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St. Marys down to one candidate for city manager job
The city is down to one candidate for its city manager's job after two of three finalists withdrew.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Brunswick city manager one of three finalists for Orange Park job
City Manager Bill Weeks has been named a finalist for the town manager job in Orange Park.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Officials serve lunch to city employees
The City of Valdosta hosted its annual employee appreciation luncheon Thursday at John W. Saunders Memorial Park.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Flowery Branch weighs benefits of tax change
Flowery Branch City Council discussed three revised occupational tax rate structures designed to bring the city’s business license fees more in line with the county and surrounding cities.
Source: Gainesville Times

Leesburg officials ask to be a permanent part of a regional transportation group
The city of Leesburg has, over the past several years, been the recipient of millions of dollars in funding for key projects listed on the Dougherty Area Regional Transportation Study Long-Range Transportation Plan.
Source: Albany Herald

Reed To Continue Trade Efforts In Brazil And Elsewhere
Coming off a weeklong trip to Brazil, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said Thursday he wants to continue efforts to build relationships in South America and elsewhere through his second term.
Source: WABE

Savannah Council not sure about retail and booze
The Savannah City Council is wrestling with how to address alcohol license requests from businesses beyond restaurants and bars.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Celebrate Cedartown event at City Hall this evening
The City of Cedartown will be taking part in “Georgia Cities Week,” a state-wide celebration that showcases the contributions and services of local government.
Source: Cedartown Standard

MADD honors Newnan officer
A Newnan Police Department officer was honored by Mothers Against Drunk Driving this week to recognize multiple drunk driving arrests he made.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Public safety trailer ready for work
When the weather gets too hot or too cold, the Newnan Fire Department and Newnan Police Department have just what it takes to help firefighters, officers or any other public safety workers remove themselves from the elements.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Newnan celebrates Georgia Cities Week
In celebration of Georgia Cities Week, the city of Newnan presented a 'People, Place, Purpose' open house at the Newnan Carnegie Library downtown on Wednesday to showcase services available for city residents.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Macon-Bibb looks to balance tax loss with better bond rating
As Macon-Bibb County seeks a better bond rating, the government is adopting policies and hiring consultants to help make it happen.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb industries to be part of new effort cleaning roadways
Wood Fiber Technologies LLC, located in the Airport South Industrial Park, is one of the first companies to participate in a new effort to clean up roadways as part of Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful’s Adopt-A-Spot program.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Perry undergoes strategic planning process
At age 17, Amber Payne and Eli Guidry have a hard time seeing a future for themselves in Perry after they graduate college. Still, they said, a town hall meeting attended by more than 100 people Thursday showed them lots of potential improvements.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree announces downtown Augusta policing unit
Business owners are hopeful that a plan unveiled Thursday by Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree will change the perception of a dangerous downtown.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Senate, mayoral candidates tout qualifications in east Augusta
Augusta candidates for mayor and state Senate faced a skeptical crowd at a Thursday forum in east Augusta.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Mayor: Suitors for Turner Field site will prove him right
Pledging to “prove” he was right for not spending upwards of $250 million to keep the Atlanta Braves downtown, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced the city has already received multiple offers on Turner Field.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Mansfield council OK's '14 budget
Mansfield officials have big plans for the city, and they hope they’ll be able to make more progress with a clearer financial picture after approving Monday a $1.07 million budget for 2014.
Source: Covington News

“If I Were Mayor” takes first in state
Valeria Tamayo, 11, a Morgan County sixth-grader, won first place in the Georgia Munici­pal Association’s (GMA) annual statewide essay contest, “If I Were Mayor.”
Source: Morgan County Citizen

New budget for Temple; water rates lowered
The Temple City Council has a new budget and residents will be paying less for their city water.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Mansfield postpones decision on special election
City Council members discussed calling for a special election to fill the unexpired term of former mayor Estona Middlebrooks Monday night, but too many questions remained unanswered, so the matter was postponed.
Source: Newton Citizen

