Millage rate public hearing set Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners will hold the first of three millage rate public hearings and a called meeting on Monday (July 27) at 8 a.m. in the County Administration Building on Helen Hwy.

The Board will present the proposed millage rate then call for comments from the public in favor of or opposed to the proposed rate.

Commissioners are required to hold three public hearings this year. The second millage rate public hearing is scheduled for Monday (July 27) at 4:30 p.m. in the Administration Building. During the afternoon session, commissioners will consider:

Requests from the Sheriff’s Office, including six new vehicles, two ballistic shied panels for courthouse security, 24 laptops for patrol vehicles and approval of an IT position;

Approval of a contract with Southern Geotechnical Consultants for the 2020 road paving and rehabilitation project for construction materials testing and construction inspection services;

Approval of a contract with ACG Solutions for the county courthouse access control project;

A land use application filed by Joshua Wells to request a conditional use permit on 3.01 acres at 156 Bear Mountain Trail in Helen to be placed in the short-term rental program;

A land use application filed by Cleve McAfee to redistrict property on 8.77 acres at 4389 Hwy. 115 East in Cleveland from C-1 Community Commercial District to C-2 Highway Business with a conditional use for single-family residences;

A land use application filed by Steve Seabold for a conditional use permit on 1.73 acres at 5494 Hwy. 356 in Sautee Nacoochee to be placed in the short-term rental program;

A land use application filed by William Porter for a conditional use permit on 1.38 acres at 121 Laura Lane in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;

A land use application filed by Wendy Moses for a conditional use permit on one acre at 164 Pine Ridge Drive in Helen to be placed in the short-term rental program.

 

 

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BOC meeting scheduled Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will meet in a combined work session and regular meeting Monday (June 29) at 4:30 p.m. in the County Administration Building, Helen Hwy. in Cleveland.

Patrick Brennan, executive direct of of Sautee Nacoochee Community Association will present information on the organization and the Explore Helen Nacoochee brochure/telephone application.

Commissioners will consider the notice of proposed annexation from the City of Cleveland of a 1.08 acre tract owned by Jeffery Shawn Nix and Darcy O. Nix at 1706 Hwy. 129 South.

The Board will also consider approval of the fiscal year 2021 contract with the White County Board of Heath.

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

County offices will be closed Friday July 3 in observance of Independence Day. The Board of commissioners is not scheduled to meet again until the July 27 work session at 4:30 p.m.

 

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BOC will hold public hearing on budget Monday

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing and called meeting Monday (June 15) at 4:30 p.m.

Finance Director Jodi Ligon will present the proposed fiscal year 2020-2021 budget which call a balanced overall budget of $24,744,021 and a general fund budget of $19,778,496. There are 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.

The public will then be given an opportunity to speak in favor of or in opposition to the proposal before commissioners conduct the final vote.

Commissioners will also consider the following:

  • A surplus resolution for the Sheriff’s Office;
  • A land use application filed by Samuel and Louise Hersey to request a conditional use permit on one acre located at 433 Laurel Ridge Road in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program;
  • Mid-year board appointments to the White County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors;
  • White County DFACS Board;
  • White County CVB Board of Directors; Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.

The Board will also consider approval and/or the renewal of the following contracts:

  • Rushton & Company, LLC letter of engagement fot the fiscal year 2019-2020 financial audit;
  • Chattahoochee Group for landscaping at Freedom Park;
  • Unlimited Lawn Care for treatment of all athletic fields at Asbestos Road Parks and Recreation Complex, Yonah Preserve Ballfield Complex and Tesnatee Sports Complex;
  • Avita Community Partners (Mental Health) General Fund;
  • County Health Department General Fund;
  • Enotah Court Appointed Special Advocates – General Fund;
  • Family Connections – General Fund; Sautee Nacoochee Community Association
  • Hotel/Motel Tax Fund;
  • White County Board of Library Trustees – General Fund; White County Development Authority; White County Historical Society Hotel/Motel Tax Fund.

 

 

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Board’s financial report is good news

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Finance Director Jodi Ligon presented the monthly financial report at Monday’s Board Commissioners meeting and as Commission Chairman Travis Turner, noted, “Considering the impact COVID-19 has had on revenue, it’s not as bad as we thought.”

Ligon informed the Board that through the month of April, the county has collected 84 percent of budgeted revenue for the year and exhausted only 79 percent of budgeted expenditures.

One highlight of Ligon’s report is that TAVT has produced $1,231,247. That is a whopping 121 percent of the amount budgeted for 2020.

