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Alta Vista is a perpetual-care cemetery. It has been in continuous operation for over 140 years. The cemetery is well laid out with all gravesites being relatively close to a paved street, making them easily accessible. Alta Vista Cemetery is filled with historical, interesting graves and monuments. The cemetery allows above-ground monuments on lots of two or more spaces.
Alta Vista Cemetery recently completed an expansion that should provide spaces for the next 20 years. The cemetery still has land that hasn’t been developed, but can be converted into burial spaces as needed.
Alta Vista Cemetery consists of about 75 developed acres. It includes the original cemetery, one private cemetery (the old Woodlawn Cemetery) and at least one family cemetery.
There are numerous graves and memorial markers of veterans of Revolutionary War and over 100 graves of Civil War veterans. The most famous and most visited grave is that of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet. Among the other famous buried in the Alta Vista Cemetery are:
There are also two men for whom two Georgia counties were named interred in Alta Vista Cemetery.
In-ground burial spaces range from $1,200-$1,500. Mausoleum crypt and niche spaces range from $3,910-$12,420 and $700-$1,450, respectively. Columbarium niches are also available. Additional fees may apply.
Alta Vista Cemetery’s new mausoleum offers citizens a full range of burial options. In some cases, it costs less to be interred in the mausoleum than in a ground space. Mausoleum or niche spaces are also the typical burial choice for some people who have moved to Gainesville from other parts of the United States or other countries.
The Alta Vista Cemetery office is located at 521 Jones St. You can enter the cemetery off Jesse Jewell Parkway during daylight hours.
Voter Registration Forms are available in the City Clerk’s Office. They are also available at Council Meetings and Work Sessions.
More information on obtaining public records can be found on the Open Records Request page.
Personnel at any fire station in Gainesville can check your blood pressure free of charge if they are not on another emergency call. Feel free to stop by your neighborhood fire station and let us check it for you.
Contact the City of Gainesville Human Resources Department 770-535-6887 or visit our job page. They can advise if applications are being accepted for the position of Firefighter. Applicants must successfully pass a written exam, physical agility test, and participate in a formal interview process. Candidates must then pass a background check, drug screen, and employment physical.
The Gainesville Fire Department does not offer this service at this time. Please contact Gainesville Police Department at 770-534-5252. They are scheduling appointments each Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Safe Kids can also check car seats Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment at 770-219-8095.
No, residents may fill their own pools by contacting the City of Gainesville Public Utilities Department, 770-535-6881, to rent a water meter and fill the pool using a hydrant. Hoses may be rented through local equipment rental vendors. Another suggestion would be to contact a pool company and ask if they have a list of vendors who might be able to provide this service for you.
By law, you are required to pull to the right and stop. This allows the fire apparatus to continue response safely and quickly.
Units are dispatched according to information received by Dispatch. Many times the type of situation found upon arrival is very different from the situation dispatched. Part of responding to an emergency situation means being prepared to deal with the worst-case scenario. Discovering that we need more units upon arrival is often too late. Experience has taught us that it’s better to have too much help than not enough.
Sometimes several units are dispatched to the same incident. When the first unit arrives on the scene, they may assess the situation and inform the dispatcher they can handle the emergency. All other responding units are then canceled and put back into service, ready to take another call.
This is called "ventilation." There are two basic reasons for ventilating the roof. Dangerous gases and dark smoke accumulate in a burning building making it impossible for firefighters to see. When a hole is made in the roof, smoke and gases escape because heat and smoke rise, this makes it much easier for the firefighters in the building to see. It also reduces the possibilities of backdraft (an explosion of heated gases) and flashover (a quick transition to a fully developed fire).
Another reason is to see how far the fire has progressed. One of the fastest avenues through which fires spread is the attic. Heat and smoke rise into the attic where fire can move quickly. Firefighters may go ahead of the fire on a roof, cut holes to access the attic, and stop the fire from spreading.
Dangerous superheated gases need to be ventilated to allow firefighters to safely and quickly rescue trapped occupants and extinguish the fire. By venting the window of a room that’s on fire actually helps to contain the fire to the room of origin. Otherwise heated gases spread throughout the inside of a structure. Breaking a window really prevents more damage than it appears to cause.
