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Gainesville City Council to take final vote on annexations

POSTED: July 16, 2013 1:22 a.m.

Gainesville City Council members are expected to a final vote at their meeting today on the plan to annex 115 “island” properties.

If approved, it would take effect Aug. 1. Councilman George Wangemann was the sole “no” vote at the first vote July 2.

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board also approved the city’s annexation plan 4-1 on July 2, with Doyle Johnson voting against.

An island property is land in unincorporated Hall County that is surrounded by property that is within the city limits. City officials have said annexation will help clean up boundaries and set clear zoning standards in gateway corridors and commercial areas.

The council started this process in November, but the county filed an objection with the Department of Community Affairs. An arbitration panel sided with the city in March.

The city also changed its local annexation ordinance, which reduced the city’s advertising requirements to what state law mandates.

Gainesville to vote on appointments to Main Street’s advisory board

Several positions on Main Street’s advisory board are expected to be voted on today.

There are seven positions on the City Council agenda.

The seats are currently held by Amanda McClure, Brett Fowler, Derrick Case, Scott Dixon, DeAnna Browne, Art Kunzer and Dale Jaeger.

Main Street Gainesville is a community organization that promotes economic development and is supported by the city’s hotel/motel tax.

Gainesville election packets ready

Qualifying packets for candidates interested in running for Gainesville City Council and Gainesville City Board of Education open seats are ready ahead of August’s qualifying period.

The election is Nov. 5.

Interested residents can pick up the information by scheduling an appointment with City Clerk Denise Jordan. The folder includes several documents including a candidate affidavit, contribution disclosure report, council ward map, school board district map and a copy of the city charter.

Residents can contact Jordan by emailing her at djordan@gainesville.org or by calling 770-535-6865.

Ward 1 and Ward 4 City Council and school board seats are up for election this year. This is also the first year Gainesville residents will elect a mayor.

The new plan keeps the council’s current election structure intact, a citywide election of five council members, but it adds a sixth seat to the council, which is the elected mayor position from any of the wards.

The qualifying period is 8:30 a.m. Aug. 26 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 28. The fee is $35 for mayor and $621 for council member. The packet also includes additional information for residents wanting to qualify as a pauper or write-in candidate.

State election law dictates the fee be 3 percent of the salary paid the previous year, and no salary was yet set for mayor.

The last day for residents to register to vote is Oct. 7, which is also the first day of early voting.

Sarah Mueller covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with her:

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