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Local Agenda: Gainesville set to OK funding for airport study

Board of Tax Assessors meeting Wednesday

POSTED: August 5, 2014 1:03 a.m.

Gainesville City Council is set to approve the use of $12,500 in SPLOST VI money today to pay for a study at Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport.

The study will determine if larger aircraft can be allowed to land on airport runways by testing pavement strength.

Airport Manager Terry Palmer said he hopes to increase the maximum weight load of aircraft beyond 50,000 pounds, calling the limit "artificially low."

Hall County approved its share of the $25,000 study a few weeks ago.

Palmer said there is plenty of runway length to handle these larger airliners and that increasing weight loads will draw new business to the region.

In other business, the council will consider accepting more than $500,000 in grant money to begin implementing the city’s transportation plan.

Initial projects include expanding right-turn lanes at busy intersections such as Jesse Jewell Parkway and E.E. Butler Parkway.

Finally, the council will consider approving an alcohol license for Tap It, which is looking to take advantage of a recent change to the city’s ordinances that now allow businesses to sell growlers.

Tap It would operate out of Pro Outdoor Living, on Thompson Bridge Road, serving beer straight from the tap and sealed in glass jars (called growlers) ready-made to take home.

Gainesville City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway.

 Board of Tax Assessors meeting Wednesday

Lakefront homeowners in Hall County who are appealing the recent reassessments on their homes have vowed to attend Board of Tax Assessors meetings, and they’ll get another chance Wednesday.

Angry residents have attended recent meetings of the board to address the concerns about the new property valuations.

The agenda for the meeting will be posted by 4 p.m. today at

The Board of Tax Assessors meets at 4 p.m. in the large conference room on the second floor of the government center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

 Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:




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