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Hall Commission approves Spout Springs utilities relocation, library renovation expenditures
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Some members of the Hall County Commission want to give themselves raises. Commissioners will vote on the issue at 6 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Hall County Government Center. - photo by Megan Reed

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to widen Spout Springs Road in South Hall from two to four lanes, but for that work to be done, some county utilities such as sewer lines will have to move.

Hall County commissioners approved a contract with GDOT on Wednesday, and the county will pay GDOT about $612,000 to handle the utilities relocation for the first part of the project.

The contract was unanimously approved as part of the consent agenda.

The project’s first phase involves widening Spout Springs from Interstate 985 to Union Circle, a distance of 3.2 miles. The project was delayed in July due to a pending environmental permit.


Gainesville library renovation price approval

 The Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library System, which is turning 50 next year, is being renovated and is set to reopen late summer 2020. On Wednesday, commissioners unanimously approved the “guaranteed maximum price” of the construction and construction management part of the project, about $4.4 million. Subcontracting bids have been awarded.

The price was unanimously approved as part of the consent agenda.

The overall renovations budget is $5.35 million. The state has provided a $2 million grant, and the rest will be funded by the city of Gainesville impact fees and county special purpose local option sales tax dollars.

While the library is being renovated, patrons can go across the street to 100 Brenau Ave., the temporary location.