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The Local Agenda: Gainesville to hold focus group meeting on Wednesday

POSTED: May 14, 2013 12:18 a.m.

A 10-member focus group giving input to Gainesville’s transportation master plan is set to meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Fair Street Neighborhood Center, 715 Fair St.

The meeting was added to the group’s schedule “to allow for additional comment and discussion ... that we didn’t get to at the (May 2) meeting,” said Dee Taylor, the city’s traffic engineer.

Gainesville is developing the plan to look at potential projects and improvements addressing city traffic issues. The plan is scheduled for completion in August.

In addition to focus group meetings, the city held a community open-house meeting last week and is planning additional sessions on June 27 and Aug. 1.

Gainesville City Council changes work session time on Thursday

The Gainesville City Council will hold its work session at 2 p.m. instead of its usual time of 9 a.m. on Thursday. The time was changed so the council could hear a presentation on land banks. Land banks are public authorities created to buy, hold and develop vacant properties.

The work session agenda puts the meeting time at 2 p.m., but the first thing on the agenda is an executive session to discuss litigation, which is closed to the public.

The council is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. to hear about an alcoholic beverage license application and a resolution to adjust the third-quarter budget for fiscal year 2013.

The city clerk is also expected to give council members an update on board and committee appointments.

County to hold budget presentation

Hall County will hold an open house and budget presentation from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville. The presentation of the draft 2014 budget will happen at 6:15 p.m.

Members of the public are welcome to drop in and talk with individual departments about their respective budgets. A presentation explaining the overall county budget and approval process will take place at 6:15 p.m. Comment forms will be available at the open house and online at www.hallcounty.org/budget. Hall County will have the budget online Thursday.

Neighborhood developers not completing sidewalks

Hall County commissioners approved collecting a letter of credit worth $85,440 from Robert Strickland of MC LLC. The company developed the Mossy Creek subdivision off Campground Road, but it didn’t complete the sidewalks as it was required to do. The subdivision is 95 acres and has 69 lots of land. Streets with incomplete sidewalks include Grassy Knoll Lane, Shade Tree Court, Moss Hill Drive and Shallow Creek Trail.

The county approved collecting a $53,500 letter of credit in April for sidewalks in the Holly Meadows subdivision. The developer was Holly Meadows, E-Z Ride Autos Inc. The subdivision is about 45 acres and has 39 lots.

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