fog.png
Saturday July 20th, 2019 8:01AM

Hall to join with Forsyth, Lake Lanier Association to remove abandonded docks, boats

By Marc Eggers Anchor / Reporter

GAINESVILLE – Hall County commissioners agreed Thursday evening to support efforts by the Lake Lanier Association to clean up abandoned boats and boat docks that litter the shoreline of Lake Lanier.

Commissioners agreed to “test the water” for the first year of the sponsorship effort, joining Forsyth County and the Association in a trilateral agreement.

“We love our lake,” Commissioner Billy Powell said as he introduced the motion, but “it has gotten to where there are what they designate as ‘derelict and abandoned docks and boats’.  Some of these are completely submerged in the lake.”

“It’s been a very tough battle figuring who has jurisdiction on that; everybody thinks it’s the Corp of Engineers; the Corps of Engineers doesn’t have any money to address a sunken boat,” Powell explained.

Powell continued, “The Lake Lanier Association has taken this upon themselves and for the first time they’ve been allocated $25,000 from the Department of Natural Resources to remove these abandoned and derelict docks and boats.”

Powell said he and Commission Chairman Dick Mecum had “a joint meeting with the Lake Lanier Association and the Forsyth County Commission.  The Forsyth County Commission has agreed to match dollar-for-dollar what the Lake Lanier Association would… put into a project.”

Powell said it was time for Hall County to join the effort.

“I would propose since…most of the lake is in Hall County…that we match on a…dollar-for-dollar (basis) up to a total of $15,000 for the entire year,” Powell said in the form of a motion.

Powell said the first project on the Association’s list is a sunken houseboat “down close to Sunset Cove on the south end of the county.  They would like to remove that before the holiday (Fourth of July) weekend for obvious reasons.”

Powell explained that prioritizing the clean-up projects would be left to the discretion of the Lake Lanier Association.

The measure was approved unanimously and will be reviewed on an annual basis.

 

 

© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Individual flown for care after two fall from Currahee Mountain
One person was seriously injured when two people fell from Currahee Mountain in Stephens County Saturday morning.
10:00PM ( 2 years ago )
Eight HCSO recruits graduate from police academy
Eight Hall County Sheriff's Office recruits recently graduated from the Northeast Georgia Police Academy.
9:00PM ( 2 years ago )
UPDATE: Suspects charged in Forsyth Pawn Shop robbery -- seventh suspect still at large
Dozens of law enforcement officers have spent their Saturday morning searching for the seven suspects they believe robbed Forsyth County Pawn on Atlanta Road in Cumming.
8:00PM ( 2 years ago )
Local/State News
Russia, brushing off Obama, looks to friendlier Donald Trump
Stung by new punishments, Russia is looking straight past President Barack Obama to Donald Trump in hopes the president-elect will reverse the tough U.S. stance toward Moscow over the last eight years
11:02PM ( 2 years ago )
Forsyth Co. Commissioner named to state Judicial Qualifications Commission
Lt. Governor Casey Cagle Friday named Forsyth County Commissioner Brian Tam as his citizen appointment to Georgia’s Judicial Qualifications Commission.
6:13PM ( 2 years ago )
Putin says Russia won't expel US diplomats in hacking flap
The United States is unleashing a string of sanctions and other punitive measures against Russia amid accusations Moscow engaged in cyber-meddling in the U.S. presidential campaign
10:53AM ( 2 years ago )
Politics
State unemployment rate ticks down to 3.8% for April
Georgia's unemployment rate continues to drop, but State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Georgia's jobs total fell in April.
By AccessWDUN Staff
6:59AM ( 5 hours ago )
Subject of weekend standoff in Hall County now behind bars
The Hall County Sheriff's Office said Andrew Austin Mize, 20, was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated assault, battery and false imprisonment.
6:02AM ( 6 hours ago )
Border security, green card changes drive new Trump proposal
A new immigration proposal from President Donald Trump focuses on beefing up border security and rethinking the green card system
2:49AM ( 9 hours ago )
Man arrested for 2018 child molestation in Hall County
Jacob Matthias Young was arrested Tuesday
10:00PM ( 14 hours ago )
Lula woman jailed, charged with attacking man with ax
Kaci Gibbs was charged with Aggravated Assault.
7:57PM ( 16 hours ago )