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

Now hiring: Building Inspector, Senior

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Now hiring: Building Inspector, Senior

Gordon County is currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Building Inspector, Senior. This position will be responsible for a combination of duties, including but not limited to the following: building, plumbing, electrical, heat/air inspections; and ordinance enforcement. Preferred qualifications are a bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Architecture, or Business with a minimum of five (5) years experience in the construction field. Minimum qualifications are a high school diploma or equivalency and a minimum of five (5) years Construction, Management, Engineering or other related field. ICC Certification is desirable or must be obtained within twelve (12) months of employment. Georgia Level 1B Soil Erosion Certification is desirable or must be obtained within six (6) months of employment. Applicants should possess knowledge of customary construction techniques and procedures; knowledge of plumbing, electrical, and heat/air installations; knowledge of ICC International Codes. Willingness to familiarize self with local ordinances. Must be computer literate. Applications/resumes will be accepted at the Human Resources Office, located in the County Administration Building, 201 North Wall Street, Calhoun, Georgia. Applications/resumes along with completed and notarized consent forms may also be faxed to 706-629-9516 or emailed to jobs@gordoncounty.org. Position will remain open until filled. Applications and consent forms may be found on the county website at gordoncounty.org. Salary range 37-43k. No telephone calls please. Gordon County is an Equal Opportunity...

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BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

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BOARD OF EQUALIZATION

BOARD OF EQUALIZATION MEETING FEBRUARY 27, 2017 ADMINISTRATION CONFERENCE ROOM  

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The Tag, Tax, and the Elections Offices Have Moved

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The Tag, Tax, and the Elections Offices Have Moved

The Gordon County Tax Assessors Office, Tax Commissioner’s Office, and the Elections Offices have moved to the new Gordon County Government Plaza. The address is 215 North Wall Street Calhoun, Georgia 30701.

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Tax Commissioner’s Office Closed This Friday from 9am till Noon

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Tax Commissioner’s Office Closed This Friday from 9am till Noon

Due to the State of Georgia’s Network being offline for upgrades, the Gordon County Office of the Tax Commissioner, Motor Vehicles Division will be closed Friday morning, February 10, 2017, from 9 am to Noon. During this time we will not be able to sell car or truck tags. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact the office at 706-629-9242.

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Now Hiring: Accounting Technician

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Now Hiring:  Accounting Technician

Gordon County is currently accepting applications for the position of Accounting Technician. This position will be responsible for preparing invoices for payment, researching payment history, maintaining accurate records and preparing 1099’s. Applicants should possess the minimum education and work experience of a high school diploma or equivalency and two years of experience working in accounts payable and preparation of 1099’s. Good communication skills, both verbal and written; good organizational skills; must be self-motivated and be able to work independently. Experience working with Excel and Munis software are preferable. $15.00/hour. A complete job description and other pertinent information will be available with the applications. Applications and Resumes will be accepted at the Human Resources Office, 201 North Wall Street, Calhoun, GA; by email jobs@gordoncounty.org; or fax 706-629-9516 until 4:00 pm Wednesday February 22, 2017. Gordon County is an Equal Opportunity...

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Administrator’s Report for February 7, 2017

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Administrator’s Report for February 7, 2017

Financial Update: Sales Tax Revenue:  Gordon County received $560,757.55 in Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) and $793,265.96 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) from the Georgia Department of Revenue during the month of January 2017. This revenue reflects a 5.52% increase in LOST and a 3.52% increase in SPLOST compared to January 2016. A sales tax collections report prepared by the Finance Department is attached. Revenue and Expenditures:  The financial report for the first 6 months of the current fiscal year indicates approximately 62% of the annual projected general fund revenue has been received and general fund expenditures are approximately 48% of the approved budget as of the period ended December 31. A detailed report of revenue and expenditures prepared by the Finance Department is attached. Significant Projects: Government Plaza:  The POH architects completed their final inspection of the building, and several minor corrections are being addressed by the contractors. The Building Inspections Department issued a certificate of occupancy on February 3 and the Building and Grounds and IT Departments assisted with the relocation of the Tax Commissioner, Property Assessor, and Voter Registration and Elections offices during the weekend of February 4 -5. The offices were open for business and fully operational on Monday, February 6. While the building renovation of the first floor is substantively complete and under the approved budget, additional work is underway to repair the exterior lighting, paint the rear breezeway, improve the walkways, refurbish the landscaping, and add additional signage. The City of Calhoun has been a tremendous help throughout the renovation and have offered to replace some of the old and damaged sidewalks along Wall Street. An official grand opening is being planned for March 31. Courthouse Renovation:  A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architectural firms with experience in government projects, complex renovations, and courthouse construction will close on March 1. The evaluation team, comprised of two County Commissioners, County Administrator, Purchasing Director, Building Inspector, and Buildings & Grounds Director will convene in March to select an architect to design future projects throughout the county. Code Compliance:  Gordon County Code Compliance has issued 41 citations to date; with 30 found guilty, 9 scheduled to appear, and 2 pending bench warrants. Twenty-eight active cases are pending, which includes 4 court directed re-checks. Public Works:  The Purchasing Department is soliciting bids from qualified vendors to acquire construction material and services for upcoming road maintenance...