The Local Option Sales Tax revenue for the month of April was $228,103, which is about 3 percent less than April 2019, but it brings the year-to-date total to $2,519,163 or approximately 95 percent of the budgeted amount.

Now comes the difficult task of adopting the proposed FY 2020-21 budget of $24,156,352. A public hearing is set June 8 at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.

There was also a discussion about opening the public swimming pool.

Turner said, “It’s not looking favorable. It’s not that we couldn’t open it by the way. One challenge we have is certified life guards.”

The Board’s new County Manager Jason Cobb explained, “The Red Cross has suspended their lifeguard training up until as late as last week. So, we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place there.”

Commissioners approved several land use applications for short term rentals. The application of Braden Hansen for a conditional use permit at 35 Allen Summit Drive in Cleveland to be placed in the short-term rental program was denied, primarily of an existing road maintenance agreement in that neighborhood.

 

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Turner’s video explains what reopening the state means to White County

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Board of Commissioners Chairman Travis Turner produced a video Thursday (Apr. 30) to update citizens on the changes that Gov. Brian Kemp’s reopening the state will have on the county.

“Under Gov. Kemp’s orders, short-term rentals may begin to operate again, but will have to adhere to the strict recommendations the governor has set forth and hotels will also have to follow the governor’s guidelines relating to social distancing,” Turner said.

Yonah Preserve hiking and biking trails will reopen Friday (May 1) under normal hours, including fishing on the lake. “Let me stress, however, the pavilion and restroom facilities will remain closed at this time to discourage gatherings of people,” he said.

Other outdoor recreation facilities such as the pickleball courts will reopen for use but the gymnasium and athletic fields will remain closed. Turner added, “We hope to reopen them soon, once our department managers have a plan to implement social distancing as well as when the governor’s state of emergency expires, which is scheduled for the middle of May.”

He emphasized that guidelines are subject to change at any point and cautioned residents to be aware of any updates, whether they are from the state federal or local level.

“As for our county government, our employees will return to regular staffing levels on Monday (May 4). We will continue to keep our facilities’ lobbies closed to the public for now. But we will reevaluate that decision as we get closer to the state of emergency being lifted.”

He also reminded residents to remain vigilant. “The COVID-19 virus is still active in our community,” he said. “Please protect yourself, your families and your community by practicing social distancing and stay at home as much as possible. If you do venture out, please by local and help our local White County businesses.”

 

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Nicholson challenges Goodger for Dist. 1 seat on Board of Commissioners

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Jerry Nicholson is a candidate for the White County Board of Commissioners in District 1. Fetch Your News attempted to interview Nicholson but he was very busy with his campaign and offered this written statement:

“First and foremost, I’m running for District 1 Board of Commissioners to serve the citizens of White County and my district as a Republican. I’ve lived in White County for over 25 years and I have been a native of Hall County and Gainesville my entire life. I have four grown sons which is my greatest accomplishment and they all have children giving me eight grandchildren.

“I have been in business myself my entire life and a business owner in Gainesville and White County. I currently own Lanier Egg Sales and real estate holdings in White County and Hall County. Being in the agriculture and real estate business I have a very diverse background and currently active in both.

“I am a Conservative Christian businessman, past member of White Counties Republican Executive Board and delegate at the state and district GOP convention.

“I’ve served on at least 17 mission trip on native American reservations for a group called adventures in missions in North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana and I attend Free Chapel in Gainesville, Georgia.”

A review of Nicholson’s Facebook page shows that his goals are to make White County the most pro- business community in north Georgia, to bring new thinking to the Board of Commissioners to finish long overdue projects and to “balance tourism, agriculture and small business.”

 

 

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White County welcomes new fire chief and county manager

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners said goodbye to two long time county employees then welcomed their replacements during a combined called meeting and work session Monday (Apr. 27).

County Manager Michael Melton is retiring at the end of this week and will be replaced by Jason Cobb. Also, Fire Chief Norman Alexander is retiring. He will be replaced by Seth Weaver.

Alexander retired after 15 years’ service to White County. Fire Services held a retirement celebration for him Monday morning. “It has been an honor to serve with Norman, a humble man with solid integrity, and professionalism,” said Public Safety Director David Murphy. “He is a good friend and I will certainly miss him being part of our team.” Weaver has been a full-time firefighter since 2014. Prior to that, he was a volunteer.

