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Albany's utilities commission to move forward with construction of water tower

New $2.2 million water tower would alleviate water pressure problems on Albany's west side

City utilities officials say they need to move forward with paperwork that would allow for the construction of a water tower in west Albany.

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Lee County Commission renews contract with county manager, including pay raise

Commissioners unanimously back the new contract for Lee County Manager Ron Rabun

Lee County Manager Ron Rabun has received top grades from his bosses on the Lee County Commission following his first year in office. Rabun’s new contract gives him a $10,000 raise, five more days of annual leave and deletes a requirement that he reside in the county.

Albany's Jon Howard, Dougherty County's John Hayes host pipeline meetings

Officials' community meetings are called to inform public about proposed natural gas pipeline

Albany and Dougherty County officials join a grassroots effort to stop a natural gas pipeline from coming through the county.

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Georgia redevelopment experts lead Albany panel discussion

'Downtowns on the Rise' offers hope for Albany revitalization

State redevelopment experts offer hope and advice on transforming Albany’s once bustling downtown.

EDC staff lauded for tackling 'mammoth' work load

Upbeat Economic Development Commission meeting filled with optimism

The Albany-Dougherty Economic Development Commission has been at the center of a number of high-profile projects.

Albany City Commission tables pipeline ordinance vote

Commissioner Tommie Postell suggests letting county initiate formal opposition to a controversail gas pipeline

Albany city commissioners take care of a number of matters in a brief business meeting.

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Warwick names Dustin Stephenson new police chief

Warwick City Council votes 3-2 to make the appointment

The Warwick police chief position became vacant in the summer when the City Council upheld Mayor Juanita Kinchen’s recommendation to dismiss David Morris, who had held the job three years.

Dougherty Commission OKs installations at P&G biomass plant

Plant would create 'green energy' for home products maker, Marine base

The Dougherty County Commission gives special approval to installation of a smokestack and boiler at a biomass energy plant that exceed county height restrictions.

Dougherty County Commission looks at noise ordinance proposal

Law would potentially impact development of pipeline compressor station

Dougherty County’s attorney has drawn up a draft noise ordinance that citizens hope will impact a proposed natural gas pipeline compressor station.

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Albany mayor to host discussions about downtowns

Panel will discuss redeveloping and revitalizing historic downtowns

Next week Albany Mayor Dorothy Hubbard, through her Coalition for Economic Development, will be hosting the “Downtowns on the Rise” panel discussion to talk about ways to develop and revitalize historic downtowns.

Non-agenda items parking, take-home cars get Albany city commissioners' attention

Albany leaders expected to take up vehicle, parking issues at future meeting

Albany commissioners are gavelled down by the city’s mayor after their discussion of take-home cars gets heated.

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Albany area opposition to natural gas pipeline grows

Dougherty County officials call for joint meeting with Albany City Commission

Local activists join neighborhood group in calling for County Commission action against proposed natural gas pipeline.

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Dougherty County Commission approves 2015 employee insurance plan

County board takes action to lessen impact of 'anomaly' of 'extreme' claims in 2013-14

The Dougherty County Commission takes measures to lesson the impact of “extreme” insurance claims during the most recent fiscal year.

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Lee County investor makes last ditch effort for apartment complex | VIDEO

Oakland Partners wants to constrict a 240-unit apartment complex

Jim Bacon said a development company based in Columbus wants to build an apartment complex on 30 acres owned by Oakland Partners near the intersection of Forester Parkway and Old Leesburg Highway. He said the project would represent an investment of about $20 million and could bring about $5 milion in revenue to Lee County over the next decade.

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Historic Preservation Commission, city of Albany kick off historic district survey

A survey in the Rawson Circle and Rawson Park neighborhoods could lead to expansion of the existing Albany historic district

Albany-Dougherty Historic Preservation Commission and the city of Albany will survey Rawson Circle and Rawson Park neighborhoods through Sept. 21.

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