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11/14/2016 Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING NOVEMBER 14, 2016 The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Gordon County Administration Building for the purpose of hearing variance and zoning change requests. Members present were: Randy Rule, Jerry Lovelace, Nathan Serritt, and Eddie Smith Randy Rule called the meeting to order and advised all present of the sign-up sheets available for those who wish to address the Planning Commission on any of the zoning or variance change applications. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A motion was made by Jerry Lovelace to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of October 10, 2016. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written. REZONING APPLICATION #Z16-21, HAROLD TARPLEY & TIMOTHY TARPLEY (applicant: Hibbymo Properties – Ranger, LLC) Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z16-21, Harold Tarpley and Timothy Tarpley, (applicant: Hibbymo Properties – Ranger, LLC) requesting to rezone a 3.366 acre tract located at the S.W. corner of U.S. Hwy. 411 and GA. Hwy 156, Ranger from A-1 to CG. Bobby Howard, a representative of Hibbymo, represented the request explaining that an agreement had been made with the Tarpley Brothers to purchase this property to construct a Dollar General Retail Store. He presented the design of the site and also stated that the level 3 soil study was done and approved and the drive had been approved by the Georgia D.O.T. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z16-21 be approved with an amendment to the Future Land Use Map. Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the rezoning application identified as #Z16-21 from A-1 to CG with the amendment to the Future Land Use Map. Eddie Smith seconded the motion. All voted aye. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners. VARIANCE APPLICATION #V16-14, TUAN DUC NGO Chairman Rule read variance application #V16-14, Tuan Duc Ngo requesting a variance to reduce the required setback to property line for a stack house on a 25.16 acre tract located on Cash Road, Calhoun. Mr. Ngo, with his daughter to interpret, represented the request explaining that he needed a variance of 148.94 feet on one corner and 145.42 feet on the other corner from the county required 300 feet setback. This is the only portion of the property that is not in the flood zone. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V16-14 be approved as requested. Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve the variance as requested. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The variance was granted. The thirty-(30) day appeal period was explained. REZONING APPLICATION #Z16-22 & #Z16-23, CHADWICK LANE KING Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z16-22 and #Z16-23, Chadwick Lane King, requesting to rezone at 441 Allen Loop, Calhoun. The property is approximately 4.90 acres with an existing house. Mr. King would like to subdivide the property and on application #Z16-22, rezone 1.25 acres and the existing house from A-1 to R-1 and on application #Z16-23, rezone 3.65 acres from A-1 to RA-1 to build a new...

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12/12/2016 Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING December 12, 2016 The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Gordon County Administration Building for the purpose of hearing variance and zoning change requests. Members present were: Randy Rule, Jerry Lovelace, Butch Layson, Eddie Smith, and Nathan Serritt Randy Rule called the meeting to order and advised all present of the sign-up sheets available for those who wish to address the Planning Commission on any of the zoning or variance change applications. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A motion was made by Jerry Lovelace to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of November 14, 2016. Nathan Serritt seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written. REZONING APPLICATION #Z16-26, STANLEY SIMPSON Chairman Rule read rezoning application #Z16-26, Stanley Simpson requesting to rezone a 1.47 acre tract located at 5200 Fairmount Hwy., SE, Calhoun from A-1 to CH. Mr. Simpson represented the request explaining he had tried to sell the property, but because the existing duplex that was on the property was in such bad shape he didn’t have any luck and now he had a potential buyer that would like to operate a used car sales business and use the duplex as office space if he could obtain the rezoning. After Mr. Simpson heard what the Georgia D.O.T. would require if a commercial driveway was needed and that a permit would need to be sent to GDOT for approval, he requested that the application for rezoning be tabled so that he could find out the cost involved and/or other options. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Butch Layson made the motion to table the rezoning application identified as #Z16-26 until the January 9, 2017 meeting as requested by the applicant. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The rezoning application #Z16-26 was tabled until the January 9, 2017 meeting. OLD BUSINESS The matter to still be discussed was the issue on Section 5.02.00 Accessory Uses and Structures and Section 5.02.01 Pre-engineered or pre-assembled metal structures. The Planning Commission would like to recommend changes to read that on less than 2 acres 600 square feet be the maximum, 2-5 acres a maximum of 2,000 square feet, and on 5+ acres an additional of 1,000 square feet per additional 5 acres. ADDITIONAL BUSINESS There being no additional business, Nathan Serritt made the motion to adjourn. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. All voted aye. The meeting was adjourned at 6:32...

