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The Local Agenda: Gainesville Bowling Center hopes to add go-kart track
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The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board is scheduled to consider a request Tuesday from B&L Bowling Center LLC to build an outdoor go-kart track.

The course would be added as an outdoor commercial recreational center to the Gainesville Bowling Center, which also includes laser tag and an arcade.

The 2.4 acres of land are on the southwest side of the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and Green Crest Drive.

The company is asking for a special use exception for the property, which is zoned light industrial. The go-karts would go in an unused portion of the front parking lot area. It’s expected to include a building for customers to access the recreational area, to store the karts and to provide additional lighting.

Gainesville planning staff has recommended approval based on five conditions, including an electric track, limiting outside noise, planting evergreen buffer trees and limiting the operating hours compared with the hours of the bowling center.

Cherokee Bluffs Park on Hall County commissioners agenda

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is expected to look at moving forward on phase I infrastructure design of the proposed South Hall Cherokee Bluffs Park today at its 3 p.m. work session.

The work session was moved from Monday to today because of scheduling conflicts.

The 106-acre site sits off Blackjack Road near the sprawling Sterling on the Lake subdivision and another county park, the 48-acre Williams Mill Greenspace. Plans include walking trails, an amphitheater and a disc golf course.

The property is marked by rock outcroppings, streams and woods.

Hall County purchased the bulk of the park’s land in 2006, using special purpose local option sales tax funds. County officials gave a public tour of the property in late June.

Several items on agenda for Gainesville City Council

The Gainesville City Council is scheduled to hear from several staff members about departmental issues at its Thursday work session.

Members are expected to hear first from Matt Hamby with Administrative Services, which houses the city’s financal and accounting services. Hamby will discuss fourth-quarter budget adjustments to fiscal year 2013.

Phillippa Lewis Moss, director of the Gaineville-Hall Community Service Center, plans to present a grant opportunity from the Federal Transit Administration.

Police Chief Brian Kelly is scheduled to present two items for City Council consideration. One is a cooperative 911 emergency answering point between the city and the county. The other is a grant opportunity from the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Matt Henderson with Gainesville Public Utilities is scheduled to discuss awarding a contract for raw water metering, and there’s a grant presentation from the Public Works Department at the end.

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