News Line for Douglasville

Mayor vetoes council's changes to city charter
In a 4-2 vote on April 7, council members voted to approve a draft charter amendment ordinance for filing with the city clerk and Douglas County Clerk of Superior Court.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Missing manhole covers cause headaches for WSA
Manhole covers are for limiting access to the sewer system — namely people, especially kids, and large quantities of storm water.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council approves draft of city charter amendment
The Douglasville City Council took another step closer to making some changes to the city’s charter despite an attempt by one councilman to pass an alternative proposal.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Mayor a 'selfie' star at Yeager's career day
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons was one of about 90 speakers who came to Career Day at Yeager Middle School on Wednesday.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council denies variance on location of bail bond offices
The Douglasville City Council will not allow a bail bondsman office locate closer to another office than regulations currently mandate
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Hunter Park train back in Douglasville
The Hunter Park train, which had been undergoing renovations for the past five years, is finally back in Douglasville.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Limits on bail bond offices back on council agenda
The Douglasville City Council will consider Monday granting a variance on its ordinance regarding the location of bail bondsman offices.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

CAC’s Hill finding a sense of place in Douglasville
Davina Grace Hill has a New Orleans Saints cup on the desk in her upstairs office at the Cultural Arts Center.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

WSA faces potentially dirty dilemma after finding sructures built over pipes
The Douglasville-Douglas County Water Sewer Authority is in the process of clearing the right of way for its lines throughout the county.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City extends personal use of police cars
Douglasville City Council members approved two items this week that may help the police department’s recruitment and retention efforts.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council likely to OK Chapel Hill Road plasma collection center
The Douglasville City Council will likely approve a final zoning adjustment Tuesday night that will clear the way for a blood collection center along Chapel Hill Road.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City may extend personal use of police cars
The Douglasville Police Department has been facing recruitment and retention challenges for years, but city council members are considering a policy change that may help attract more applicants.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City officials look for solutions on Hunter Park train renovations
Renovations to the Hunter Park train has been ongoing for the past five years with no end in sight and the City of Douglasville’s elected officials are apparently tired of waiting.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Animal rescue group to open facility in Douglasville
The Douglasville City Council approved a request Monday night for a zoning change from CG (General Commercial District) to CG (General Commercial District) with a special land use permit for a kennel, pet grooming or training on 0.97 acres at 9190 Highway 5. Kristie Wilder of Life is labs Rescue submitted the application.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Councilman Miller questions mayor’s appointment of key staff
Douglasville’s newest city council member is questioning the mayoral appointment of key staff members after a recent legal opinion from a city attorney appeared to support the mayor’s position.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Worthan advocates consolidation in State of County address
Douglas County Commission Chairman Tom Worthan made the case for consolidating several government services with the city of Douglasville during his 2014 State of the County address earlier this week.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council overrides mayor's vehicle decal veto
Six council members voted Monday night to override the mayor's veto on an item regarding the state-mandated logo requirements for the city-owned cars driven by the mayor and city manager.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Persons vetoes vehicle decal size move previously approved by council
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons has vetoed an item regarding the state-mandated logo requirements for the city-owned cars driven by the mayor and city manager that was passed by the city council Jan. 21.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Decal veto, CAC flap discussed by city council
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons vetoed an item regarding the size of the state-mandated logo requirements for the city-owned cars driven by the mayor and city manager that was passed by the city council Jan. 21.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Douglasville council considers change to meeting structure
Citizens expecting a thorough discussion of city business during the Douglasville City Council's legislative work sessions may be surprised to know that the agenda items were already discussed in another meeting that had adjourned just moments earlier.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Persons gives ‘State of the City’ address despite objections
Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons delivered a 16-page State of the City speech during Tuesday’s council meeting despite questions concerning the city code that seems to limit such speeches.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council ponders pay: Study would address DPD departures, salaries for all city employees
The Douglasville City Council will likely approve a measure Tuesday to start the wheels turning on an employee pay and classification study to assess if employees in the city are compensated at rates comparable to those in other municipalities.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

