White County receives employee safety grant from ACCG

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County was recently awarded an Employee Safety Grant from the ACCG- Group Self-Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (ACCG-GSIWCF). The Employee Safety Grants are available to fund members that are fostering a culture of workplace safety through additional training, equipment, or services.

With these grant funds, White County was able to purchase various safety related equipment including: thermometers, hearing protection earmuffs, chainsaw chaps, emergency kits, stop the bleed kits & cabinets, and an additional automatic external defibrillator (AED). Following receipt of this grant, all county facilities now have an AED and stop the bleed kits. County employees have also recently received CPR training and stop the bleed training.

The ACCG-GSIWCF Board of Trustees allotted $1.5 million in grant funds over a three-year period, with $500,000 available to eligible members in 2021. “We are pleased to offer this grant program to assist members in improving their safety efforts,” said ACCG-GSIWCF Board of Trustees Chairman and McDuffie County Commissioner Frederick Favors. “The opportunity to receive the Employee Safety Grant is one of the many benefits of being a part of ACCG’s member-owned workers’ compensation program.”

The ACCG-GSIWCF provides workers’ compensation insurance to more Georgia county governments than all other insurers combined and has assets of approximately $274 million. Since 1985, the program has returned $99 million in dividends to the membership.

Loss control services are provided to all members of the workers’ compensation program through Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS), a non-profit agency operated jointly with the Georgia Municipal Association. Each member appoints a Safety Coordinator to work with LGRMS to create and maintain safe working environments for government officials, employees and volunteers. White County’s Safety Coordinator is Krystal Talley, Human Resources Coordinator.

ACCG is Georgia’s County Association and was formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department. ACCG works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs. ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties. For more information, go to www.accg.org.

Race for Commission District 1 features rerun between Goodger and Nicholson

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The election for White County Board of Commissioners this year will be a rerun between two Republican candidates who ran for the office in 2010, incumbent Terry Goodger and Jerry Nicholson.

Goodger defeated Nicholson by about 140 votes then and received 58.4 percent of the vote to Nicholson’s 41.6 percent.

NOTE: FYN will have a profile article on Nicholson today.

Goodger, has served as commissioner since 2011. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Technology from Southeastern Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Architecture from LSU.

He has an extensive history of public service, having served as chairman of the Downtown Development Authority and Helping Hands Clinic. He also is a member of the American Legion, North Georgia Veterans Society and Woodmen of the World. From 1963-1966, he was a United States Marine who retired with the rank of captain. He is an active member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland where he is a teacher and deacon.

“It has been my honor and privilege to serve as county commissioner for the past nine plus years,” he said. “It’s not a job I take lightly and have approached it with an attitude of ‘How can I make White County a better place to live, work and play.’”

Goodger said he became interested in the urban development of cities during his college years and has used his knowledge along with his vision for the county to be proactive in the development of a growing county.

“I still have that passion to lead in the county development and I would like to continue to serve as county commissioner,” he added.

During his nine-year tenure, Goodger said the county has realized a “dream come true” with the construction of the Appalachian Parkway. “That was 20 years in the making and the final phase is now under construction,” he said. The county has also added a new detention center, sheriff’s office, road department, tax commission office and animal control building during those years

“With the bonds for the detention center being paid off this December, the only other debt we have is for the new ballfields at Yonah Preserve,” he said. “The county is still developing the 1,000-acre site with 10 plus miles of hiking and biking trails. A trail head facility with a picnic area, restrooms, fishing and boating has been built using mostly tourist tax dollars to fund those assets and it has been pay as we go.”

As far as the next four years, Goodger said, building a new courthouse and focusing on business and industry will be top priorities.

“I am excited about what has been accomplished and look forward to continued growth,” he added. “I have been blessed to have received great support during my tenure in office and would appreciate continued vote and support of our citizens.”

 

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White County SPLOST collections far exceed projection

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Kevin Hamby presented a special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) report during Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting. When the program was approved, commissioners anticipated collecting about $19 million. But Hamby said it now appears revenue will total between $24 and $25 million by the end of 2020.

“It’s easy to give this report when the checks are coming in like they are coming in,” he said. “As you can see, we’re only about 81 percent through the program.”

The report was timely in that the Board had a number of spending items to vote on. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve:

Acceptance of the $383,260 Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant that requires a county match of $238,243;

Resurfacing of Westmoreland Road from Hwy. 129 to Hwy. 284 in the amount of $545,750 as part of the Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) to be paid for out of the voter-approved SPLOST fund;

The purchase of two vehicles for the Department of Community and Economic Development in the amount of $5,319, to be paid for out of the voter-approved SPLOST fund;

The purchase of a vehicle from Jacky Jones Ford for the code enforcement officer in the amount of $30,185;

A contract with Ansley Communications to provide a security camera system installation at Yonah Preserve in the amount of $88,034;

Funding repairs and improvements to the Historic Courthouse and Museum in the amount of $16,000.

Commissioners also approved a resolution of revision to Chapter 30, Environment Artile VIII Standards and Regulations for the Protection of Mountains and Hillsides of the Official Code of White County.

Under the consent agenda, commissioners approved:

A land use variance application for Rondal Garmon for property located at 1745 Skylake Road in Sautee Nacoochee;

A rezoning request by Gregory Chastain from Agriculture Forestry (A-1) to Highway Business (C-2) for property located at 8343 Duncan Bridge Road;

A rezoning request by Gregory Chastain from Agriculture Forestry (A-1) to Residential Single Family (R-1) for property located at 8362, 8386 and 8402 Duncan Bridge Road;

A land use application by Susan Fleck for a conditional use permit for short-term rental on property located at 3214 Paradise Valley Road in Cleveland;

A land use application by Dennis Greene to redistrict property located at 610 Industrial Blvd in Cleveland from Agriculture Forestry (A-1) to Industrial District (I-1).

Commissioners also took time out to honor the county’s retiring teachers, the Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.

(Please see photos at top and bottom of this article).

 

 

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Commissioners will discuss road repairs at Monday meeting

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Road repair and applications for short-term rentals will dominate much of the discussion when the White County Board of Commissioners meets in a combined regular meeting and work session Monday (Aug. 26) at 4:30 pm.

Commissioners will consider approval of road project contract change orders for the preparation and paving on Sam Craven Road, preparation on Joe Franklin Road and base and paving on Asa Dorsey Road.

There are six requests for a conditional use permit to be placed in the short-term rental program.

Joan Englert of 28 Persimmon Drive, Steve Milhollin of 2241 Lothridge Road, Teresa Leahy of 69 Greystone Drive and Gary, Michelle Fuchs of 57 Miway Lane in Sautee Nacoochee and Cyndi Fargo of 2183 Chimney Mountain Road in Sautee Nacoochee and Avery and Kelly Clark of 618 Joe Black Road Sautee Nacoochee have all requested the permit.

Commissioners will also consider bids received for renovations at the Parks and Recreation Department gymnasium, including demolition and removal of old bleachers, gym floor installation and replacement of low-rise bleachers.

The Board is also expected to vote on the purchase of a bucket truck for the Road Department and an appointment to the Alcohol Beverage Commission

Trent Hillsman, GBI Special Agent in Charge of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office, will ask the commissioners to approve an application for the 2019 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Edward Byrne Memorial Justice grant.

Finance Director Jodi Ligon will present the monthly financial report.

 

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Commissioners approve 10.75 millage rate for FY 2019

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Following a third public hearing Monday, the White County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2019 rollback millage rate at 10.75 mils.

The proposed rate is the same as last year, however, keeping the millage rate at the same level represents a tax increase of .204 mils. Without the tax increase, the rate would have been no more than 10.546 mils.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $160,000.00 is approximately $12.65 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $130,000.00 is approximately $10.61.

Kevin Hamby reported that revenue from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) has exceeded all expectations. The voter-approved referendum was projected to raise $19,000,000.The revised and actual estimated revenue has been adjusted to $24,351,668.

The local option sales tax (LOST) has also outperformed expectations. The 2019 projection was $2,502,538. To date, the county has received $2,774,370. Tourism has also produced another success story. Anticipated revenue for 2019 was $805,675 while actual collections total $977,811.

Will Wagner presented a brief report on the Historic Preservation Committee, saying the committee has met monthly for about six months. “We’ve been looking at camp meetings and have had several reports on those,” Wagner said. “We have also gathered some information from the White County Historical Society. They have been very helpful.”

Commissioners approved a low bid of $81,608.34 by Precision Paving to deep patch and overlay Truelove Road and deep patching of Post Road and Old Hwy. 75 South. Commissioner Craig Bryant recused himself due to a conflict of interest.

The Board unanimously approved giving Public Works Director Dave Cangemi $5,000 to place a hold on the purchase of a 60-foot used bucket truck and to hold a called meeting to approve the purchase price if a suitable one can be found.

Commissioners unanimously approved Commission Chairman Travis Turner to serve as White County’s voting delegate for the 2019 ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference.

Finance Director Jodi Ligon presented the monthly financial report (pre audit, does not include accrued revenue).

General fund revenue for the month of June was $711,107 while expenditures were $1,773,734. Year-to-date revenue is $17,573,474 and expenditures are $18,122,189.

The Board projected collecting $133,200 in alcohol taxes and fees and thus far has collected $126,671. The FY 2019 budget anticipated collection of $1,020,000 in the title ad valorem tax. Collections so far are $1,013,689. Collection of the hotel/motel tax have surpassed expectations. The projection was $805,675. So far, the county has collected $977,811.

 

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BOC Press Release

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Mr. Michael Melton, county manager of White County, is pleased to announce Ms. Barbara Prevost Overton will be joining the staff of White County Government as the director of senior services on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. Ms. Overton will be assuming this role as a result of the upcoming retirement of Ms. Bonnie York. Ms. Overton previously served as the coordinator for the Meals on Wheels program at the Habersham County Senior Center and her background is in non-profit program management, including nine years with the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She possesses a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree from Florida State University. Locally, she serves on the Family Promise Board of Directors and as a volunteer at the Sautee Nacoochee Community Association. “We are extremely pleased to have Barbara Overton join our staff and believe she will be a welcome addition with her history of strong leadership, management and community involvement,” Michael Melton said.

White County Board of Commissioners – June 26, 2017 Meeting Agenda

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WHITE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

COMBINED WORK SESSION & REGULAR MEETING OF

MONDAY, JUNE 26, 2017 AT 4:30 P.M.

AGENDA

1.      CALL TO ORDER.

2.      PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE.

3.      INVOCATION – PASTOR CHERYL KENNEDY, THE BRIDGE CHURCH & WHITE COUNTY MINISTERIAL ALLIANCE.

4.      CONSIDER ADOPTION OF THE MINUTES OF THE JUNE 5, 2017 BUDGET PUBLIC HEARING & REGULAR MEETING, THE JUNE 6, 2017 YONAH PRESERVE PLANNING MEETING, AND THE JUNE 12, 2017 CALLED MEETING.

RECOGNITIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

5.      RECOGNITION OF MR. BILL HOUSE ON THE OCCASION OF HIS RETIREMENT AS COUNTY ATTORNEY.

6.      RECOGNITION OF THE WHITE COUNTY FINANCE DEPARTMENT FOR RECEIPT OF THE CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FOR EXCELLENCE IN FINANCIAL REPORTING FOR FISCAL YEAR 2016 FROM THE GOVERNMENT FINANCE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION.

CONSENT AGENDA

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

7.      MR. RON WEBB, NORTHEAST GEORGIA VETERAN’S SOCIETY, TO PRESENT INFORMATION TO THE BOARD CONCERNING A PROPOSED MILITARY MONUMENT.

8.      CONSIDER AWARD OF THE CONTRACT FOR THE PHASE 2 TRAIL CONSTRUCTION AT YONAH PRESERVE.

9.      MR. KEVIN HAMBY, SPLOST MANAGER, TO PRESENT THE MONTHLY SPLOST STATUS REPORT.

10.  CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A VEHICLE LEASE AGREEMENT FOR SEVEN (7) VEHICLES FOR THE WHITE COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE.

11.  CONSIDER RENEWAL OF THE CONTRACT FOR GROUNDS MAINTENANCE SERVICES FOR FREEDOM PARK WITH THE CHATTAHOOCHEE GROUP, INC.

12.  CONSIDER THE AWARD OF THE BID FOR THE HVAC MAINTENANCE CONTRACT FOR ALL COUNTY FACILITIES EXCEPT THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE / DETENTION CENTER.

13.  CONSIDER THE AWARD OF THE CONTRACT FOR ROOF CONSTRUCTION OF THE CORONER’S OFFICE ENTRANCE.

14.  CONSIDER AWARD OF THE BID FOR A EMERGENCY MOBILE GENERATOR FOR WHITE COUNTY EMA.

15.  CONSIDER A CONTRACT WITH FIRE RECOVERY, INC. FOR THE BILLING OF FIRE RESPONSE FEES AND ADOPTION OF A FEE SCHEDULE ACCORDING TO FEMA GUIDELINES.

16.  CONSIDER APPROVAL OF THE FOLLOWING ANNUAL AGENCY CONTRACTS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 BUDGET YEAR:

*         AVITA COMMUNITY PARTNERS (MENTAL HEALTH);

*         COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT;

*         ENOTAH ANTI-DRUG COALITION;

*         ENOTAH COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA);

*         FAMILY CONNECTIONS;

*         LEGACY LINK, INC.;

*         SAUTEE NACOOCHEE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION;

*         WHITE COUNTY BOARD OF LIBRARY TRUSTEES;

*         WHITE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE;

*         WHITE COUNTY CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU;

*         WHITE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY & CHILDREN SVCS;

*         WHITE COUNTY EXTENSION SERVICE; AND

*         WHITE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY.

17.  CONSIDER BOARD APPOINTMENTS:

*         PLANNING COMMISSION – ONE (1) APPOINTMENT TO FULFILL THE REMAINDER OF A THREE (3) YEAR TERM TO EXPIRE 12/31/2019; AND

*         DEPT. OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES, REGION 1 – ONE (1) APPOINTMENT TO FULFILL A THREE (3) YEAR TERM TO EXPIRE 06/30/2020.

18.  CONSIDER THE FISCAL YEAR 2018 PROPERTY & LIABILITY INSURANCE RENEWAL WITH ACCG-IRMA (ASSOCIATION COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF GEORGIA-INTERLOCAL RISK MANAGEMENT AGENCY).

19.  CONSIDER APPROVAL OF A SURPLUS RESOLUTION FOR VARIOUS COUNTY OWNED PROPERTY TO BE SOLD BY ONLINE AUCTION VIA GOVDEALS.

20.  MS. VICKI MAYS, FINANCE DIRECTOR, TO PRESENT THE MONTHLY FINANCIAL STATUS REPORT.

COUNTY MANAGER COMMENTS

PUBLIC COMMENT

ANNOUNCEMENTS

*         JULY 3, 2017 – NO MEETING TO BE HELD

*         JULY 4, 2017 – COUNTY OFFICES CLOSED IN OBSERVANCE OF INDEPENDENCE DAY

OTHER MEETINGS WILL BE SCHEDULED DURING THE MONTH OF JULY FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE 2017 MILLAGE RATE.

21.  ADJOURN.

White County Board of Commissioners – Meeting Notice

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WHITE COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
MEETING NOTICE

Monday, January 29, 2018 – Work Session: The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a Work Session on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Administration Building. The deadline for submitting agenda requests for this meeting is Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. Agenda requests must be submitted to Michael Melton, County Manager [email protected] and copied to Shanda Murphy, County Clerk [email protected].

Monday, February 5, 2018 – Regular Meeting: The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a Regular Meeting on Monday, February 5, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Administration Building.

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