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The Local Agenda: Gainesville council to hold called meeting Thursday
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The Gainesville City Council is scheduled to hold a called public meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday morning before its work session.

The resolution on the agenda is for authorization to waive the sale of alcohol for public consumption. The purpose of the annual resolution is to allow people enjoying the First Friday events to carry around alcoholic beverages they’ve purchased from downtown restaurants.

First Fridays is a Main Street Gainesville summer event that features live music 6-10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month in the historic downtown square. The first event is scheduled for Friday and runs through Sept. 6.

Green Street Pool demolition project goes before council

Gainesville council members are expected to hear an update on awarding a contract for phase I on the Wessell Park and Green Street Pool renovations at the Thursday work session.

The project would demolish the historic swimming pool and create a grassy area over it. The Gainesville Parks and Recreation department also plans to repair Wessell Park’s tennis and basketball courts and install walls to deal with soil erosion. The dirt from that will be used to fill in the pool.

The council approved $175,000 in impact fees to fund the project in January. The work is scheduled for completion in August.

Hall County commissioners meetings for May rescheduled

Hall County Board of Commissioners meetings are scheduled for different days and times for the month of May. County officials said the change was due to scheduling conflicts.

Board meetings are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesdays next month, May 8 and May 22. The work session days and times, which are 3 p.m. on Monday and May 20, will stay the same.

Regularly scheduled meetings are typically held at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month.

Hall County moves forward to refinance S. Hall treatment plant

Hall commissioners recently approved refinancing $14.5 million in debt that was used to buy and modify the Spout Springs Wastewater Treatment facility.

Bank of America no longer wanted to provide the county with a letter of credit for the 2008 bonds, a county executive summary said. Commissioners signed off on recommendation of Financial Services Director Vickie Neikirk to refinance the variable bonds to a direct placement bond issue with Wells Fargo Bank N.A.

The new financing must be in place prior to Aug. 1. The summary said this was the best option for the county because of the low interest rate environment and the low cost of this type of financing.

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