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Porterdale FD's Spring Fling
The Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department is hoping that holds true, as it prepares for its Second Annual Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 3.
Source: Covington News

Council facing another health care challenge
Columbus Council Budget Review Chairman Skip Henderson doesn’t want council to make the same mistake it made last year, one that allowed a multi-million dollar health care deficit in fiscal 2014.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Bowdon council approves Main Street board
The Bowdon City Council has approved six members to the newly formed Main Street Board of Directors. The naming of the board members is part of the ongoing two-year process for becoming an accredited Main Street city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Woodstock approves water facility upgrade
The city of Woodstock’s Rubes Creek Water Reclamation Facility will get an upgrade in June to replace outdated equipment that treats the incoming wastewater.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Georgia Cities Week to begin
Georgia Cities Week 2014 gets under way Sunday with a photo exhibit at Pembroke’s Downtown Art Center. It ends with a kid’s fishing derby on April 26 at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill.
Source: Bryan County News

Canton plans to re-advertise for city manager job opening
The Canton City Manager Search Committee has decided to re-advertise for the position of city manager.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

South Fulton jazzes up Georgia Cities Week
Through Saturday, East Point, Fairburn and Union City will join the other 533 municipalities across the state celebrating the 14th annual Georgia Cities Week.
Source: Neighbor News

Brunswick wants Glynn County to give back its recreation department along with $700,000
Glynn County took over the city’s troubled recreation department last year as part of a settlement reached after a protracted and contentious debate over how to split revenue from a 1 cent local option sales tax.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Glynn County needs Brunswick to give up downtown alleys
Glynn County has a plan in the works concerning what to do with a downtown block that it spent $4 million on several years ago when it planned to expand its jail.
Source: Florida Times-Union

‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays
Editor’s Note: Following are the winning essays in Valdosta’s “If I Were Mayor” contest. The essays are unedited and presented as they were written.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

If I were mayor
Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

EMA Director discusses 911 with City Council
The Tifton City Council heard from Tift County Emergency Management Agency Director Jason Jones at a recent city meeting. He briefly discussed 911 dispatch protocol — how they receive and dispatch calls.
Source: Tifton Gazette

City denies Zebulon contribution
The mayor and Cairo City Council decided not to follow Grady County commissioners’ lead in contributing $4,000 to the Zebulon Theater’s digital conversion fund.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

City ponders larger raise for employees
Improvement in the economy after years of austerity has led to a discussion of whether the city of Statesboro should give its employees a 2.5 percent raise instead of a smaller raise and another one-time bonus.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Oakwood ready to abandon part of road
A road that used to connect downtown Oakwood to Atlanta Highway in South Hall County is fading more and more into history.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions
Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.
Source: Gainesville Times

Bainbridge opts out of Decatur County solid waste services
Bainbridge will no longer be tipping their solid waste at the Decatur County landfill after a unified council vote Tuesday accepted a low bid from a private company in Campbellton, Fla. The city hopes this change of landfill facilities will give them an annual savings of more than $40,000.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Downtown Bainbridge gears up for an evening of local art and wine
Many Downtown Bainbridge businesses are collaborating with local artists and the Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts this Thursday, April 17, to hold the second annual Art and Wine Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City to continue search for police chief
Among topics of discussion at Monday’s administrative briefing for the City of Americus was a search for a new police chief. The City has been without a permanent chief since March 2013, when Chief Mark Gerbino resigned.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City Commission clears path for West Albany Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market
Albany city commissioners laid the infrastructure groundwork Tuesday morning for development of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market grocery store and complementary fueling station at Logan Court and South Westover Boulevard, just off Gillionville Road near the recently built West Albany Waffle House.
Source: Albany Herald

Tybee City Manager Diane Schleicher finalist for top St. Marys job
Tybee Island City Manager Diane Schleicher has been named a finalist for the same position in St. Marys.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Alpharetta discusses banning specialty brakes: Residents complain of 'Jake Brakes'
At the City Council meeting April 14, the council debated banning compression air brakes typically used on large tractor-trailer trucks, commonly called "Jake Brakes."

