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Oakwood puts government on display Friday
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City Government Day
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday

Where: Oakwood City Park and Railroad Street

More info: 770-534-2365

From new sidewalks to police cars, visitors to Oakwood’s first City Government Day since 2004 will get to see what their taxpayer dollars are providing.

“The reason for (the event) is to show the public, our taxpayers, the services that we have to offer them,” said Oakwood Police Chief Randall Moon, who organized the event.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday on Railroad Street between Main and Allen streets — a city block that comprises several city operations, including public works, the police department and City Park.

Area residents, as well as students from nearby Oakwood Elementary School, can meet with city officials and see equipment and vehicles on display.

“City Government Day is a wonderful educational experience for students and citizens,” Mayor Lamar Scroggs said. “It’s an opportunity to ask questions and find out more about our city and other agencies that serve them.”

Some of the vehicles slated for display include police cars and fire and sanitation trucks.

Also taking part in City Government Day are Hall County Fire Services, Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, Hall County Animal Services, Hall County 911, Hall County Library System, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Hall County Resource Recovery.

City Council members and other city leaders are scheduled to attend, as well.

Visitors will get to see new sidewalks completed as part of a $127,400 project that also involves a new storm drainage system, curbs and gutters.

“It looks real pretty,” Moon said. “I’m proud of it.”

Asphalt still needs to be poured on Railroad Street between Main and Allen. The road has been closed throughout the project and will be until the repaving work is finished — maybe two to three more weeks, Moon said.

A transportation enhancement grant the city received more than three years ago from the Georgia Department of Transportation is paying for the work.

The city has been approved for another transportation grant, totaling $100,000, to do further improvements, mainly putting in sidewalks on Main Street from Railroad Street to Oakwood Road.