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Jonesboro City Council takes first step to add trash service to tax bills
Home and land owners could soon see sanitation services tacked on to their annual tax bill.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City rejects cell tower on Monticello Road
Covington Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the tie-breaking vote to deny a controversial cell phone tower on Monticello Road Thursday night.
Source: Covington News

City grants subdivision’s speed bump plea
After numerous complaints and signed petitions, Holly Springs City Council took action Monday in order to slow motorists down along Idlewood Drive in Harmony on the Lakes subdivision.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Austell to privatize sanitation services
The streets of Austell will see fewer trucks on them thanks to the city’s decision to privatize the garbage pickup services it offers residents.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Powder Springs to buy police cars, give raises
Increased revenue from property taxes will allow the city of Powder Springs to buy additional police cars and give city employees a raise for the first time since 2008.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Council: Smyrna’s millage rate will remain the same
Residents of Smyrna will not see their taxes increase in the coming year after the City Council approved keeping the city’s millage rate the same this week.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Dallas mayor in line to head Georgia Municipal Association
Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin was elected third vice president of the Georgia Municipal Association during the association’s recent annual meeting in Savannah. He is now in line to become president of the 520-member organization in 2017.
Source: Neighbor News

Statesboro tourism office set to move to new home
Next week will be moving week for the Statesboro Convention and Visitors Bureau, whose new visitors center will feature a Georgia Southern Museum on Main and a parking area large enough for a camper trailer or bus.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Albany Public Works’ Roberson elevated to assistant city manager
Despite one Albany city commissioner’s expressed concerns about “subtraction by addition,” interim City Manager Tom Berry said Wednesday morning the elevation of long-time Public Works Director Phil Roberson to an assistant city manager’s position at the City Commission’s business session Tuesday night is an important part of a team concept he wants to bring to the city government.
Source: Albany Herald

Pay scale, promotions lag in Bibb sheriff’s consolidation
More than six months after Macon police and Bibb deputies merged, the sheriff’s office is becoming a united force, but some work remains.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Tillman calls for review board’s abolition
A Macon-Bibb County commissioner says the Design Review Board of the Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission should be abolished.
Source: Macon Telegraph

SPLOST agreement defines projects and splits
Griffin and Spalding County have each approved an intergovernmental agreement on the next special purpose local option sales tax which will be on the November ballot.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Big senior subdivision eyed for west Peachtree City
Proposals for Peachtree City’s biggest residential development in nearly a decade got a polite reception Monday night by the Planning Commission, except for two requests from the developer.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Golf carts on Fayetteville sidewalks being eyed
A measure by the Fayetteville City Council to align the use of motorized carts in Fayetteville with the county’s other jurisdictions was tabled at the July 17 meeting to give city staff time to review the idea of allowing carts on city sidewalks.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville losing 70 years of institutional knowledge
Fayetteville City Manager Joe Morton is in the final months of his job. The city is advertising the job and expects to have Morton’s replacement in place by mid-October.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Adoption coordinator could be hired at Augusta Animal Services as rescues begin removing animals
Animal Services Director Sharon Broady is proposing the city hire a full-time animal adoption coordinator who would work to place dogs and cats in homes to drive down the shelter’s 70 percent kill rate.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta Commission calls off search for administrator after failure to reach consensus on finalists
Augusta government remains under the direction of two interim city administrators after commission members failed to agree to support either of two finalists for the job named by Mayor Deke Copenhaver.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Couple behind $10M Cyclorama gift no Civil War buffs, but wanted to thank city
The couple pitching in $10 million for restoration of Atlanta's historic Cyclorama painting and its relocation from Grant Park to a custom-built facility at Atlanta History Center in Buckhead are not Civil War buffs, but wanted to give something back to Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

No waiver, but no worries, for Athens-Ben Epps Airport
Athens-Ben Epps Airport officials won’t be seeking a waiver that could keep federally subsidized commercial passenger air service on the airfield for a year beyond Sept. 30, when the current Essential Air Service contract with Oregon-based SeaPort Airlines is scheduled to conclude.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Grantville’s mayor not seeking re-election
Jim Sells, mayor of Grantville, announced Thursday he will not be seeking re-election in November.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Heritage walking trail to include Villa Rica
A self-guided walking tour will promote the historic textile mill community of Fullerville and delve into the details of Villa Rica’s three cotton mills, three hosiery mills, three cotton warehouses and cotton oil mill.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Community rallies behind police chief
One by one, residents walked up to the podium at Monday’s Douglasville City Council meeting with a mission — to convince the city’s elected officials not to fire their police chief.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council approves millage rates to keep taxes down in Lovejoy
Taxes will not go up inside the city limits of Lovejoy, said officials this week.
Source: Clayton News Daily

City to add code officer, clean up properties
Minutes after passing the city’s budget Monday night, the Covington City Council voted 4-3 to add a new code-enforcement officer to the planning and zoning department to ensure dilapidated homes and lots where homes were demolished avoid being overgrown.
Source: Covington News

Covington approves reduced millage rate
The Covington City Council adopted a reduced millage rate during its regular meeting Monday.
Source: Newton Citizen

Covington City Council denies cell tower request, despite threat of lawsuit
Mayor Ronnie Johnston cast the deciding vote Monday to deny a proposal to construct a cell tower on Monticello Street, despite a threatened lawsuit from the company.
Source: Newton Citizen

Festival paying homage to Great American Main Street
The City of Milledgeville will honor recent recognition as a Great American Main Street City with a Hometown Celebration community festival Aug. 15 sponsored by Milledgeville Main Street and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA).
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Council unanimously approves $680K in crime prevention grants
Columbus Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve $680,000 in crime prevention grants brought before them by the city's Crime Prevention Director Seth Brown.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Entire region shares in Bartow’s growth; local leaders say reinvestment, regional cooperation critical to success
Bartow County is enjoying a tremendous boom right now with LakePoint Sporting Community and Town Center, voestalpine, Surya Rug, Beaulieu International Group and the Toyo Tire expansion promising more than 2,400 jobs within the next three years.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Planning assemblies geared to get community involved
Brunswick officials on Tuesday hosted a workshop on the formation of Neighborhood Planning Assemblies, which are organized groups of citizens that petition the city on behalf of their neighborhoods.
Source: Brunswick News

North is Acworth’s newest Alderman
It was fourth time’s the charm for Brett North, Acworth’s newest city alderman.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Big Brother watching on every streetcorner
Atlanta police are monitoring 3,000 video cameras in the city and hope to have 12,000 online by 2018.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Senoia’s zombie wall may remain for years
A portion of a Senoia residential development might be a “closed set” for the next several years.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Aviation Commission members recommended for another term
The Albany-Dougherty Aviation Commission decided to keep its membership intact Monday, unanimously voting to recommend to the Albany City Commission that Aviation Commission Chairman Dr. William Mayher and commissioner Dr. Charles Gillespie remain on the seven-member panel.
Source: Albany Herald

Mounted Patrol Unit celebrates 25 years
In 1865, when Savannah’s police department was created, the mounted patrol unit operated with it.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New improvements for Old Milton/Haynes Bridge
The intersection of Old Milton Parkway and Haynes Bridge Road can be tricky to navigate, in large part due to the sudden entrance into the shopping center on the corner. The city is hoping to fix the dangers and approved new improvements July 21.

Macon-Bibb residents to see tax changes
Macon-Bibb County property tax rates for the next year aren’t set yet, but it’s already known that there will be a tax hike -- at least on paper.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta might be close to naming city administrator
Augusta could be closer to having a permanent head of city government, with Mayor Deke Copenhaver calling a meeting Wednesday to “discuss and approve” his recommendation for the top post.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Hasan tops Finnegan in District 6 commission race
In a heated runoff to represent District 6 on the Augusta Commission, newspaper publisher Ben Hasan was victorious Tuesday, pulling in 1,243 votes, or 52.43 percent, to Fort Gordon retiree Bob Finnegan’s 1,128 votes, or 47.57 percent.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Longtime local activist Melissa Link wins Athens-Clarke Commission seat
Longtime local activist Melissa Link, a regular presence in the audience at Athens-Clarke County Commission meetings, has won a seat on the commission, claiming victory in a Tuesday runoff against political newcomer Rachel Watkins.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Johnston steps up as chief of police
Former Statham Assistant Chief of Police Allan Johnston was sworn in as the city’s new chief of police on Wednesday morning.
Source: Barrow County News

Martin begins job as Statham administrator
Former Statham Chief of Police Steve Martin officially took on his new role as city administrator on Friday.
Source: Barrow County News

