BOC will present proposed 2022-’23 budget

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The Board of Commissioners will present the proposed FY 2022-’23 budget at a combined work session and called meeting Monday June 27 at 4:30 pm in the White County Administration Building.

Other items on the agenda include the introduction of Mike Lefevre as the new Division Chief of Fire Services and a presentation of the county’s strategic economic development plan on behalf of the White County Development Authority.

The Board will also consider approval of a memorandum of understanding with the Georgia Department of Transportation for a temporary debris management site and an amendment to the automatic aid agreement for fire services with the City of Cleveland.

Commissioners are expected to approve FY 2022-’23 contracts with:

  • Legacy Link
  • Avita Community Partners
  • County Health Department
  • EnotaH Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)
  • Family Connection
  • Sautee Nacoochee Community Association
  • White County Board of Library Trustees
  • White County Chamber of Commerce Hotel/Motel Tax Fund
  • White County Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • White County Department of Family and Children Services
  • White County Development Authority
  • White County Historical Society Hotel/Motel  Tax Fund

Board will make mid-year board appointments Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. –Mid-year board appointments will consume much of the agenda when the Board of Commissioners meets Monday at 4:30 pm in the County Administration Building.

The appointments include:

  • A member of the Alcohol Beverage Commission;
  • A member of the Board of Elections and Registrations;
  • A member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors;
  • A member of the CVB Board of Directors;
  • A member of the DFACS Board:
  • A private sector representative to the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission Council;
  • Two members to the Planning Commission;
  • Two members of the Water Authority Board, one who will represent the Upper Chattahoochee River, Soil and Water Conservation District and one who will represent the general public.

Under New Business, the Board will consider:

  • A proposal from Northeast Georgia Physicians Group for continuation of emergency medical services (EMS) for White County;
  • Renewal of the Property and Liability Insurance with ACCG-IRMA for 2022-2023
  • A proposal by Eagleview Technologies for aerial photography services;
  • Approval of the Enotah Judicial Circuit budget for the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 to include circuit paid expenses for Superior Court, Juvenile Court, District Attorney’s Office and the Public Defender.

Additionally, Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly McEntire will present design options for the county’s proposed splash pad.

White County Manager Cason resigns

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. –White County Manager  Joey Cason has resigned his position after less than one year on the job.

Commission Chairman Travis Turner said, “We are disappointed to have received Joey Cason’s resignation over the weekend. While Joey was with us for only a short period of time, we appreciate Joey’s accomplishments for White County community and pray the best for him and his wife Sheila going forward.”

It marks the second time in less than a year that a county manager has resigned. Former White County Manager Jason Cobb tendered his resignation in May 2021 to pursue a business opportunity in the private sector.

Pickleball courts set for a makeover

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved receipt of a dedicated donation by the Yonah Mountain Pickleball Club of $6,715 for the resurfacing of six pickleball courts at the White County Recreation Department. The County then approved a contract with Signature Tennis Courts to perform the work.

The Board also approved:

  • Edward Lugo’s request for a conditional use permit on 1.12 acres at 171 Bennett’s Trail in Sautee Nacoochee to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;
  • Victor Alan Reynolds request for a conditional use permit on1.01 acres at 32 Running Deer Road in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short term rental program;
  • A contract with Waste Management for operation of the White County Transfer Station’
  • A Memorandum of Understanding with the Georgia Department of Transportation for joint access, use and management of a temporary debris site.

The Board denied a request by Hetrip Unit LLC on behalf of Kirt Koch request to redistrict 2.03 acres at the intersection of Hwy. 115 and Hwy. 255 for the purpose of building a convenience store. The Board noted there have been several wrecks at that intersection and a convenience store at that location be a traffic hazard.

John Ziemer gave an update on the activity at the White County Water Authority which will be covered in a separate article.

White County Water Authority working to meet demands of growing population

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – A report by White County Water Authority Board of Directors Chairman John Ziemer presented at the Board of Commissioners meeting this week has raised questions about how the Authority will meet the future needs of a fast-growing White County population.

Ziemer pointed out that the Authority is an enterprise, meaning it receives no money from the county. It serves approximately 2,450 households and its revenue is derived from the sale of water (about 89 percent) and new service connections. The authority has $11.1 million in assets and $1.8 million he said.

Turner Creek is the Authority’s water source with an average production of about 850 to 1 million gallons per day.

In a phone interview Tuesday, County Commissioner Edwin Nix, the Authority’s Executive Director said the Authority bought one well about 20 years ago but it didn’t turn out to be the producer it should have been. “It’s so expensive to bring those things on line that when engineers say you can only run it 12 hours a day and have to let it rest 12 hours, it wouldn’t be worth the money to bring it online.”

Nix said there is another well on the Authority compound that hit water in late 2019 and is pumping water 24/7 but has to be throttled back to no more than 100,000 gallons per day while waiting for paperwork to be approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. “Once you go over 100,000 gallons a day, it has to be a permitted withdrawal,” he said.

“As soon as we get that permit, we’re going to drill another one here on the upper end of the compound. We’re hoping to have two good wells here on site.”

Nix also said the Authority had approached the EPD to suggest building a new plant to pull water out of Yonah Preserve “That was an absolute ‘no,’ he said. They said don’t even think about it so we don’t think about it.”

BOC will approve district maps during rare Thursday meeting

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a rare Thursday meeting tomorrow to conduct a public hearing on the revise White County voting map for the Board of Commissioners and Board of Education to reflect the 2020 Census results.

Other items to be considered by the Board include:

  • The land use application filed by Gregory Chastain to redistrict 7.09 aces located at 250 Hogan Road in Cleveland from Agriculture Forestry to Residential Single Family;
  • The purchase of replacement apparatus for Fire Engine No. 2;
  • The purchase of softward for use by Public Works, Code Enforcement and Animal Control.

 

Controversial nuisance ordinance back on Board of Commissioners agenda

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The Board of Commissioners will present a proclamation in honor of Truett McConnell University’s 75th anniversary when it meets Monday (June 7) at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

Commissioners also will discuss an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with City of Cleveland officials regarding fire services. Other items on Monday’s agenda include:

  • The county’s proposed nuisance ordinance;
  • The land use application filed by Larry Adams to redistrict 54.62 acres located at Claud Sims Road in Cleveland from A-1 (Agriculture Forestry) to R-1 (Residential Single-Family);
  • The land use application filed by Melanie Morton and Maria Hurtado to request a conditional use permit on .39 acres located at 7653 Hwy.75 Alt. in Helen. Proposed use is to be placed into the short-term rental program;
  • The land use application filed by Russell Pruitt to redistrict 3.97 acres located at 673 Paradise Valley Road in Cleveland from C-1 (Community Commercial) to R-1 (Residential single-family);
  • A funding request by White County Chamber of Commerce President Beth Truelove for Fy 2021-22;
  • The bid for weed control and fertilizer treatments for Asbestos Road Park fields, Yonah Preserve ballfield complex and Tesnatee Park sports complex;
  • Approval of the FY 2022 contract with Legacy Lin for Nutritional Program Services at the White County Senior Center;
  • The bid for road striping contract under the 2021 Georgia Department of Transportation Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant;
  • A monthly financial status presentation by Jodi Ligon.

 

 

Travis Turner receives appointment as Vice Chair of ACCG Policy Committee

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Travis Turner

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County Commission Chairman Travis Turner has been appointed Vice Chair of the General County Government Policy Committee for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

In a letter appointing Turner as Vice Chair, ACCG President Steve Taylor said, “Based upon staff recommendations, your active participation with the association, and your demonstrated leadership, I am hereby appointing you to serve as the Vice Chair of the General County Government Policy Committee for the 2021-2022 policy year.”

The work done by the policy committees forms the foundation of the association’s lobbying efforts. “It is critical for these committees to have strong leadership which I am confident you will provide,” the letter stated. “I am certain you will find this experience informative and very rewarding.”

As Vice Chair of an ACCG policy committee, Turner is also now a member of ACCG’s Policy Council that will meet this fall to review the recommendations from the seven policy committees. The recommendations finalized at this meeting will be presented for a membership vote at the ACCG Annual Conference taking place in November. Lastly, during the legislative session, the Policy Council conducts weekly calls to hear briefings from the policy staff, to formulate official ACCG positions on legislation, and to discuss other timely issues impacting Georgia’s counties.

 

 

BOC will name vice-chairman at first meeting of the New Year

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The Board of Commissioners will assemble for the first time in the New Year Monday (Jan. 4) when a combined work session and regular meeting is scheduled at 4 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

Commissioners will hear a request by Michelle Gunnin for a conditional use permit on .918 acres at 228 Spring Crest Road in Cleveland. The present use is R-1 Residential Single Family. Proposed use is to be placed in the short-term rental program.

