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Northeast Georgia: Gainesville's curbside leaf pickup begins today
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Beginning today, Gainesville residents can put out leaves to be removed by vacuum machines.

Leaves should be placed in long narrow piles along the back of the curb. Trash, dirt, brush clippings, grass clippings, rocks, limbs or sticks longer than six inches should be removed.

Do not place leaves in or on the street as this creates a driving hazard as well as storm sewer problem.

Zone 1 — which comprises an area west and south of Thompson Bridge Road, along Green Street and south along E.E. Butler Parkway — is picked up the first and third week of the month. Zone 2 — which comprises the area east and north of Thompson Bridge, along Green Street and south along E.E. Butler Parkway — is picked up the second and fourth week of the  month.

Leaves should be placed no later than Monday morning of the appropriate week.

For more information, contact the Street Maintenance Division Office at 770-532-0379.

Hall County
Kimbrell elected president of state fire chief group

David Kimbrell, Hall County fire chief and director of emergency management, was elected as president of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs at an annual conference last week in Columbus.

Kimbrell will represent 651 fire chiefs throughout Georgia. It will be his second year in a row serving in the position.
Kimbrell was appointed fire chief and emergency management director for Hall County in 2005. He has more than 25 years of experience in fire services, including that for Hall County, Cornelia and Baldwin.

Lumpkin County
Dahlonega set

to raise fees

At its meeting tonight, the Dahlonega City Council will have a second reading on increases for water and sewer rates and cemetery  lot fees.

The water and sewer rate is set to increase 25 cents per 1,000 gallons.

Cemetery lot fees are set to increase to $2,000  from $1,000.

The council meets at 6 p.m. at 465 Riley Road, Dahlonega. For more information, call 706-864-6133.

Dawson County
Agenda light for
city meeting

Dawsonville City Council at its meeting tonight will hear a fiscal 2011 financial statement from Bryan St.Pierre, CPA, with Alexander, Almand & Bangs. There also will be second public hearings on three requested annexations into the city.

Council meets at 5 p.m. at G.L. Pete Gilleland Council Chambers, Dawsonville Municipal Complex, 415 Ga. Highway 53 East, Dawsonville. For more information, visit

Habersham County

Councils in Clarkesville and Mount Airy meet tonight. Agendas are not available online.

Clarkesville meets at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 123 N. Laurel Drive, Clarkesville. For more information call 706-754-4216.
Mount Airy Town Council meets at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 869 Dicks Hill Parkway. For more information, call 706-778-6990 or visit

Jackson County
Hoschton City Council meets at 7 p.m. today at City Hall, 79 City Square. For more information, call 706-654-3034 or visit Agendas are not available online.