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CountyParade CATOOSA Pact With Waste Handlers Promotes Community Recycling Joining with Santek Environmental and Caraustar, a maker of recycled paperboard, Catoosa County government is trying to boost public awareness and access to recycling in the northwest Georgia county. A convenience center and transfer station now at the county landfill make drop-off of plastics easy, to divert these materials from the waste stream. The improvements are anticipated to help boost public interest in recycling. “Getting people involved in recycling is the No. 1 challenge when entering into a partnership such as the one the county has with Santek and Caraustar,” said Catoosa County Commissioner Ken Marks. ACCG’s Walk Georgia contest, sponsored by the ACCG Insurance Programs, recently recognized team winners. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension liaison for ACCG Jeff Christie (far left) recognized winners of the first place team, along with Rockdale County Chairman Richard Oden. Each member of the winning team won an iPod Shuffle. Second place went to the team from White County and third place, the team from Habersham County. With Jeff Christie are (from left) Connie Tucker, Kathy Dove, Jennifer Collins, Lori Anderson and Chairman Oden. CLINCH New Fire Station Purchase Split With City T he C l i nch C ou nt y B oa rd of Commissioners in recent months agreed with members of the Homerville City Council to split $150,000 of costs associated with a building to house a new volunteer fire department headquarters. The former Padgett Machine Shop building will be retrofitted to house all fire department equipment at the West Dame Avenue site that the department has outgrown, meeting the needs for both jurisdictions today and allowing for future growth. be pursued, officials said. The Airport Authority requested the funds from the Economic Development Commission out of the county’s hotel-motel tax, authorized to be used for economic development and tourism purposes. If g ra nt monies a re subsequent ly received, the $6,000 to Wilbur Smith Associates can be used as the local match for in-kind services, said Cook County Airport Authority Chairman Michael Dinnerman. earmarked to buy 10 new commuter vans, two service vehicles and provide for preventive maintenance. Rideshare in the Atlanta area now has 57 vanpool routes, serving some 575 riders per day, in most reaches of the metro area. COOK Airport Terminal Marketing Plan Approved T he C ook C ou nt y Boa rd of Commissioners in late spring adopted a resolution authorizing Chairman John Spearman to enter the county into a scope of services project contract to market the airport terminal area. The marketing package, by Wilbur Smith Associates, will cost $6,000 and as a concrete marketing tool will clear the way for federal and/or state grants to 40 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT DOUGLAS Grants for Rideshare Anticipated T he Doug las Cou nt y Boa rd of Commissioners recently approved a g ra nt appl icat ion to t he Georg ia Department of Transportation for $66,164, the state’s 10 percent share of t he 2010 -11 R idesha re budget. Anticipating another $529,312 in federal Transit Authority funds and local funds of $30,164, all monies will be used to purchase vans and pay for expansions and upgrades to the transportation center and park and ride lots the county operates. The R ideshare program is a lso awaiting approval on an application of $340,000 in Federal Transit Authority stimulus funds, federal money made available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The funds are MADISON New Guidelines Govern County Signage County commissioners in recent mont hs implemented new signage g u idel i nes a nt icipated to be easier to understand and more “ business-friendly” than previous codes. By simplif ying signs to be easy to read, the Madison County Planning Commission aims to not only increase “business-friendliness” but also, “agricultural-friendliness” of signs posted in the county. Changes officials hope will streamline things for commercial entities will allow newly locating businesses with standardized signage plans coming into the county’s business districts to bypass going before the planning commission and the Board of Commissioners to obtain a sign variance. “They still have to get a permit, but if they have a standard signage plan they can put their signs up without a variance,” said Planning Commission Chairman Wayne Douglas.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - August 2009

Georgia County Government - August 2009
President’s Message
County Matters
Morgan and Newton Counties Bank High Quality of Life on Sustainable Growth
Georgia’s Unique Approach to Public Safety Training
Extension News: The Face of Poverty
Research Corner: ACCG Needs Your Participation in Burruss Budget Survey
Staff News
County Parade
ACCG Teams with Technology Provider, Dell
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - August 2009