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Proposed downtown roundabout has both supporters, opponents
A proposal to change downtown Carrollton’s Adamson Square into a roundabout has drawn both praise and criticism from merchants, but Mayor Wayne Garner said Thursday that it’s not something that’s going to be done anytime soon.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Conyers City Council denounces BOC Chairman Richard Oden's actions
Mayor Randy Mills launched the council into a discussion of the combative tone and manner used Tuesday by Oden during the county budget hearings.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Cell tower to improve Verizon reception in Covington
Callers in neighborhoods surrounding Eastside High School should someday notice a distinct absence of the dreaded “no service” message on their cell phones.
Source: Newton Citizen

Group continuing work toward Silver Comet Trail spur between Cave Spring, Cedartown
Economic impact and other benefits of the Silver Comet Trail in Polk and adjoining counties continues to draw interest of local and area groups.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

City moves to hold election for open seat
City officials are moving forward with the process to fill Woodstock’s vacant Ward 6 city council seat.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Construction to begin on Kennesaw townhome development
At the turn of the new year, construction will begin on a $30 million townhome development less than a mile from downtown Kennesaw, the developer said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City Council approves VFD requests
With the unanimous approval of the city council, the Valdosta Fire Department will apply for grants for new equipment.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Lyerly Looks At Land Purchase
Lyerly Town Council voted on Tuesday to allow Mayor Josh Wyatt to “explore financing options” for the potential purchase of 2.6 acres of land adjacent to McLeod Park.
Source: Summerville News

Commerce gets glowing audit report
From its auditor’s perspective, the 2013-14 fiscal year was a roaring success for the city of Commerce.
Source: Commerce News

Cairo businesses expect project to boost downtown
Businesses in downtown Cairo are anxiousl waiting. They've heard that the recession is over, but they haven't seen much evidence of it. The streets are quiet. Many of the buildings are empty or the stores are open only for a few days a week.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Lithonia promotes new city administrator and police chief
Lithonia has appointed former police chief Eddie J. Moody, to serve as city administrator and Captain Roosevelt Smith will serve as its new chief of police.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Albany, Leesburg gearing up for holiday parades
Holiday traditions in both Albany and Leesburg will continue with parades on the first Saturday in December to usher in the season.
Source: Albany Herald

City Approves Major Change To Water Department
The City of Douglas Mayor and Commission made a major change to the city’s water/wastewater department on Monday, October 13, by approving to contract out the department’s operations and maintenance to ESG operations, Inc.
Source: Douglas Enterprise

City Finances Are Showing Improvement
Mayor Anthony Emmanuel reported that October was a turnaround month for City finances since tax revenue has started to come in. The month ended with a surplus of $99,000 with revenue of $248,000 and expenses of $149,000.
Source: Dade County Sentinel

Distillery denied variance request
The variance request that could lead to a Dahlonega-based distillery was unanimously denied by the Planning and Zoning Commission last Monday. It's not the end of the road for the Spirits USA project however, as the commission's vote serves only as a recommendation to the city council, which could act on the matter at the December 1 meeting.
Source: Dahlonega Nugget

Demorest debate heats up over fire department budget
Heated discussion regarding next year’s fire department budget has the Demorest City Council divided, and it doesn’t appear as though any side is willing to forfeit in the ongoing tug-of-war any time soon.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Athens commission to consider plans to replace MLK Parkway bridge
Work could begin soon on the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway Bridge near downtown Athens if the SPLOST-funded project’s preliminary construction plan is approved by Athens-Clarke County Commission on Dec. 2.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens residents request on-street permits under expanded program
Residents on several Athens streets have already expressed interest in participating in the recently-expanded residential parking permit program.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Mayor and Commissioners to consider growler tasting ordinance
Customers at package stores that sell beer growlers might soon be allowed to sample the beer before they buy it, if an ordinance is approved by the Athens-Clarke County Commission at their next meeting on Dec. 2.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City Council okay’s $175K in 4 minutes
The Thomaston City Council is known for not wasting time in their meetings, and they proved it November 4, with the meeting going from approval of minutes to adjournment in four minutes and 10 seconds. Plus, they did it while approving $175,000 in infrastructure improvements.
Source: Thomaston Times

