Despite having made some progress in recent months, the Ball Ground City Council voted Thursday to table its work on a city sign law until after the new year.
A new sign law has been on the radar for Ball Ground for the past few months, but council members said that every time it appeared a final version might be within reach, other considerations pop up. After discussion during a council work session earlier in the evening, which included ideas like talking to members of the community about the issue, passing something that would not need amending a few months down the road and making sure that whatever the council decides to pass is clear on what people can and cannot do under the ordinance, the council passed a motion to table any further action on the matter until January.
Following its second reading, the council approved an amendment to the city’s retirement plan document, crediting city employees up to five years of their employment, bringing the plan in line with what it was initially designed to do when it was approved. Mayor Rick Roberts said during the council’s work session he would like to see if the city can continue adding to this amount for city employees who have been with the city for more than five years. However, he did explain he knew this would be a pretty big financial matter for Ball Ground if plans to add to the amount did come into play.
The council also approved the renewal of an intergovernmental agreement with the county regarding elections held in Ball Ground. Under this agreement, candidates in city elections will still have to qualify to run at city hall with City Clerk Karen Jordan, but that the actual elections themselves would be managed by the county elections department.
The Ball Ground City Council also took action on the following:
Roberts informed the council that the Historical Preservation Committee has been making progress on drafting a city law dealing with the preservation of the downt♦ own area. The committee was looking to try and have a final proposal ready for the council to consider in January. Roberts also reminded the council members to be checking their calendars and see when the best time to hold the 2020 council retreat would be.
♦ A pair of resolutions were approv♦ ed, both of which involved the ongoing work to develop Roberts Lake Park. The first resolution, according to City Manager Eric Wilmarth, will allow the city to apply for a grant to fund work to make the trails and park space more accessible to everyone, while the second stated that, should the city receive grant money for this development, it would also maintain the trails being installed.
♦ The council approved a proclamation recognizing Nov. 3 as Retired Educators Day.
♦ During his report, Wilmarth said that work on the Roberts Lake Park trails were going well, with one of the foot bridges along the path having been installed, while another had been obtained and would be put in place within the next week or two.
♦ Wilmarth said the city ended the month of September with a total of $743,000 in its accounts, while financial auditors were recently in town and the city could receive its latest audit report in January.
♦ Public meetings on potential alternate routes for Ga. Highway 372 have been delayed until after Jan. 1, but everything needed to wrap up the project involving the gazebo near city hall should be closed out by the end of December.
The next meeting of the Ball Ground City Council will be at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14.