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The Local Agenda: Segars to join Gainesville’s City Council on Thursday

POSTED: September 10, 2013 12:36 a.m.

Former Gainesville High School Principal Curtis Segars is scheduled to be sworn in and take a seat on the Gainesville City Council at its Thursday work session.

His appointment to serve four months as the Ward 1 representative was approved last week by council members. The city charter allows members to appoint a member when the unexpired term of service is less than 12 months.

Danny Dunagan, former mayor and Ward 1 representative, resigned at the end of August to run for the new elected mayor position.

This is the first time city residents will vote directly for mayor, and the City Council will have an additional member, for a total of six council members. Previously, one of the five members has served as mayor, with the position elected by the council and rotating every two years.

Segars became principal of Gainesville High in the summer of 1968, which was also when school integration officially began in Gainesville. A Korean War veteran, the educator came to Gainesville schools as a social science teacher in 1963. He also worked as a football and basketball coach. Segars retired from education 1986.

Gainesville planning board to hear annexation request

The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board is scheduled to hear a request from Foote & Miller Properties LLC about annexing the Milton Martin Honda dealership on Browns Bridge Road into the city. Gainesville planning documents said the 2.7 acres of land would be rezoned to general business and would contain the existing dealership, which is two buildings for new and used car sales, vehicle parts and service.

Sen. Butch Miller, R-Gainesville, is general manager of Milton Martin Honda. The purpose of the annexation request is to tie on to Gainesville’s sewer service for an existing bathroom, planning documents said. The dealership also uses city water.

The Gainesville Public Utilities Department is currently building a sanitary sewer extension that is expected to be done before the property is annexed.

Hall may address digital billboards at meeting

The Hall County Board of Commissioners may consider changing its code on electronic billboards at its meeting later this week. The board heard a presentation from Fairway Outdoor Advertising, based in Greenville, S.C., in February.

Fairway owns all the billboards in Hall County, about 32, said Srikanth Yamala, director of planning for Hall County, earlier this year.

Company executives said they would take down two old billboards for every digital sign the county allowed them to put up, similar to what they did in Oconee County. However, the digital billboards in Oconee County were the result of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by Fairway against the county in 2011.

Hall County put a moratorium on new billboards in 2004 for appearance reasons, Yamala said. The ordinance specifically prohibits new permits for billboards unless state or federal law requires them, the ordinance said. Hall County’s sign ordinance also includes limits on height and size.

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