Peachtree City council, citizens have their say on salary study
A discussion over the pay and classification study recently adopted by the Peachtree City Council and requested by Councilwoman Kim Learnard was held at the council’s Nov. 20 meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City to piggyback on county's dredging bid
It did not take long for the Peachtree City Council at the Nov. 20 meeting to agree to have potential areas for dredging included in Fayette County’s bid for upcoming dredging work on Lake Peachtree. That approach is designed to give the City Council a clearer picture of which areas of the lake to address, if any, and the price tag for the work involved.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Garden City ready to pass $7.6 million budget
Though it was widely unpopular when implemented last June, Garden City officials say a new property tax might prove to be the boost needed to rejuvenate their town.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Invest Atlanta taps Craig Richard as new CEO
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed Thursday named a veteran economic development leader with experience in several major cities to head Invest Atlanta, the city's economic development agency.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Invest Atlanta approves millions for new downtown projects
Atlanta’s economic development agency approved on Thursday several major projects to be built downtown and near the future Falcons stadium.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Legion Field renovation project moves to public meeting phase
Renovations intended to convert Legion Field into an attractive, upscale recreation park will be put on hold for a while as a result of action by the Covington City Council on Monday.
Source: Newton Citizen

Majority oppose districts at meeting
L.J. Williams knows how difficult it is for a minority to get elected to St. Marys City Council.
Source: Brunswick News

Brunswick approves more business incentives
Brunswick Commissioners approved a resolution naming the city’s second enterprise zone, a label that allows for possible tax breaks and incentives for new and existing businesses.
Source: Brunswick News

Tomlinson calls on officials to drop expensive litigation
Mayor Teresa Tomlinson said the lawsuits filed against the city by four elected officials have already cost taxpayers more than $100,000 and that bill could get much higher if the litigation goes to court.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Lawrenceville Housing Authority celebrates new homes for lower-income residents
Tausha Threatt used to be homeless. Five years ago, she says she was laid off from Gwinnett County’s human resources department and entered a slow spiral into poverty.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Canton City Council set to vote on proposal to fund blight reduction
Canton City Council has debated on how to reduce the city’s blight for weeks, but tonight a vote could settle the arguments.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Study for new south Forsyth city gets green light
Talk of whether a new city in south Forsyth is the best plan for the county’s future has remained in the spotlight since August, but the first action on the topic was announced Tuesday night.
Source: Forsyth County News

Officials and bicycle enthusiasts want Fernandina Beach-St. Marys water taxi back on the water
Officials on both sides of the St. Marys River want to restore water taxi service between Fernandina Beach and St. Marys and in a telephone conference call Wednesday they discussed ways make it economically viable.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Cumming City Council proposes 2015 budget
The city of Cumming’s proposed 2015 budget will include increases for more police, the capital projects fund and equipment
Source: Forsyth County News

Councilman named to fill vacancy
The city of Dawsonville has appointed a new city councilman to replace a seat vacated earlier this month.
Source: Dawson Community News

Lowndes wants Valdosta to be inland port
The Lowndes County Commission wants Valdosta to be one of Georgia’s newest inland ports.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Lula to restore their caboose, a downtown fixture
Lula’s iconic red caboose isn’t so red anymore.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville approves new guidelines for tax district funding
Gainesville City Council has approved new policies and procedures for the ways redevelopment projects seeking Tax Allocation District financing are evaluated and approved.
Source: Gainesville Times

Atlanta Prepares for Ferguson Protests
The events in Ferguson, Missouri, continue to hold the attention of the nation. As the country watches Ferguson, Atlanta law enforcement and activists are making their own preparations.
Source: WABE

Savannah fines train operator for blocking traffic
The city of Savannah — with the help of a surveillance camera — has begun enforcing a local ordinance meant to stop trains from backing up traffic for excessive periods of time.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Bibb, Houston housing plans get tax-credit boost
Four affordable-housing projects in Bibb and Houston counties will get $3.3 million in tax credits for development, 15 percent of the amount handed out statewide.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Pennington faces Peachtree City pay hike questions at Nov. 20 meeting
Peachtree City Councilwoman Kim Learnard’s request to have a council discussion on the recently-adopted Condrey and Associates pay and classification study is finally on the council’s Nov. 20 agenda.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Augusta Municipal Building renovation on schedule
The dust cloud and displaced city departments might say otherwise, but renovations at Augusta’s Municipal Building complex are 80 percent finished and on schedule for completion in May, according to the city’s representative on the project.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Lawmakers named to settle cityhood maps
Five members of the Georgia House of Representatives were named Wednesday to draw boundaries for the potential cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brookhaven officials consider annexation plan
The Brookhaven City Council is one step closer to annexing Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Executive Park following its meeting Tuesday evening.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Hiram police ready for heart attack victims
Hiram Police Chief Todd VandeZande has announced that every patrol officer in the Paulding County city of about 3,600 residents will be carrying equipment to resuscitate victims of cardiac arrest.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