Automobile accidents present other hazards such as potential fire, ruptured fuel tanks, and/or the presence of hazardous materials. If any occupants are trapped, they will begin the extrication (removal) process. Since most of our firefighters are also trained Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), they can begin assessing an injured party’s condition and assist in providing treatment prior to the arrival of ambulance personnel.
Our firefighters are also trained as Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs). With our stations in close proximity, we can often arrive prior to the ambulance and begin life-saving techniques.
Fire extinguisher classes for local businesses are also taught by our personnel. Call 770-534-3612, Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. You will be asked to provide a name, contact number, number of participants, and any date preferences. A member of our department will contact you to schedule the class.
Gainesville Fire Department welcomes the opportunity to have the public visit any of our stations. If your school or civic group would like to schedule a tour, please call 770-534-3612, Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. You will be asked to provide a name, contact number, number of participants, and any date preferences. A member of our department will contact you to schedule the tour. In addition to touring the station and viewing apparatus and equipment, fire personnel can also provide your group with age-appropriate fire safety/fire prevention materials.
Unfortunately, our stations are not set up to accommodate birthday parties. We can, however, schedule a tour for your group which has been scheduled separately from the party.
Schedule a tour, drop by for a visit, or sign up for the City of Gainesville Citizen’s Government Academy by calling 770-297-5499. Our personnel welcomes the opportunity to show you who we are and what we’re all about.
A defendant may request a copy of their disposition in person by coming into the Public Safety Complex at 701 Queen City Pkwy SW. Identification will be required. If you are looking to obtain a disposition for someone else, you may do so by clicking here.
If you missed your scheduled court appearance, you need to call 770-531-2668 and speak with a court employee.
If you are unable to pay the fine associated with your citation, you must appear on your court date and speak with the Judge.
City of Gainesville Municipal Court utilizes Professional Probation Services to monitor probation guidelines issued by the court. You can contact them by calling 470-248-4090 or visit them at 731 Queen City Pkwy Suite 201 Gainesville, Ga 30501.
Arraignment is a formal reading of a criminal charging document in the presence of the defendant, to inform them of the charges against them. In response to arraignment, the accused is expected to enter a plea of Guilty, Not Guilty, or Nolo Contendre (NOLO).
Gainesville Municipal Court has two different options for your Not Guilty plea. You may either request a Bench Trial, which will be completed at a future date and time here at the Municipal Court, or you may request a Jury Trial. If a Jury Trial is chosen, your case will be transferred to Hall County State Court where they will provide your appearance date and time.
A plea of nolo contendere or no contest informs the court that the accused does not contest to the charges and will waive his or her right to trial, while maintaining a claim of innocence. A plea of nolo contendere more than likely cannot be used against a defendant in any subsequent proceedings. A nolo contendere plea, like a guilty plea is a conviction.
Points are added to your license upon conviction of certain violations. The Georgia Point System ranges from 2 to 6 points and are placed on your license by the Georgia Department of Driver Services. A list of convictions and their subsequent point totals can be found here.
If you receive a citation and find that there is incorrect information on it, please contact the court immediately by calling 770-531-2668.
Gainesville Municipal Court will have a Spanish language interpreter at all court sessions. Any further needs will be met on a case by case basis.
You may contact the public defender via email using email@example.com . Our public defender will review your email and assist accordingly.
No. The admission cost for swimming is not included. Admission for swimming can be added to the reservation for $4 plus tax per person (groups of 10 or more). You must pay for everyone ages 16 and under. Children 2 and under do not count towards the group total. All swimmers must wear swimsuits.
Please call our office at 770-533-5850. You may also complete the booking inquiry form (PDF) in person or download a printable version and fax to 770-533-9164. Parties can only be scheduled with the birthday coordinator Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm.
To schedule a pool rental please call our office at 770-533-5850.
Exclusive use of the Pavilion and adjoining Playground are reserved in advance for $35 for In County and $50 for Out of County per 2-hour time frame.
