The Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce held its final board of directors meeting until January on Thursday at the Hall County Government Center.
The noon meeting was primarily an opportunity to reminisce on the accomplishments of outgoing Board of Commissioners Chairman Tom Oliver.
In his two terms as chairman, Oliver highlighted the commission’s investment in the business, outdoor and educational fields, including Featherbone Communiversity, ProCare RX and the new government center.
He said Elachee Nature Science Center and park was “one of the gems that we have got to protect.”
Oliver acknowledged that not all county initiatives have been popular.
“I understand that some people don’t want anything. But it’s about what is your community going to look like? What do you want it to do?” Oliver said.
Other county officials praised Oliver’s service and vision.
“You’ve been a good visionary, particularly with economic development,” said Kit Dunlap, chamber president and CEO.
Taking over as chairman in January will be former Hall County Sheriff Dick Mecum, who won the Republican primary in August and was elected unopposed in November.
Commissioner Ashley Bell will also be departing.
He lost his seat in the July Republican primary to incoming commissioner Jeff Stowe.
Oliver is hoping to see the completion of various works in progress, such as putting more sewer lines up Ga. 365 in Northeast Hall and seeing permitting completed for the 850-acre Glades Reservoir.
He stressed the importance of these projects for the future of Gainesville and the county, concluding his remarks with an expression of gratitude.
“It has been a real pleasure serving the county,” he said.