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New Flowery Branch senior apartment project can proceed with conditional use approval
City also to change insurance carriers
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A new senior multi-family dwelling is proposed for 11 acres behind Habersham Bank at 5977 Spout Springs Road, and the Flowery Branch City Council on Thursday approved a conditional use permit for the senior living project.

Located on property zoned Highway Business, the parcel has been subdivided and has frontage on Hog Mountain Road. A potential buyer is interested in building affordable senior housing. In Highway Business zoning, there can be 140 units onsite. A conceptual site plan was provided for Winkler Place Apartment which would have 80 percent of its residents being 55 and older, according to Community Development Director John McHenry.

In other business, the council approved submission of a request for $50,000 in planning funds from the Gainesville-Hall County Metropolitan Planning Organization for sidewalks, landscaping and stormwater improvements on Mitchell Street. This would be another step in the transportation connectivity initiative.

The city will be changing insurance carriers for the first time in five years. A contract for property and liability insurance will be finalized and signed by Mayor Mike Miller.

City Clerk Melissa McCain explained that Norton Agency broker Ty Talley has been working to find the best coverage which would provide the city cybersecurity protection as more online payments are being made. The city’s current carrier, One Beacon, provided a quote of $87,590 not including cybersecurity, but would provide that coverage for an additional $4,000. A quote of $80,905 was secured from Travelers Insurance which the council unanimously approved.

The council also renewed a special waste services contract with Republic Services. The company provides a backup contract for disposal of the sludge from the sewer plant. While Hall County generally uses the de-watered sludge cake as a cover topping layer at their landfill to foster grass growth at a city cost of $510 per week, Republic is an alternative for disposal at a cost of $1,520 per week.

An application for a $10,000 Local Maintenance Improvement Grant will be submitted for striping on Spout Springs Road to which the city will commit a $19,750 match from the Local Resources Fund Account earmarked for road paving. Thermoplastic will be used on the safety project which was already planned. If the application is successful, t 229586he funds must be spent by Dec. 31.

After an executive session for discussion of property acquisition, pending litigation and personnel, the council voted to renew the lease of JDEMDOG Enterprises LLC for the city-owned 5318 Railroad Ave., property after obtaining the signature of John Dempsey. Another three-year lease will be entered into for Sport Shooting Firearms and Supplies.

On its consent agenda, the council approved:

A license for Sterling on the Lake to host a summer concert featuring the Fly Betty Band from 4:30-10:30 p.m. on June 4.

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