Please call our office at 770-533-5850. You may also complete the registration form (PDF) in the office or online and we will call to confirm your plans with you. You will receive a complete list of all facility rules applicable to your visit with us.
Curbside is the occasional items that are too large and bulky to go into the household garbage bag (i.e.: outdoor waste generated from cleaning up around the house, boxes, etc.). Leaves, grass clippings, any kind of packing material, and any other similar loose items that will blow out of a truck must be bagged or will not be picked up. Garbage and curbside are not picked up by the same trucks and do not go to the same location.
Household garbage and curbside cannot be mixed. Household garbage is required to be discarded in a state approved Solid Waste Landfill while curbside trash is required to go to a state approved Construction and Demolition Landfill.
No, the City must follow the rules of Solid Waste Management by the State of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division. The following are not allowed to be handled by the City’s Solid Waste Division:
Yes, each customer is limited to one cubic yard (about ½ the size of a standard refrigerator or six kitchen-sized garbage bags) per week with a maximum of four cubic yards per month without being charged additional fees. It is the responsibility of the resident and/or property owner to handle the disposal of major items resulting from the cleaning out of:
Picking-up the items from these types of cleanups fall outside of the regular solid waste service the City provides.
Yes, see White Goods and Special Pickups FAQs.
A fee of $32.10 pays for twice a week (except holidays) garbage removal, a landfill fee (for garbage and once a week curbside trash removal) and a recycling fee (for once a week recycling service).
Recycling is mandated by the State of Georgia division of Consumer Affairs.
No, these fees support the overall program that keeps the residential areas of the City clean and sanitary and they help offset the rising cost of maintaining a clean and healthy environment within the City of Gainesville.
For answers to questions about your bill from the Department of Water Resources please call customer service at 770-535-6878.
Garbage is the bagged household waste that is generated from normal everyday living (i.e.: food waste, kitchen scraps, etc.).
No, even though both are considered solid waste, they are independently regulated by the State of Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division and must go to a landfill designed for each particular type of waste.
To best prepare your garbage for pick up, please follow these simple guidelines.
Garbage and Recycling will not be picked up on holidays. Please hold until your next scheduled pick up day. Please see the City of Gainesville’s Solid Waste Ordinance Title 4, Chapter 4-3-1 for any further information or view the 2021 Holiday Garbage and Recycling Schedule (PDF).
The City of Gainesville observes the following holidays:
Everyone benefits from recycling. The recycling programs provide jobs, extends the life of our landfills, which in turn saves us as taxpayers the monies involved in landfill needs and the negative connotations surrounding landfill usage and placement.
Call the Solid Waste Department at 770-532-0493 to arrange for one to be delivered to the house.
White goods are appliances such as:
This is part of the regulated waste that has to be handled separately from the normal waste stream. There is an additional fee for this service. This per occurrence fee will be reflected on the next water bill. The fee will be based on what is being picked-up. This must be scheduled in advance by calling Solid Waste at 770-532-0493.
This type of pick-up will only be done when there is available equipment and personnel. It is a violation of City regulations if this is put at the curbside prior to making the necessary arrangements to get it removed.
WeGo is a new rideshare transportation service that uses a smartphone application and a fleet of 10 to 12 passenger vans to transport you around town. This service is scheduled to launch in December 2020.
Passengers can book a trip on a rideshare vehicle using the free WeGo app. Customers enter their pick-up and drop-off locations and a vehicle will pick them up within a block or two of their doorstep or a nearby location. Those who don’t have a smartphone to download the app can book a ride by phone.
The WeGo service will be offered between 6 am and 6 pm. Monday through Friday. Services hours and days may increase in the future. WeGo will provide riders advance notice on any holiday-related schedule changes.
From December 2020 to June 2021, WeGo will only operate within the City of Gainesville. In July 2021, WeGo will expand into the remaining parts of Hall County.
Customers are able to view estimated wait times when they enter their pick up and drop off locations in the WeGo app. Wait times will vary depending on nearby driver availability but generally should not exceed 15 minutes in the City of Gainesville and 45 minutes in other parts of Hall County.
