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Mayor's budget includes parks and rec fee increases
This 2014 budget to reach proposed fiscal 2015 levels, Columbus Parks and Recreation Director James Worsley is proposing a series of fee increases and new fees at recreational venues.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Once again, Council fails to decide RiverWalk restroom issue
After six weeks of discussion, Columbus Council once again failed to approve paying part of the tab for a $244,000 public restroom beneath the Frank Martin Memorial Bridge on the RiverWalk.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Forest Park joins Clayton County land bank effort
Officials from Forest Park are teaming up with Clayton County leaders to make troubled properties that are far behind on their property taxes more attractive to developers.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Council reviews FY15 budget
Lovejoy City officials are reviewing a positive fiscal year 2015 budget.
Source: Clayton News Daily

McDonough officials expect $300,000 in revenues from pageants
City leaders expect the Miss Teen USA and Miss Georgia USA pageants to draw in between $100,000 and $300,000.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Two considered for Main Street position
Main Street Covington could have a new leader in place this week as the Covington-Newton Chamber of Commerce prepares hire one of two finalists for the job.
Source: Newton Citizen

Kennesaw denies billboard in city
A year after a split decision to annex a hotel property into the city limits, the Kennesaw City Council unanimously voted Monday evening to deny a billboard designed for the site.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Lula confers with residents on bracing for coming growth
The displays at the Lula Train Depot depicted a reinvigorated downtown, with storefronts getting a makeover and a “streetscaping” effort sprucing up Main Street.
Source: Gainesville Times

One middle schooler wants to make Bainbridge a better place
Last Tuesday, the city of Bainbridge recognized the winner and runner up in the annual Georgia Municipal Association “If I Were Mayor…” essay contest. The winner Keon Guy of Hutto Middle School gaveled the meeting into order and led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Source: Bainbridge Post-Searchlight

Senoia open to condemnation for rec trail projects
The city of Senoia has received a state grant to design a new recreational trail.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Metropolitan Planning Commission OKs more lodging uses in multifamily-residential district
Savannah homeowners got an initial OK Tuesday to rent spare bedrooms to travelers as long as they live in the house and it’s in a multi-family residential area.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Augusta mayoral candidate Charles Cummings wants to be 'ambassador' for city, improve transit
Retired businessman Charles Cummings is running for Augusta mayor on a three-pronged platform of lowering taxes, improving public transit and helping young people become entrepreneurs.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Local officials work to keep political signs out of rights of way
Signs, signs — it seems that everywhere you look throughout the Athens area, there are signs advocating for a particular candidate in the multitude of political races leading up to the May 20 primary and nonpartisan elections.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Atlanta chief officer: Civic Center could be sold as early as this summer
Pending approval from the Atlanta City Council, Atlanta officials could sell the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center as early as this summer, interim Chief Operating Officer Michael Geisler said Tuesday.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Springfield's Mars Theatre gets ready for 'soft opening' tomorrow
Parking spaces were painted, a 55-inch television was installed in the concession area and final work was being done on the live performance sound system as Springfield’s Mars Theatre was readied today for tomorrow’s “soft opening.”
Source: Savannah Morning News

Macon-Bibb commission likes but doesn’t fund Macon Gardens work
An Atlanta-based development firm asked the Macon-Bibb County Commission on Tuesday for $500,000 toward redeveloping the troubled Macon Gardens Apartments.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Midstate government officials grapple with gun bill
Signs posted at each entrance to Warner Robins City Hall proclaim the carrying of firearms “upon these premises is strictly prohibited” under state law. Gov. Nathan Deal is expected Wednesday to sign a bill that would upend that law, allowing guns in most government offices.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Lawsuit challenging May 20 election date for Augusta mayor and commission on fast track
A pending lawsuit challenging the election date of Augusta races has been put on the fast track. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge J. Randal Hall issued an order setting dates for the opposing sides to file briefs.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Gainesville planning board says 'no' to Lanier Plaza redevelopment
The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board Tuesday evening turned down a plan from Polestar Development, LLC to redevelop Lanier Plaza Shopping Center on Thompson Bridge Road.
Source: Access North Georgia

