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The Local Agenda: Qualifying packets now available for Gainesville council races
Council expected to sign off on Catholic Church zoning tonight
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Gainesville’s Nov. 3 City Council elections are closing in and prospective candidates can obtain packets, which contain all documents to qualify, from the city clerk’s office.

Contact Denise Jordan via email, or by calling 770-535-6865, to schedule an appointment.

The qualifying period is scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., in Suite 303 of the administration building, 300 Henry Ward Way.

Individuals running by the pauper provisions must submit an affidavit and petition with at least 138 signatures from eligible voters during the qualifying period.

Write-in candidates must submit written notice to the city clerk by Sept. 9 and file the required documents by Sept. 14.

Council seats for Wards 2, 3 and 5, as well as Board of Education seats for District 2, 3 and 5, are up for election this year.

Ward 3 representative Myrtle Figueras and Ward 2 representative Bob Hamrick have said they do not intend to seek re-election.

Gainesville resident and business owner Zack Thompson has announced that he will run for the Ward 2 seat.

Councilmember Ruth Bruner, meanwhile, said she will seek another four-year term as the Ward 5 representative.

City Council expected to sign off on Catholic Church zoning tonight

The Gainesville City Council will likely give a final OK on plans to build a new church for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta off South Smith Road, near the intersection of Browns Bridge Road and McEver Road.

If approved, the church campus will include a 1,000-seat sanctuary in its first phase of construction.

The total campus calls for a larger sanctuary, social hall, administrative offices, community meeting rooms, classrooms, a clergy residency, commercial kitchen, food pantry and more.

Meanwhile, council is also expected to hold a final hearing before making residential Dyer Street one-way, allowing travel only from Ridgewood Avenue to North Avenue.

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

Hall Board of Elections considering site polling expansions, relocations

The Hall County Board of Elections will consider consolidating and relocating some polling precincts when it meets today in an effort to streamline operations.

Other sites may be expanded to handle larger voter turnout.

The board will also consider increasing compensation for the use of polling locations.

The Board of Elections meets at 2 p.m. today at the Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville.

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

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