Depending on your location, the vans will pick you up directly from your location, or you may request to walk 2 to 3 minutes to the closest safe intersection or business.
Customers pay by credit card, debit card, or a prepaid card which is registered when they set up an account. Individuals may also purchase a voucher for a designated amount and use it to access the WeGo service.
At this time, we believe a single one-way trip will cost $3.
WeGo will have a live support line. That number will be posted to this website a few weeks before the service is launched. You can call that number to book a ride if you have already set up a WeGo account. If you do not have an account, you can call that number to speak with a WeGo representative to set up an account.
Absolutely, all WeGo vehicles are equipped with a ramp and spaces for two wheelchairs. The WeGo app has special features for visually and hearing and hearing-impaired persons.
Absolutely, WeGo will debut within the City of Gainesville from December 2020 to June 2021 but will be available throughout Hall County effective July 2021.
The number of individuals you will share a ride with will vary based on capacity and your chosen destination. The WeGo vans are equipped to seat 10 to 12 passengers at a time.
WeGo drivers are employed by the City of Gainesville. Many of the drivers are the same men and women you have come to know who operate the Gainesville Connection and Dial-A-Ride bus services.
Yes, WeGo is operated by the City of Gainesville and is funded in partnership with Hall County Government, Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Federal Transit Administration.
Absolutely, WeGo vehicles are equipped with a ramp for easy access and have spaces for two wheelchairs.
No, WeGo is a public transit service and cannot be hired for special events.
If you have never had water service with us before, the application is available here on our Online Forms section. You may also apply for service in person from 8 am to 4:30 pm at the Department of Water Resources Administration building, located at 757 Queen City Parkway. All applicable fees and deposits must be paid prior to service connection. Be sure to include a copy of your business license (commercial accounts only) when submitting the completed application.
You must currently have a water account with us in your name or previously had service with us in your name in the past to complete this form. A $15 turn on fee and $10 turn off fee will be applicable. All past due balances must be paid in full before the transfer can be done.
You may complete and submit the online Transfer Service form.
Water connection is offered as a same day service assuming that everything required by the Water Resources Department has been received by 3 pm, otherwise it is next day service.
Yes. There is a $15 turn on fee which you will see on your first bill and a $10 turn off fee which will be on your final bill.
Residential Accounts Only: A deposit is required before service is connected. It may be waived if the applicant has a good payment history with us (2 or fewer late payments within a 24 month period) or has an Equifax score 700 or above. Other accounts must pay a deposit based on the size of the meter.
If you have an active account, after 24 complete months of good payment history (no more than 2 penalties in a 24 month period,) a customer’s deposit will automatically be applied to their current water account.
When an account is closed, if the customer does not have an active water account or have any monies due then the remaining deposit amount will be refunded back to the customer. If there is a current water account or monies due the deposit will be applied there first.
View the 2020 rates and fees (PDF) for these current rates.
You can close your account in one of the following ways:
Water disconnection is a next-day service and is available Monday through Thursday. We do not disconnect service on Fridays, holidays, or the day before a city observed holiday.
Your bill is due 20 days from the date of the bill. If payment is not received by the due date a late fee of 10% of the total bill will be added to the account.
Unfortunately, this is not an option. Each account is assigned a billing cycle based upon location and is billed by cycle.
The account service fee is a charge added to each account monthly to cover the cost of servicing an account, including reading the meter, performing meter maintenance and billing/crediting the account.
There is no fee for paying with a credit card.
Yes. Visit our Payments and Water Bill website and sign up. This will enable you to: view your payment and usage history; make payments on your water account; and set your account up on recurring payments using your checking account or credit card.
Yes. Visit our Payments and Water Bill website and view Pay My Bill. Once you have set up an account, you can view your account history and make payments.
Yes, if you can verify the 4-digit security code on your account or the last 4 digits of your social security number.
Bills can be mailed to:P.O. Box 779Gainesville, GA 30503
Make checks payable to the City of Gainesville.
We are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Our drive-through and phone lines are also open from 8 am to 5 pm.