Aragon officials establish new plan of action
The mayor and council of Aragon are taking action to further stabilize the city’s finances while finding ways to prevent another budget shortfall.
Source: Cedartown Standard

Clarkesville officials honor Habersham responders
Several officials from the City of Clarkesville attended Monday night's Habersham County Commission meeting to acknowledge the contributions of county emergency personnel during the recent downtown fire.
Source: Access North Georgia

Oakwood City Manager delivers promising Economic Update
Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown told members of the South Hall Business Coalition, “It’s one thing to bring new people in but we need to take care of what we have.”
Source: Access North Georgia

Old Newnan Hospital Renovated for UWGA
The University of West Georgia is using something from the past to fuel its future. The Carrolton-based school is planning to use the renovated Newnan Hospital as its campus in that city.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Council announces Depot reopen, approves alcohol licenses
The Kiwanis Club of Thomson was the first group to meet in the refurbished Thomson Depot when the building reopened Monday, April 14.
Source: McDuffie Progress

Pembroke OKs ‘workforce’ housing
The Pembroke City Council approved a resolution Monday that officials hope will one day bring the city a new development.
Source: Bryan County News

New restaurant opens in Norcross depot, while former proprietor opens another spot
This week, Gwinnett foodies have two new restaurants to try out, just months after the closing of the Norcross Station Cafe at the city’s historic train depot.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Grayson City Council approves many infrastructure improvements
The Grayson City Council took care of several infrastructure improvements Monday night at its regular council meeting.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Stats: 24 percent crime drop from end of 2013
New data released by Columbus Consolidated Government shows 24 percent fewer crimes were reported in 2014's first quarter when compared to 2013's fourth quarter — a change officials credit to programs reducing burglary, robbery and car thefts.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Blight a growing issue in city
The difference between Brunswick resident Miriam Jenkins' property on Willet Street and the abandoned yard next door is striking.
Source: Brunswick News

Porterdale Spring Fling to raise funds for fire station
In an effort to improve the Porterdale Volunteer Fire Department’s station, firefighters will be hosting a fun family day on May 3.
Source: Newton Citizen

Gazebo, square plan voted down by council
The Covington City Council voted down the proposed improvements to the square, which included a 24-foot wide gazebo, making the area around the war veterans monument paved and landscaping it with azaleas and adding benches and replacing trees, among other changes.
Source: Covington News

Mayor Tomlinson, Colin Martin swap barbs in election debate
At the close of an often-spirited mayoral election debate Monday night, Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and challenger Colin Martin got more pointed toward each other in closing statements than voters have so far seen.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Residents express desire to save Claflin
The city's plans to turn the old Claflin School building over to the federal government may be postponed if concerned citizens have their way.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

'Resting Garden' grows on site of city's first black cemetery
In the next two months, the city hopes to cut the ribbon on a "Resting Garden" currently under construction on the site of the first cemetery for black people in Columbus, City Manager Isaiah Hugley said.
Source: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Rincon OKs August country music event at park
Rincon City Council members cleared the way for a country music festival at Freedom Park this August, but they still have to finalize fees and policies for the venue.
Source: Effingham Herald

