News Line for Perry

Perry undergoes strategic planning process
At age 17, Amber Payne and Eli Guidry have a hard time seeing a future for themselves in Perry after they graduate college. Still, they said, a town hall meeting attended by more than 100 people Thursday showed them lots of potential improvements.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry plans new fee for fire protection
Perry City Council members indicated Monday they want to launch a new fee, of about $5 a month per house, to hire more firefighters to protect the far-flung city.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jones to leave helm of Perry CVB
Since 2005, Sheila Jones has been at the helm of the Perry Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Houston mayors praise regional cooperation
The mayors of Centerville, Perry and Warner Robins came together Thursday to praise regional cooperation and describe some shared challenges.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry backs expansion of Ocmulgee National Monument
The City Council has thrown its support behind a massive increase in the size of the Ocmulgee National Monument, which ultimately could become the Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry volunteers seek to develop strategic plan
A group formed of dozens of volunteers launched a campaign Tuesday night to try to determine what kind of future the city should plan for.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry buys church property to help park
The Rotary Centennial Park in Perry, one of the jewels of the city, is getting about an acre larger.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry annexation could bring apartments
An open field at the corner of Houston Lake Road and Ga. 127 could begin a transformation into a commercial development by the end of this summer.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry revives interest in building new animal shelter
The Perry Animal Shelter regularly floods. One enclosure is held shut with a dog collar. Pieces of the ceiling dangle down, and paint is flaking off everywhere. The door to what used to be the cat shelter has a giant hole eaten right through the middle by rust.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry officer’s act of kindness leads to friendship
A call to the Perry Police Department to check on the welfare of a resident around Thanksgiving has turned into a friendship between an officer and the man.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Midstate governments join to stretch road dollars
The path to better roads may be paved with good cooperation. Some midstate governments are again joining together to get a bulk discount on road paving, which literally stretches the work.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry keeps Hill Road residents in city limits
Breaking up is hard to do, and Perry City Council again decided to reject requests from Hill Road neighbors to be deannexed from the city limits.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Storm creates extra work and costs for governments
This week’s winter storm affected local governments with extra cost and work, but Middle Georgia escaped the public-service disaster experienced in Atlanta.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry council approves rezoning in spite of opposition
In spite of opposition from Holly Hills subdivision residents, the City Council voted 5-1 in favor of rezoning nearly 30 acres at the corner of U.S. 41 South and Greenwood Drive from residential to commercial.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Lagging tax collections lead Houston to cut SPLOST spending
Houston County is scaling back some of its special purpose local option sales tax spending after collections lagged last year.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry residents oppose rezoning; officer recognized for act of kindness
Holly Hills subdivision residents expressed opposition at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to the proposed rezoning of nearly 30 acres at the corner of U.S. 41 South and Greenwood Drive from residential to commercial.
Source: Macon Telegraph

High demand has Perry-Houston County Airport looking at new hangars
Significant improvements have been made at the Perry-Houston County Airport in recent years, and more are in the works.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry council approves land purchase
The city of Perry plans to purchase a piece of property that has been an eyesore for years and turn it into a beautified green space.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry mayor predicts no additional water, sewage rate increases
An increase in the city’s water and sewage rates is doing its job, and those rates are expected to remain stable, Mayor Jimmy Faircloth said.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry limits some employees’ hours to comply with health care law
Part-time and seasonal city employees cannot work more than 25 hours a week, per a restriction Perry City Council set Tuesday evening to prevent violations of the new health care law.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry raises water and sewer rates
Water and sewer rates in Perry are going up. City Council voted Tuesday to raise consumption rates by 2.5 percent on water and sewer service, said City Manager Lee Gilmour.
Source: Macon Telegraph