By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Cost, cause of tennis court damage remain undetermined
Placeholder Image

Other business

In other business, the Hall County Board of Commissioners will likely approve the lease of two vehicles from the Georgia Department of Transportation on Thursday night when it meets.

The vehicles are needed to replace out-of-service vans for the Hall Area Transit Dial-A-Ride program, a curb-to-curb service operating locally for nearly three decades.

Phillippa Lewis Moss, director of the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center, told commissioners the vehicles will cost 10 cents per mile, or between $200 and $300 a month, to lease.

The lease will end this summer when Moss said the transit service would receive four new Dial-A-Ride vans whose delivery has been delayed by the state.

Moss said funding to cover the leases is available in the Community Service Center budget and that no other monies are needed.

Finally, commissioners are also likely to approve revisions to the county’s malt beverage and wine code.

The changes include prorating new alcohol license applications, adding definitions to allow for the sale of growlers (draft beer to go) and establishing an all-inclusive fee, suggested to be set at $2,000, for farm winery licensing.

 

The latest estimate to repair a crack in a tennis court at the Village at Deaton Creek stands at about $12,000, but it remains unclear if this amount will bring the fix needed to finally put the matter to rest.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners postponed a decision last month on whether to spend up to $20,000 to repair the court, one of eight in the subdivision, after seeing it damaged multiple times in recent years.

Indeed, the county spent about $22,000 in 2009 to completely rebuild the tennis court, which had been damaged, residents claim, when the subdivision’s sewer line was being laid.

In September 2013, the county poured an additional several thousand dollars into repairing a crack in the court, only for it to re-emerge this past February.

But commissioners have expressed skepticism about the purported cause of the new cracking.

Public Works Director Ken Rearden told commissioners during a work session Monday that recent testing had found the soil underneath the court to be moist, but the cracking appears to stem from a separation of the asphalt rather than any issues related to compaction and settlement.

Rearden added that the cause of the crack is likely related to the harsh, wet winter the region experienced this year rather than any problems in the construction of the court.

Rearden said the damaged court appears to lie along a natural drainage course, and that a fix involving the use of a special epoxy would cost the county an estimated $12,000.

But residents are themselves skeptical about the cause.

Ann Williams told commissioners that every tennis court was built at the same time and the only one with problems is the one previously ripped out and replaced.

“All eight courts are subject to the same weather conditions,” she added. “I cannot fathom what was done when that court was torn up and rebuilt that makes it different. But it’s different.”

Commissioners appear willing to make one last attempt to fix the court for good, but restated their position Monday that a written assurance is needed that the county won’t be on the hook for future repair costs.

Commissioners will discuss the matter again at a 6 p.m. Thursday meeting held at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Regional events