County by county news for Sunday

Cobb

Powder Springs grants buffer reduction

The Powder Springs City Council approved Monday buffer reductions for several homeowners in the Vineyards Subdivision.

Previously, they were limited to only a few feet of backyard space due to city regulations for 20 feet of undisturbed buffer.

Now they are allowed to establish a privacy fence plus 5 to 10 feet of evergreen trees and shrubs that must be approved by city staff and planted by March 1. Carolyn Cunningham

Gwinnett

Peachtree Corners program offers logo

Peachtree Corners has launched a “Proud to be Peachtree Corners” program. Businesses within Peachtree Corners’ city limits and currently using stationery, business cards and other printed material showing a Norcross, Duluth, Dunwoody or Atlanta address are eligible for reimbursement of up to $2,500 to be used to reorder existing supplies that include “Peachtree Corners” in the address line.

Information: www.peachtreecornersba.com. Karen Huppertz for the AJC

Cherokee

Holly Springs OKs millage rate

The Holly Springs City Council approved the 2014 city millage rate Monday. Due to healthy growth in the tax digest, the levy was lowered from 2013’s 6 to 5.50, below the revenue-neutral rollback rate of 5.502. That means an average annual property tax decrease of $40 on a home assessed at $200,000.Even with the rollback tax revenue may rise by $200,000 due to new construction. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

DeKalb

Northlake businesses join Tucker district

More than 67 companies in DeKalb County’s Northlake area have joined a self-taxing community improvement district to improve infrastructure and economic development.

With the addition of its new members, the year-old Tucker CID changed its name last week to the Tucker-Northlake CID, according to an announcement from the group last week.

The public-private partnership includes a total of more than 166 commercial property owners representing about $157 million in property value.

Mark Niesse

Forsyth

Forsyth’s stray animals have new home

Forsyth County’s new animal shelter will open with a ribbon-cutting at 3 p.m. Friday, at 4065 County Way. Construction of the roughly 13,700 square-foot facility was funded by a special purpose local option sales tax approved by voters in 2011. The shelter replaces a prior contracting-out of services. Hours for animal drop-off and reclamation: 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Adoption hours: 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Mark Woolsey for the AJC

Forsyth kicks off reading program

The Forsyth County Public Library kicks off Forsyth Reads Together program, where the community reads, discusses and takes part in events surrounding the same book. Author Lisa See will discuss 2014’s pick, “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” 7 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Forsyth Conference Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. Admission’s free. A number of other book discussions and performances are also set. Information: www.forsythpl.org Mark Woolsey for the AJC