News Line for Dalton

Residents fight against W. Walnut Ave. rezoning
Siding with staff and dozens of outspoken community members, the Dalton-Whitfield Planning Commission unanimously decided Monday to recommend against rezoning 2.04 acres on West Walnut Avenue for commercial use.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Qualifying for Dalton mayor’s race starts Monday
Dalton has been without a mayor since David Pennington stepped down in March to make an unsuccessful bid for governor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Planning commission to take up Walnut rezoning Monday
The Dalton-Whitfield County Planning Commission could decide Monday whether to recommend rezoning 2.04 acres on West Walnut Avenue to limited commercial from low-density residential.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City Council rewards savers
Dalton city employees now have a little more reason to save for their retirements. Members of the City Council voted unanimously Monday night to increase the city’s match of employee contributions to their 401(k) plans to 5 percent from 4 percent.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton awaits final approval of greenway plans
Three years after receiving a $500,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) to create a “greenway,” Dalton officials may soon put the project out for bids. Maybe.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton pension started year on stronger note
Buoyed by a 15.19 percent rate of return on investments, Dalton’s pension plan ended 2013 in slightly better shape than 2012 and edged closer to the funding level that city officials say their actuaries want them to maintain.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Redevelopment measures will require careful explanations
Three years ago, voters in Whitfield County and Dalton rejected a request by local officials to give them new economic development powers. In November, voters will have another chance to approve those powers.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton council members plan no immediate changes in city court
Don’t look for any changes in Dalton Municipal Court anytime soon.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton council wants employees to save more
Dalton city employees aren’t putting away much for their retirements, not in their city 401(k) plans anyway. City Council members are looking at trying to increase the incentive for employees to save more for their retirement.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council to ask voters for development districts
Three years ago, voters in Whitfield County and Dalton rejected a request by local officials to give them new economic development powers. In November, voters will have another chance to approve those powers.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Plan could cut flooding, stormwater damage in Dalton
Last year, Dalton City Council members asked Dalton Utilities to take another crack at solving the stormwater problems around McClellan Creek.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

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

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

Bandy Center could help downtown Dalton
One of Dalton’s great strengths is the way local agencies, schools and governments work together.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Grant could help homeowners with repairs
Low-income homeowners in Dalton may get some help with needed home repairs. The City Council voted 3-0 this week to approve an agreement with the Georgia Housing and Finance Authority that will make the city eligible for $304,980 in Community Home Investment Program (CHIP) funds.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pension problems?
Local officials say their pensions are in far better shape than those of many other local governments.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton council tables zoning proposal
The Dalton City Council on Monday tabled a recommendation from the Dalton-Whitfield Planning Commission to rezone .22 acres at the northeast corner of Felice Street and Arbella Street to restricted commercial from high-density residential.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton takes over Veterans Drive expansion
City of Dalton officials hope they can speed up a plan to turn Veterans Drive into a major north-south corridor to relieve some of the congestion on Glenwood Avenue.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

City Council approves five-year plan
The Dalton City Council voted 3-0 on Wednesday to approve a five-year plan and forward it to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton, Whitfield hotel tax revenues set another record
Dalton and Whitfield County collected a record $1.6 million in hotel/motel taxes in 2013, up about $300,000 from 2012. This marks the fourth straight year hotel/motel tax collections have set a record.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton council to vote on capital budget Monday
When they meet Monday, the Dalton City Council is slated to vote on an amendment to the city’s 2014 budget that will move $984,935 from the fund balance to the city’s capital fund for this year’s capital spending plan.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council hires appraiser for Veterans Drive project
In 2007, Dalton and Whitfield County voters approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) that called for, among other projects, transforming Veterans Drive into a major north-south corridor to relieve congestion on Glenwood Avenue.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Area firefighters climbing Atlanta tower to benefit lung association
Local firefighters are teaming up to participate in the American Lung Association’s 8th annual vertical challenge to race to the top of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta Saturday morning.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Brown named city manager of Varnell
Mike Brown stepped down as operations manager for the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department after almost 40 years with that agency on Tuesday. Today, he starts a new job with a new city.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Dalton to conduct historic survey
The city of Dalton has received a $10,821 grant to complete the first survey of its three historic districts in three decades.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Curfew ordinance gets makeover
Go out in public after midnight in Dalton and you could still get cited to court if you’re 17 or younger.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council to consider curfew changes
The Dalton City Council is scheduled to vote Monday on changes to its curfew law that would create exemptions for teens in a variety of situations from work to school functions to church events.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Council leaning against May special election for mayor
Dalton voters will likely have to wait until November to select their next mayor.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Downtown Dalton is thriving again
When I think about the past few years in Dalton, I’m struck by how much has changed both for the community and for me as well.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington’s final meeting a mix of business and accolades
Pennington’s final meeting as mayor before qualifying today to run in the Republican primary for governor against incumbent Nathan Deal was marked by several tributes.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington praised as hard work of campaign begins
David Pennington said he wanted to clarify one thing Monday night. He is not stepping down as mayor of Dalton to run for a higher office.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Pennington's legacy
When he first ran for mayor of Dalton in 2007, David Pennington says he didn’t anticipate running for governor seven years later.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen