Improvements to the Ball Ground Community Center was on a list of projects approved by the county to be funded by federal grants. In 2008, because of population growth, Cherokee County was designated a Community Development Block Grant Urban County Entitlement Grantee by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Out of the $850,000 in federal funds, $85,000 was allotted for renovations to the community center, which is used as a senior center.
During a city council meeting Thursday, Mayor Rick Roberts said the plan to renovate the building hit a snag.
"The state had an issue," he said. "(The building) was not worth as much money as they were willing to put in."
Rather than lose the money, the city is now looking at another way to put it to use. The council is looking at using the money to install sidewalks on Valley Street from Beck Street to the entrance of the new Ball Ground Elementary School and from downtown north on Old Dawsonville Road.
City Manager Eric Wilmarth said the city has not given up on the idea of making improvements to the community center. The improvements are still possible "if we can get grant money."
Councilman John Byrd said he is happy to put the money toward more sidewalks.
"We have always been pushing to get everybody out and walking," he said.
The council also approved an agreement with the Cherokee Soccer Association to use property on Old Dawsonville Road adjacent Calvin Farmer Park for soccer fields. The soccer association would be responsible for maintenance and improvement costs.
"An alternative to kids playing baseball is long overdue," Roberts said. "This is long overdue. We wanted it years ago.
Wilmarth said the association will get at least one youth field out of property but could possibly get another two.