Audit shows Cedartown city finances doing better since 2011
The City of Cedartown is doing much better fiscally than they were only a few years ago, but city manager Bill Fann said he wants to see more progress in keeping money in the city’s coffers.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Flovilla mayor resigning post
Flovilla Mayor Scott Chewning announced on Monday he would be resigning his position at the end of July due to an impending move outside the city limit
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Smith named Cornelia police chief
A familiar face will be leading Cornelia Police Department into the future.
Source: Access North Georgia

Stone Mountain earns National Main Street accreditation
The Stone Mountain Downtown Development Authority has been recognized for meeting commercial revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Council to consider 11 crime prevention programs worth $680,000
Columbus Crime Prevention Director Seth Brown will bring 11 grant proposals worth $680,000 to Columbus Council Tuesday evening, according to council’s agenda.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Ringgold council approves CVB’s recommendation for downtown WiFi
Locals and tourists visiting Ringgold will soon have free Internet access. The city council has given the green light to additional WiFi in the downtown area.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

SPLOST funds; further projects questioned after North Rome work finished
Improvements that will help prevent sewage spills and excess runoff in some North Rome neighborhoods are expected to be done by the end of 2015, according to city Water and Sewer Division Director Leigh Ross.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Grayson to hold city elections Nov. 4
The Grayson City Council approved an ordinance Monday night to hold its city election this fall, while approving its election officials.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Mayor: Developing city center top priority for Peachtree Corners
Monday was a busy day for Peachtree Corners mayor Mike Mason. On three separate occasions, Mason delivered his second state of the city address.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Rincon 2013 audit finds two problems
Rincon City Council members were handed their 2013 audit, which pointed out two material weaknesses.
Source: Effingham Herald

Smyrna OKs enterprise zone
Businesses in parts of Smyrna and unincorporated Cobb have new reasons to invest in the area now that the city has approved a local tax incentive program.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City Council to consider updated downtown parking ordinance
A new parking ordinance, among several other items, was discussed at Thursday's City Council workshop/called meeting.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Beer by the glass may come to Macon-Bibb growler stores
Growler stores in Macon-Bibb County may soon be able to sell a glass of beer to be consumed on site instead of simply selling sealed jugs of alcohol to take home.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins human resources director picks up a few more duties
City Council voted Monday to turn over some of the duties of the city clerk to the human resources director. Bryan Fobbus, human resources director, said the duties deal with personnel issues that normally fall under human resources, such as the employee appeal process.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Dalton council approves paving contract
Some of Dalton’s busiest streets will be re-paved and re-striped before the end of the year.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Augusta firefighters battle through summer heat
Sgt. David Williams speaks for many of the firefighters at Augusta Station No. 8 when he says summer is the hardest time of year.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Sandy Springs to discuss proposed performing arts facility at open house
Sandy Springs officials will host a public information open house on Thursday to discuss the performing arts facility proposed for City Center.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Lula mayor breaks tie vote on rezoning
In a rare tie breaking vote, Lula Mayor Milton Turner Monday night decided to support a rezoning request from trucking terminal owner Tony McGuire of Gainesville to change his 17 acre tract at Mountain View and Highway 365 from Highway Business to Light Industrial.
Source: Access North Georgia

Design Review Board recommends denial of Douglass House demolition
The Design Review Board will recommend the zoning commission deny a demolition permit to the owner to tear down the historic Douglass House in Macon.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jenkinsburg planning 125th anniversary event
Leaders in Jenkinsburg have started making plans for a community event to celebrate the city’s 125th anniversary.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Jenkinsburg meets on audit, pavilion plans
During its regular meeting on July 14, the Jenkinsburg City Council received a favorable audit report for 2013 and took the first step to build a pavilion at Memorial Park.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Flowery Branch council members consider rezoning of old development
A developer is hoping to breathe new life into an 18-acre tract of land near downtown Flowery Branch that was to have been a town home community when it was originally proposed.
Source: Access North Georgia

Sewer installation complete, Asberry Lift Station project planned
The new sewer line from the new Polk Medical Center on U.S. Highway 278 into the water treatement plant in Cedartown is completed, and a new phase of work on the Asberry Lift Station will be getting underway soon.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

