration that will allow the federal agency to remodel the Frank M. Scarlett federal building downtown.
Source: Brunswick News

DeKalb cities consider annexation
While some DeKalb County areas are working to become a new cities, some cities are looking to expand.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Work planned on St. Marys gateway property
Work on a two-acre tract of city owned land known as the St. Marys Intracoastal Gateway could begin as early as next summer.
Source: Brunswick News

Local government meets on land bank authority
The City of Americus and Sumter County governments met earlier this week with a representative from the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the Unversity of Georgia to discuss the findings of the organization’s research into the city.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Developer, ADICA to meet on Albany Heights residential proposal
With rumors swirling that a well-known local businessman is interested in purchasing the city-owned Albany Heights building on Pine Avenue in an effort to bring residents to the inner city, the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority decided Wednesday to look closer at a development proposal submitted by Anthony King.
Source: Albany Herald

City adopts Buford Highway Improvement Plan and Economic Development Strategy
By unanimous decision, the Brookhaven City Council voted Tuesday to adopt the city’s Buford Highway Improvement Plan and Economic Development Strategy.
Source: Brookhaven Post

$20 million student housing plan at risk due to high water hookup fees
A $20-million student housing development deal may hinge on the outcome of a looming vote by the Dahlonega City Council.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

McCulloughs are Gold Rush king and queen
Dahlonega Jaycees chose Mayor Gary McCullough and his wife, Charlotte, as this year’s Gold Rush Days King and Queen. The couple’s “service to the community” made them the runaway choice, said Jaycees President Dathan Harbert.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Habersham County SPLOST revenue tracked closely
If Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax VI is approved by Habersham County voters on Election Day, Nov. 4, some infrastructure projects may move forward, while other projects may see several years go by before construction begins.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Cleveland to vote on sign ordinance Oct. 20
The Cleveland City Council has scheduled a called meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, to consider adopting the new sign ordinance.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Planning under way for Cleveland dog park
The owner of Mt. Yonah Animal Hospital, Dr. Rachel Eddleman, D.V.M., has set aside about a quarter-acre of her business property for the park, and the city gave permission to create an access driveway off Head Street, on the eastern edge of the tract.
Source: White County News Telegraph

Authority offers Clayton $600,000 to buyout lease
The Clayton-Rabun County Water and Sewer Authority is offering Clayton $500,000 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds to buy the city out of its lease on the North Loop water line.
Source: Clayton Tribune

Savannah City Council approves officer body cameras
Savannah-Chatham police officers will soon have a third eye watching over them and the public they interact with.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah Serves touted as downtown 'game changer'
The Savannah Serves mission, set out by city and community leaders, is to promote a clean and safe downtown as well as enhance the experience for residents, businesses and visitors.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb seeks new operator for Downtown Airport
The Macon Downtown Airport is looking for a new fixed-base operator, someone to handle essential functions such as selling fuel and maybe repairing aircraft.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry ponders small upgrades to improve city
Gen. Courtney Hodges Boulevard is one of Perry’s most important gateways, hosting much of its businesses and serving as an entry point between the fairgrounds and downtown. It’s also in some ways a sun-blasted, blighted swath of road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City's marina operator still hasn't vacated premises
The city’s marina operator hasn’t taken any steps to vacate the premises after the Augusta Port Authority filed a notice of intent to evict the company last month for failing to pay months of back rent and water bills, authority members said Thursday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Hall County 911 system upgrade need presented to Gainesville City Council
Members of the Gainesville City Council were told that major components of Hall County’s Emergency 911 system are in the autumn years of life expectancy and need to be replaced sooner, rather than later.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta Civic Center development open for bids
Invest Atlanta, the city’s economic development agency, released a long-awaited request for proposal on Thursday to redevelop the aging performance arts center in the Old Fourth Ward area.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Waco leases old city hall
The city of Waco approved a lease-term agreement with Strategic Management Consultants, approved a donation to Leadership Haralson and reviewed the minutes from their Sept. 23 called meeting during their regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 6.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

