Update from the City Manager

Hello Ball Ground:

Our time is running out to achieve a complete census count for the City of Ball Ground.  A great deal of our funding is based on population.  How much gas tax we receive from the State of Georgia (what will help pay for resurfacing of Old Canton Road), and which recently paid for the resurfacing of Chestnut St, Billy Lane, and Dixie Drive, is based on population.  Our grant success and failures are largely tied to the population.  Transportation projects such as the 372 Spur/Truck Route are impacted by the population.  Right now we are still lagging too far behind.  Only 63% of our known addresses have responded.  Please take the time now to respond – just click the link below.  Ten minutes tops.


If anyone needs assistance please let us know at City Hall and we will be glad to get your questions answered or get you access to a computer if needed.

Also, with school back in session next week – we know that a good many of our students are still attending virtually.  If you or someone you know in the Ball Ground area has poor internet access presenting challenges, we have partnered with ETC to provide two hotspots in the City where students can come to download/upload assignments.  The first location is the Ball Ground Senior Center parking lot.  The network is named “Ball Ground Hotspot” and is open access.  The second spot is the ETC switch building located at the corner of Old Canton Road and Coy M. Holcomb St (near the school bus entrance to Ball Ground STEM Academy).  This network is called “ETC Internet” and requires a password which is             etc12345

Hopefully, the bridges will be poured on the new walking pathway in Calvin Farmer on Friday.  Backfilling and sod should be installed next Tuesday.  We’ve received a lot of positive feedback on this project already and are hopeful it will receive a great deal of use.

We have received the results back from EPD on the Lead and Copper testing in our system.  Again our system tests extremely well and given our position we won’t be required to collect lead/copper samples for another 3 years, as opposed to the traditional annual monitoring.    Our system continues to test extremely well in all areas.

We have submitted a request to Georgia DOT to reduce the speed limit on Canton Highway/Ball Ground Highway between the SR 372/Cartersville St and Howell Bridge Road from 45 mph to 35 mph.  If approved, this would create the ability for a pedestrian crosswalk to be installed between Lantern Walk Drive and Coy M. Holcomb Street.    Since this section of the roadway belongs to the State of Georgia, we cannot alter speed limits or install crosswalks without obtaining consent from the State.

Take Care.


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