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REVISED: Gordon County Trail Master Plan

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REVISED: Gordon County Trail Master Plan

The Online Public Comments has been closed as of Monday, April 24, 2017. Updated April 17, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. In response to public comments from the first draft for the Greenway/Blueway Master Plan, a revised version of the plan has been developed. Please review this revised concept and provide your comments by Sunday, April 23, 2017. Click here to view the REVISED Greenway Trail. You may leave comments concerning the REVISED Greenway Master Plan by clicking here. Updated on March 30, 2017 Gordon County unveiled the original draft of the Trail Master Plan on March 28, 2017 and took public comments from March 28, 2017, through April 11, 2017.   Original Post March 17, 2017 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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County Offices Closed April 14, 2017

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County Offices Closed April 14, 2017

Gordon County offices will be closed Friday April 14, 2017 and will reopen at regular time on Monday April 17, 2017.

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Animal Control Donations

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Animal Control Donations

Because so many of you have requested, Gordon County Animal Control is gladly accepting donations after the loss of the facility due to fire. If you would like to make a donation to help, please follow these instructions: MAIL CHECKS TO: Gordon County Finance Department P.O. Box 580 200 South Wall Street Calhoun, GA 30703-0580 Attention: Al Leonard, Finance Director Checks should be made out to the Gordon County Board of Commissioners. Please indicate on the check that you would like the funds to benefit the Gordon County Animal Control Facility....

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Now Hiring: Lifeguards

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Now Hiring: Lifeguards

Gordon County has immediate openings for seasonal positions as lifeguards at Salacoa Creek Park. Qualified applicants must have a current lifeguard certification, (Waterfront Life Guarding), from the American Red Cross, and current CPR certification. (No training class will be provided, must have required certifications to apply.) Background check and drug screening required. $8.50/hour. Please apply at the Human Resources Office, located in the Gordon County Administration Building, 201 North Wall Street, Calhoun, GA 30701. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. No Phone Calls Please. Gordon County is an Equal Opportunity...

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National Telecommunicator week is April 9 – 15, 2017.

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National Telecommunicator week is April 9 – 15, 2017.

National Telecommunicator week is April 9 – 15, 2017.  Many events will take place that week to honor our communications officers who work diligently in their profession to dispatch public safety. You are cordially invited to attend an Open House at Gordon County E-9-1-1 on Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 9:00 am to 11:00. This will give you an opportunity to tell the Communications Officers how much they are appreciated first hand. Please share this invitation with your friends, family, and co-workers.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Government Plaza

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Government Plaza

On March 31, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. the Gordon County Board of Commissioners, along with the Camber of Commerce, held a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Gordon County Government Plaza. This location has served as a landmark for our community since it was built in 1961 for the Calhoun First National Bank. The building was later acquired by BB&T, but today it serves all of the Gordon County as the new home for the offices of the Tax Commissioner, Tax Assessor, and Elections & Voter Registration. Commission Chair Becky Hood stated “I would like to thank Bill Davies with BB&T in working with the county in the purchasing of this building. I would also like to thank Pieper O’Brien Herr architects for their technical expertise and thank you to Momon Construction for their hard work and the remarkable job that they did.” The Gordon County Board of Commissioners would also like to thank the Mayor and staff of the City of Calhoun for replacing the sidewalk in front of the plaza and for willingness to help with the electrical lines if needed. The relocation of the offices mentioned above and newly available space will facilitate the next phase of our courthouse renovations project, which is a SPLOST project. Original Post was published on March 9 2017 The Gordon County Board of Commissioners cordially invite you to attend the Dedication of the Gordon County Government Plaza on Friday, March 31, 2017, at11 a.m.  The address is 215 North Wall Street Calhoun, GA 30701....

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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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