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Sidewalk work delayed by right-of-way acquisition
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If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following questions were submitted by readers and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

Are the sidewalks on Floyd Road going to be extended?

According to Hall County engineer Kevin McInturff, the county does not have the adequate right of way to extend the sidewalks yet. Several community meetings have been held to raise awareness of the issue and the Public Works Department has sent out right-of-way deeds to property owners along the road, but have only gotten a few back.

The current sidewalk on Floyd Road was completed last December and extends from Old Athens Road to Garden Drive.

Public Works does have a plan that would extend the sidewalks on the west side of the road almost to the end, but several conditions have to be met before it can be pursued.

“Until we get the right-of-way, there is not much we can do because we just don’t have the room,” McInturff said.

After the county receives the right of way, the Board of Commissioners has to approve the extension plan before work can start.

“Ultimately, it’s up to the commissioners,” McInturff said. “They would have to approve any funding.”

Is the house on the corner of Jesse Jewell Parkway and Queen City Parkway abandoned? If not, is it for sale?

That house is not abandoned, though it hasn’t been lived in for several years, and it is currently for sale.

The property was owned by Catherine Gibbs until she died in October 2012, said Phil Sutton, whose wife’s family inherited it. Gibbs owned the house, which was built by her great grandfather around 1905, since 1937.

Because it hasn’t been lived in for several years, the house is boarded up but the property is being marketed as a location for a business.

The house is located at 551 Jesse Jewell Parkway.

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