College Park approves new $35 million mixed-use project near MARTA station
College Park has approved a $35 million mixed-use development that would take shape near the city's MARTA station and Hotel Indigo.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Forest Park mayor vetoes vote to fire city manager
The mayor pushed back Monday night after the majority of council voted to fire the city manager.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Lovejoy reviews city charter
Council approved a first read of amendments to Lovejoy’s city charter Monday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Women take over Grovetown council
Grovetown officials held a landmark event at the city’s monthly meeting Monday.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Group wants to help restore Harlem theater
A newly organized group in Harlem is aiming to promote the arts and help rebuild the former Columbia Theatre.
Source: Columbia County News Times

Euharlee council considers budgets, insurance changes
Facing a 19 percent rate increase to keep its current health insurance plan, the Euharlee City Council discussed finances and health care during its Tuesday night work session.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Ringgold’s electronic sign dilemma still up in the air
A passionate crowd attended a special called Ringgold city council meeting on Monday night, Nov. 17 to discuss the ongoing debate over the city’s informative electronic sign that is currently located downtown in Citizen’s Park.
Source: Catoosa County News

Revenue sharing agreement reached between local development authorities
After close to seven months of negotiation, the Rome Floyd County Development Authority and the Development Authority of Floyd County have reached an agreement to share Payment in Lieu of Taxes receipts.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority mulls outsourcing
The Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority discussed Monday the possibility of outsourcing operations and adding new types of equipment at local parks.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Covington regional airport plan approved at Council meeting
With an eye toward converting the Covington Municipal Airport into a major regional hub, the Covington City Council voted Monday to approve a five-year construction plan.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

McDonough leaders mulling plan to replace City Administrator Fred Gardiner
City council members offered tributes to outgoing McDonough City Administrator Fred Gardiner that brought a tear or two to his eyes Monday night, but what the town will do to replace him remains uncertain.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

McDonough ready to take runway
It’s almost pageant time in Georgia and all eyes are on McDonough. "This is a big, major event for McDonough,” said city spokeswoman Casey Case.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Suwanee picks new site for holiday event
Breaking with tradition, Suwanee will have a new site and theme for the city’s annual holiday event in 2014.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City officials reject expanding military zone
City officials have rejected a study’s recommendation to expand the Military Land Use Notification Area around Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay.
Source: Brunswick News

Contentious debate precedes curfew vote
Members of the Covington City Council asked if government should police people’s children during Monday’s work session.
Source: Covington News

City applies for $100K trails grant
The J.B. Owens Park could receive financial support to enter into its second construction phase. The Holly Springs City Council designated $25,000 as a 20 percent match in order to apply for a trails grant at Monday’s meeting.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Powder Springs votes to add recycling
The city of Powder Springs is going green, but it comes at a cost: a monthly $1.50.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City report: More than 75 alcohol allegations went unheard by Statesboro City Council
More than 75 alleged violations of Statesboro's Alcoholic Beverages Ordinance, from July 2011 through August 2013, never went before City Council for hearings on the businesses' alcohol licenses.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City looks to improve event safety
The City of Bainbridge is working to make its downtown events safer and let the public know more in advance of the street closures that go along with them after issues arose Friday night at the Living History Tour.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Mayor and city council hold budget work session
Mayor Barry Blount and members of the Americus City Council met at Georgia Southwestern State University on Nov. 17 to discuss the city’s annual budget. The city budget’s current shortfall is projected to be $1.2 million. The shortfall was originally projected to be up to $1.5 million.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Gainesville City Council gives final OK to Ahaluna development
After a Hail Mary pass connected late Monday, ending Hall County’s objection, Gainesville City Council on Tuesday night gave the final OK needed for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville.
Source: Gainesville Times

Dallas mayor to lead state water facility financing board
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin has been elected chairman of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority board of directors effective Jan. 1. He has served on the GEFA board since 2010, and succeeds Dahlonega Mayor Gary McCullough.
Source: Neighbor News

