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Galley built in St. Marys in 1798 could become city's new identifying symbol
A new idea has been floated for a signature logo for St. Marys and it has a name that fits.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Buchanan sets meeting to pick new chief
Buchanan has scheduled a called meeting of the city council for Sept. 25 to vote on who will become the city’s new police chief.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Flowery Branch rebids flood project
Flowery Branch officials continue searching for a permanent solution to damage on Spring Street from 2013 flooding.
Source: Gainesville Times

Temple Business Overcharged $83,761.60
The City of Temple found out recently that it has overcharged a Temple-based business $83,761.60, over a period dating back to May of 2006.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

McDonough speed detection permits reinstated
If you speed through McDonough, don’t be surprised if you get pulled over.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Gov. Deal, Leadership Georgia class of young professionals visiting Rome
The 2014 Leadership Georgia class arrived in Rome on Thursday for several days of events aimed at giving participants a look at unique local initiatives to boost the city.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

ADICA takes more realistic look at downtown projects
Interim Downtown Manager Sharlene Cannon told the Albany-Dougherty Inner City Authority board Wednesday that while movement in inner-city redevelopment has been slower in coming than she’d like, there is positive momentum.
Source: Albany Herald

Railroad Street, East View Road improvements continue
The city of Conyers approved work on water lines for two road improvement projects that should help pave the way for a smoother ride for motorists.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

City Council passes Olde Town zoning district
The Conyers City Council unanimously approved a sweeping zoning ordinance Wednesday in an effort to simplify development within Olde Town and at the same time maintain its historic integrity.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

City weighing tax on dorms at Reinhardt
The city of Waleska is exploring the possibility of imposing a motel/hotel tax on Reinhardt University residence halls.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Gas South, city of Smyrna announce new partnership
Cumberland-based Gas South, announced a new partnership with the city of Smyrna that will provide discounted natural gas rates for the city’s residents and businesses.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Toccoa turns to U.S.G.A. for course assessment
A United States Golf Association (USGA) agronomist was scheduled to meet yesterday (Wednesday) with City of Toccoa officials to undertake an assessment of the putting surfaces and other areas of The Pines Golf Course.
Source: Toccoa Record

Leaders Ask To Complie SPLOST Wish List
At last week’s Trenton City Commission meeting Mayor Anthony Emanuel made a request of each commissioner. He asked them to walk through the City and get to know each other’s (department) needs and how they operate.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Cities, county at odds over radio maintenance fees
“Shock and awe” can be used to describe reaction of municipal elected officials and administrators to E-911 radio maintenance bills received from county government.
Source: Northeast Georgian

No candidate, no election in town of Alto
When no one stepped forward to qualify as a candidate for election to Alto Town Council Post 2, a planned Nov. 4 special election was canceled.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Cleveland council’s own alcohol vote: ‘It’s personal’
Councilman Rush Mauney said he’s worried that if he announces how he plans to mark his ballot, it could be perceived as trying to influence how other Cleveland residents should vote.
Source: White County News Telegraph

DeKalb Cityhood Movement Affects Decatur's Annexation Plans
The City of Decatur has mapped out its latest annexation plans, but the cityhood movement in DeKalb County could mean this is Decatur’s last shot at growing its borders.
Source: WABE

Savannah strips Chatham County ideas from police merger proposal
In a proposed police merger agreement submitted Wednesday, Savannah city officials stripped away key provisions from a proposal offered earlier by Chatham County administrators.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City Council OKs Savannah Riverwalk extension application
The Savannah City Council unanimously approved a permit application for the western extension of the Savannah Riverwalk on Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

'Go Downtown' event seeks to bring GRU students, employees to businesses
The “Go Downtown” campaign is jointly sponsored by Georgia Regents University, the Downtown Development Authority and the Mayor’s Office to foster an environment that is welcoming for the college community and will create business for merchants.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke Auditor may look at Leisure Services programs, Ben Epps Airport
The Athens-Clarke County Auditor’s office may take a look at the Leisure Services Department’s summer programs after all, if the board of commissioners approves an updated work plan at its next meeting.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Flowery Branch City Council declares emergency with Spring St. culvert
At its meeting Thursday evening, the Flowery Branch City Council gave unanimous approval to declare an emergency with a culvert on Spring Street.
Source: Access North Georgia

