Around Town News – December 3, 2018

Good Afternoon Ball Ground:

The Cherokee Tribune/Ledger News has received a press release from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) that they have awarded State and Federal tax credits for a 60 unit workforce housing complex to be constructed on a 20-acre tract in the City of Ball Ground off Northridge Road. The City of Ball Ground has not received any type of notification from DCA.

We at the City, along with our legal counsel, have sent correspondence to the Commissioner of DCA, Mr. Christopher Nunn outlining our position, and urging them to relook a number of items, that in our opinion, warrant a re-examination of the application that was submitted by Rea Ventures. We also in this correspondence made DCA aware that the City of Ball Ground would not invest any dollars in infrastructure improvements to support the development of this site. Construction of roads to access the property, construction of sewer to service the property as well as upgrades in the water system to support fire protection for a multi-family development would be at the expense of the developer, not the City of Ball Ground.

A second application for workforce housing was reviewed by DCA, that was submitted by TISHCO, for a 78 unit complex on Old Canton Road. We were notified by the applicant that this particular application was denied.

We are requesting a face to face meeting with the Commissioner of DCA to resolve the issues we have identified.

In the coming weeks, there will be a lot of information in the community concerning this proposed development. As always, some will be accurate, some will not. We will do our best to keep the community informed of the facts.

In Other matters:

The next monthly meeting of Mayor and Council will take place on January 10th, 2019 at 7:00 pm. Items on the agenda so far include the 2nd reading of a grease control ordinance and an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Downtown Development Authority Board. Mayor and Council will also take action on a host of annual appointments to boards and committees as well as re-adopt the City of Ball Ground Zoning Map and Zoning Ordinance.


Around Town October

Hello Ball Ground!

Bids for the Valley Streetscapes project were opened at the October 11, 2018, City Council Meeting.
The apparent low bidder was Excellere Construction, LLC. The City Council voted to approve the bid.

The Valley Streetscapes project will establish a full sidewalk connection from Howell Bridge Road to downtown along Valley Street. It will also provide for the installation of curb, gutter and storm drain. Additionally, the area will be landscaped, and a pedestrian shade structure will be constructed at the intersection of Valley Street and Beck Street. The City has been awarded a federal transportation grant in the amount of $560,000 to accomplish this project. The anticipated start date of this project is early 2019.

The Groover Street railroad crossing is now 100% complete. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we had the road closed much longer than anticipated

We have also been awarded some safety grant dollars to plan for guardrail installation at two locations in the City. The first would be on Old Dawsonville Road in the vicinity of Calvin Farmer Park, the second would be on Old Canton Road at the intersection of Old Canton and Commerce Lane. CNC Fencing will be making assessment early next week to determine if guardrails are viable in these areas. One of the challenges for installation is the number of underground utilities in the area that will make setting the guardrail posts a challenge. Items underground include gas, water, sewer, and fiber, but we are hoping for a positive outcome.

Mayor Roberts and members of council have authorized submission of a grant application to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in the amount of $100,000 to acquire permanent green space.

Please put the following dates on your calendars for upcoming City Events:

October 11th Meeting of Mayor and Council (7:00 PM)
October 20th 5K Road race along Groover Street and Old Canton Road to support victims of domestic violence (Roads closed to thru traffic 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM)
October 26th Spooktacular (Community Building Area) (Starts at 4:00 PM)
November 30th March of the Toys for Toys for Tots Parade downtown

Have a great weekend!

Ball Ground’s 135th Birthday Celebration


One hundred and thirty-five years and still rockin’! The City of Ball Ground will be celebrating its 135th anniversary on Saturday, September 29th. Everyone is invited to attend this special event co-hosted by the Ball Ground Historical Society. There will be historical exhibits, food, music and more. It’s a birthday party, so, of course, there will be cake The party will be at the Ball Ground Community Building, 250 Civic Drive, from 10 am until 2 pm.

Ball Ground civic organizations, families, churches, former businesses, and individuals are invited to participate by having a display of photographs, scrapbooks, artifacts, quilts, tools or anything Ball Ground related you think others would be interested in seeing. To reserve a table, contact Nancy Sosebee Madden at or 770.823.7838. If you have a vintage car you’d like to display, contact Nancy for a reserved space outside the Community Building.

Commemorative t-shirts will be available. Information will soon be available on this page for ordering a shirt.

Bring a lawn chair and come out for an exciting time celebrating Ball Ground’s past! Reconnect with old friends and make some new ones.

Valley St Streetscape Bid Ad

P.I.# 0010649


Sealed bids will be received by the City of Ball Ground until11:00 a.m., October 4, 2018, at Ball Ground City Hall, located at 215 Valley Street, Ball Ground, GA. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at 11:01 a.m. No submitted bid may be withdrawn after the scheduled closing time or receipt of bids for a period of one hundred twenty (120) days. A 5% bid bond (or certified check in lieu of bond) is required.

