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Jasper, Georgia 30143
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PICKENS REPORT – May 2014

As we move into the summer season, it seems that we have been blessed with numerous “pop-up” showers that are beneficial for our gardens and our lawns, but it really presents a problem if you are trying to get your grass mowed. School is out for the summer and I feel certain that many of our citizens are planning a summer vacation or trip. Two items I would like to remind you about: 1) Many school children will be outside their homes or visiting friends or going to one of our parks – please drive carefully and be extra diligent as you drive. 2) As you prepare for your trip or vacation, please keep in mind our local merchants. Often times, the products you might purchase out of town in a tourist area may be considerably higher than what you might pay here. We all need to make a concentrated effort to support our local businesses.

At the beginning of each month, I have a meeting of all the department heads. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss activities for the previous month, plans for the current month, and to share information among all of our departments. These meetings have proven to be beneficial in that sometimes we find that projects currently underway may be coordinated between departments and finished sooner and often results in cost savings to both departments. Some of the figures that were recapped at our most recent meeting: 1) 911 has received 24,716 calls for service thru the first five months of the year; 2) Pickens Fire Department responded to 141 calls during the month of May and that included 6 structure fires; 3) Pickens County Emergency Medical Services has already responded to more than 200 calls in excess of this same time last year. As you can see from these figures, the personnel in these departments are staying quite busy and working hard for the citizens of Pickens County.

I am extremely pleased to inform our citizens that we made the final payment on our new and renovated courthouse on May 30, 2014. Yes, folks, it is paid in full. Some of our surrounding counties are not as fortunate as we are in that they have substantial debt on their courthouses that will require payments for many years to come. I hope everyone has had an opportunity to visit the courthouse since it opened. We have a very attractive and functional building which should serve the needs of the county for the next thirty to forty years, and we were able to complete the project at 1.3 million dollars below the projected cost.

I want to thank everyone who made the effort to vote in the May 20 election. As illustrated by the fact that our courthouse is paid off, your approval for the Special Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) extension will enable the county and cities to undertake numerous projects which will be funded by the one cent sales tax rather than your property taxes. The collections on the extended SPLOST will begin July 1, 2014, and we should start to receive those funds in September. If you recall, a large part of the SPLOST beginning July 1, 2014, will be devoted to road repairs and improvements, and we hope to see some of those projects beginning in the fall.

Until the next time, stay safe and be healthy.