LaGrange equipping police dogs with GPS collars
K-9 officers in the city of LaGrange will be getting a new addition to their uniforms. The city is buying GPS collars for their police dogs after one dog got lost this week while helping to catch a fleeing felon.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

From Darth Vader to a utility sink available at city auction Sept. 27
The City of Cedartown is planning a surplus auction for Sept. 27 with a variety of items up for sale, from Darth Vader to the utility sink.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

'No words can express how I feel …'
LaGrange K9 Chico found alive after officers push through dense brush.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

LPD goes global with social media
From LaGrange to Algeria and back, the LaGrange Police Department is making a lot of friends.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Vinson Highway sidewalk remedy under review
Both the Milledgeville City Council and the Baldwin County Commissioners previously heard clear concern about dangerous sidewalk area on the Georgia War Veterans Home (GWVH) side of Vinson Highway.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City defers signage request
Some Brunswick City Commissioners say they might need to form a board to hear planning and zoning issues after an applicant's three petitions led to an hours-long discussion Wednesday.
Source: Brunswick News

Powder Springs city manager stepping down
Powder Springs City Manager Brad Hulsey said he is stepping down at the end of the year to focus on writing a book.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

$5 million grant will set street-scape plan in motion for Dahlonega
The third time was the charm for Dahlonega as the city was awarded an elusive $5.1 million federal grant last week.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

More are seeking to annex
Despite protests from Dawson County officials concerning recent annexation requests, Dawsonville continues to receive applications from people who want to live in the city limits.
Source: Dawson Community News

Statham looks to Sunflower Festival
Statham has officially sold out of vendor spots for its upcoming Sunflower Festival this weekend.
Source: Barrow County News

7 Statesboro businesses now face alcohol license hearings
With a City Council hearing pending for Rude Rudy’s on Sept. 24, the city of Statesboro has scheduled six more establishments for an Oct. 7 administrative license hearing over whether they have served alcohol to patrons under age 21.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Dahlonega aims to improve foot, bike traffic downtown
Dahlonega has been awarded a $5.1 million federal grant for a project that officials hope will improve pedestrian and bicycle connectivity in an area around downtown and the University of North Georgia.
Source: Gainesville Times

Water fees likely to increase again for Gainesville users
When the Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to raise the account service fee on water bills in lieu of increasing water rates, customers outside the city limits must have a felt a reversal of fortunes.
Source: Gainesville Times

Watkinsville Council passes new animal control ordinance
The Watkinsville Council officially made a change in its animal control ordinance, but without a lot of enthusiasm.
Source: Oconee Enterprise

Lyerly Property Tax Rate To Rise Slightly
Lyerly property owners will see a slight increase in their city tax rates this year.
Source: Summerville News

Menlo To Raise Tax Millage To Five Mills
The Menlo City Council voted Tuesday night to raise the city’s millage rate from 4.50 mills to 5 mills. The move will bring in $2,265 more into city coffers.
Source: Summerville News

City passes budget, tax hike
The City of Moultrie offered further information about its budgeting concerns Tuesday, even as residents protested a tax increase during a public hearing.
Source: Moultrie Observer

City to hold tax rate; public hearing scheduled
Gray’s City Council and Jones County’s Board of Commissioners amended their comprehensive plans within minutes of each other last week to remove an obstacle in the building of the North Gray Bypass.
Source: Jones County News

BOE, city seek meeting date
The Jefferson Board of Education and Jefferson City Council are trying to work out a date for the two groups to meet and discuss how the school system can acquire the old city library at a reasonable price.
Source: Jackson County News

Lewis steps up again as city manager
Bill Lewis is back on the job. The former city manager emerged from retirement earlier this month following the recent departure of Bruce Georgia.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

