If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get it answered. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.
There was a speed table/bump on Wessel Drive between Dixon and Piedmont. It has been removed. Why was it removed and what procedure has to be followed to get the City to remove one of these nuisances?
Public Works Director David Dockery said the speed table was removed for resurfacing work on the road and has not been put back since.
Typically to get a speed table removed, neighbors should petition the traffic engineer, Dee Taylor, at firstname.lastname@example.org. A certain percentage of the neighborhood must agree to the removal. That process is similar to the one involved in getting speed tables put in.
“Typically we put them in at the request of a neighborhood,” Dockery said. “... Then the traffic engineer does a study to see if the traffic patterns in the area meet the requirements for the proper application of speed tables.”
Neighbors then sign a petition agreeing with the location and then the city places the speed tables.
Once a speed table is placed, it typically stays put unless someone petitions for its removal, Dockery added.
When is the election and where can I find a list of candidates?
The general primary will be held July 31, with polls open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance voting begins July 9. The deadline to register to vote in this election is July 2.
Candidates will qualify for office next week between Wednesday and Friday.
Charlotte Sosebee, Hall County director of elections, said a sample ballot should be posted on the county’s website by mid-June.
Information already is posted online about the transportation sales tax vote that will be included on the ballot. The wording of that question and a complete list of projects can be found at the county’s elections page, www.hallcounty.org/judicial/jud_elections.asp.
The Times also will provide lists of candidates and their stances on the issues as the election nears. Keep up with election coverage at www.gainesvilletimes.com/elections.
For more information about Hall County’s elections, contact the Hall County Elections Office. The office is located in the new Hall County Government Center at 2285 Browns Bridge Road, at the intersection of Browns Bridge and Skelton roads, in Gainesville. The office can be reached at 770-531-6945.
For information about elections in other counties, contact your local elections office.