News Line for Bainbridge

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

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

Hobby presents 2015 budget at public hearing
Tuesday night, City Manager Chris Hobby presented the proposed fiscal year 2015 budget to the Bainbridge City Council.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Downtown Bainbridge recognized by Gov. Deal, Glover receives professional certification
Bainbridge was among a dozen other cities to receive Georgia Downtown Conference Awards for Excellence in Decatur last week.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Miss Georgia receives two keys to her cities
It really was a day of celebration for the 2014 Miss Georgia, Maggie Bridges, on Thursday, July 17. Her hometown city of Brinson and Bainbridge and Decatur County did it up right as kin, friends, and sponsors met first in Brinson to welcome Maggie Bridges home officially.
Source: Miller County Liberal

City of Bainbridge budget draft gives insight to future plans
Friday, Aug. 22, the City of Bainbridge released a draft of its proposed 2014-2015 fiscal year operating budget. The final version of the budget is scheduled to be adopted Sept. 16 by the Bainbridge City Council.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

County drops out of quarterly joint meetings with city
Decatur County Board of Commissioners Chairman Frank Loeffler delivered a letter date Aug. 19 to Bainbridge Mayor Edward Reynolds Wednesday stating the county’s intention to end the Council of Governments joint meetings held quarterly between the two entities.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Welch: Taxpayers not receiving services they pay for
At Tuesday night’s Bainbridge City Council meeting, the council heard a presentation regarding the double taxation of Bainbridge’s property taxpayers.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City Manager: transfer station is working better than expected
Bainbridge city officials discussed the economics and saving potentials in a waste transfer station for almost 10 years before it became a reality.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Residents voice concerns to city council on tax increase
It’s easy to see the recent tax increase of two mills from the City of Bainbridge has residents scratching their heads, slamming their fists and everything in between.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City Council votes in favor of farmer’s market on West Street
The Bainbridge City Council passed a motion last night to close a portion of West Street every Saturday morning for about six months out of the year to allow a farmer’s market downtown.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Downtown Development Authority of Bainbridge receives 2014 National Main Street Accreditation
Downtown Development Authority of Bainbridge has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City wins top preservation award
The Bainbridge Downtown Development Authority and City of Bainbridge received a coveted state award Friday when the city attended the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Awards in Cartersville.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City, county agree to teach community about passage of SPLOST
In a specially called meeting Tuesday at the Kirbo Center to help the Bainbridge City Council and Decatur County Commission mend their severed relationship, the two government entities voted unanimously to educate the public on SPLOST IV and the upcoming election.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City and county come together for joint council
Bainbridge city elected officials and Decatur County elected commissioners met Tuesday to take steps forward to resolving their differences.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City and County to try and work out their differences
The Bainbridge City Council and the Decatur County Board of Commissioners are coming together at the invitation of Bainbridge mayor Edward Reynolds to discuss organizational topics between the two entities.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Decatur County and municipalities allocate SPLOST revenue
Decatur County has allocated more than $5 million of their SPLOST revenue to updating and maintaining public works such as equipment and roads throughout the county.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

One middle schooler wants to make Bainbridge a better place
Last Tuesday, the city of Bainbridge recognized the winner and runner up in the annual Georgia Municipal Association “If I Were Mayor…” essay contest. The winner Keon Guy of Hutto Middle School gaveled the meeting into order and led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Bainbridge opts out of Decatur County solid waste services
Bainbridge will no longer be tipping their solid waste at the Decatur County landfill after a unified council vote Tuesday accepted a low bid from a private company in Campbellton, Fla. The city hopes this change of landfill facilities will give them an annual savings of more than $40,000.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Downtown Bainbridge gears up for an evening of local art and wine
Many Downtown Bainbridge businesses are collaborating with local artists and the Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts this Thursday, April 17, to hold the second annual Art and Wine Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Council moves to meet once a month, adopts new ordinance
The Bainbridge City Council will be meeting a little less each quarter after an ordinance was adopted Tuesday in a 3-2 vote, changing the meeting schedule from six times each quarter to four.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Could major financial cuts be in city’s future?
The Bainbridge City Council met Friday and Saturday at the Lake Blackshear Resort and Golf Club for their annual retreat and discussions centered on one main theme — cutting expenses and raising revenue for the city.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight