CLEVELAND, Ga. — The White County Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee will hold its annual Farm-City Breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Agri-Science Center at 44 Claude Sims Road off of Hwy. 129 N. at 7:30 a.m.
The Farm-City Breakfast celebrates the interdependence of the agricultural and business communities. From the farmer to the processor and the banker to the retailer, it takes everyone to provide a safe and affordable food supply.
Farmers and area business leaders will come together for this nation-wide celebration to enjoy a meal, a program highlighting the importance of the agricultural industry in the area, and recognize the efforts of farmers and others who contribute to the agricultural industry.
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CLEVELAND, Ga. — Meeting in a combined called meeting and work session Monday, the White County Board of Commissioners voted to deny a request by Tanvor, LLC to rezone 38.59 acres on Georgia Highways 255 and 384 from Agriculture Forestry District to Planned Development to accommodate construction of more than 30 single-family homes.
The Planning Board recommended denial of the request based on its belief the proposed development did not meet Planned Development standards. Commissioners voted 4-1 to accept the recommendation with Commissioner Lyn Holcomb opposed.
Commissioners also approved a preliminary list of 2020 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) projects. Before the one-cent tax can be collected, however, voters will have the opportunity to vote on it in a referendum.
The most expensive projects on the SPLOST list include a $5 million renovation and addition to the county courthouse and payment to the White County Development Authority to pay for Yonah Preserve Park.
The White County Chamber of Commerce was presented with a proclamation declaring April 29 through May 5 as Small Business Week in the county.
Commissioners tabled the approval of spring 2018 county SPLOST road projects and acceptance of Shepherd Drive into county road maintenance.
In other decisions Monday, commissioners approved:
⦁ Purchase of a 2019 Ford F250 and 2018 Ford Explorer for the Road Department at a cost of approximately $55,000. The purchases would be funded by the county’s sale of road paving equipment to Stephens County for $70,000;
⦁ Re-designation of a Local Maintenance Improvement Grant project (LMIG) to construct the Town Creek Bridge at a cost of approximately $1.4 million. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has agreed to pay for the construction;
⦁ Payment of approximately $95,500 for right-of-way acquisition for replacement of Airport Road Bridge. GDOT will pay for the cost of construction;
⦁ An intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the city of Cleveland for transfer of ownership of the Oak Springs School building and property. The city plans to re-purpose the building into a community center;
⦁ The fiscal year 2019 budget for Enotah Judicial Circuit at $327,341;
⦁ A contract with CSRA Probation Services to provide services for probate and magistrate courts;
⦁ An addendum to the 2018 fiscal year contract with Legacy Link for nutrition program services;
⦁ A 2018 cooperative law enforcement plan with the U.S. Forest Service for patrol of Forest Service lands in White County; and
⦁ Award of a $170,000 certificate of deposit to South State Bank at a rate of 1.05 percent for one year.
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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.
CLEVELAND, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners tabled requests for funding from Hardman Farm for the 2017 Fall Festival and the Chamber of Commerce for Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival at Monday’s joint called meeting and work session.
The county recently voted not to increase the millage rate, but instead draw down the reserve fund to help balance the budget so they were reluctant to approve additional funding until the tax digest has been reported later this month.
The board did agree to purchase a new mower for the Parks and Recreation Department for $12,294 which will be paid for out of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax receipts and a new Ford F-150 pickup truck for Animal Control for about $22,000 which was already included in the budget.
Finance Director Vicki Mays provided the monthly financial report which showed year-to-date revenue of $15,471,758 and expenditures of $15,548,338. The 2017 General Fund budget was set at $16,299,730.
Kevin Hamby presented a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) update.
“I have some real good news,” Hamby said. “Folks are spending money up here. There is no question about that.”
In June, the county reported more than $300,000 in SPLOST collections. The current SPLOST was projected to raise approximately $19 million and less than halfway through, the county has already collected $9, 727,213.
Sheriff Neal Walden took time to congratulate the Appalachian Regional Drug Enforcement Office (ARDEO) which conducted a raid last week that dismantled a major drug trafficking organization operating primarily out of Stephens and Habersham counties but supplying drugs to a much wider section of north Georgia including White County.
