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Norcross officials are warning residents of the city to be prepared for delays and to have to take alternate routes when work to improve Holcomb Bridge Road at the downtown railroad crossing begins next month.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

About 100 people showed up to the meeting at the Savannah Civic Center to offer their input as the city develops an ordinance designed to better manage events such as foot races, film productions, block parties, festivals, weddings and parades.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The Athens-Clarke County Commission could set the stage next month for a big redevelopment of the block containing The Varsity restaurant at the intersection of West Broad Street and Milledge Avenue.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Statesboro City Council by a 4-1 vote Tuesday evening approved spending $50,000 as half the one-year cost of employing a coordinator for the Creek on the Blue Mile project.
Source: Statesboro Herald

The echo of Bob Fowler Sr.’s legacy will continue to ring from the bells of Grace Episcopal Church into the Gainesville community.
Source: Gainesville Times

In a unanimous vote Monday, Thomasville City Council approved utilities rate increases that are projected to prevent a $600,000 capital and operations budget shortfall this year.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

In a called meeting last Thursday, the Winder City Council approved an event permit for a production crew to film part of an upcoming television series at and around the Historic Barrow County Courthouse downtown.
Source: Barrow News-Journal

Gallagher Dempsey, founder and brewer of Bainbridge’s new Southern Philosophy Brewing Company, came to the Bainbridge Rotary meeting this week to speak about the craft brewery.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Austell Mayor Joe Jerkins has decided not to seek another term in office this year, concluding with 30 years of continuous service.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pembroke Police Officer David Mizell was promoted to the rank of corporal by Public Safety Director William Collins during the Jan. 14 meeting of the Pembroke City Council.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The goal of this event is to provide an event for young people put on by the Youth Council. The group voted to adopt the issue of mental health awareness and continues to learn more about local programs, including the Troup County Mental Health Court.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Tonya Elrod of Habersham County was selected during a meeting Tuesday afternoon, was sworn in Wednesday and is ready to get to work.
Source: AccessWDUN.com

Now, the area is home to Atlanta United’s high-tech $60 million training facility. And there are plans for metro Atlanta’s second IKEA store — although there is no timeline for its opening after more than a year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It would mean property owners could get state and federal tax breaks for renovations done to homes in the area. The designation has been used to breathe new life into 14 other Macon areas, including downtown.
Source: Macon Telegraph

At the Savannah City Council meeting Jan. 3, Attorney Harold Yellin, representing Standard Southeast LLC, sought to amend the zoning ordinance to extend the exemptions to the property that the city agreed to sell in August for $5.9 million.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The meet and greet event is organized to forge a strong relationship with the public over a common social interaction — sharing a cup of joe.
Source: Savannah Morning News

During the first meeting of the new year, Canton City Council voted unanimously to appoint Annie Fortner as Canton’s new city clerk.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

Woodstock Mayor Donnie Henriques has made his author debut with a fictional novel based on his experiences and service during the Vietnam War.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City employees are going to ride along with new garbage collection vendor Advanced Disposal crews as part of a plan to resolve the complaints the city has received of poor service.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

After years of negotiations, both the Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and Madison Mayor and City Council have unanimously signed off on a new Service Delivery Strategy (SDS), which sets forth the services provided to the city from the county.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

B. H. “Skip” Henderson III was sworn in as Columbus’ newest mayor Monday morning before a standing-room-only crowd of family, friends, supporters, community leaders and former Columbus mayors.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Councilor Evelyn Turner Pugh will serve another two-year term as mayor pro-tem and a new Clerk of Council was introduced Tuesday during Mayor Berry “Skip” Henderson’s first official meeting.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Douglasville will be celebrating its 144th birthday on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. To commemorate the occasion, the City of Douglasville invites residents, businesses and the public to join them at the Douglasville Conference Center, 6700 Church St. in Douglasville at 3 p.m. on Feb. 25.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

The Canton Police Department has a prescription drug take-back box in the lobby of its headquarters. The Cherokee Multi Agency Narcotics recommends persons using the box to drop off prescription drugs first mark off their name and address prior to depositing prescription bottles in the box.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

The city bought up chunks of land around downtown in 2015 and 2016 with the goal of selling them to the right developer at the right time with the right plan to crank the engine of renewal.
Source: Walton Tribune