Fort Oglethorpe: Derek Rogers appointed to city council
It’s only temporary, but the city of Fort Oglethorpe will have a full council due to recent changes in the city’s charter. The council chose to act on those changes immediately by filling a vacant seat with a temporary appointment.
Source: Catoosa County News

Historic Preservation Commission gives green light to several downtown projects
The 200-block of Broad Street will have a decidedly new look by this fall.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Woodstock adding new community stage in May
Downtown Woodstock in May is getting a new community stage, which will be on the Elm Street Event Green, the Downtown Development Authority announced Tuesday.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Woodstock approves water facility upgrade
The city of Woodstock’s Rubes Creek Water Reclamation Facility will get an upgrade in June to replace outdated equipment that treats the incoming wastewater.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Southside Optimist Club honors Savannah Fire Officer of the Year
A Savannah firefighter with public service in his blood was honored Wednesday by the Southside Optimist Club.
Source: Savannah Morning News

New produce market coming to Newnan
Newnan, Coweta County, and the University of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Office are partnering to bring a new farmer’s market to downtown Newnan.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Downtown plans moving ahead
The Griffin Downtown Development Authority’s plans for Solomon Street Park at the old city hall site are moving forward, with the city authorizing a private fundraising campaign for the park.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Peachtree City Council may lift moratorium on more apartments
The Peachtree City Council will decide Thursday whether it wants city staff to study a proposed 52-unit assisted living development in the Lexington Circle commercial center off Ga. Highway 54 at Walt Banks Road.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville may back loan to buy store on courthouse square
The April 17 meeting of the Fayetteville City Council will include a proposal that the city back a loan for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to purchase a building on the courthouse square for re-sale and to discuss City Manager Joe Morton’s request that he step down from the board of the Fayette County Development Authority.
Source: Fayette Citizen

King, Ernst explain voting against PTC K-9 expansion
The approval to buy a second K-9 dog for the Peachtree City Police Department by the City Council April 16 came on a split 3-2 vote.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville Council may be split on county’s proposal to take over city fire department
The members of the Fayetteville City Council joined with four of the five Fayette County commissioners on April 9 for a public presentation of the proposed consolidation of the Fayetteville Fire Department with Fayette County’s Fire and Emergency Services.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Fayetteville’s new gas pump max: 12
A unanimous vote by the Fayetteville City Council on April 3 will increase the number of gas pumps allowed at service stations and convenience stores
Source: Fayette Citizen

Judge denies request to delay May 20 special purpose local option sales tax referendum
A Superior Court judge denied a request Wednesday from a Richmond County citizen seeking a court order to postpone the May 20 special purpose local option sales tax referendum.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Clarkesville Strong raises more than $27,000 so far
Neighbors helping neighbors is the unspoken theme of Clarkesville Strong, a fundraising and promotional effort started after the March 5 downtown fire.
Source: Access North Georgia

Deal signs downtown development law in Macon
Gov. Nathan Deal was in Macon Wednesday to sign into law the Downtown Renaissance Act and commend the Mercer University men’s basketball team.
Source: Macon Telegraph

City: Most overflows stopped
The City of Valdosta reported Wednesday evening that all manhole overflows resulting from Tuesday’s heavy rains had stopped, with the exception of two.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

Stormwater study moves forward
City Council voted Tuesday to proceed with the second half of a study that prepares Statesboro for a city stormwater department and a monthly fee to fund it.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Chief planner urges cities to consider top road needs
The head of Hall County’s main transportation planning group told area government leaders Wednesday they should consider “critical needs” in terms of projects as the county moves forward on updating its long-range transportation plan.
Source: Gainesville Times

West Point police chief selection under way
West Point officials plan to announce early next month who will be replacing retiring police Chief Jeffery Cato.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Downtown development manager resigns
After nearly seven years as the executive director of the Hinesville Downtown Development Authority, Vicki Davis is leaving her position and moving on with her career.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Porterdale FD's Spring Fling
The Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department is hoping that holds true, as it prepares for its Second Annual Spring Fling from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., May 3.
Source: Covington News

