Oakwood City Manager Stan Brown is calling for “better coordination and cooperation” between Hall County and its city governments on roads upkeep.
“Serving the overall community — that’s what we ought to be about,” Brown said, speaking to other area city leaders Monday night at the quarterly Joint Municipal Association meeting in Gillsville.
Spurring his comments, in part, was a discussion about improvements on McEver Road, which flows in and out of Flowery Branch and Oakwood city limits.
For several years, the county has looked at fixing the West Hall road, which is marked by asphalt cracks along long stretches of pavement. The road serves as a major north-south artery, connecting schools, churches and neighborhoods in the South Hall cities.
Hall County was planning to go out for bids in April on a major rebuilding effort of the busy artery but since has changed course.
“The commission is discussing with adjoining cities about participation, as part of the road goes through incorporated city limits of Oakwood, Flowery Branch and Buford,” road projects manager Jody Woodall said in an email in May.
That was news to city officials.
“We’ve had no conversations with the county whatsoever about that,” Brown said at the time.
Flowery Branch City Manager Bill Andrew also said in May, “Other than discussing the (Jim Crow Road/Gainesville Street) intersection, I am unaware of any details being reviewed with Flowery Branch for cost sharing on the paving of McEver Road.”
Earlier this month, Flowery Branch City Council approved a $658,587 agreement with Hall County that includes paving Gainesville Street from McEver Road into downtown Flowery Branch and additional paving along McEver in the areas of Gaines Ferry and Radford roads.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners decided last week to postpone a vote on the matter.