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The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to consider street closures for Mule Camp Market

POSTED: September 16, 2013 11:59 p.m.

The 2013 Mule Camp Market is scheduled for Oct. 11-13 in the downtown area, which means annual street closures will go into effect.

At its meeting today, the council is expected to consider authorizing the Public Works Department to barricade some downtown streets, including blocking off Maple Street at Washington Street, Spring Street at Maple Street and Green Street and Main Street at Broad Street.

The City Council is also expected to authorize closing of the Main Street parking lot at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and closing the angle parking on the south side of Spring Street on Oct. 9 for the stage. Public Works has the Gainesville square marked for the Beer Gardens area.

The festival of music, food and crafts is hosted by the Gainesville Jaycees, a charitable organization. Mule Camp Market began years back as a farmer’s curb market near the downtown square, organized by James Mathis Sr. It evolved into a fall festival with local craft exhibitors.

The Jaycees took over the festival around 1993 and changed the name to Mule Camp Market, the group’s website said. It’s become a regional event with crowds of 75,000 for the annual three-day weekend. The organization also sponsors a carnival in conjunction with Mule Camp every year.

Council members are expected to approve some conditions, including the time, dates and places and where alcohol can be consumed. All alcohol sales must be by permit with an approved security plan.

Gainesville City Council to hear airport terminal request

The Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport wants Gainesville City Council to approve its ability to apply and accept grant funding for continued improvements. The project is part of the airport’s capital improvement plan and will go toward terminal improvements. A previous phase of work has been completed, the city resolution said.

The grant is expected to be about $308,000, of which $8,400 is state funds and would require a match of $25,468 in local funding. The airport consulting firm WK Dickson is planning to do the design and project management work.

Hall County meeting time changed

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet at 3 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Hall County Government Center at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Commission meetings are usually scheduled for 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of every month, but a scheduling conflict arose.

The work session for the week will be at its regular date and time, 3 p.m. Monday, at the government center.

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