Georgia County Government - August 2009 - (Page 41)

The new rules also relax limitations on businesses in agricultural areas, changing the signs allowed in agricultural areas to make them more plainly visible, up to 32 square feet. With a sign of that size or less, citizens will not have to pay for a permit. County to determine how that might change with the new emergency vehicle. Other purchases being made will include two police vehicles for the sheriff ’s department. MONTGOMERY Federal/State Funds Received Montgomery County commissioners voted unanimously to accept $74,800 in federal economic stimulus money in late spring. The funds are slated to buy the county a new transit service van and office equipment for the transit office. The county commission will also receive $71,428 in state moneys to assist in buying a new ambulance, with the county’s share of the vehicle to be approximately $50,000. The county also reviewed its ambulance service contract with neighboring Toombs PICKENS Citizens’ Advisory Committee Examines Government Transition The county’s proposed transition from a sole commissioner to a “multiman” board government will be the decision of local voters in the end, but citizen input is expected to be duly considered, following the lengthy process of drafting a tailor-fitted form of government by the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) appointed to carry out such a draft. According to the Pickens County Progress, the Committee was formed in response to the nonbinding referendum voters passed last July, asking if moving from a sole to a multi-person commission was desirable, according to the public. The Committee has been given “carte blanche” according to Committee member Larry Butler, who told the Progress a recent diversity sub-committee meeting pursuant to the CAC deliberations highlighted options the county has for forming a new county governing body. Six public meetings over the rest of 2009 will involve 40 volunteer CAC members gathering information community-wide reflecting their desires and suggestions for a new form of government, or even the desire to remain governed under the sole commissioner format. Public information is considered crucial beforehand, so that those attending public hearings on the proposals understand basic models of county government organization; therefore, the local newspaper and its online edition are presenting detailed information on the types of county government citizens can opt for. ■ Entrepreneurial Partner ACCG Teams with Technology Provider, Dell I nformation technology (IT) is such an integral part in the day-to-day activities of local governments that people struggle to remember a time without desktop computers, printers, projectors and a dozen other types of electronic devices or software tools. It connects us, enables us to operate more efficiently, and even contributes to more open government. Baby boomers often wonder what they ever did without the technology used today. For those from Generation X and the Millennials, the only life they know is driven by technology, and they expect it, demand it and really don’t know differently. Law enforcement officers are now routinely using laptops in their vehicles. With quick access to criminal data, their lives and our lives are much safer. Teachers and school children are using computers in the classroom on a daily basis. These chil- dren, exposed to technology on a daily basis, develop skills that enable them to compete in a global, competitive economy. Yes, technology is everywhere, and the world is vastly different today than it was 20, 10 and even five years ago. Earlier this year, recognizing the importance and benefits of technology, the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) embarked on a unique journey with United Statesbased technology provider, Dell. The agreement recognizes Dell as ACCG’s exclusive provider of technology hardware and services to Georgia’s counties, from desktops to laptops, peripherals to network tools, and software to professional IT services. This is a one-ofa-kind agreement between Dell and a county government association that does not exist anywhere else in the United States. Local governments will have access to existing locally based Dell sales executives and IT specialists, as well as favorable pricing. As public servants, we cannot possibly comprehend what the world will be like five, 10 or 20 years from now. It will be vastly different, but it is safe to assume IT will play an even greater role in improving the lives of our citizens. Whether you are in Fulton County or Glascock County, Dell wants to be a part of your team. While the agreement is still relatively new, Dell is working to create a Web site portal for local governments to access. ■ For more information regarding the agreement, to inquire about products or services, or to identify an assigned Dell Account Executive, please contact Brandon Hembree at 404-504-5906. AUGUST 2009 41

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