Council facing another health care challenge
Columbus Council Budget Review Chairman Skip Henderson doesn’t want council to make the same mistake it made last year, one that allowed a multi-million dollar health care deficit in fiscal 2014.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Bowdon council approves Main Street board
The Bowdon City Council has approved six members to the newly formed Main Street Board of Directors. The naming of the board members is part of the ongoing two-year process for becoming an accredited Main Street city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Woodstock approves water facility upgrade
The city of Woodstock’s Rubes Creek Water Reclamation Facility will get an upgrade in June to replace outdated equipment that treats the incoming wastewater.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

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

Canton plans to re-advertise for city manager job opening
The Canton City Manager Search Committee has decided to re-advertise for the position of city manager.
Source: Cherokee Ledger

South Fulton jazzes up Georgia Cities Week
Through Saturday, East Point, Fairburn and Union City will join the other 533 municipalities across the state celebrating the 14th annual Georgia Cities Week.
Source: Neighbor News

Brunswick wants Glynn County to give back its recreation department along with $700,000
Glynn County took over the city’s troubled recreation department last year as part of a settlement reached after a protracted and contentious debate over how to split revenue from a 1 cent local option sales tax.
Source: Florida Times-Union

Glynn County needs Brunswick to give up downtown alleys
Glynn County has a plan in the works concerning what to do with a downtown block that it spent $4 million on several years ago when it planned to expand its jail.
Source: Florida Times-Union

‘If I Were Mayor’ contest essays
Editor’s Note: Following are the winning essays in Valdosta’s “If I Were Mayor” contest. The essays are unedited and presented as they were written.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

If I were mayor
Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

EMA Director discusses 911 with City Council
The Tifton City Council heard from Tift County Emergency Management Agency Director Jason Jones at a recent city meeting. He briefly discussed 911 dispatch protocol — how they receive and dispatch calls.
Source: Tifton Gazette

City denies Zebulon contribution
The mayor and Cairo City Council decided not to follow Grady County commissioners’ lead in contributing $4,000 to the Zebulon Theater’s digital conversion fund.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

City ponders larger raise for employees
Improvement in the economy after years of austerity has led to a discussion of whether the city of Statesboro should give its employees a 2.5 percent raise instead of a smaller raise and another one-time bonus.
Source: Statesboro Herald

Oakwood ready to abandon part of road
A road that used to connect downtown Oakwood to Atlanta Highway in South Hall County is fading more and more into history.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gainesville eases pawnshop restrictions
Gainesville City Council has given its nod to easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located after a second reading and final vote Tuesday.
Source: Gainesville Times

Bainbridge opts out of Decatur County solid waste services
Bainbridge will no longer be tipping their solid waste at the Decatur County landfill after a unified council vote Tuesday accepted a low bid from a private company in Campbellton, Fla. The city hopes this change of landfill facilities will give them an annual savings of more than $40,000.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Downtown Bainbridge gears up for an evening of local art and wine
Many Downtown Bainbridge businesses are collaborating with local artists and the Bainbridge-Decatur County Council for the Arts this Thursday, April 17, to hold the second annual Art and Wine Walk from 4 to 8 p.m.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

City to continue search for police chief
Among topics of discussion at Monday’s administrative briefing for the City of Americus was a search for a new police chief. The City has been without a permanent chief since March 2013, when Chief Mark Gerbino resigned.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

City Commission clears path for West Albany Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market
Albany city commissioners laid the infrastructure groundwork Tuesday morning for development of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market grocery store and complementary fueling station at Logan Court and South Westover Boulevard, just off Gillionville Road near the recently built West Albany Waffle House.
Source: Albany Herald

Tybee City Manager Diane Schleicher finalist for top St. Marys job
Tybee Island City Manager Diane Schleicher has been named a finalist for the same position in St. Marys.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Alpharetta discusses banning specialty brakes: Residents complain of 'Jake Brakes'
At the City Council meeting April 14, the council debated banning compression air brakes typically used on large tractor-trailer trucks, commonly called "Jake Brakes."

