The Best of City News from Around the State

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City Council looks again to sell depot; deal will include historic conservation easement to maintain original structure
The Dalton City Council is looking once again to sell the historic railroad depot at 110 Depot St. City Administrator Jason Parker says the request for proposals should be released next week.
Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

Cleveland prepared to take action against Windstream for noncompliance with the law
The City of Cleveland has taken steps to force Windstream to comply with the city’s request for a business audit.
Source: Access North Georgia

Helen approves $2.50 per hour pay increase for police
The City of Helen has joined the ranks of jurisdictions that is working to maintain its police force. Following a closed session at the end of Tuesday’s meeting, the Helen City Commission voted, on the motion of Commissioner Cinnamon Spurlock, to increase starting pay for police officers up to $19 per hour.
Source: Access North Georgia

Athens-Clarke commission candidates speak, greet voters at forum
Athens-Clarke County Commission candidates trolled for votes Monday night at a forum sponsored by the Athens-Clarke County Federation of Neighborhoods, briefly introducing themselves to a small crowd at Athens Cine, then hanging around to hand out campaign materials and interact one-on-one with anyone who stopped by to chat.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald

New firefighter memorial to feature relics from Rome’s firefighting past
New firefighter memorial to feature relics from Rome's firefighting past The new Firefighters Memorial Plaza will not only feature a new life-size bronze sculpture of a firefighter, but also include a prominent display of history from Rome’s volunteer firefighting past.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Three candidates qualify for Hoschton special election
Three candidates — two women and one man — have qualified for a special election to fill a post on the Hoschton City Council.
Source: Access North Georgia

Between the rivers: Unity Point plans emerging
A $1.8 million contract to restore Unity Point — the riverwalk park at the confluence of Rome’s rivers — is expected to go before the City Commission later this month.
Source: Rome News-Tribune

Milledgeville City Council adopts resolutions
Milledgeville City Council adopted a couple of resolutions Tuesday night, including one that authorizes an initial project assessment for Georgia Department of Community Affairs revolving loan funds for construction and rehabbing properties on West Hancock Street.
Source: Milledgeville Union Recorder

City’s BOC rescinds Confederate proclamation
Griffin’s Board of Commissioners rescinded a proclamation declaring April as Confederate History Month, which was given at the BOC’s March 27 meeting.
Source: Griffin Daily News

Roundabout for Crosstown Road in the planning stages
An April 3 retreat of the Peachtree City Council came with a look at transportation projects to provide both access and mobility and a look at different redevelopment tools the city might use in the future to address some of the city’s aging residential and commercial areas.
Source: Fayette Citizen

Stockbridge city, schools honor Olympic athlete
Chris Kinney, a member of Team USA’s four-man Olympic bobsled team, recently received a hero’s welcome in a two-day tour of his hometown, coordinated by the Stockbridge Main Street program.
Source: Neighbor News

VR festival to feature more than 45 artists
Artists from across northwest Georgia will spend this weekend in Villa Rica for the city’s ninth annual ArtFEST, which also draws thousands of visitors into the city.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

South Fulton new warehouse to bring jobs, tax revenue
South Fulton new warehouse to bring jobs, tax revenue The new city of South Fulton continues its inaugural events with its first groundbreaking for a speculative industrial building.
Source: Neighbor News

Roswell Trolley debuts with aim of alleviating traffic congestion and connecting the city
Roswell Trolley debuts with aim of alleviating traffic congestion and connecting the city Roswell residents and businesses have partnered to start nonprofit to fund transportation alternative, a trolley system. “Our trolley service will always be free. We are supported by local business and donations,” said Roswell Trolley President Hanny Alexander.
Source: Neighbor News

A growing city tries to solve water issues
Last September, Villa Rica City Manager Tom Barber announced what he called “the Independence Project,” by which the city would eventually become fully self-reliant on its own water supply.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

New Central crosswalk will include solar-powered signal
Signal technicians set up a new crosswalk signal on Central High Road near Central High School, near where a student was struck last year by a vehicle. In addition to increasing the safety of getting across the street, the signal will save taxpayers dollars because it’s solar-powered.
Source: Carrollton Times-Georgian

Sandy Springs’ City Springs announces retail tenants
Sandy Springs’ City Springs announces retail tenants The city of Sandy Springs and its private partners have lifted the curtain on the tenants who will occupy the retail portion of the new City Hall complex, which will open this summer.
Source: Neighbor News

Old Buckhead Days
With runners and walkers participating in a 5K road race, Old Buckhead Days kicked off a fun event for all ages.
Source: Morgan County Citizen

Warrenton City Council approves creation of new website
The City of Warrenton will soon be getting a new website after the City Council approved the venture on April 3.
Source: McDuffie Progress

Post named new Douglasville community relations director
Jason Post has been named the first-ever community relations director for the city of Douglasville.
Source: Douglas County Sentinel

Marietta breaks ground on new fire station
A group of firefighters, council members and city officials broke ground Wednesday afternoon on a $3.7 million replacement fire station being built along Sawyer Road.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal

Grantville won’t waive fees for festival
The third annual Grantville Chili and Blues Festival will happen again this fall, but officials say the city can’t legally waive city fees for the event.
Source: Newnan Times-Herald

Council discusses traffic light options to decrease road congestion
The Johns Creek City Council focused on traffic flow Monday, discussing in length the Georgia DOT’s plan to coordinate traffic signals along major thoroughfares.

Roswell adopts parking fee plan for East Alley
Canton Street’s East Alley, which has been under construction since fall 2017, is scheduled to open soon, and with it, dozens of new parking spots. In preparation of the project’s completion, the Roswell City Council voted unanimously Monday night to manage the East Alley parking with a set fee schedule.

Alpharetta pushes revisions to ethics ordinance
By a 3-1 vote Monday, the Alpharetta City Council gave preliminary approval to a plan broadening the scope of the city’s ethics ordinance for public officials.

Forums to feature candidates for mayor, council post seats
Residents will have several chances between now and the May 22 election to see candidates for Alpharetta municipal seats address local issues.