News Line for Douglasville

Is West Pines a good investment for the city?
The city of Douglasville's West Pines Golf Course gives golfers a play without the high prices attached to membership in private clubs.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Investigation into cause of downtown business fire continues
As the investigation into a fire that destroyed a business in downtown Douglasville continues, city officials discussed the future of the building after learning that the current owner has no plans to restore it.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City works to strengthen police operations
Over the past few weeks, city officials have been looking into ways to strengthen the Police Department following concerns from officers about low pay and needing more manpower on the road.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City, county 'very close' to reaching agreement on service delivery
Just days after sending out dueling press releases, Douglas County and the City of Douglasville are apparently close to reaching an agreement on service delivery.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Gabe's Downtown adding Douglasville location
Gabe’s Downtown, located in downtown Villa Rica, is planning to develop a second property in the heart of downtown Douglasville at the currently vacant 6716 Church Street, formerly a bail bonds location.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City approves 50% tax rate increase
After hearing four citizens speak out about a potential 50 percent tax rate increase, the Douglasville City Council voted at a special called meeting to raise the city’s millage rate to 5.784 mills.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

First hearing on millage rate Thursday
The city of Douglasville will hold its first public hearings Thursday on a potential 50 percent property tax rate increase
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Community rallies behind police chief
One by one, residents walked up to the podium at Monday’s Douglasville City Council meeting with a mission — to convince the city’s elected officials not to fire their police chief.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Conference center events bring in more than $122,000 this year
The Douglasville Conference Center has brought in more than $122,000 in activity fees so far this year.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Tremron plans to open plant in Douglasville
Douglasville has landed a company that makes landscaping products that will bring jobs and investment just east of downtown.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Douglasville police down eight officers after resignations this year
Police departments across the country are reporting increased rates of turnover and the Douglasville Police Department is no different.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City approves budget with 1-mill property tax rate increase
In a 5-1 vote Wednesday, the Douglasville City Council approved the city’s fiscal year 2014-15 general fund budget with a 1-mill property tax rate increase.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City set to redevelop the old mill; CDDA tasked with marketing site on East Broad Street
Redevelopment of two prominent locations near downtown Douglasville are in the hands of local development authorities.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City set to redevelop the old mill; CDDA tasked with marketing site on East Broad Street
Redevelopment of two prominent locations near downtown Douglasville are in the hands of local development authorities.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

A fitting tribute for Pfc. Melvin Johnson as bridge named for fallen Vietnam vet
The memorial ceremony for Pfc. Melvin Johnson Tuesday at the Douglasville Public Safety Building was as close to perfect as it could get.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City property taxes may be going up 52%
City property taxes may be going up 52 percent if the Douglasville’s elected officials approve a proposed 2.86-mil increase that would go toward balancing the budget, county fire services and animal control.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Public hearing on budget tentatively set for June 18
As talks continue to help cover a potential $1.9 million budget shortfall, a public hearing on the City of Douglasville’s budgets for fiscal year 2014 is expected to be held June 18.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Deep cuts, furlough days floated as city battles $2 million deficit
At a meeting where a nearly $2 million budget shortfall was to be discussed by city leaders, some council members were no shows.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City considers fire service options as talks with county continue
Already faced with a $2 million budget shortfall, city officials took an in-depth look into what it could cost to operate its own fire department if an agreement to continue having the county provide those services isn’t reached.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

WSA board approves contract for new director
The Water and Sewer Authority's Board of Director's approved a contract at Tuesday's board meeting that will complete the change of leadership when WSA Executive Director Pete Frost retires at the end of June.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Economic engine or budget buster: Conference center is indicative of city's budgetary challenges
The Douglasville Conference Center is a beautiful building inside and out. Every attention to detail went into the construction, design and furnishing of the state-of-the-art facility.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City considers police promotions
With budget cuts looming on the horizon, the Douglasville City Council will consider an item Monday concerning two promotion requests from the police department.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City facing potential of more budget cuts
Faced with an imbalanced budget, the City of Douglasville is looking for ways to trim the fat from an already lean budget.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Douglasville City Council approves new police retirement plan
Douglasville City Council members approved an item this week that may help the police department’s recruitment and retention efforts.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City prepares to take action on striping, resurfacing projects
The Douglasville City Council is expected to approve two road projects involving the striping and resurfacing of various streets throughout the cit
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Council seeks AG’s opinion on proposed charter changes
Are proposed changes to the City of Douglasville’s charter a form of government change or not? That is the question city council members are hoping State Attorney General Sam Olens will help them answer.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

City to begin search for new Main Street manager
The City of Douglasville is preparing to begin the process of finding a new Main Street manager following the departure of Stephanie Alyworth who served in the position for six years.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

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