• November 20, 2017 6:30 pmPickens County Water Authority Board
  • November 30, 2017 8:00 amPickens County Development Authority
  • December 7, 2017 10:00 amBOC Work Session
  • December 12, 2017 6:30 pmPickens County Joint Comprehensive Plan Stakeholders Meeting

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1266 E. Church Street
Jasper, Georgia 30143
Phone: 706-253-8809


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Damages from last week’s tropical storm?

Follow link for a form for Georgia citizens to self report damages to their homes, businesses, and public facilities.

This information can be used by GEMA in order to visualize and summarize damage assessments as they are collected by the public.

The information submitted through this form still needs to be verified by local, state, and federal emergency management officials before determining whether damage caused by a natural or man-made disaster exceeds State or Federal declaration thresholds.

Pickens County Government does hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the Commissioner’s Meeting Room located at 1266 East Church Street on August 17, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. and pursuant to the requirements of O.C.G.A. 48-5-32, does hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy, along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.

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The next Pickens County Joint Comprehensive Plan stakeholders meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12 at 6:30 PM in the Pickens room (basement) of the Pickens County Administration Building, 1266 E. Church St, Jasper. All are welcome.

Comments expressed during the October 17 meeting included:

  • Could zoning and assessments be coordinated as part of the long-range planning process?
  • Would be good to plan for a new light industrial park
  • Promote community arts for various positive aspects:
    • Cultural destination
    • Tie arts with entertainment (music)
    • Creative hands-on sculpting, making other items
    • Movies
  • Use the community’s scenery to fullest advantage
  • Protect character through architectural standards and add aesthetic standards for new commercial
  • Promote quality retail
  • Aim high for robust bandwidth capability
  • Promote nighttime activities in downtown Jasper and downtown revitalization generally
  • Promote mixed-use downtown Jasper
  • Two identities of Jasper commercial are good – quaint downtown and high-growth, big development 4-lane 515
  • Promote Gateway to Jasper improvements along W. Church St
  • Want improved tech college offerings
  • Need better promotion of Hwy 53 corridor and development along the road
  • Opinions were split on roads through town:
    • Some said it was good to keep roads running through town for commercial viability
    • Some said it would be good to have a bypass
  • Promote affordable single-family detached housing – many young families cannot afford $300 and $400K homes
  • Cove Rd needs to just be residential and institutional (churches, nonprofits) – not businesses
  • Strengthen ties between the comprehensive plan and changes to the zoning part of Code; general ordinances in Code; and construction standards in Code
  • Promote cluster homes in intown Jasper
  • Promote greater live/work proximity
  • Be flexible in allowing many things, especially in the county – promote and protect private property rights
  • Need some small-scale commercial at extreme ends/edges of county to avoid having to drive to Jasper just to get the most basic needs

If you would like to read portions of the current comprehensive plan, adopted in 2008 and revised in 2013, please go to https://pickenscountyga.gov/about/

The draft plan must be ready by March 2018. The draft will then need to be recommended for approval by NWGRC and the State Department of Community Affairs. The final plan needs to be approved by all local jurisdictions on or before June 30, 2018.

Twelve North Georgians receive post-EXPOSURE RABIES treatment
Two puppies and a kitten test positive for rabies

Dalton (GA) – North Georgia Health District officials announced today that twelve people are currently receiving post-exposure rabies treatment due to contact with domestic animals that have now tested positive for the disease.

Within the past two weeks, two puppies and a kitten have been confirmed by the Georgia Public Health Laboratory as having rabies. All three pets were too young to receive rabies vaccinations. One of the puppies was in Whitfield County and the other was in Gilmer County. The kitten was in Cherokee County. In each case, the pet was attacked by a rabid wild animal and bitten in the head, but it was not reported to veterinarians or health authorities until rabies symptoms developed in the pet.

The time between being bitten by the wild animal and onset of rabies symptoms was very short because the head bites were close to the brain. The rabies virus only travels through the nervous system to the brain, not through blood or other organs. The closer a bite is from the brain, the shorter time it takes to reach the brain.

Wild animals that transmitted rabies to the puppies and kitten were a skunk, a raccoon and, possibly, a coyote.

The fact that these unrelated cases occurred in separate areas of the North Georgia Health District within the past two weeks is a coincidence, and even more coincidental is that all pets involved were too young to vaccinate. Pets must be at least three months old to be vaccinated against rabies.

Parents are strongly cautioned to keep children away from wild animals, strays and unvaccinated pets that may have been in contact with wild animals. Vaccinate all dogs and cats at three months of age and no later.

Wild carnivores are the animals most likely to spread rabies to pets and humans, including raccoons, skunks, foxes, bobcats, and coyotes. It is also not uncommon for persons to acquire rabies from bats. Any bite or other physical contact with a bat or any of these wild carnivores should be evaluated by a medical professional for rabies exposure. Even finding a bat in a bedroom where a person has been sleeping is cause for alarm and should be reported. Human deaths from rabies in the United States are rare, but because rabies is almost always fatal once symptoms begin to develop in a human, the only prevention is anti-rabies treatments given as soon as possible after exposure to rabies. If given in time, the treatments are 100 percent effective in preventing rabies. Only a small minority of wild animals carry and transmit rabies, so indiscriminate killing of them is not warranted. If these types of wild animals or domestic animals seem to be behaving strangely or displaying symptoms suggestive of a neurological illness, contact a veterinarian and the county Environmental Health office at once.

Livestock animals are also susceptible to rabies but can be vaccinated by a veterinarian. Rabies vaccinations are strongly recommended for show livestock and any livestock with which humans have regular contact such as riding horses.

Contact the local Environmental Health Office for questions about rabies or to report an incident that may involve rabies. Contact information for Environmental Health offices in the North Georgia Health District is available at www.nghd.org. Questions and reports may also be directed to the North Georgia Health District Environmental Health office in Dalton, Georgia by calling (706) 529-5757, extension 1161.

Find additional information on CDC’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/rabies/index.html.

As of May 18th, 2017, Pickens County Water Board Authority and the Board of Commissioners approved to raise the minimum per 1000 gallons by $1.00.  The rate table below indicates the rate changes.  These new water rates will reflect on the water bills due on July 15th, 2017.


¾ inch meter… $36.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons

1 inch meter…   $51.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons

2 inch meter…   $66.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons

3 inch meter…   $76.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons

4 inch meter…   $81.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons

6 inch meter…   $111.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons

…$5.00 per thousand above 1,000 up to 3,000 gallons
…$6.00 per thousand above 3,000 up to 5,000 gallons
…$7.00 per thousand above 5,000 gallons

FH meter….       $36.00 Minimum per thousand up to 1,000 gallons

       …$4.25 per thousand above 1,000 gallons

This rate increase has been approved by the Pickens County Water Board Authority and Board of Commissioners to subsidize the cost of needed infrastructure and equipment upgrades.



Notification from Pickens County Water and Sewer Authority

Pickens County at Non-Drought Response Level on September 7, 2017

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) is easing outdoor water use restrictions in 55 counties including Pickens County, but reminds Georgians that state law requires some statewide outdoor watering limits year-round.  Georgians must still follow the non-drought outdoor water use schedule required in the Water Stewardship Act of 2010. This law allows all types of outdoor water use, but landscape watering only before 10 a.m. and after 4 p.m. daily. This is done to limit evaporation during the warmest part of the day.

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