The Ball Ground City Council will soon consider a possible land swap and annexations into the city, although both its June and July meetings have been delayed by a week.
The meeting originally set for June 10 will be moved to June 17, with a work session at 5:30 p.m. followed by the council meeting at 7 p.m. Similarly, the July 8 meeting was moved to July 15, City Manager Eric Wilmarth said in a recent email.
In a follow-up conversation, Wilmarth said some of the council members had family matters to attend to or other conflicts of interest that would prevent them from attending Thursday.
At the work session June 17, the council is scheduled to discuss possible land swap.
Woody Snell had approached Ball Ground officials with interest in 2.5 acres of city-owned land behind the community center, near Calvin Farmer Park, Wilmarth said. The site had been used as a location for obtaining dirt during construction work for the new bridge on Highway 372 over the Etowah River and the roundabout at the intersection of Highway 372 and 369.
Another item tentatively set on the June 17 agenda would finalize an annexation request for 125 Old Canton Road. Lee Lusk, the property owner and member of the county planning commission, said he and his wife were looking to renovate the house, which he was told dates back to the 1940s, and use it as a rental property. However, the Lusks were waiting for the site to be fully annexed into the city before beginning renovations, which Lusk estimated would take about three months. This project would mark the 33rd restoration the Lusks have taken on, which has included properties such as The Wheeler House and the relocation and restoration of Macedonia Baptist Church, he said.
“The beautiful landscape on the property, including specimen trees and a creek behind the house, really drew us to the home,” Lee Lusk said. “It’s in a good location too, in a growing area of Ball Ground. We’re very excited about this one. We’ve been trying to buy it for a few years now.”
The land is an island of unincorporated Cherokee County surrounded by Ball Ground. Cherokee County Board of Commissioners told city officials they saw no objection to the annexation.
Additionally, council members will consider first readings on a pair of annexation cases also involving the Lusks. These cases regard the annexation of a total of 341 acres west of Interstate 575, along Sharp Mountain Creek and Mineral Springs Road. County officials said they had no objections to either of these cases, either. Lusk did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what the land would be used for.
The city council meets at 215 Valley St. in Ball Ground. Meetings are also available to watch on the city of Ball Ground’s YouTube channel.