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South Fulton Department Budget Presentations Begin Aug. 16
Government

South Fulton Department Budget Presentations Begin Aug. 16

Ahead of the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1, South Fulton will hold a series of department budget presentations. The presentations will be held over two full days, Tuesday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 18, starting at 10 a.m. City staff will provide an overview of their budget requests, including those related to economic development, parks, police and public works. Last year's budget focused on "resilience, inclusion, strength and experience," and included over $90 million in investments into public safety, transportation, technology and other critical areas. A full schedule of the upcoming budget presentations is available below. Meetings will be virtual and streamed live, and can be viewed via the city's YouTube channel. A copy of the FY23 proposed budget will be prepar...
Qualifying Begins This Week for South Fulton Special Election
Elections, Politics

Qualifying Begins This Week for South Fulton Special Election

Qualifying for South Fulton's Municipal Special Election for District 7 begins Wednesday, Aug. 17. The election is being held to fill the unexpired term of former Councilmember Mark Baker who resigned to run for U.S. Congress. Qualifying runs 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, Aug. 19. Potential candidates should contact the City Clerk for qualification materials via phone, email or by visiting City Hall, 5440 Fulton Industrial Blvd.The qualifying fee is $830.28. Acceptable forms of payment are certified check, money order or credit card. Under Georgia law, a candidate may file a pauper's affidavit in lieu of paying the required fee. A qualifying petition and pauper's affidavit are required. Additional information is available on the city's website. Have news to share wit...
Atlanta Community Food Bank Announces New Executive Team Members
Business

Atlanta Community Food Bank Announces New Executive Team Members

The Atlanta Community Food Bank recently announced two new leaders to their Executive Leadership Team. The nonprofit that works to end hunger in 29 metro Atlanta and North Georgia counties named Sharay Erskine as Chief Information Officer and Kenneth Hill as Chief Supply Chain Officer. Their appointments are part of the Food Bank's new strategic plan that focuses on bringing the organization past the impacts of the global pandemic. Erskine and Hill will report directly to President and CEO Kyle Waide. "As we look to the future of the organization, particularly post-pandemic, we determined that two areas of expertise were immediately critical to resourcing our mission, supply chain operations and information technology, " said Waide. "We are pleased to announce that we have complete...
South Fulton Police Department Reports Decrease in Violent Crime
Public Safety

South Fulton Police Department Reports Decrease in Violent Crime

According to a press release from the City of South Fulton, the rate of violent crime in the area is decreasing. Police say that an increased focus on the core issues at the center of violent crime has led to a decrease in the murder rate by nearly half. From January through June 2021, the city investigated 11 homicides. In the same timeframe this year, six murders have been reported – a decline of 45 percent. Detectives have made arrests in five of those cases. “Most violent crime stems from gang and drug activity,” said Police Chief Keith Meadows. “By focusing on these areas, we have been able to drive down violent crime by double digits in the previous three years.” From 2019 through 2021, South Fulton’s violent crimes – murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary, theft, auto th...
South Fulton Mayor and Council to Convene for Retreat at Lake Lanier
Public Notice

South Fulton Mayor and Council to Convene for Retreat at Lake Lanier

The Mayor and the City Council will convene for a City Council Retreat this month. The event will take place Thursday, May 12 at 10 a.m. until Saturday, May 14 at 11 a.m. The event will take place at Lanier Islands and Resorts, 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Ga. 30518. For more information, questions or concerns, please contact the City of South Fulton City Clerk’s Office at [email protected] or call 470-809-7272. Have news to share with South Fulton residents? Email us at [email protected] Plus follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @cosfobserver.
South Fulton to Hold Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 21
Community, Events, Government

South Fulton to Hold Spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, May 21

South Fulton will hold its annual Spring Cleanup Day this year on Saturday, May 21. The city will accept bulky items for free disposal at Merk Miles Transfer Station, 3070 Merk Road, and Creel Park, 2775 Creel Road. Paper shredding will be available at Merk Road only. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gates will close at 1:30 p.m. Free disposal is available only to South Fulton residents. The city will accept cardboard, furniture, garbage, paint and a maximum of four tires. Items that will not be accepted include: commercial vehicles; rented trucks; yard waste; ammunition; biohazard or biomedical waste; batteries; construction demolition debris; and hazardous chemicals. Residents requesting more information should call 470-552-4311. Photo: The City of South...
South  Fulton Restauranteur Gocha Hawkins to Open Tapas Bar
Business, Dining

South Fulton Restauranteur Gocha Hawkins to Open Tapas Bar

Gocha Hawkins, owner of Gocha’s Breakfast Bar, has plans to open a tapas bar in April. The new restaurant will be located at 5829 Campbellton Rd. in the Sandtown Crossing development anchored by Publix. The restaurant will have a 1,500-square-foot interior and a 2,100-square-foot patio. Among the items planned for the menu include shishito peppers, Impossible sliders, stuffed crab mushrooms, fried green tomatoes with crab salad, cauliflower tacos and lobster rolls. The tapas bar will also have a full bar and cocktail list. In a statement to the media, Hawkins said that she hopes that Gocha's Tapas Bar will be a "space where locals and visitors to the community can get together, socialize and enjoy themselves." Hawkins first opened Gocha's Breakfast Bar in 2019 on Cascade Rd. in ...
Business and Faith Leaders Named to Red Oak, Old National Main Street Boards
Business, Economic Development, Government

Business and Faith Leaders Named to Red Oak, Old National Main Street Boards

City of South Fulton officials have named members to the city’s two Main Street Boards serving the Red Oak and Old National business districts. Each advisory board consists of seven board members with the initial appointments serving terms of one two and three years. Each subsequent appointment will serve a three-year term. The boards manage several tasks, including promoting and marketing their districts; making policy recommendations and encouraging high quality design, maintenance, renovation and repurposing of historic buildings. They also sponsor events and activities, recruit volunteers and advocate for the Main Street program. “The board will allow us to target areas in the historic Red Oak district for improvement and preservation, development grant programs that support ...
City Council to Hear Four Zoning Cases on Jan. 11
Government, Public Notice, Zoning

City Council to Hear Four Zoning Cases on Jan. 11

The City of South Fulton will hold zoning public hearings on Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. Four cases will be heard impacting districts one, two and four. The cases scheduled to be heard by the city council include: Case Z21-016The applicant is requesting a rezone from AG-1 to CUP for 36 single family homes at 0 West Stubbs Rd. and 3315 West Stubbs Rd. in District 2. The case was heard by the Planning Commission on Dec. 15 and was approved with conditions. The city council will hear the case on Jan. 11 and vote on it on Jan. 25. Case M21-007The applicant is requesting approval for modifications to allow a 146-unit Townhome development instead of the previously permitted 114-unit townhome development at 0 Campbellton Rd. and Chattahoochee Dr. in District 1. Additionally, the applicant is re...
South Fulton PRCA to Hold Master Plan Open House on Jan. 29
Community, Events, Government

South Fulton PRCA to Hold Master Plan Open House on Jan. 29

The City of South Fulton Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA) and the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan Consulting Team will hold an open house on Jan. 29. Residents are invited to attend. Residents will be able to learn more about the citywide Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Master Plan and provide ideas for how its findings may relate to individual parks. They also will be able to give input about specific improvements they would like at their parks. “The purpose of the parks master plan is to identify the needs and priorities of the community from a parks and recreation standpoint, and look at ways to enhance the parks system as well as programs in the community,” said Carlos Perez, the consultant leading the effort. Early findings revealed th...

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