JASPER, Ga. – The Jasper City Council’s August meeting saw a change in the traffic direction for this year’s Marble Festival in October as well as for the popular JeepFest event starting at the end of August.
Haley Bouchie, President of the Jasper Merchants Association, presented a request to close a portion of Main Street during the festival. The road is already to be closed for the Road Race and the Parade that are scheduled for the weekend’s festivities. The new request would see the road staying closed from 6 a.m. on Saturday to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Bouchie stated the joint venture between the Jasper Merchant’s Association and the Pickens County Chamber would have security for the vendors on the street overnight. The request was made last year as well but denied. After several close calls with the traffic and pedestrians, according to Bouchie, they have returned with the request for this year’s festival.
Bouchie also told the council that they would be working alongside the merchants on the street to improve and increase their foot traffic despite the loss of the parking spaces on the street.
Expanding the Marble Festival up to Main Street cause a large discussion on how to get traffic around the closed street including Dixie, Mary, or even Whitfield streets. Sitting down with police and businesses to discuss traffic by foot and vehicle were assured to be forthcoming in preparation of the event.
Ultimately approved by unanimous decision, the event will see the road closed to traffic from 6 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, to 6 p.m. on Sunday evening, October 7.
The same request came for September’s JeepFest event asking to close Main Street for a “Show & Shine” of Jeeps lined up on the street. City Manager Jim Looney presented a letter from Kris Stancil of the Picken’s County Sheriff’s Office requesting the closure of the street on Friday, August 31, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. after a concert.
This is not the first time this request has been presented, having been done for years now. The request was approved for the event. Mayor John Weaver commented saying that the Jeeps take over all of Main Street with hundreds of Jeeps lined up down the road for the Show & Shine.
An additional request came from Wingsology for the JeepFest event. Requesting an outside beer and wine license, Wingsology is also a request from previous years.
The council approved the request unanimously as well.
With these events coming up quickly, citizens should be aware of the closures of Main Street during these events as to avoid congestion as they seek to travel through town or attempt to find parking. Shuttles are also being made available for the Marble Festival specifically. Citizens can find the shuttle areas by visiting the Marble Festival Website.
Jasper, GA – From Thursday, August 31, to Sunday, September 3, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office will hold their annual JeepFest on Highway 53 East in Marble Hill, GA.
The event has miles of trails and obstacle courses for those attending. All of the trails have different difficulty levels. Those wishing to participate by riding the trails must check-in and register their Jeep first.
Even if you don’t have a Jeep you can still attend the event. Different vendors will be set up, along with live music, and the Pig Pen Family Mud Park.
Pig Pen will have obstacles running, mud to play in, a drag racing strip, and camping.
JeepFest raises money for a variety of charities such as Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, The Joy House, Special Olympics in Pickens County, The Boys and Girls Club, and the Jasper Youth Sports Association.
The event is staffed by volunteers from the Pickens Sheriff’s Office, other public safety offices, and local Jeep Clubs from all over North Georgia ensuring a safe and well organized event in a family-friendly environment.
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The Jasper City Council finalized and approved several purchases and services for the city Monday night, April 6. However, the city started their new business with an approval for the Pickens County Sportsman’s Club to utilize city land at Cove Creek and Cove Road for their Fishing Rodeo. Officially approved by the council, the event will be held in May from the 11th to the 14th.
Pickens Sheriff Donnie Craig also presented a donation from the Sheriff’s Foundation to the Jasper Youth Sports Association (JYSA) for $5,000. Money coming from the popular “JeepFest” event has allowed the Sheriff’s Foundation to donate $140,000 to charities and Sheriff Donald Craig thanked the Council for their cooperation with the major event.
The purchases for the city came in 3 motions to approve a 5-foot Asphalt Spreader that has the ability to go up to 9 feet for the cost of $50,000, a trailer for the Asphault Spreader not to exceed $7,700, and an Asphault Roller/Compactor not to exceed $15,000. The later two motions will allow the city to move forward as they continue searching for the trailer and roller/compactor so long as the price does not exceed the approved funding. Of course, excess funds will return as savings.
An emergency situation brought the council to its next approved purchase involving a HydroStop. The HydroStop would allow repairs to a line in the Hunter’s Ridge area while avoiding a possible 24 hour interruption of service for the surrounding area as the water tank would have to be fully drained before repairs could be made. This approval came as an emergency purchase as the council was brought concerns that the current patch on the leak may not hold long enough for the next council meeting and bids for the service to be taken.
Along with the purchases, Mayor John Weaver put a proposal before the Council to take finalize a Contract Payable to Lee Mullins. Inolving the sewer line that was put to the area of the Racetrac, the proposal would pay off a large portion of the remaining balance on the contract. The approved agreement would pay $150,000 from an investment account in the Water Fund and also the City would waive property tax and water bills outstanding. This is still pending to be agreed upon by Mr. Mullins. According to Mayor Weaver, it would also free up the sewer line for further developments and allow the council to set new tap on fees for it.
In the final part of the meeting, the council received a request from the Downtown Alliance to utilize the Roper Hospital Property for a invite-only market style gathering. The event was suggested in the request to be an 8-tent event to be held on Wednesday nights from 4:00 – 8:00pm beginning in May and ending in September. Approval was given by the council, while Mayor Weaver did mention the council would retain the right to revoke the allowance should any major issues arise.
The Sheriff’s JeepFest 2013 is a 3 day event that takes place in Pickens County Georgia the weekend of September 6th-8th. (more…)