Tuesday October 13th, 2015 9:48AM

G'ville Council silent on island annexation

By Jerry Gunn Reporter
GAINESVILLE - Gainesville City Council was silent and there was no action Tuesday night on that contentious annexation of 115 island county properties within the city.

It was not on the agenda, but a vote was expected on it after Council approved the annexations as currently zoned on first reading 4-1 on December 4th. Planning Director Rusty Ligon said simply that Council decided to take the issue up next year.

The Hall County Commission stated it would formally object to the annexations.
City officials say the annexation would better define city boundaries, provide a more consistent appearance to gateway corridors and streamline response by police and fire. State law allows for the annexation of such properties without the consent of the owners.


City Council gave an amendment to the city's loitering ordinance first reading approval but first heard concerns from a downtown pastor Dewayne Payne.

"I guess my concern is profiling, coming against the homeless," Payne said.

Police Chief Brian Kelly said concerns for the safety of people and property led to the amendment.

"This ordinance is not directly specifically toward homeless," Chief Kelly said. "It's directed toward anyone who may be loitering on public property."

The amendment declares loitering in public buildings or on public property unlawful.

It states that "loitering is defined as being in a place at a time or in a manner not usual for a law abiding citizen under circumstances that warrant a justifiable or reasonable alarm or concern for the safety of persons or property."


A Tax Allocation District (TAD) to help revitalize Lakeshore Mall got unanimous final approval from City Council. The TAD provides for issuing and selling tax allocation bonds to finance the re-development; Mitchell Salmon with Mall developer Garrison Investment Group said he appreciated the city's support.

"Part of the TAD is a way to fuel the positive momentum necessary in bringing this development to its prior strength," Salmon said. "It's suffered from ownership that has not made the same kind of commitment that Garrison has made financially and operationally."

Salmon said that momentum would lead to new Mall retailers and that will restore the Mall's tax base.
© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Fiscal cliff may determine gas prices at start of 2013
Retail gas prices climb as 2012 comes to end. While gas prices are likely to rise into next year, whether or not a deal is made to avoid the fiscal cliff will determine if prices continue on an upward trend.
6:18AM ( 2 years ago )
Business News
Couch names administrative team
Ahead of his scheduled swearing in Friday, Hall County Sheriff-elect Gerald Couch named his top administrative team Monday.
6:28PM ( 2 years ago )
Tech beats Southern California in Sun Bowl
Tevin Washington threw a touchdown pass and ran for another score to help Georgia Tech beat Southern California 21-7 on Monday in the Sun Bowl.
5:54PM ( 2 years ago )
Hall Co. officials launch health-based initiative for employees
Hall County officials believe healthy county employees will be of greater service to the county. With that in mind, they have created a health-based fitness initiative to provide free fitness training for county workers.
5:46PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
'Extreme delays' expected most of week on downtown Gainesville street
Road work is planned again this week on a busy downtown Gainesville thoroughfare.
8:27AM ( 1 hour ago )
Oakwood approves rezoning for new townhomes near JHS
Oakwood City Council voted unanimously to rezone a 12.76-acre tract of land on Poplar Springs Road to allow a townhome community to be built
6:00AM ( 3 hours ago )
Banks County pallet mill destroyed by fire
It took firefighters about five and one-half hours to bring a fire at a Banks County industry under control overnight.
4:13AM ( 5 hours ago )
Lula bridge closed because 'structure has failed again'
The wooden overpass over the Norfolk Southern Railroad on Cobb Street in Lula is closed again.
10:10PM ( 11 hours ago )
Judge sets trial date in hot-SUV death case for February
A judge ruled on Monday that she won't try charges that a Georgia man accused in his son's death had inappropriate online exchanges with an underage girl separately from murder charges against him.
4:39PM ( 17 hours ago )