News Line for Richmond Hill

Georgia Cities Week to begin
Georgia Cities Week 2014 gets under way Sunday with a photo exhibit at Pembroke’s Downtown Art Center. It ends with a kid’s fishing derby on April 26 at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill.
Source: Bryan County News

City joins regional planning group
In theory, Richmond Hill could have turned down membership in the Coastal Region Metropolitan Planning Organization. In reality, that wasn’t an option.
Source: Bryan County News

Sherman picked as CVB director
Richmond Hill City Council put its stamp of approval Tuesday on the hiring of Christy Sherman as head of the city’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
Source: Bryan County News

City oks $280,000 for construction road
As work on Richmond Hill’s new $22 million Sterling Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility gets under way, finding a way to access the worksite without disrupting residents in a nearby subdivision led the City Council on Tuesday to approve spending more than $287,000 to build an access road.
Source: Bryan County News

Richmond Hill adds to wastewater plant construction cost
After discussion produced no viable options, the Richmond Hill City Council voted to fund road improvements to improve access to the site of a new wastewater treatment plant to be constructed in the city.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City gets lirability-management grant
The Georgia Municipal Association recently announced Richmond Hill as a recipient of a $3,050 Liability Management grant for GCA Certification and constitutional law legal training.
Source: Bryan County News

Council votes to up fire department budget
The Richmond Hill Council voted to spend $150,000 more on renovations to Fire Station 1 than originally planned during its March 18 meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

City workshop to focus on stormwater, planning group
When the Richmond Hill City Council met Tuesday night, members were expected to approve a $22.37 million bid from Bates Engineering to build the town’s new wastewater treatment facility.
Source: Bryan County News

Council OKs $22M for new treatment plant
Bainbridge-based Bates Engineers/Contractors Inc. will build Richmond Hill’s new Sterling Creek wastewater treatment plant following Tuesday night’s vote by the City council to approve the company’s $22.4 million bid.
Source: Bryan County News

Richmond Hill council awards $22 million wastewater contract
The Richmond Hill City Council voted to approve the biggest expenditure in the history of the city Tuesday night, $22,365,000 to Bates Engineering/Contractors, Inc. for construction of a new wastewater treatment plant.
Source: Savannah Morning News

RH Council OKs senior-living development
Another development in Richmond Hill for senior citizens is a step closer to reality.
Source: Bryan County News

Richmond Hill council approves senior apartment plans
Residents of Richmond Hill Plantation stepped forward during the March 4 meeting of the Richmond Hill City Council to voice concerns regarding the Ashleigh Place Senior Apartments to be constructed by the Humanities Foundation adjacent to their neighborhood.
Source: Savannah Morning News

OMI drops $2M suit with city
The public works company Operations Management International has dropped its $2 million lawsuit against Richmond Hill, a mere two months after it was filed.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

City celebrates Arbor Day, Tree City USA designation
Rain held off just long enough Friday morning for Richmond Hill to commemorate Georgia Arbor Day with a brief ceremony in J.F. Gregory Park.
Source: Bryan County News

Plastic lawn trash bags on the way out in Richmond Hill
Richmond Hill residents looking to dispose of lawn and garden waste will soon no longer be able to package it in plastic for removal by city crews.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Council approves paper bags for dry trash
Richmond Hill city council members voted unanimously Tuesday to require residents to use paper bags for dry trash pickup.
Source: Bryan County News

Controversy over motel's alcohol package license
A request from Roger Hudson for an alcoholic beverage license for package sales of beer, wine and liquor for his restaurant Snazzy’s prompted several questions from the city council during their Jan. 7 meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Mayor, council members take oath for 2014-16
Dozens showed up for the swearing in of council members Russ Carpenter and Johnny Murphy and Mayor Harold Fowler.
Source: Bryan County News

Richmond Hill hires new fire chief
Richmond Hill has hired Valdosta Fire Department battalion chief Ralph Catlett as its new fire chief, the city announced Tuesday night.
Source: Bryan County News

Murphy takes oath of office
Standing in front of a packed City Hall, Harold Fowler raised his right hand and took the oath of office from state Sen. Buddy Carter on Tuesday night and officially begin his second term as mayor of Richmond Hill.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Murphy to take seat on Richmond Hill council Tuesday
Richmond Hill City Council newcomer, local developer and businessman, Johnny Murphy will be sworn in for his first term during the council's Jan. 7 meeting.
Source: Savannah Morning News

R.H. settles suit with engineer
Richmond Hill has agreed to a $150,000 settlement with an engineering firm it fired nearly two years ago regarding the design of the planned wastewater treatment facility.
Source: Bryan County News

Council OKs height request for St. Anne
Richmond Hill just got about 30 feet taller, after City Council members unanimously approved Wednesday a request by an architectural group for a variance in the city’s building code to allow an 86-foot bell tower.
Source: Bryan County News

City eyes new landscape regulations
Despite the potential costs to land developers and homebuilders should the Richmond Hill City Council adopt a landscape ordinance, fewer than 10 real estate professionals attended a town hall meeting Thursday at City Hall.
Source: Bryan County News

Richmond Hill looks to lure business with 'military zone'
Richmond Hill City Council members approved a measure Tuesday aimed at bringing more business into certain parts of the city.
Source: Bryan County News

Mayors' Christmas Motorcade asks for help
The City of Richmond Hill has started its gift collection campaign for this year’s Mayors’ Christmas Motorcade. Donations made to the Motorcade will go to some of the several thousand citizens living in Georgia’s five state hospitals and two community areas that serve these hospitals.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Rushing bids adieu to city
As Richmond Hill’s fire chief, Vernon Rushing rarely had trouble speaking his mind.
Source: Bryan County News

Rushing honored at luncheon Richmnond Hill fire chief retires after 45 years of service
Former Richmond Hill Fire Chief Vernon Rushing was honored for his years of service to the city with a luncheon at the Wetlands Center in J.F. Gregory Park Thursday.
Source: Savannah Morning News

No renegotiation of city's contract with OMI
Coming on the heels of an announcement that the city of Richmond Hill would be switching their provider of public works operations and management from Operations Management International, Inc. (OMI), to BEPWD, LLC; OMI Regional Vice President Gary Wood asked the city council on Nov. 5 for the opportunity to meet and discuss the decision.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Murphy takes Post 1 council seat
The Richmond Hill City Council will have a new member, as voters tapped Johnny Murphy to serve the Post 1 seat currently held by Van Hunter.
Source: Bryan County News

Murphy wins Richmond Hill council seat
Richmond Hill developer and publisher Johnny Murphy has defeated incumbent Van Hunter for the Post 1 Richmond Hill City Council seat.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Council seat to be decided Tuesday
Richmond Hill voters will decide Tuesday whether to re-elect City Councilman Van Hunter to another term as the Post 1 representative or put challenger Johnny Murphy in office.
Source: Bryan County News

Updated: City approves agreements with manufacturer
Richmond Hill city council members closed the deal Wednesday night, approving and then signing a series of agreements which will bring Caesarstone Technologies USA, Inc., to the Belfast Commerce Centre.
Source: Bryan County News

One Richmond Hill city council seat to be decided
Next Tuesday voters will decide whether incumbent Van Hunter will remain in the Post 1 seat of the Richmond Hill City Council or political newcomer Johnny Murphy will serve on the board for the next four years.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Richmond Hill votes to replace public works company
Calling it a move that will save taxpayers money and keep millage rates low, the Richmond Hill City Council voted unanimously Tuesday against keeping the private company OMI to run the city’s public works department next year.
Source: Bryan County News