Q&A with Jim Elliott
City of Residence: Warner Robins. Occupation: City attorney, Warner Robins.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Macon-Bibb to pick Animal Welfare, other directors Wednesday
Potentially controversial choices await Macon-Bibb County commissioners Wednesday, as they’re expected to choose the heads of three government departments.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Centerville recognizes officer of the year
City Council used its Tuesday work session primarily to make proclamations, have discussions and honor a member of the police department.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Augusta pensioners eye benefit increase
With an eye on the millions of dollars remaining in the city’s oldest pension funds – its 1945 and 1949 plans – a handful of retired city and county employees are reviving a push to increase their monthly benefits.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Final draft of master plan for downtown Athens accepted
Almost two years after the process began, the final draft of a master plan for downtown Athens was turned over to the Athens Downtown Development Authority on Tuesday, with little comment from the authority board.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Gainesville Council writes off taxes on tax deadline day
Tuesday, April 15th, is the deadline for Americans to pay their income tax, but it also marked Gainesville City Council's approval of a resolution to write off just over 195,000 in delinquent personal property tax.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen facing repair of exposed sewer line on riverbank
The City of Helen will proceed with the costly repair of a city sanitary sewer line on an eroded bank of the Chattahoochee River.
Source: Access North Georgia

City of Cedartown launches online bill payment system today
The City of Cedartown announced today it is now accepting online water bill payments.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Macon Mall: Self-taxing improvement district delayed until 2015
Owners of Macon Mall are postponing for a year their attempt to create a self-taxing district along Eisenhower Parkway.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Airport Authority forming public information committee
Following the county’s decision earlier this month to put the new airport before the voters, the Griffin Spalding Airport Authority is putting together a public information committee to put the facts out.
Source: Griffin Daily News

West Point council approves library funding, gives awards
West Point City Council voted Monday to approve library services contracts for the two libraries available to West Point residents.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Mayor says Prince Avenue study has become 'political football'
Despite her efforts to keep it out of the political arena, Athens-Clarke County Mayor Nancy Denson acknowledged Monday that a proposed pedestrian safety demonstration project for part of Prince Avenue has become “a political football.”
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City staff prepares new budget; capital expenditures included
Rockmart’s FY 2015 proposed budget will be presented during the May city council meeting.
Source: Rockmart Journal

Kingston windfall to go to general fund
The Kingston City Council voted to cash in three certificates of deposit worth approximately $5,000 and deposit them in the general fund. The windfall was recently discovered at Regions Bank and appeared to have been deposited in the 1980s.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

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

St. Marys to interview final candidates
Three finalists for the St. Marys city manager's job will meet in person with elected officials Thursday for private and public interviews.
Source: Brunswick News

Rome City Commission approves radio agreement; document now goes to Floyd commission
The Rome City Commission gave the OK Monday night for the city to enter into the overall agreement on use and operation of the $26.7 million SPLOST-funded countywide communication system.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

John Bennett in State of City address: Rome city finances improving
With his final two months on the job approaching, John Bennett was able to report some good news about the city he has served for so long.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Lilburn City Council honored one of its fallen heroes at meeting
In memory of the 20th anniversary of his death, the Council honored Lilburn Police Officer Michael T. Hester, who lost his life while on duty April 19, 1994.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth City Council awards resurfacing contract
The Duluth City Council awarded C.W. Matthews Contracting Company with a contract to patch and resurface roadways throughout the city during Monday’s regularly-schedule city council meeting. The deal is pending the city attorney looking over the final paperwork, and the mayor or city manager signing off on it.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Snellville honors fallen police dog
By way of resolution Monday, Snellville mayor Kelly Kautz and city council members honored Euro, a police dog that died on April 2.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Sugar Hill Funds Downtown Development Authority
The Sugar Hill City Council on Monday agreed to fund its Downtown Development Authority $50,000 annually and allow the organization to sublease its old city hall to home-based businesses.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Fort Oglethorpe appoints Derek Rogers to City Council
Derek Rogers is Fort Oglethorpe's newest city councilman — effective immediately.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

