Public hearings on tap for Monday BOC agenda

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will conduct two public hearings during the combined work session and regular meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 4 at 4:30 p.m.

Jesse Darin Knaus has requested a land use application to redistrict 3.76 acres located at 252 Garland Bristol Road in Sautee Nachochee from Community Commercial District (C-1) to Residential single family district  (R-1).

Judith Tolhurst has requested a conditional use permit to redistrict 4.5 acres located at 515 Tolhurst Road in Cleveland from residential single-family district to enter the vacation rental by owner program.

Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

  • A discussion of mountain protection ordinance violations in Panorama Estates in Sautee Nacoochee;
  • Consideration of a proposal to bring the White County Alzheimer’s Respite Program under the umbrella of senior center operations;
  • Consideration of the Legacy Link Fiscal Year 2019 contract addenda for operation of the White County Senior Center;
  • Consideration of the appointment of Lindsey Oliver to the White County Recreation Advisory Board to fulfill the remainder of a three-year term to expire Dec. 31, 2019;
  • Discussion of the status of short term vacation rentals;
  • Discussion of a Board of Commissioners Admin vehicle;
  • A presentation of the monthly financial status report.

 

 

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BOC to discuss short term vacation rentals Thursday

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 CLEVELAND, Ga. –The White County Board of Commissioners and White County Planning Commission will hold a Joint Called Meeting Thursday, (Jan.17) at 7:30 a.m. to discuss a policy for short term vacation rentals in the unincorporated area of White County.

The number of applicants for short term vacation rentals has risen dramatically in the last year and currently R3 is the only zoning classification that permits such rentals. Residents whose property is not zoned R3 must petition the county for a conditional use permit and submit to two public hearings.

At Thursday’s meeting commissioners will discuss how to make the process easier and make sure they are doing what is best for the county as a whole.

 

 

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County Commission to hold called meeting Tuesday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A couple of funding requests will highlight the White County Board of Commissioners called meeting scheduled for Tuesday (Dec. 11) at 8 a.m.

The Sautee Nacoochee Community Association will present a request for funding of the official guide and destination map for the historical Sautee Nacoochee Arts and Heritage District.

The White County Historical Society will ask commissioners to approve a funding request to allow completion of “The Potter” statue at the Historic Courthouse.

The Board will then consider an appointment to the Board of Assessors before entering into an executive session to discuss personnel.

 

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White Co. BOC work session scheduled Nov. 26

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will hold two public hearings and consider year-end board appointments when they meet Monday at 4:30 p.m. in a work session.

The first public hearing will be to consider the land use application filed by Gregory K. Dobson for a conditional use permit at 58 Bonnie Pearl Lane. The property is currently zoned Residential Single-Family District (R1). The proposed use is for a bed and breakfast vacation rental program.

Commissioners will then conduct a public hearing for a land use application filed by Daniel C. Flanders to redistrict 30.24 acres located at 261 J and J Drive in Sautee Nacoochee from Residential Multi-Family District (R2) to Agriculture Forestry District.

Also on the agenda is a tax release application filed by Vernon Dockery for a conservation breach associated with the transfer of three acres in 2017 from the Monroe Dockery Trust to Forest Green, LLC.

Commissioners will also discuss bids received by the Assessor’s Office for business personal property audit/verification services, year-end board appointments and appointments to a historic preservation committee.

 

 

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BOC honors retired White County teachers

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(Pictured front row: Commissioner Terry Goodger, Elaine McCleary, June Collins, Martha Senkbeil, Judy Lovell and Tony Kemp. (Back row) Commissioner Craig Bryant, Chairman Travis Turner, Frank Senkbeil and Lamar Collins.)

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners had a full slate of agenda items to address at Monday’s work session and called meeting.

The first order of business was to read a proclamation in recognition of retired White County teachers and declare Nov.  4 as Retired Teachers Day in White County.

Retired teachers who attended Monday’s meeting included Elaine McClean, June Collins, Martha Senkbeil, Judy Lovell, Tony Kemp, Frank Senkbeil, Lamar Collins.

