Building Inspection

Building Inspections

The Building Inspection Department is responsible for enforcing various county ordinances that regulate and protect public health, safety, and welfare as related to existing buildings and new construction in the unincorporated areas of the county as well as in the cities of Plainville, Ranger, and Resaca. This department serves as the first point of contact for residents and developers seeking assistance with flood plain management, soil and erosion control standards, land disturbing activities, and utility construction. This department issues all construction permits and performs plan reviews to determine code compliance. In addition, this department enforces the following county ordinances: Building Code Ordinance, Wetland Protection Ordinance, Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance, Nuisance Ordinance (unsafe buildings), Manufactured Homes Ordinance, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance, and the Sign Ordinance. Also, this department assists the Planning & Development Department with reviewing subdivision development plans. This department generates revenue from building inspection and permit fees, land disturbing permit fees, and plat/development plan review fees.

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Contact Information:
Tom Burgess, Director
Gordon County Wall Street Annex, First Floor
200 South Wall Street
Calhoun, GA 30701
Phone: 706-629-0505
Fax: 706-625-8253

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

Latest Press Releases & Public Notices

3/7/2017 BOC Regular Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR SESSION MINUTES MARCH 7, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION Employees with Anniversary Hire Dates in March Commissioner Steward read the list of Employees with Anniversary Hire Dates in March and Commissioner Owens drew the name of Shea Hicks with the Voter Registrar Office as Employee of the Month for March. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session February 21, 2017, and the Regular Meeting February 21, 2017. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Owens and Steward voted aye. Motion approved. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT County Administrator King read the report. COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT Commissioner Owens reported that he attended and was guest speaker at the Star Student/Teacher Banquet, and Chamber of Commerce Breakfast. Commissioner Steward reported that he attended the Chamber Breakfast, Finance Committee meeting, the College & Career Academy meeting, and the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. Chairman Hood attended the Leadership Georgia. CONSIDERATION OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS None CONSIDERATION OF NEW BUSINESS REQUEST FOR APPROVAL FOR POSTING A $100 BOND FOR THE APPEAL TO SUPERIOR COURT OF REDBUD GROCERY & TOBACCO CONCERNING THEIR MALT BEVERAGE LICENSE APPLICATION DENIED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS County Attorney Ledbetter advised that this is required for the County to post a bond for this hearing to cover the cost and this amount seems sufficient. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve posting the $100 Bond for the appeal before Superior Court. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Owens and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed. CHANGE OF EQUIPMENT PURCHASE UNDER SPLOST FUNDS FOR PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT County Administrator King advised that this change will allow the Public Works Department to purchase a roller and a pickup truck in lieu of a tractor mower. Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve the purchase of a roller. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Sexton, Cunningham, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed. DECLARATION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY FOR THE SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT FOR LIST OF FIREARMS AND AMMO TO BE TRADED TO GT DISTRIBUTIORS TO FACILITATE THE ACQUISITION OF REPLACEMENT FIREARMS Chairman Hood advised that this is a request from the Sheriff’s Department for a declaration of surplus property for a list of firearms and ammo to be traded to GT Distributors to facilitate the acquisition of replacement firearms for that department. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the declaration of surplus property for the Sheriff’s Department. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Steward, Owens, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed. DECLARATION OF SURPLUS PROPERTY FOR MISCELLANEOUS LIST OF ITEMS TO BE OFFERED FOR SALE AT UPCOMING AUCTION Chairman Hood advised that this is a request for declaration of surplus property for a miscellaneous list of items to be offered for sale at the upcoming auction. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to approve the declaration of surplus property for miscellaneous items. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and Commissioner Sexton, Owens, Steward, and Cunningham voted aye. Motion passed. APPOINTMENT TO THE CALHOUN-GORDON...

