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The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to award water system contract

POSTED: October 15, 2013 12:00 a.m.

The Lakeside Water Treatment Plant may get two new water meters if Gainesville City Council members agree to award the construction contract this evening.

The city’s Department of Public Utilities has recommended Covington-based All South Constructors Inc. to install magnetic flow meters at the plant.

Gainesville would pay nearly $306,000 in construction costs, about $61,000 in contingency fees and $50,000 to cover miscellaneous and legal expenses for a project cost of about $417,000.

The council is also expected to consider submitting an application for a “releaf” grant that could add 200 to 700 trees to the area.

There’s no set minimum or maximum to the Global ReLeaf grant program; however, most applications ask for between $3,000 and $30,000, the resolution said.

The grant would go toward replanting trees at Exit 20 on Interstate 985.

The city proposed a project budget of $55,000, which includes $30,000 in grant funding.

The suggested local match of $25,000 is intended to strengthen Gainesville’s application. The city’s match would come from approved fiscal year 2014 capital improvement funding.

The grant is through American Forests, a national nonprofit that advocates conservation, protection and restoration of the country’s forests or watersheds. Global ReLeaf uses private dollars for projects.

Gainesville to consider annexing, zoning requests

Gainesville City Council will consider one annexation request and two zoning requests tonight at its meeting.

The council members are expected to consider annexing about 2.7 acres at 2420 Browns Bridge Road and establishing the property’s zoning as general business.

Members are also expected to consider changing the zoning of nearly 2.6 acres at 3030 McEver Road from office and institutional to neighborhood business.

Gainesville reveals 2013 Christmas ornament

The 2013 Main Street Gainesville Christmas ornament features Poultry Park.

During a brief presentation hosted by Main Street Gainesville, Abit Massey and Mike Giles of the Georgia Poultry Federation received framed ornaments commemorating their contributions to the poultry industry.

The ornament is the 18th in a series and is on sale to the public for $20.

The ornaments will be available throughout the holidays at many local businesses, including Frames You-Nique, Saul’s and Cozy Corner.

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