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3 things to watch at Hall Board of Commissioners meeting: dog tethering, siren upgrades, Lanier Village Estates expansion
Hall County Government Center

Hall County commissioners will hear public input Thursday on a proposed ban on unsupervised dog tethering, but a vote is not scheduled until Oct. 25.

The county may also upgrade its weather siren system, and Lanier Village Estates could be expanding, following commissioners’ votes Thursday. 

Dog tethering ordinance

The county is considering a ban on dog tethering except when a person is staying with the dog to supervise. Commissioners will hear public comments on Thursday, but they will not be voting yet. The vote is set for Oct. 25.

The county partnered with the Humane Society of Northeast Georgia to seek input on the ordinance.

Warden Walt Davis said the Humane Society hosted focus groups with a total of 40 people and posted an online survey that was completed by 320 people. About 60 percent of people supported a ban on unsupervised tethering, Davis said.

Under the current ordinance, people can tether their dogs as long as the dog still has access to food, water and shelter and the tether cannot become tangled.

Davis said a six-month grace period has been proposed for the ordinance so dog owners can prepare for the change. People would receive warnings rather than citations during the grace period.

If passed on Oct. 25, the ordinance would go into effect on Nov. 1. Read more about the ordinance.

Emergency siren upgrades

Commissioners will vote Thursday on upgrades to the county’s emergency sirens system that will include the replacement of seven sirens, repairs on five sirens and technology upgrades on 11 sirens.

There are 23 weather sirens in locations all over Hall. They are tested quarterly, and the sirens are silently tested every Wednesday morning. The county also did a review study of the sirens earlier this year.

Included in the upgrade is a new computer system at the county’s 911 Center, which will allow for sirens to be set off automatically rather than manually from the center, according to Casey Ramsey, Hall’s interim Emergency Management Agency director. The new software would also allow for siren alerts to be location-specific rather than going off countywide, regardless of where severe weather is happening.

The estimated cost of the upgrades is $271,737, including a five-year maintenance agreement on the systems. Those dollars would come from the capital projects fund reserves.

Commissioners will be voting on the upgrades as part of the consent agenda, a set of items they vote on collectively and routinely approve.

Lanier Village Estates expansion

Lanier Village Estates, a retirement community off of Mount Vernon Road, may be expanding, pending approval by commissioners.

Acts Retirement-Life Communities, which operates Lanier Village Estates, is working with an Atlanta firm on the project, which would require about 15 acres to be added to the property.

The expansion would include 31 new carriage homes and 11 additional assisted living beds. About 580 people currently live in the community.

Several people who live near Lanier Village Estates spoke about the expansion at a Sept. 4 planning commission meeting, saying they were worried about traffic on Mount Vernon Road and sediment from construction going into the lake.

The planning commission approved the expansion, with member Johnny Varner opposing.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

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