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The Local Agenda: Gainesville to consider funds for Green Street pool demolition

POSTED: January 1, 2013 12:47 a.m.

The Gainesville City Council will hold a work session on Thursday to address issues relating to pawnshop licenses, renovating the Wessell Park Court and demolition of the Green Street Pool.

Green Street Pool was opened in 1931, but the city closed the site in 2009 because it needed between $500,000 and $750,000 in repairs.

Director of Parks and Recreation Melvin Cooper said in July that the Parks and Recreation Board has approved the first phase of renovation of the site, estimated to cost $28,250 and paid for with impact fees.

The reported goal is to demolish the swimming pool and fill it in to create more green space.

The city is considering turning the area into a passive park with picnic and tailgating areas.

Wessell Park needs repairs to its tennis courts.

Starting both projects together and bidding them out at the same could be easier and less expensive to the city,

Deputy Director Michael Graham said in a July interview.

County employees raise money for animal shelter

Hall County employees and county commissioners helped raise more than $1,000 for the Hall County Animal Shelter last week.

Government employees and volunteers held signs that advertised free coffee at three local RaceTrac gas stations.
RaceTrac officials promised to donate $350 toward the shelter for every store that had volunteers holding signs near the roadway between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. each morning.

County officials said the shelter still needs bath towels, dish towels, laundry detergent, cat litter, newspaper and dry dog, puppy, cat and kitten food.

Newly elected officials prepare for legislature

Two new members of the Hall County Legislative Delegation will be sworn in at the start of the session Jan. 14.

Lee Hawkins will represent the 27th District, which covers North Hall County and part of White County, in the state House of Representatives, and Timothy Barr will represent the newly redrawn 103rd District, which covers parts of South Hall and North Gwinnett counties.

Barr founded his own construction company before running for public office. Hawkins is a dentist and previously served as a state senator before unsuccessfully running for the U.S. House of Representatives 9th District seat.

New Hall County officials to speak at business meeting

New Hall County Board of Commissioners Chairman Dick Mecum, new Commissioner Jeff Stowe and several other elected officials, including Sheriff Gerald Couch, Tax Commissioner Darla Eden, Surveyor Jason Lourie and Judge Patti Walters Laine, will talk about their hopes for their time in office during the South Hall Business Coalition meeting at 8 a.m. Jan. 31. at the Mulberry Creek Community Center in Flowery Branch.

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