This Week’s Events in Union County February 5, 2018

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This Week’s Events in Union County January 29, 2018

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Union County Board of Education approves Hill to succeed Dr. Rayfield, ESPLOST Resolution

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Dr. Fred Rayfield

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – The Union County Board of Education (UCBOE) convened for their January workshop and meeting at the Board of Education (BOE) building on Jan. 16, 2018, at 6 p.m. All board members were present as was Union County School (UCS) Superintendent Dr. Fred Rayfield.

John Hill

BOE Chairwoman Cynthia Odom addressed the board describing the search process implemented since Rayfield’s retirement was announced in November 2017. Odom said, out of several qualified candidates considered, John Hill, who is already familiar with the intricacies of the Union County School System, was considered by all involved to be the best choice. Odom asked for a motion to approve Hill to succeed Rayfield as UCS superintendent on July 1, 2018. The motion was made, seconded and unanimously approved.

Cory Kirby

Immediately following the approved motion, Hill’s Superintendent Employment Contract was approved and signed by Hill and each board member.

Cory Kirby, of Harben, Hartley and Hawkins, legal counsel for UCS, addressed the board regarding the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) resolution and ballot question. Kirby reviewed the parameters of ESPLOST V, which had already been discussed and agreed upon by the board. Kirby recited the parameters: five-year term, $21 million cap, and project itemization as discussed in the November 2017 BOE meeting of only maintenance, upgrades and upkeep tasks to keep UCS a smooth running, state-of-the-art facility. Ten more new buses over the next five years were also listed as a result of the past deficiency over the last 10 to 15 years in keeping the bus fleet up to date. Along with the resolution to put the continuation of the 1 percent sales and use tax (ESPLOST) in Union County on the May 2018 ballot was the question of whether to include language authorizing the board to approve the issuance of up to $13.5 million in bonds in the event of a dire emergency or catastrophe. Rayfield recommended the resolution with the ballot question as submitted. A motion made to approve the ESPLOST resolution as submitted was unanimously approved.

Dr. Rayfield, left, and Timothy Jennings.

Larry Garrett, left, and Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris.

Partner in Education awards were presented to Union County and to the Union County Co-Op Extension. Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris and Union County Manager Larry Garrett accepted the Award for Union County. Timothy Jennings accepted the Award for the Union County Co-Op Extension, which is part of the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environment.

Due to what Rayfield referred to as the “Trifecta of Events”, that is, an eclipse, a hurricane and a winter storm, which kept students out of school for more days than planned for, he recommended that the 2017-2018 school calendar be revised to make Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, a make-up day to get back on track. The superintendent also recommended that the board accept the 2018-2019 school calendar as submitted, which allows for the maximum number of weather days. Rayfield said next year’s calendar is very similar to that of this year. The board unanimously approved both recommendations.

Rayfield recommended that the board approve the November 2017 financial report. The board unanimously approved the report.

Megan Hayes’ petition for early graduation, submitted by Casey Jones and signed off on by Rayfield and Hill, was unanimously approved.

An alternate board training date of Jan. 30, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. was unanimously approved.

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Union County Schools closed Thursday, Jan. 18

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Update – The Richard Russell Scenic Highway is the only road in Union County that was closed due to weather. It remains closed. FetchYourNews.com will update when this road is reopened.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Union County Schools will be closed again on Thursday, Jan. 18, due to hazardous road conditions, extremely low temperatures and the state of emergency issued by Gov. Nathan Deal. Government offices and businesses will be opening late on Thursday in Blairsville because of concerns about driver safety due to the probability of black ice on roadways in the early morning hours. Blairsville was brought to a standstill on Wednesday due to the weather. Some lesser traveled roads were, and still are, iced over, making travel extremely dangerous. Here is the latest updated National Weather Service weather advisory.

