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Gainesville City Council will vote on Olympic Venue property lease, election fees
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The city of Gainesville may lease a 1.32-acre property attached to the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue from the state of Georgia to provide additional parking for the venue.

The lease price for the property in front of the boathouse would be $10 per year, with an initial one-year term and the option for renewal.

The property is a remnant piece from Don Carter State Park, City Manager Bryan Lackey said. Don Carter State Park is about five miles away from the venue.

“When you’re at the park, you would probably never know this is a separate piece of property,” Lackey said.

The lease would require that the property only be used for additional parking.

Councilmembers will vote on the lease Tuesday.

The park at 3105 Clarks Bridge Road is leased by both the city and Hall County government, and the nonprofit Gainesville-Hall ’96 operates the park. The venue was built for the 1996 Olympics and in September 2018 hosted the ICF Dragon Boat World Championships, which drew about 1,000 athletes to Lake Lanier.

Also on the agenda Tuesday is a vote on qualifying fees for the November elections for City Council and the Gainesville Board of Education. Positions for both City Council and the school board in wards 2, 3 and 5 will be on the ballot Nov. 5. Those positions are currently held by Zack Thompson, Barbara Brooks and Ruth Bruner on City Council and John Filson, Willie Mitchell and Sammy Smith on the school board.

The qualifying fee will be $819 for City Council seats and $278.10 for the school board.

The Georgia Election Code requires that qualifying fees be calculated in January of each election year and published by Feb. 1. Fees are calculated as 3 percent of the previous year’s salary for the position.

Gainesville City Council

When:  5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22

Where: Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway

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