City of Ball Ground Events

  1. April 6: BBQ and Brews
  2. May 11: Garden Club plant sale & festival
  3. May 25: Concert in the park – Guardians of the Jukebox
  4. June  29:  Fireworks show & concert in the park (Fly Betty)
  5. September 14: Concert in the park – Whiskey Rose
  6. October 5: Ball Ground Rocks Festival
  7. October 26: Spooktacular in the gardens
  8. November 11: Veterans Day ceremony
  9. December 6: Christmas Parade
  10. December 7&8: Holiday Market downtown
  11. December 14: Hometown tree lighting – Botanical Gardens

This is a tentative schedule that will be updated from time to time as needed.

City Council Work Session

Work Session of the Mayor and City Council

City of Ball Ground, Georgia
Ball Ground City Hall – 6:00PM

AGENDA: January 4, 2024

Items for Discussion

a) Appointment of Mayor Pro Tem

b) Appointment of 2024 Department Heads, Committees and Board Members

c) Reaffirm Check Signers for any/all banking/checking accounts.

d) Establishing and Fixing Qualifying Fees for Municipal Elections per O.C.G.A. §21-2-131(1)(a)

e) Arbor Day Proclamation

f) Appointment to the Cherokee County Development Authority

g) First Reading of Metro District Model Stormwater Ordinance

h) Amendment to Stream Buffer Ordinance Subpart B-Land Development Sec. 107-7(a) – Administrative appeal and judicial review & Sec. 107-9(b)(1&2) – Land development requirements.

i) Metro District Model Building Code Change (Plumbing)

j) Adopt Zoning Map
City initiated rezones of Town and Country, Dean home, etc?

k) Historic Preservation Commission authorization ordinance

l) Request by Lee Lusk to construct stairs at old school

m) Amendment to Schedule of Fees

n) Council Member Christine Rogers – Discussion on Employee Appreciation Day and Community Volunteer Recognitions

o) Zoning Board of Appeals Amendment Appendix A – Zoning Sec. 109.3(d) Powers and duties.

Veterans’ Memorial in Ball Ground

The City of Ball Ground is proud to celebrate America’s veterans with a new memorial park. You are invited to purchase a brick made of Georgia red clay and inscribed with your veteran’s information. Each brick is $30.

Inscriptions may be a maximum of three lines with 16 characters in each line. Use the online form below to order a brick.  One form per veteran for which you would like to purchase a brick.  Note that a veteran’s residency in Ball Ground is not a requirement for purchasing a brick.  Someone from the City of Ball Ground will contact you concerning the payment.

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Use the following three boxes to enter the veteran's name and any info related to his/her service. Maximum of 16 characters (including spaces) per line.
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Public Notice Post Template

Date: March 26
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Update for Local Citizens

Hello Ball Ground:

Numbers change by the hour, so likely by the time you read this, these numbers will already be outdated. Regardless:
Currently 600 cases in Georgia with 23 deaths. 17 of the cases are right here in Cherokee County. Next door in Pickens County a young lady, well under the age of 30 is in ICU and is in a battle for life. 11 cases are connected to one SINGLE GATHERING in the City of Carrolton.

This is no longer a virus that is just impacting we older adults, but now a full 40% of those hospitalized with the virus are between age 20 and 54.

It is time we begin listening in regards to social distancing. It is imperative that we maintain our distances. It is really the last resort in fighting this disease. We are strongly encouraging our residents to take advantage of our wonderful take out service from Ball Ground restaurants. Mayor Roberts has issued an Executive Order allowing licenses restaurants to sell beer/wine to go (sealed), to make your to-go meals more convenient.

Initially, we had simply closed the City indoor facilities where people gather in large numbers. That was expanded to playground equipment because of the duration that plastic surfaces can hold the virus. However, we were then forced to close the outdoor basketball courts because we had crowds of 25-30 people from as far away as New York, gathering in large groups to play a close-contact sport. Senseless.

One of the large problems in slowing the spread is that we have so many carriers that are asymptomatic – they never even know they are sick. In the mean time they are spreading the virus unknowingly, and potentially even fatally to persons that just don’t handle the virus as well, or already have a compromised system.

As we move forward, please, take this seriously. Trips to the grocery store, convenience store, etc., are all essential. But in doing so simply keep your distance. If you are doing the elbow bump you are too close. When in line at the checkout … take a few steps back. And wash, wash wash your hands.

Changes at the City:
In addition to social distancing we are now practicing total separation. We have teams that are working from home and teams that work from the City. We are still able to handle everyone’s needs, we are just doing so by telephone, email or conference call and have eliminated face to face meetings.

Business Recommendations:
Support our local businesses. Just please do so thru take out services, on line services, curb side services etc. For our businesses, if necessary, please check out the website for the small business administration – some assistance is available there for Georgia businesses.

Mayor Roberts is urging our restaurant owners, that while dine-in is still allowed, please separate your dine-in guests as much as possible and to minimize the number of customers allowed to be seated.. Even outside dining should insure table separation or the improved social distancing and safety of customers.

Finally:
Remember that if you or a loved one are exhibiting symptoms please contact your health care provider or emergency room BEFORE you just show up.
Together we can get through this but social distancing is a MUST.

Stay safe.
Eric

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