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Villa Rica residents who rely on the city to pick up their piles of leaves and tree limbs will soon see new surcharges.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

With help from local government, a Georgia politician will bring a hotel to downtown Dalton for the first time in 45 years.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press

A Bainbridge construction management firm has been awarded the rights to develop the new city police department by the Cairo City Council.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Group after group of Dougherty County and Albany leadership marched into a meeting room in the Central Square Building on Thursday to present their “wish lists of asks” to five members of the Albany area legislative delegation.
Source: Albany Herald

Those hoping Stockbridge might divide its City Council into districts will have to wait until at least 2020 to have that dream realized. The Council earlier this week voted 4-1 to continue using an at-large system for its members until at least the 2020 Census.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Woodstock City Council has approved a police mutual aid agreement with Atlanta that will allow Woodstock Police Department members to assist at Super Bowl LIII.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a Sandy Springs ordinance that authorizes the city to charge alarm companies fees for false burglar alarms.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Thomson Fire Rescue named its top firefighter of the year, top officer of the year, awarded firefighters for years of service, and said farewell to a 38-year veteran of the fire service during its Christmas awards program on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Source: McDuffie Progress

The Madison Mayor and City Council unanimously adopted a joint resolution with Morgan County government at Monday evening’s meeting to once again request a traffic light for the intersection between Bethany Road and the Madison Bypass. The Morgan County Board of Commissioners adopted the resolution at the last regular meeting on Dec. 4.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

A life was saved due to the above-and-beyond efforts of a local Madison police officer.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

The city of Lawrenceville announced Wednesday afternoon that its 2018 Christmas parade, scheduled for Friday, is cancelled.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Jonesboro City Manager Ricky Clark Jr. has been appointed to the state of Georgia Downtown Association board of directors.
Source: Clayton News Daily

A hired consultant estimated a stormwater utility fee for the city’s single-family residential parcels would amount to a flat rate of about $54 a year to help cover current annual operating costs of about $6 million.
Source: Savannah Morning News

During a called meeting on Dec. 3, Metter City Council unanimously approved renovations of Metter Welcome Center. The plan includes a fully renovated park area with a boardwalk adjacent to the lake to enhance the visitor experience.
Source: Metter Advertiser

The sales tax that’s seen 40 area transportation projects finished is ending its sixth year 16.6 percent below projected collections, but state officials say they will see all approved Transportation Investment Act projects to completion.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Marsha Keating and Allen Transou have qualified as candidates for the Grovetown City Council. The council has had a vacant seat since Dennis Trudeau resigned in October.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

On Tuesday night, the LaGrange City Council held its first reading on changes to its tethering ordinance that would ban chains on trolley systems and padlocks for attaching dogs to tethers and establish shelter requirements for tethered dogs.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Developers seeking a rezoning from Dunwoody may soon have to follow stricter guidelines when giving notice to the public about proposed projects.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Roswell has launched a new online civic engagement platform called "Open Town Hall," designed to improve engagement. Through the new platform, city officials aim to "engage residents and business owners in conversations about important city issues, projects, and services," according to a news release.
Source: Neighbor News

Roswell Police Department Chief Rusty Grant announced on Dec. 12 he will retire from the department, effective Dec. 30. Grant has served as Roswell Police Chief since March 2013.
Source: Neighbor News

Some of Newnan’s finest firefighters have new hardware to place on their mantles and bookshelves this week. The Newnan Fire Department held their annual awards breakfast Wednesday in the historic Carnegie Library.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

An HBO series hoping to use downtown Newnan as a backdrop may have to rescale its original plan. The scope of the production was the primary concern among council and city staff, especially in a city where parking is already a hot-button issue.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Alpharetta and Roswell are weighing plans by the Georgia Department of Transportation to create access points along Ga. 400 that will feed into new express lanes that will run from I-285 north to McFarland Parkway.
Source: NorthFulton.com

The first leg of the Peachtree Creek Greenway is now under construction in Brookhaven. Wednesday’s groundbreaking ceremony marks the start of the first mile-long leg of a linear park that will eventually stretch for almost 3 miles in south Brookhaven.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Alpharetta City Council has hired A1 Contracting LLC to construct sidewalks and close gaps on Charlotte Drive and Providence Road.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Negotiations like the one for Norfolk Southern have become a hallmark of the state-city alliance, one that was forged by a governor who has a knack for leveraging relationships across party lines to hash out business deals, said Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Railroad giant Norfolk Southern formally announced Wednesday its plans to relocate its headquarters from Virginia to Midtown Atlanta.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Augusta-Richmond County Coliseum Authority on Tuesday approved an advertising campaign proposal for the Augusta Entertainment Complex. The proposal from the creative firm Kruhu will cost about $50,000 over two years.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Augusta officials spoke out Tuesday against the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to remove the New Savannah Bluff Lock and Dam, build a fixed rock weir and excavate a floodplain at Augusta’s Lock and Dam Park.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

The success of Alpine Helen is in the experience visitors to the city enjoy. For that reason, the Helen City Commission on Tuesday wasted no time giving all city employees a 4-percent, across-the-board raise effective with the first pay period of 2019.
Source: Access North Georgia

The West Point City Council unanimously approved the city’s 2019 budget in a short city council meeting Monday night. The city will operate with a general fund budget of $6,140,040 in 2019, and an overall budget of $19,525,995 between the general fund and enterprise funds.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau will have a new leader with the start of 2019. Andy Williams is described as "a recognized star in the industry," has been named Executive Director of the organization effective Jan. 1.
Source: Neighbor News

The alliance between the Gold Dome and Atlanta City Hall that helped forge a publicly-financed plan to build a mini-city atop downtown’s long-neglected Gulch also laid the tracks to snag a Fortune 500 company.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Milton has finalized its second major land acquisition this year, adding 106 acres to the city’s greenspace. Milton pulled $3.7 million from its Greenspace Bond funds to purchase the Wolff property in the southwestern area of the city.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Milton is moving forward with several intersection improvement projects along Birmingham Highway that could bring drivers some relief in the coming months.
Source: NorthFulton.com

The Johns Creek City Council came one vote shy of overturning Mayor Mike Bodker’s veto of a decision to pursue multiple design options for widening Jones Bridge Road.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Supporters of equestrian events at Wills Park now have two paths to pursue for improvements at Alpharetta’s horse park. The City Council voted Dec. 3 to adopt two similar master plans for future upgrades for the 50-acre facility.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell’s relationship with the arts community came into question again at the regularly scheduled Dec. 10 City Council meeting. The city signed a memorandum of understanding to coordinate with the Roswell Arts Fund in developing plans for cultural arts, but the agreement didn’t happen without some difficulty.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta city officials have announced a food drive to restock the North Fulton Community Charities food pantry.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The possibility of a third consecutive weekend of rain is raising questions about whether another holiday parade in Gwinnett County may be canceled.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

For the third time this month, the city of Stockbridge has found itself cleaning up a sewer spill.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

For the past six months, the city of Atlanta has witnessed a libertarian free-for-all in the field of micro-transportation: The onslaught of electric scooters.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Despite some challenging weather Friday night, citizens gathered in downtown Douglasville for Miracle on Main Street Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony hosted by Main Street Douglasville.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

McDonough’s old post office, located adjacent to the Henry County Courthouse, is being transformed into a new interactive museum set to open in 2019.
Source: Henry Daily Herald

Lawrenceville residents are invited to weigh in on revised plans for the city’s performing arts center, which will also serve as an expansion of the Aurora Theatre, next week.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

Community recycling center expands revenue potential.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

The Hogansville City Council unanimously voted 5-0 last week at its meeting to reject extending a fuel line to the Burger King that’s being built on Highway 54.
Source: LaGrange Daily News

As local officials are pitching a six-year, $100 million Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that residents will vote on in March 2019, plans are being made to spend the remaining $5.61 million of a previous SPLOST that ended almost eight years ago.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Lula officials won’t receive the formal presentation until January, but that’s not stopping city leaders from celebrating Lula’s designation as a PlanFirst Community.
Source: Access North Georgia