Walmart Neighborhood Market bound for Fort Oglethorpe
Fort Oglethorpe is on track to get a Walmart Neighborhood Market, a freestanding grocery store about a quarter the size of the typical Walmart Supercenter.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council may ease pawnshop rules
A second reading and final vote on easing restrictions on where pawnshops can be located will be heard when Gainesville City Council meets tonight.
Source: Gainesville Times

Historic Board reviews proposed I-16 flyover dormitories
A developer’s proposed five-story student housing complex for a vacant Selma Street lot facing the Interstate 16 off-ramp faced the Historic District Board of Review Monday and received another continuation to restudy the overall height and mass of the project.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Perry plans new fee for fire protection
Perry City Council members indicated Monday they want to launch a new fee, of about $5 a month per house, to hire more firefighters to protect the far-flung city.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Byron’s Jail House Alley to be one-way street
City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to make Jail House Alley a one-way street with traffic entering from Main Street and exiting onto Church Street.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Butts County officials agree to sell Hawkes building
Butts County commissioners voted Monday to sell the 1925 Hawkes library building to the City of Jackson for $1.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Centennial of iconic Archi­bald W. Butt Memorial Bridge cues renovation
Downtown Augusta’s Archi­bald W. Butt Me­morial Bridge is not just another historic landmark.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta mayoral candidates discuss contributions to arts
Supporting Augusta arts programs gave five mayoral candidates different material to talk about at a forum Monday.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Personal care home in east Macon gets P&Z approval
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission approved an application Monday to build a new nursing home on Jeffersonville Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Black mayors meet in Hinesville
More than 35 former and current African-American mayors from throughout Georgia convened April 4-6 in Hinesville for the annual Spring Conference of the Georgia Conference of Black Mayors.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Bostwick nearing completion of hotel
The Bostwick City Council discussed a potential plan for funding the remaining renovations necessary for the completion of the Susie Agnes Hotel project.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Two McDonough firefighters earn paramedic certification
If simply fighting fires and saving lives are not stressful enough, add a hectic schedule, 18 months of combined classwork, field training and hospital clinicals.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Rome to get radio agreement; document to spell out annual maintenance fees for countywide system
The Rome City Commission is scheduled to vote tonight whether to authorize Mayor Jamie Doss to sign the long-in-development agreement on the maintenance and operation of the countywide digital communications system.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Temple budget approval expected
The Temple City Council is expected on Tuesday to approve its fiscal year 2014 budget, and may vote on a measure to lower water bills.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Commission recommends skate board park in Madison
The Skateboard Park Committee, commissioned by the Greenspace Conservation Commission (GCC), released a report recommending the construction of a skateboard park in Madison at their Apr. 1 meeting.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Construction spending drops by $3 million in city of Madison
Madison Planning Director Monica Callahan presented reports outlining Madison’s occupancy and construction statistics for the year 2013 and crime statistics for the year 2012 during the Madison City Council’s work session on Friday, April 4.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Chamber’s city funding reworked
The Madison City Council looked at an amended contract between the city and the Madison-Morgan Chamber of Commerce, which, according to City Manager David Nunn, would put a “finer point” on the expectations that the city has of the Chamber of Commerce.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City audit shows sound practices
Milledgeville City Council heard an overview of the 2013 audit report Tuesday night.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

Marietta officials hope for federal grant for Franklin work
A $2.5 million federal grant could help fund improvements to Franklin Road beyond what the $68 million redevelopment bond issue passed last fall is likely to buy, including construction of new roads.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

LakePoint begins laying turf on ballfields
The graded area next to Emerson is beginning to look like a ballpark.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Marietta ordinance to be reviewed by Georgia agency
An ordinance adopted by the city of Marietta targeting abandoned properties has been sent to the state for review.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Four years after buying Gilman Boathouse property, St. Marys still looking for developer
Nearly four years after the city bought the Gilman Boathouse and its 2.8-acre lot on the downtown waterfront, city officials are still looking for someone to develop it. The property, now known as the Intracoastal Gateway Project, has sat empty since the city tore down the boathouse where the late Howard Gilman entertained guests.
Source: Florida Times-Union