Tax-paying propterties to be annexed
The city of Senoia will be moving forward with annexing three parcels of property that already may be in the city.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Residents Near Emory Gaining Momentum In Effort To Join City Of Atlanta
As part of an effort to gain more control over basic services like public safety and trash pick-up, several neighborhoods in DeKalb County want to incorporate.
Source: WABE

Pooler Council awards contract for construction of new city hall
Pooler officials this week signed off on a contract with Savannah-based Elkins Constructors to build a new city hall next door to the existing structure on U.S. 80.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah area sees strongest quarters of hotel/motel tax collections on record
The city of Savannah, Chatham County and Tybee Island each had its strongest first three quarters ever for hotel/motel tax collections, according to a report compiled by Visit Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Springfield presents slightly higher budget
City Council members in Springfield were presented with a budget for 2015 based on a slight property tax increase and no increase in fees.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Cedartown seeks grant for Big Spring Park work
The City of Cedartown is moving forward with plans to renovate Big Spring Park, and are seeking grant money to help pay for the project in the latest from the City Commission in November.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Macon-Bibb commissioner: Mandated budget cuts would force layoffs
Finding some relief from the requirement to cut the Macon-Bibb County budget 20 percent within five years topped the wish list that Macon-Bibb officials gave to their local legislative delegation Tuesday.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Reichert announces tentative plan for baseball park, other development in east Macon
A tentative plan to develop the long-unused Bibb Mill site on Coliseum Drive emerged Tuesday in a surprise announcement by Macon-Bibb County Mayor Robert Reichert.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry raising taxes on blighted properties
City Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to adopt a blight ordinance, which will increase the city’s share of property tax bills sevenfold on properties deemed blighted.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville council OKs buying 20 acres for utility use
The City Council unanimously approved the purchase of almost 20 acres on Elberta Road at a cost of $350,000 to relocate its public utility department there.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Hogansville splash pad re-bid, moves to spring 2015
A new splash pad in Hogansville is now anticipated to open mid-spring 2015 after earlier estimates had predicted its completion by September this year.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Flovilla mayor sworn in
Flovilla’s new mayor, Beth Burns Ogletree, was sworn in during a ceremony and reception at City Hall Nov. 12.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Butts County elected, appointed boards share information over dinner
Elected and appointed members of Butts County government boards and authorities met Thursday over fried fish and hush puppies for their quarterly information-sharing session.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

No discussion: Peachtree City Council keeps multi-family moratorium
It was not even a matter for discussion. The Peachtree City Council on Nov. 6 voted unanimously to continue the moratorium on multi-family rezoning that has been in effect since 1999.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Smaller cities to approve SPLOST agreement
Representatives from Whitfield County’s smaller cities say they support a proposed intergovernmental agreement to create a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST).
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

6 Augusta buildings added to Historic Augusta's list of endangered structures
Historic Augusta hopes a handful of the city’s distressed landmarks can be given a second life.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Hyde Park residents question spending
A bevy of upset Hyde Park residents were on hand for new city Administrator Janice Allen Jackson’s first commission meeting Tuesday, demanding to know where $4 million in relocation funds had been spent when more than 70 residents remained in the neighborhood.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Gainesville City Council approves annexation/ rezoning on Ahaluna Drive
At its meeting Tuesday evening, Gainesville City Council members unanimously approved an annexation/rezoning request that will bring a high-end development to Ahaluna Drive, off Dawsonville Highway.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen, White County look at consolidating fire departments
A meeting Tuesday morning laid the groundwork that could lead to the consolidation of fire departments in Helen and White County.
Source: Access North Georgia

Roswell to begin pool project
Roswell officials will break ground at noon Wednesday on an indoor therapeutic pool center. The $3.6 million project — a new amenity for its older adult residents — will be at the Roswell Adult Recreation Center, 830 Grimes Bridge Road.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Statham honors, names park after mayor
Robert Bridges has been Statham’s mayor for 17 years, and last Wednesday, the City found a way to thank him for his service.
Source: Barrow County News

Statham to roll back millage rate
Statham’s 2014 millage rate has been decreased from 5.928 to 5.777 mills, as per a unanimous vote by the council in a special called meeting Thursday night.
Source: Barrow County News

Lula: $1.9M in sales tax extension would be spent on roads, water/sewer, parks
Lula estimates it could get $1.9 million from a proposed five-year extension of the special purpose local option sales tax.
Source: Gainesville Times