Payment of past due amounts must be received by the date indicated on your utility bill to avoid disconnection.
Each time an account is disconnected for nonpayment, an extra deposit is required until the deposit total has reached the maximum amount, depending on the meter size. The deposit is used to cover any balance left on a customer’s account and is set by our Code of Ordinances.
A CCF stands for one hundred cubic feet.
A CCF = 100 cubic foot and 1CCF = 748 gallons.
The water meter is typically located in the front yard of the property, near the street. There may be a blue mark/arrow painted on the pavement near the meter. Please call customer service at 770-535-6878 with questions and/or concerns regarding your meter. Do not attempt to resolve a meter issue on your own as it may cause damage to the device. Only authorized City of Gainesville personnel are permitted to enter the meter box (Gainesville Municipal Code Section 3-5-16).
There are many causes of a high(er) water bill. There may be more days included in the billing period than in previous months; consumption may have increased due to outdoor watering or an increase in the home’s number of occupants; or there may be a leak.
If you need to change the last name on an account due to marriage or divorce, you must submit a copy of marriage certificate or divorce decree and a photo ID. An application may be required so please call our office at 770-535-6878 for your particular situation.
Yes. The landlord agreement prevents service interruption. Water service will automatically roll into the landlord’s name when a tenant requests that their service be disconnected. If a tenant is scheduled for cutoff for nonpayment once that occurs, the account will also go back into the Landlords name.
To purchase a new water meter, please call Meter Sales at 770-533-5841.
For information on backflows, please call Backflow Prevention/Inspection at 770-297-5443.
Visit the Environmental Protection Division website for outdoor watering restrictions.
For questions regarding anything other than billing questions, please call the City of Oakwood at 770-534-2365.
These charges are based on 100% of monthly water meter readings. For questions regarding anything other than billing questions, please call The Town of Braselton at 706-654-3915.
These charges are based on 100% of monthly water meter readings. For questions regarding anything other than billing questions please call The City of Flowery Branch at 770-967-6371.
Residential sewer charges are based on 93% of monthly water meter readings up to 12 one hundred cubic feet (ccf)s. No sewer will be billed for anything above 12 ccf’s. Commercial, industrial and multi-family sewer charges are based on 100% of monthly water meter readings. For questions regarding anything other than billing questions, please call Hall County at 770-531-6800.
No, see additional information (PDF).
Conservation pricing is used to encourage water conservation to help sustain an adequate water supply for future generations. Gainesville uses a conservation rate structure that residential customers are billed according to three tiered blocks. The three tiers are defined as follows:
Also under tiered rate structure, commercial and multifamily class customers are billed based on a percentage of winter average usage (winter average usually runs from November to April but varies by billing cycle). Commercial and multifamily class customer blocks include:
General industry customers are billed at the lowest rate for all consumption under this new structure. As of January 2010, irrigation meters are being billed at Block 3 for all consumption in compliance with the MNGWPD’s Water Supply and Water Conservation Plan.
You must fill out a fire hydrant meter application and pay a deposit. Once completed and paid, you will take your receipt and the original application to the Bradford Street Facility at 1006 Bradford Street to pick up the fire hydrant meter.
Yes. Deposit amounts are dependent upon meter size. If the meter is a 3/4 inches, the deposit required is $300. If the meter is 3 inches, it is $1,270. Payment for the deposit can be made with cash, check, or Visa/MasterCard/Discover.
The fire hydrant meter must to be returned to our Bradford Street Facility. If the account is more than 60 days delinquent, the customer must return the meter immediately. Failure to do so will result in "theft by taking" charges.
A lost or stolen fire hydrant meter will result in forfeiture of deposit. If the meter was stolen, we will require a copy of the police report of theft.
Fire hydrant meter customers must bring the meter to the Bradford Facility every month between the 1st and 5th for a meter reading. Failure to do so will result in a $150 late fee.
