Update from the City Manager

Hello Ball Ground:

Although street paving dates are often difficult to guarantee, we anticipate that work will begin to resurface Old Canton Road from Commerce Lane south to the Cul-de-sac within the next month.  This is 1.2 miles of paving that will greatly improve the condition of one of our most travelled streets.  Our priority over the next several years is to improve our roadways as much as possible.

We have accepted the proposal and are working on easements to relocate our water line out of A.W. Roberts Drive.  We hope to obtain easements by the end of September and have work completed by the end of November.  Georgia DOT is working on a plan to remove the asphalt and install concrete panels from the RR tracks downtown up Gilmer Ferry and A.W. Roberts Drive to the traffic lights.  This is in the early planning stages, but they are already committing to perform all work at night so the roadway will be open during the day to cause less business and travel disruption.

Work should begin this week on the installation of a ¼ mile walking track in Calvin Farmer Park.  This project is being completely funded with grant dollars and will provide a 6’ wide concrete surface (fairly level) for our community to exercise.  The walking track will be installed around the perimeter of the fields so that use of the fields themselves will not be impacted.  Work should be completed by October 15th.

Work should begin next week on the installation of a sound system downtown.  Speakers will be mounted on the lamp posts between Church Street and the Railroad tracks downtown.  This will allow for the streaming of music in public spaces.  This is also being funded with grant dollars.  We are hopeful that adding music to our downtown will continue to add to the attraction and encourage visitors to remain longer and even attract new visitors.  Work should be completed by September 30th.

Work is beginning with Georgia Power to convert all of the street lights in Ball Ground to LED.  So if you see Georgia Power or a Georgia Power Contractor in your neighborhood going from light to light – this is what they are doing.  Work is estimated to be completed by January 31st, 2021.

As always, we continue to ask for community diligence in observing social distancing, and wearing a mask when a distance of 6 ft. can’t be maintained between parties who do not reside in the same household.

Wash your Hands
Watch your Distance
Wear your Mask

Have a great day.



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