 

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Union County Schools closed Wednesday, Jan. 17

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Due to inclement weather, Union County Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Jan. 17. At approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday, snow was observed in Blairsville and the northern part of Union County. Several places on Pat Colwell Road and Hwy. 325 were very slick, and Hedgecock Road was almost impassible because of ice. It is likely several roads in the county will become impassible overnight if the National Weather Service prediction of below zero wind chill temperatures occur.

 

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Blairsville City Council ratifies 2018 intergovernmental agreements, makes intragovernmental appointments

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – The Blairsville City Council convened on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Blairsville City Hall. All council members were present, as was Mayor Jim Conley, City Attorney David Barrett and City Clerk Kaye McCann. Al Harper, interim president of the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce was in attendance.

Blairsville City Attorney David Barrett swears in City Council Member Tony Dyer, Mayor Jim Conley and City Council Member Buddy Moore.

Immediately following the invocation and pledge, Barrett conducted the swearing-in of newly re-elected Mayor Conley and City Council Members Tony Dyer and Buddy Moore.

Mayor Conley recommended that the council reappoint Barrett as city attorney and McCann as city clerk. Both appointments were unanimously approved.

With the retirement of Larry Stephens, former superintendent of the Blairsville Water Treatment Plant, in December 2017, Danny Dillard, a 30-year city of Blairsville employee, was promoted and approved by the city council to replace Stephens as superintendent.

Council Member Mary Ruth Cook

Mary Ruth Cook will replace Betty Easter this year as the Blairsville City Council  liaison to the Union County Historical Society. Easter will continue as liaison to the Blairsville Airport. Tony Dyer will remain liaison to the Streets & Sidewalks Department. Rhonda Mahan will remain Blairsville City Council  liaison to the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and liaison to the Blairsville Police Department. Buddy Moore will continue as mayor pro tempore and liaison to the Water/Sewer Dept.

City Clerk Kaye McCann

The 2018 Intergovernmental Agreements with Blairsville DDA, Union County Historical Society and Blairsville/Union County Chamber of Commerce for Hotel/Motel Tax distribution was unanimously approved as follows: DDA allowed 25 percent, Historical Society allowed 25 percent, the Chamber allowed 40 percent and the city taking 10 percent for administrative costs.

A resolution to renew existing annual contracts (mostly service contracts) was unanimously approved.

L to R – City Council Members Rhonda Mahon, Betty Easter, Tony Dyer

The annual donation of $5,000 to the Blairsville Public Library was unanimously approved. Cook asked that the donation be reviewed for increase prior to the 2019 budget process. The mayor and city council agreed.

The city council unanimously rejected any change in the language of Alcohol Ordinance #2017-04 regarding taxes. Union County Tax Commissioner Lee Knight asked that the council make the renewal of Blairsville alcohol licenses dependent on county taxes being current. The city council in its entirety felt that it is not the responsibility of the city of Blairsville to collect Union County taxes.

Blairsville Airport Manager John Hamler reported that the new Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) equipment will be installed by David Brown Technology on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 8 and 9 and that the grounding issues had been addressed and new wiring was installed. He said Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspectors would be there on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to certify the new installation. Hamler said having an operational AWOS will be a big boost for airport safety and that the Atlanta flight center will be much more likely to route air traffic to Blairsville in less-than-optimal weather conditions, which will drive airport income. Hamler also said the $119,000 of AWOS equipment was completely paid for by the state of Georgia, and it did not cost the city of Blairsville a dime. And last, he said the new airport security cameras are operational and working very well.

Blairsville Airport Manager John Hamler

The mayor broached the agenda item of airport fuel storage tanks. Conley informed the council that the Jet-A fuel storage tank, which was originally going to be placed on the north side of the airport where the new terminal is located, would have to be placed on the south side. He said, because Air Methods medical air transport helicopters use Jet-A fuel and self-serve at all hours of the day and night, he and Hamler felt that everyone would be better served by placing the Jet-A tank away from the terminal side. The plan now is to place the Jet-A tank where the AvGas tank now rests and relocate the AvGas tank over to the north side of the airport. Conley said he is working with Hamler on a plan to move the AvGas tank at no cost to the city of Blairsville (see video). The council unanimously approved a resolution to allow Conley to proceed with the plan.