Q&A with Jim Elliott
City of Residence: Warner Robins. Occupation: City attorney, Warner Robins.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb to pick Animal Welfare, other directors Wednesday
Potentially controversial choices await Macon-Bibb County commissioners Wednesday, as they’re expected to choose the heads of three government departments.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville recognizes officer of the year
City Council used its Tuesday work session primarily to make proclamations, have discussions and honor a member of the police department.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta pensioners eye benefit increase
With an eye on the millions of dollars remaining in the city’s oldest pension funds – its 1945 and 1949 plans – a handful of retired city and county employees are reviving a push to increase their monthly benefits.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Final draft of master plan for downtown Athens accepted
Almost two years after the process began, the final draft of a master plan for downtown Athens was turned over to the Athens Downtown Development Authority on Tuesday, with little comment from the authority board.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville Council writes off taxes on tax deadline day
Tuesday, April 15th, is the deadline for Americans to pay their income tax, but it also marked Gainesville City Council's approval of a resolution to write off just over 195,000 in delinquent personal property tax.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen facing repair of exposed sewer line on riverbank
The City of Helen will proceed with the costly repair of a city sanitary sewer line on an eroded bank of the Chattahoochee River.
Source: Access North Georgia

City of Cedartown launches online bill payment system today
The City of Cedartown announced today it is now accepting online water bill payments.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Macon Mall: Self-taxing improvement district delayed until 2015
Owners of Macon Mall are postponing for a year their attempt to create a self-taxing district along Eisenhower Parkway.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Airport Authority forming public information committee
Following the county’s decision earlier this month to put the new airport before the voters, the Griffin Spalding Airport Authority is putting together a public information committee to put the facts out.
Source: Griffin Daily News

West Point council approves library funding, gives awards
West Point City Council voted Monday to approve library services contracts for the two libraries available to West Point residents.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Mayor says Prince Avenue study has become 'political football'
Despite her efforts to keep it out of the political arena, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson acknowledged Monday that a proposed pedestrian safety demonstration project for part of Prince Avenue has become “a political football.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City staff prepares new budget; capital expenditures included
Rockmart’s FY 2015 proposed budget will be presented during the May city council meeting.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Kingston windfall to go to general fund
The Kingston City Council voted to cash in three certificates of deposit worth approximately $5,000 and deposit them in the general fund. The windfall was recently discovered at Regions Bank and appeared to have been deposited in the 1980s.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Mayor vetoes council's changes to city charter
In a 4-2 vote on April 7, council members voted to approve a draft charter amendment ordinance for filing with the city clerk and Douglas County Clerk of Superior Court.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

St. Marys to interview final candidates
Three finalists for the St. Marys city manager's job will meet in person with elected officials Thursday for private and public interviews.
Source: Brunswick News

Rome City Commission approves radio agreement; document now goes to Floyd commission
The Rome City Commission gave the OK Monday night for the city to enter into the overall agreement on use and operation of the $26.7 million SPLOST-funded countywide communication system.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

John Bennett in State of City address: Rome city finances improving
With his final two months on the job approaching, John Bennett was able to report some good news about the city he has served for so long.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Lilburn City Council honored one of its fallen heroes at meeting
In memory of the 20th anniversary of his death, the Council honored Lilburn Police Officer Michael T. Hester, who lost his life while on duty April 19, 1994.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth City Council awards resurfacing contract
The Duluth City Council awarded C.W. Matthews Contracting Company with a contract to patch and resurface roadways throughout the city during Monday’s regularly-schedule city council meeting. The deal is pending the city attorney looking over the final paperwork, and the mayor or city manager signing off on it.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville honors fallen police dog
By way of resolution Monday, Snellville mayor Kelly Kautz and city council members honored Euro, a police dog that died on April 2.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Sugar Hill Funds Downtown Development Authority
The Sugar Hill City Council on Monday agreed to fund its Downtown Development Authority $50,000 annually and allow the organization to sublease its old city hall to home-based businesses.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Fort Oglethorpe appoints Derek Rogers to City Council
Derek Rogers is Fort Oglethorpe's newest city councilman — effective immediately.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Walmart Neighborhood Market bound for Fort Oglethorpe
Fort Oglethorpe is on track to get a Walmart Neighborhood Market, a freestanding grocery store about a quarter the size of the typical Walmart Supercenter.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules
A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.
Source: Gainesville Times