City issues first mixed drink license
The Blakely City Council met Sept. 2 at City Hall with councilmen Andy Smith and Al Hutchins and Mayor Anthony Howard present.
Source: Early County News

City Council approves FY2015 Budgets and sets millage rate
The Baxley City Council approved the proposed Fiscal Year Budgets for Oct. 1, 2014 - Sept. 30, 2015 and set the millage rate at the regularly scheduled meeting on Sept. 9. A called meeting was held Aug. 26, to allow for public comments on the city’s proposed budgets.
Source: Baxley News Banner

Reed: Atlanta Will Welcome Immigrants
Immigrants are welcome in Atlanta. That’s the message Mayor Kasim Reed sent Wednesday when he announced the recommendations of the Welcoming Atlanta Working Group he appointed in April.
Source: WABE

Reed says six groups want to buy Hawks, 'incentives' might be offered, and a new stadium isn't out of the question
Mayor Kasim Reed says the city will play an "important role" in helping to decide who will purchase Atlanta Hawks majority co-owner Bruce Levenson's stake in the team - and is warning Atlantans that they might be asked to help keep the team in the city limits if need be.
Source: Creative Loafing

Rockmart seeks grants for community projects
Ron Sitterding, a Rome consultant, has been hired to explore grant options available from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs, according to Rockmart Mayor Steve Miller.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Strong Cities help comes to Macon-Bibb
Leaders of local redevelopment organizations hailed a new inrush of federal expertise to Macon-Bibb County on Wednesday, sitting down to a series of business meetings even before a welcoming reception.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Missing K9 found alive, healthy
Officers from the LaGrange Police Department and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office have located a missing K9 today alive and healthy in a wooded patch of land in northern Troup County.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Governor, mayor proclaim American Legion Day
Service to the community was the emphasis of a proclamation by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal last week naming Sept. 16 as American Legion Day, and another signed Monday by Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Peachtree City Council prepares to borrow $3 million for fixups
The Peachtree City Council on Sept. 18 is expected to vote on an intergovernmental agreement with the city’s Public Facilities Authority on a $3 million bond resolution designed to address a variety of issues from recreation needs to fire protection system upgrades at city buildings.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville hires new city manager, eyes senior rezoning
A Hampton resident with a background heavy on urban development and planning is set to be named the new Fayetteville city manager Thursday when the City Council makes a formal vote on the candidate that members already selected in a closed meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Proposed ordinances could help disrupt dogfighting operations in Augusta
Augusta Animal Services advisory board members hope proposed ordinances going before the Augusta Commission this month not only promote animal welfare and public safety but work to curb the brutality of dogfighting.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke County moves closer to home brew festival, growler samples
Athens-Clarke County officials are headed in the right direction as far as local craft beer lovers are concerned with the likely adoption of an ordinance that would make room for home brew festivals.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta CFO Jim Beard leaving for Florida job?
Atlanta Chief Financial Officer Jim Beard may soon be leaving Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration for a new job in Florida.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Winder passes utility bill measure to help seniors on fixed incomes
The Winder City Council approved a measure Tuesday that will help senior citizens on fixed incomes with their utility bills, according to a report from the city.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Council discusses revisions to alcohol ordinance
City officials discussed at a recent work session possible changes to the city’s alcohol ordinances. The discussion stemmed from a presentation at a June city council meeting by a LaGrange resident, who requested that the city allow the use of growlers, which are carry out beer containers.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

New Statesboro Visitors Center makes a grand entrance
Hundreds of people joined community leaders Tuesday afternoon for the official ribbon cutting of the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau's Regional Visitors Center.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Gainesville council OKs no change in water rates
Gainesville City Council approved keeping water rates unchanged for 2015 in a final vote on the measure Tuesday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

