Lots of new projects are underway and many are in the planning stages for Pickens County Government. One of the main funding sources for several projects is SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax) dollars which are used for designated capital outlay projects. The current SPLOST began in July of 2014 and will conclude in June of 2020. Total collections from July 2014 through December 2018 total $19,329,433. The current collections are slightly behind estimated projections; however, projects are continuing as planned. Please see the attached breakdown of SPLOST revenues and expenditures for additional information.
During the month of February, storms and torrential rain contributed to washouts on Jones Mountain Road and Dean Trail off Carver Mill Road. Public Works replaced pipes and repaired Dean Trail within a couple days. However, Jones Mountain Road is a much larger and complex issue. Pickens County Government acquired several engineers to assess the damage and is receiving potential repair estimates. They are currently seeking assistance from both state and federal agencies to mitigate local costs. The Commissioners plan to move ahead with repair efforts as soon as all viable options are considered, and funding is secured. Additionally, the severe weather caused over 60 downed trees which Public Works is actively cleaning up.
The other county departments also had a very busy month with many projects on the horizon. The Pickens County Recreation Department had 528 kids sign up for t-ball, baseball, and softball which will make up 46 teams. Opening Day is scheduled for Saturday, March 23rd at 10am. The Department of Planning and Development issued 43 new building permits. The Water Department installed 10 new meters. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 60 animals, and 58 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 24 cases. The 911 Operations Center 1,488 total calls, 716 were medical responses or fire related. Pickens County Government departments continue to stay busy working for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do a great job of leading these efforts. 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!