News Line for Valdosta

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

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

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

Valdosta council restricting alcohol sales
No establishment in downtown Valdosta will be allowed to sell alcohol if 50 percent of its income does not come from food sales.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta Unveiled: Public art project revealed this week
The history of Valdosta will be unveiled Friday in a downtown alley.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta mulls alcohol rules
The Valdosta City Council is looking to amend the current alcohol ordinance, with an eye on downtown establishments.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Nichols historic status denied
The Nichols House has been denied historical protection. In a 6-1 vote, with council member Robert Yost voting in favor of the historical status, the Valdosta City Council ruled the house that has been a the center of a zoning controversy was not worthy of historical designation.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City to review Nichols status
The Valdosta City Council will determine the historic status of the Nichols House Thursday.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta aims to eliminate blight by 2020
In recent years, Macon-Bibb County officials have struggled to meet a goal of demolishing 100 blighted properties each year. Though no one knows for sure how many are left to tear down, estimates range as high as 5,000. At the current rate, it would take half a century to get them all. But other communities have more ambitious goals.
Source: Macon Telegraph

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

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

City Council previews apartment proposal
Valdosta City Council previewed Thursday's meeting with its monthly work session Tuesday evening.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta City Council prepares for meetings this week
Valdosta City Council will preview this week’s meeting this afternoon.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta PD hopes to sell three squad cars
The Valdosta Police Department wants to sell three vehicles to other organizations. They will seek approval for this during Thursday night's city council meeting.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City of Valdosta Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
The City of Valdosta has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for the 28th consecutive year.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Hanson reappointed to policy council
Valdosta City Manager Larry Hanson has been reappointed to serve on the Georgia Municipal Association’s Legislative Policy Council. The council is responsible for proposing the association’s Legislative Platform and engaging other city officials in the legislative process throughout the year in helping move the platform forward.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City Council considers speed limit changes
The Valdosta City Council will meet Thursday and will consider an amendment to the speed limit ordinance within Valdosta city limits.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta raises millage rate
Valdosta City Council voted unanimously to raise the city’s millage rate from 4.102 to 6.102, a two mil, 67.2 percent increase, Thursday night. It is the first millage rate increase by the city in more than two decades.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Lake Park City Council raises millage rate
The Lake Park City Council voted to increase the city's millage rate by 1.5 mils Tuesday night. This raises it from 5.052 to 6.552, a 29.64 percent increase.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Greetings from South Georgia’s sister city
In the northwest corner of Italy, 30 minutes from France and one hour away from Switzerland, lies a beautiful town, named after Augustus Caesar, called Valle d’ Aosta.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.
A gas leak evacuated a neighborhood Monday when workers struck a natural gas main.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

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

Valdosta council: No to downtown semis
City leaders hope to permanently end tractor-trailer traffic through Downtown Valdosta
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Valdosta announces preservation award recipients
The City of Valdosta recently honored Dr. Richard Saeger and David Sutton with the Harold M. Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award for their long-term stewardship and contributions to historic preservation.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City explains 2013 water report violation
The city’s recently released newsletter reports a water-quality violation from more than a year ago.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Council passes FY 2015 budget
The Valdosta City Council approved two significant items Thursday night: the city's Fiscal Year 2015 budget and the design build project to relocate the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City breaks ground on force main project
Ten golden shovels were imbedded in the soil Wednesday at the new site of the Withlacoochee Wastewater Treatment Plant off of Wetherington Lane.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City weighs budget tax hike
The City of Valdosta reviewed a proposed budget Wednesday night that could include a tax increase.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Manhole project approved
Valdosta City Council approved by a 6-1 vote Thursday evening Phase III of a manhole replacement/rehabilitation program.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

City manhole rehab continues
Valdosta City Council discussed four wastewater issues during its Tuesday night work session, including Phase III of the manhole rehabilitation project which will either reline or replace 38 manholes in the city's system.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times