Pickens Report – August 2019

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THE PICKENS REPORT

AUGUST 2019

The fall season is approaching and for locals we know that means the Georgia Marble Festival is coming soon! A local favorite that brings in travelers from all corners of life to the marble capital on the first weekend of October. The two-day festival will consist of art and craft vendors, a free children’s fun zone, delicious food, local art displays, musical entertainment, quarry tours, and much more. The festival will take place on Saturday, October 5th from 10am until 6pm and Sunday, October 6th from 10am until 4pm. On Saturday, the Road Race will begin at 8am followed by the festival parade at 10am on Main Street. If you’re interested in being a festival vendor, sponsor, volunteer, or parade participant contact the Chamber of Commerce at 706-692-5600.

The month of September is National Preparedness Month. Pickens County Emergency Management encourages all citizens to have an emergency plan for your home. Make sure that everyone who lives in your home knows the plan. Have a small gathering of necessities on hand always like medications, first aid kit, small tool kit, flashlight, batteries, food, and bottled water. All citizens are encouraged to sign up for free Code Red Weather Warnings at pickenscountyga.gov and follow Pickens Emergency Management Homeland Security Agency on Facebook for updates. Also, the annual flu shot clinic for Pickens County residents 18 and up will be on Tuesday, October 8th 8:30am until 3:00pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

During the month of August, the 911 Operations Center received 1,746 total calls, 766 were medical responses or fire related. The Water Department installed 17 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 48 new building permits. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 89 new animals, and 92 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 13 cases. Subcontractor crews resurfaced Appalachian Court, Appalachian Circle, Johnson Road, Bethany Road, Upper Dowda Mill Road and Cagle Road. They will next resurface Parker Road, Keeble Creek, Quail Walk, and a portion of Bent Tree Drive to complete phase one of the paving projects. Bids are currently being accepted for phase two of paving projects. Phase two includes: Pleasant Hill Road, Hill Circle, Willow Lane, Pinhook Road, Ludville Road, Family Acres, Meadow Lane, Hillcrest Drive, Jay Moss Lane, Roper Road, Gibson Trail, Black Knob Church, and Upper Bethany Road. PCRD basketball registration is now open until October 13th. Instructional league (4-6 years old) costs $35, all other leagues (7-8 years old and above) costs $75. Late registration will be available October 14-16 for a $10 late fee. The Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working 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!

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Pickens Report – July 2019

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THE PICKENS REPORT

JULY 2019

Pickens County Government, like many other government entities is taking full advantage of the hot summer months to pave as many roads as financially possible. All paving projects are funded through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales Tax) dollars. During the month of July, Pickens County Public Works tar and graveled Martin Road and next plan to tar and gravel Mineral Springs South. They resurfaced Headstart Road and Smokey Hollow Road. Additionally, they patched and sealed Davis Road West and created a turnaround to accommodate school buses. Public Works will be resurfacing Pendley Road and resealing Monument Road in the coming weeks. Once the Grandview Dam project is complete, they will also repair Grandview Road. Subcontractor crews are currently working on phase one of the paving projects. They resurfaced Camp Road (from AW Lawson Blvd. to Hwy 53 W.), Mineral Spring Street, and Hobson Road. Next they will resurface Appalachian Court, Appalachian Circle, Johnson Road, Parker Road, Keeble Creek, Quail Walk, Cagle Road, and Bethany Road. Phase two paving bid will go out at the end of August. 

During the month of July, the Water Department set 11 new meters. The Department of Planning and Development issued 60 new building permits. The 911 Operations Center received 1,829 total calls, 771 were medical responses or fire related. The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 86 animals and 77 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal control responded to 26 cases. The Recreation Department concluded another successful year of Summer Camp with an average of 60 kids per day. Currently, UFA Soccer is underway at PCRD. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do an excellent job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments. To stay up to date like us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out our website www.pickenscountyga.gov.   

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!    

