Ball Ground News – October 4, 2017

Hello, Ball Ground:

Don’t look now…..but Downtown is being invaded by scarecrows!! We really appreciate the businesses that have chosen to participate, and a special thank you to all the students at Ball Ground STEM Academy that has really gone all out in providing scarecrows downtown. Special thanks to Karla Weaver and the Ball Ground Main Street Board as well as the Ball Ground Business and Community Association for their efforts on this.

Work has started on the new Ball Ground Senior Center on Groover Street. The slab has been poured and the framing materials have been delivered. We are excited to bring this new facility and level of service to our seniors. Considering that 30% of our residents are seniors this will be a great amenity in our community.

As briefed to Mayor Roberts and the Ball Ground City Council during our last meeting, we have been notified by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs that they have received an application for workforce housing tax credits to fund a multi-family apartment unit inside the City. As many of you know, this is not a zoning issue, the property has been zoned since 2004. However; if the State ever does grant approval in the future, whoever the developer might be they would have to adhere to architectural guidelines of the City. This is an issue of tax credits which are controlled by the State and Federal governments (We as a local government do not give tax credits). These applications in Ball Ground have been denied by the State numerous times in the past, but each application is a new process. We have been informed that unlike in the past there will be no public meetings for the purpose of accepting public comments on any of the applications this year. We are in the process of reviewing the core application to determine if there are any factual misrepresentations.

Work will begin soon on some modifications to the small pocket park downtown where the gazebo currently sits. Out with the gazebo and concrete walkways. In with a terraced plaza created with short retaining walls. The surface will be slate dust and the area will be outfitted with picnic tables, bistro tables, and umbrellas along with some chairs set up in small groupings. This project is being accomplished by the Downtown Development Authority in concert with the Main Street Board.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Thursday, October 12th, 2017 at 7:00 PM Monthly Meeting of Mayor and Council. The agenda is posted on the City Website.

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 6 pm PUBLIC MEETING ***Very Important***. Our consultant, Mr. Dan Reuter, will be conducting a public meeting here at City Hall to gather community input for the Livable Centers Initiative Study that he is working on along with our citizen board. This will be a great opportunity for you to provide input on traffic issues, pedestrian issues, park space, future land use plans, and issues of the day such as “aging in place” and the “live, work” environments. In the near future, we will also be providing some links to online surveys that will also assist in this process. We would really appreciate your attendance and input.

Friday, October 27th, 2017 4-9pm: SPOOKTACULAR in City Park –Always a great family event with lots of fun and games for the kids (and well-behaved pets).

Enjoy this beautiful week!
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