Local agencies set to get new round of federal money
Ten local agencies are recommended to receive a cut of federal Community Development Block Grant funding this year through the Macon-Bibb County government.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Warner Robins mayor: Snellgrove Drive to reopen soon
Mayor Randy Toms said Monday night that he expects Snellgrove Drive will reopen later this week as discussions with Little League continue. The road was closed several weeks ago by officials with Little League Southeastern Region Headquarters.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Get out and enjoy Georgia Cities Week
It’s a great time to be a resident of Coastal Georgia. As Hinesville’s mayor, this is my favorite part of the year.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Transit study in final phases
Does the Griffin-Spalding County area need fixed route bus service? The city and county are conducting a transit feasibility study to determine the need, most appropriate type of service, the costs and options for proceeding towards implementation.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Council hires appraiser for Veterans Drive project
In 2007, Dalton and Whitfield County voters approved a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) that called for, among other projects, transforming Veterans Drive into a major north-south corridor to relieve congestion on Glenwood Avenue.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Augusta announces $1.5 million restoration project on Butt Bridge centennial
Twenty years ago, city residents rallied to “Save Our Butt,” a clever campaign slogan crafted to protect downtown Augusta’s Archibald W. Butt Memorial Bridge from modern road construction.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Legal challenge raised over change in election dates for Augusta local races
A federal lawsuit has been filed against the city of Augusta because of the election date change for local offices.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta mayoral candidate Helen Blocker-Adams says she'll bring different dynamic to office
Helen Blocker-Adams says she’ll bring a different dynamic to the mayor’s office and a new culture to city government.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Olde Town residents show displeasure with latest sales tax package
If a Monday meeting in Olde Town was any gauge, the chances of the latest Special-Purpose Local Option Sales Tax passing May 20 are bleak.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke candidates face off in wide-ranging Monday forum
Athens-Clarke County’s two mayoral candidates reiterated some familiar themes Monday, while the four candidates vying for the intown District 3 seat on the Athens-Clarke County Commission worked to differentiate themselves from each other during a wide-ranging forum at East Friendship Baptist Church.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Transit contract would end free rides on UGA's Prince Avenue route
Beginning July 1, University of Georgia buses no longer will stop on Prince Avenue if Athens-Clarke County commissioners approve a new contract between the county’s transit department and the university’s bus service.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Winder, Barrow Co. implement new citizens alert system
The city of Winder and Barrow County announced today that they are implementing a new citizen's alert system.
Source: Access North Georgia

Council disagrees on DDA borders
At a recent city meeting, the City Council, with a 3-2 vote, approved the resolution providing the Downtown Development Authority amendment to boundaries, appointment of board members and for other purposes.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Atlanta prepares to sell civic center
City of Atlanta officials are taking the first steps toward potentially selling another major asset — the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta launches communication partnership
City of Atlanta officials say public workers in more than 20 departments have been trained to receive and place calls using a program to help them communicate with the deaf and hard of hearing.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Lula to consider council member pay, reimbursement
Lula is looking to set limits on unforeseen compensation and reimbursement of expenses.
Source: Gainesville Times

Mayor Thornton leads delegation to Korea
Mayor Jim Thornton and other members of LaGrange’s economic development team are meeting with South Korean leaders in Korea this week to discuss ways to enhance the relationship and economic development between LaGrange and South Korea.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

City Hall's food truck experiment starts today throughout South Downtown
City Hall officials will gauge whether food trucks should actually serve sandwiches, tacos, and other items on public property starting today in a swath of Downtown that has long struggled with food access.
Source: Creative Loafing

Citizens speak out against crematorium
A state law will likely prevent a controversial crematorium from being built in Statham.
Source: Barrow County News

Goosebumps crew creates digital map of Madison
A small crew, from the visual effects department working with Sony Pictures for the major motion film Goosebumps, spent three days in downtown Madison last week surveying the town in preparation of filming that is set to take place over the summer.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City gives conditional approval to Four Lakes child care bid
After substantial debate at a meeting of the Madison Mayor and City Council, the council voted unanimously in favor of issuing a home child-care conditional use permit to Melissa Camp at 1219 Four Lakes Drive, Madison, with the condition that the permit only be issued once all applicable state laws regarding child care facilities have been met.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Lurey nominated for state ‘Hall of Fame’
Madison City Manager David Nunn, on behalf of the city of Madison, has nominated former Madison City Council Member Barry Lurey for induction into the Georgia Municipal Association’s (GMA) Municipal Government Hall of Fame.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City of Madison receives $250,000 DOT road grant
The Madison City Council voted unanimously to move forwards with a construction agreement between the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) and the city of Madison.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

