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The Local Agenda: Council to consider board appointments, Catholic church request tonight
Gainesville sets council qualifying dates
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The Gainesville City Council will meet tonight to make new appointments to several boards, change residential Dyer Street to one-way traffic and consider a rezoning request for a Catholic church to be located near the corner of McEver and Browns Bridge roads.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority, Main Street Advisory Board, Planning and Appeals Board and Redevelopment Authority all require new appointments.

Meanwhile, Hillcrest Avenue will not become a one-way street, for now, but the city plans to post signs banning cars from blocking the street, then follow up with police enforcement to address concerns with emergency vehicle traffic.

Similar problems, however, have led officials to make Dyer Street one-way, which they will likely sign off tonight, allowing travel only from Ridgewood Avenue to North Avenue.

Finally, the Council will review plans to build a new church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

If approved, the church campus will include a 1,000-seat sanctuary in its first phase of construction.

The total campus calls for a larger sanctuary, social hall, administrative offices, community meeting rooms, classrooms, a clergy residency, commercial kitchen, food pantry and more.

City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Gainesville sets council qualifying dates

The council has set qualifying dates for this year’s three council races for Aug. 31, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2.

Ward 3 representative Myrtle Figueras and Ward 2 representative Bob Hamrick have said they do not intend to seek re-election. 

Gainesville resident and business owner Zack Thompson has announced that he will run for the Ward 2 seat.

Councilmember Ruth Bruner, meanwhile, said she will seek another four-year term as the Ward 5 representative.

Hall County website gets new mobile app

The Hall County government’s website can now be viewed on a mobile app, providing citizens access to county information and services at their fingertips.

The app works seamlessly with Hall County’s website to provide users with 24/7 access to government services.

“The app has many of the same features as the website,” Hall County spokeswoman Katie Crumley said in a statement. “Citizens can look at agendas for upcoming Board of Commissioners meetings, find jobs in county government, browse the latest bid postings and much more.”

The app yields faster load speeds.

The Hall County mobile app was designed by Civic Plus of Manhattan, Kan., who also redesigned the county’s website, and its development was included in the original $78,000 contract.

The app is available for both iOS and Android operating systems and can be downloaded by searching for “Hall County” in both the App Store and Google Play. 

 Joshua Silavent covers government issues for The Times. Share your thoughts, news tips and questions with him:

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