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City looking for ways to eliminate blight
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The Hinesville City Council approved a bid to refurbish two garbage trucks and a resolution for blight-elimination funding as part of its first meeting of the month last week.

During a quarterly update from the Liberty County Convention and Visitors Bureau, CEO Leah Poole discussed the CVB’s new logo and tag line “The Right Blend” and the events that they have happened since April, and asked people to come to downtown Hinesville to see the “Fireball Run” television show filming Oct. 1.

The council approved an ordinance amendment to Hinesville’s city code on subdivision regulations that would allow for subdivisions of commercial properties off of private drives. The approval fixed conflicting ordinances and was recommended for approval by the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission.

A setback variance request also was approved for the grandfathered sign at Clyde’s Market on E.G. Miles Parkway near Veterans Parkway. There had been some construction done on the location, and moving the sign to comply with ordinances would have made it difficult for customers to see it. The sign also will be updated to show gas prices digitally and brought into compliance by bringing it down to 20 feet tall.

Consolidated of Smyrna won a $189,636 bid to refurbish two existing Volvo garbage trucks for the city’s sanitation department. The trucks will have their chassis replaced with new packer-type household garbage bodies.

Council also approved a resolution presented by Mayor Jim Thomas that encourages the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to request funds from the U.S. Treasury Department’s Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program and establish a program to use the funds.

Georgia was allocated $339,255,819 for foreclosure assistance. The state has only used 33 percent of the funding, which expires in 2017, according to the resolution.

The program’s money is used to “fund the demolition and ‘greening’ of vacant and abandoned single-family and multifamily structures,” the resolution states.

If the city receives the money, officials would identify locations on which to use the funding.

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