“The drug task force took a bite out of the drug trade in northeast Georgia over the weekend,” Walden said. “That was about a 6-8 months investigation. They did a good job taking a lot of drugs, guns and money off the street. It didn’t show any stats in White County but trust me, for these dealers here it’s just a hop skip and jump over to Habersham and Stephens counties. That’s where they’re going to get most of it.”
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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County Commissioners discussed and unanimously agreed to the establishment of a one-acre minimum lot size and minimum of 700-square-feet minimum for residential structures at Monday’s work session. Those and other issues will be placed on the consent agenda at the next voting session.
Items placed on the consent agenda require no further discussion and commissioners can approve the consent agenda in its entirety.
Commissioners noted the “tiny house movement,” an extreme form of downsizing as seen on television, is gaining in popularity. To be considered a “tiny home” by the American Tiny House Association, square footage can be no higher than 400.
Asked why commissioners would restrict house sizes, they expressed concern about the negative impact such a home could have on other homes in the area. They also noted that some building supply stores have begun to market storage buildings as suitable for a house dwelling.
Other items discussed and placed on the consent agenda include:
Replacement of the retaining wall and concrete steps at the Chamber of Commerce facility at a cost of $23,000 to be paid for out of the Hotel/Motel Tax fund;
Contract with Simco for installation of the insulation at the county’s Maintenance Shop at a cost of $6,532;
Placement of a county-owned 1991 Ford F800 Diesel truck assigned to the Fire Department on the county surplus list to be advertised for sale on Govdeals.com at a cost of $4,000;
A quote of $45,180 for radio system improvements for the Fire Department that will touch two tower sites and bring Skitts Mountain on line;
Purchase of a used air-light truck for the Fire Department to replace a current high mileage truck at a cost of $15,000.
Commissioners postponed a discussion about bids received for Parks and Recreation concessionaire
CLEVELAND, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners had a very busy day Tuesday with a regular meeting, a called meeting and a public hearing on the millage rate but they paused long enough to honor White County resident Martha Rae Kimsey on the occasion of her 100th birthday.
Friends and family were on hand as Commissioner Craig Bryant read the proclamation that designated August 8th as Martha Rae Kimsey Day in White County.
Kimsey actually reached the milestone on July 9 and commissioners wanted to recognize her special accomplishment.
Commissioners also approved the purchase of vehicles for the Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $53,322.26, an automatic aid agreement with the Hall County Fire Department and $5,000 in funding for the White County Chamber of Commerce-sponsored Spirit of Appalachia Food, Wine and Art Festival.
CLEVELAND, Ga. — The White County Board of Commissioners made one revision to the county’s alcohol ordinance Monday but left it up to voters to decide if others should be allowed.
The revision that was adopted allows specific retail package licensees to offer samplings of their product to customers not to exceed 2 ounces and four samples per customer. This, they said, will place other licensees on an equal footing with area wineries that are already allowed to offer samplings.
Commissioners approved calling for a referendum on the sale of distilled spirits by the drink for restaurants, the Sunday sale of distilled spirits or alcohol by the drink and package sale of malt beverages and wine on Sunday;
In other action by the Board, commissioners unanimously approved:
The Legacy Link local share commitment agreement for FY 2017 in the amount of $9,450;
The purchase of maintenance tools in the amount of $7,755;
Placing a 1999 John Deere Gator assigned to the YMCA on the surplus list to be sold on Govdeals;
A revision to the White County employee retirement plan related to a reinstatement required by the IRS;
The FY 2017 Emergency Services contract with Northeast Georgia Health Systems in the amount of $800,000 that runs for three years and is renewable annually;
The lease of the Historic Jail Building to the Chamber of Commerce for 20 years at $1 annually;
Renewal of the employee health insurance coverage with Alliant Healthcare for FY 2017 in the amount of $1,738,224, which represents a premium reduction of $156,000 annually;
Awarding the GDOT Local Maintenance Improvement Grant (LMIG) project on Webster Road to the low bidder, Allied Paving, in the amount of $509,590.25.