News Line for Canton

Rust pushing for multiple, speedy charter changes
Residents overwhelmingly disagreed Tuesday with changes to the Canton city charter that were proposed by City Councilman John Rust, which some called “a power grab” to diminish the mayor’s responsibilities.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

City Council sets top 4 goals while at retreat
Canton’s City Council members left their differences at home and took advantage of a retreat in neighboring Pickens County on Friday to plan for the future.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Residents share hopes for Hwy. 92 Corridor changes, Canton T.E.A. Party disrupts meeting with questions
More than 50 residents attended a meeting Tuesday to share their ideas for revitalizing the Highway 92 Corridor, but members of the Canton T.E.A. Party disrupted the Woodstock stakeholders’ event with questions about the plan.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Downtown parking fine enforcement starts Oct. 1
Violators of the downtown Canton parking ordinance will soon be fined, but the City Council and Canton Police Department are giving fair warning before any citations are written.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council OKs refinancing of $8M bond
The city of Canton could save $1.2 million in interest payments by refinancing an $8 million bond issued in 2009 at a lower interest rate.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council OKs refinancing of $8M bond
The city of Canton could save $1.2 million in interest payments by refinancing an $8 million bond issued in 2009 at a lower interest rate.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton budget review forecasts no tax increase
Property owners within the city of Canton are not expected to see a tax increase this year. Canton City Council reached a consensus that a rollback to 6.196 mils is achievable for fiscal year during the budget review meeting Monday.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

Back on track: Etowah River Park is one step closer to completion
Etowah River Park is one step closer to being completed after several setbacks and delays.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

First Friday will feature summer send off events
Although summer is winding down, Woodstock and Canton Main Street programs are cranking up the fun at their First Friday events with shopping, food, crafts and more family activities before school starts Monday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Officials: Canton budget work in progress
While the Canton City Council has reviewed a preliminary budget, Chief Finance Officer Nathan Ingram anticipates changes and more discussions to come before the first budget public hearing Aug. 7.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

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

Canton to discuss CID appointments, wireless microphones for City Hall
Mayor Gene Hobgood’s appointment of Councilman Bill Grant was struck down last month by a 4-1 vote. McGrew was the only one in favor of Grant’s appointment.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton forms honor guard: Police chief approves ceremonial unit in time for 4th of July activities
The Canton Police Department is showing its colors after forming an honor guard to serve during memorial services and other functions.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Businessman Yawn to run for Ward 3 council seat
Downtown Canton businessman Farris Yawn has already indicated his plans to run for the Ward 3 council seat vacated by former Councilman Glen Cummins in his move to city manager.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

Cummins named new city manager in 3-2 vote
Glen Cummins was named the new Canton city manager Thursday by a narrow margin and resigned from his Canton City Council seat immediately following the vote.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Issues remain with new council chambers
Audience members at the Canton City Council meeting Thursday said, at best, they could hear only mumbling from officials as problems with sound persisted in the new $750,000 council chambers.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton to see more road work
Yet another road construction project is headed for the heart of the county.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Construction of Etowah River Park behind schedule
The opening of Canton’s long-awaited Etowah River Park has been pushed back again.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Hobgood, City Council clash over Canton CID nomination
Mayor Gene Hobgood said Tuesday he is regrouping after the city council struck down his suggested appointment to the Canton Marketplace Community Improvement District board in a matter of minutes last week.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Downtown Canton’s 1st growler shop to open at the end of July
The suds will soon begin to flow at downtown Canton’s first beer growler shop.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Councilman takes on Canton blight
With the help of city staff, City Councilman Hooky Huffman is pushing Canton to take a more aggressive approach in cracking down on blight.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton might build fire station on dirt-filled site
Canton may build a long-awaited fire station on city-owned land in the Laurel Canyon area, despite worries 50,000 cubic yards of dirt piled on the site present a costly problem.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton might build fire station on dirt-filled site
Canton may build a long-awaited fire station on city-owned land in the Laurel Canyon area, despite worries 50,000 cubic yards of dirt piled on the site present a costly problem.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Blog ranks Canton top place to live in Georgia
The city of Canton was ranked as the No. 1 best place to live in Georgia by real estate blog Movoto, with Woodstock landing a spot in the top 10.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Wastewater plant to get new designs
For a considerable chunk of an almost four-hour meeting Thursday night, the Canton City Council considered how to move forward on a project to repair and improve the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

New park opens in downtown Canton
Music and the smell of barbecue permeated through the streets of downtown Canton on Wednesday for what may have been the first of many times to come.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Councilman Cummins applies for City Manager
Councilman Glen Cummins is trying to parlay his position as Canton’s interim city manager into a full-time job.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton mayor to address new gun law's effects
Mayor Gene Hobgood plans to start a discussion during the City Council’s work session tonight on what effects Canton will feel from statewide gun legislation signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal last week.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton plans to re-advertise for city manager job opening
The Canton City Manager Search Committee has decided to re-advertise for the position of city manager.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

Report: Long-term cost of fire department merger not cheap
The long-debated option of nixing the city of Canton’s fire department and merging it with Cherokee County’s could be a more expensive possibility to help the growing city than some previously thought.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton mayor wants to build new fire station
After years of waiting, the Laurel Canyon community in northern Canton might get its fire station after all.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Cities celebrate spring with eclectic themes
The cities of Woodstock and Canton will welcome crowds tonight to celebrate the season with eclectic downtown festivals.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Beer growler shop to open in downtown Canton
With approval from the Canton City Council in tow, a group of residents from the Great Sky community is setting its sights on downtown to open the city’s first beer “growler” shop and help the city’s center see an increase in vitality.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Sole Canton city manager candidate withdraws
Amid disagreement among council members over his candidacy, the sole finalist to fill Canton’s city manager position withdrew his name from consideration Thursday morning.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton rental car tax passes
Mayor Gene Hobgood’s proposed excise tax on car rentals finally made it through the Canton City Council last week, after multiple failed attempts in recent years.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Finalist for Canton city manager a contentious nomination
A former economic development director in Woodstock was named as the sole candidate to be the new Canton city manager Friday morning, although two-thirds of the city council say they don’t think he has the experience for the job.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton to conduct meeting on enterprise zone
The city of Canton will conduct a public information presentation March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the River Mill Livable Centers Initiative Enterprise Zone.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton to conduct meeting on enterprise zone
The city of Canton will conduct a public information presentation March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the River Mill Livable Centers Initiative Enterprise Zone.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Mayor: Canton shows strong improvement
Mayor Gene Hobgood says the future of Canton has never looked quite so good.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Study on Canton: ‘You don’t need a parking structure’
A third-party research firm that was paid more than $29,000 to look into parking in downtown Canton has decided there is no shortage of available spaces and the parking deck some have suggested is unnecessary.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Three Cherokee cities make list of state’s 50 safest
Residents across Cherokee County may rest a little easier after the county’s three most populated cities were named to a list of the state’s 50 safest cities.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Rental car tax voted down by Council again; Mayor Hobgood says he’s not giving up
Mayor Gene Hobgood’s proposed excise tax on rental cars has once again been voted down by the Canton City Council, but he says he’s not backing down this time.
Source: Cherokee Tribune