Your Department of Water Resources plant operators and lab personnel monitor your water quality, including taste and odor, constantly on a daily basis. With recent reports of taste and odor, these efforts have increased. Our plant operators are optimizing our plants’ chemical feed systems, washing filters more often and working with our lab personnel to test at an increased frequency. Additionally, we are decreasing the amount of raw water withdrawn at Lakeside Water Treatment Facility from Lake Lanier on the south end of the county. We are increasing the withdrawl on the north end, pulling from deeper depths, and adding more Activated Carbon to reduce taste and odor-causing compounds.
Lake turnover typically occurs during Spring and Fall. During the fall, the warm surface water begins to cool. As water cools, it becomes more dense, causing it to sink. This dense water forces the water of the lower level of the lake to rise and switch places with the top levels, "turning over" the layers.
Leaking toilets are a common cause of leaks. To check for a leak in your toilet, place food coloring or leak tablets into the back of the toilet (pour it into the tank, not into the bowl). Do not flush. If color appears in the bowl within 30 minutes, you may have a leak (once you flush color will enter the bowl). You may also pick up leak tablets in our lobby (757 Queen City Parkway) or call customer service at 770-535-6878 to have some mailed to you.
If you suspect that you may have a leak and are unable to locate it or repair it yourself, please contact a plumber. View step-by-step instructions for locating leaks (PDF).
The property owner is responsible for all maintenance and repair of their water service line from the water meter to the building. This includes the interior plumbing of the home, the outside irrigation system, and the area where the property’s water system connects to the water meter.
Water Resources Department is responsible for pipes on the "street side" of the water meter, including all service lines and water mains extending throughout the community.
Please contact our water and sewer repairs shop at 770-535-6881.
You may contact Environmental Services at 770-532-7462.
You may contact customer service at 770-535-6878.
WeGo is a new rideshare transportation service that uses a smartphone application and a fleet of 10-12 passenger vans to transport you around town. This service launched in December 2020.
Passengers can book a trip on a rideshare vehicle using the free WeGo app. Customers enter their pick-up and drop-off locations and a vehicle will pick them up within a block or two of their doorstep or a nearby location. Those who don’t have a smartphone to download the app can book a ride by phone, call 770-503-3333, Option 1. Wait time is typically 10 minutes or less. After booking trips, riders need to start walking to the virtual bus stop, hence "Click - Walk - Ride".
The WeGo service will be offered between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Services hours and days may increase in the future. WeGo will provide riders advance notice on any holiday-related schedule changes.
From December 2020 to June 2021, WeGo will only operate within the City of Gainesville. In July 2021, WeGo will expand into remaining parts of Hall County.
Customers are able to view estimated wait times when they enter their pick-up and drop-off locations in the WeGo app. Wait times will vary depending on nearby driver availability, but generally should not exceed 15 minutes in the City of Gainesville and 45 minutes in other parts of Hall County.
Depending on your location, the van will pick you up directly from your location, or you may be asked to walk 2-3 minutes to the closest safe intersection or business.
Customers can pay by credit card, debit card or a prepaid card, which is registered when they set up an account. Individuals may also purchase a voucher for a designated amount and use it to access the WeGo service.
At this time, a single one-way trip costs $3.
WeGo has a live support line. To schedule a ride by phone, call 770-503-3333, Option 1. You can call that number to book a ride if you have already set up a WeGo account. If you do not have an account, you can call that number to speak with a WeGo representative to set up an account.
Absolutely! All WeGo vehicles are equipped with a ramp and spaces for two wheelchairs. The WeGo app has special features for visually and hearing impaired persons.
We plan on it! WeGo will debut within the City of Gainesville from December 2020 to June 2021, but will be available throughout Hall County effective July 2021.
The number of individuals you share a ride with will vary based on capacity and your chosen destination. The WeGo vans are equipped to seat 10 to 12 passengers at a time.
WeGo drivers are employed by the City of Gainesville. Many of the drivers are the same men and women you have come to know who operate the Gainesville Connection and Dial-A-Ride bus services.
Yes, WeGo is operated by the City of Gainesville and is funded in partnership with Hall County Government, Georgia Department of Transportation and the Federal Transit Administration.
No, WeGo is a public transit service and cannot be hired for special events.