The Board voted unanimously to approve:

  • Adoption of a multi-county, all-hazard, all-emergency agreement with the Garrison at Fort Benning, Ga.
  • Purchase of a Ford Explorer for the Tax Assessor’s Office from Jacky Jones Ford for $28,991.14.
  • Writing a letter of request for the Georgia Mountains Regional Commission to assist White County in preparing an Appalachian Regional Commission grant application to the Appalachian Regional Commission to develop a strategic economic development plan.
  • Reappointment of John Zimmer to the Development Authority, Dustin Hulsey to fulfill an unexpired term on the Authority, Michael Yarbrough and Ridley Kimsey to six-year terms on the Authority.
  • To engage Carter & Sloop Engineering to develop design plans for re-provisioning Claude Sims Road.
  • A 60-day spending freeze on non-essential items due to the impact of the coronavirus.

 

 

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White County orders out-of-town visitors to leave

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – Out-of-town visitors staying at overnight accommodations in White County are ordered to leave by noon Saturday (Apr. 4).

In a called teleconference meeting Thursday, the White County Board of Commissioners approved an amendment to its COVID-19 State of Emergency Resolution that closes all hotels/motels, inns, short-term vacation rental cabins, campgrounds, recreational vehicle parks and resorts at noon Saturday.

Those facilities will remain closed until April 13 but the amendment could automatically renew should Gov. Brian Kemp extend the state’s shelter in place order.

“We do this with a heavy heart,” Commission Chairman Travis Turner said. “Any other time, we welcome tourists. Unfortunately we have to take these measures to protect our citizens from visitors potentially spreading the Coronavirus in our county.”

Commissioner Terry Goodger said, people have not obeyed the emergency resolution so we have to enforce it the best way we can.”

 

 

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BOC names Jason Cobb county manager

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Jason Cobb

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners held a special called teleconference meeting this morning (March 30) and approved the contract of new County Manager Jason Lee Cobb.Cobb comes to White County from the City of Eastman where he was the City Manager.

He will be paid $110,000 annually plus $5,000 relocation expense and three weeks paid time off starting April 27. Cobb replaces Michael Melton, who has served as White County Manager since 2012. Melton announced earlier this year that he would retire at the end of April.

Cobb studied Management at Georgia College & State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University.

He has been in government services since 2010 including time as a Community Development Planner for the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission. He also has prior experience in manufacturing management and retail. He is married and has two young daughters.

Cobb joined the teleconference from Eastman and said, “Thank you guys for this opportunity to move my family up to White County. We are very excited.”

Commission Chairman Travis Turner said, “We look forward to you guys becoming part of our community.”

 

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White County Commissioners meet via teleconference

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Travis Turner

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – One day after Gov. Brian Kemp issued an executive order limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer people as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, county commissioners held a two-and-a-half hour called meeting via teleconference.

The governor’s order did not go into effect until noon Tuesday. The commissioners’ meeting, which was frequently interrupted by technical difficulties, started at 9 a.m. and ended at 11:38 a.m.

Commission Chairman Travis Turner did his best under difficult circumstances to keep the meeting moving forward and he assured the listening audience that it did comply with the governor’s order regarding “social distancing.”

Commissioners approved 10 separate land use applications then voted to impose a moratorium on action or acceptance of land use applications until April 26.

They also awarded a contract to resurface approximately two miles of Westmoreland Road to Stratton and Sons Construction in the amount of $647,281.10. Much of that will be funded by a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant in the amount of $461,758.

Commissioners approved land use applications filed by:

Patricia Rottenberg for a conditional use permit for five acres on Hester Road to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;

Herb Lanphear for a conditional use permit for one acre at 1224 Poplar Stump Road in Helen to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;

Robert Loomis for a conditional use permit for 13.36 acres at 92 Chattahoochee Acres Drive in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;

Robert Loomis for a conditional use permit on 13.36 acres at 1049 Chattahoochee Acres Drive in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;

Bryan Lee to redistrict 5.94 acres at Ga. Hwy. 115 East in Cleveland from R-1 (Residential Single-Family to C-2 Highway Business;

Bryan Lee to redistrict 4.5 acres on Ga. Hwy. 115 East in Cleveland from R-1 Residential Single-Family to C-2 Highway Business;

The Board approved Lee’s request with the stipulations that Leyland Cypress trees be planted along the border in a staggered fashion, a coated plastic hurricane fence be erected, no lights along the back border and a 25-foot setback to the edge of the retaining pond.