County’s planning commission decison still burns city leaders
Director of City Planning, Monica Callahan, appeared before the city council on Friday, Oct. 3 to report on the recent Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ (GDCA) designation for Madison as a PlanFirst community last week.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Madison council seeks to close loop holes in car law
The Madison City Council discussed revising the Junk Vehicle Ordinance to close existing loopholes and create a smoother appeal process for those challenging junk vehicle citations.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Early voting opens for Fort Oglethorpe council seat
Early voting began Tuesday, Oct. 14, in Fort Oglethorpe for the city council’s Ward 4 seat, and already citizens are hitting the polls to cast their votes.
Source: Catoosa County News

Fort Oglethorpe becomes Purple Heart city
A proclamation, declaring Fort Oglethorpe a Purple Heart City, was read at the council meeting Oct. 13.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome officials consider raising alcohol license, business license, rental rates
Rome businesses could see an increase in alcohol license rates for 2015 if the City Commission agrees with the Finance Committee’s recommendations.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Columbus Council OKs new Blackmon Road Walmart
Despite neighbors' objections, Columbus Council rezoned land Tuesday for a new Walmart grocery store on Blackmon Road south of the J.R. Allen Parkway.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

'Catalyst' for the city: New business able to serve alcohol at booked functions
The Powder Springs City Council approved a beer-and-wine pouring license for the new Event Station at 4425 Marietta St., which its owners and the mayor said will be a “catalyst” for the city.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Milton launches online interactive budget
The city of Milton launched its "Interactive Fiscal Year 2015 Budget at a Glance" Oct. 9 to give residents important and pertinent financial information quickly and easily.

Roswell’s Brechbill named president of national group
Roswell Community Relations Manager Julie Brechbill has been named president of the City-County Communications and Marketing Association, a national organization dedicated to best practices in local government communications and marketing.

City could have billboard settlement soon
Johns Creek city leaders are inviting residents to attend town hall meetings Oct. 16 and Oct. 30 to discuss a court order opening the way for potential billboards in the city.

Jones, Mock say tourism vital to Dalton’s future
Both Miller Jones and Dennis Mock pledged on Wednesday to continue Dalton’s efforts to grow its tourism industry if they are elected mayor, saying a diverse economic base is vital to the area’s future.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Groundbreaking held for Leroy Johnson Park
A groundbreaking ceremony for the new Leroy Johnson Park in Senoia was held Wednesday, with members of Johnson’s family in attendance. Coweta County will be building the new recreation facility on property purchased by the city of Senoia and deeded to the county.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Atlanta PD's new transgender policies offer guidelines to police
The Atlanta Police Department recently joined a small number of law enforcement agencies nationwide when it unveiled procedures outlining how officers should interact with the city's transgender and gender-nonconforming residents.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Could blight-burdened neighborhoods take control of abandoned homes and sell them?
Vine City and English Avenue are a case study in how Atlanta’s vacant properties can decay for years, seemingly bulletproof to code enforcement. Now Atlanta City Councilman Ivory Young Jr., who represents the area, is pushing for a new weapon against blight: conservatorship.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Jackson to represent Savannah in China
Savannah Mayor Edna Jackson will be flying overseas next week as a representative of the state and city during an international conference in Shanghai.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Hutchinson development spurring Savannah's fire, police station plans
To accommodate the expected residential and commercial influx on Hutchinson Island, the Savannah City Council today will considering leasing 1.1 acres from the Georgia Ports Authority to build a joint fire and police station on the island.
Source: Savannah Morning News

3 Brunswick police dogs getting protective vests from nationwide drive
Three city police dogs will receive ballistic vests to protect them from bullet and stab wounds under a nationwide Groupon drive that raised more than $335,000, Brunswick Police Capt. Kevin Jones said in a release
Source: Florida Times-Union

Limited parking possible after hearing
Parking along Cotton Road may not be completely banned after LaGrange City Council agreed to proceed with the police department’s recommendation to prohibit parking in certain areas on the road.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Peachtree City: Open for annexation business?
Peachtree City for more than a decade has used a two-step annexation policy. But on Oct. 6 the Peachtree City Council agreed that city staff should adjust the process and return with a proposal that would give planning staff additional early input and allow the city to market itself to potential annexation candidates.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City staff seeks direction on annexing 1,450 acres
To address what the geographic boundaries of Peachtree City might look like in 20 years the City Council on Oct. 6 commissioned city staff to formulate a proposal that would guide future annexation efforts.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Road construction will increase as more transportation tax projects begin
Augusta’s lengthy list of roads under construction will get longer when bids are received and reviewed in the next two months for an additional eight projects funded by the 1 percent transportation tax.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Downtown merchants unsure about parking meter plan
Many downtown merchants agree that parking poses a problem for business, but they question whether a Downtown Development Authority plan for parking meters along the Broad Street corridor is the best solution.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Braselton leaders review five year goals
Braselton leaders recently met and went over a list of projects the town is moving toward completing within the next five years.
Source: Jackson County News