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3/7/2017 BOC Work Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORK SESSION MINUTES MARCH 7, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. The Board discussed each item on the agenda for the Regular Meeting and made no changes; one item was added to the Regular Meeting agenda later in the meeting. County Attorney Ledbetter advised the Board that the agenda item for Request for Approval of Posting a $100 bond for the appeal regarding Redbud Grocery & Tobacco’s beer license application that was denied by the Board, is a technicality that we cannot waive. Redbud Grocery is appealing to Superior Court the denial of a malt beverage license for their store across the highway from Redbud School. The appeal bond is in the estimated amount of $100 to cover court costs the County might have, such as the court reporter. County Administrator King advised the Board that the item for Change of Equipment Purchase under SPLOST Funds for Public Works was looked at by our Director of Public Works and he has evaluated equipment and saw a need to replace a 27-year old roller. Public Work Director, Blake Nicholson, came before the Board and advised that his department has a base roller that needed repairs, parts are no longer available for it and have to be made. The estimate to repair was $20,000 and he did not want to put that money in equipment that is that old. He is asking to use the funds for a roller and truck instead of a mower tractor which the funds were originally budgeted for. County Administrator King explained the item for requests from the Historic Preservation Commission for approval to allow Southern Paranormal Investigators to conduct a paranormal investigation at the Resaca Battlefield Historic Site and also a request to allow the Rotary Club to hold their April 6th noon meeting at the Resaca Battlefield Historic Site. Mr. Kenny Padgett spoke to the Board and advised that the Historic Preservation Commission has voted on both these requests and their vote was 5-0 in favor of approving the requests. Commissioner Steward stated that he would like to add an item to the Regular Meeting Agenda for the Board’s consideration. Chairman Hood asked if the Board should go ahead and discuss the item that Commissioner Steward is requesting to place on the agenda. County Attorney advised that the Board can go ahead and discuss the item now. Attorney Ledbetter commented that a couple of weeks ago the Board enacted a moratorium concerning acceptance of applications for new or expansion of commercial poultry operations and expected to have a public hearing on that tonight, but we received a call from the Georgia Poultry Association saying there is an instance of bird flu up in Tennessee and their protocol is that they don’t want poultry growers getting around each other where the bird flu might get inadvertently spread. So the Board wants everyone to be available at the public hearing. We don’t know when the bird flu issue will be solved so we have determined from the phone calls of the public calling in, that there are some growers, small chicken operations, who have...

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2/21/2017 BOC Regular Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS REGULAR MEETING MINUTES FEBRUARY 21, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held their Regular Meeting on Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. APPROVAL OF MINUTES Chairman Hood asked if there are any additions, omissions, or deletions to the Minutes for the Work Session February 7, 2017, and the Regular Meeting February 7, 2017. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve the minutes. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Sexton, Owens and Steward voted aye. Motion approved. ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT County Administrator King read the report. COMMISSIONERS’ REPORT Commissioner Owens reported that he attended the Leadership Gordon County at the Capitol, the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission meeting, and the College and Career Academy. Commissioner Sexton commented that he attended the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission meeting and the Council of Chief Elected Officials meeting. PUBLIC HEARING FOR ZONING Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to open the public hearing for zoning. Commissioner Sexton seconded the motion and Commissioners Cunningham, Owens, Sexton, and Steward voted aye. County Attorney Ledbetter had announced in the Work Session that Application #Z16-14 had been taken off the agenda. The attorney for the applicant has notified that this is no longer a viable application. APPLICATION #Z17-01 KIRK SCHUEMAN’S REQUEST TO REZONE FROM A-1 TO CH County Attorney Ledbetter read application #Z17-01 Kirk Schueman’s request to rezone from A-1 to CH, and incorporates the entirety of the information sheets and the requests and findings of the Planning Commission. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission with their recommendations for approval with the stipulation that the business will remain within the acreage rezoned and shall strictly follow the standards for a vehicle repair shop including but not limited to the installation of an opaque fence or adequate evergreen trees. No one signed to speak for or against the rezoning request. Commissioner Cunningham made a motion to approve rezoning application #Z17-01 including the stipulation as read by the County Attorney. Commissioner Owens seconded the motion and Commissioners Sexton, Owens, Cunningham, and Steward voted aye. Motion passed. APPLICATION #Z17-02 MIKE MASLEY’S REQUEST TO REZONE FROM A-1 TO I-1 County Attorney Ledbetter read application #Z17-02 Mike Masley’s request to rezone from A-1 to I-1, and incorporates the entirety of the information sheets and the requests and findings of the Planning Commission. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission with their recommendations for approval. No one signed to speak for or against the rezoning request. Commissioner Owens made a motion to approve rezoning application #Z17-02. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and Commissioners Owens, Steward, Cunningham, and Sexton voted aye. Motion passed. APPLICATION #Z17-03 MIKE MASLEY’S REQUEST TO REZONE FROM A-1 TO RA-1 County Attorney Ledbetter read application #Z17-03 Mike Masley’s request to rezone from A-1 to RA-1, and incorporates the entirety of the information sheets and the requests and findings of the Planning Commission. This comes to the Board of Commissioners from the Planning Commission with their recommendations for approval. No one signed to speak for or against the rezoning request. Commissioner Steward made a motion to approve rezoning application#Z17-03. Commissioner Cunningham seconded the motion and Commissioners Steward, Cunningham, Sexton, and Owens voted aye....

