Around Town News-December 2018

Hello Ball Ground:

Chief Reeves and the Ball Ground Police Department would like to extend their appreciation to the many residents who have donated food, clothing, and toys that will go to help several families in our community. Your support has been wonderful.

The department would also like to remind everyone that while this is certainly a wonderful time of the year, it is also a time when thieves make their presence known. Please make sure we are locking our homes and vehicles. Packages left in vehicles should be securely locked out of sight in the trunk, and to the extent possible, conceal your gift boxes when placed at the curbside for removal. Nothing like a 72” TV box sitting at curbside to alert passing opportunists as to what is inside the home. Break those boxes down and put them in trash bags before setting out.

Still, a few shopping days left before Christmas – so remember our local merchants this weekend as you are finishing up your list.

Mayor Roberts and the Ball Ground City Council have identified the acquisition of additional green space and parkland as a top priority for the City. They have identified this goal in the Comprehensive Plan, the Capital Improvement Plan, the Livable Centers Initiative, and the Parks Master Plan. Working towards accomplishing those goals we have made significant progress in our efforts to add two additional 50-acre tracts of permanent green space to the City Parks inventory. We have verbal agreements on both pieces, and attorneys are working on the contracts at this time. We will find out at the end of January if we have been awarded a $100,000 grant that will be used to assist in the purchase of one of these properties, and we have applied for a special green space low-interest loan as well. Both properties border beautiful streams and both will have nature trails installed, but no other development. Survey work will begin in January on one of the parcels, and we are very determined to close at least one of these deals in 2019.

Work on the Valley Streetscapes project will begin on January 14th, 2019. Again, this project will install curb, gutter, sidewalks and some landscape from Depot Street south to Howell Bridge East along Valley Street. Once the project is finished we will hire Georgia Power to install streetlights from Coy M. Holcomb Street north to Beck Street. These lights will be the post top style lights that closely match the lamp posts currently in front of the pharmacy on Valley Street.

Mayor Roberts and City Council will meet on January 10th, 2019 at 7:00 pm here at City Hall. January is typically a very long agenda as there are a lot of annual housekeeping type items on the agenda such as committee and board appointments, recertification of zoning maps etc., In addition to these housekeeping items Mayor and Council will consider the 1st reading of an updated zoning ordinance, entertain a request for a developer to accept the streets in the Heritage Woods Subdivision, Adopt new roadway design standards, Consider an easement request from Georgia Power, and consider an agreement with ECS to provide materials testing services on the Valley Streetscapes Project.

City Hall will be closed on December 24th and 25th as well as January 1st and 21st.

For everyone celebrating Christmas, we wish you a wonderful holiday and a Happy New Year!

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