Historic Board reviews proposed I-16 flyover dormitories
A developer’s proposed five-story student housing complex for a vacant Selma Street lot facing the Interstate 16 off-ramp faced the Historic District Board of Review Monday and received another continuation to restudy the overall height and mass of the project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry plans new fee for fire protection
Perry City Council members indicated Monday they want to launch a new fee, of about $5 a month per house, to hire more firefighters to protect the far-flung city.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Byron’s Jail House Alley to be one-way street
City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make Jail House Alley a one-way street with traffic entering from Main Street and exiting onto Church Street.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Butts County officials agree to sell Hawkes building
Butts County commissioners voted Monday to sell the 1925 Hawkes library building to the City of Jackson for $1.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Centennial of iconic Archi­bald W. Butt Memorial Bridge cues renovation
Downtown Augusta’s Archi­bald W. Butt Me­morial Bridge is not just another historic landmark.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta mayoral candidates discuss contributions to arts
Supporting Augusta arts programs gave five mayoral candidates different material to talk about at a forum Monday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Personal care home in east Macon gets P&Z approval
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved an application Monday to build a new nursing home on Jeffersonville Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Black mayors meet in Hinesville
More than 35 former and current African-American mayors from throughout Georgia convened April 4-6 in Hinesville for the annual Spring Conference of the Georgia Conference of Black Mayors.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Bostwick nearing completion of hotel
The Bostwick City Council discussed a potential plan for funding the remaining renovations necessary for the completion of the Susie Agnes Hotel project.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Two McDonough firefighters earn paramedic certification
If simply fighting fires and saving lives are not stressful enough, add a hectic schedule, 18 months of combined classwork, field training and hospital clinicals.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Rome to get radio agreement; document to spell out annual maintenance fees for countywide system
The Rome City Commission is scheduled to vote tonight whether to authorize Mayor Jamie Doss to sign the long-in-development agreement on the maintenance and operation of the countywide digital communications system.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Temple budget approval expected
The Temple City Council is expected on Tuesday to approve its fiscal year 2014 budget, and may vote on a measure to lower water bills.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Commission recommends skate board park in Madison
The Skateboard Park Committee, commissioned by the Greenspace Conservation Commission (GCC), released a report recommending the construction of a skateboard park in Madison at their Apr. 1 meeting.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Construction spending drops by $3 million in city of Madison
Madison Planning Director Monica Callahan presented reports outlining Madison’s occupancy and construction statistics for the year 2013 and crime statistics for the year 2012 during the Madison City Council’s work session on Friday, April 4.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Chamber’s city funding reworked
The Madison City Council looked at an amended contract between the city and the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, which, according to City Manager David Nunn, would put a “finer point” on the expectations that the city has of the Chamber of Commerce.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City audit shows sound practices
Milledgeville City Council heard an overview of the 2013 audit report Tuesday night.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Marietta officials hope for federal grant for Franklin work
A $2.5 million federal grant could help fund improvements to Franklin Road beyond what the $68 million redevelopment bond issue passed last fall is likely to buy, including construction of new roads.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

LakePoint begins laying turf on ballfields
The graded area next to Emerson is beginning to look like a ballpark.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Marietta ordinance to be reviewed by Georgia agency
An ordinance adopted by the city of Marietta targeting abandoned properties has been sent to the state for review.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Four years after buying Gilman Boathouse property, St. Marys still looking for developer
Nearly four years after the city bought the Gilman Boathouse and its 2.8-acre lot on the downtown waterfront, city officials are still looking for someone to develop it. The property, now known as the Intracoastal Gateway Project, has sat empty since the city tore down the boathouse where the late Howard Gilman entertained guests.
Source: Florida Times-Union

More minor crimes, less major reported in city
Statham has had a dramatic increase in Part 2 crimes so far this year while more serious offenses have reduced by 67 percent.
Source: Barrow County News

Statham eyes speed limit after deadly crash
The city of Statham may have changes in its speed limit after a 90-year-old woman was killed in a wreck.
Source: Barrow County News

Moultrie Cleanup Week starts Monday
April has been designated Keep Georgia Beautiful Month, and in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the City of Moultrie is sponsoring its Annual Spring Cleanup Week Monday-Friday, April 14-18.
Source: Moultrie Observer

City partners with Arts Center for Spring Fling events
The Spring Fling and Back Yard BBQ Festival will be here April 18-19 in Downtown Moultrie. This year’s festival will have a larger area and more vendors.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election
Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.
Source: Gainesville Times

Tybee sees little impact from Orange Crush
Tybee Island braced for the first of two possible Orange Crush parties this weekend, but officials said the impact from Saturday’s meet-up was mild.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Milton: Equestrian center not on radar
Milton is known for its horses and riding culture. Many of the back roads in the north of the city have horse farms lining both sides of the street. However, the residents still depend upon neighboring Alpharetta's equestrian center and horse park for large events, being the largest in the region.

