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The Local Agenda: Pawnshop law up for 2nd reading
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The Gainesville City Council is scheduled to vote for a second time at its meeting this evening on a proposed ordinance that would require pawnbrokers to maintain an electronic database that could make it easier for law enforcement officials to recover stolen property sold to pawnshops.

The council members approved a first reading of the ordinance at their Nov. 6 meeting.

The ordinance specifies regulations over the local industry, including electronic tracking of purchases and sellers.

Employees will also have to pass a background check and obtain an annual permit, which costs about $50, to work at the stores.

Another ordinance on the council’s agenda for a second reading is an amendment to the city’s Title 6 law that would allow alcohol at Brenau University and Georgia Mountains Center events.

Brenau signed a lease for the city’s convention center in February.

The amendment removes distance requirements between colleges and universities and the dispensing of alcohol.

The university’s expansion into the facility allows the school to grow its graduate student programs.

A new doctoral physical therapy program is scheduled to be the first conducted in the center. The community will still have access to the center’s theater and meeting space, Brenau University President Ed Schrader said in a May public meeting about the acquisition.

The Gainesville City Council meeting is at 5:30 p.m. today in the Municipal Courtroom at the Public Safety Complex at 701 Queen City Parkway.

County siren test on Wednesday

Hall County Central Communications/E9-1-1 will audibly test its severe weather warning system at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

The sirens will sound for about three minutes, a county news release said.

The sound tests will not take place if there’s a severe weather watch or warning for Hall County.

The tornado sirens are sound tested
every three months.

Turkey day holiday means closed local government offices

Thanksgiving is Thursday and that means city and county offices will be closed for at least a couple of days later this week.

Gainesville offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

Hall County’s administrative offices, courts and community centers will be closed on Wednesday as an employee furlough day and the offices will remain closed through Friday, with the community centers closed through the weekend. Essential public safety and public works personnel will continue to work through the furlough and the landfill and compactor sites will remain open, according to a Hall County news release.

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