Helen Commission Discuss Dog Park


WHITE COUNTY, Ga.- The Rotary Club has approached Commissioner Steve Fowler about the possibility of opening a dog park on state land between the Hardman Trail access and the Helen Water Park.

John Albey the interim police chief brought the commission the report for Feb. and his plans for the police department. The commission also approved the first reading of two ordinances. The commission also tabled a discussion for a land swap with Lee Landress.

The Rotary Club would like to sponsor a dog park on the state land in between the Hardman Trail access and the Helen Water Park. The club approached the commission with the request because the state won’t approve the request from the Rotary Club. If the commission does approve the request the club will be responsible for paying and maintaining the park even though on paper the city will be responsible.

Interim Police Cheif John Albey while delivering his report to the commission.

Albey is the interim police chief after the termination of Police Cheif Brian Stephens. Albey is working closely with the White County Sheriff’s office during this time of transition. The commission voted to give City Manager Jerry Elkins the authority to help Albey get whatever he needs to get the police department to where it needs to be to protect the citizens and tourists of Helen.

“At this moment this is a work in progress, we are trying to get a chain of command in our police department reorganized, and have a fully functioning police department hopefully very soon,” explained Albey.

In the report, Albey delivered he stated there were 162 hours of foot patrols in the city of Helen to encourage visibility. There were also six drug arrests and three accidents. This was the report that was handed down to him. To find out more about the Helen Police Department visit https://www.cityofhelen.org/index.php/government/city-departments/police-department.

The two ordinances that had the first reading were ordinance 22-03-01 and 22-03-02. The first ordinance was an ordinance to authorize White County to handle Helen’s elections. The second ordinance was to update the brewpubs ordinance in accordance with the updates the State has made.

This was just a first reading so the new ordinances have not gone into effect yet. There will have to be another reading of both the ordinances before they are formally voted on.

The commissioners also voted to table a discussion for a land swap. Lee Landress is wanting to trade two parcels of land for one parcel the city owns. This will be addressed at the next scheduled meeting on Apr. 19 at 10:00 a.m.

There will also be a special call meeting on Friday, Mar. 18. The meeting will be held at 10:00 a.m at City Hall.


Multi-family rezoning request on City Council agenda Monday


CLEVELAND, Ga. – The Cleveland City Council will consider a request to rezone property at 403 West Kytle Street from B-II Highway Commercial Business to R-II Multi Family Residential when it meets Monday (Nov. 8) at 6:30 p.m. in the Cleveland Community Center/Police Department, 342 Campbell Street.

The Council will also consider an amendment to City Zoning Ordinance for short–term rental.

Under New Business, there will be a request to provide city services (police, fire, sanitation) for the 2021 Christmas in the Mountains Parade.

Fire Chief Ricky Pruitt, Police Chief Jeff Shoemaker, City Administrator Tom O’Bryant will provide monthly reports.

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