• October 6, 2016 10:00 amBOC Work Session
  • October 10, 2016 6:00 pmPlanning Commission Meeting
  • October 10, 2016 7:00 pmPickens County Airport Authority
  • October 17, 2016 6:30 pmPickens County Water Authority Board

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Employees recognized for Years of Service in the August 2016 BOC Meeting


The following Pickens County employees were recognized for their years of service:

Pickens Sheriff’s Office

R. Shane Padgett ~ 20 Years
Dana Waller ~ 10 Years
Marcelle Young ~ 10 Years


Persistent dry conditions have prompted the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) to declare a Level 1 Drought Response in 53 counties including Pickens.


A Level 1 Drought Response requires that public water systems implement a public information campaign that shall include, at a minimum, public notice regarding drought conditions and drought-specific public service messages in one or more of the following ways: newspaper advertisements, bill inserts, website homepage, social media, and notices in public libraries.  Implementation of this campaign should begin within five days of receipt of this letter.

A Level 1 Drought Response public information campaign should:

  • Target all commercial and residential water use, not just outdoor watering; and
  • Emphasize what customers should do and what they may do to be good stewards of our water resources.  It should not focus on what they can’t do.
  • Examples of things to emphasize that residents should do include the following:
    • Regularly check for, and repair, leaks inside and outside their home.
    • Don’t leave the tap running. When shaving, brushing teeth, washing face, turn off the tap.
    • Only water your landscape when necessary and adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.
  • For example, the following activities may be done at any time of day under a Drought Response Level 1:
    • Irrigation of personal food gardens may be done at any time of day;
    • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf may be done at any time of day for 30 days after installation;
    • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses may be done at any time of day; and
    • Handwatering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be done at any time of day.
  • General landscape watering may be done between 4pm and 10am each day.

More water conservation information is available at http://epd.georgia.gov/water-conservation


The Pickens County Board of Commissioners has tentatively adopted a millage rate which will require an increase in property taxes by 13.84 percent over the rollback millage rate of 7.203 mills.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at 1266 East Church Street, Suite 168, on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10 a.m. and at 6 p.m.

The time and place of an additional public hearing on this tax increase will be Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. prior to the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners’ meeting at 5:30 p.m.

The millage rate will be approved and adopted at the 5:30 BOC meeting on September 15, 2016.

This tentative increase will result in a millage rate of 8.2 mills, an increase of 1 mill. Without this tentative increase, the millage will be no more than 7.203 mills. The proposed tax increase for a home with a fair market value of $150,000 is approximately $55.00 and the proposed tax increase for non-homestead property with a fair market value of $100,000 is approximately $40.00.













Approved Millage rate













On July 11, Planning Commission recommended approval of the following text amendment language regarding Commercial outdoor firing/shooting ranges. The Board of Commissioners will review the matter and possibly vote on it during their September 15th meeting at 5:30 PM in the Commissioner’s meeting room.


Sec. 67-4. Definitions.

No definition for this specific use
Commercial outdoor firing/shooting ranges: Any facilities where outdoor firing of firearms is performed on a commercial basis (i.e., requires a fee or membership), including but not limited to target practice, skeet and trap shooting, mock war games, and temporary competitions.

This general use includes shooting ranges – may need to take out that specific use
Commercial recreational facility, outdoor: A use of land and/or buildings that involves the provision of sports and leisure activities to the general public for a fee, including but not limited to the following: stadiums, amphitheaters, circuses and carnivals, fairgrounds, drive-in theaters, golf driving ranges, miniature golf courses, batting cages, race tracks for animals or motor-driven vehicles, turkey shoots, trout ponds, equestrian centers and horse and pony riding rinks, botanical and zoological gardens, recreational vehicle parks, ultra-light flight parks, and bungee jumping. A golf course and private club that is built as part of a single-family residential subdivision and that operates in a quasi-public manner is not considered to be an outdoor commercial recreational facility.

Sec. 67-8. Table 6-1-1 Permitted and Conditional Uses by Land Use Intensity District





Sec. 67-10.11. Commercial outdoor firing/shooting ranges – Special requirements.
1. Minimum undisturbed buffer of at least 500 feet shall be required along property lines adjacent to and/or abutting residential use properties and/or residential land use districts.
2. Area where firing activity takes place shall be at least 500 feet from all property lines.
3. Applicant shall list proposed hours of operation as part of the Conditional use application.
4. Protective natural or artificial barriers must be provided to prevent bullets, shells, or pellets from travelling to human-occupied areas.
5. Applicant shall provide a copy of liability insurance as part of the Conditional use application.

Election Qualifying Fees for 2016

Pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 21-2-131; the governing authority has set qualifying fees for County Offices to be filled in the 2016 Election.

Sheriff $1943.28

Board of Commissioners:
Chairman $1,979.28
District 2 (East) $ 306.00

Tax Commissioner $1,591.05

Clerk of Court $1,591.05

Probate Judge $1,591.05

Magistrate Judge $1,591.05

Coroner $ 401.35

Board of Education $ 50.00