Ball Ground officials announced the city will be celebrating “Georgia Cities Week” April 17-23. The city will be holding a variety of events throughout the week, including a Photo Contest and daily trivia question contest.
The theme of this year’s Georgia Cities Week is “Cities in the Mix,” highlighting cities’ important role in creating community gathering spaces and driving economic development. This is the 18th year Georgia Cities Week has been celebrated in the state and Ball Ground is excited to participate this year. “We’re very proud of our city and the services we provide that make it attractive to residents and visitors,” said Mayor Rick Roberts. “Cities provide the services and infrastructure to help businesses grow, and set the stage for events where families and individuals can gather as a community.”
Check out the Photo Contest and entry form here!
The Parks and Recreation Committee headed by Council Member O’Malley is continuing its efforts to have a canoe and kayak launch established at the bridge over the Etowah River just east of the City on S.R. 372. We are also talking with property owners for access to a “take out” site approximately 4 hours downstream, hopefully providing our residents and visitors with access to another recreational opportunity. Stay tuned!
The space at 275 Gilmer Ferry Road that was previously slated for demolition is finally structurally sound and crews are now working on developing the retail spaces. Store front glass should go in next week and it is highly possible that a portion of that building will open its doors by the middle of May as a women’s clothing boutique. This will be the first business in that building in almost 30 years.
275 Gilmer Ferry Road, a building previously scheduled for demolition, has a new owner who intends to salvage the building. Clean up work is taking place, and a structural engineer is in the process of designing a plan for new footings and walls while stabilizing some existing walls and the roof. This building is considered to be a contributing structure for our Historic Downtown designation, so if it can be saved it will be a real benefit to the community.
Special Local Option Sales Tax dollars at work in the City of Ball Ground as Valley Street is repaired and resurfaced. Several repair areas still need attention and will be addressed as soon as the asphalt plant reopens next week. Photograph of local contractor “Haithcock Grading and Paving” on November 3rd, 2016.
The new Ball Ground Fire Station is nearing completion. We anticipate that the contractor will be finished by October 31st, 2016. Following building completion by the contractor there will still be a good bit of work to be done by the fire department as far as equipment, moving, computer networks, radio systems, etc., etc., however; the project is still well ahead of schedule.