Council learns of drainage issues at Joe Cowan Park
Joe Cowan Park, the city of Euharlee’s crown jewel, lost some of its luster when city council members learned there were big problems with drainage.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Taylorsville passes hydrant testing ordinance
Continuing a recent trend seen across Bartow County, the Taylorsville City Council considered and passed a fire hydrant flow testing ordinance Tuesday night in order to help with the county’s ISO rating.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Forest Park recognized for financial excellence
Forest Park was recently recognized nationally for its outstanding financial reporting.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Lovejoy council acts on lot permit fees
City council took action Monday to address a changing property and development market in Lovejoy.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Morrow Business and Tourism Association’s future in question
An expired contract has put the Morrow Business and Tourism Association’s fate in the hands of the mayor and council — but the head of MBTA doesn’t feel its fate should be there in the first place.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City Council approves downtown street closures
Tuesday night the Bainbridge City Council approved three downtown street closures that will take place in October.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Non-agenda items parking, take-home cars get Albany city commissioners' attention
The Albany City Commission returned to business as usual with a work session Tuesday morning after a rare, three-week period with no meeting. But it was a couple of items not on the board’s agenda that sparked the most heated conversation.
Source: Albany Herald

Conyers Police Department cites 14 for violating curfew
It’s 11 o’clock – do you know where your children are?
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Pembroke honors its oldest resident
Altie Moody was just a girl when Pembroke was chartered in 1905.
Source: Bryan County News

Early voting in Fort Oglethorpe city council election opens Oct. 14
In Fort Oglethorpe, two candidates are running for the Ward 4 city council seat in a special election: interim council member Derek Rogers and former council member Charles Sharrock.
Source: Catoosa County News

Next phase begins for Fannin Hall as SPLOST project works to keep original details in $2.3 million facelift
While not exactly a shell of its former self, Fannin Hall is a little less familiar on the inside.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Neaton Rome announces $8 million expansion, at least 50 new jobs
Neaton President Naoki “Nick” Horikawa won backing for an $8 million expansion from the Rome-Floyd Development Authority Tuesday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

St. Marys police gets new trucks
Five new patrol vehicles purchased by the St. Marys Police Department will likely prompt a few double takes.
Source: Brunswick News

Sidewalk work could begin in October
Richmond Hill Planning and Zoning Director Scott Allison told City Council on Tuesday night the work on the city's sidewalks project could begin in October.
Source: Bryan County News

Water Authority to spend $9.9M on backup generators
The Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority will spend $9.9 million on backup generators to help ensure clean water will get to customers even in the event of a power outage.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Team chosen to create vision for city progressing
About a year and half after it was charged by Mayor Gene Hobgood to plan for the city’s future, the Vision for Canton 2050 Commission is making positive strides.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City Council approves court agreement
Dalton City Council members on Monday unanimously approved an agreement that will allow Whitfield County Magistrate Court to hold first appearance hearings for those detained in the county jail for Dalton Municipal Court.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Historic Trustees Garden makeover OK'd for downtown Savannah
Site plans for historic Trustees Garden got a swift greenlight on Tuesday from the Metropolitan Planning Commission as developer Charles Morris continues his transformation of the 10-acre property into a cultural events hub.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rockmart millage rate set for 2015
Rockmart city council members have approved an ad valorem rate of 8.989, the same as last year.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb commission smooths roads with state help
About 12.5 miles of streets, all within the former city limits of Macon, will get reworked within the next few months thanks to $1.5 million in state funding.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville leaves millage rate unchanged
The City Council kept the city’s millage rate unchanged at 11.972 mills during its Tuesday work session.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Apartments planned by Atlanta Waterworks
Westplan Investors wants to develop new apartments beside the city of Atlanta Waterworks. The real estate company is seeking a permit from the city of Atlanta to begin initial site work on the project at 1390 Northside Drive.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Gainesville City Council gives final approval for water/sewage fees adjustments
At its meeting Tuesday night, the Gainesville City Council gave final approval for an adjustment in water account service fees.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen group asks to place memorial to shooting victim
The Helen City Commission heard a request Tuesday afternoon for a memorial to shooting victim May Araim.
Source: Access North Georgia