The work to be done consists of the furnishing of all materials, labor and equipment for the complete construction of the Valley Street Streetscape project, hereinafter referred to as the “PROJECT”, including, but not limited to, erosion control, maintenance of traffic, grading, excavation, subgrade preparation, drainage construction, concrete surface course, sidewalks, signs, pavement marking, landscaping and grassing at locations indicated in the plan set. A construction timeframe of 180 calendar days is anticipated.

Plans may be viewed online at no charge at, job access code – Ball Ground. A complete set of documents (plans and contract documents) may be purchased from:
Diazo Specialty Blueprints, 6332 Roswell Road, Suite 2, Atlanta, GA 30328, Phone (404) 250-1111. Questions related to the project documents must be submitted to Project Designer Melanie Hale of Lowe Engineers (770-857-8404 or before 5:00 PM on September 25, 2018. The bid package is available for inspection at Ball Ground City Hall located at 215 Valley Street, Ball Ground, GA.

A pre-bid conference (not mandatory) for all Bidders will be held at City Hall on September 24, 2018 at 11:00 am. Only Bidders on record with the City of Ball Ground as having received an original bid package may submit proposals. Please note Georgia Department of Transportation Standard Specifications, 2013 Edition, GDOT Supplemental Specifications Book, 2016 Edition, and applicable Supplemental Specifications and Special Provisions apply to this project. A Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal of 17% applies to this project.

The City of Ball Ground in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 78 Stat. 252, 42 USC 2000d—42 and Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Department of Transportation, Subtitle A, Office of the Secretary, part 21, Nondiscrimination in federally assisted programs of the Department of Transportation issued pursuant to such Act, hereby notifies all bidders that it will affirmatively ensure that in any contract entered into pursuant to this advertisement, minority business enterprises will be afforded full opportunity to submit bids in response to this invitation and will not be discriminated against on the grounds of race, color, sex, or national origin in consideration for an award. The City of Ball Ground reserves the right to reject any one or all bids and to waive formalities.

• Bidders submitting bids over $2,000,000 shall be prequalified with the GDOT.
• Bidders submitting bids $2,000,000 or less shall be prequalified or registered subcontractors with the GDOT.

Per GDOT specification 103.05, a required performance bond is to be 100% of the contract amount and a required payment bond is to be 110% of the contract amount.

Around Town – June 6, 2018

Hello Ball Ground:

Weekend Events

The Ball Ground Garden Club will host their first annual Ball Ground Garden Tour and Daylily Sale, this Saturday, June 9th, from 10:0 AM until 3:00 PM. The tours begin at Ball Ground City Hall in the Botanical Garden at 215 Valley Street. There you will be able to purchase tickets to tour four additional local private gardens. Tickets are $15. Children under 12 are free. Tickets are available from any Garden Club Member or on the grounds of City Hall the day of the tour.

Saturday evening we have our monthly movie in the park……………providing no rain. We will be showing “Zootopia” at dark on the big screen.

Wednesday, June 13th at 11:00 AM Mayor Roberts and City Council Members will host the grand opening of the Ball Ground Senior Center located at 388 Groover Street. If you can, please come to check out this great new addition to our community.

The monthly meeting of Mayor and Council will be held Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 PM here at City Hall.

We have been told verbally, but waiting on written confirmation, that we should be able to go out to bid on the Valley Streetscapes project in August, with a bid opening in September, work beginning in October. We are very hopeful that we will clear the remaining hurdles in this Federal program, and get the project started.

It is that time of year again. We have been notified that two companies have applied for Federal Tax Credits to build workforce housing units (apartments) in Ball Ground. Both of these companies have applied previously, dating back to 2009 – but have not been awarded projects. The Georgia Department of Community Affairs will make the announcements as to tax credit recipients in late November (or at least historically they have done so at this time). As you may recall the State of Georgia changed the application process several years ago, and applicants are no longer required to hold public hearings on their projects. The local governments were removed from the application process about four years ago but still remain in control of architecture and design unique to their communities in the event tax credits are awarded within their jurisdiction.

Have a great week

2018 Mayor’s Recycling Challenge

The Mayors’ Challenge 2017- Ball Ground (2)


Canton, GA (May 30, 2018) – The 7th Annual Mayors’ Recycling Challenge will kick-off in Cherokee County this Friday, June 1st. This Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce Going Green Committee initiative is aimed at sparking continued awareness surrounding community recycling while spurring a little friendly competition among the cities involved. During the months of June and July, Cherokee County cities will be competing to see which can collect the most recycling. Awards will be given for most pounds of recycling collected overall, most improved city, and most pounds collected per capita.
Santek Waste Services of Georgia and Waste Management are partnering with the Chamber on this initiative by tracking curbside and large recycling container weigh slips within the participating cities of Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska, & Woodstock.
The Chamber’s Going Green initiative mission is to encourage the community to implement green practices that conserve community resources while helping businesses thrive. For more information on the Chamber’s green initiatives, or to download a recycling guide, please visit or call 770-345-0400.
The mission of the Cherokee County Chamber, a Georgia Certified Chamber of Commerce, is to promote business and the community while expanding the economy and enhancing the quality of life.

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