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The Local Agenda: Gainesville City Council to hear 3 presentations at morning session
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The Gainesville City Council is scheduled to hear three presentations Thursday at its morning session.

Meg Nivens with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce is expected to give an update on Vision 2030. Vision 2030 is an initiative of the chamber, but is considered a community project. Members of Vision 2030 have recently worked with Gainesville and Hall County officials to relaunch the Gainesville-Hall ‘96 Foundation to manage the Lake Lanier Olympic Center.

The city of Gainesville and Hall County recently agreed to pay $150,000 each to the board to oversee the venue, and Vision 2030 has brought in other community members, including other city and county officials, community leaders and members of the Lake Lanier Rowing Club and the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, to form the new board.

Hall Area Transit is also scheduled to give an update to the council members. The city of Gainesville agreed to take over funding and operating the Red Rabbit fixed-route bus system effective July 1. Transit services are paid for by both the city and the county through the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center. Hall County decided earlier this year to take financial responsibility only for the Dial-A-Ride bus service because it serves more residents in unincorporated Hall County while the Red Rabbit system serves areas mainly in Gainesville. Center Director Phillippa Lewis Moss is on the agenda for that presentation.

The work session agenda also has a resolution to apply for and accept a grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

Gainesville City Clerk Denise Jordan is also expected to update the council on the 2013 elections set for November. All the cities in Hall County have local government offices that are open for candidates to compete for. The qualifying period has already started and depending the on the city, could continue until Wednesday or Friday afternoon. Gainesville has the positions of mayor and Wards 1 and Ward 4 up for election, as well as the Gainesville City School Board seats for Ward 1 and Ward 4. City elections occur in odd-numbered years and county elections take place in even-numbered years.

Holiday closings

The city of Gainesville will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Trash and recycling pickup in the city moves down a day so Monday customers will be picked up on Tuesday and service will happen the day after the normal schedule. Wednesday’s recycling will be picked up Thursday. Hall County’s administrative offices, courts, community centers and libraries will also be closed that day.

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