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Hall plans to build new correctional institute
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Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting

When: 6 p.m. Thursday

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

More info: 770-535-8288

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Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell has asked for a second ladder truck for the county.

Hall’s only ladder truck is housed at Station 5 near the intersection of Atlanta Highway and Martin Road; the proposed truck would be at the new Station 16, being constructed in the northern portion of the county at Mount Vernon and Shirley roads.

Kimbrell said he has located a truck in Ohio, which would cost $525,000 and include a six-month warranty. Other associated costs include $30,000 for new truck equipment and around $401,000 annually for personnel.

Kimbrell said having the second ladder truck would improve Hall’s rating with the Insurance Services Office, which would in turn mean lower insurance rates for homeowners in the county.

The International Mountain Bicycling Association has proposed a concept design and training session for a trail system at Cherokee Bluffs Park.

The group will help map out and construct the trails, while contributing $5,000 to the overall cost. The county’s portion is set for $11,729.

The South Hall park was purchased by the county in 2006, and there is some controversy over historical remains on the site; some residents are calling for further studies of the area before moving forward with construction.

Commissioners will vote on the trail proposal at Thursday’s meeting.

Initial steps are being taken toward building a new correctional institute in Hall County.

IPG Inc., an architecture and planning firm out of Valdosta, has asked for $248,000 for the design phase; the total cost of the project is expected to be between $3 and $4 million.

Funds would come from special purpose local option sales tax VI, which started in July 2009 and runs until June 2015.

“We’ve only got about $3 million (budgeted), but we’re going to try to get some money from the state,” said Ken Rearden, the county’s Public Works and Utilities director.

A letter from IPG to Rearden dated Dec. 2 stated “all of the site work and out buildings could be handled by inmate construction,” which would cut down on costs.

This initial $248,000 would include surveying, site preparation, construction documents and a construction phase.

The Hall County Correctional Institute is at 1694 Barber Road. The new location will be next door; after it’s up and running, the current building will be demolished.

The correctional institute is a different facility operated separately from the county jail.

Rearden said the design would include one manned station plus four wings for dorms.

“It’s a pretty nice, workable facility,” Rearden said.

It will hold 200 beds. According to Warden Walt Davis, the current building can house up to 240 inmates.

There is no set time frame, but Davis said an optimistic schedule would be to have a groundbreaking this spring; construction could take 12 to 18 months.

The commissioners will vote at the Thursday meeting on moving forward.