Commissioners held two public hearings. The first was to consider the application for a land use permit submitted by Todd Campbell to redistrict 3.2 acres located at 1617 Hwy. 115 East from Community Commercial District (C1) to Highway Business District (C2). Campbell would like to extend a parking lot to accommodate his used car lot.

The second public hearing was to consider the application for a land use permit filed by Tina M. Della for 1.66 acres located at 373 Yonah Mountain Road. The proposed use is to place the property in a “Rent by Owner” program. The present use is Residential Single Family District (R1).

Commissioners also discussed awarding contracts for animal control/veterinary services, senior services and scoreboards for ball fields at Mount Yonah Preserve.

Public Safety Director David Murphy asked the board to approve a one year contract for veterinary services with VCA Chestatee Animal Hospital in Dahlonega.

Murphy said that six request for proposal (RFP) had been hand-delivered to veterinary services and VCA Chestatee Animal Hospital was the only one that responded. The county has used a local veterinary service in the past, but was charged $108 to have the vet prepare the animal for adoption. Since the county’s fee to adopt an animal was only $90, taxpayers were losing money. Chestatee VCA charges the county $55 per animal.

The Board also discussed:

  • An update of the Chestatee/Chattahoochee Research Conservation and Development Council activities;
  • A contribution to the “Cabin Fever Campaign” to relocate a historic Appalachian log cabin to the visitor’s center at Smithgall Woods State Park;
  • An update of the SPLOST program;
  • Options for a scholarship program at White County Parks and Recreation Department;
  • The 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program application for the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO);
  • Revisions to the fire recover fee schedule in accordance with revised Federal Emergency Management Agency standards;
  • Including Westmoreland Road repairs for the 2019 local maintenance and improvement program (LMIG) for deep patching, leveling and resurfacing from Hwy. 129 to Hwy. 154;
  • Awarding two certificates of deposit currently held by United Community Bank;
  • Changes to the Alliant/Health Partners Network effecting county employees access to Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic providers;
  • An appointment to the White County Board of Health to fulfill the remainder of a six-year term previously held by Emmett Shotts.

Issues discussed during a work session are not generally voted on until the next county commission voting meeting.

 

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Commissioners discussed a new 9-1-1 phone system during a three-hour work session Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners discussed a number of key issues during Monday’s work session, including the purchase of a new 9-1-1 phone system, the possible creation of a committee to draft a historic preservation protection plan and bids received for a maintenance and operation contract for the transfer station as well as replacement compactor for the convenience center.

Commissioners do not typically vote on issues during a work session. Instead, they are placed on the agenda for the next voting session which will be Oct. 1.

Public Safety Director David Murphy presented the results of a request for proposal (RFP). After review of the bids received, staff recommended the contract be awarded to AT&T for a total amount of $222,298 which is approximately $38,0000 less than what was encumbered in the 2018 budget to be paid for by special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenue.

Murphy said the current system was installed in 2007 and has outlived its usefulness and the company that sold it is no longer in business. The new system, which includes electronic equipment, computer equipment and software that will allow the 9-1-1 center to pinpoint the caller’s location which could save first responders valuable time if someone is injured in a remote location and don’t know where they are.

John Erbele asked the board to consider creation a committee charged with drafting a county-wide historic preservation protection plan and map overlay. Erbele said White County is a very special place and it will be even more special 20 years from now if such a plan is adopted.

Commissioners have received a number of citizen complaints about the transfer station so they have been considering awarding the maintenance and operation contract to a different vendor. When the bids came in, however – Advanced Disposal, which holds the current contract – was the lowest bidder.

Staff recommended awarding the contract to Advanced Disposal, but with some additional requirements aimed at cleaning up the site.

There was also a discussion about vacation rentals by owner (VRBO). County Manager Michael Melton pointed out that a number of property owners who rent their houses out to tourists are not paying the hotel/motel tax or sales tax which they are required to pay.

There were three public hearings. One was a request from Jon Steven Neal for a conditional use permit to operate a rent-by-owner property on 1.18 acres at 253 Enota Drive in Sautee Nacoochee. Another was a request by Jeremy McAfee to redistrict 7.10 acres at 2779 Tesnatee Gap Valley Road to C-2 Highway Business District. The property now houses a automotive body shop. McAfee wants to expand the building to house other businesses. Neither of those public hearing attracted any opposition.

However, Michael Clark’s request for a conditional use permit at 5058 Helen Highway in Sautee Nacoochee to operate a “place of worship” did draw opposition from an adjacent property owner who said the building lacks adequate parking space and septic system.

Commissioners also reviewed bids for the contract to operate the transfer station. Three bids were received and the current provider Advanced Disposal was the lowest bidder with a proposed tipping fee of $49.75 per ton, a 12 percent increase of the current fee.

 

 

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Commissioners approve contractor to replace two bridges

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – In a two-hour called meeting and work session Monday, the White County Board of Commissioners considered a wide-range of issues from the replacement of two bridges on New Bridge Road to setting the fall hours at Yonah Preserve.

The county had hoped to replace the bridges one at a time, but when the initial bid request went out with that requirement, no bids were received. When the county rebid the project to allow the bridges to be replaced at the same time, the low bidder was Savannah-based E&D Contracting Inc. Commissioners with a bid of $1,043,645.50.

Most of the funding for the bridges will come from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Local Maintenance Improvement Grant. The county will be required to provide a match of approximately $238,000.

Commissioners also approved an amendment to the proposed fiscal year 2018-’19 budget. County Clerk Shanda Murphy informed the board that a line-item by line-item review of the budget identified several instances where, based on historical numbers, the amounts could be increased and several other instances where the amount of expenditures could be decreased.

Additionally, Murphy said the county had received about $440,000 in additional revenue in the last couple of weeks that can be added to the budget.

Commission Chairman Travis Turner announced the county had received a check for $100,000 from the state of Georgia to help with emergency road repair of the damage caused by Tropical Storm Alberto in May.

 

In other decisions, the board approved:

  • The annual contract for the senior center with the Department of Human Services to provide transportation for seniors to the senior center and to the grocery and doctor’s offices in the amount of $32,000.
  • Adopted of a surplus resolution for eight vehicles assigned to the Sheriff’s Office;
  • The purchase of two new fully-equipped Ford Explorers for the Sheriff’s Office from Jacky Jones Ford for $86,930;
  • An increase in the fee for participation in league basketball at parks and recreation of $5;
  • A title transfer of a 2000 Blue Bird bus from the White County Board of Education to the Sheriff’s Office;
  • Adoption of a resolution passed by the Georgia General Assembly that mandates all counties to increase the cost of 911 calls from pre-paid wireless phones from 75 cents to $1.50;
  • Authorization to issue a request for proposal (RFP) for a new compactor for the convenience center;
  • Appointment of Commissioner Edwin Nix to serve as the voting delegate for the 2018 ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference;
  • Appointment of Erica Owens to the White County Department of Family and Children’s Services Board.

 

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Road projects, emergency funding for Alberto damage on agenda for Board of Commissioners meeting Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners has a busy agenda schedule for Monday’s work session and called meeting with 15 items to discuss, including a review of the bids received for proposed 2018 road projects.

The roads that were approved by commissioners this year qualify for the state’s local maintenance and improvement grant (LMIG).

The board will also consider designation of Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) emergency funding for damage caused by tropical storm Alberto. White County was hard hit by the storm, especially along Hwy. 75 between Cleveland and Helen. The county received 15 inches of rain during the seven days after the storm made landfall.

Other items to be discussed, include:

  • A 2018-‘19 transportation contract for the senior center;
  • Adoption of a surplus resolution for eight vehicles assigned to the Sheriff’s Office;
  • A request by the Sheriff’s Office to purchase two vehicles;
  • A revision to the recreation department’s participation fees;
  • A resolution to amend the fiscal year 2018-’19 budget;
  • Transfer of a 2000 Bluebird bus from the White County Board of Education to White County EMA;
  • Adoption of resolutions related to collection of 911 service fees as required by House Bill 751;
  • Approval of the bidding process for a new compactor for the convention center;
  • Consideration of appointing a voting delegate for the 2018 ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference;
  • Appointment to the White County DFACS board;
  • Establishment of fall season hours for Yonah Preserve;
  • Establishment of a boating policy on Yonah Preserve Lake;
  • Presentation of a monthly financial status report.

 

 

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