More minor crimes, less major reported in city
Statham has had a dramatic increase in Part 2 crimes so far this year while more serious offenses have reduced by 67 percent.
Source: Barrow County News

Statham eyes speed limit after deadly crash
The city of Statham may have changes in its speed limit after a 90-year-old woman was killed in a wreck.
Source: Barrow County News

Moultrie Cleanup Week starts Monday
April has been designated Keep Georgia Beautiful Month, and in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup, the City of Moultrie is sponsoring its Annual Spring Cleanup Week Monday-Friday, April 14-18.
Source: Moultrie Observer

City partners with Arts Center for Spring Fling events
The Spring Fling and Back Yard BBQ Festival will be here April 18-19 in Downtown Moultrie. This year’s festival will have a larger area and more vendors.
Source: Moultrie Observer

Smith only qualifier for Lula's special election
Just one person qualified last week for a special election next month to replace Norman Harrop on the Lula City Council.
Source: Gainesville Times

Tybee sees little impact from Orange Crush
Tybee Island braced for the first of two possible Orange Crush parties this weekend, but officials said the impact from Saturday’s meet-up was mild.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Milton: Equestrian center not on radar
Milton is known for its horses and riding culture. Many of the back roads in the north of the city have horse farms lining both sides of the street. However, the residents still depend upon neighboring Alpharetta's equestrian center and horse park for large events, being the largest in the region.

Hometown feel, tech focuses of Belle Isle
Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle stopped by the Rotary Club of North Fulton April 8 to give an update on his favorite city and all the happenings since he took office.

Macon-Bibb P&Z to consider new nursing home
The Macon-Bibb County Planning & Zoning Commission will consider on Monday an application to build a new nursing home on Jefferson Road.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Senoia to resurface Main St.
Senoia residents will soon see a new topping to Main Street in the downtown area. An April 7 approval by the City Council will result in the resurfacing of Main Street in time for the Memorial Day festivities.
Source: Fayette Citizen

With split vote, Peachtree City calls in the dogs
The Peachtree City Police Department will be getting a new K9 to replace a police dog that recently retired from service.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City mayor wants airport authority rep to stay on FCDA board
Proposed changes by the Fayette County Commission to the make-up of the Fayette County Development Authority (FCDA) board drew two requests by Peachtree City Mayor Vanessa Fleisch at the commission’s April 10 meeting.
Source: Fayette Citizen

First female officer makes waves in Hephzibah
It only took one day for Emerald Hambrick to prove her value to the Hephzibah Police Department.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Sales tax funds fall short for road, drainage work
Fifty-million dollars from the next special purpose local option sales tax won’t go very far toward repairing Augusta’s aging roads and drainage system.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke candidates face questions at Youth Academy forum
They may be young, but a group of area high school students had some tough questions for local political candidates during a Youth Academy forum Saturday at the Athens-Clarke County Library.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Athens economic development director says first year went well
Ryan Moore said the Athens-Clarke County Economic Development Department has come a long way since he took the position as director in May 2013.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Boulevard tunnel's long-awaited cleanup effort, public art installation is about to begin
The Boulevard tunnel, an important underpass that connects Old Fourth Ward and Cabbagetown, has long sketched people out with its dim lighting, broken infrastructure, and drab walls. But the squalid tunnel is expected to finally receive a proper face-lift over the course of the next month.
Source: Creative Loafing

Church donates quilt to fire department
A group of ladies from the Aragon United Methodist Church, known as the “Quitters”, recently donated a quilt to the Aragon Volunteer Fire Department.
Source: Northeast Georgian

West Point negotiating solid waste contract
Curbside recycling could soon be available to West Point residents upon completion of a new solid waste contact with the city.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

GMC to open junior college campus near Pinewood Studios by summer 2015
Georgia Military College announced April 11 it intends to locate a new campus in Fayetteville, Ga., in anticipation of population growth in that area.
Source: Fayette Citizen