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Malfunction is keeping parks lights on, but severe weather siren now is working again
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I live across the street from Alberta Banks Park in Flowery Branch. When I leave for work in the morning, it is becoming increasingly common for the lights on the softball fields and/or the tennis courts to be on and I assume have been on all night. We have called the parks and recreation department several times to call their attention to this, but it keeps happening. We have even noticed the lights on during the day. What’s going on?

Katie Crumley, spokeswoman for Hall County, said most of those lights should go on and off automatically.

The parking lot security lights are set to go on at dusk and off at daybreak, but sometimes they malfunction and the power company has to come in to fix the problem, she said. There are two security lights that face the parking lot that stay on constantly, though, as has been the case for the past eight years.

“There is no switch or photocell for these lights; however, Hall County Parks and Leisure staff will explore options to correct the situation,” she said.

The tennis court lights are on a timer to go off no later than 11 p.m., and they are also monitored by the park’s tennis staff.

Lights for the ballfields are turned on and off as needed, but there have been problems with the breaker during the last three weeks, requiring staff to turn the lights on during the day to perform maintenance, Crumley said.

She noted that Alberta Banks Park is one of the oldest in the county’s park system and thus has an older lighting system.

“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding as we continue to work toward making our parks as safe and efficient as possible,” she said.

Has the early warning severe weather siren been fixed on Spout Springs Road yet?

Hall County Fire Chief David Kimbrell said the siren is indeed up and running.

The county’s sirens are tested silently every morning at 9 a.m. and one day in February, the Spout Springs siren didn’t pass the test. Authorities are unsure what caused the malfunction, but parts were ordered to repair it. The parts have since come in and the repair has been made.

What will happen to the concrete that will come from the replacement of Clarks Bridge? Can any be sold as memorabilia?

Teri Pope, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation, said the contractor on the replacement project plans to demolish the existing bridge and use the parts in other projects.

The bridge was built in 1958 and work to demolish it is expected to start this spring or summer, with completion set for Dec. 31, 2015.

The project’s price tag is $8.7 million and the new bridge will be two lanes and feature bike lanes, sidewalks and a 63-foot pedestrian tunnel.

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