As the city of Jackson prepares to adopt its next budget later this month, it is also preparing residents for a planned increase in electric rates.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

While a new city law eliminating jail time for misdemeanor marijuana possession drew all of the public comments, Statesboro City Council last week quietly enacted rules for how future city laws will be created.
Source: Statesboro Herald

While the city of Jackson has been legally able to charge for the curbside pick up of bulk waste for more than two decades, in recent years it hasn’t done so.
Source: Jackson Progress-Argus

The site of Dunwoody’s former City Hall is now expected to be home to a massive mixed-use development including 900 condominiums, commercial space and a pocket park.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

Christ Lutheran Church at 3612 Old Oakwood Road will be able to move forward with construction plans, including a new sanctuary.
Source: Gainesville Times

Christ Lutheran Church at 3612 Old Oakwood Road will be able to move forward with construction plans, including a new sanctuary.
Source: Gainesville Times

A new website portal allows residents to see how Brookhaven city officials are spending tax dollars. The Brookhaven Citizen Transparency portal is located on the city’s Finance homepage at www.brookhavenga.gov/finance/page/citizen-transparency.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The City Council is looking into effects the proposed City Center near downtown Cumming would have on the environment. The council allocated $48,000 for the Phase I environmental assessment.
Source: NorthFulton.com

City officials are trying to reach agreement with the Johns Creek Convention and Visitors Bureau over how to spend tourism dollars in the coming year.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Woodstock residents who wish to take advantage of a new city ordinance allowing personal transportation vehicles and modified golf carts on public streets will need to register their vehicles after the turn of the New Year.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Following a presentation of the Chamber of Commerce’s new strategic plan for the Main Street and Tourism programs, the Covington City Council is giving the programs more time before deciding if they want to invoke a six-month notice to terminate the contracts with the Chamber.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Thirty children and a large number of Covington Police officers, explorers, and Georgia State troopers gathered at the Walmart on Industrial Blvd. Dec. 6 for the 45th annual Shop With A Cop.
Source: Rockdale Citizen

Keep Douglasville Beautiful won several awards at the 2018 the Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation (KGBF) Awards Luncheon at the Macon Marriott Center in Macon on Thursday.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Suwanee’s Town Center is turning 15 this month, and like any teenager, the city’s downtown center is undergoing a major growth spurt.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

More than 40 community members and city staff gathered to celebrate the opening of the Sweetwater Fire Station on Friday. The 9,760-square foot fire station will be the new home for Engine 15 and will replace the temporary facility on Chevis Road, said city spokesman Matthew Wirth.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The “Googly Eyed Center for the Arts” - an homage of sorts to the recent illegal makeover given to the Nathanael Greene Monument - didn’t make the cut. And “The Martin Sullivan Center for Coloring” - referencing the mayor’s chief of staff - was soundly rejected.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The Richmond Hill Fire Department will bring Christmas to those in need with the proceeds raised from their Spring Fling event held this past April this week.
Source: Savannah Morning News

The new city-built parking deck at the Georgia Cyber Center was the result of a partnership between the state, Augusta University, and the city of Augusta and its agencies, officials said.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

The City of Augusta, in collaboration with Savannah Riverkeeper and the Bigwater Rescue Foundation, has purchased three watergoat trash traps in an attempt to curb the amount of litter and plastic waste that reaches the Savannah River.
Source: Augusta Chronicle

Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Sharyn Dickerson isn’t leaving the world of local government though her term on the commission concludes in January.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

Milton releases "Shop Milton" guide for options to shop small and local retailers.
Source: Neighbor News

