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The Local Agenda: Gainesville to formally appoint interim city manager this week
CFO Marlowe takes over for Padgett in July
Melody Marlowe
Melody Marlowe

Gainesville City Council will formally appoint Finance Director Melody Marlowe as the interim city manager during a special called meeting on Thursday morning.

Marlowe will serve in the position while officials seek a permanent replacement for Kip Padgett.

Padgett announced last month that he has accepted a job as the town manager in Wake Forest, N.C. His last day is July 2.

City officials said they will advertise the city manager’s opening beginning July 1 and will accept applications for the job until July 31. The top five candidates will get interviews.

Council will meet for a work session immediately following the special called meeting to discuss additional personnel needs for the fire department, as well as a municipal court probation services contract.

Finally, council will discuss capital improvement funding for the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, as well as funding for proposed renovations to Roosevelt Square.

City Council meets beginning at 9 a.m. Thursday in room 301 of the administration building, 300 Henry Ward Way.


Local GOP forum scheduled for Saturday

The Hall County Republican Party will hold a forum this Saturday morning, and the agenda includes discussion of the controversial reassessment of commercial property values this year.

Of more than 4,200 commercial and industrial properties inspected, about 60 percent will see a significant rise in value this year, with an average net increase of 27 percent, according to Hall County Chief Tax Appraiser Steve Watson.

The forum will begin at 10 a.m., with a meet and greet at 9:30 a.m., at the party headquarters in Gainesville, 715 Queen City Parkway.


Business license fees likely changing

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is likely to approve changes to its business licensing fee structure when it meets Thursday morning.

The proposal would narrow the number of fee levels to six from 18, which officials said is a way to simplify charges.

The changes will slightly boost revenue for the county.

Read a full story on the proposed changes in Thursday’s paper.


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

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