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Hall commissioners discuss tennis court repairs
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Other business

• The scheduled second reading for the abandonment of the Tumbling Circle railroad crossing was tabled pending further discussions.

In September, the Department of Transportation ordered the crossing be closed, citing railway officials who said they wanted to close the area for safety reasons.

County officials opposed the closing, saying they believe it is more for financial reasons.

• During the discussion of the fire suppression system for the new correctional institute, Assistant County Administrator Marty Nix said the budget is tight but the county was “running close” to the budget.

• Human resources director Bill Moats said the HCG Family Health Center, the pharmacy and clinic for county employees, is expected to meet its tentative Jan. 5 opening date. Inspectors from the Drug Enforcement Administration said a safe is need for locking up drugs kept in the pharmacy.

Nick Watson

The Hall County Board of Commissioners on Monday took up the issue of tennis court repairs at the Village at Deaton Creek in Hoschton.

The request is for up to $20,000 in repairing a tennis court. The cracks, residents claim, followed the installation of a sewer line

several years ago.

The sewer line was built under tennis court No. 3 in 2009, with the soil being removed and the court rebuilt on top.

The county was notified in February 2014 of the cracks in the tennis courts appearing again, following an August 2013 repair for $6,000.

John Mercer made a presentation to the commissioners on behalf of the Village at Deaton Creek community, providing aerial shots of the cracks and repairs to the third tennis court.

“It’s marginally playable at this point,” Mercer said. “Nobody wants to play on it anymore.”

Mercer said he believes it must be rebuilt.

“Every court has got some minimal cracking,” Commissioner Scott Gibbs said of his visit to the community’s tennis courts.

An estimated $12,000 has been suggested for repairing the court, but it is undetermined whether the fix would be long-lasting.

Gibbs said he wanted to put the court back to the state it was in “before we disturbed it.”

The commissioners are planning to retable the issue until the second meeting of January, which would tentatively be Jan. 22.

Given the cold weather, the commissioners hope to determine whether the court can be repaired or needs to be rebuilt in the springtime.