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The Local Agenda: Meetings set for transportation focus group

POSTED: April 2, 2013 12:35 a.m.

The city of Gainesville has scheduled three community meetings as part of creating the city’s transportation master plan.

The meetings will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on May 8, June 27 and Aug. 1 in the Sidney Lanier Room at the Gainesville Civic Center.

The goal of the master plan is to improve connectivity for all users while making travel easier, safer and more efficient. The Gainesville City Council appointed 10 members to a transportation study group at its March 19 meeting.

The meetings will have a flexible open house format so attendees can come and go to suit their schedules. The first meeting will address existing needs and opportunities. The agenda for the second meeting includes presenting an initial draft of recommendations and getting public feedback. Presenting the draft master plan and recommended priorities is scheduled for the final meeting.

Gainesville will also have a traffic survey online at www.gainesville.org. The city hired Pond & Co., a Norcross-based engineering firm, last year to serve as the consultant. The study is expected to be done by August.

Gainesville/Hall building swap on City Council agenda again

Gainesville and Hall County have worked out an intergovernmental agreement where Hall County will give the city ownership of its portion of the Joint Administration Building and Gainesville will give the county a building on Prior Street in exchange.

Gainesville City Council is expected to vote on the agreement at this evening’s meeting.

Currently both governments own portions of the administration building in downtown Gainesville. Hall County moved out of the Joint Administration Building last year after establishing its headquarters in a building at 2875 Browns Bridge Road.

Gainesville City Council approved an earlier resolution on the swap on March 19, but the county changed its intergovernmental agreement to remove a lease agreement for 5,000 square feet of space. The previous city resolution is expected to be voided, and this would take its place if it’s approved.

Hall County financials ‘solid’

Hall County Commissioner Scott Gibbs said the county is on solid financial footing last week after seeing a financial status report for the second quarter of fiscal year 2013.

The general fund balance increased from $9.3 million at the end of fiscal year 2011 to $14.9 million in 2012, said Vickie Neikirk, county financial services director.

The county has collected about 91 percent of property taxes, which were due on Dec. 1 of last year.

Local option sales tax is projected to come in close to the projected amount of $20.8 million. Total collections on special purpose local option sales tax for the past 42 months are $88.7 million, and FY 2013 receipts through December are $13.7 million. Neikirk said current SPLOST VI projections have gone down from $162 million to $157 million.

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