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Bricks laid down at Barron Stadium as part of facelift
The corner of North Second Avenue and West Third Street is getting a facelift that city officials hope will add to the atmosphere at Barron Stadium.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Covington Police Department Sgt. Allen Martin receives Police Star award for heroism
The day started normally enough for Covington Police Department Sgt. Allen Martin, but by the time his shift ended, he had shot a man who charged at him with a sword.
Source: Newton Citizen

Groundbreaking ceremony held Wednesday marks beginning of Crowell Road intersection improvement
The intersection has been called many things, including one of the worst intersections in Newton County.
Source: Newton Citizen

Funding application approved by Covington City Council for street repairs
Street repairs in Covington are in the works for 2015.
Source: Newton Citizen

Brunswick commissioners approve car wash
A bustling intersection will soon have a new business.
Source: Brunswick News

Lovejoy officials amend city charter, appeals process
Council approved a second read on an amendment to the Lovejoy city charter and discussed expanding the appeals process.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Peachtree Corners approves plans for town center
After months of design work and public hearings, officials in Peachtree Corners have given final approval to plans for the city’s new town center.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Georgia Southern’s Small Business Development Center moving to City Campus
Georgia Southern University's Small Business Development Center, currently located in the Market District, will soon relocate to City Campus in downtown Statesboro, 58 E. Main St.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Statesboro City Council approves TAD map as presented
City Council unanimously approved the Tax Allocation District, or TAD, map and redevelopment proposal for downtown Statesboro — including South Main Street and additional areas — Tuesday.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Gainesville police make transition to digital records
At the Gainesville Police Department, some of the new school is showing a thing or two to the old school.
Source: Gainesville Times

Flowery Branch sets list for tax projects
A new City Hall and road improvements are among potential projects that could be completed in Flowery Branch pending approval of a countywide sales tax.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville, Hall governments look at cost of paid leave
When government employees are suspected of workplace misconduct, they are routinely placed on paid administrative leave while internal investigations are conducted, and the result can be costly to taxpayers.
Source: Gainesville Times

Lamar Perlis presents business proposition to city commission
Lamar Perlis has an idea.
Source: Cordele Dispatch

Votes to be cast on cityhood maps
Five Georgia lawmakers plan to vote Friday on maps for the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

$3.5 million upgrade planned at Rockmart water treatment plant
The proposed project, estimated to cost $3.5 million, includes modifications to the existing Rockmart Water Pollution Control Plant to meet new permit limits for phosphorus reduction. It will also include rehabilitation of old and cracked sewer lines.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Rockmart officials focusing on debt reduction in 2015
Good news for taxpayers in Rockmart is that city council members have approved a debt reduction plan netting a savings of $151,270.52.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City hears update about its future in retail
Officials with the LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce and group Retail Strategies are optimistic about the future of local retail recruitment.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

DDA looking at 'fresh paint initiative'
The Griffin Downtown Development Authority is trying a “fresh paint initiative” for downtown businesses.
Source: Griffin Daily News

City to fund Valencia Way extension if 'major manufacturer' builds plant in Augusta
A commitment by city officials to extend a road in Augusta Corporate Park could help pave the way for a new manufacturer interested in Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

New Grovetown chief says community involvement is "key" to handling city growth
Three weeks into his new job as Grovetown’s Public Safety director, Gary Jones is wasting little time putting policies and programs in place to address growing pains the Columbia County town is experiencing with the addition of thousands of cyberdefense jobs at Fort Gordon.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

DeKalb Superintendent Wants To Be Ready For Schools Annexation Legal Battle
DeKalb County’s schools superintendent wants to set aside millions of dollars just in case the school system decides to fight a proposal to annex three DeKalb schools into the City of Atlanta.
Source: WABE

Bremen residents have new water payment option
The City of Bremen has listened to its citizens’ requests for an online bill payment system, and as of Nov. 20, residents can do just that.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Bremen BOE OKs max price, new lighting for stadium
The Bremen City Board of Education approved numerous resolutions related to the new Bremen High School Stadium during their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 9.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Historic Preservation Commission affirms work on Broad Street, West Sixth Avenue
A pair of long-standing eyesores in downtown Rome had renovation plans approved by the Rome Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Ball Ground to consider purchases, projects
The Ball Ground City Council has several new business items on the agenda for its meeting tonight, including consideration of purchases and projects.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton Council set to vote on fire station operation
The Canton City Council is set to end the debate tonight on who will operate the Laurel Canyon fire station with a deciding vote to either move forward or end the talks with the county.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Austell water rates to increase on Jan. 1
Customers of the Austell Water System will see an increase in their water bills beginning Jan. 1.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Springfield approves $2.2 million budget
Springfield City Council has approved a fiscal year 2015 budget, and the proposed budget is a 12 percent increase over the current spending plan.
Source: Effingham Herald