Sandy Springs is taking the city of Atlanta to court in a dispute about access to documents about the water service. Its complaint filed in Fulton County court alleges Atlanta has violated state open records law by delaying and refusing to provide records first requested in January, which Atlanta denies.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The Sandy Springs City Council approved another property purchase the Roswell Road sidewalk project at its Dec. 4 meeting. The $171,800 purchase bought the city 768 square feet of right of way and 633 square feet for temporary construction easement outside Chastain Cleaners at 4980 Roswell Road at the intersection with Belle Isle Road.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The new Brookhaven public safety building to be built behind Northeast Plaza overlooking the Peachtree Creek Greenway includes outside patio areas and walls covered in glass windows. The building will house the police department and municipal court facilities and include public restrooms and a community meeting space.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The Brookhaven City Council recently transferred ownership of a Buford Highway gas station purchased this year for $1.7 million to the city’s Development Authority. The Brookhaven Development Authority will now pay back the purchase price to the city using money from its own coffers.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The Buckhead Community Improvement District will contribute $50,000 in seed money to a major program aimed at solving chronic homelessness in the city.
Source: Reporter Newspapers

The City of Tifton has been selected by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) to receive one of the Employee Health & Wellbeing Incentive Grants awarded statewide to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health and wellbeing of city employees and family members.
Source: Tifton Gazette

Thomasville City Council has spent more than $8,753 on 2018 travel and training above the $20,000 it had budgeted, according to city officials.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

The City of Perry recently announced that they have purchased 61.355 acres of land from Cherokee Pines Country Club and Fitness Center, Inc. in Perry, in efforts to invest in the quality of life amenities in the City.
Source: Houston Home Journal

Tuesday’s Perry City Council meeting saw three individuals recognized in front of Council and attendees. Mitchell Worthington was introduced as the City’s new Assistant Finance Director. Perry Fire Chief Lee Parker also promoted Kenneth Genthner to Fire Captain, and Gerald Michel to Fire Lieutenant as well.
Source: Houston Home Journal

The ATL, Atlanta’s new regional transit agency that launches Jan. 1, isn’t the first attempt to bring a regional perspective to the metro area’s hodgepodge of bus and rail systems.
Source: Atlanta Business Chronicle

Many of Coweta County’s biggest traffic problems would be addressed with a list of projects proposed to be funded with a new transportation sales tax.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Johns Creek Mayor Mike Bodker vetoed a vote made by the City Council Nov. 26 that commissioned multiple improvement plans for Jones Bridge Road. The question on the table at the last meeting was whether the city should draw up plans to widen Jones Bridge Road from two to four lanes or if the city should pursue multiple options.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Alpharetta has raised the minimum wage for city employees on its lowest grade scale to $16 an hour. It’s the city’s latest effort to reward and retain its workforce and comes at a time when area-wide unemployment is at its lowest level in more than a decade.
Source: NorthFulton.com

Roswell’s vision for the city’s Historic District is starting to take shape. Dozens of residents and community stakeholders met Nov. 28 at City Hall for the second and final charrette to offer input on the Historic District Master Plan.
Source: NorthFulton.com

The 32nd annual Victorian Christmas will be held Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14 from 6-9 p.m. both evenings. A Thomasville tradition, Victorian Christmas has become a well-loved event for both locals and visitors alike.
Source: Thomasville Times-Enterprise

The Wills Park Equestrian Center in Alpharetta would get an additional performance ring, an expansion of existing rings, and replaced and increased barn stalls, according to conceptual master plans for the facility recently approved by the City Council.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It’s not difficult to understand the reasoning of Dougherty County commissioners when it came time to press on or leave behind discussion of a transportation special-purpose local-option sales tax.
Source: Albany Herald

The Sandy Springs City Council has approved two lists of roadways totaling more than 14 miles to be resurfaced in the 2019 fiscal year. The first list contains about 10 miles of streets with low Pavement Condition Index (PCI) ratings.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A Scintilla Charter School expansion was approved by Valdosta City Council Thursday during a public hearing.
Source: Valdosta Daily Times

A 120-unit townhome complex that could wind up part of a larger mixed-use development goes before Oakwood City Council on Monday, Dec. 10.
Source: Gainesville Times

On Oct. 16, the Gainesville City Council voted unanimously to take over a $10 million contract on that property from the health system, with a few strings attached.
Source: Gainesville Times


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