Reed: City will be involved in Hawks’ sale
Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed insists the Hawks will stay in Atlanta even with the pending sale of the controlling interest in the franchise.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Savannah's new horse heat provisions on hold
Proposed heat policy revisions concerning carriage tour horses in the downtown Historic District have been put on hold while other safety measures are considered instead.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Augusta Commission gives OK to hire city administrator
Seven Augusta Com­mission members pushed forward a plan to hire Au­gusta native and former Albany, Ga., city manager Janice Allen Jackson, despite a call to delay the decision by Mayor-elect Hardie Davis and Commissioner Bill Lockett.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Savannah-Chatham police officer's suit against city, Lovett tossed out
A federal judge has ruled against Savannah-Chatham police officer Dean Fagerstrom’s claims of racial discrimination in his failure to be promoted to the rank of police major in 2012.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Council approves funds for new generator, honors officers
Hogansville City Council approved Monday some expenditures for a new generator at city’s police department building.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

LaFayette Oks banners for placement this holiday season
LaFayette’s downtown business district this Christmas will be festooned with banners bearing a likeness of the Santa so often seen in vintage Coca-Cola advertising.
Source: Catoosa County News

Recreation board decides to keep budget level, negotiating Barron Stadium leases
With a shrinking allocation over the past few years and uncertainty regarding agreements with the city and the county, the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority has decided to not make any changes to its 2015 budget.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Grovetown officials approve stormwater utility fee
Grovetown officials approved an ordinance Monday that establishes a stormwater utility fee for city residents.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Atlanta City Council weighs in on campaign finance issue
Atlanta is among more than 550 U.S. cities lining up behind a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at reversing two Supreme Court decisions critics say have opened up election campaigns to an unlimited influx of corporate and union money.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Bowdon interim manager aims to put self out of work
Bowdon Interim City Manager Mike Jackson has a unique work assignment.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Madison outlines objectives for Adairsville's future
Six months into her time as Adairsville city manager, Pam Madison has tackled a bevy of battles — just one of the things the Florida transplant loves about public administration.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Kingston to celebrate McGruder monument dedication
Community leaders and Kingston residents, as well as state officials, are preparing for Saturday, Sept. 20’s dedication of a monument to Mattie McGruder, an ancestor of First Lady Michelle Obama.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Brunswick firefighter commended for work
Though it's been almost a year now, Doug Robertson, an engineer with the Brunswick Fire Department, can still remember the moments leading up to the call to a house fire at 1415 Stonewall St.
Source: Brunswick News

Family Dollar halts plans to locate to Stockbridge
Family Dollar will not be building a new location in Stockbridge.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Grayson ammends stormwater ordinances
In an effort to reduce stormwater runoff in the city, Grayson has decided to amend both its development regulations and zoning ordinance.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Covington Fire Chief, McNeil resigns
Covington Fire Department Chief John McNeil turned in his letter of resignation to Covington City Manager Leigh Anne Knight Monday, citing personal reasons for leaving the department.
Source: Covington News

Balcony construction on Square approved
The Covington City Council voted to allow the removal of a light post, tree and tree well on the Covington Square for a new building project.
Source: Covington News

Council votes to stop funding 2050 Plan
The Covington City Council unanimously voted to stop funding for the 2050 Plan’s Baseline Ordinances Tuesday.
Source: Covington News

Salvaging history: Following fire, water damage, Austell Museum set to reopen Monday
Following a fire that destroyed 20 percent of its artifacts last month, the Austell Museum is expected to open its doors Monday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw: $20.7M budget approved for ’15
The Kennesaw City Council unanimously approved a $20.7 million budget for the 2015 fiscal year at its meeting Monday, an increase of about $900,000, or 4.5 percent, compared to the adopted fiscal 2014 budget.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Lula city manager says tax agreement in the works
Hall County plans to present to the cities by Oct. 15 an intergovernmental agreement concerning a new five-year round of special purpose local option sales tax money, Lula City Manager Dennis Bergin said Monday night.
Source: Gainesville Times