City to hear new request
City officials continue to receive requests for annexation in to Dawsonville.
Source: Dawson Community News

Fee to support storm sewers back on tap in Statesboro
City Council received a first reading Tuesday of an ordinance that, if approved, will create a monthly fee on virtually every address in Statesboro for the improvement and maintenance of storm drains.
Source: Statesboro Herald

City salutes Sam Stewart on his retirement
Mayor Bill McIntosh, center left, presents a certificate of appreciation to Sam Stewart, center right, in honor of Stewart's retirement earlier this month.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Resurfacing of a few streets in Colquitt
Through a joint effort of The City of Colquitt, The Miller County Hospital Authority and the Georgia Department of Transportation several city streets have been resurfaced.
Source: Miller County Liberal

Baxley City Council commends city employees and community
On Tuesday, Dec. 9, the Baxley City Council held a regular monthly meeting. During the meeting City Manager Jeff Baxley commended Baxley Street Department Supervisor David Gore and his department, Chief of Police James Godfrey and his department, Codes Enforcement Officer Shane Crosby and James Hayes and the Baxley Fire Department personnel for the excellent job that they do for Winter Wonderland, the Christmas parade and other events sponsored by the City of Baxley.
Source: Baxley News Banner

Albany City Commission approves first step of incentive plan
As many as 140 city of Albany employees could be eligible for voluntary early retirement incentive packages that are expected to be offered by the city in early 2015 as a way to reduce the city’s work force.
Source: Albany Herald

Kids shop with cops
Nearly 100 children were able to take part in a shopping spree at the Windward Walmart store Dec. 9 as part of the annual Shop with a Cop event. As part of the event, Alpharetta Police Athletic League also delivered 50 food baskets to needy families the following weekend.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Commissioners debate idea of second city
At the Dec. 9 Board of Commissioners work session, County Attorney Ken Jarrard discussed the idea of adding a second city and presented the potential impacts of the creation of the city of Sharon Springs.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Mayor Gravitt talks about history and future of city to Vietnam vets
For Mayor H. Ford Gravitt, discussing the growth of the city of Cumming is an easy chore, since he has lived it for over four decades.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Johns Creek makes new City Center start
Johns Creek took a giant step Dec. 15 into transforming itself from a collection of subdivisions and shopping centers into a vibrant, successful city united by a thoughtfully crafted business district and community center.
Source: NorthFulton.com

City Council to decide election call in January
In its Dec.15 workshop, the Johns Creek City Council discussed the issue of whether to hold a special election to fill the two vacant council seats or save the cost by waiting another 11 months for a regularly scheduled election.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Reservoir park plans could take shape in 2015
The decade-old dream of turning the Bellwood Quarry into a massive new reservoir and park is moving one step closer to reality. And those efforts are boosting a separate push to reopen a once-popular Westside greenspace.
Source: Creative Loafing

Savannah officials present Broughton St. plan
City officials Wednesday night gathered community input on plans for improving Broughton Street, inviting the 70 residents or so who showed up to write down their thoughts ­— sometimes conflicting — on large pads of paper stationed throughout the Coastal Georgia Center on Fahm Street.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Lee celebrates 28 years with city of Richmond Hill
Ursula Lee, Richmond Hill city clerk, recently celebrated 28 years of employment with the city. Lee began her work in 1986 as a receptionist/senior clerk, and was promoted to assistant city clerk before becoming city clerk in 1997.
Source: Savannah Morning News

