Update from the City Manager

Hello Ball Ground:

Feels like fall is in the air – so a great time to get outside and enjoy our parks, trails, and of course our Ball Ground businesses.

Given our lack of a large gathering space for City Council meetings, we will still be conducting our meeting this week as a combination meeting with some elected officials and staff present at City Hall and some dialing in from remote locations in order to comply with social distancing guidelines.    We have a lengthy agenda for this meeting.  Probably the most exciting item on the agenda is to consider the second reading and final approval of the alcohol license for “Rock Solid Brewing” that will be opening downtown later this year.

Mayor and Council will also consider 4 applications for annexation into the City – with one of the four parcels being a piece of property owned by the City that was purchased as part of the Roberts Lake Trail project.  Another one of the parcels is a “split” parcel with half already being in the City – so this just cleans up City boundary lines.  Additionally Mayor and Council with consider allocating the funds for resurfacing  1.1 miles of Old Canton Road, as well as for guard rail installation at the intersection of Old Canton Road and Commerce Lane.  Finally, Mayor and Council will consider approving the Service Delivery Strategy (SDS) with Cherokee County, One Zoning Application,  Purchasing a police patrol vehicle, installation of an Electric Vehicle Charging Station downtown, and a Small Business Grant program.    We invite you to join us on Facebook for the meeting or dial into the number that will be provided later this week.

The walking path in Calvin Farmer Park is functional but not yet technically open for use.  Later this week the handrails will be installed on the bridges and we will get started with the backfilling and sod installation as well.

We are about two weeks away from having background music playing in the downtown area from the new street sounds system that we have installed.  A big thank-you to the folks at Barrel House Coffee for providing space for our equipment and internet connection to be able to provide this new addition to downtown.

The Ball Ground Police Department is planning a drive-thru “Trick-or-Treat” event for Halloween this year.  Please “like” and following the Ball Ground Police Department as well as Ball Ground Main Street on Facebook for more information to come on this event.

Have a great week Ball Ground!


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