News Line for Madison

“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

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

DDA approves revised Urban Renewal plan
The Downtown Development Authority of Madison (DDA) recommended the approval of an amendment to their Urban Renewal Plan (URP) during their March 20 meeting.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City seeks $200k for Pearl Street
The Madison City Council voted in favor of a resolution to submit an application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for neighborhood revitalization. The application will list eight dilapidated or substandard properties on Madison’s Pearl Street that will receive rehabilitation funds from the grant.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Buckhead Council plugs new well project
The Buckhead City Council is currently exploring alternate options before settling on whether or not to proceed with constructing a new well for the city. If
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Madison earns state–wide Main St. award
Madison is one of 12 Georgia towns to receive a Georgia Main Street award this year, winning in the category of excellence in design. The awards were announced at the 35th Anniversary Banquet for the Georgia Main Street Program, held Feb. 26 in Douglasville.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Merchants Hall plans shot down
Kathi Russell, owner of the historic Mapp-Gilmore building located at 200 West Washington Street in Madison, appeared before the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) on March 11 to present her design proposal for the currently demolished building’s reconstruction in hopes of being approved for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), the next step required before reconstruction of the Mapp-Gilmore building can begin.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

CDC approves Mannington expansion plans
Mannington Mills’ plans for a 45,000 square foot facility expansion at 1421 Amtico Road, Madison, passed under the eye of Madison’s Corridor Design Commission (CDC) during a called meeting on Feb. 14.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

DiLetto wants to create city “Business Review Board”
City Councilman Joe DiLetto introduced a proposal to create a Business Review Board at the Mayor and Council Retreat in Athens, Ga. last week.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Madison Council holds retreat in Athens
Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and the city council members held a retreat at the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) in Athens. on Feb. 5 to review the Madison Charter, which outlines the nature and duties of the city’s leadership.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

DDA agrees to spend $300K on Gilmore property
The Downtown Development Authority of Madison (DDA) unanimously approved a contract for almost $298,000 with Whitsel Construction Services, Inc., for renovations on the Gilmore House property.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Zoning change affects industry
In an effort to accommodate the needs of Mannington’s Madison factory, the Madison City Council unanimously passed a text amendment, which will change dimension allowances for Light Industrial (I-1) districts and Heavy Industrial (I-2) districts.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City’s development landscape changes: TDR plan makes rights transferable
Madison’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) has recruited the Green Space Commission to form a subcommittee to explore the incorporation of a Transferable Development Rights (TDR) ordinance.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Madison DDA signs cooperative agreement with Parallel Housing
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Parallel Housing, a non-profit company out of Athens that designs and builds senior housing, to explore a proposed senior development of 40 to 45 units, creating more affordable living options for seniors in Morgan County.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Council awards $600K drain water contract
The Madison City Council voted to award a construction contract in the amount of approximately $608,000 to Gary’s Grading & Pipeline Company, Inc., of Monroe, for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) drainage improvements.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Perriman, Crawford, Hodges sworn in
Madison Mayor Fred Perriman and Madison City Council Members Bobby Crawford and Chris Hodges were sworn in by Morgan County Probate Court Judge Charles Merritt last Thursday, Jan. 2, to mark the official beginning of their terms in office.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Deconstruction of Mapp-Gilmore building is almost complete
The Mapp-Gilmore Building, formerly a funeral home in downtown Madison located at 200 W. Washington Street, is currently undergoing deconstruction in order to be completely rebuilt over the course of the next year.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Several public service posts for city are open
Openings for public service appointments are currently available for the City of Madison’s Cemetery Stewardship Commission, Greenspace Commission, and Historic Preservation Commission.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Downtown cinema to open in February
Progress is being made on Madison’s newest form of entertainment: Ricky D’s retro cinema. “We are moving along, we have the wine bar installed, we have all of the seating and everything ready to go in the dining area,” said owner Dana Kibbey.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

DDA Approves acceptance on 100K project paving bid
During a special called meeting of the Downtown Development Authority of Madison (DDA) that took place on Friday, Dec. 6, the DDA voted to approve to give a committee of DDA members the authority to accept the lowest qualified bid – up to $100,000 – on a paving project that would include reconstructive paving on North Bull Street and new paving for a parking lot on the depot property.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Madison City Council Settles Small Group Tour Amendments
The Madison City Council voted to approve a heavily edited amendment to the Madison City Code Chapter 26 concerning tour operators and small group tours during their regular meeting on Monday, Dec. 9.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Madison Council discusses home tours
The Madison City Council voted to approve a modified version of the proposed zoning text amendments related to non-residential tour uses but sent the proposed city code amendments concerning tour operators and small group tours back to staff for another draft, which will reflect the council’s discussion and concerns expressed during the meeting.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Council approves $1.2 million bond issue for Town Park
The Madison City Council approved a resolution during a called meeting last Friday requesting the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to issue a lease revenue bond in an amount not to exceed $1,200,000 in order to finance the acquisition of Town Park.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Hodges, Crawford take council by wide margins
In perhaps the largest voter turn–out in a Madison City Council race, District Five challenger Chris Gilbert Hodges defeated incumbent District Five Council Member Michael Naples 127 votes (64 percent) to 72 votes (36 percent) Tuesday night.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Commission recommends approval of historic site and museum ordinance amendments
The Morgan County Planning Commission recommended the approval of a set of zoning ordinance amendments related to Historic Sites and Museums during their Oct. 24 regular meeting.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

$1M-plus bond to pay for Town Park
The Madison City Council, on Friday, is expected to complete a bond initiative that would raise more than $1 million to complete payment for the development of the city’s Town Park project.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Kolb Street House a part of Ga. Trust’s “Places in Peril” list
On Tuesday, Oct. 22, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation announced its 2014 list of Places in Peril, and Madison’s Kolb Street House was one of the 10 structures listed.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

City, county come to terms to file LOST certificate
With only a few minutes remaining before the 4:30 p.m. deadline last Thursday, Oct. 17, Morgan County filed a renewed certificate of distribution for Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) funds with the Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR), keeping the current allocation of LOST funds static.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

HPC discusses “big PR problem” at October meeting
After adjourning from the October meeting of Madison’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC), the HPC members discussed what Flynn Clyburn described as the HPC’s “big PR problem.”
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Council addresses Stanton Springs contract
During the Oct. 14 meeting of the Madison Mayor and City Council, the council discussed a supplemental contract between the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia and the City of Madison regarding a joint service project between Madison, Social Circle and Covington to provide natural gas for the Stanton Springs development.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

LOST negotiations now lost? Court ruling hurries a LOST decision; county offers keeping current allocations
Following Tuesday’s executive session, the county suggested keeping former LOST rates through Dec. 2014. That means Madison gets 22 percent; Rutledge, 4 percent; Bostwick, 0.6 percent; Buckhead, 0.4 percent; and Morgan, 73 percent.
Source: Morgan County Citizen