UWG Newnan: Finish line in sight
University of West Georgia’s new campus in Newnan will be substantially complete in January, according to Newnan City Manager Cleatus Phillips.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Fayetteville has ‘Christmas with police’
The Fayetteville Police Department on Dec. 11 held its 11th annual “Christmas with the Police” program.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Echols announces exit from District 7 special election
Kenny Echols, a retired health care administrator and former Richmond County school board member, said he’s out of the running to complete resigned District 7 commissioner Donnie Smith’s term.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Chatham County manager wants county to create standalone police department
The chief Chatham County official says the county commission should end a merger with Savannah and reform its own police force, a change he says will give his office more oversight in police activity in unincorporated areas.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Tybee planning commission rejects proposed water slide
Citing inconsistencies with the surrounding area, the Tybee Island Planning Commission on Tuesday evening voted to recommend the City Council reject a site plan for an inflatable water slide when it takes up the issue next month.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Smith focuses on getting jobs for Rockmart
Stacey Smith is a petite blond with a bubbly personality often seen at ribbon cuttings, open houses and other events in Polk County. Smith is director of Rockmart’s Department of Community Development.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City outlines priorities, concerns with legislators
LaGrange City Council members and city staff, county commissioners, local state representatives and a Georgia Municipal Association representative were part of the “Hometown Connection” seminar at City Hall.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Reed: Sale of Underground Atlanta “represents a new day”
Mayor Kasim Reed says the sale of Underground Atlanta to a South Carolina developer “represents a new day” in the history of the long-struggling shopping center and for downtown Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Holly Springs approves new development
The Holly Springs City Council on Monday night approved the city’s most significant new housing development since before the Great Recession.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Alpharetta names city hall street, hears downtown pitch
Alpharetta has a brand-new city hall that employees are moving into this week. Now that building has an official address.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Old disagreements arise at Euharlee work session Featured
A familiar old disagreement raised its head Tuesday at the Euharlee City Council’s work session. The issue — should the council play a part in the everyday business of the city or is that the city manager’s job?
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

City starting grassroots effort to improve quality of life
A string of Neighborhood Planning Assembly meetings sponsored by the Brunswick City Commission over the past few months has revealed at least one thing: different neighborhoods have different problems.
Source: Brunswick News

Council could vote on mitigation rates
Richmond Hill City Council didn't vote tonight on an ordinance to allow its fire department to charge for responses to fires and other services.
Source: Bryan County News

SPLOST funds to cover 60 joint transportation projects
More than $25 million in SPLOST proceeds, including $2.5 million earmarked for Gwinnett’s smaller cities, will be used to fund dozens of joint transportation-related projects thanks to a series of intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) between Gwinnett County and its municipalities.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Maintenance required on donation boxes
Donation boxes in the city of Covington now has to kept to strict guidelines after the city council approved a text amendment to the zoning ordinance regulating unmanned donation boxes Monday.
Source: Covington News

CPD gets Taser, new Rocket technology
The Covington Police Department is getting even more high tech and started preparing for the future Monday night.
Source: Covington News

Covington to spend $46,000 on excavator, trailer
The City of Covington agreed to purchase a new excavator and trailer during Monday night’s public meeting.
Source: Covington News

Suwanee approves alcoholic-beverage licenses
The Suwanee City Council on Tuesday approved alcoholic-beverage licenses for a couple of restaurants that plan to open soon.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

New subdivision approved with some conditions
A new subdivision off Hickory Road got the final go-ahead Monday from the Holly Springs City Council.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Springfield approves $2.2 million budget
Springfield City Council has approved a fiscal year 2015 budget, and the proposed budget is a 12 percent increase over the current spending plan.
Source: Effingham Herald

McDonough taking $1 million from Water Fund to pay for court building debt
Some of the money held to pay for water and sewage projects in McDonough will instead be used to pay down debts owed on the city’s court building.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

McDonough reverses course on city administrator search and drops University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government
The leaders in McDonough took a mulligan this week and reversed their previous decision to use the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government to do its city administrator search.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Roads still at issue in service delivery talks
The back-and-forth between the City of Douglasville and Douglas County on service delivery strategy continues as city officials consider calling a special meeting to discuss the latest version of the SDS agreements the county Board of Commissioners approved Tuesday.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Wood to fill in as Villa Rica city manager
Villa Rica City Manager Pat Crook resigned on Dec. 8, and former city manager Larry Wood will fill in during the interim.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Covington City Council denies personal adult care home in Historic District
A couple seeking to establish a personal adult care home in the Covington Historic District received a nod of approval by a slim margin from the city’s Planning Commission and then had their hopes dashed at Monday’s City Council meeting, apparently as a result of staunch opposition from neighbors.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington Council approves Rocket 5GHz hot boxes (not missiles) for cruisers
The Covington City Council Monday approved the purchase of “rockets” for the Covington Police Department.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington Police Department Sgt. Allen Martin receives Police Star award for heroism
The day started normally enough for Covington Police Department Sgt. Allen Martin, but by the time his shift ended, he had shot a man who charged at him with a sword.
Source: Newton Citizen