Rome may switch to Etowah water to save on treatment costs
The Rome Water and Sewer Department is taking the first steps that could lead to pumping more raw water from the Etowah River than from the Oostanaula.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Dunwoody fifth graders design police department’s holiday cards
Dunwoody police held a contest to choose a design for the department’s holiday cards. The department asked Dunwoody fifth graders to draw up a design for the card and students at Venderlyn, Austin, Kingsley and Dunwoody elementaries took part.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Garland resigns from Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority
Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority board members were hit with a surprise Monday afternoon that puts a harder focus on the organization’s future.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Tumlin: Well done on 150th Civil War anniversary
Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin lauded the city’s manager Bill Bruton Thursday for his “leadership, stewardship, commitment, dedication and sacrifice” in organizing the events for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War in Marietta.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw tables Islamic center vote
After a heated discussion between residents and council members that lasted more than two hours, the Kennesaw City Council tabled a vote Monday that would have decided whether to allow an Islamic worship center in a Kennesaw shopping plaza.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City Council voting on Special Master for ethics complaints
Milledgeville City Council will hold a called City Hall meeting today at 5:30 p.m. Council will adopt a resolution accepting Mayor Richard Bentley's request for a medical leave of absence, which will empower Mayor Pro Tem Jeanette Walden as acting mayor.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Waco checks in on budget
The City of Waco reviewed their budget and approved a building lease, a change to their gas meter and a resolution to participate in 811 during their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 3.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Grayson introduces new community development director
Grayson introduced its new community development director Monday night at its regular council meeting.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City to begin airport improvement plan
There will soon be more than just take offs and landings happening at the Covington Municipal Airport.
Source: Covington News

City to review budget, eyes rezoning plan
A developer is requesting the Holly Springs City Council to consider a few amended provisions to rezone about 45 acres in the Riverside subdivision.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Port of Brunswick continuing to grow
The 224,197 automobiles and other rolling cargo that drove off the massive ships calling on the Georgia Ports Authority’s Colonel’s Island Terminal so far this fiscal year marks another positive gain for the Port of Brunswick.
Source: Brunswick News

Marietta City Council addresses traffic by school
The City Council has been steadily voting to approve measures to control traffic on Maple Avenue after parents complained their children were unsafe walking to Marietta Middle and West Side Elementary schools.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Gainesville, Hall County reach deal on Ahaluna development
Officials from Hall County and the city of Gainesville have reached an agreement that will allow for the development of a 199-lot upscale subdivision off Ahaluna Drive in Gainesville, near the shores of Lake Lanier.
Source: Gainesville Times

City seeks grants for fire equipment
The Valdosta City Council will consider three requests this week to file for grants with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Effingham IDA considers Rincon's help with Research Forest
Effingham County's Industrial Development Authority may vote Thursday on whether to allow the City of Rincon to annex 400 acres of the Research Forest Tract if the city gets permission for an at-grade rail crossing and builds a road from McCall Road to Ga. 21.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb may seek break from budget cut mandate
Less than a year into the consolidated Macon-Bibb County government, some commissioners are asking for relief from the legislative mandate to cut 20 percent from the combined city and county budgets.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins spending $1 million for City Hall annex
City Council members voted Monday to spend $1 million to buy two buildings adjacent to City Hall.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Dalton Utilities to increase some rates in 2015
Dalton Utilities electrical customers will see their rates go up next year, with residential customers being hit with the largest increase.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council tables SPLOST agreement
They are close, but the Dalton City Council and the Whitfield County Board of Commissioners haven’t quite reached agreement on how money from a 1 percent proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) will be spent.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Commission set to vote on animal board
The Augusta Commission is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the members of an Animal Services ordinance review subcommittee meant to help the shelter’s advisory board finalize updates to the 35-year-old animal ordinances.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Atlanta seeking funds to study future uses for Turner Field area
The city of Atlanta is starting to plan the future of the neighborhoods around Turner Field after the Braves move in 2017 to a new stadium in Cobb County.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Former Demorest mayor receives Lifetime Service Award from GMA
The Georgia Municipal Association awarded former Demorest Mayor Malcolm Hunnicutt with the Lifetime Service Award Monday night.
Source: Access North Georgia

