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The Local Agenda: Gainesville council, Hall commissioners face full agendas
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After last week’s snowstorm canceled a Gainesville City Council work session and Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting, local government will resume this week with a full agenda of business to vote on. 

Gainesville to consider ‘dangerous’ animal ordinance: Gainesville City Council will meet today for a final reading of a proposed amendment to the city’s animal control ordinance. 

The amendment reclassifies what constitutes a “dangerous” and “potentially dangerous” animal. 

The original ordinance established penalties on owners when their animal attacked or caused injuries to humans. 

If approved by the council, those penalties will soon be in place when an attack occurs on domesticated animals, as well, aligning it with a county ordinance.

In other business, the council will issue a request to the General Assembly to pass legislation authorizing the founding of the Gainesville Convention and Visitors Bureau Authority — a name change and formality to get the CVB approved at the state level. 

The Gainesville City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. today at the Public Safety Complex (Gainesville Justice Center), 701 Queen City Parkway. 

Hall commssioners to vote on mixed-use development: The Hall County Board of Commissioners will finally vote on a proposed 476-acre mixed-use development in North Hall when it meets Thursday.

A vote on whether construction of the development can proceed has been put off for months as a plan to build out sewer and wastewater infrastructure was finalized. 

The mixed-used development proposed by Barker Street LLC, located at 3240 Chiplan Road, would consist of 186 single-family homes, 310 apartments and townhomes, and roughly 600,000 square feet of commercial and office space. 

The Board of Commissioners also is expected to approve a multimillion dollar contract bid for the construction of sewers, pump stations and force mains near the proposed development, adjacent to the Gateway Industrial Centre along Ga. 365.

In other business, the Board of Commissioners will consider a contract agreement with PDQ Services for the collection of sewer and landfill past due accounts. 

Officials report the county has more than $50,000 in past due sewer bills and more than $25,000 in past due landfill accounts. 

The Hall County Board of Commissioners will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road.

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