City attorney not representing Fort Oglethorpe elections chief in lawsuit
Fort Oglethorpe council members have approved $5,000 in attorney fees for the city’s elections chief, who is embroiled in a lawsuit.
Source: Catoosa County News

Stockbridge Councilwoman Regina Ward recognizes special families
Regina Ward recently donated turkeys to special-needs families at the Hickory Flat Charter Elementary. She has sponsored the giveaway the past two years. And the gesture did not go unnoticed.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Forest Park drops 6-month solicitor issue
The question of hiring a new solicitor was absent from city council’s agenda Monday for the first time in about six months.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Powder Springs Police Chief retiring after 42 years
After 42 years in law enforcement, Powder Springs Police Chief Charlie Sewell is retiring.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Lawrence Street Recreation Center opens after $1.2 million renovation
City Council members snipped the ribbon on a $1.2 million Lawrence Street Recreation Center renovation Tuesday, a facility used by the city’s black community when it opened under segregation in 1954. renovation
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Kennesaw senior development approved; Rezoning OK’d in 3-1 vote for 100-unit neighborhood
A new 100-home senior living neighborhood northeast of Kennesaw is moving forward after the Cobb Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved rezoning the development’s 22-acre tract.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

St. Marys council votes to stand pat on elections process
As expected, the City Council adopted a resolution Monday night saying the city does not need to change the way it holds council elections
Source: Florida Times-Union

Peachtree City to reverse strict annexation policy?
After more than a decade of tight restrictions on annexing more land into the city, the Peachtree City Council is moving toward reversing that stance on new development.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Senoia eyes changes to alcohol ordinances
Senoia’s City Council wants to move forward with creating ordinances to allow brew pubs and wine tastings in the city, as well as move forward with an ordinance change that will allow alcohol for special events at Marimac Lakes park.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Property tax exemption proposal denied
The Senoia City Council denied a proposal by resident Don Rehman to enact a property tax exemption for senior citizens.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Pooler officials want answers following rumor that county intends to extend CAT service to city
Officials in Pooler and Garden City have promised to show up for a work session of the Chatham County Commission today when the board is slated to discuss changes aimed at expanding the transit service district that don’t require approval of the municipalities.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Savannah officials want Sand Gnats owners' plans for 2016
Savannah Sand Gnats owner Hardball Capital has until Jan. 1 to let the city know whether the minor league baseball team will play in Grayson Stadium in 2016.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb commission weighs in on Wings Cafe shootings
Macon-Bibb County commissioners will discuss asking Municipal Court to consider revoking Wings Cafe’s liquor license, but they stopped short Tuesday night of taking an immediate final vote on the issue.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry looks to ban heavy trucks from downtown
On Tuesday, Perry City Council members held the first reading of a proposal that would ban trucks traveling through the city from using portions of three major streets.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville City Council ends year on quiet note
The City Council spent its last, brief work session of the year hearing thank-yous from business and resident citizens and privately discussing future real estate acquisitions and personnel matters.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon senior center site nearing formal approval
The long-awaited choice of a site for a new Macon-Bibb County senior citizens center appears nearly complete.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City approves $2.8 million for Hyde Park relocations
Decades after their neighborhood was marked with warning signs, residents of Augusta’s Hyde Park were promised Tuesday that they would finally be relocated to new homes.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Gainesville City Council approves rate increase for Alta Vista Cemetery
For the first time in almost 15 years, the fees for burials at Alta Vista Cemetery in Gainesville are going up, with unanimous approval from the Gainesville City Council.
Source: Access North Georgia

The next era of Underground Atlanta has begun
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed is expected to announce Wednesday that a South Carolina developer is under contract to purchase Underground Atlanta, one of the city’s most iconic yet troubled properties.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

DeKalb Communities Try To Keep Up With Changing Cityhood/Annexation Plans
Two communities caught up in the DeKalb County battle for new cities are feeling the stress. Druid Hills and Medlock Park may be very different neighborhoods, but the people who live in each are both feeling the pressure of annexation and new cityhood plans.
Source: WABE

Hogansville applies for road repair grant
Hogansville City Council approved a grant application Monday evening that would fund some some sidewalk repair projects in the city.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Flovilla delays budget adoption
The City of Flovilla will go into 2015 without a budget after council members on Monday voted to delay adoption of the $652,000 spending plan.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Phase III of Lula streetscape should be finished by year's end
The city of Lula is making steady progress on a seven-phase streetscape project for the historic downtown area, and city council learned Monday night that Phase III should be finished in the next couple of weeks.
Source: Access North Georgia