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

Forest Park formally approves URA, redevelopment plan
Officials in Forest Park made their Urban Redevelopment Authority official Wednesday with back-to-back meetings that served more as formalities than anything else.
Source: Clayton News Daily

Mayors, chairman discuss need for SPLOST passage
Two mayors and a chairman sat down to have a discussion Wednesday.
Source: Clayton News Daily

McDonough City Council to discuss FY15 budget Monday
The city of McDonough will conduct its regular city council meeting Monday night to discuss the Fiscal Year 2015 budget among other items.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

New flashing yellow signal coming to Hoschton
New traffic signals will soon launch in Hoschton, aimed at improving safety and increasing traffic flow.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Covington City Council to consider use agreement for American Legion Field
A fee could soon be put in place for those who are interested in reserving the use of the American Legion Field in Covington.
Source: Newton Citizen

Ringgold updates outdated zoning, subdivision fees
The city of Ringgold recently approved upping the cost of some of its fees as it pertains to zoning, variances, and subdivisions, in an attempt line up with what Catoosa County currently charges.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

LaFayette’s ISO classification improves dramatically
Home and business owners should be pleasantly surprised when renewing fire insurance policies for properties within LaFayette’s city limits.
Source: Catoosa County News

Ringgold awards downtown streetscaping bid, discusses parking issues with businesses
The city of Ringgold moved a step closer to revamping its downtown area, during its most recent city council meeting on Monday night, April 14, when it awarded the bid for its upcoming streetscaping project aimed towards making the area more accessible.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Lula to consider council member pay, reimbursement
Lula is looking to set limits on unforeseen compensation and reimbursement of expenses.
Source: Gainesville Times

Gazebo gets committee’s support
The hotly-debated gazebo proposed to be built on the Covington square was sent to a committee this week for more citizen and business owner feedback.
Source: Covington News

City Council to choose head hunter for new police chief search-
The Americus Mayor and City Council are expected to select a “head hunter” firm in its search for a new police chief at Thursday’s regular meeting. This was discussed again at last Thursday’s agenda setting session.
Source: Americus Times-Recorder

Billboard bickering: Kennesaw council still debating electronic edifice
A contentious decision to annex a hotel property into the city limits a year ago still has Kennesaw’s City Council debating if a digital billboard should be erected at the site along Cobb Parkway.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Company wants to develop senior housing complex in Leesburg
The Lee County Planning and Zoning Board approved a rezoning request from Mossy Dell Inc. Tuesday evening that may lead to the construction of a 50-unit apartment community inside the City of Leesburg
Source: Albany Herald

Councilman bringing in experts to advise first-time homebuyers
Nervous first-time homebuyers uncertain about how to obtain a mortgage have a chance to hear from industry experts at a forum hosted by Councilman Anthony Coleman, though he says there likely aren’t enough affordable homes in the city for those new buyers.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Woodstock’s Earth Day Festival to encourage recycling
The city of Woodstock’s second Earth Day Festival and annual recycling event is set for this Saturday, and organizers are hoping to make a large dent in the city’s waste.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Street upgrades, sidewalks, public safety complex on city’s SPLOST list
Millions of dollars in street upgrades, sidewalk construction and public safety equipment are among the projects the Marietta City Council has tentatively agreed to fund if voters approve another round of the 1 percent special-purpose local-option sales tax.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

City says building on annexed land won’t happen soon
Rincon City Council members tried to assure a neighbor of its newly-annexed property that it won’t be home to sprawling new subdivision anytime soon.
Source: Effingham Herald

Cityhood Groups Pushing Toward 2015
In the final days of the 2014 Georgia General Assembly session, the battle for cityhood got ugly. Ultimately, none of the cityhood bills passed.
Source: WABE

