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The Local Agenda: Waste chief's departure leaves county scrambling

POSTED: September 11, 2012 12:52 a.m.

Hall County’s former Solid Waste Manager Cary Lawler has moved on.

Lawler’s departure leaves a void in leadership over the county’s solid waste division, at least until the board of commissioners decides what to do with it.

The county put its solid waste services, which are responsible for the county’s 13 compactor sites and transporting the collected waste to the landfill for disposal, up for bid this spring.

Because one of the six bidders was the county’s current department, commissioners hired The Mercer Group to evaluate the bids and make a recommendation on how the board should proceed.

Mercer could either recommend giving the county’s solid waste services completely to one of the bidders or piecemeal the services through a number of alternate proposals that the bidders made.

But until Mercer comes back with its recommendation and commissioners make an ultimate decision, the county’s solid waste division is facing a void of leadership.

On Monday, Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix asked the Hall County Board of Commissioners to allow staff to negotiate a temporary contract with a retired employee, Johnny Vickers, to step into the void until commissioners come to a resolution for the department.

Nix said Vickers will not receive his retirement pay while he works out the contract.

Project would realign Candler at Fullenwider intersection

Commissioners are set to approve a road project in an industrial area Thursday. If the commission approves the proposal from staff, Candler Highway will soon be realigned at its intersection with Fullenwider Road. The improvements will also include a left-turn lane on Candler Highway at the Fullenwider intersection.

The work is slated to cost $44,614 in SPLOST VI funds and commissioners are in line to award Moreland Altobelli the bid for construction.

Gainesville to OK rate on bonds for jail purchase

Gainesville City Council members are having a special meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. to approve a final interest rate for bonds that will help them pay for the purchase of the old Hall County Jail on Main Street.

Last month, council members agreed that they didn’t want the interest rate on the $7.2 million purchase to exceed 4 percent.

The time of their regular work session set for Thursday has been moved to coincide with the called council meeting, and will begin immediately following.

Ashley Fielding covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:,, @GtimesPolitics


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