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2/21/2017 BOC Work Session Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WORK SESSION MINUTES FEBRUARY 21, 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners held a Work Session Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of the Administration Building. Chairman Hood called the meeting to order. The Board discussed each item on the agenda for the Regular Meeting and made no changes; one item was added to the Regular Meeting agenda later in the meeting. County Attorney Jim Ledbetter explained the zoning applications and informed the Board that the item for Application #Z16-14 Con-onaula Farms’ request has been taken off the agenda. Mr. Brumlow, the attorney representing the applicant has advised that this is not a viable application. Mr. Pat Rasbury, Magistrate Court Judge, came before the Board to request that the Board of Commissioners consider passing an ordinance that would make the parents of school students responsible for getting their children to attend school. He has been working with a Truancy Team that is looking into the problem. Their recommendation is to get the City Council and the School Board on board with this by drawing up an ordinance and a contract with the City so that the Magistrate Court could handle this. Judge Rasbury handed out sample ordinances and contracts from other counties and asked the Board to look at those and come up with some for Gordon County. There was a consensus of the Board to move forward with this. Mr. Doug Jones came before the Board to speak about the growth of mega chicken houses in Sugar Valley. Mr. Jones advised that he wanted to re-emphasize that this problem is not just about Sugar Valley, it is about Gordon County. The growth of mega chicken houses is happening all over the South, and there is an article in a Chattanooga paper about a class action lawsuit in the area. People visiting in Gordon County and stopping at the outlet mall or downtown, when they get out, they can smell chicken houses. Gordon County is issuing more permits for chicken houses than any other county in the State. That industry around Highway 136 area is not just agricultural, they are using industrial amounts of water, industrial waste, industrial feed – that’s a chicken park. Ms. Debbie Vance, E-911 Director, came before the Board to make the Board aware of some new technology at our E-911 Center before it goes out publicly. Gordon County wireless customers will be able to send a short message service text message to 911 for emergency help when unable to make a 911 voice call. Only wireless cell phones with contracts will be able to text 911. Ms. Vance advised how these voice calls will be handled and dispatched. This is not the best way to contact 911 but it is an alternative to those who cannot do it by voice, or are in a situation where it is too dangerous to do it by voice. Commissioner Sexton made a motion to adjourn the Work Session. Commissioner Steward seconded the motion and all voted aye. There being no further business, the Work Session adjourned at 6:00...

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Administrator’s Report for March 21, 2017

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Administrator’s Report for March 21, 2017

Financial Update: Budget Preparation:  The budget requests for fiscal year 2017-2018 were received and budget meetings have been conducted with the department heads and constitutional officers over the last few weeks. The final budget meetings will conclude this week. The Finance Department will then begin compiling all of the information for the County Administrator’s recommended budget. The budget recommendation will be presented during the May 16th commission meeting. Significant Projects & Activity: Comprehensive Plan:  Last week the county staff met with the Northwest Georgia Regional Commission (NWGRC) to begin the planning process to complete the Joint Comprehensive Plan 10-Year update. After the NWGRC meets with the cities to discuss the process, a joint public hearing will need to be held. The county staff will be coordinating with NWGRC to identify steering committee members and community stakeholders that will be involved in the process. Courthouse Renovation:  After receiving submissions from multiple firms in response to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ), a short list of the three top architectural firms were identified by the selection panel using a predetermined list of qualifications that focused on experience with complex courthouse renovations. Each firm will be making a formal presentation on Friday, March 31st. Building Permits:  Single family home permits increased during the month of February 2017. The Building Inspector reported 10 single family home permits issued last month compared to 4 permits issued during February 2016. There were 70 single family building permits issued during the previous 12...