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1/9/2017 Planning and Zoning Commission Minutes

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GORDON COUNTY PLANNING AND ZONING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING JANUARY 9, 2017 The Gordon County Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on Monday, January 9, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Gordon County Administration Building for the purpose of hearing variance and zoning change requests. Members present were: Randy Rule, Jerry Lovelace, Butch Layson, Eddie Smith, and Nathan Serritt Butch Layson called the meeting to order and advised all present of the sign-up sheets available for those who wish to address the Planning Commission on any of the zoning or variance change applications. APPROVAL OF MINUTES A motion was made by Jerry Lovelace to approve the minutes of the previous meeting of December 12, 2016. Eddie Smith seconded the motion. All voted aye. The minutes were approved as written. REZONING APPLICATION #Z16-26, STANLEY SIMPSON (Tabled from December 12, 2016) Vice-Chairman Layson read rezoning application #Z16-26, Stanley Simpson requesting to rezone a 1.47 acre tract located at 5200 Fairmount Hwy., SE, Calhoun from A-1 to CH, for a used car sales business and use the duplex as office space. Mr. Simpson represented the request stating that he had followed up on the requirements he would have to meet with Georgia D.O.T. and the Gordon County Public Works Department on the driveway permits since the last meeting and that it would be cost efficient for him to proceed with the rezoning as discussed at the prior month meeting. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the rezoning request identified as Application #Z16-26 be denied. Nathan Serritt made the motion to recommend denial of the rezoning application identified as #Z16-26. With the lack of a second, Chairman Rule ask again for a recommendation. Butch Layson made the motion to recommend approval of the rezoning application #Z16-26 from A-1 to CH. Jerry Lovelace seconded the motion. Eddie Smith voted with the motion. Nathan Serritt opposed the motion. The vote was 3-1 to recommend approval of the rezoning request. The recommendation for approval was sent to the Board of Commissioners. VARIANCE APPLICATION #V16-16 & REZONING APPLICATION #Z16-27, MITCHELL WAYNE WORLEY Chairman Rule read variance application #V16-16 and rezoning application #Z16-27, Mitchell Wayne Worley for a 1.52 acre tract located at 253 Rock Creek Road, Calhoun. Mr. Worley represented the requests explaining that the property was subdivided into two tracts and that he had inherited the back tract from his father (his brother had inherited the front tract). He has removed the existing mobile home and would like to build a house for his son. The variance is to reduce the required county road frontage for R-1 zoning from 75 feet to a 15 foot easement and the rezoning is from A-1 to R-1. All adjoining property owners had been notified. Ursula Desrosier, Zoning Administrator for Gordon County, recommended that the variance request identified as Application #V16-16 be approved, with the condition that evidence of a permanent easement for access is submitted to the Gordon County Planning and Development Department and on rezoning request identified as Application #Z16-27 it is recommended for approval from A-1 to R-1. On variance request #V16-16, Jerry Lovelace made the motion to approve as requested; with the condition that evidence of a permanent easement for access is submitted...

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Administrator’s Report for January 10, 2016

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Administrator’s Report for January 10, 2016

Financial Update: Sales Tax Revenue:  Gordon County received $461,370.54 in Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) and $665,273.30 in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) from the Georgia Department of Revenue during the month of December 2016. This revenue reflects a 2.50% increase in LOST and a 2.51% increase in SPLOST compared to December 2015. Significant Projects: Ranger Fire Station:  Following the facility modifications that were made to the Ranger Volunteer Fire Station, the Gordon County Fire Department began fulltime operations at the station with a reduced staff on January 2, 2017. During the first fulltime shift at the station, the county responded to 4 calls within the first 24 hours of operation. Government Plaza:  Momon Construction has reported that the final four sections of window glass are scheduled to be installed this week. Three double sections will be installed in the rear of the building and one large section will be installed over the back entry. Cherokee Mechanical has installed all the PIU boxes, and all of the HVAC components are now operational. Trane will install the controls next week, and the final inspection is being scheduled for the week of 23 January. The Building and Grounds Department is coordinating the relocation of furniture and personnel, and we are looking at holding an official opening ceremony in February. Courthouse and Courthouse Annex:  The remaining SPLOST revenue necessary to complete the funding package for this project will be collected later this year. Following the relocation of the Tax Commissioner, Tax Assessor, and Voter Registrations and Elections personnel into the first floor of the Government Plaza Building, the county will begin the process of conducting preconstruction assessments needed to evaluate requirements for the renovation and repair of facilities. Health Department:  Gordon County continues to coordinate with the Department of Natural Resources to obtain the property located behind the existing Health Department for the construction of a replacement Health Department building. The Department of Natural Resources expects to receive approval of their board during their next meeting on January 27, 2017. The decision to transfer the property will then be considered by the State Legislature during their General Assembly. Upon state approval, the transfer will be executed by the State Properties...

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