Hometown feel, tech focuses of Belle Isle
Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle stopped by the Rotary Club of North Fulton April 8 to give an update on his favorite city and all the happenings since he took office.

Macon-Bibb P&Z to consider new nursing home
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission will consider on Monday an application to build a new nursing home on Jefferson Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Senoia to resurface Main St.
Senoia residents will soon see a new topping to Main Street in the downtown area. An April 7 approval by the City Council will result in the resurfacing of Main Street in time for the Memorial Day festivities.
Source: Fayette Citizen

With split vote, Peachtree City calls in the dogs
The Peachtree City Police Department will be getting a new K9 to replace a police dog that recently retired from service.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City mayor wants airport authority rep to stay on FCDA board
Proposed changes by the Fayette County Commission to the make-up of the Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) board drew two requests by Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch at the commission’s April 10 meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

First female officer makes waves in Hephzibah
It only took one day for Emerald Hambrick to prove her value to the Hephzibah Police Department.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Sales tax funds fall short for road, drainage work
Fifty-million dollars from the next special purpose local option sales tax won’t go very far toward repairing Augusta’s aging roads and drainage system.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke candidates face questions at Youth Academy forum
They may be young, but a group of area high school students had some tough questions for local political candidates during a Youth Academy forum Saturday at the Athens-Clarke County Library.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens economic development director says first year went well
Ryan Moore said the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department has come a long way since he took the position as director in May 2013.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Boulevard tunnel's long-awaited cleanup effort, public art installation is about to begin
The Boulevard tunnel, an important underpass that connects Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown, has long sketched people out with its dim lighting, broken infrastructure, and drab walls. But the squalid tunnel is expected to finally receive a proper face-lift over the course of the next month.
Source: Creative Loafing

Church donates quilt to fire department
A group of ladies from the Aragon United Methodist Church, known as the “Quitters”, recently donated a quilt to the Aragon Volunteer Fire Department.
Source: Northeast Georgian

West Point negotiating solid waste contract
Curbside recycling could soon be available to West Point residents upon completion of a new solid waste contact with the city.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

GMC to open junior college campus near Pinewood Studios by summer 2015
Georgia Military College announced April 11 it intends to locate a new campus in Fayetteville, Ga., in anticipation of population growth in that area.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Hammers are swinging strong again in Burke County.
Source: Waynesboro True Citizen

Council approves $36.7 million GEFA loan for sewer project
Valdosta council members unanimously approved the $36,781,448 loan from the clean water state revolving fund, administered by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) for the pump station, force main, headworks, and EQ Basin Project for the city’s sewer system.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Trion Mayor: Town Has Lots Of Houses In Distress
"We have a tremendous amount of houses that are in distress," Trion Mayor Larry Stansell says
Source: Summerville News

Gainesville parks department proposes increased budget
As it looks to expand recreational opportunities, renovate park facilities and increase staff, the Gainesville Parks and Recreation Department has proposed a $5.261 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
Source: Gainesville Times

City OKs lease, space split
Eatonton City Council voted unanimously Thursday night to send a packet of information to the state that includes the lease with Eatonton-Putnam Arts Foundation for a former day care building and defines space in that building for EPAF and the city’s senior citizens program.
Source: Eatonton Messenger

Commerce discussing water, sewer with Nicholson
Commerce city manager Pete Pyrzenski met recently with Nicholson officials to discuss the possibility of the city providing water and sewer services to Nicholson.
Source: Commerce News

City staff backs Oxford building rehab project
Having its proposal for renovating the former Oxford building into low-income apartments shot down by the Commerce Planning Commission, a St. Louis company presented a different proposal to the Commerce City Council on Monday night at the council’s “work session” meeting.
Source: Commerce News

Generosity, smiles and a continuing legacy: Former Waleska mayor dies at 94
Jack Smith, a man known for his generosity and contributions to the Waleska community, died Wednesday at WellStar-Kennestone Hospital at age 94.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Missing manhole covers cause headaches for WSA
Manhole covers are for limiting access to the sewer system — namely people, especially kids, and large quantities of storm water.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Morrow may re-shuffle deck of departments
The departments within Morrow’s government may soon be shuffled for the second time in less than three years, according to plans unveiled by the city’s top administrator this week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Downtown Development Authority OKs Harvest Moon, Cevian Design plans
Cevian Design Lab owners Mark Cochran and Jessica Bittles are seeking a $250,000 loan to assist with the renovation of the former Lee’s Furniture building at 206-208 Broad St. The total cost for their project is estimated at $655,000.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City joins regional planning group
In theory, Richmond Hill could have turned down membership in the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization. In reality, that wasn’t an option.
Source: Bryan County News

