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The Local Agenda: Board to address Cherokee Bluffs project’s budget

POSTED: August 12, 2014 12:39 a.m.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet Thursday to approve a $2.8 million project budget for Cherokee Bluffs Park.

Located along Blackjack Road in Flowery Branch near Sterling on the Lake, the 100-acre park is planned to include a 2,500-square-foot community building, pavilion, concession stand and outdoor amphitheater.

The board approved two contracts for infrastructure work, design and construction of the park in July.

The first contract, awarded to Simpson Trucking & Grading Inc. of Gainesville, will include parking lot construction, as well as pump station, drainage and other infrastructure projects.

Simpson’s original bid was for $1.979 million, but changes in the engineering aspects of the project have resulted in an estimated $285,000 in savings.

The total budget for this portion of the project is now about $1.7 million.

The second contract, awarded to Carroll Daniel Construction Co. of Gainesville, will include construction of pavilions, an amphitheater and concession stands.

The total budget for this portion of the project is now about $1.1 million.

Funding comes from special purpose local option sales tax revenue and impact fees.

In other business, the board will likely vote on a contract for new flooring at the South Hall Sheriff’s Office precinct at Thursday’s meeting.

Purchasing Manager Tim Sims said bidding will close today and he will make a recommendation to the board, including an estimated budget.

Finally, county officials are hoping to expand the target area for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, including adding new demolition and construction to current activity, and the board is expected to give its approval.


Gainesville’s Bruner reappointed to Ga. Legislative Policy Council

The Georgia Municipal Association has reappointed Gainesville Councilwoman Ruth Bruner to its Legislative Policy Council.

“Councilmember Bruner has extensive knowledge of both municipal issues and the legislative process, making her an outstanding candidate for the Legislative Policy Council,” GMA Executive Director Lamar Norton said in a statement. “She has been a proven leader on legislative issues for the cities in her area and we look forward to her continued input on the council.”

The council represents the lobbying arm of GMA and advances the organization’s legislative agenda.

Bruner said the council is on the front lines of shaping state policy and that her participation gives the city a stake in the process.

The GMA has begun working with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia to determine whether the process of distributing local option sales tax revenue between cities and counties can be improved and made more equitable.

The organizations are often pitted against one another when it comes to legislative policy, but Bruner said it will be critical that cooperation is maintained to address the issue of revenue distribution, as well as annexation issues, over the next year.


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