Preview of candidates offered at Albany town hall meeting
Prior to the November general election, voters will have an opportunity to hear and meet some of the state and local candidates at a town hall meeting Saturday, according to Albany Mayor Pro Tem, Jon Howard.
Source: Albany Herald

Ledger-Enquirer moving to Broadway's Hardaway Building
Ledger-Enquirer President and Publisher Rodney Mahone said relocation to 945 Broadway demonstrates the Ledger-Enquirer’s commitment to downtown Columbus, even as the print publishing industry becomes smaller as more and more readers turn to online sources for news and information.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

County disputes accusations of unfair bidding practices
Officials in Glynn County and in the city of Brunswick are preparing to embark on a multimillion-dollar upgrade of the public safety radio system, and some communications companies want to be sure they’re getting a fair shot at the contract.
Source: Brunswick News

Riverdale congratulates Tara Oaks Homeowners Association on anniversary
Councilman Kenneth Ruffin recognized the association on behalf of mayor and council Monday for accomplishing so much beautification in that year.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Stockbridge to approve pay raises by end of year
Instead of immediately voting to give themselves raises, Stockbridge council members agreed Monday to advertise the raises and delay the vote.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Port continues to see growth, plans expansion
The Port of Brunswick has seen a record-setting year in 2014, and more growth and prosperity are on the way.
Source: Brunswick News

Fort Oglethorpe honors the late Peggy Stanfield
Fort Oglethorpe mayor Lynn Long started Monday’s (Oct. 13) council meeting off by remembering the great volunteer work of the late Peggy Stanfield. Stanfield, who died Sept. 29, was 80 years old.
Source: Catoosa County News

LaFayette honors Rudelle Greene at the council meeting
At the Monday, Oct. 13, LaFayette council meeting, the city honored recently deceased retired police Sgt. Rudelle “Foxx” Greene with a plaque that will be mounted inside the police department.
Source: Catoosa County News

McDonough Square’s scarecrow contest draws more than 100 displays
The White family had just finished breakfast at Gritz when they decided to take a walk around the city’s historic Square.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Trash ordinance passes in Jonesboro
Beginning in January, city residents will see a new line item on their tax bills.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Voting underway in city’s first municipal election
Two voters shared the honor of casting the first ballots in a Gwinnett city’s first municipal election.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Lawrenceville continues to forge link with Georgia Gwinnett College
It was not a coincidence that the grand opening of the Lawrenceville Lawn this past Saturday included a contingent of 50 or so green-clad Georgia Gwinnett College students. Both the venue and the college are vitally important to the city, which stands to benefit from the growth of GGC as well as the emergence of a central gathering place.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Woodstock City Council OKs business license tax amendment
As the meeting moved forward to the agenda items, council approved an amendment to the occupational tax ordinance that the council recently adopted.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Progress has been made on Canton City Council retreat goals
In the two months since the Canton City Council held a retreat and prioritized four goals, efforts are being made to reach those aims.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Decatur Fire makes history with women in top leadership positions
On Sept. 1, the Decatur Fire Department promoted Stephanie Burton to deputy fire chief, making her the first woman to hold this position.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Downtown manager optimistic about inner-city momentum shift
As she’s reached out to all the players involved in the redevelopment of Albany’s downtown, feeling her way along on the fly to try and find those who are willing to mix action with their talk, interim Downtown Manager Sharlene Cannon has been waiting for a big momentum shifter.
Source: Albany Herald

Joseph Lumpkin hired as Savannah-Chatham police chief
After an almost seven month search, Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. has been named to lead the Savannah-Chatham police department as his new boss tries to keep the department from being split in two.
Source: Savannah Morning News

County, Aragon reach agreement over sales tax funds
he Polk County Board of Commissioners has approved a memorandum of agreement between Polk and the City of Aragon.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Grantville’s police chief selected interim manager
Grantville has a new city manager, for now. On Monday, the Grantville City Council unanimously voted to hire its current police chief, Javier Garcia, as interim city manager.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

