The holidays are approaching; the season is a time for family, fellowship, friends and giving.
While this time is a bright one for many, it is important to remember those in our community that
are not as fortunate. Every year in Pickens County various civic groups, organizations, and
helpful neighbors come together around the holidays to assist those struggling in our community.
There are many ways you can contribute to those in need during the holiday season. On Saturday
November 10 th, “A Taste of Pickens” fundraiser will occur between 11:30-1:30 at Chattahoochee
Technical College to benefit C.A.R.E.S. (local food pantry). On Thanksgiving Day, Mary Ann’s
will host their annual community Thanksgiving. If you’re interested in donating or volunteering
for the community Thanksgiving meal, contact Mary Ann’s at 706-253-2225. If you would like
to assist in providing Christmas for a foster child, contact DFCS (Heidi Smith) at 706-692-4730
or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can donate Christmas gifts to other families in need through
Toys for Tots or the Lion’s Club “Fill A Stocking” program. Additional opportunities to assist
are available throughout our community, be on the lookout to find the best way you can
contribute to our neighbors in need!
Construction on Pickens County Fire Station #12 off Carlan Road is coming along well. They’re currently finalizing the interior of the building and construction is expected to be completed at the end of the year. Equipment is scheduled to be moved in at the beginning of 2019. Additionally, the property was purchased at the NW corner of Old 5 and Worley Crossroads for the relocation of a new Tate Fire Station. Currently, plans for grading and building specifications are being put together. Construction is planned to begin in Spring of 2019. These are both SPLOST (Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales-Tax) projects and were outlined on the 2014 SPLOST plan.
During the month of October, the 911 Operations Center received 1,669 total calls, 698 were
medical responses and fire related. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 95 animals, and 92
animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 22 cases. The
Water Department installed three new meters. The Department of Planning and Development
issued 41 new permits. Basketball registration has ended at Pickens County Recreation
Department. A total of 347 kids signed up, making a total of 40 teams from instructional to 12-
year-old leagues. Games will start on December 1 st and run through the end of January. Public
Works resurfaced Lower Dowda Mill Road. They set a paving record resurfacing 31 miles of
roads this year. Currently, they are patching portions of several roads around the county. Overall
the Pickens County government departments are working hard 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
Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!
The 2018 general election which includes races for every major state-wide elected office and
several congressional and state representative races is approaching. The early voting period will
begin on October 15 th and run through November 2 nd (weekdays 8am-5pm) at Pickens County
Board of Elections off Pioneer Road. There will also be a Saturday availability to early vote on
October 27 th from 9am until 4pm. Election day is on Tuesday, November 6 th polls will be open
from 7am until 7pm at your local precincts. For information on your voter registration status or
to locate your precinct go to sos.ga.gov.
Also, approaching in the coming weeks is the 2018 Public Safety Day at Jasper Home Depot.
This free event will take place on Saturday, October 27 th between 10am and 2pm. Pickens
County Fire/EMS, Emergency Management Agency, Sheriff’s office, Jasper Fire and Police, and
others will all be on hand to provide safety demonstrations and tips. All citizens are encouraged
to attend this great event.
During the month of September, Public Works completed resurfacing Harrington Road, Pea
Ridge Road, and a portion of Fortner Road. They also completed tar and graveling Rocky Ridge
Road. Subcontractor paving crews completed the final phase of the 2018 paving contract. They
resurfaced: Nalley Drive, Poole Avenue, Solomon Avenue, Jones Avenue, Griffith Avenue,
Lanier Avenue, Little Avenue, Wood Street, Spring Place Drive, Beth Avenue, White Oak
Drive, Sweet Gum Circle, East Holly Lane, West Holly Lane, Dogwood Trail, Red Oak Lane,
Popular Lane, and Charles Avenue. The Water Department installed eight new meters. Planning
and Development issued 40 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 75
new animals, and 67 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control
responded to nine cases. The 911 Operations Center received 1,681 total calls, 744 were medical
responses and fire related. The Pickens County Recreation Department is still offering basketball
registration until October 14 th . A late registration period will be available October 15-17. The
basketball skills evaluations will take place on October 22 nd , 23 rd , and 25 th , practices will begin on
October 29 th . Overall the Pickens County government departments are working hard for the
citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continue 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!
PICKENS COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
THURSDAY – JANUARY 18, 2018
5:30 P.M. – CONFERENCE ROOM – STE. 168
I. Call to order
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
Pickens County Board of Commissioners held a quick June work session on June 1, 2017.
The Pickens County Board of Commissioners held a special meeting Tuesday, July 28, to host the presentation of the 2014 Audit.
Presented by Beth Grimes of Bates, Carter & Co., LLP, the presentation began immediately as the meeting was called to order. Grimes reported the county’s Revenues in excess of Expenditures to the point of $1.6 million with a 13% increase in revenues and a 3% decrease in expenditures compared to the previous year, 2013.
Grimes also reported that, thanks to the county’s individual departments all taking measures to cut costs, the overall expenditures were $244 thousand below the final budget.
The SPLOST collection amounted to $4 million in revenues with $1.8 million spent on county projects and $2 million spent in principal payments to pay off the Courthouse G.O. Bonds.
The county still holds $2 million in long-term debt including $1.8 million in Notes Payable for the Community Center and State Patrol Headquarters. Yet, Grimes congratulated the county on its work as she compared Pickens debt to counties of similar size to be far less than the $9.6 million average G.O. debt.
As she closed her report, Grimes also reported to the county a change in audits to come as the Unfunded Liability will start being accrued at entry-wide level. That is to say it will begin appearing on the balance sheet like other long-term debt. Unfunded liability as of December 31, 2014 was $2.9 million.
Two items drew most of the time in a quick work session on July 2 at the Pickens BoC. (more…)