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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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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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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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Baseball & Softball Registration is Now Open

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Baseball & Softball Registration is Now Open

Baseball & softball registration is now open. Please visit https://secure.rec1.com/GA/gordon-county-parks/  to register today. Registration closes 2/28/2017.

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Tax Assessor’s Office Closed Friday Feb 3rd

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Tax Assessor’s Office Closed Friday Feb 3rd

The Gordon County Tax Assessor’s Office will be closed Friday Feb 3rd, reopening on Monday Feb 6th at the new location at 215 North Wall Street in Calhoun. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Special Weather Statement

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Special Weather Statement

Gordon County Fire Chief Doug Ralston has released a Special Weather Statement from The National Weather Service: National Weather Service Peachtree City GA 238 PM EST Sat Jan 28 2017 GAZ001>009-012>016-291200- Dade-Walker-Catoosa-Whitfield-Murray-Fannin-Gilmer-Union-Towns- Gordon-Pickens-Dawson-Lumpkin-White- 238 PM EST Sat Jan 28 2017 …Light Wintry Mix Sunday For Far North Georgia… A strong upper level storm system will move across the area mid morning Sunday through the afternoon hours. There will not be very much moisture to work with as this system moves through and therefore any precipitation amounts are expected to be light. A mixture of light snow and rain will move across the area Sunday morning except all snow at elevations above 1500 ft. By afternoon…the valleys should warm enough to see most of the mixture change back over to all rain but elevations above 2000 ft should remain all snow. As we get into the evening hours…colder temps will allow all precipitation to end as light snow with total accumulations of a dusting in the valleys to up to 1 inch in the higher elevations. Caution is advised on area roadways Sunday through Sunday night and even into Monday...

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Gordon County Renews Storm Ready Certification

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Gordon County Renews Storm Ready Certification

Gordon County was first certified as a Storm Ready community in 2005. Gordon County has continued to improve our capabilities each year and with each renewal of our Storm Ready designation. This 2017 renewal marks the 5th renewal of Storm Ready in Gordon County. Storm Ready is a nationwide program that helps communities better protect their citizens during severe weather from tornadoes to tropical storms. The program encourages communities to take a proactive approach to improving local hazardous weather operations. Storm Ready provides emergency managers with clear-cut guidelines on how to improve their hazardous weather operations. Gordon County has blended the use of current technology along with more traditional means of receiving and disseminating weather warnings and information. This approach is designed with multiple backups in mind. The multi faceted plan involves promotion of more traditional weather radio for citizens and critical facilities, as well as the use of Ready Warn to automatically push weather watches and warnings to the Gordon County Facebook and Twitter social media sites. Code Red Weather Warnings are also disseminated to those in the path of the storm directly to their cell or home phone once signed up at www.gordoncounty.org.  In addition, Gordon County utilizes several additional applications to receive and disseminate information to critical facilities and resources for deployment as well. Storm Ready certification is based upon multiple criteria, including: Establishment of a 24-hour warning point and emergency operations center; Having multiple methods to receive severe weather warnings and forecasts and to alert the public; Creation of a system that monitors weather conditions locally; Promoting the importance of public readiness through community seminars and events; Development a formal hazardous weather plan, which includes training severe weather spotters and holding emergency exercises. For more information, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gordoncountyema and follow us on Twitter @gordoncountyema.  Sign up for Code Read Emergency Weather...

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