Kirk Raffield sworn in at Jasper City Council

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Kirk Raffield joins Jasper City Council.
New council member Kirk Raffield takes his oath before sitting on the council for their June Meeting.

New council member Kirk Raffield takes his oath before sitting on the council for their June Meeting.

JASPER, Ga. – After May’s primary election night, Kirk Raffield pulled out a close victory of 272 votes to his opponents 262. With the 50.94 percent results, Raffield attended the city of Jasper’s June council meeting to be officially sworn in as a part of the council.

With it being his first meeting, Raffield swore his oath preceding the official call to order in their council meeting and officially took his seat after this. With many in attendance to watch the ceremony, one citizen, Regina Mosley Camp, took a moment to comment on the event saying she knew Raffield as a younger child. “I am truly excited for him because I know the quality of man he is,” said Camp.

Camp volunteered in Raffield’s campaign for the council, noting that she was fervent in her support because of what she has seen him do throughout her time with him.

The special election came after former council member Jim Looney stepped down to take the interim city manager position for Jasper. The seat has been empty up to this month.

With such a close race, Raffield moves forward on the council with a question on him constantly asking what he will bring to the council meetings and what he will accomplish for the city. Sitting in his first meeting, Raffield was not shy about his new seat, speaking fervently on an annexation issue specifically.  Check out more by reading City Council discusses Sharktop Ridge annexation.

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City manager updates with advertisements approval

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JASPER, Ga. – The latest in the city of Jasper’s separation of the positions of mayor and city manager came with council approval for advertisements for a permanent person to the position.

Currently, the position is held as interim City Manager by Jim Looney. As a part of the position, Looney presented Carl Vinson Institute of Government as the entity to take care of advertising and searching for candidates for the position.

The proposal for $9,487.50 includes the company interviewing the mayor and council to find what they are looking for in a candidate and then seeking people to fill those needs. They would accept applications for the city, evaluate the candidates, and make recommendations to the council for candidates. However, Looney reported the final decision on candidates would be up to the mayor and council.

The search would be localized to our region, according to Looney, providing candidates from the area. Another option of the package could have representatives from the Institute attend the interviews for candidates costing $1,500 per day. Though this option was in addition to the main package and not required.

Jasper Mayor John Weaver offered his opinion, stating it was a lot of money for what the city could do. He also noted that the people of the city elected the council to handle the business of the city. Suggesting he did not want the operation “taken out of the city’s hands,” Weaver suggested the council not approve the proposal.

Looney countered saying it added transparency to the process as well as handling “a heck of a job” in finding candidates. He went on to say that having the Institute’s name on the advertisement could provide some added prestige in the candidate search.

One alternative to using the Carl Vinson Institute would be for the city to establish its own search committee and place its own advertisements for the search and controlling everything “in-house.”

The council voted unanimously at their May meeting to approve the Carl Vinson Institute of Government proposal for finding a city manager.

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Pesticide Safety Month and Apple Producers Meeting

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Hundreds of people get sick each year from inappropriate pesticide use.  Pesticides are used in homes, workplaces, apartments, farms and other places where humans need to control pests such as weeds, insects, fungi, rodents and even viruses. Of the 11 states participating in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) pesticide safety program, workers reported 853 serious injuries from pesticides in 2011.  During National Pesticide Safety Education Month this February, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension personnel are urging homeowners, and all Georgians, to learn more about the safe use, storage and disposal of pesticides.

According to Dr. Mickey Taylor, UGA Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) Coordinator, “pesticide safety education is key to helping homeowners and pesticide applicators, both commercial and agricultural, safely and effectively use available pesticides to protect their homes and crops and livelihoods.  At the same time, they want to protect themselves, their employees and colleagues from any potential ill effects of pesticide use in addition to protecting their families and neighbors. As good stewards of the land, pesticide users want to preserve our environment for the future.”

UGA Extension’s PSEP promotes the safe, responsible use of pesticides by individuals and commercial groups by providing training programs, materials and educational resources covering pest identification, personal safety, safe storage and disposal of pesticides, environmental protection, pesticide drift and runoff prevention, threatened and endangered species protection, water quality protection, and food safety.

One way that UGA Extension reinforces safe pesticide usage is to conduct workshops, meetings, and trainings in which pesticide usage and safe handling is taught.  One such course coming up is the North Georgia Commercial Apple Production meeting.  It will be held on Wednesday, February 21st at the Gilmer County Public Library on Calvin Jackson Drive in Ellijay.  There are other regional trainings held for producers.  If you would like information about those trainings, contact me in the Gilmer County UGA Extension office.