McIntosh Parkway to open in January 2017
The McIntosh Parkway project – originally titled the East Washington Street Extension – will provide an east-west parkway parallel to and south of Bullsboro Drive and link Ashley Park and downtown Newnan.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Bibb County retirees will keep getting health subsidy — for now
Macon-Bibb County commissioners refused Tuesday to drop a $388 monthly health-insurance subsidy for retirees of the former Bibb County, instead approving only an increase of a few dollars to retirees’ premium contributions and some less controversial alterations to former employees’ coverage.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Downtown Macon bar ban for youths looks sunk
After a second public hearing Tuesday, several Macon-Bibb County commissioners indicated that a move to ban 18- to 20-year-olds from bars is probably doomed.
Source: Macon Telegraph

West Point Council honors Columbus chamber head
West Point Mayor Drew Ferguson presented a proclamation Monday to retiring President and CEO of Greater Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Mike Gaymon at the city council meeting.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Plan to pick Jackson police chief stalls
Members of the Jackson City Council last week expressed concern over Mayor Kay Pippin’s plan to appoint a vetting committee to review applicants for the job of chief of the Jackson Police Department.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Athens-Clarke County names new director of finance
Athens-Clarke County Manager Alan Reddish recently named David Boyd as the new director of finance.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens Downtown Development Authority hopes to restrict center lane stopping
You won’t be allowed to stop in the middle of Clayton Street to run to the ATM anymore if the Athens Downtown Development Authority’s plan for the downtown delivery lanes is approved by the Athens-Clarke County Commission.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Approval recommended for huge Ahaluna Drive project by Planning and Appeals Board
The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board voted to recommend annexation of just over 70-acres along Ahaluna Drive into the city Tuesday evening, and to recommend the rezoning of an adjacent parcel of almost 32-acres – but already within the city limits – making the combined 102-acre site eligible for Planned Unit Development (PUD).
Source: Access North Georgia

Powder Springs to spend $96K on A/V equipment
The Powder Springs City Council approved spending $96,365 on new audio and visual equipment for its council chambers, including five high-definition televisions totaling $3,270, a $5,740 document camera and a $4,700 wall-mounted camera.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Pembroke Police Dept. to add precinct office
Pembroke will again have a police precinct office at Miller Village, after city council voted Monday night to accept an offer of office space from Claxton Housing Authority.
Source: Bryan County News

Adairsville council outsources surveys, painting
Everything appeared to be moving smoothly as one agenda item after another was quickly approved by the Adairsville City Council at its regular meeting Thursday night.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston to pay off 1976 water bond
Thirty-eight years after signing a bond to expand the city’s water system, Kingston will be paying it off two years early.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rome lays out goals for Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority
The Rome City Commission is reviewing a memorandum detailing concerns with the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority and suggestions for changes going forward.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Hometown heroes: Local police, firefighters honored at MBA luncheon
Detective Russell Henson is a dedicated police officer — so much so that he brings his work home with him.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Hugley to present new IT nominee to Council Tuesday
City Manager Isaiah Hugley will formally present Forrest Toelle to Columbus Council Tuesday as the administration’s nominee to be the city’s new director of information technology, a position similar to the one he has held at the Muscogee County School District.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Uptown Columbus, Inc. in running for National Main Street award
Uptown Columbus, Inc., a nonprofit downtown revitalization organization, is a semifinalist for a national honor presented by The National Main Street Center.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Lilburn looks to get more out of logo
The Lilburn City Council agreed Monday night to have its logo displayed in an effort to market city merchandise.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City receives grant for electric car charging stations
A Gwinnett County city is taking another step toward its goal of being recognized as a “Green City” thanks to a grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Sugar Hill adds arts commission
Sugar Hill became the latest city in Gwinnett County to officially undertake a public arts program Monday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth council to buy 6.53-acre property
The Duluth City Council approved a request by City Manager James Riker to buy a 6.53-acre property at the intersection of Hill Street and Hardee Street during the regularly scheduled council meeting Monday.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City makes plans to join parks with trails
Brunswick officials are working to install sidewalks and trails along city streets with the goal of making it safer to walk from one area of town to another.
Source: Brunswick News

St. Simons Island group weighs incorporation
A band of St. Simons Island residents is resurrecting the idea of forming a second city in Glynn County.
Source: Brunswick News

Tumlin lauds business association for involvement
Mayor Steve Tumlin said the name Marietta Business Association used to be an empty title.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City’s fitness drive gets national attention
‘NBC Nightly News’ follows employees’ movements around the Boro.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Oakwood votes to raise taxes by 50 percent
Oakwood residents and homeowners will see their property tax rate jump by 50 percent.
Source: Gainesville Times

Council to discuss exempting downtown parking lot from taxes
Gainesville City Council will discuss formalizing a lease with Don Carter Realty on property at 106 Spring St. in the downtown square Thursday morning when it meets for a work session.
Source: Gainesville Times

Peachtree Corners gets ARC grant to add electric car recharging station
Peachtree Corners has received a $9,863 grant it requested from the Atlanta Regional Commission to add an electric car recharging station.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

New Savannah-Chatham police chief to be named Tuesday
One of the three finalists has dropped out of the running for the next Savannah-Chatham police chief and the city is expected to announce today who is getting the job.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah City Council considering aldermen salary increase
Mayor Edna Jackson and aldermen will consider on Thursday increasing the pay of future Savannah City Council members.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Demolition of Macon’s historic Douglass House denied
The historic Douglass House will apparently remain at 873 Pine St. The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission voted Monday 3-2 to deny a demolition permit presented by businessman Lou Patel.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Retirees’ health benefits face cuts in Macon-Bibb Commission
Many future retirees from Macon-Bibb County government could see their health-care benefits shrink under resolutions up for discussion Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Former Byron workers recognized for service
Georgia Municipal Association Executive Director Lamar Norton presented GMA Lifetime Service Awards to two former Byron city employees Monday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Public safety committee approves changes to Augusta's animal ordinances
Sweeping changes to Augusta’s 35-year-old animal ordinances, which Animal Services Director Sharon Broady said will bring the county into the 21st century, passed the public safety committee Monday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Parking, probation proposals advance through commission committee
A downtown parking meter program and a private probation company under review by the Georgia Supreme Court got the go-ahead Monday from an Augusta Commission committee, despite commissioners having limited information about the agenda items.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Moody's improves outlook on Atlanta bonds
One of the nation’s leading bond rating agencies has revised the outlook on the city of Atlanta’s general obligation bonds from stable to positive.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Training upgrades welcomed by city police thanks to SPLOST
Rome police said they improved and streamlined their training regimen, thanks to the 2013 SPLOST vote.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

LaFayette to honor Rudelle Greene, city's first African-American police officer
The city of LaFayette on Monday, Oct. 13, will honor Rudelle “Foxx” Greene, the city’s first African-American police officer. Greene died Sept. 27. He was 85 years old.
Source: Catoosa County News

Rome City Commission to rule on developer's request for more time to close on West Third property
The full Rome City Commission will have a chance tonight to weigh in on a request from a local firm to extend its option to buy a city-owned parcel on West Third Street.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Firefighters spread the message
The curriculum for about half an hour Thursday at Richmond Hill Primary School covered the basics of fire safety, including how to crawl under smoke and stop, drop and roll.
Source: Bryan County News

Police graduates honor late detective
Graduates of the Savannah Technical College Peace Officer Academy honored the memory of one of Richmond Hill’s finest Friday morning.
Source: Bryan County News

Sidewalk work to start
Work on Richmond Hill’s sidewalks master plan will start later this month after city-council members Tuesday approved a bid of $385,863 to get the project under way.
Source: Bryan County News

Stockbridge expected to issue Hispanic heritage, cancer awareness proclamations Monday
Officials in Stockbridge may be a little late to the fiesta this year, but they are expected to honor the contributions of Hispanic-Americans Monday.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

McDonough holding Hometown Connection meeting
McDonough leaders will hold a meeting next week to address city-wide concerns.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

City of Suwanee recognized for planning
The city of Suwanee is among 10 Georgia communities being recognized by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for planning.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Lawrenceville opens lawn, Gov. Nathan Deal, 12,000 attend Rock'n Ribville
City officials in Lawrenceville and Gwinnett County gathered for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the city’s new lawn.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Budget, updates discussed at Ball Ground City Council meeting
At Thursday’s City Council meeting, council members heard an update on the city getting permission to use radar on the section of Interstate 575 within the city limits, and set aside time to remember the late Tessa Basford of the Woodstock City Council.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Waleska's plan to tax Reinhardt residents fails
The city of Waleska’s plan to charge a hotel/motel tax on Reinhardt University resident students has been shut down by the Georgia Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Community Affairs.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Oxford to require sewer connection
The clock is ticking for 18 Oxford homeowners who haven’t adhered to a city ordinance requiring residents within 100 feet of the city’s sanitary sewer system to connect.
Source: Covington News

Work begins on $14M senior complex in Acworth
The Marietta Housing Authority and Walton Communities are teaming up to build another senior housing complex in Acworth.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna residents find more losses on sale of property
In an ongoing scuffle between Smyrna residents and City Council members, residents claim they were kept in the dark on a real estate deal that resulted in a $7.8 million loss.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Community officials celebrate World Habitat Day
Thursday, Oct. 2 marked the celebration of World Habitat Day at City Hall. Habitat for Humanity Milledgeville-Baldwin County board members and Mayor Richard Bentley joined together to rejoice in the success of Habitat.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Ringgold mayor, 84, asks council to protect his old trees
Joe Barger was riding down the streets of Tokyo 33 years ago when a row of plants caught his eye.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Treatment for underage drinking?
After diagnosing Statesboro as having an underage drinking problem, police leaders this week proposed a treatment that involves hiring an alcoholic beverage control officer, creating a “hospitality review board” and giving licensees a role in policing themselves.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Nashville receives award for economic development
According to a report in Georgia's Cities, a publication of the Georgia Municipal Association, the city of Nashville was awarded a Bronze Award for Economic Development in Downtown Development.
Source: Tifton Gazette

City Commission concentrates on infrastructure issues
Mr. Williams has been a lifelong resident of Cordele.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Senoia balks at county's terms
The Senoia City Council decided on Sept. 6 not to agree with the Coweta County Water and Sewerage Authority's terms regarding the annexation of Morgan Farms into Senoia.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City police get safety grant
The Peachtree City Police Department announced that it has been awarded a traffic enforcement grant from the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) in Atlanta.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Loganville firefighter recognized as GFSA Official of the Year
Loganville Fire Department Capt. Timothy Johnson was bestowed as winner of a statewide honor last week as the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association named him the group’s Official of the Year.
Source: Walton Tribune

Affordable housing sought for homeless veterans
An Atlanta-based development company is working with the Hinesville Housing Authority to build affordable one-bedroom units with a priority of being given to homeless veterans.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Commission to hear Sentinel contract renewal pitch
While civil suits against the private probation firm are pending before the Georgia Supreme Court, State Court Judge Richard Slaby returns to an Augusta Commission committee Monday to seek renewal of Sentinel Offender Services’ annual contract.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Annexation, rezoning for west Gainesville subdivision get 'do pass' recommendation from city planning staff
The Gainesville Planning Department staff is recommending approval of annexation and rezoning requests for a tract of land on the west side of town where a 219-lot subdivision is planned.
Source: Access North Georgia

Newnan Council to vote on engineering design
Newnan City Council will vote on a bid for engineering design services for the McIntosh Parkway at their meeting on Tuesday afternoon.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

SPLOST expected to bring in $50.4 million
The 1-cent sales tax is expected to bring in $50,400,000 over the six-year span of the SPLOST. The split of the proceeds gives the county $27,209,570, with Griffin getting $22,344,000, Orchard Hill getting $500,000 and Sunny Side getting $346,430.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Bus service to Fort Gordon will be tested in pilot program
After years trying to start a bus route to Fort Gordon, Augusta Public Tran­sit will begin running buses between the military installation and shopping destinations on Wrightsboro Road next month.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Fall is season of city park projects
The sight of more people at Augusta’s parks signals a major season shift for Gary Hegner and his crew of 50 city groundskeepers.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Commissioners debate franchise fee increase at retreat
A proposal by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree to raise the franchise fee Augusta charges city-owned utilities drew considerable discussion at a Friday budget retreat for Augusta commissioners.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Former Macon police chief chosen as finalist to be Americus police chief
Former Macon Police Chief Mike Burns is one of three finalists to lead the Americus Police Department. Burns, a 38-year veteran of the force, retired in 2013 after serving as chief since 2005.
Source: Macon Telegraph