TO UNIFY, OR NOT TO UNIFY: Time running out for development authorities
After much talk about the city and county governments getting along, the economic development agencies for both governments could wind up parting ways if a new agreement isn't reached soon.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Potential city court, council member conflict issue resolved
During political campaigns, all sorts of talk pops up and for then candidate Mike Miller who is an attorney, the question was raised whether he or his firm could continue to represent clients in city court cases or would that be a conflict of interest.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Logos to remain on vehicles driven by mayor, city manager
The Douglasville City Council failed to waive the state mandated logo requirements for the city-owned cars driven by the mayor and city manager, meaning the markings placed at the first of the year will remain.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Douglasville council rolls out red carpet for film industry
With movie makers finding their way to Douglasville with increased frequency, on New Year's Eve the Douglasville City Council passed unanimously a move that would roll out the welcome mat should they find a permanent home in the area.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Miller sworn in as councilman
Attorney Michael Miller made it official Thursday night as he was sworn in as the newest member of the Douglasville City Council.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Cities react to county's call for service talks
Douglas County plans to redraw its agreements for fire department and animal control services with local cities over the next year, and wasted no time getting round one started.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Waiver delayed, logos on city leaders' cars may come
If state law is followed, the city vehicles driven by Douglasville Mayor Harvey Persons and Bill Osborne will have city logos beginning Jan. 1 – at least for awhile.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council serves up contract to new caterer despite call for a choice
Despite a community movement asking the city to at least consider all options including a preferred vendor list for catering at the Douglasville Conference Center, the Douglasville City Council voted Monday night to ditch one caterer and enter into a contract with another exclusive vendor who specializes in event management.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Conference Center catering issue creating public concern
There are a lot of big things on the Douglasville City Council agenda Monday night. There is an item considering plot approval for lots in the Tributary development that could clear the way for a home for movie mogul Tyler Perry.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City poised to cut ties with conference center caterer
After a sometimes rocky 10-month relationship, the Douglasville City Council is moving toward ending its relationship with Conference Center caterer Carole Parks.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council approves $150 Christmas bonus for employees, votes to oppose shelter at old jail
The Douglasville City Council has officially opposed locating a new animal shelter at the site of the old Douglas County and also approved a $150 Christmas bonus for all full-time employees.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council set to oppose shelter at old jail site
The Douglasville City Council made it pretty clear how they feel about a new animal shelter being build on the old jail property off Club Drive – not in our back yard.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City, county officials debate unifying development efforts
The Douglasville and Douglas County governments have their own development authorities charged with bringing in new businesses.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Site work at full speed on Douglasville's Academy Sports location
After some minor setbacks, dirt is finally moving on what will be Douglasville’s Academy Sports + Outdoors, and the project is on pace for a spring 2014 grand opening, a city official said.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City updates ethics ordinance, diversity training planned
The Douglasville City Council unanimously approved a revised ordinance that no longer requires complaints to be screened by the city attorney before being heard by the ethics board.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Douglasville OKs property request by firm believed tied to Tyler Perry
The Douglasville City Council cleared the way for a company believed to be associated with movie producer and actor Tyler Perry to reconfigure property lines affecting 364 acres of undeveloped land.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

City still exploring options on social meda policy
The city is expected to continue discussions this week on whether to develop a social media policy for elected officials after some Facebook posts by Councilman Dennis McLain created a stir.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Miller, Yockey win council seats
Mike Miller is the newest member of the Douglasville City Council, defeating Dennis McLain whose campaign drew attention after media reports on his controversial Facebook posts.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Election day is Tuesday; Clerk of courts, city council races on ballot
Election Day is almost here. The special election for Douglas County Clerk of Courts and city council races in Douglasville and Villa Rica will be decided by voters Tuesday, Nov. 5.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City officially renames community center for Owings
A dedication ceremony was held Wednesday to unveil a plaque renaming the Hunter Park Community Center in honor of Ike Owings, the first president of the Douglasville park’s little league.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Early voting turnout around 1 percent so far
Early voting has been going on for two weeks, and it looks like a very small percentage of voters may decide races for city council in Douglasville and Villa Rica and the county-wide special election for clerk of courts.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Highway 92 project put on fast track and will begin in 2014
With right-of-way acquisition complete and federal funding already available, the long-awaited Georgia Highway 92 realignment and relocation project has been given the green light to move into the actual construction phase early in 2014 — a full year ahead of schedule.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council revisiting limits on bail bond offices
The Douglasville City Council is considering amending its ordinance regarding the location of bail bondsman offices.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel