At the council meeting on Tuesday, May 6, the Gillsville City Council members planned a Town Hall meeting for Thursday, May 22 to provide a general update to the citizens on city plans and projects.
Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m., and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. A question and answer session will be held after the meeting.
In other business at Tuesday’s meeting:
- Mayor Larry Poole told the council that three bids were received for the septic system work to be done at the downtown buildings. There is a wide variation on bid amounts by about $40,000, Poole said. The bidders were asked to give additional information concerning each bid. Poole said the bid amounts ranged from the high $40,000 to $90,000. Any action on this matter was postponed until the work session, which will be planned at a later date.
- Poole told the council that the new roof for the picnic shelter has been completed.
- the council set a deadline date of May 20 to receive bids of maintenance and upkeep at the city park. Poole reported that the bare spots on the ballfields have been overseeded.
- Poole said he would be meeting with a Georgia Power representative at 10:30 on May 15 about lighting at the park. Georgia Power is proposing a better design for lighting around the building.
- Poole reported to the council that a notice to proceed has been received since the last meeting on the 2006 traffic enhancement grant.
- Poole told the council there is an issue with the railroad on the Hwy. 52 re-alignment project. The rights-of-way department came up with another issue concerning the rights-of-way. Jody Woodall, project engineer, and Poole plan to contact Congressman Nathan Deal’s office on this issue.
- Poole said the city was awarded $100,000 on the 2007 traffic enhancement grant.
- the council unanimously approved the second reading of the proposed subdivision regulations.
- the council approved a request of $269,000 in projects out of SPLOST 6 revenue from Hall County.
- Poole told the council that he thought the community clean up went real well. Four from Gillsville turned out along with some high school students, community service workers, and four representatives from Keep Hall Beautiful.
- Council member Tood Dale reported that someone had spray painted all over the tables under the picnic pavilion with blue spray paint. A name is painted on the tables, Dale said. The city has a problem with vandalism. A window was bursted at the park building.
- City clerk Paula Whiting told the council that Dwight Miller said he would open and close the gate if he is the one chosen to do the grass cutting. Keeping the gate closed at night might help cut down on the vandalism at the park. However, the council agreed there is no need to lock gate if the fence is not going to be put back up. Someone could drive around the gate and get in. Poole told the council he will call a report in on the spray painting at the pavilion.
- Poole reminded everyone about the State Ethics Training from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, at the Stephens County Government Building.
- Dale told the council that Gillsville resident Wick St. John is looking into the internet and a computer for the library.