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The Local Agenda: Hall commissioners to consider filling four posts
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners will consider filling four full-time positions related to capital projects and development when it meets Thursday for a regularly scheduled session. 

The potential hires include an engineering inspector; a construction project manager; a special projects adviser; and a housing construction specialist. 

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. 

During a work session Monday, commissioners expressed interest in verifying PDQ’s success rate in collecting payment on past due accounts.

PDQ will be paid a percentage of collections it is able to obtain – 16.5 percent for accounts less than 2 years old and 19 percent for anything older. Commissioners said they also want to verify these rates correspond with the market value. 

Finally, commissioners will consider approving a contract bid for the construction of sewers, pump stations and force mains near the Gateway Industrial Centre along Ga. 365. The county has budgeted $5.5 million for the project, but debate remains about which developer will be awarded the contract. 

The Board of Commissioners meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road. 

Gainesville work session to discuss capital projects

The Gainesville City Council will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday for a work session to discuss closures and fund reappropriations for fiscal year 2013 capital improvement projects. 

Projects under consideration are related to public utilities, general government, parks and recreation, and airport. 

The council also will review board and committee appointments. 

The Gainesville City Council work session is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at the Bill Williams Conference Room in the Administration Building, 300 Henry Ward Way.

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