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Flowery Branch council gives 1st OK to waiving annex application fees
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An ordinance to allow City Manager Bill Andrew to waive application fees to provide an additional incentive for businesses considering annexation received first reading Thursday by the Flowery Branch City Council.

The decision would solidify the zoning ordinance, which Planning Director John McHenry said is a smart move.
“This links with the comprehensive plan’s goal,” said McHenry. “It makes sense to have this codified.”

In other council business, an application for grant or loan approval of $950,000 for an anticipated Lights Ferry Connection project has been submitted to the State Roadway and Toll Authority.

SRTA’s Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank is a revolving infrastructure investment fund, much like a bank that provides loans with attractive terms to eligible state, regional, and local government entities to fund eligible transportation projects. GTIB is also authorized to administer grant money for specific programs related to transportation.

Hall County and Gainesville also have submitted proposals.

The Lights Ferry Road project, according to McHenry, would ease congestion and facilitate traffic flow on the heavily-traveled corridor between McEver Road/Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Atlanta Highway.

City Council also agreed to a motion to sell surplus firearms, which include 13 .40-caliber handguns, to Smyrna Police Distributors Inc. and to renew a contract for city probation services with Sentinel Offender Services for one year.

There are between 200 and 250 individuals on probation with the city, according to Police Chief David Spillers. Probation contract costs are passed through to the offender.

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