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Dunwoody could become the latest metro Atlanta city to ban local businesses from discriminating against LGBTQ people, with a proposed system that includes city-appointed mediators or lawyers where violators could be fined up to $1,000.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The project, known as “The Cottages on Vaughan” is situated on a half-acre lot centrally located one block from downtown Clarkston, and will include eight tiny homes.
Source: Neighbor News

Lidl has plans to go into the vacant property, Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin announced at his annual State of the City Address at the Mansour Center on Wednesday.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Mayor Tumlin will be joined by other City officials, community members and the family of Chief Justice Hines. The bridge is located near Monarch Park, 246 Kennesaw Avenue NW in Marietta.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Participants will learn about crime scenes, criminal investigation, interacting with police, Internet safety and drug and alcohol abuse, plus see a special K-9 demonstration.
Source: Clayton News Daily

The city is looking to the public for ways to reuse the old brick in the downtown area, "maybe in a renovated alley," according to the Facebook note.
Source: Access North Georgia

The Task Force for the Promotion of Public Trust will discuss its responsibilities and goals, as well as the city’s ethics, transparency, and compliance structures.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The design scope includes a 6-foot-wide sidewalk along the north side of the street; left-turn lanes where possible between Loxford and Wedgewood Drive; and a typical cross-section with 10-foot travel and turn lanes, 4-foot bike lane, 2-foot curb and gutter, 2-foot grass strip, and 6-foot sidewalk.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Chief Broome is widely recognized as one of the best fire professionals in both the great state of Georgia and the nation,” South Fulton City Manager Odie Donald II said in a news release.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Duluth Police Department is looking for citizens to help officers improve incident response time by joining the city’s Virtual Patrol Program. The program allows local businesses and neighborhoods to selectively share video feeds directly with the Duluth Police Department.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The additional time is based on recommendations from Lilburn’s staff who feel they need additional time for research and proper discussion, impose a temporary moratorium on applications for licenses and permits to operate such establishments to review and consider the necessary regulations.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The extensive ordinance defines adequate food, shelter and space for animals as well as penalties for inadequate care.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The $9.5 million project is funded by SPLOST 2009, 2014, and the Department of Water Resources with the construction contract awarded to GP’s Enterprises.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Increasing the resident fee from $15 to $32 for the youth sports participant facility use fee per season so that “the city can better recoup the costs of field maintenance while keeping a consistent fee structure.”
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Atlanta's Miller Lowry Developments proposes to construct a 3.2-acre community called The Village Walk at Hapeville just east of Interstate 85 between Central Avenue, Colville Avenue and Willingham Drive.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

One of the city’s longstanding goals has been to gain control of the water system, which is owned and operated by the city of Atlanta.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The 2020 proposed budget of $152,371,746 is an increase of $8,341,225 or 5.8 percent from the 2019 approved budget of $144,030,521. The general fund operating expenditures are estimated to be $72.8 million, including $31 million for police and fire.
Source: Neighbor News

The Lilburn Community Improvement District serves as a catalyst to improve local perceptions of attitude and appearance, as well as business opportunities in the Highway 29 corridor and surrounding areas.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The request for the 175-foot wireless tower, filed by TowerCom, meets all of the required criteria to obtain the permit.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Earlier this spring, the City Council approved to pay $2 million to Blount Construction to do the repaving. The money comes from SPLOST funds and a local maintenance improvement grant, the city said.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to support community projects.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In an exclusive interview Tuesday with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News, CIM executive Devon McCorkle unveiled the Centennial Yards branding, a timeline for construction, and some attractions the company is considering for the 40-acre mini-city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Operating a city transit system with buses running fixed or flexible routes through Statesboro will require $228,000 to $300,000 in annual local funding – if federal funding pays half the cost – according to the feasibility study by Connetics Transportation Group.
Source: Statesboro Herald

On May 3 and 4, the City of Hinesville conducted its annual off-site workshop to plan for the next year and prioritize initiatives and projects. The workshop was held at the Jekyll Island Westin Hotel.
Source: Hinesville Coastal Courier

A second-generation City of Thomasville employee has been named city utilities superintendent.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Thomasville City Council's newest member entered council chambers Monday night and immediately burst into tears.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

City Manager Chris Addleton said it may be time to raise water and sewer rates to match other nearby municipalities.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

In the heart of Adairsville and Cartersville, live music will take center stage Saturday, courtesy of the BBQ & Blues Festival and Music by the Tracks.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Assistant Rome City Manager Patrick Eidson told Community Development Services committee members Tuesday, “We haven’t changed anything (related to graduation parking) as opposed to what we’ve done for years.”
Source: Rome News-Tribune

About 40 people came out Tuesday for a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would give Macon-Bibb County sheriff’s deputies the option of handing out a $75 citation if a person is caught with less than an ounce of marijuana, instead of stiffer penalties.
Source: Macon Telegraph

On Monday, the Optimist Club of LaGrange recognized the LaGrange Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year during its regular meeting at the Mike Daniel Recreation Center.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

With over 85 years in city administration under their belts, City of Baxley employees Reba Cash, Lynn White, and Jessica McClellan were honored at last week’s council meeting.
Source: Baxley News Banner

The Emerson City Council, absent two members, voted unanimously to approve an agreement with a Tennessee-based company to install speed enforcement cameras within the municipality at Monday evening’s meeting.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