Report: Long-term cost of fire department merger not cheap
The long-debated option of nixing the city of Canton’s fire department and merging it with Cherokee County’s could be a more expensive possibility to help the growing city than some previously thought.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Social Circle police win national awards
The Social Circle Police Department took home three awards from the National Interdiction Conference in Nashville on April 2, including 2013 Investigator of the Year.
Source: Covington News

No alcohol for movies at the Mars
While beer and wine will be served at certain live performances, alcohol likely won’t flow at the Mars Theatre when it shows movies.
Source: Effingham Herald

City council adopts policies, procedures for Mars Theatre
With the grand opening of Springfield’s Mars Theatre two weeks away, city council members approved a list of policies and procedures for the facility Tuesday night.
Source: Effingham Herald

Clarkesville Greenway expansion plans revealed
Clarkesville is a step closer to expanding the Clarkesville Greenway and having a walking trail around Mary Street Park.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Demorest seeking to collect $385,000-plus water bill
With the city of Demorest’s metaphorical wallet narrowed by nearly $1 million due to delinquent tax/water bills, city personnel are again pursuing payment on as many unpaid accounts as it can.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Mixed Use Development Planned at Avondale MARTA Station
MARTA and the City of Decatur are working together to develop land near the Avondale transit station into a mixed-used development.
Source: WABE

Tybee police expecting Orange Crush crowds Saturday
While Tybee Island has the bulk of its Orange Crush plans set for April 19, city officials say they are ready to react if the crowds come sooner.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah-Chatham police honored at Meritorious Service Awards
Jessie W. Tyler remembers the afternoon of Oct. 4 well. While visiting her aunt in Connecticut, she got news that her husband, 79-year-old Hubert Tyler, had wandered away from his adult care home on White Bluff Road.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Metro police, Savannah High hold Roll Call in the Streets
It’s not every day a helicopter lands at high school. On Thursday afternoon, Savannah High students got to interact with members of the Savannah-Chatham police department at a Roll Call in the Streets event.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mars Theatre in Springfield gets seats
Seats were installed in the Mars Theatre in Springfield today as workers prepare for the April 25 grand opening.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Skateboarders ask City Council to repeal helmet rule at skate park
Some local skateboard enthusiasts got what may have been their first taste of using their rights as citizens when they came before the Thomaston City Council on April 1, 2014 with a request to remove the helmet requirement from usage of the skate park at the Civic Center.
Source: Thomaston Times

Warner Robins police look to hire 12 officers
Against the backdrop of the new $10 million Law Enforcement Center, police hope to fill several vacancies through a career expo there Friday and Saturday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Roundabout work drawing praise, objections
Is it a traffic safety enhancement that will boost the look of the neighborhood near Tattnall Square Park or an annoyance that will yield only marginal benefits?
Source: Macon Telegraph

Preliminary plans for downtown Athens student housing complex get review
Initial proposed plans for a student housing-oriented mixed-use project show plenty on a little more than 8 acres in the eastern edge of downtown Athens.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Braselton celebrates Georgia Cities Week
Braselton joins cities throughout Georgia to celebrate “Georgia Cities Week 2014” and its theme, People Place Purpose.
Source: Access North Georgia

Savannah, Chatham leaders discuss police chief search, merger
More than two weeks after the job opening for a new police chief was posted, Savannah and Chatham County leaders met to hear each other’s recommendations for making sure the best candidate is selected.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Sewer line construction work moving into residential areas
The City of Cedartown is currently undergoing a major sewer expansion and rehabilitation project.
Source: Cedartown Standard

One candidate qualifies for special Lula city election
Only one candidate qualified this week for a special election May 20 to fill a vacancy on the Lula City Council.
Source: Access North Georgia

Atlanta Involved in Pro-Bicycle Project
There's a push to make Atlanta more bicycle-friendly. The city's Department of Planning and Community Development is taking part in the Green Lane Project.
Source: WABE

