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The Local Agenda: Gainesville to swear in police chief tonight
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Carol Martin will take the oath of office as Gainesville’s full-time police chief tonight when the City Council meets. Martin has been the interim police chief since late August.

After The Times published a story revealing infighting among Gainesville police officials and dwindling morale across the department, city leaders conducted interviews with officers and decided Chief Brian Kelly needed to be replaced.

In other business, the council will give a final vote on increasing burial rates and fees for other services at the 140-year-old municipal-owned Alta Vista Cemetery.

Finally, council will consider a request to amend an existing planned unit development on 5.4 acres on Greystone Road, west of Tommy Aaron Drive, permitting four single-family residential lots.

The planning board has recommended denial of the request, which has drawn significant environmental concerns about increased siltation in nearby Lake Knickerbocker.

Gainesville City Council meets at 5:30 p.m. today in the municipal courtroom of the Public Safety Complex, 701 Queen City Parkway.

Clinic turnout causes optimism

Hall County officials said they were optimistic about the HCG Family Health Center succeeding and saving taxpayers money after hearing early turnout numbers on Monday, its first day of operation.

Located at 2434 Old Cornelia Highway in Rabbittown, the clinic and pharmacy serves county employees, retirees and their dependents covered by Hall’s health plans.

As of 1 p.m., seven patients had received clinic services, with 18 clinic appointments scheduled, according to Hall County Human Resources Director Bill Moats.

An additional five clinic visits and seven appointments had been made by 4 p.m.

Meanwhile, the pharmacy was expected to process about 100 prescription transfers by the end of the first day.

With an approximately $60,000 budget, inmate labor and the services of the public works department, Hall County wrapped up renovations last week to turn the old East Hall library branch into the new clinic and pharmacy. 

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

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