2050 Plan draws emotional discussion in Mansfield
Discussion of the baseline ordinances of the 2050 Plan turned contentious Thursday night as hundreds of residents gathered at Mansfield Elementary School to express their views.
Source: Newton Citizen

Conyers Main Street manager resigns
Monica Coffin, the first manager of the Conyers Main Street Program, has resigned.
Source: Newton Citizen

McDonough officials misrepresent millage rate breakdown
Turns out, more than half of the funds generated by the city of McDonough’s proposed tax hike will not go toward public safety positions, despite what city leaders have said.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Mayor unveils big plans for the Marietta Square
Mayor Steve Tumlin has a few big ideas for the Square he believes could change the way people view the city.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

MRC hires its first land broker
The Marietta Redevelopment Corporation hired a land broker Friday to market its properties for the first time in its history.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Pembroke gets grant for well search
Pembroke will get a $30,000 federal grant to help it find another water source.
Source: Bryan County News

Communiversity might live on at Central State
After negotiations for the lease-purchase of the City of Milledgeville's Shaw building to become a proposed business incubator, job skills training and center for the arts fell off a cliff, the Summit Communiversity board looked elsewhere.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Mayor, council at odds on CID appointments
Mayor Gene Hobgood’s second attempt to fill a vacant seat on the Canton Marketplace Community Improvement District Board and appoint a new member failed at Thursday’s city council meeting.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City plans special November election for empty seat
Voters in Canton will have to head back to the polls now the Canton City Council approved Thursday to hold a special election in conjunction with the general election on Nov. 4 to fill the vacant Ward 3 seat.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Lyndhurst offers $25,000 for landscaping at new canoe launch site in Catoosa County
Not only is the newest launch site on the West Chickamauga Creek Blueway nearing completion, its surroundings will have professional landscaping and amenities thanks to yet another grant from the Chattanooga-based Lyndhurst Foundation.
Source: Catoosa County News

Tourism to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park creates $54,961,300 in economic benefit
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 905,984 visitors to Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park in 2013 spent $54,961,300 in communities near the park. That spending supported 771 jobs in the local area.
Source: Catoosa County News

Recreation task force still waiting for surveys; discussing future setup
A task force created to hammer out a new recreation authority agreement is expected to receive recommendations in two weeks on which communities it should visit. The task force reached no decision Friday on a new operating agreement for the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

New carpet is next step in DeSoto Theatre restoration; catering kitchen, concessions also slated for improvements
While considerable work has been done to restore Rome’s historic DeSoto Theatre, the project is far from complete.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Rome live-streaming City Commission meetings, officially starting July 28
A small disruption at last week’s Rome City Commission meeting marked the introduction of a way people can instantly keep up with the local government.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

ACC to decide on 4 alcohol pouring licenses, including Ichiban and O'Charley's
A mix of new and existing establishments in Rome are asking to be able to serve alcohol to their customers.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Kingston releases 2014 budget
On July 14 Kingston introduced its 2014 budget. Though several months late, it is the first legally introduced budget the city has had in more than a year.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Snellville Recycling Center gets boost from deal with kidney foundation
The Snellville Recycling Center will see a more than $10,000 annual revenue bump thanks to a recent agreement with American Kidney Services (AKS).
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City GIS program takes the stage in California
The City of Thomasville’s geographic information system (GIS) program is not only making an impact locally, but is helping communities across the nation.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Parkway honors former mayor, media innovator
A segment of Fair Road is now McDougald Memorial Parkway, honoring a mayor who brought Statesboro its sewer system and donated land for the founding of a church and a university, as well as his descendants, some prominent in electronic and print media.
Source: Statesboro Herald

St. Marys closed water plant could become science discovery center
The city hasn’t used the downtown wastewater treatment plant that overlooks the marsh on the east end of Weed Street for more than a year. If a handful of local volunteers and city officials have their way, the now-vacant property will become a research center used by Camden County high school students and graduate students from Georgia Southern University.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Flowery Branch schedules hearing for downtown neighborhood proposal
A planned neighborhood may soon be coming to an area near downtown Flowery Branch with a few modifications from the original plans.
Source: Gainesville Times

Auburn divided on plan for Parks & Leisure dept.
The Auburn City Council remains divided on how to handle the Parks & Leisure Department in the wake of the resignation of its head.
Source: Barrow County News