Verizon Wireless for a conditional use permit on 71.65 acres at 291 West Farm Road in Cleveland to place antennas on an existing cell tower;

Carol Chambers Crumley for a conditional use permit on 2.23 acres at 591 Dock Dorsey Road in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;

Lisa Parker for a conditional use permit on 17.15 acres at 768 Tolhurst Road in Cleveland to be placed in the county’s short-term rental program;

Chad Knott to redistrict 1.7 acres at 26 Carolina Springs Road in Sautee Nacoochee from Community Commercial District C-1 to C-2 Highway Business.

 

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Public Safety Director says first responders have treated patients with coronavirus symptoms

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David Murphy

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – As of Wednesday (March 25) morning, no confirmed cases of COVID-19 had been reported in White County. But Public Safety Director David Murphy told county commissioners during Tuesday’s called meeting that first responders had encountered several patients who had symptoms of coronavirus and were awaiting test results.

Murphy told commissioners that the county is not immune to the virus but is fortunate it has a smaller population and its citizens typically follow the guidelines of state and local officials. He added, “I have said it is not a matter of if something would happen. It’s a matter of when.”

Four weeks ago, Murphy and his teams began to review the county’s Pandemic Response Plan. As a result, the county has moved seamlessly into an annexation of the plan.

Murphy said he expects the executive order issued by Gov. Brian Kemp earlier this week will need to be extended or additional orders added beyond the April 6 deadline. He added the purpose of the order is to flatten the curve and stop the virus from overwhelming the health care system.

“This will last for weeks and we will probably see cases rise in our state and nation. This will probably get worse before we start seeing things turn around.”

But he also said he is encouraged by what is going on nationally. “We are seeing the full force of our federal government working to provide necessary equipment and supplies and researching for anti-viral drugs to stop this virus or, at least, mitigate the effects. All hands are on deck.”

 

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BOC meeting will be held by teleconference

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga.  — The White County Board of Commissioners will hold a called meeting on Tuesday ( March 24) at 9 a.m. Due to the county’s response to COVID-19 – this meeting will be held by teleconference. The public is welcome to join the teleconference.

Instructions for joining the teleconference are as follows:

Dial: +1 (872) 240-3412

Enter access code: 276-449-349

Important Notes:

1) Once on the call use *6 to mute your phone so we do not hear everyone’s background noise.

2) Anyone recognized by Chairman Turner to speak will use *6 to unmute their line.

3) Please do not place the conference call on hold once you have joined.

Ten of the agenda items involve land use applications. Following those items, commissioners will consider a moratorium on action and/or acceptance of land use applications during the prescribed time of closure of county offices.

Public Safety Director David Murphy will then provide an update on the county’s COVID-19 response.

 

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BOC selects sole finalist for county manager

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Jason Lee Cobb

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners, at a called meeting held March 12, 2020, determined that Jason Lee Cobb is under consideration as the sole finalist for the position of White County Manager.

Cobb is currently the City Manager for the City of Eastman, Georgia. He studied Management at Georgia College & State University and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Valdosta State University. Jason has been in government services since 2010 including time as a Community Development Planner for the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission. He also has prior experience in manufacturing management and retail. Jason is married and has two beautiful daughters.

Commissioners will make its final decision to fill the position related to the candidate listed above at a Called Meeting on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

 

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BOC to vote on Second Amendment Sanctuary ordinance

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – White County could become the latest in a growing number of counties to adopt a Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance when the Board of Commissioners meet in a combined work session and called meeting Monday at 4:30 p.m.in the County Administration Building.

Habersham County became the first in Georgia to adopt the ordinance. Since then Stephens, Banks, Chattooga and Gilmer have joined the movement and many other county governments are studying the idea.

Commissioners will also consider approval of a project list for 2020 county road resurfacing projects.

Brian Alexander has filed a land use application to redistrict 18.58 acres at 177 Marvin Miles Road from Agriculture Forestry District (A-1) to Residential Single Family District (R-1) commissioners will consider.

Dana Patterson has also filed a land use application for a conditional use permit on 1.04 acres on Hootenanny Hills Drive to be placed in the short-term rental program.

Other items on the agenda include:

  • Consideration of a letter of request for Georgia Mountains Regional Commission to assist in preparing an Appalachian Regional Commission grant application for the Development Authority to develop a strategic economic development plan for White County;
  • Consideration of an addendum to the contract with Playworx Playsets, LLC for the addition of shade covering to the Yonah Preserve Playground Project and the purchase of shade coverings for the ballfield bleacher area.
  • Consideration of approval of the purchase of a vehicle for the White County Assessor’s Office;
  • Consideration of contracting with Carter & Sloope Engineering for development of a master site use plan for Yonah Preserve.