Police Chief Ken DeSimone said he visited the scene of a fire on Lake Forrest Drive and nearly touched a live electric fence surrounding the property before being alerted. The fences pose a safety hazard and stall emergency services efforts, the ordinance, which passed unanimously, said.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The online service, called the ATL Permit Navigator, will help guide developers and business owners through complex projects such as renovations and new business development, a press release announced.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The recommendation was made by a special committee and is seen as a possible way to spur redevelopment in the city’s north end.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The meeting room where Canton Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Committee met will now serve as a general training room for the Canton Police Department. A smaller room behind where the dais stood will now be a training simulation room.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

City Commissioner Bill Collins was voted in as Rome's mayor Monday night, making him the first black mayor in the city's history.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Members of the Stockbridge public packed City Hall on Monday evening as the city officially unveiled its new branding for the future.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Councilman Benjamin Wilcox accept the position of West Point municipal court assistant judge and subsequently resign his position on the council.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

The City of Milledgeville invites the public to attend the unveiling of a new sign at Huley Park, honoring Louis Huley Sr.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Rome ban tweaked on smoking and vaping.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Peachtree Corners officials are expecting to see big benefits from their decision to partner with Sprint and equip the city’s planned 1.5 mile autonomous vehicle test track with the latest wireless internet technology.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

The department requested to enter into a contract with Axon Camera System “in the amount of $1,919,865,” Dunkin noted the funding is intended to “replace existing interview room equipment and upgrade the department’s taser cartridge replacement system.”
Source: Neighbor News

“My plan for 2019,” she said, “is good jobs, massive investment in affordable houses and open spaces, infrastructure to fix traffic, doubling down on community-driven public safety and making downtown Fairburn vibrant for day and night life.
Source: Neighbor News

Macon-Bibb County Commission voted Tuesday to ban companies from renting out dockless vehicles that have become popular in many cities and colleges campuses across the nation.
Source: Macon Telegraph

The council unanimously approved the final reading of the “Brunch Bill” ordinance, which will allow the city to sell alcoholic beverages at 11 a.m. Sundays, starting on February 3.
Source: AccessWDUN.com

"The council looked at the fact, since it's been 10 years since an update, and we've had a lot of growth and involvement by the council since that time that it was time to take a look at making a change."
Source: AccessWDUN.com

In growing backlash to the Georgia Department of Transportation’s no-questions, low-detail meeting Jan. 14 about impacts of new toll lanes on I-285 and Ga. 400, some Sandy Springs citizens have revealed that land-buying is already underway with highly detailed plans, and the Dunwoody Homeowners Association is pushing for more information at its own meeting with GDOT on Feb. 10.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The Lilburn City Council recently approved a contract with BM&K, and subcontractors, in an amount not to exceed $777,189 for the construction of a new restroom facility in Lilburn City Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

They are “3 percent of the total gross salary of the office paid in the preceding calendar year, including all supplements authorized by law if a salaried office,” according to Smyrna City Administrator Tammi Saddler Jones.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The $2 million track that runs along along Technology Parkway has been in the works for months, but the new Sprint partnership will add a 5G network, allowing companies that use the facility to test products that can connect and communicate with multiple devices at once.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

After much heated debate and comments, the Thomasville Payroll Development Authority (PDA), in a 3-2 vote, approved development standards for a Courtyard Marriott on a tract at South Dawson Street and Remington Avenue.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Thomasville's new city manager, Alan Carson, pledged success and fairness after being sworn in Monday.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

The cleaning and repair work at the Perry Public Safety Building is projected to be completed hopefully by the beginning of March, if not sooner, explained Perry City Manager, Lee Gilmour
Source: Houston Home Journal

Perry Mayor James Faircloth and Council met for a brief work session Monday evening at 5 p.m. to discuss a couple of review and business items.
Source: Houston Home Journal

Chris Johnson, assistant professor of visual art at Andrew College, is back at it again, thanks to a matching grant awarded by the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism Product Development office.
Source: Albany Herald

The Griffin Board of Commissioners voted to elect Commissioner Cynthia Reid-Ward as the 2019 BOC chairman, the last time city commissioners will annually elect their chairman, since a mayor will be elected in November.
Source: Griffin Daily News

