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The Local Agenda: Gainesville files annual report on impact fees

POSTED: March 19, 2013 12:47 a.m.

The Gainesville City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on its annual update report on the impact fees program at its meeting tonight. The update then goes to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission.

The report covers fiscal year 2012 and shows the city had an impact fee fund balance for fiscal 2011 of $460,162 and a 2012 balance of $537,521. The city of Gainesville collected $65,595 in impact fees for the past fiscal year, including $7,242 from the police department, $13,193 from the fire department and $45,160 from parks and recreation.

The report also gave an update on capital improvement projects for July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2017.

Projects for the police and fire department are marked as delayed and postponed, except for an additional heavy rescue unit and a planned seventh fire station in the southwest area of the city.

The city said it expects to identify land for the future station starting in 2016. The city has four stations listed on its website, and the update documents said the fifth fire station was delayed, but the city is still actively looking for land.

There are several park projects listed as “in progress” and eligible for impact fee funding.

The Green Street Pool redevelopment, which is expected to be done by mid-August, is slated to cost $3.2 million, with 53 percent coming from impact fee funds.

The Flat Creek Multiuse Trail costs $850,000 and seems to be funded 100 percent by impact fees. The Linwood Nature Preserve project, which includes public access off Linwood Drive, was moved up in priority because of a public/private partnership. Impact fees will fund about 92 percent of that project.

The update also includes Gainesville’s new short-term work plan, adopted when the City Council approved its 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

Hall County works to get solid waste fees set up with cities

The Hall County Board of Commissioners asked county staff last week to work out agreements with all the cities to make sure residents in the county who don’t use a city service or a private company to collect their garbage pay a fee for the county’s 12 solid waste compactor sites. The fee is $75, and unincorporated Hall County residents pay the solid waste assessment fee on their property tax bills.

Hall Area Transit needs new buses

County commissioners at a meeting last week approved applying for a fiscal year 2014 Georgia Department of Transportation grant.

Phillippa Lewis Moss, director of the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center, which houses the transit service, said that three Dial-A-Ride buses need to be replaced because they have too many miles.

Dial-A-Ride is a curbside bus service that requires advance 48-hour reservations. Fares start at $2 and increase with each additional mile.

The Federal Transit Administration requires public vehicles to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. The Dial-A-Ride buses have a five-year or 100,000-mile lifespan. Moss said the buses are cheaper, so they have shorter lifespans.

The buses in question currently have mileages of 102,000, 112,000 and 123,000.

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