Albany City Commissioner Tommie Postell a lightning rod for controversy
Tommie Postell is, hands down, the most outspoken politician in Southwest Georgia. The Ward VI Albany City Commissioner is a lightning rod for controversy, offering his own unique take on pretty much any topic that comes before the commission and others that don’t.
Source: Albany Herald

Another New Cityhood Push in DeKalb County
The proposed City of South DeKalb’s organizers want a bill in next year’s legislative session. However, Kathryn Rice, who is leading the effort, says plans are in their first stages. The group does not have a sponsor for the bill or even the money for a feasibility study.
Source: WABE

Cleanup of eastside Savannah homeless camps may take couple weeks
A good bit of work was accomplished Saturday in a bid to clear out some homeless camps east of downtown Savannah, but it may be a week or two before the project is complete.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Work detail saves Rockmart money, pawn ordinance changed
A change in work details will save Rockmart taxpayers money, according to local officials.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Grantville leaders hold interview for new city manager
Members of the Grantville City Council held their first interview for the vacant city manager position Thursday.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Macon Transit to bring Houston workers to Macon
On Monday, for the first time ever, Macon Transit will drive workers from another county into Macon to work.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry police moving to Ford Interceptor SUVs for patrol
Perry police expect to roll out seven 2015 Ford Interceptor SUVs by month’s end, with plans to replace all patrol vehicles over time with the small sport utility vehicles.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Newnan ready to roll on sidewalk, repaving projects funded by sales tax
Newnan is set to begin a number of sidewalk and paving projects. Totaling $861,000, the majority of the cost will be funded by special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenues.
Source: Fayette Citizen

$100 Peachtree City tax hike scrutinized
Most of the public discussion about a proposed property tax increase at Thursday’s meeting of the Peachtree City Council focused on the increased spending for landscaping.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City says ‘yes’ to new traffic light on Hwy. 54W
If it meets state approval, a new “continuous flow” traffic light intersection will serve a new shopping center on Ga. Highway 54 West and Line Creek Drive.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City police win U.S. traffic safety award
When it comes to traffic safety, it is hard to beat the efforts of the Peachtree City Police Dept. That work resulted in the department taking top honors in the 2013 National Law Enforcement Challenge for its efforts in traffic safety.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Briefing Monday on entertainment center, 650-home project in Peachtree City
Plans for a 650-home subdivision at MacDuff Parkway and north Kedron Drive will be reviewed by the Peachtree City Planning Commission Monday night.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Council to vote on paving contract tonight
City Council is scheduled to vote tonight on an $878,028.50 contract with Northwest Georgia paving of Calhoun to resurface all or parts of Tibbs Road, Abutment Road, College Drive and Kimberly Park Drive. These streets will also be given reflective thermoplastic striping and raised markers to make the lines more visible, especially at night and in the rain.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Augusta Commission searches for consensus on candidates for city administrator
Wednesday will mark two weeks since Mayor Deke Co­pen­haver revealed the names of three finalists for city administrator, but it remains to be seen how soon Augusta will hire a permanent head of the government.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Suffridge says miracle is needed or Aragon will become a village
Elected officials agree a miracle is needed to save Aragon from becoming a village by Aug. 1, 2014.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

Downtown Macon master plan seeking ideas
Though still in the fact-finding stage, Macon’s new urban master plan has begun its digital life and already has led to improvements along Cherry Street.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Hogansville PD building renamed in honor of former chief
A large crowd gathered in front of the Hogansville Police Department Thursday afternoon to witness the renaming of the building to the Moses Ector Public Safety Center.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Jackson Councilman Lewis Sims attends leadership program
Jackson City Councilman Lewis Sims was recognized at the Georgia Municipal Association’s 81st annual convention in Savannah in June for completing the Robert E. Knox Jr. Municipal Leadership Institute.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Mayor Reed promotes new Atlanta COO from within
Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed took the “interim” off of Mike Geisler Friday, promoting the former business executive to the permanent title of the city’s chief operating officer.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Conyers PD updates policies to respond to children left in cars as 'emergencies'
As a result of the highly publicized death of a young metro Atlanta boy left in a hot car by his father, the Conyers Police Department has changed its policies and will now treat any report of a child left in a car during extreme temperatures as an emergency.
Source: Newton Citizen

