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The Local Agenda: Transportation focus group members appointed

POSTED: March 26, 2013 12:56 a.m.

The Gainesville City Council appointed 10 residents to a transportation focus group that will give feedback as part of a study by the Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The council members created the group and voted on the participants at last week’s meeting.

The city started looking for volunteers in February, but had a hard time drawing public interest.

The meetings are yet to be scheduled, but the volunteers were originally asked to commit to four meetings between February and June. The initial meeting times were 2-4 p.m., which some residents had said would make it hard to attend because of work commitments.

Council members appointed two people from each of the city’s five districts.

Pond & Co., a Norcross-based engineering firm, was hired in October to serve as the consultant for the study. The contract is for $125,000, with Gainesville paying $25,000 and the Federal Highway Administration $100,000.

Councilman Bob Hamrick is an ex-officio member. The study is scheduled for completion in August.

Hall retreat set to start today

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will hold its retreat this morning and Wednesday morning at the Hall County Government Center on Browns Bridge Road.

The commissioners are planning to hear from several departments on a range of issues, including special purpose local option sales tax projects and revenue projections, the county’s sewer system, the employee retirement plan and capital improvements. Department heads are also scheduled to update commissioners on projects each department is working on.

Public Works Director Ken Rearden is on the agenda to make a presentation, including one report today on the Spout Springs Road water treatment plant, Mulberry Creek sewer infrastructure projects and the North Hall sewer system. Public Works has another presentation on Wednesday focused on capital improvements, including vehicles, equipment and buildings.

Sheriff Gerald Couch is scheduled to make a department update on Wednesday.

The retreat starts at 9:30 a.m. today and begins at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday and it’s expected to last about half of each day. Commissioners will meet in the second-floor training room outside the room they use for board meetings.

Gainesville City Council to hear budget presentations

Four budget presentations are on the agenda for the Gainesville City Council work session later this week. City Council members are expected to hear from the heads of the Community Service Center, Communications/Tourism/TV-18, Community Development and Administrative Services.

The Community Service Center and TV-18 are joint departments controlled and operated between the city of Gainesville and Hall County governments. The work session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday in room 303 at 300 Henry Ward Way, Gainesville.

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