Marietta will use eminent domain to acquire rental property at 343 and 349 Allgood Road for a 2009 parks bond project that will replace the Elizabeth Porter Recreation Center with a larger facility.
The city has bought other property for the $3.75 million project, but was unable to reach an agreement for the two homes.
The new center will be about double the existing size and have frontage on North Marietta Parkway. Information: www.mariettaga.gov. Tucker McQueen for the AJC
Lilburn to relocate Public Works
Lilburn will move its Public Works Department to 4428 Lilburn Industrial Way, opening up property across from City Park for future development. The $715,000 project will be fully funded by 2009 SPLOST funds.
The industrial zoning allows for outdoor storage, and the fenced property allows for more secure storage of vehicles impounded by the police. The existing public works building on Railroad Avenue will be disassembled and then used for additional parking in Old Town until another use is determined.
Information: 770-921-2211 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Karen Huppertz for the AJC
Road work set on Cherokee highways
The Georgia Department of Transportation has awarded a $4.1 million contract for safety improvements to Ga. 20 and Ga. 140 in Cherokee County.
The project will include improving signage and pavement markings on both highways, guardrails and edge line/centerline rumble strip installations. Work is set to be complete by the end of June 2014, but no start date has been set. Mark Woolsey for the AJC
University reports enrollment increase
Officials at the University of North Georgia, with a Forsyth campus, say fall enrollment continued an upward trend, with 15,455 students registered for fall.
That’s an increase of 2.5 percent over last fall. The school was created in January from the merger of Gainesville State and North Georgia College and State University. Enrollment at those schools had shown a steady uptick prior to consolidation. Mark Woolsey for the AJC
College Park kicks off reporting campaign
College Park officials say that “If You See Something, Say Something.”
It’s a new campaign urging city employees and the public to report such infrastructure issues as utility line problems, potholes, broken sidewalks and code enforcement issues.
City Manager Terrence Moore says the campaign stems from a power line issue left unaddressed.
To report problems: 404-669-3756 normal business hours, 404-766-3618 other times. Mark Woolsey for the AJC
Meeting Tuesday on 2015 SPLOST
Clayton County Commission chairman Jeff Turner will host a public meeting on the county’s 2015 SPLOST.
The meeting will be Tuesdayfrom 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Prevention Plus Inc., 5881 Phillips Dr. in Forest Park, on the campus of New Covenant Baptist Church. Tammy Joyner
A Lawrenceville pastor wants his congregation to know the good news about the Gospel of Mark. Dean Sweetman, senior pastor of the C3 Church, has challenged his members and anyone else interested to read the New Testament book in its entirety over the next year and post Instagram photos of their notes.