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Commissioners to learn more about North Hall library plans
Workshop set to follow county work session
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Hall County Board of Commissioners work session
When: 9 a.m. today, with workshop about North Hall library plans to follow
Where: Hall County Courthouse Annex second floor, 116 Spring St. SE, Gainesville
Coming up: Commission will vote on the library issue at its board meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Georgia Mountains Center.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners will hold a special workshop to discuss the North Hall park and library directly after the regularly scheduled work session at 9 a.m. today.
 
Hall County Public Information Officer Nikki Young said the purpose of the workshop is for county staff members to present the commissioners with information about the future North Hall library. Commissioners were scheduled to vote on the location of the library Feb. 11 but postponed the decision until more information was available for review.
 
“Basically we’re just trying to walk the commissioners through the details of the Nopone Road site so we can answer all their questions about the park and the library, and they’ll feel like they’ll have all the facts to make a decision that’s in the best interest of the taxpayers,” Young said.
 
On Feb. 8, commission Chairman Tom Oliver proposed building the North Hall library — a SPLOST project originally slated for Clermont — on the same Nopone Road site as the future North Hall park and community center.
 
Oliver said building the library with the park would save costs and serve more people in the North Hall area.
 
But in the short time since the announcement, a flurry of activists in the Clermont area have banded together to fight for the library they say belongs in their town.
 
The workshop is open to the public, but there will be no opportunity for public comment.
 
“This is just a workshop for the commissioners,” Young said. “We’ll have a roundtable discussion where they can ask whatever questions they need to of the staff.”
 
The commission is scheduled to take a vote on the issue at its 5 p.m. board meeting Thursday at the Georgia Mountains Center.
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