Fulton Chair Seeking To Ease Tensions With Atlanta On Affordable Housing
Fulton County Commission chair John Eaves says he wants to pass new affordable housing legislation by the end of the year. Part of the aim is to ease tensions between the development authorities of Fulton and the city of Atlanta.
Source: WABE

City repairing sewer mains
Valdosta will be renovating 2,600 feet of 8-inch sanitary sewer mains starting Wednesday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

New heat limits proposed for Savannah horse tours
Carriage-tour horses may get more of a reprieve from the heat next summer. The city’s Tourism Advisory Committee is considering changing the rules governing when it’s too hot to trot.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Funding shift for President Street project proposed
Savannah city staffers are recommending shifting funds to pay for $29 million in improvements to President Street and General McIntosh Boulevard.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Editorial: A progressive blueprint for Broughton
Savannah and Chatham County officials should keep an open mind about developer Ben Carter’s forward-looking plans to improve Broughton Street through a combination of public and private efforts.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Advocates urge Warner Robins to build park on long-neglected land
Park advocates offered Warner Robins’ leaders what they said was a great deal: The amphitheater they want could be built on land the city’s been sitting on for 15 years.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City adds utility incentive requirement
The City of Griffin made changes to its utility incentive program by adding a requirement that a new local business be on its own separate standalone water and/or electric meters.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Commission to broach administrator search yet again
Two significant city appointments return to the forefront Tuesday at a meeting of the Augusta Commission.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

56 downtown Augusta businesses launch marketing campaign to lure patrons, curb reputation for crime
With new measures in place to curb street violence and illegal vendors, downtown Augusta businesses have again pooled their resources to launch a grassroots movement aimed at reclaiming the entertainment district as a safe, fun and thriving area.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Lula Council votes to fix the caboose
Lula's historic railroad caboose needs repairs and City Council approved funding for it Monday night. Mayor Milton Turner said the caboose came to town back in the 1980's and symbolizes the town's heritage.
Source: Access North Georgia

Proposed ordinance could hurt historic preservation efforts, advocates say
Atlanta City Councilman Howard Shook has proposed a change to the City of Atlanta’s Subdivision Ordinance that would eliminate a level of protection currently provided for many of Atlanta’s historic neighborhoods.
Source: Creative Loafing

Minority businesses getting big share of Macon-Bibb SPLOST contracts
Minority-owned businesses are getting a much bigger share of money from the special purpose local option sales tax than is mandated, the SPLOST Advisory Committee learned Monday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Low turnout for first SPLOST meeting
“To me, one of the biggest problems we have as a community is getting the word out,” Hinesville City Manager Billy Edwards said. “I just don’t know … hopefully, we can get the word out about these next series of meetings.”
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Police chief not concerned about Snellville apartments
Police Chief Roy Whitehead says he isn’t exactly worried about developers’ plans to build two sprawling apartment communities in Snellville.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Probe into downtown fire continues; City trying to save historic building
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed a business in downtown Douglasville as city officials try to save the historic building from demolition.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Morrow city manager strips MBTA of its authority
City Manager Ronnie Few has stripped the Morrow Business and Tourism Association of many of its powers until the mayor and council can decide whether to give them back.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Morrow City Council to meet for one extra hour each month
Get ready to spend a little more time in Morrow’s council chambers.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Bad guys, beware: Austell mayor touts tag readers as ‘big plus’; former rep. claims invasion of privacy
Car thieves, beware: You may not want to drive through Austell, or any of Cobb’s cities that own car tag readers.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Leaders peg transportation funding key issue: Keeping Dobbins open, small business health care round out topics of discussion
Cobb leaders this week took part in an annual trip to Washington, D.C., organized by the Cobb Chamber, to present the group’s views on topics such as transportation funding, Dobbins Air Reserve Base and health care to lawmakers. topics of discussion
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Town Hall Meeting: Parents want crosswalks near schools to keep children safe
Parents who live near West Side Elementary and Marietta Middle School are demanding help from the city to keep their children safe while walking to and from school.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Woodstock council talks future parade route
The Woodstock City Council met Monday for a regular meeting, where council members discussed the city’s Christmas parade route and a possible ordinance amendment and denied a sign variance request for a local business.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City to talk CID, Center, speed limits
Expect a long meeting Monday at Covington City Hall. The City Council’s agenda is meaty, with discussions expected on everything from the proposed self-taxing Community Improvement District along U.S. 278 to the use of Legion Field.
Source: Covington News