The Board will also consider designation of a vice-chairman for the 2021 calendar year as well as a contract with Municode for county website design services and ratification of the 2021 holiday schedule for county staff.

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

 

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Commissioners hold called meeting Thursday

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PRESS RELEASE

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting at 8 a.m. Thursday (Sept. 3) to consider approval of the county providing a performance bond for utility construction for Yonah Lakes Subdivision on behalf of Lakewood Capitol Group.

Other items on the agenda include approval of vehicle repairs for the Road Department’s· 2003 Mack CV713 spreader truck and a 2000 MACK 600 RD683 dump truck.

Commissioners will also consider designation of the ACCG voting delegate for the 2020 ACCG business session policy agenda.

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White County to establish Board of Elections Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will vote on a resolution to be presented to the Georgia General Assembly for the creation of a Board of Elections and Registration when it meets in a combined work session and regular meeting Monday (Dec. 2) at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building.

Commissioners will also consider approval of a resolution for Fiscal Year 2019-’20 for amendments to the Drug Abuse Treatment and Education Fund (D.A.T.E.)

The Board will consider a number of land use applications, including:

  • A request by Shannon Adams to redistrict .58 acres at 325 Hwy. 255 North in Sautee from Community Commercial District (C-1) to Commercial Highway Business (C-2);
  • A request by Todd Anderson to redistrict 4 acres on Hester Road from Agriculture Forestry District (A-1) to Residential Single-Family District (R-3);
  • A request by Rolando and Dailis Cabrera to redistrict .5 acres at 20 Kacey’s Lane in Helen from Residential Single-Family District (r-1) to Residential Family District (R-3);
  • A request by Bryan and Theresa Hamilton for a conditional use permit for 9.45 acres at 6394 Duncan Bridge Road in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • A request by Mihai Marin for a conditional use permit for 7.54 acres at 164 Carolina Springs Road in Sautee Nacoochee to use as a wedding/tourism event center;
  • A request by Robert McClure for 6.7 acres at 1111 Satterfield Road in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • A request by David Schutt for 3.16 acres at 3215 Hwy. 75 Alternate in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • A request by Matthew Sieveking to redistrict 4 acres at 76 Ralph Vandiver Road from Residential Single-Family District (R-1) to Highway Business District (C-2).

Commissioners will consider a request from the White County Historic Preservation Committee for a timeline extension for development of a historic district overlay.

The Board will also consider approval of funds for the Mauney Building renovation project.

Georgia Power Area Manager Brent Edwards will present a contribution to the Yonah Preserve Playground Project.

The Board will introduce the Sheriff’s Office new code enforcement officer Stephen Sayer.

 

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Commissioners approve four road improvement projects

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Trent Hillsman

CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners approved four road improvement projects at Monday’s Board of Commissioners meeting totaling $118,920 and the purchase of a bucket truck for the Public Works Department for $55,900.

Commissioners worked through a very lengthy agenda in fairly short order. The vote on the road projects was 4-0. Commissioner Craig Bryant recused himself due to a conflict of interest.

The Board welcomed Trent Hillsman as the new Special Agent in Charge of the GBI and approved a request to apply for the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) for the 2019 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Edward Byrne Memorial Grant .

ARDEO is self-sufficient, operating primarily on money seized during drug arrests.

Hillsman said, “This year we are expanding our regional office a little bit. We’re going to take two more counties on. We took a vote with the control board last week and we’re going to include Gilmer County and Fannin County. We’re told that we could get around $500,000 on the grant.Parks and Recreation Director Joe Gailey asked for and received unanimous approval to contract with three companies for improvements to the gymnasium. Southeastern Surfaces and Equipment received the contract to replace the gym floor for $75,110. Faciliserve will provide the low-rise bleachers at a cost of $11,012 and BSN will handle the demolition and removal of old bleachers and water proofing of the doors for a total of $7,365.

Commissioners also approved seven conditional use permits for the purposes of entering those properties in the county’s short-term rental program. Those properties include:

Two acres located at 57 Miway Lane in Sautee Nacoochee;

7.92 acres located at 114 Miway Lane in Sautee Nacoochee;

3.38 acres located at Chimney Mountain Road in Sautee Nacoochee;

10.92 acres located at 618 Joe Black Road  in Sautee Nacoochee

1.1 acres located at 28 Persimmon Road in Satee Nacoochee;

One acre located at 2241 Lothridge Road in Cleveland;

1.9 acres located at 69 Greystone Drive in Cleveland.

Debra Palmer was appointed to the Alcohol Beverage Commission by a unanimous vote.

 

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BOC advertises for rollback millage rate increase

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners announced Monday it intends to increase the 2018 property taxes by 1.516 mils or 15.57 percent above the rollback millage rate to 11.25 mils.

State law requires the county to hold three public hearings before voting on the increase. Those meetings are scheduled for Thursday, July 19 at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Monday July 30 at 4:30 p.m.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on the tax increase which will be held in the County Administration Building, 1235 Helen Hwy.

The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $160,000 is approximately $93.99 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $130,000.00 is approximately $78.83.

The millage rate will be voted on in a called meeting on Monday, July 30 at 4:45 p.m.

A press release issued by the county stated The Board of Commissioners works diligently to keep White County’s millage rate as low as possible while providing the necessary services to the ever-growing population and want to stress that their intent is to set a millage at the lowest rate possible in order to provide quality services to those we serve. Any millage rate over the rollback rate of 9.734 would have been considered a millage increase over the 2017 millage rate of 9.998.”

 

 

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White County commissioners grapple with short-term rental issues during Tuesday’s called meeting

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DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – Short-term rentals have become a booming industry, forecast to reach $23 billion in the U.S. by 2022.  The rise in popularity has left governments struggling with how to regulate rentals, rental operators and neighborhood activists.

White County commissioners spent one hour in a special called meeting Tuesday morning, wrestling with what is a much more complex issue than it may seem on the surface. County staff is charged with drafting regulations for short-term rentals. Tuesday’s meeting was called so commissioners could provide some direction.

Commission Chairman Travis Turner expressed the difficulty of regulating short-term rentals, saying, “I’ve gone from one extreme to another trying to find a common-sense middle ground.”

On the one hand, those who would like to rent rooms in their home on a short-term basis argue they have a right to use their property as they see fit. On the other, their neighbors counter that kind of activity can affect security in the neighborhood as well as property values.

Commissioner Edwin Nix said, “I’ve probably put more thought into this than anything since we started land use. It is our responsibility and the citizens of this county are looking to us to protect their interests. One thing I would want if I lived in a subdivision is to know who my neighbor was each night. This commissioner would almost vote not to allow this in a subdivision. Period.”

Nix advised staff to pay attention to health issues in drafting regulations. “You’ve got health issues when drafting criteria,” he said “Are (rentals) on public water? Are they on well water? Is the sewage system designed to handle what they are doing?”

There are also licensing issues, insurance issues, parking issues and zoning issues to be addressed.

County Manager Michael Melton said, “What we need to know from the Board is do you want this regulated under land use or do you want it regulated under a permit system?”

Commissioner Terry Goodger pointed out that Hall County and the City of Savannah are struggling with the same issues and they have left it under land use.

Board voted unanimously to have staff draft a stand-alone ordinance and present it to the Board in two weeks for review.

 

 

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White County BOC work session set for Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga.The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a combined work session and called meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building, 1235 Helen Highway.

During the work session, commissioners will hold two public hearings. The first is 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).

The second public hearing is 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 will also consider awarding contracts to for senior services,  animal control/veterinary services and scoreboards for ball fields at Mount Yonah Preserve.

The Board will also:

  • Hear the presentation of a proclamation in recognition of Retired Educators Day;
  • Hear an update of the Chestate/Chattahoochee RC&D Council activities;
  • Consider contributing to the “Cabin Fever Campaign” to relocate a historic Appalachian log cabin to the visitor’s center at Smithgall Woods State Park;
  • Hear a n update of the SPLOST program;
  • Discuss options for a scholarship program at White County Parks and Recreation Department;
  • Discuss approval for the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant program application for the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO);
  • Discuss revisions to the fire recover fee schedule in accordance with revised Federal Emergency Management Agency standards;
  • Discuss submitting Westmoreland Road repairs for the 2019 local maintenance and improvement program (LMIG) for deep patching, leveling and resurfacing from Hwy. 129 to Hwy. 154;
  • Discuss awarding two certificates of deposit currently held by United Community Bank;
  • Discuss changes to the Alliant/Health Partners Network effecting county employees access to Northeast Georgia Diagnostic Clinic providers;
  • Discuss an appointment to the White County Board of Health to fulfill the remainder of a six-year term previously held by Emmett Shotts.

Immediately following the work session, commissioners will hold a called meeting to consider entering into an executive session in order to discuss personnel.

 

 

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