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Hall's animal control services set for renewal in Flowery Branch
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The Flowery Branch City Council gave its first OK on Wednesday morning to allowing Hall County to continue animal control services in the city.

The agreement with Hall County is the renewal of a current one, said City Manager Bill Andrew.

"It has to be renewed periodically because of the way the terms work with the judges that see (those cases)," he said.

The council also gave initial approval to renewing an ethics ordinance, which expires every four years.

The new ordinance has a couple of changes.

"The current requirement (calls for) a very large pool of citizens who are pre-qualified to serve on an ethics board in case there is a complaint, and we’re going to cut that number," Andrew said.

Also, the revised ordinance adds the city manager as a member of the review board.

"Normally, a complaint could be going against a councilman or the mayor and you’d want the city manager involved in that, because he or she has been dealing with (the issue) ... and would have an administrative view on it," Andrew said.

Also, the council presented a plaque to the H.B. Reed Family, recognizing it for donating a well to the city.

"It was the first municipal well that the city owned," Andrew said.

"It’s something (Reed) is really proud of and we thought why not spruce up the building a little bit. We’ve painted it, put on a new door and put some shrubbery around it.

"We thought we would put this plaque on it to thank his family for (the well)."

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