While sponsorships have been contracted out on an ad-hoc basis in the past, the sponsorship ordinance going before the Savannah City Council on Thursday will establish consistent standards and guidelines that improve the process, said Bret Bell, assistant to the city manager.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The City of Tybee Island announced Monday it’s beginning grading and construction for the new Tybee Island Marine Science Center in the north beach area parking lot off Meddin Avenue.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The city of Atlanta is preparing a new system of registering and licensing short-term home rentals, but is waiting until after the Super Bowl tourist boom to present it, says City Councilmember Howard Shook.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The city of Dunwoody presented Citizen Commendation certificates to a man who helped capture a suspect who stole a wallet from an elderly shopper and to a mail carrier who noticed suspicious activity on his longtime route, alerted police who investigated and made an arrest of a identity theft suspect.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Hogan has been a firefighter for more than 35 years, starting with the Fulton County Fire Department. He retired from Fulton County in 2008 to join what was then the new department in Johns Creek. He’s been chief there since 2011.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Both north Fulton cities released a joint statement on Jan. 10 about the expiration of the 2012 agreement. With the expiration, residents of one city participating in a recreation or parks program offered by the other, will have to pay a “non-resident fee” in addition to the regular program registration fee
Source: Neighbor News

Productivity and cost reduction were cited as the chief reasons for making the switch from five days to four.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A 195-home development off McEver, Oakwood and Flat Creek roads was approved Monday night by the Oakwood City Council.
Source: Gainesville Times

It’s a fact that nothing can bring two divergent factions together more quickly than to give the parties common cause. The Dougherty County and Albany City commissions found that common cause Monday morning.
Source: Albany Herald

Statesboro City Manager Randy Wetmore recently appointed two of the city’s department heads, Public Works and Engineering Director Jason Boyles and Planning and Development Director Frank Neal, as interim assistant city managers.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Christian Wulfers, president of the Serenade homeowners association, addresses planning commissioners on Thursday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune & Ledger-News

It isn't deja vu. It is really happening again.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Her platform includes plans to target crime, expand economic opportunities and provide services for seniors and youth. She said she also intends to build partnerships to help the education system, neighborhoods and special needs citizens.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The city of Doraville recently approved an ordinance that prohibits local businesses from discriminating against various minority groups, such as African Americans and people with disabilities.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Sandy Springs’ second major update to the new development code has hit snags, with the Planning Commission balking at some recommendations and the City Council later holding up others.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

A six-story hotel is included in revised plans for a proposed redevelopment on Peachtree Road where Brookhaven City Hall now sits. The project also would include a new office building, retail space and parking decks.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Spruill, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, was chosen following a national search that used criteria heavily solicited from Athens residents, said County Manager Blaine Williams.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Per S.J. Collins Enterprises’ proposal in November, the site will be redeveloped for mixed-use with intentions for “a boutique grocery store, restaurants, shops and offices.”
Source: Neighbor News

An ordinance temporarily banning companies from renting out the electric-powered scooters and bicycles is up for vote at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting.
Source: Macon Telegraph

The city has moved past the 50 employee minimum and is required to be compliant with the Americans with Disability Act. The city has 51 employees, City Manager Jonathan Sumner said Tuesday during the Hahira City Council work session.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Johnson explained that the first priority for enhancing public safety was addressed and achieved by the city hiring 12 new firefighters and five new police officers. There is an ongoing assessment and review of the city’s need to hire more public safety personal to focus on “prevention and being proactive as it relates to crime in the city,” Johnson said.
Source: Fayette Citizen

The council tabled the matter December 10 to allow the developer time to address some issues raised by council members and return this month with a new concept plan.
Source: AccessWDUN.com

The McDonough City Council voted at its Jan. 3 regular meeting to award a $722,597 bid to J.R. Bowman Construction of McDonough for the construction of the new police precinct on the south side of the city near Rufus Stewart Park.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Easterling said Kennesaw has an unemployment rate of less than 2.7 percent, the lowest of any Cobb city. In 2017 and 2018, 2100 jobs were created while 1200 new jobs are projected for this year. The city has 50 projects in the pipeline, he noted.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Each year Mayor Harris takes what could be a boring review of the city’s accomplishments from the previous year and entertains the community with an honest, fun-filled evening of the city’s efforts.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Long before she became Decatur’s manager earlier this month, even before she became a city employee, Andrea Arnold had an influence on city policy.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A project to build two restaurants on a corner of the Perimeter Mall parking lot got the thumbs up from the Dunwoody Zoning Board of Appeals and construction is set to start this year.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

A citizen committee had lots of questions about projects and process as it began a grueling meeting schedule for building a proposed package of construction, acquisition and infrastructure projects to put in front of voters this November.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

The Fayetteville City Council on Jan. 3 adopted a resolution asking the local legislative delegation to support the creation of the Fayetteville Public Facilities Authority (PFA) which would serve as a financing and ownership partner for major development and provide the ability to lease space for extended periods.
Source: Fayette Citizen

