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Hall approves funding for Olympic Venue, fireworks ordinance
Board allocates $300K of SPLOST to venue
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved the allocation of $300,000 in special purpose local option sales tax revenue, or SPLOST VII, for renovations to the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

Venue Manager Morgan House said the funds would be spent on constructing an Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible ramp to the tower, as well as upgrades to restrooms and expansions to the service facility.

The venue is the last Olympic site from the 1996 Atlanta games still being used for its original purpose.

National kayak and canoe championships remain top competitions held at the venue.

Half the allocated funding will be doled out this fall once the venue's audit has been approved. The remaining half will be distributed in February 2016.

In other business, commissioners gave an initial OK to an ordinance prohibiting individuals from shooting off consumer fireworks in county parks without a permit.

A final vote on the new ordinance will take place in September.

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