The Pickens Report – May 2019

Community

THE PICKENS REPORT
MAY 2019

Another busy month has passed for Pickens County with lots in store for the Summer. Currently, local contractor Jimmy Stewart is working on constructing the new Tate Fire Station through SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) funding. Local contractor Noland Construction is removing the outdated building and grading the property off Camp Road that houses Public Works. The new property layout will be more suitable to the needs of Public Works. After that phase of construction is complete bids will go out to construct a new facility to house Public Works. Paving bids for phase one are currently being accepted. The bid deadline is June 20th at 1pm. The county will be resurfacing roads in two phases this year, phase one in the summer and phase two in the fall. Phase one includes 10.36 miles of roads to be resurfaced. Additionally, the stabilization of Jones Mtn. Rd. is on schedule with plans to have both lanes open to traffic in July.

During the month of May, the Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 79 new animals, and 84 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 20 cases. The Department of Planning and Development issued 48 new building permits. The Water Department installed six new meters. The 911 Operations Center received 1,677 total calls, 705 were medical responses or fire related. Public Works paved Town Creek Trail and are performing routine road maintenance throughout the county. The Pickens County Recreation Department started its annual Summer Camp which will run through August 2nd. Also, the county pool is now open with hours of operation Tuesday – Saturday from 11am until 5pm and on Sunday from 12pm until 6pm. For additional information about Summer Camp or accessing the pool contact PCRD at 706-253-8863. Pickens County government departments continue to stay busy working for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continues to do an excellent job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.

Kids at Summer Camp enjoying a movie break

Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!

LMIG discussion arises in County Meeting

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JASPER, Ga. – Addressing the 2019 LMIG (Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant), the Pickens County Board of Commissioners Work Session discussed the project at their August Work Session as to what they could accomplish on the list.

The list, used for the discussion, totaled $2,083,467 estimated in materials cost for every one of the forty-one roads included. The list is prioritized according to Pickens County Commission Chairman Rob Jones.

While the board estimates close to $577,000 from the grant, they also noted the increasing prices of asphalt saying the slight increase in funding over last year would not even cover the cost difference.

Jones said in the meeting they would be looking to fund the difference in the LMIG and the rest of their paving would come from SPLOST. However, the list as it stands is for discussion and subject to change before their final decisions coming at the August 16 Regular Session.

 

The list as it stands is as follows:

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Upcoming Roads To Be Paved

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Jasper, GA – Pickens County Public Works is well into its paving projects having completed Old Tate Road and Burnt Mountain Road last week and currently paving Cain Trail, and Thompson Lane (Hwy. 53 West side). They also plan to be moving on to Tilley Road and Swan Bridge Road in the coming weeks.

Additionally, subcontractor crews are paving through both the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant and SPLOST funds on behalf of Pickens County. However, these roads and their timing could change due to weather and other variables.

Currently they are paving Old Philadelphia Road, Grady Street, Jackson Street, John Street, Northside Drive, Gordon Road, Myrtle Street, Arminda Street, Glyness Street, W. Gordon Road, Golden Springs Drive, and East Golden Springs Drive.

Citizens will also see work beginning soon on Firetower Road, Ray Road, Brooks Road, Lukes Path, Pineview Court, Twin Oak Court, Mountain View Court, Mountain View Drive, Collins Road, Hopkins Lane, Scenic View, Twin Oaks Circle, Camp Road (53 to Refuge Road section), Still Hollow Road, West Laurel Trace, East Laurel Trace, West Boling Road, East Boling Road, Turner Road, and Turner Road Extension.

This is not necessarily all the roads that will be paved, as some could be added in the months to come depending on the timing of the current roads that are being paved and other various factors according to Public Information Officer Tucker Green.

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City Council Packs the Hall

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ISO Increase Fuels Public Outcry

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Citizens in Pickens County yesterday urged the county to do something about increasing insurance rates. (more…)

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Pickens Looks to Refinance Water Debt

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The Pickens County Board of Commissioners heard two proposals this week for refinancing the county’s $ 8.6 million water and sewer debt. (more…)

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