Decatur approves annexation master plan
Decatur’s commission approved an annexation master plan that would add 1.5 square miles to the city’s current 4.5 and 7,310 more people to the present 19,000.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Avondale annexes Stratford Green
At least one piece of annexation became official Monday night when Avondale Estates’ commission unanimously approved adding Stratford Green to the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Peachtree Corners to partner with county on four road projects
Work is expected to begin next year on several transportation projects designed to alleviate traffic congestion in Peachtree Corners.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Grayson honors Barbara Hinkle for 13 years of service
The city of Grayson said a fond farewell here Monday night to Barbara Hinkle, director of the Grayson Arts and History Center for 13 years.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Mosque approved in 5-0 Kennesaw City Council vote
With a unanimous 5-0 vote Monday, the Kennesaw City Council approved a permit allowing an Islamic prayer center to open in a retail center, reversing its decision earlier this month to deny the request.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Marietta Power and Water to get new general manager Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal
After about 10 months without a permanent general manager, the city-owned utility, Marietta Power and Water, might soon promote a 17-year employee to the position.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Riverdale aces annual audit
Riverdale earned an A+ on its annual audit this year.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Jonesboro Police Department lobby getting facelift
In its ongoing effort to beautify the Jonesboro Police Department, city council voted this week to buy six new benches.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Carrollton seeks state funding to expand library
Carrollton city officials have asked local members of the Georgia legislative delegation for their help in getting state funding for renovating the Carrollton Neva Lomason public library.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Mayor Joy Day, two others graduate from training program
The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development has announced three Clayton County graduates from its 2014 Region 3 Multi-Day Training Program.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon responds to allegations she lacks vision, leadership
Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon is ready to move on from this week’s tense council meeting, according to a statement she gave the Clayton News Daily.
Source: Clayton News Daily

LaFayette unveils details of proposed truck route
The city of LaFayette last week revealed details for a truck route around the downtown area for 18-wheelers making deliveries.
Source: Catoosa County News

Alcohol Control Commission wants $500 fine, suspension for El Patron Sports Bar
The Rome Alcohol Control Commission recommended Monday that El Patron Sports Bar receive a $500 fine and close for a weekend next month as punishment for again violating the city’s noise ordinance.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Covington votes no to personal care home
A group of concerned citizens spoke up to the Covington Planning and Zoning Department and the Covington City Council, and had their voices heard Monday night.
Source: Covington News

Covington passes curfew ordinance
The Covington City Council unanimously passed a curfew ordinance at its meeting Monday night.
Source: Covington News

Smyrna officials hesitant to declare re-election intentions
In the city of Smyrna, the mayor and all seven members of the City Council will be up for re-election in 2015, but few of the officials in those seats would commit to whether they would run again.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Darien Municipal judge orders troubled private probation company to stop work in his court, orders audit
A private probation company charged with violations of court rules must stop work in city court and the files the probationers it supervised will be audited, a judge ordered Monday.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Lula nearing budget as it wraps up downtown work
Lula is cutting it close on dollars as it wraps up a downtown improvements project.
Source: Gainesville Times

More Chargers added to the Clarkston fleet
The city of Clarkson is getting nearly 6,000 new residents after a newly passed annexation referendum and is hiring eight additional public safety employees: six officers, one sergeant and one detective.
Source: Champion Newspaper

Tybee residents ready to oppose inflatable water slide proposal
Tybee Island resident John McGaughey has worked hard in recent months to make the yard around his Lovell Avenue home a lush oasis, a place where he can relax, work or read in peace.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City collecting feedback, suggestions for Broughton Street
Savannah officials want to know what residents and business owners think Broughton Street needs as part of a renewed effort to make the corridor more inviting and accessible.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Warner Robins city workers to get 3-percent raise in January
City employees will get a 3 percent pay increase beginning next month, the City Council decided Monday night.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Cowles recognized as November's 'Strongest Link'
Griffin Fire-Rescue firefighter Daniel Cowles was named the November 2014 “Strongest Link” award recipient.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Council approves 2015 budget
The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 Monday to approve its $32.3 million 2015 budget, up about $2.1 million from 2014.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Hyde Park relocations, audit questions return to Augusta Commission agenda
A decades-old issue won’t evade Augusta’s outgoing mayor and four Augusta Commission members today at the final meeting of 2014.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Kennesaw reverses course; permits mosque
The Kennesaw City Council reversed itself Monday on the controversial issue of allowing a mosque to operate in a storefront on Jiles Road.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Park advocates express concerns about city's push to place ads in public spaces
Earlier this month, city officials asked private businesses for a variety of ways to slap ads on all kinds of different public assets. Most city property was on the table: some buildings, parks, vehicles, and services.
Source: Creative Loafing