 

 

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White County may join Habersham, Stephens in becoming a Second Amendment Sanctuary

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – As Democrats continue to push unconstitutional gun control laws, White County Commissioners are considering a resolution that would declare the county a Second Amendment Sanctuary.

Board of Commissioners Chairman Travis Turner revealed during Monday’s called meeting and work session, that commissioners have asked county attorney Mary Jane Henneke to research a resolution similar to the ones approved in Habersham and Stephens counties this month.

“We want to make sure everything we do stands up in a court of law.”

Commissioner Edwin Nix

Commissioner Edwin Nix made it clear where he stands on the Second Amendment saying, “We all know that the intent of some people in this country is to make sure the criminals have guns and that good people don’t. Sooner or later if that happens, we are all in trouble. They may come and get all my guns. They may take them. But it will be after I have exhausted all my bullets.”

More importantly, White County Sheriff Neal Walden spoke out firmly, saying, “I took an oath to uphold the laws of this state and the U.S. Constitution and that includes the right to bear arms. I will not enforce any law that prevents that.”

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is spreading all across Georgia and the rest of the nation. A gun-rights rally in Virginia drew an estimated 22,000 supporters recently. On Saturday, hundreds of gun-rights advocates rallied in Rome to advocate for the creation of Second Amendment sanctuaries in Georgia.

The issue was not on Monday’s agenda, but it was raised by White County resident William King during the Public Comment portion of the meeting.

The Habersham County resolution reads, in part, “No agent, employee or official of Habersham County, or any corporation providing services to Habersham County, shall provide material support or participate in any way with the implementation of federal acts, orders, rules, laws or regulations in violation of the Second Amendment to the United States of America.”

 

 

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BOC approves purchase of voting machines

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County commissioners unanimously approved an amount of up to $55,000 for the purchase of new voting equipment and supplies to be used during the 2020 primary election cycle during Monday’s combined work session and regular meeting.

Gov. Brian Kemp signed a bill last April that authorizes the statewide purchase of new touchscreen voting machines that prints paper ballots. Probate Judge Garrison Baker, who oversees elections for White County, told commissioners the county will need to purchase 60 of the voting machines and 12 security cages at a cost of $35,370. Baker said there is an additional cost of approximately $20,000 for supplies to be used in conjunction with the machines.

There is a Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant of about $15,000 Baker said he plans to apply for that could help offset some of the cost. But he pointed out that his request is time sensitive. “We are kind of under the gun,” he said. “We are less than a month away from having to mail out absentee ballots for the presidential preference primary.”

The purchase can be funded as a capital expense from special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) funds. The county expects to receive the new machines early next month.

Commissioners unanimously a resolution adopting qualifying fees for candidates who will run in the 2020 election cycle. The new fees are as follows:

Clerk of Superior Court ($1,591.05); Sheriff ($1,943.28); Probate Judge ($1,591.05); Tax Commissioner ($1,591.05); Chief Magistrate Judge ($1,591.05); Board of Commissioners District 1 ($360); Board of Commissioners District 4 ($360); Board of Education Chair ($148.50); Board of Education District 1 ($121.50); Board of Education District 3 ($148.50); Coroner ($226); Surveyor ($25).

The Board also approved Public Safety Director David Murphy’s request for renewal of the statewide mutual aid agreement.

“It simply puts mutual aid into effect throughout the state for anyone that agrees to it,” he said. “We have agreements with any county in the state to provide us assistance during any man made or natural disaster that could occur.”

Commissioners tabled a vote on a proposal by Brewster & Crocker Associates for engineering services for the Yonah Preserve football field, press box, concession stand and restrooms.

The Board also considered four land use applications.

It approved a conditional use permit for Benjamin Goodman to place 4.61 acres at 177Rabun Road in Sautee Nacoochee into the county’s short-term rental program. Commissioners also approved a land use application filed by Bryan Lee for property locatedat28 Lothridge Road in Cleveland from Community Commercial District to Community Business District for the purpose of expanding his mini storage facility.

Two requests for a conditional use permit were denied by the Board.

Mark Carriger’s request for a conditional use permit to operate a wedding chapel/event facility at 520 Adair Mill Road was denied by a unanimous vote.

Sam Kondamudi’s request for a conditional use permit to place 1.01 acres located at 635 Yonah Mountain Road into the county’s short-term rental program was denied by a vote of 4-1.

 

 

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