Cityhood proposals would transform metro Atlanta
From Emory University to Spaghetti Junction, metro Atlantans raced to divvy themselves up into three cities Monday, efforts that could change the landscape of the region and give residents more say in their governments.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Change may be coming for Adamson Square
Carrollton City Councilman Jim Watters said residents are going to have to experience a “mindset change” in order to embrace a downtown Adamson Square that is geared toward pedestrians and not vehicles.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Atherton Square work delayed for up to three years
A plan to make changes to Atherton Square, the open area in downtown Marietta behind Cool Beans Coffee Roasters, has been delayed by up to three years, city employees said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marshal, court clerks file lawsuit against mayor, councilors, others
Three more of Muscogee County’s elected officers are suing the mayor and council over their budgets.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

City of Jonesboro receives grant for health and wellness
The City of Jonesboro earned a $2,000 Health Promotion and Wellness Incentive grant from the Georgia Municipal Association.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Ball Ground denies petition to de-annex 56-acre tract
A usually quiet city council meeting in Ball Ground was stirred up Thursday night when about three dozen residents showed up to voice their concerns about what many called a danger to the community.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton officer completes national crime course
Canton Police Officer Pacer Cordry completed the National Institute of Crime Prevention’s Advanced Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design course.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Barge port planned for former paper mill site in St. Marys
A developer group said it plans to buy the former Durango-Georgia paper mill site on the North River and build a barge port with rail connections, officials said.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Holly Springs deputy chief graduates from institute
Deputy Chief Michael Carswell of the Holly Springs Police Department recently graduated from the Southern Police Institute based in Louisville, Kentucky, after 13 weeks of classes.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City to review budget, eyes rezoning plan
A developer is requesting the Holly Springs City Council to consider a few amended provisions to rezone about 45 acres in the Riverside subdivision.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City hopes to restore Flat Creek's water quality, appearance
Tucked away in the woods with trees overhanging it and morning sunlight peeking through the fall foliage, Flat Creek looks like it belongs in a storybook — or at least as the bubbling focal point of a pristine park.
Source: Gainesville Times

Decatur Police release first quarter data of police-initiated stops
Decatur police stop more non-Whites and non-residents, according to a new report.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Bainbridge petitions county for mediation in service delivery dispute
Friday afternoon, the City of Bainbridge filed a petition against Decatur County and the Decatur County Commission requesting a judge appoint mediation in the ongoing service delivery and “double taxation” dispute between the two governments
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Ringgold officials may rethink hated sign
Ringgold, Ga., attorney McCracken Poston took to Facebook last week to express how much he hates his town's electronic sign.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Tybee Island council considers public swimming pool vote
Tybee Island officials want to let the voters decide if the town should build a public swimming pool.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Plans for Savannah Canal District drawing enthusiasm, questions
Altogether, the city’s proposed Canal District, located north of Gwinnett Street and west of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, is being touted as an extension of the downtown Historic District and a future draw for tourists and residents.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Clarity needed on city's height map
Members of the city’s Historic District Board and others engaged in robust, yet healthy, debate last Wednesday about the city’s height map.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Yatesville creates veterans memorial
The City of Yatesville held its first Veterans Day program Tuesday afternoon in a city field marked with 53 white crosses honoring 53 deceased veterans.
Source: Thomaston Times

Gillman sworn in as Adairsville police chief
Arnold E. Gillman of the Adairs­ville police was sworn in to permanently fill the department’s vacant chief of police position Thursday evening during the City Council meeting.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City manager seeks to revitalize auditorium
During a recent city council meeting, interim city manager Javier Garcia announced his intention of completing the Sara O’Kelly Memorial Auditorium.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Mock ready to take helm as Dalton mayor
Billy Nimmons has known new Dalton Mayor Dennis Mock for some 30 years. He says they’ve become good friends, even if they sometimes disagree.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

New Augusta administrator Janice Allen Jackson begins work today
She doesn’t exactly have an office and takes the reins during a transitional time, but Augusta native Janice Allen Jackson begins work today as the city’s newest administrator.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Proposed cities stuck in border dispute
Three communities seeking to become cities — Tucker, Lakeside and Briarcliff — couldn’t agree this weekend on how they would share borders, meaning state lawmakers will likely step in.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Athens-Clarke County police test driving all-electric car
The Athens-Clarke County Police Department recently began using an all-electric car for the first time.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Clermont council OKs ward system for voting
The Clermont Town Council has approved a ward system for voting on council members.
Source: Access North Georgia

Milton to consider permitting change
Milton’s City Council will consider a proposal that would streamline the process for those seeking to stage special events such as community festivals and 5K runs.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution