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The Local Agenda: Hall's commissioners to consider grant award
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The Hall County Board of Commissioners is expected to vote Thursday on accepting nearly $100,000 for county drug court operations. The money comes from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a state agency that administers federal grants.

According to the county work session agenda, it’s additional money awarded to the fiscal year 2013 grant and extended to May 31, 2014.

Also at the meeting, commissioners may approve resolutions from the Public Works department, including fee increases for some county services, including land disturbance permits and final inspections.

Commissioners could also approve a $1.2 million loan agreement with the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority for a new landfill water treatment plant.

The loan will finance construction of a 20,000-gallon-per-day treatment facility. The county will pay 1.2 percent interest on the 10-year loan. Hall County still owes about $1.1 million on the broken plant, which could handle about 12,000 gallons a day.

Landfill leachate water, which contains hazardous chemicals, is collected to ensure it doesn’t contaminate groundwater sources or surface water. It’s sent to a treatment facility, treated and used for dust control throughout the 90-acre landfill site.

Commissioners also are likely to hold a second public hearing before considering including phase I of the Covered Bridge subdivision, which would put properties on Woodlane Road, Woodland Circle and Covered Bridge Place, into the county’s taxing district for streetlights.

Hall County Elections setting up contracts with municipalities

Hall County is setting up written contracts with its cities for local elections in November. All the cities have a mayor and two city council seats up for election.

Hall County Elections Superintendent Charlotte Sosebee said the contracts are intended to formalize the agreements and spell out what county services each city wanted.

Gainesville is the only city in which the county is handling the entire election process. Hall County expects to hold early voting for Gainesville, Gillsville and Lula, but Gillsville and Lula will run separate Election Day voting. Flowery Branch, Oakwood and Clermont are handling their own elections.

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