Come help us shape the future! Attend one of the Critical Issues Forums on June 27th and 29th or be involved online in helping update our Comprehensive Plan.
Please join Cherokee County and the cities of Ball Ground and Waleska in this important effort. We welcome all community input on a wide range of topics, such as land use, transportation, infrastructure, housing, economic development, historic preservation and environmental protection. For more information go to www.engagecherokeega.com .
Hello Ball Ground:
Our monthly meeting of Mayor and Council will be Thursday evening at 7:00 pm. Items on the agenda include the 2nd reading of our annual budget and of the proposed defined benefit plan for City Employees. Items of new business include an agreement with Georgia Probation Management, Authorizations to seek bids for construction of a Senior Citizens Center, Resolution of Support for a new grant application to assist with funding for the senior center and finally Mayor and Council will consider a declaration of surplus property for auction. (F350 Service Vehicle).
The Movie Trailer for “American Made” starring Tom Cruise was released yesterday – so check it out if you get a chance and see if you can spot the Ball Ground scenes.
Mayor Roberts and the City Council have appropriated funds for the installation of an audio system downtown. We are working with Georgia Power now to wrap up the red tape – but very soon we will have speakers installed on the power poles downtown to stream music on weekends – hopefully helping to make our downtown an even more inviting place to visit and conduct business.
Many of you may have noticed that the old fire station building on Groover Street has been removed. The design is under way now for a Senior Center that will be constructed on that site. This will be a small facility that will cater to our senior population with great support and assistance from the Cherokee County Senior Services Center. If all goes well this center could open as early as April/May 2018.
Our next event in City Park will be the movie “The Secret Life of Pets” on June 17th at dark. This will be a great night to bring out the kids…………..and your “friendly” pets to City Park and catch a movie.
Also, mark your calendars for July 1st at 9:45 PM when we will host our annual fireworks display.
Have a great week.
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.