The city of Stockbridge is poised to unveil its new branding with a popcorn party next week.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

In conjunction with the MLK Day of Service, the city of East Point is providing residents the opportunity to resolve unpaid fines and fees with little to no penalties, according to a press release.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mayor Vanessa Fleisch formally recognized his 35th anniversary with the city at a City Council meeting last June, noting his role in preparing other public safety officers. Said Mundy, “You can never train enough for a job that can kill you.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Norcross been awarded $380,000 in Livable Centers Initiative funds with a $95,000 required match for preliminary engineering for a pedestrian trail project for Prioroty/Phase 1 segments of the Beaver Ruin Greenway.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta is definitely not yet a buyer’s market, but the trend of ever-greater competition for a shrinking number of properties seems to have peaked, giving local buyers a fighting chance of making a deal, according to a report this week from Re/Max Georgia.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two months after approving tax hikes for park upgrades, Brookhaven residents could soon see changes.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The project, which was outlined at the Oct. 18 City Council meeting, involves putting new right-turn and U-turn lanes at busy intersections to allow for more even traffic flow in both directions.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Lawrenceville City Council has voted to give the Lawrenceville Downtown Development Authority permission to complete negotiations with Hilton for a full-service Hilton Tapestry boutique hotel and 380-space parking deck.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Two former Marietta educators are developing a summer school that those who enjoy beer will want to attend.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Drive Shack, a golf and sports entertainment center similar to Topgolf, will not be coming to Marietta.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Thomson Police Chief John Seay has decided to retire in 2019 and the City of Thomson has launched a search a replacement before he leaves office.
Source: McDuffie Progress

The Douglasville Police Department is hosting an emergency preparedness meeting today (Tuesday, Jan. 8) starting at 6:30 p.m. to get all members of the community on the same page and be aware and ready when it comes to bad winter weather.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Villa Rica begins 2019 on a stronger financial footing and with signs of growth, Mayor Jeff Reese said Tuesday.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

LaKeisha Gantt, Stockbridge mayor pro tem, is hosting the city’s Welcoming Stockbridge Roundtable.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Lilburn City Councilman Brian Burchik announced on Wednesday that he is stepping down to take on a new role with the Lilburn Downtown Development Authority.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

“It will promote future growth of the airport and assist with the corporate needs of the counties and the cities. It allows aircraft to take off with more weight, allowing it to fly further distance non-stop, which will also result in higher fuel sales.”
Source: LaGrange Daily News

The LaGrange City Council approved Tuesday an amendment to the tourism budget to allow for upgrades at the George Harris Baseball Complex.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Arnold is a resident of the city of Decatur and has served as an Assistant City Manager since 2004. Following a search and interviews facilitated by an executive search firm, Arnold was the unanimous selection.
Source: Neighbor News

The Hoschton City Council Monday adopted, with a 3-2 vote, an ordinance that would allow a “special assessment.” The fee would be allowed to provide for public services, such as roads.
Source: Jackson County News

Marva Lewis served as Bottoms' campaign manager in 2017 before becoming the mayor's chief of staff when she took office last January.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Architect David Maschke hosted a seminar Wednesday focusing on and attempting to clarify the Americans with Disabilities Act for code officials, architects and engineers from around southwest Georgia.
Source: Albany Herald

Matthew Hamby is the sole candidate to sign up for the March 19 special election, according to City Clerk Rosemary Totty.
Source: AccessWDUN.com

The approved new permit fees reflect a reduction for mechanical/electrical/plumbing from $60 to $25, fences from $100 to $25, and residential roofing from 3 percent of cost to a flat $25.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Like many local governments, the Duluth City Council recently amended their Unified Development Code to protect the city from the unrestrained deployment of 4G and 5G “small cell” wireless facilities.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Cobb County Board of Education recently received rezoning and annexation approval by the Marietta City Council for a three-story office building.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Rezoning for a community outpatient clinic by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs was approved recently by the Marietta City Council. The 80,000-square-foot clinic will be built on 13.5 acres at 1161 Bells Ferry Road.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Before Tony Powell became a Lawrenceville city councilman, he made a pledge to serve no more than eight years. At Powell’s first and only council meeting of 2019, he fulfilled that promise, officially resigning from his post.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Burchik will be the authority’s “Main Street Manager,” according to the city’s release. He will assist with Lilburn’s ongoing downtown revitalization effort.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution


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