2018 In Review
Pickens County Government concluded a busy and productive year with several projects ahead in 2019. Elected officials, department heads, and staff implemented policies and launched new resources to increase the efficiency of operations. The county government improved services provided to the citizens, and increased services offered. The collaboration amongst various departments, and the dedicated public servants paved the way for many accomplishments during 2018.
Pickens County Public Works resurfaced 27.66 miles of road across the county, in addition to tar and graveling 3.245 miles of dirt road. This brought a total of roughly 31 miles of road that were asphalted or tar and graveled during the year setting a paving record for Public Works. Additionally, Public Works cleaned up over 500 down trees on right-of-way, installed 111 drainage pipes county-wide, and constructed a new parking area at the Tate Depot. The Water Department installed 77 new meters and installed over 17,000 feet of new water line along Jones Mountain Road that will connect to Gilmer County’s water main. Also, the Water Department and Public Works have been working in conjunction to start an in-house brine operation which will allow roads to be pretreated more efficiently during the winter months. The project will be completed in early 2019. The Department of Planning and Development issued 475 building permits, 123 new business licenses, and renewed 605 business licenses for the year. Also, Planning and Development received 16 rezone requests and revised two county ordinances. The 911 Operations Center received 19,976 total calls marking their busiest year in department history. 8,899 of the total calls were medical responses or fire related. Pickens Fire & Rescue acquired property in Tate to rebuild Fire Station #2. Groundbreaking on the project is set for this Spring. Construction on Carlan Road Fire Station #12 continued throughout 2018 and is expected to open within a couple of months. Further, Pickens Fire & Rescue received an impressive upgrade of ISO ratings that indicates fire service readiness and is used to calculate homeowners’ insurance. The Pickens County Recreation Department had roughly 1,000 kids participate in youth sports and 185 kids attended PCRD Summer Camp. Additionally, with the help of an EMA grant a new Thor Guard lightening detection system was installed around the ball fields, the U6 and U8 soccer fields were redone, and new playground equipment was installed with the help of Pepsi and Southeast Outdoors Solutions. PCRD continues to offer many activities for the citizens: the popular adult sport Pickelball, fitness, karate, and dancing classes. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 1,006 animals and adopted out 1,001 animals during 2018. The Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration oversaw four successful elections during 2018. Currently, they are preparing for the 2019 election cycle of city races to be held on November 5th.
Overall, Pickens County Government made great progress in providing quality services for the citizens. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners did an excellent job of leading these efforts. As a new year begins, Pickens County Government looks forward to improving our overall operations further for the benefit of our citizens and our county. Stay connected with us by liking our Facebook page: Pickens County Ga Government, follow us on Twitter: @pickensgagov and monitor our website: www.pickenscountyga.gov for updates throughout 2019. As work progresses and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.
Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!
In BKP’s opening monologue today he discussed the following issues:
Do you have a Risk Assessment for your church?
26 killed at a First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on Sunday. Why is the media is not talking about the shooter? Maybe he was an atheist connected to the leftist Antifa movement who supported Democratic candidates. Instead they are discussing mental illness, saying Republicans caused this and we must do something about semi-automatic weapons/gun legislation. America don’t be fooled… They are coming for your guns!!!
In Donna Brazile’s new book “Hacks,” she discusses security fears as the DNC Chair. What was she in fear of? Why did she even mention Seth Rich in her book? Could Brazile’s new book begin to connect the dots between Imran Awan, former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Seth Rich. Is Hillary Clinton finally going to be exposed!?!
The real reason the Trump campaign hired Paul Manafort – Does anyone remember the Republican brokered convention of 1976 between Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford?
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Why did the decision to bomb Syria change everything for some Donald Trump loyalist? Many of Trump’s supporters are asking where is the “America First” policy now? In the opening monologue today, #BKP discusses how foreign policy decisions that President Donald Trump has made does not change his domestic policy agenda.
Trump is negotiating at all times whether it be a meeting with the President of China or a CEO summit at The White House. During the campaign, candidate Donald Trump talked about our trade deficit with China along with them devaluing their money. Trump is the first president that had the nerve to tie North Korea and trade together only using 130 characters, called Twitter. #BKP ties together today all the reasons you should not jump off the “Trump Train”. Going from one meeting to the next Trump works 14 – 16 hours a day. He is not just another scenic railroad like Obama; He is a bullet train Trump. So don’t jump now because you could get hurt.
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The offense and defense of the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline continues after Trump’s recent approval of the permit for TransCanada.
There is still a domestic tug of war concerning the issue. But, there’s only one correct choice in this day and age. So, what is it?
What a difference a day makes. By waiting an extra 24 hours for this week’s Two Minute Drill, we were able to witness and discuss one of the NBA’s greatest players going down with a debilitating injury plus all seven rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the five biggest stories from the week that was:
We’ve got five big topics in the world of sports to discuss with just two minutes (or a few more) to work with, so let’s get going! (more…)