SCCPSS, Port Wentworth officials working on school construction agreement
Disagreements over water pressure issues and hefty inspection fees, which threatened to delay the construction of a new school in Port Wentworth, have sort of, kind of been resolved.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Senoia prepares to spruce up median
A Senoia Downtown Development Authority (DDA) design concept to put a new face on the median in the downtown area was reviewed and approved April 7 by the City Council.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City Mayor: we'll keep our fire department; no need to consolidate services with county
The Peachtree City Council has no plans to consolidate its fire department in a joint effort being explored by the Fayette County and Fayetteville governing bodies.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Peachtree City vetoes assisted living proposal pitched for Hwy. 54, Walt Banks
A proposal to build a 54-unit assisted living facility dedicated solely to memory care patients near McIntosh High School was denied by the Peachtree City Council Thursday night.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Alvin Mason says experience on Augusta Commission would be asset if elected
Two-term Commissioner Alvin Mason touts his experience on the sometimes-fractured Augusta Commission as an asset, not a liability, that he’ll bring into the mayor’s office if elected May 20.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Deal on Fort ‘Mac’ may close by July
The city of Atlanta expects to close on its acquisition of the abandoned Fort McPherson “by the end of July at the latest,” Mayor Kasim Reed said this week.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Three finalists picked for Hartsfield-Jackson airport manager
Three finalists have been selected for general manager of the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, one of the highest profile positions in city of Atlanta government.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton taps expert for conservation
In the latest move to try to stem the tide of explosive growth in Milton, the City Council approved an agreement April 14 securing a longtime conservation professional to help create the city's first "green print" land use plan.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Athens-Clarke County taking first steps on local housing study
Motivated in part by the long-observed cycle of college students moving into newer private housing complexes, with the result that older complexes may deteriorate, Athens-Clarke County commissioners are moving forward on a study of the local housing market.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

City planning staff recommends approval of rezoning for Lanier Plaza
A rezoning request, which would clear the way for a renovated Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road, has gotten a "thumbs up" from the city's planning staff.
Source: Access North Georgia

The Atlanta Beltline: Transforming Atlanta's Urban Culture
A 1968 TV ad described the growing city of Atlanta as network of different neighborhoods, connected mostly by highways. The best option for navigating the city was by car.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Pooler growth brings expansion to police department
It’s been three decades since Mark Revenew started work as a Pooler police officer. It was 1984, and the New York native stationed at Hunter Army Airfield was about to be discharged and wanted to stay in the area.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Sewage plant plan spews smell concerns
The green thumbs that run the 10-acre Savannah Botanical Gardens on Eisenhower Drive are worried visitors will soon be smelling sewage instead of roses. But city staffers assure them the plan for a sewage treatment plant at the Bacon Park Golf Course behind the gardens is nothing to turn their nose up at.
Source: Savannah Morning News

Bickley Reeves wins annual ‘If I Were Mayor’ essay contest
Bickley Reeves is the winner of this year’s ‘If I Was Mayor’ Essay Contest. Dawson Fleming is the runner-up. The contest is part of the annual Make Thomaston Shine and Georgia Cities Week. The Top 10 essay finalists were honored at the Thomaston City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Source: Thomaston Times

Macon-Bibb 911 operators celebrate Telecommunications Week
The men and women who respond to cries for help coming into the Macon-Bibb 911 Center lightened things up a bit during this week’s National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.
Source: Macon Telegraph

Jesup found to be in sound financial shape
Following the past several years of spending reductions and tight budget controls, the city of Jesup’s latest audit reveals the city is in sound financial condition.
Source: Jesup Press-Sentinel

Mayor: Hinesville's future is promising
Hinesville Mayor Jim Thomas told Liberty County Chamber of Commerce members and special guests that Hinesville’s future is promising during his State of the City Address given Thursday at Connection Church in Flemington.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

Area firefighters climbing Atlanta tower to benefit lung association
Local firefighters are teaming up to participate in the American Lung Association’s 8th annual vertical challenge to race to the top of One Ninety One Peachtree Tower in downtown Atlanta Saturday morning.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

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