ACC Commissioners meet to talk budget, Classic Center Arena, and more

Jun 1, 2021

A map showing the current condition of ACC roads and streets. Streets in green are in good condition.
Credit ACC Government

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission meets this evening for their regular monthly meeting for what is also the third and final public hearing on the Mayor’s proposed budget.

Commissioners were originally scheduled to vote on the budget tonight as well, but have postponed a final vote until later this month. Members of the public who want to comment on the budget can do so through a variety of methods, including in-person at City Hall tonight, with social distancing measures in place.

Beyond the budget hearing, Commissioners will look at a proposed infusion of nearly $150,000 into the county’s elections department to offset costs from last year’s elections, which, because of a surge in absentee ballots and the January runoff elections, proved more expensive than predicted.

Commissioners are also expected to continue shepherding a proposed Classic Center Arena to completion. At tonight’s meeting, Classic Center officials are asking lawmakers to approve a project concept, and to approve the arena as a location for a public art component, in line with recommendations from the Athens Cultural Affairs Commission.

Also on tonight’s agenda is one of the most important duties of local government – street maintenance. Commissioners are evaluating a plan to repave some 20 miles of Clarke County roads, with preventative maintenance like crack sealing and patching on another 51 miles of road.

Tonight’s meeting starts at 6:00 pm, and will be streamed live on the county’s YouTube page.