News Line for Canton

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

Report: Long-term cost of fire department merger not cheap
The long-debated option of nixing the city of Canton’s fire department and merging it with Cherokee County’s could be a more expensive possibility to help the growing city than some previously thought.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton mayor wants to build new fire station
After years of waiting, the Laurel Canyon community in northern Canton might get its fire station after all.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Cities celebrate spring with eclectic themes
The cities of Woodstock and Canton will welcome crowds tonight to celebrate the season with eclectic downtown festivals.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Beer growler shop to open in downtown Canton
With approval from the Canton City Council in tow, a group of residents from the Great Sky community is setting its sights on downtown to open the city’s first beer “growler” shop and help the city’s center see an increase in vitality.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Sole Canton city manager candidate withdraws
Amid disagreement among council members over his candidacy, the sole finalist to fill Canton’s city manager position withdrew his name from consideration Thursday morning.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton rental car tax passes
Mayor Gene Hobgood’s proposed excise tax on car rentals finally made it through the Canton City Council last week, after multiple failed attempts in recent years.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Finalist for Canton city manager a contentious nomination
A former economic development director in Woodstock was named as the sole candidate to be the new Canton city manager Friday morning, although two-thirds of the city council say they don’t think he has the experience for the job.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton to conduct meeting on enterprise zone
The city of Canton will conduct a public information presentation March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the River Mill Livable Centers Initiative Enterprise Zone.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton to conduct meeting on enterprise zone
The city of Canton will conduct a public information presentation March 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. on the River Mill Livable Centers Initiative Enterprise Zone.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Mayor: Canton shows strong improvement
Mayor Gene Hobgood says the future of Canton has never looked quite so good.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Study on Canton: ‘You don’t need a parking structure’
A third-party research firm that was paid more than $29,000 to look into parking in downtown Canton has decided there is no shortage of available spaces and the parking deck some have suggested is unnecessary.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Three Cherokee cities make list of state’s 50 safest
Residents across Cherokee County may rest a little easier after the county’s three most populated cities were named to a list of the state’s 50 safest cities.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Rental car tax voted down by Council again; Mayor Hobgood says he’s not giving up
Mayor Gene Hobgood’s proposed excise tax on rental cars has once again been voted down by the Canton City Council, but he says he’s not backing down this time.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton weathers storm without public works head
As metro Atlanta was preparing for a week of potential winter storms ahead, Canton did things a bit differently: It dismissed the man who oversaw much of the city’s infrastructure.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton city manager search ongoing
More than a month after city manager Scott Wood resigned, the Canton City Council is still unsure of who will permanently take the reins of the city’s government — but there is no shortage of applicants.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton awarded $260K grant from GDOT
The city of Canton has been awarded a $260,000 grant for road improvements from the Georgia Department of Transportation.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

BoC, Canton leaders talk fire services
Cherokee County and city of Canton leaders are once again considering how they can work together to provide fire services in Canton, after talks stalled last year following years of debate.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council names Cummins interim city manager
The Canton City Council on Thursday night named Councilman Glen Cummins as interim city manager, as a search is ramping up for a full-time replacement for former City Manager Scott Wood.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Grant plans to ‘roll out the red carpet’ for businesses in Canton
As his campaign slogan suggested, Bill Grant says he wants to “roll out the red carpet and reduce the red tape,” for Canton businesses when he takes his new role on the Canton City Council.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

McGrew ‘eager’ to step into new role on city council
Sandy McGrew says she never imagined being an elected official until about a year ago.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Rust hopes to bring progress to Canton City Council
The Canton City Council’s newest member for Ward 3 is hoping to bring peace, civility and progress to a board that he says has been plagued with heated debate and disagreements.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton to consider new mixed-use development
A highly commercial portion of Highway 20 could see even more activity, with a businessman’s plans to sell off land for a mixed-use development across the street from Canton Marketplace.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Three Canton councilmen bid farewell
The last Canton City Council meeting of 2013 saw what seemed to be a sincere “so long” Thursday night to three retiring councilmen.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Police chief trains for exploited children cases
Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant returned last week from a trip to Virginia, where he attended a training course to help in his case work on missing or sexually exploited children.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Progress made on Water and Sewerage Authority renovations
While renovations on the Jones Building might be halted indefinitely, downtown Canton could still see an increase in activity with the Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority’s work to renovate the former Etowah Bank building.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Planning commission strikes down gas station
Residents in the Estates at Brooke Park won another round in their fight against a Macon-based developer’s plans to build a gas station at the only entrance of their neighborhood on Highway 20.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton to fill ‘fire hole’ downtown, use space for small concerts, films
Nearly four years after the Canton Drug Company building in downtown Canton was leveled by a late-night fire, the Main Street Board is working on plans to fill in the void — or as some call it, the “fire hole”— left by the structure.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Council overturns ‘unfair’ building permit policy
The Canton City Council on Thursday night overturned its moratorium on home building permits on some streets in the city after several residents and builders came forward urging the council to nix the policy that one councilman called “completely unfair” and a “mistake.”
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Elections head: Voter turnout about average
Cherokee County elections supervisor Janet Munda said the turnout for Election Day was “very low” generally but not surprising with just municipal positions and the special election for state Senate on the ballot.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Two Canton City Council races go to runoff, one set
Only one of the three races for vacant seats on the Canton City Council was decided Election Day, while two others will go to a runoff election in December.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton Ward 3 hopefuls discuss growth, qualifications
With Election Day rapidly approaching, the candidates for the Canton City Council’s Ward 3 are in the final push of their campaigns.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Canton’s Ward 1 hopefuls talk issues, qualifications
Each of the three candidates in the race for the Ward 1 seat on the Canton City Council are hoping it isn’t too late to convince the voters they’re the right person for the job.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Business owner, school administrator square off for Canton Council
With Election Day looming just days away Nov. 5, each of the two Canton City Council candidates for Ward 2 are hunkering down for the final push in their campaigns.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Officials: Rise in early voting
With just days left in early voting for the Nov. 5 elections around Cherokee County, officials are reporting a slight uptick in the number of ballots cast so far.
Source: Cherokee Tribune

Taxes, fire services on the agenda for Canton candidates
Candidates running in the Nov. 5 election for three seats coming open on the Canton City Council turned out to the Cherokee Arts Center on Wednesday night for a forum to let residents know where they stand on the issues.
Source: Cherokee Tribune