Dr. Taylor is also the editor of the UGA Extension “Georgia Pest Management Handbook.”  The handbook is revised and published annually.  It has information about labeled pesticides that can be used by homeowners and commercial producers. Copies of the handbook are available for purchase through the UGA market place at ugaextensionstore.com and there are copies in the UGA Extension county offices if you would like to view one before purchase. Remember to always read the label before you use or store any pesticide.

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Georgia gubernatorial candidate visits FYNTV

Election, Politics

BKP interviews Georgia candidate for governor and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Among many topics, Kemp discusses immigration, Georgia voting machines, paper ballots, pay for law enforcement, and Kemp’s opinion of the negotiations to bring Amazon HQ2 for Georgia.

 

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BKP Interviews Georgia House Speaker David Ralston

State & National

On FYN TV, BKP interviews Georgia’s Speaker of the House for District-7 Representative David Ralston, as they discuss Georgia’s aggressive plan for a large infrastructure investment that was presented and highlighted at a meeting for Republican leaders including Ralston, over the weekend at The White House. Speaker David Ralston comments on what that means for Georgia.

Pictured below: Speaker of the House for Georgia District 7 David Ralston at this past weekends Infrastructure Meeting at the White House with Republican leaders and President Donald Trump.

BOC Agenda – January 18, 2018

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PICKENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
AGENDA
THURSDAY – JANUARY 18, 2018
5:30 P.M. – CONFERENCE ROOM – STE. 168

I. Call to order
II. Prayer
III. Pledge of Allegiance
IV. Amendments to Agenda
V. Approval of Agenda
VI. Employee Recognition
VII. Consent Agenda
VIII. Old Business
IX. New Business
IX. Finance Report
X. Action Items
A. Approve Minutes
1) Regular Board Meeting – December 21, 2017
2) Work Session Meeting – January 4, 2018
B. Rezone Request
C. Resolution to Appoint County Attorney
D. Resolution to Appoint County Clerk
E. Resolution to Appoint Deputy County Clerk
F. Resolution to Appoint BOC Vice-Chairperson
G. Approve BOC Meeting Schedule for 2018
H. Approve Qualifying Fees for Election
XI. Guests/Comments
XII. Adjourn

Jasper City Council Meeting

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Low bid approvals could see road changes and repairs after August’s City Council meeting.

Under new business Paul Poore discussed having a new downtown event on November 4, 2017. To follow up on the event read, Sports Car Event Coming to Pickens.

Next on the agenda, David Hall brought attention to the need of a lift station pump. Lift stations are used for pumping wastewater or sewage from a lower to a higher elevation. Hall told the council it was vital that the pump be repaired being that it has been patched multiple times and runs the risk of leaking. The council made the approval to repair the pump by accepting the low bid of $11,875 from Foreline.

Superintendent Dr. Carlton Wilson spoke with Mayor John Weaver and stated the Board of Education would give back to the city the Dixie Street Extension. This street runs between Jasper Elementary School and the old gym. It has been blocked off for many years making it unavailable for traffic due to children crossing the road to enter the gym. The council approved to reopen Dixie Street Extension as an operational city street.

Following the approval of Dixie Street, council members accepted the bid of $44,000 to repair the wooden bridge on Main Street using out SPLOST dollars. Railworks Track System Inc. will be repairing the bridge and state,

After it is finished, it should be stable for a while.

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Board of Commissioners Work Session

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Jasper, GA –  At this month’s Board of Commissioners Work Session, the board discussed the LMIG 2018 road paving schedule. The list is not complete, but already includes roads such as Lumber Company and Upper Grandview. It will be determined after approval which roads will be paved by the county and by contractors.

Following the road paving schedule, Sheriff Donnie Craig spoke further on Capital Lease for new patrol vehicles. A loan would be taken for the vehicles and paid back with available SPLOST funds.

Sheriff Craig is still looking at different models of vehicles to determine which would be most suitable. The Sheriff’s Office currently plans to keep the better vehicles they have and surplus out the others.

The board spoke next on the proposal of the Georgia Mountain Regional Contract, which would allow new and updated photography of Pickens County. For the full story, follow up with Georgia Mountain Regional Commission Contract.

Don Boggus brought attention to the possibility of two new airport t-hangars. These would be placed on the north side of the current t-hangars. Once built, it is believed they will pay for themselves. Boggus stated that the t-hangars already have commitments, along with a waiting list behind them so the need is there.

The t-hangars would be financed for ten years with two years of that being only interest and a seven year payback. An exact cost for the construction has not been said yet.

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