2 candidates vie for Dalton mayor's seat
Dalton, Ga., has been without a mayor since March.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Statham finds more money for budget
The City of Statham now has over $42,000 more in its budget for this year than anticipated.
Source: Barrow County News

Gainesville still looking to repay water refunds
The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is still looking to repay about $23,000 in unclaimed water refunds.
Source: Gainesville Times

Town Hall meeting a success, City says
About 75 people turned out to participate in the Town Hall meeting Tuesday at Sumter County Elementary School. The meeting, hosted by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVI) at the University of Georgia, is part of the ongoing process of gathering information from the local public for the Renaissance Strategic Vision and Plan being undertaken with the City of Americus.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

A boon for business, bust for rural cities and counties
Two years ago, Georgia legislators passed a major tax reform bill that promised to create jobs, attract investment and, according to Gov. Nathan Deal, make Georgia “an even better place to raise a family.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Senoia looks to increase water supply
Senoia council members approved plans at their meeting Tuesday night to proceed with the future of the water system, a $30,000 project.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Council votes to do salary study every five years
The idea of having an employee salary study in Peachtree City conducted at the discretion of the city council rather than automatically every five years did not pass muster at the Sept. 4 meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Broughton developer Ben Carter details streetscape plans
Developer Ben Carter has made no secret of his plans to improve Broughton Street or his desire to have the city of Savannah pitch in for streetscape upgrades, even placing box planters and temporary metal sculptures around his newly acquired properties on his own dime.
Source: Savannah Morning News

It's good that next police chief will be an outsider
The next chief of the Savannah-Chatham County metro police department will be an outsider with no links to the troubled agency. That’s a good thing.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Walnut Grove, county officials break ground on new sewer system
In 1999, city leaders “cast a vision.” That vision — to bring sewer service into Walnut Grove — came closer to fruition with a groundbreaking ceremony at a place where the impact might be felt the most: Walnut Grove Parkway.
Source: Walton Tribune

Loganville opens doors to renovated Rock Gym and Convention Center
Officials hosted a ribbon cutting Thursday of the new Rock Gym and Convention Center before getting down to business at its monthly council meeting.
Source: Walton Tribune

$600,000 mixed use project proposed
A $600,000-$700,000 redevelopment project in the downtown area is being considered. Hasco Craver IV, business development director for Newnan, talked about the project with the Newnan Downtown Development Authority board on Wednesday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City OKs fire station renovations
Griffin will be spending $96,219.68 for renovations and repairs to two of three city fire stations.
Source: Griffin Daily News

City Council to vote on court agreement
The Dalton City Council is slated to vote Monday on an agreement that would allow Whitfield County Magistrate Court to hold first appearance hearings for those detained in the county jail for Dalton Municipal Court.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

3 picked as finalists for Savannah-Chatham police chief job
The three finalists being considered for Savannah-Chatham police chief are all heads of outside departments.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah, Chatham police merger deal approaching deadlines
Chatham County’s police merger renegotiation with the city of Savannah is fast reaching a deadline with no sign of a deal.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New utility software causes glitches in Grantville
Since switching the city’s operating software from Caselle to Smartfusion, there have been numerous problems reported due to the meter reading software not being compatible. Some citizens saw their utility bill spike as a result.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Lumpkin to retire as Athens-Clarke police chief, named finalist for Savannah chief
Athens-Clarke County Police Chief Joseph “Jack” Lumpkin Sr. on Friday announced he is retiring, possibly putting to an end a law enforcement career spanning four decades.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Oakwood tax hike proposed
A 50 percent hike in property taxes is on the table in Oakwood and city officials have planned three public hearings on the proposal.
Source: Access North Georgia