Gainesville PD wants HEAT on aggressive city drivers
Gainesville Police Chief Brian Kelly told the Gainesville City Council at their work session Thursday morning that he wants to bring HEAT to the drivers in Gainesville.
Source: Access North Georgia

Brookhaven to join ChatComm later this year
Brookhaven City Council will join the private 911 authority known as ChatComm later this year.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Sandy Springs OKs ‘mutual aid’ with Atlanta fire services
Sandy Springs City Council on April 1 approved a mutual aid agreement with Atlanta for supplemental fire and protection services. An “automatic” aid agreement already exists.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Bishop building redevelopment upcoming
One of downtown Milledgeville's most recognizable buildings will soon be revitalized.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City Council denies Twelve Oaks bride's road closure request
The spring season will bring special events to Covington, and citizens can expect to see a busy Square park and some road closures in the upcoming weeks. The City Council received four requests for downtown permits and temporary road closures.
Source: Newton Citizen

Only two blocks of sidewalks are left to complete Streetscape project
The sight of concrete trucks and backhoes along Broad Street will soon be a memory for downtown visitors and businesses. Rome Street Department Director Chris Jenkins said the Streetscape project that has been ongoing for nearly the last two years is nearing the end.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City of Duluth unveils permanent art sculpture "Ascension"
“It is not going anywhere,” Mayor Nancy Harris said of a 3-ton sculpture unveiled Wednesday morning in Duluth.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Waleska voters to decide on Sun. alcohol sales
Residents in the county’s smallest city will get to decide in November whether to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City officials again hold off vote on skybridge at Kennestone
City officials voted Wednesday to again postpone making any decisions about a 20-foot pedestrian bridge across Church Street proposed by WellStar Health System.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Statesboro upgrading water system remote control
The city of Statesboro is moving forward with an upgrade of software and networking for its water and sewer control system after City Council recently approved spending up to $250,000 for this purpose.
Source: Statesboro Herald

ADICA dreams big on downtown development plan
For City Attorney Nathan Davis, the choice put before the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority Board Wednesday afternoon was a simple one.
Source: Albany Herald

Legal Maneuver Could Speed Up Falcons Stadium Lawsuit
A motion filed earlier this week by the City of Atlanta and Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens could speed up a lawsuit over the financing of the new Falcons Stadium that's scheduled for a hearing Thursday.
Source: WABE

Chatham County Commission to vote on transferring trail funds
The Chatham County Commission is scheduled Friday to vote on transferring $70,000 in county sales tax dollars to the city of Savannah in a move that, if approved, advances the process for the city to take over phase two of the Truman Linear Park Trail.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Cedartown public works department participates in defensive drivers course
The City of Cedartown's Public Works Department took part in the National Safety Council Defensive Drivers Course on April 9 at City Hall.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Davis raises most money among mayoral candidates
Sen. Hardie Davis maintains a healthy fundraising lead over Augusta’s other four mayoral candidates in the latest campaign financial reports due with Richmond County Board of Elections.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Small steps taken toward revitalizing Atlanta Highway corridor
He didn’t say when, exactly, but Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mike Hamby told the dozens of people gathered for this week’s Federation of Neighborhoods meeting that traffic-flow improvements will be coming to the Atlanta Highway corridor between the western county line and Georgia Square mall.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Savannah-Chatham school board to give city eight-month extension on overdue payment
The Savannah-Chatham school board has agreed to give the city of Savannah an eight-month extension on the $10 million TAD agreement payment that will be used to build a new Spencer Elementary School.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Port Wentworth school construction faces problems
Schools Superintendent Thomas Lockamy said he met with Port Wentworth Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones about water connections for the new education sales tax school the district plans to build in the growing northern portion of the municipality.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Alpharetta mulls closing equestrian center
The Wills Park Equestrian Center is a large, 300-stable facility that routinely hosts events throughout the year. However Alpharetta is considering tearing it down.

LaGrange receives updates on projects at council retreat
The LaGrange City Council spent the day on Merrimac Lake in Senoia Tuesday during the city’s annual retreat. To kick off the day, filled with discussion and brainstorming, City Manager Tom Hall updated the council on major upcoming projects for the city.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

City eyes paying off city hall, new fire station with SPLOST
Members and officials of the Hinesville City Council had a full day Thursday, including a planning workshop, proclamation signings and a council meeting.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Fayette presses Fayetteville for fire dept. consolidation
A proposal to consolidate the Fayetteville and Fayette County fire departments is being floated again by county officials.
Source: Fayette Citizen