Peachtree City approves sewer hook-up for personal care apartments
The Peachtree City Council on Dec. 1 approved a sewer hook-up for the Heritage of Peachtree City personal care apartments on the city’s east side due to its failing septic system. The facility has also requested annexation into the city.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Sandy Springs gets highway safety grant
The Sandy Springs Police Department has been given a $70,400 Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T) grant for 2015.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

South Fulton cities usher in holidays
City agendas, usually filled with expenditures and ordinances, will have festive supplements next week as municipalities light their Christmas trees.
Source: Neighbor News

Stockbridge approves reorganized $8.7 million FY 2015 budget
Stockbridge leaders adopted their fiscal year 2015 budget with little fanfare and no opposition Thursday.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Douglasville City Council taking up pay increases, Christmas bonuses Monday
Douglasville City Council members are expected to approve Christmas bonuses and raises Monday for city of Douglasville employees.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

New signal better covers left turns
The Georgia Department of Transportation has installed a new type of traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Mac Johnson Road intended to help improve safety and increase traffic flow — especially for left-turn movements.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New noise complaints, 3rd ACC hearing for West Rome sports bar El Patron
Today’s meeting of the Rome Alcohol Control Commission is expected to include discussion of an establishment familiar to the residents and city commissioners on the committee.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Area mayors choose to honor one who makes an impact in their city
A woman described as the "mother of Statham" was among six people recognized last week for their impact in the community.
Source: Barrow County News

Mayor's forum draws about 150 citizens
A crowd of about 150 gathered in the Shirley Winston Park gymnasium Thursday evening to ask city leaders about crime, redevelopment, police staffing, dilapidated houses and more during Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s final quarterly forum of 2014.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Kennesaw should get do-over on mosque right
The Kennesaw City Council will have a do-over on Monday on its most controversial move in years — its vote Dec. 1 to deny a rezoning request for a storefront Muslim prayer center in a strip center just on Jiles Road just off Cobb Parkway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

‘Thomasville is different’ in relationship between law enforcement, citizens
Throughout the country, tempers are flaring and distrust between communities, races and law enforcement is deepening. Fortunately, that isn’t the case in Thomasville.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Council will vote on new subdivision
he Holly Springs City Council is set to vote on whether or not a new subdivision will be built, which would adding more than 200 homes off Hickory Road.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Improvements continue on Lower Fayetteville
The roundabout and new entrance planned for The Newnan Centre, a conference and event hall, will likely change the landscape of Lower Fayetteville Road. Both projects are expected to be completed in March of 2015.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan Council to vote on Howard Warner facility
Newnan’s project of converting the historic Howard Warner school into a recreation and community center is awaiting the approval of two memorandums of understanding (MOU).
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Cameras go up in housing authority
The LaGrange Housing Authority is installing 40 security cameras this week at both the Benjamin Harvey Hill Homes and the Lucy Morgan Homes.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Body cameras not a 'cure-all' for law enforcement, officials say
The push for body cameras for police officers grew after a Missouri grand jury on Nov. 24 decided not to indict an officer in the shooting death of an unarmed teen, with supporters saying video would have helped clear up what happened.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Tybee Council moves ahead with giving citizens vote on public pool
As Tybee Island’s two-month beach renourishment project draws to a close, city officials are setting their sights on other efforts to enhance their greatest asset.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Water/Sewer rate increases proposed in Thomaston budget
In marked contrast to last December, the Thomaston City Council has yet to receive any negative public comments on the city’s new budget at its first two budget hearings.
Source: Thomaston Times

Senoia mayor discusses impact of zombies
So far in 2014, “Walking Dead” bus and walking tours in Senoia have been directly responsible for $100,000 in revenue in Senoia, Mayor Larry Owens said.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Five beautification awards won by Macon-Bibb
Macon-Bibb County brought home five awards Friday from the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

APS parents turn up pressure on city leaders over Beltline
Several Atlanta school district parent groups are turning up the pressure on city leaders to resolve a multi-million dollar dispute with Atlanta Public Schools over the Beltline.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor to Rio Circle: ‘Old guard’ is vanishing
During a Thursday luncheon for property owners in the Rio Circle commercial district, Avondale Estates Mayor Pro Tem Terry Giager said the 90-year-old city had long been “self-sufficient” and mostly anti-development.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution