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SPLOST draft list includes roadwork, 911 upgrades
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Most of the Central Communications monitors are arranged as are call taker Pam Garmon’s. Screens monitor, from left, the county’s trunked radio system, the center’s phone system, “instant monitor” of all calls, and maps.

Hall County government officials on Tuesday released a draft list of potential SPLOST VII projects, including potentially $46.7 million budgeted for road improvement projects.

In total, $158 million of projects were included in the draft list, with the list to be finalized after the Thursday public input meeting.

Some projects included were the 911 system upgrade, renovating the main Hall County Library System branch and the Hall County Senior Center.

For road projects, the biggest on the draft list is the right-of-way purchase on Spout Springs Road in South Hall, budgeted at $20 million.

The purchase will help accelerate the widening of Spout Springs Road, said Commissioner Craig Lutz.

“We are already behind the eightball on certain projects, and things like widening Spout Springs Road and replacing some bridges is a need that has to be addressed one way or another,” he said.

One of the largest projects on the draft list was the 911 system upgrade, attempting to update the equipment in a growing county at a cost of $13 million.

“As the county continues to grow, we’re eventually going to need to put more operators in, and currently in the setup we have, we’re limited to the number of operators we have,” Lutz said.

Adrian Mixson, library director in the Hall County Public Library System, said he hopes the needed changes are made at the aging Main Street headquarters.

“It needs major renovations to bring it up into the (21st) century electronic world, and also improve services to some of the groups that really make heavy use of the building — that’s kids,” Mixson said.

The draft project sheet lists $2.5 million for renovating the library and purchasing books. Old plumbing and heating, ventilation and air conditioning, Mixson said, would need to be replaced or upgraded.

The fifth public input meeting will take place at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Commissioners are asking for more input on what should be on or off the project list. Input can also be given on the website.

Voters will decide on SPLOST on March 17.

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