It felt like déjà vu for the Cleveland City Council – not to mention their constituents. Almost a full year after ...
Source: White County News Telegraph

Macon-Bibb County’s property tax rate has gone up over the past two years as officials waded through financial difficulties.
Source: Macon Telegraph

“The city has pioneered the public/private partnership service delivery model, but, we believe, due to the robust economy and very tight labor market, private sector bidders did not deliver the prices we expected,” Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul said in a news release.
Source: Neighbor News

The council awards tourism grants annually to organizations that increase tourism and outside spending in the city. The grants are funded by the city’s 3 % tax on vehicle rentals and an 8 % tax on hotel and motel rooms.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Smyrna Police Chief David Lee promoted Sgt. Ed Cason to the rank of lieutenant and Detective Ron Eaton to the rank of sergeant on May 14.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

The city of Milton is partnering with local community and business organizations to offer a Small Business Symposium, an afternoon of speakers, workshops and exhibits.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The designs are to include a third travel lane for eastbound Windward between Westside and the Ga. 400 southbound on-ramp; a third travel lane for westbound Windward from North Point to the Ga. 400 northbound on-ramp; and a lengthening of the existing dual-left-turn lanes.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Sugar Hill City Park at 5494 Cumming Highway will serve as a trailhead to the Sugar Hill Greenway. The park will feature a lake in its center.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Stonecrest has launched the “Best of Stonecrest” initiative, through which the city will provide free customer service training to businesses. If 75% of the staff and management at a restaurant, shop or hotel complete the training, the business will receive an official seal to post at its entrance.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The struggling shopping center that lies barely inside the Perimeter in North DeKalb will be annexed into the city June 1. The Tucker City Council unanimously approved the annexation at a meeting Monday night.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Students in Kennesaw State University’s Master Craftsman Program are in a unique position of having their creativity incorporated into public spaces around the city.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“Hiring the goats has certainly been one of our best ideas,” Assistant City Manager Mary Beth Bender said in a statement. “Not only has it saved money on labor and proved to have terrific results in preparing the property for construction, but, unexpectedly, it has been wonderful PR as well!”
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Oakwood is planning to hire a new code enforcement officer, but the employee won’t be looking for just property violations.
Source: Gainesville Times

Main Street in downtown Gainesville will be closed in front of the Hunt Tower until May 23, according to the city website.
Source: Gainesville Times

Thirteen residents graduated from the 11th Annual Valdosta Government 101 Citizens Orientation at a ceremony recently, joining more than 250 graduates from the program to date.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

The members of the Dalton City Council are expected to vote on bids to repair the failing westbound lane of Botany Woods Drive at their May 20 meeting.
Source: The Union-Recorder

The Adairsville City Council voted unanimously to approve a new sewer use ordinance at Thursday evening’s public meeting, which seeks to create uniform requirements for the local government’s treatment facility users.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

An Augusta Commission subcommittee is looking to change who is eligible for severance pay and also how the city conducts safety inspections.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

At most planning commission meetings, agenda items are either recommended for approval or denial before proceeding to the next step in the bureaucratic process.
Source: Cartersville Daily Tribune News

Grovetown needs more time to flesh out the details of whether the job of mayor should change to full-time with a salary increase.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

The city purchased a top-mount pump fire truck for $329,000, which will be paid through a 10-year Georgia Municipal Association loan with a 3.69% interest rate, city officials said.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

Currently, the parcel in question is raw and wooded land. “It’s always been used for agriculture, so it will continue its primary use as agricultural, only in this case becoming a tree and shrub farm,” Bergin said.
Source: Access North Georgia

“The city is dedicated to fiscal responsibility at every level and this award proves our commitment,” said Brian Johnson, City Manager.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Norcross City Council wants to make certain every city resident is counted in the 2020 census next year. The nine-member committee will consist of community volunteers selected by the mayor and council.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The almost 60-year-old building, Suwanee’s original city hall, will be receiving a much-needed facelift that is expected to significantly improve the court customer experience and create more space for court and police employees.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The conversations included how technology can fix problems faster than traditional building methods and how even small cities deal with infrastructure emergencies.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Since the community planning process started last October, responses from nearly 1,200 neighbors indicate a desire for flexible multi-purpose spaces for active indoor programming and community use.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Alpharetta City Council has accepted a consultant’s “Walkability & Pedestrian Safety Study” that recommends actions to make the city more pedestrian-friendly. The study, completed under a $124,280 contract by the AECOM engineering firm.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The track at Athens Tech could get a facelift, with a little help from the city of Monroe. It’s part of larger plan for the city to spruce up passive parks around town.
Source: Walton Tribune

Having the mayor travel to more national and international events is crucial to ensuring Brookhaven becomes an influential player in politics, according to city officials. The current expense account caps in the charter are limiting that reach, they said.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The award was given April 1 at the Annual Awards Gala in Denver, Colorado. This is the second year in a row Marietta has been recognized internationally by Smart Cities Connect.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

An audit of the Town of Tallulah Falls Water System by the Georgia Rural Water Association found system revenues to be at a $35,605 deficit — roughly 45 percent lower than expenses.
Source: Access North Georgia

City officials say the building will be used for movies, concerts, dance recitals and more. The city hopes to break ground on the new city center project in August.
Source: Access North Georgia

The 70-year-old building, located at the corner of Foreacre Street and South Main Street in downtown Cornelia, has been demolished to make way for a modern city hall/police department building.
Source: Access North Georgia


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