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The Local Agenda: Gainesville Parks and Rec named top agency
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The Georgia Recreation and Park Association has named Gainesville Parks and Recreation its parks and recreation agency of the year.

The honor came at the association’s annual conference Thursday in Athens.

It was the eighth time in the past 10 years and the 16th time overall that the Gainesville department has received the honor.

Gainesville Parks and Recreation was cited for its strategic planning and strong operations, programming and services, community partnerships and continued development of valued greenspace.

Other local residents and organizations also were recognized for contributions and commitment to the quality of life in the Gainesville community.

Businessman and volunteer coach Billy Glosson was named volunteer of the year for the positive impact he has had on youth.

The Red Bud Project also was honored as volunteer of the year for its success in bringing together dozens of organizations and volunteers to create trails and protect native plant habitats in the 29-acre Linwood Nature Preserve.

Andi Harmon, division manager for the Frances Meadows Aquatic Center in Gainesville, was recognized as the distinguished aquatics professional for Georgia. Gainesville Parks and Recreation’s Annual Trick or Treat on the Trail was awarded most innovative special event.


Flowery Branch City Council meeting canceled

For the second time in a month, Flowery Branch City Council has canceled a meeting because of lack of business.

The meeting set for 6 p.m. Thursday now has been scheduled for Dec. 6. The meeting, like all others, will begin at 6 p.m., taking place at City Hall, 5517 Main St.

City Council similarly canceled a meeting set for Oct. 18, rescheduling that one for Nov. 1.

The Hall County Board of Commissioners has changed up its meeting schedule this month, as well.

The board normally meets the first and third Mondays and Thursdays of the same week, meaning it would meet Monday and Nov. 22, which is Thanksgiving.

Instead, it is set to hold its next work session at 3 p.m. Nov. 27 and regular voting meeting at 6 p.m. Nov. 29.

The commission is now meeting in the new Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville.

Gainesville City Council, meanwhile, plans to keep its normal schedule of meetings: work session at 9 a.m. Thursday and voting session at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Work sessions are held in the city manager’s conference room at the administration building, 300 Henry Ward Way, and voting sessions at the Gainesville Justice Center, 701 Queen City Parkway.

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