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Administrator’s Report for March 7, 2017

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Financial Update: Budget Preparation:  The Finance Department has been receiving budget requests for fiscal year 2017-2018. Once the requests have been compiled, individual meetings will be scheduled with Department Heads and Elected Officials through March 21, 2017. Sales Tax Revenue:  Gordon County has received $419,782.89 in Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) and $605,301.88 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) from the Georgia Department of Revenue during the month of February 2017; reflecting a 3.64% increase in LOST and a 3.73% increase in SPLOST compared to the revenue received during the month of February 2016 (report attached). Significant Projects & Activity: Government Plaza:  Planning for the Government Plaza dedication ceremony is underway for Friday, March 31st. The dedication will include remarks by the Commissioners, ribbon cutting, and departmental tours hosted personnel from the offices of the Tax Commissioner, Board of Elections, and Board of Assessors. Momon Construction will provide refreshments afterwards. The Chamber of Commerce is assisting with preparations for this event. 2012 SPLOST Projects:  The county has received submissions from 14 architectural firms in response to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ). The submissions are now under review by an evaluation panel consisting of Commissioner Sexton, Commissioner Cunningham, Administrator, Purchasing Director, Building Inspector, and Buildings & Grounds Director. The panel will hold their first meeting on March 9th at 3:30 p.m. to assess the submissions using a predetermined list of qualifications. Comprehensive Plan:  On March 9th at 2:30 p.m., the county staff and NWGRC staff will meet to discuss the Comprehensive Plan 10-Year update that will be due on June 30th, 2018. The Northwest Georgia Regional Commission assists local county and municipal governments with implementing the Georgia Planning Act of 1989. Tire Disposal:  Gordon County is hosting a free tire disposal day on Earth Day, Saturday April 22, 2017. County residents will be encouraged to dispose of up to ten tires for free between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Redbone Ridges...

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Tire Free Disposal Day – April 22, 2017

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Tire Free Disposal Day – April 22, 2017

Gordon County and Santek Waste Services are sponsoring the annual Tire Free Disposal Day at the county’s Redbone Ridges Landfill on Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The landfill is located at 1224 Pleasant Hill Road Extension in Ranger. Gordon county residents may dispose of car tires (limit 10 car tires per resident, no tire dealers, no tires on rims, and no tractor...

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Now Hiring: Director of Transportation and Public Works

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Now Hiring: Director of Transportation and Public Works

Gordon County, a rapidly growing county of 55,000 located in Northwest Georgia along the I-75 corridor and 60 miles north of Atlanta and 50 miles south of Chattanooga, TN, is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Director of Transportation and Public Works. This position is responsible for supervising and directing a department of 36 full-time employees, oversees a 167 acre Chert Mine operation with 1 full-time employee, and oversees a Fleet Management Department of 6 full-time employees, with an annual combined budget of $5.8M. Duties include maintaining the county’s 558 miles of paved roads, bridges, and drainage system, paving new roads, repaving existing roads, inspecting all utilities being installed on county right-of-ways, preparing and controlling the annual departmental budget, and responding to citizen complaints. Position requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in related field, preferably in Civil Engineering, minimum of ten (10) years experience in directing construction and maintenance projects, knowledge of road construction methods, a valid Georgia driver’s license, must posses comprehensive computer skills, excellent customer service skills, prior GA DOT experience preferred, and the ability to successfully pass a criminal background check and drug test. Salary is DOQ. Position is open until filled. To apply for this position, send a resume or application, along with consent forms to: (Faxes and emails will also be accepted.) Gordon County Human Resources Department 201 N. Wall Street / P.O. Box 580 Calhoun, Georgia 30701 (706) 629-3795 – telephone (706) 629-9516 – fax jobs@gordoncounty.org (Application and associated consent forms are available on the sidebar of this page.) Gordon County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free...

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2017-PW103 Vibratory Soil Compactor

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2017-PW103 Vibratory Soil Compactor

The Gordon County Board of Commissioners will be accepting sealed written bids from qualified vendors to procure a new Vibratory Soil Compactor as outlined in the specifications. See bid document below for specifications. Bid Document below: 2017-PW103 Roller

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Public Meeting: Gordon County Trails Master Plan

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Public Meeting:  Gordon County Trails Master Plan

All residents of Gordon County and stakeholders interested in the Gordon County Trails Master Plan are encouraged to attend a public meeting on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, at 6:00 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Gordon County Agriculture Service Center at 1282 Hey 53 spur SW Calhoun, Georgia 30701.  The public is encouraged to come and give their input as we discuss the benefits of trails and the opportunities they present within Calhoun and Gordon...

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