In other department head reports, DDA Program Manager Darren Harper reported the next DDA Meeting would be Jan. 9, 2018, and that the events for 2018 were in the works. Ottis Franklin, superintendent of Water and Sewer Maintenance, reported a few residential water supply lines had frozen but had been resolved. Blairsville Police Chief Johnny Carroll reported nothing out of the ordinary. Conley asked for a vote on the acquisition of a new vehicle for the Blairsville Police Department. The council unanimously approved a bid from King Ford for a 2018 model at a price of $26,180.
The city council discussed the question of whether to allow only Blairsville residents to be interred at the Blairsville Cemetery. Cook requested the issue be tabled until February so council members could give the issue some consideration.

An Occupational Tax Certificate was unanimously approved for Blairsville Internal Medicine, Inc., 374-A Pat Haralson Drive, Mary E. Wiles, president.

Sign Permit Applications were approved for:
• Kenya L. Patton PC/North Georgia Law Group, 44B Blue Ridge Street, Kenya Patton, applicant; and
• Made by Mamz, 294 W. Hwy 515, Suite L, Anna Burbage, applicant.

Occupational Tax Certificate and Sign Permit Applications were approved for:
• Chelsea Stephens Photography, 370C Cleveland Street, Chelsea Stephens, owner; and
• Custom Cakes by Stacy, 307C Cleveland Street, Stacy Moot, owner.

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Be advised: Blairsville/Union County in for more frigid cold weather

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga – Update: As of 8:00 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, Weather Underground (WU) is predicting a significant drop in temperature beginning about 3 p.m. The low Saturday morning is predicted to be 22 degrees. This, according to WU, will kick off another week of deep freeze weather for Union County. Lows mid-week are predicted to be in the single digits. Act accordingly.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Update: As of 10:17 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, weather forecasts are now calling for rain on Thursday, Jan. 11, and Friday, Jan. 12. Temperatures will drop off overnight Friday night to between 25 and 30 degrees Saturday morning. There is the possibility at this time of snow early Saturday. See Weather Underground and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for current forecasts. Weather Underground, owned by Weather Channel, has spotters and private weather stations in every north Georgia county, whereas the closest official NOAA station is at the Murphy, North Carolina, airport. (NOAA does have private spotters in north Georgia.) This accounts, in part, for the differences in their weather forecasts for zip code 30512.

BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. – According to Weather Underground, at 9:29 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, another winter storm is on the way. Temperatures are expected to drop overnight Friday night, January 12, into the mid-twenties beginning another week of low temperatures in the teens and twenties and highs in the thirties and low forties.

The forecast from NOAA also warns of an approaching winter storm but with less dramatic temperature drops.

With the drop in temperatures, the storm front will bring rain possibly tomorrow, Jan. 11, Friday, Jan. 12, and, especially, Saturday, Jan. 13. Given the possible temperature drops, ice may be a concern.

Make sure your pipes and pets are covered. Plans for a hiking trip into the north Georgia mountains this weekend and next week would probably not be a good idea. Above all, drive with care.

 

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Union County Schools, government offices closed Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 for inclement weather

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. –  Union County Schools will be closed on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, because of the possibility of freezing rain and sleet.

Governor Nathan Deal has declared non-essential government offices closed in the state of Georgia; therefore, the Union County Courthouse and other non-essential government offices in Union County will be closed on Monday per the Union County Fire/Rescue Facebook page.

Along with the recent extreme low temperatures in Union County that brought in the new year, humidity has dropped causing the area to dry up. The resulting dryness in the area has significantly increased fire danger. Use extreme caution when burning trash, dumping fireplace coals, and the like.

National Weather Service warning.

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