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The Local Agenda: Council to review one-way street proposals, Catholic Church campus
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Gainesville officials are looking at ways to ease traffic and congestion for public safety vehicles on some residential streets, including making Hillcrest Avenue and Dyer Street one-way fares, and will discuss the latest proposals at a work session this week.

If approved, for example, Hillcrest would only allow travel from Ridgewood Terrace to Northside Drive/North Avenue and eliminate parking on one side.

But there has been opposition from some residents about planned changes.

In other business, City Council will review plans for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta to build a new church campus on property near the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and McEver Road.

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.

The City Council meets at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 301 of the administration building, 300 Henry Ward Way.

SPLOST citizens committee schedules first meeting

A nine-member citizens oversight committee for the latest round of special purpose local option sales tax revenue, or SPLOST VII, will have its first meeting today.

The committee is meant to ensure that only projects specifically approved by voters in March are funded with SPLOST VII revenues.

The projected revenue for the five-year life of SPLOST VII is $158 million.

The committee meets at 4:30 p.m. today at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

Hall GOP to host party to watch debate

The Hall County Republican Party will host a watch party for the first GOP presidential debate of the 2016 campaign on Aug. 6 at Mellow Mushroom in Gainesville, 700 Green St.

The debate from Cleveland, Ohio, will air on the Fox News Channel beginning at 9 p.m.

Pizza, salad, a door prize and straw poll are part of the night’s events.

For more information and to RSVP, visit or call Chairman Debra Pilgrim at 770-533-1699.

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


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