Lowry Mill project expected to conclude late 2015
Once bustling with activity, Euharlee’s Lowry Mill is being rekindled for future generations to utilize and admire.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Rezoning paves way for new retail complex
A spate of zoning and rezoning requests before the Cartersville City Council Thursday night was the first step toward building a new 200,000-square-foot shopping center in Cartersville.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Developer hopes to win water park auction, move slides to Rome
Rome native Robert W. Loftin, now a major hotel developer based in Washington, D.C., wants to give his hometown a boost. Loftin said he wants to purchase a water park in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, and move it to Rome.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Police consider downtown security surveillance
Camera surveillance for downtown Milledgeville may be a project in the works for the near future.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Morrow narrows police chief search to three
Only three candidates remain in the almost two-month search for Morrow’s new police chief.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Jonesboro City Council takes first step to add trash service to tax bills
Home and land owners could soon see sanitation services tacked on to their annual tax bill.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Walmart Neighborhood Market coming to city
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., announced plans to open a neighborhood market - a grocery store and pharmacy with some household items - at the site of one of its former stores in Brunswick.
Source: Brunswick News

Community get answers on sewer plan
Residents from the Gaines Davis subdivision met with St. Marys officials earlier this week to discuss their long-awaited sanitary sewer project.
Source: Brunswick News

Water features at Lillian Webb Park closed indefinitely
Due to sudden maintenance issues, water features at Norcross’ Lillian Webb Park will be shut down until further notice, the city said Thursday
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Berkeley Lake officials clarify solicitation ordinance requirement
City council members voted Thursday to make clarifications to the city’s Door-to-Door Sales and Solicitation ordinance, a law that was recently passed and designed to screen the backgrounds of door-to-door salespeople.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Valdosta receives some new bicycle racks
Parking availability is increasing in Downtown Valdosta through the installation of four new bicycle racks for public use.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

SPLOST VI committee: ‘Habersham County needs SPLOST’
Why does Habersham County need Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) VI? This was the topic of a Wednesday meeting of SPLOST VI focus group leaders.
Source: Northeast Georgian

Washington Police Department defunded, closed by Council vote
The Washington, Georgia, police department is no more. Washington City Council voted 4-3 to defund the police department at Thursday night’s meeting, with Mayor Ames Barnett breaking the 3-3 council member tie.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Brick going up on new public safety complex
Brick is going up along the facade of Newnan’s new public safety complex off Jefferson Street at the site of the old Hannah Homes public housing project.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

City discusses buzzard problem again
The subject of buzzards, otherwise referred to as vultures, again reared its ugly head at Monday’s administrative briefing of the Americus Mayor and City Council.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Bank of America presents housing, job training grants
On Thursday morning, Patrick O’Neil, Savannah market president of Bank of America, was joined by Mayor Edna Jackson to present grants to the Community Housing Services Agency and Step Up Savannah.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Editorial: Turning over a new leaf on Chatham's tree canopy
Earlier this week, city and Chatham County officials got a preliminary look at the latest “State of the Trees” analysis, which a Colorado-based company, Plan-It Geo, is conducting, thanks to a $60,000 grant from the Savannah Tree Foundation.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Yatesville to honor veterans with flags and crosses
The City of Yatesville is looking for the names of a “few good men and women” who served in the military and are from Yatesville. The city plans to honor them on Veterans Day with their names, services, and wars on crosses with American flags attached.
Source: Thomaston Times

Ways to improve Riverwalk Augusta discussed
Different ideas were floated Thursday on how best to enhance Riverwalk Augusta, but the goal remained the same: make the riverfront property once again attractive to visitors.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Flowery Branch City Council officially approves tax increase
For the first time since 2005, the Flowery Branch City Council officially approved a tax increase.
Source: Access North Georgia

Winder DDA looking for solutions to downtown parking issues
After several months of discussion about how to improve parking in downtown Winder, the Downtown Development Authority voted Tuesday to propose to the City an idea about parking on Candler Street.
Source: Barrow County News

City of Rockmart recognizes Bob Morris
City officials recently recognized Bob “Shannon” Morris, known as the “Hometown” voice, for his service to the Rockmart community.
Source: Polk County Standard Journal

City awarded $100,000 for BeltLine's Reynoldstown Stage
A new performing arts stage in Atlanta just got a boost. The Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Arts will get $100,000 to advance the design of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Reynoldstown stage.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle