White County awarded Broadband Ready Community Certificate

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Kathy Papa of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs presented the Georgia Broadband Ready Community Certificate to the White County Board of Commissioners at Monday’s regular meeting.

Papa said, “This is a great opportunity to recognize White County for taking steps to incorporate broadband into your comprehensive process, eliminate obstacles, at the local level and acknowledge and demonstrate it takes local leadership to meet an ongoing need. The broadband designation reflects White County’s commitment to improving the reliability speed and capacity for businesses, residents and visitors to the county.”

Director of Community and Economic Development John Sell, who worked on drafting a broadband ordinance, said, “We are willing to work with providers to simplify the process of permitting and inspection of any buildout of our infrastructure. Sell added that the community is in the process of applying for state and federal dollars and the certificate would give White County an advantage over other counties that are not broadband ready.

Commissioners also approved a request by Trent Hillsman, Special Agent in Charge of the GBI and Appalachian Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) to apply for the $500,000 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). No funds are provided from the county’s general fund for the grant.

The Board also approved a three-year contract with Dell Marketing L.P. for Microsoft volume licensing in the amount of $34,429.

 

White County Government launches new website

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WHITE COUNTY

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

PRESS RELEASE

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County Government is pleased to announce the launch of a new and improved website. This website redesign is aimed at providing citizens with better access to information across all county departments. The website can be viewed at www.whitecountyga.gov.

Citizens will notice readily available news and announcements, as well as a full calendar of county related events, an area to easily submit public records requests and a full listing of county job opportunities – in addition to updated, functional departmental pages for the offices of elected officials and county departments.

According to Shanda Murphy, Interim County Manager and County Clerk “we appreciate the Board of Commissioners vision and support with this project and County IT Director, Joel Witcher’s, leadership on the project. White County elected officials, county department managers, and staff have work hard to develop this website and look forward to maintaining and expanding the use of this tool for the public’s benefit”.

 

Commissioners ready to set millage rate

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. –The Board of Commissioners will meet Monday (Aug. 2) at 4:30 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Board Room, located at 1235 Helen Hwy. to consider adopting a resolution to set the 2021 millage rate, millage rate rollback and increase in taxes.

The Board will also consider:

  • The use of insurance premium tax in the unincorporated area of White County and certification of pending appeals;
  • Awarding the bid for one replacement extractor unit and one additional extractor for fire services;
  • Awarding the bid for the triple surface treatment of Luke Road and Redd/Bolton Road; Approval of adding a fee to the White County Recreation Department fee schedule for elite team league basketball for the 2021-‘22 season; Awarding the contract for construction manager at risk for the White County Tax Commissioner’s Office renovation and expansion.

There will be a presentation of the Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of Achievement for excellence in financial reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report for the year ending June 30,2020.

 

Commissioners present proposed budget of $24,744,021

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners held the first public hearing on the fiscal year 2021 budget Monday. A second public hearing is set for Monday, June 15 at 4:30 p.m. Commissioners can approve the budget at that time.

The proposal calls for an overall budget of $24,744,021 and a general fund budget of $19,778,496. There were no increases in the 2020 departmental budgets with the exception of an increase in employee insurance premiums of $733,495. The increase in premiums will not be passed along to employees. Commission Chairman Travis Turner said the increase will be absorbed by the county.

The separate fund totals, which includes $1,043,227 in debt service and $1,098,800 in the E911 fund, totals $4,965,525.

The proposed commissioners’ budget, which includes the Local Option Sales Tax revenue, will be $5,089,362. The Sheriff’s budget is $3,603,938 and the fire department budget is $1,482,098.

Finance Director Jodi Ligon announced that the jail debt service will be paid off on Jan. 1.

 

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Land use issues dominate Monday BOC meeting

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White County Commissioners

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — Land use applications and an amendment to the current land use regulations will dominate the Monday (June 1) Board of Commissioners meeting which starts at 4:30 p.m.

This meeting will be open to the public – with established social distancing guidelines in place. It will also be available by livestream in a view only mode. To access the video only mode: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81541623721. To access the listen only mode, dial 1 646 558 8656 US then access code 815 4162 3721.

Commissioners will consider the following land use applications:

  • Jeff and Stacy Grow have requested a conditional use permit at 1257 Poplar Stump Road in Helen to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • Braden Hansen has requested a conditional use permit at 35 Allen Summit Drive in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • Kevin McCraney has requested a conditional use permit at 11 Country Breeze Drive in Sautee Nacoochee to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • Donald Munson has requested a conditional use permit at 590 Monroe Ridge in Sautee Nacoochee to be placed in the short-term rental program;

Commissioners will also consider adoption of a resolution to amend the land use regulations pertaining to permitted uses in an industrial land use district to include athletic training complexes, sports institutions and academies, competitive training facilities, outdoor equipment and fenced outdoor fields.

 

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BOC kicks off New Year with busy agenda Monday

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White County Commissioners

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will kick off  the New Year with a hectic schedule when they meet in a combined work session and regular meeting Monday (Jan. 6) at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

Leading off the agenda will be consideration of the purchase of elections equipment for the 2020 election cycle and approval of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant application.

Commissioners will also consider renewal of the statewide mutual aid agreement and adoption of a resolution setting the qualifying fees for county offices to be filed in the upcoming 2020 primary election.

Also to be determined are a number of land use applications, including:

Mark Carriger’s request for a conditional use permit on 3.68 acres at 520 Adair Mill Road in Cleveland to be used as a wedding chapel/event facility from its present use of R-1 single-family residential;

Benjamin Goodman’s request for a conditional use permit for 4.61 acres at 177 Rabun Road in Sautee Nacoochee to be placed into the  short-term rental program from R-1 single-family residential;

Sam Kondamudi’s request for a conditional use permit for1.01 acres at 635 Yonah Mountain Road in Cleveland  to be placed into the  short-term rental program from R-1 single-family residential;

Bryan Lee’s request to redistrict 6.38 acres located at 28 Lothridge Road in Cleveland from C-1 Community Commercial District to C-2 Highway Business District.

Commissioners will also consider a proposal for architectural engineering services with Brewster & Crocker Associates for the Yonah Preserve Football Field concession stand and press box project.

Finance Director Jodi Ligon will deliver the monthly financial status report.

 

 

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BOC holds first reading of fiscal year 2018-19 budget

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Manager Michael Melton presented the proposed $23.7 million fiscal year 2018-19 budget to the Board of Commissioners Monday. The first reading was approved without any objection from the public.

Commissioners will vote to adopt the budget Monday, June 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Commissioners approved a request by Donald E. Almand to redistrict 2.806 acres of land from C-1 (Community Commercial District to C-2 (Highway Business District) for the purpose of construction of a mechanics garage with the entrance in Hwy. 115 East.

County officials estimated the damage to the county’s roads during the recent flash flooding at $201,085. One of the worst hit was Carolina Springs Road, a road that had just been paved. It was completely washed away. Damage to that road alone is estimated at $77,385. Commissioners agreed to let Square Deal Construction, the same company that just paved the road, to do the repair work.

Commissioners will apply for a local maintenance improvement grant (LMIG) to cover the cost. If an LMIG can’t be obtained, the repair work will be performed with funding from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).

Commissioners also formally approved the intergovernmental agreement with the cities of Cleveland and Helen that will award the county a 60-percent share of SPLOST proceeds, while the cities of Helen and Cleveland will receive 20 percent each.

Commissioners also unanimously approved spending $7,000 for striping Asbestos Road.

 

 

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Public hearing on county budget set Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the proposed fiscal year 2018-19 budget and a land use application regarding property on Dock Dorsey Road Monday, June 11, at 4:30 p.m. to be followed immediately by a called meeting.

The land use application was filed by Donald Almand to redistrict 2.806 acres from C-1 Community Commercial District to C-2 Highway Business District.

Commissioners will also get a report on the damage the flash flooding earlier this month did to the county and the recovery progress. Public Safety Director David Murphy estimated last week the storm did at least $1 million in damage.

Other items to be considered, include:

  • Approval of the intergovernmental agreement with the cities of Cleveland and Helen regarding the proposed 2020 special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST);
  • Approval of the cost estimate to stripe Asbestos Road;
  • Approval of the state’s revocable license agreement for the purpose of widening and paving Joe Franklin Road on state-owned property (Smithgall Woods);
  • Approval of a grant application to the staffing for adequate fire and emergency response (SAFR) program;
  • Approval of the 2018-19 Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) property and liability insurance proposal;
  • Approval of 2017-18 budget amendments; and
  • Approval of appointments to the Family and Children’s Services Board, Development Authority Board, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Avita Community Partners Board and the Industrial Building Authority Board.

 

 

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BOC Called Meeting and Work Session Scheduled Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax Manager Kevin Hamby will provide a SPLOST update and Finance Director Vickie Mays will present the monthly financial status report when the White County Board of Commissioners hold a work session and called meeting Monday, July 31 at 4:30 p.m.

 

Commissioners will consider several funding requests, including one from the Friends of Hardman Farm to support the 2017 Fall Celebration and another from the White County Chamber of Commerce for the Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival.

 

The board will also consider requests from Parks and Recreation for money to purchase a new mower and equipment and from Animal Control to repair or replace the department’s vehicles.

There will also be a discussion about the status of the Yonah Preserve Project.

 

Public hearings on the millage rate are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 6 p.m on Thursday, August 3.

Cannon Rd. Redistricting Gets Yes, No Votes

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners unanimously rejected a request by Mark Byrd to redistrict 3.056 acres of land at 36 Cannon Road from C1 Community Commercial District to C2 Highway Business District after hearing strong objection from Pat Cannon, whose family has owned much of the surrounding property for years.

Speaking on behalf of his father, Cannon said, “We’ve raised questions about the property line. This is not a public road. It has never been a public road and my dad has maintained that road since 1956. My cousin owns property next door, so do my uncles so this is not something we take lightly. Trying to justify going from one classification to another classification violates all norms of planning I know about. Clearly the county’s own C1 classification clearly states that no structure shall exceed 20,000 square feet. It also talks about C2 zoning being more for regional development.”

Commissioners did approve zoning the front 1.82 acres of Byrd’s land from C2 to C1, which is what they say it should have been from the beginning. Byrd requested the redistricting to accommodate expansion of his mini-storage business.

Following the public hearing, commissioners went into a work session and called meeting where they approved:

  • The application for the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant for the funding of the multi-jurisdictional drug task force;
  • A 2018 Memorandum of Understanding for the operation of the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office;
  • The bid from MSI Employee Benefit Services to continue to administer the employee benefit program;
  • The lease document for a 2017 Kenworth 4,000-gallon pumper/tanker at 2.36 percent interest rate;
  • Replacement of aging information technology equipment at a cost of $40,350;
  • Leasing tower space at the county’s Long Mountain Tower Site to WRWH Radio;
  • An addendum to the contract with Legacy Link for the nutrition program services at White County Senior Center;
  • A bid from United Community Bank, the high bidder, for two certificates of deposit at a rate of .43 percent;
  • Appointment of Chairman Travis Turner as the county’s voting delegate to the ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference.

A request by the Northeast Georgia Veterans Society to fund and erect a statute of the late Private Rondall Glaze was withdrawn and a request by Sheriff Neal Walden to present information on recommended improvements to the county courthouse was postponed.

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