Animal activists and rescuers speak at BOC meeting

Citizens Speak, Community

BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Animal activists and members of local animal rescue groups were present to have their voices heard again at the Nov. 28 Fannin County Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting.

Taking the opportunity to speak during the public commentary portion of the meeting, residents addressed their concerns to the board. One resident spoke of the need for the inside of the animal control facility, located at 1001 Fannin Industrial Park in Blue Ridge, to be painted and updated.

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Jan Eaton addresses the board holding a crate tray that she received from FCAC.

Tri State Pet Rescue founder Jan Eaton spoke to the board regarding equipment currently used by Fannin County Animal Control (FCAC). Holding a tray used in the bottom of an animal crate, Eaton said, “With me tonight, I brought a tray that came out of the bottom of a crate that an animal was being housed in at Fannin Animal Control.”

The tray was visibly broken in two. “It is pretty sad that this is the best our county can do for the animals at animal control,” Eaton added.

Eaton went on to point out that at all of the meetings she has attended, department heads often speak to the board asking for specific needs for their department, and that she has yet to see FCAC Department Head John Drullinger do so.

Stating that the board spends “millions here and there,” Eaton said she thinks that the needs of FCAC are often overshadowed by other projects.

Earlier this year, the Board of Commissioners approved upgrades to the animal control facility. BOC Chairman Stan Helton and Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee voted to install guillotine doors to the existing kennels; Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson abstained from voting on this issue.

The approved improvements called for fourteen outdoor runs to the facility, as well as guillotine doors to allow the dogs to access these runs from their indoor kennels.

Helton stated at the time, “Not only will this improve living conditions for the dogs but will also allow animal control staff to safely access kennels for cleaning and feeding.”

FetchYourNews asked Eaton how she felt about the improvements that had been approved by the board for the animal control facility. Eaton replied, “They’re doing that. There is just a wealth of things that need to be done.”

Ralph Garner, of Blue Ridge, also spoke during public commentary. Wanting to see changes take place at FCAC he urged Johnson and  Sosebee to take action.

“I really am asking post commissioners to take the initiative regarding any complaints about animal control,” Garner pled. “As I look back over the past eight years of the previous chairman, the most significant accomplishments that occurred were done by you two gentlemen.”

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Photo from FCAC Facbook page showing a dog temporarily housed in a FCAC crate.

Garner’s appeal did not go unnoticed. As the meeting came to an end, Sosebee spoke up about issues that were raised concerning animal control and addressed Eaton’s display of the broken crate tray.

“These trays you brought in … I’m an animal lover, I guess you could say as well,” Sosebee continued, turning to the other commissioners, “and guys I would like to find some way to buy some crates for animal control. If we could possibly do so, I don’t think it would be too much to ask.”

FCAC Department Head John Drullinger addressed the issue of the crate tray brought to the meeting by Eaton. He explained it is not uncommon for FCAC to be filled to capacity. Drullinger stated, “This is because we want to use euthanasia as only an ultimate last resort.”

When FCAC is filled beyond capacity, animals that are brought in are sometimes temporarily housed in individual crates instead of kennel runs.

In this case, Drullinger explained, “We were over capacity but had commitments from rescues to pull some of our dogs very soon. Rather than buy a new crate to house this dog for one day, we borrowed one. The crate was not county property.”

Drullinger added, “All of our (FCAC) crates are in good condition.”

 

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BOC takes steps to improve Lake Blue Ridge Hiking Trail

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County could see improvements to local hiking trails. At the Nov. 28 Board of Commissioners (BOC) meeting, commissioners took steps to help secure funding for the Lake Blue Ridge Hiking Trail.

This area includes the Green Creek Campground. “It’s a beautiful little area, but it hasn’t been utilized in quite some time,” Fannin County BOC Chairman Stan Helton remarked.

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A view from Lake Blue Ridge Hiking Trail.

“The Development Authority has been working on an arrangement with the Forest Service where we would improve areas, the trailheads, make some ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility along this trail,” Helton explained.

Helton went on to say, “This is a recreational trail grant. It is the second one we’ve actually applied for in the county. Maybe that will increase our odds of getting at least one of them.”

If obtained, the county would have to finance the projects up to $200,000. The grant would then make reimbursements to the county for 80 percent of funds spent.

The commissioners unanimously agreed to sign a resolution, which will allow the Development Authority to move forward with the application process to acquire grant money for improvements to the Lake Blue Ridge trail.

Director of Fannin County Parks and Recreation Eddie O’Neal was present at the meeting to submit a five-year contract renewal to the commissioners. This contract renewal would make Coca-Cola the exclusive provider of beverages for Fannin County concessions.

Describing the contract, O’Neal said, “It is just a basic beverage agreement, to re-up our contract with Coca-Cola. They will be basically your sole provider … to continue their service and delivery they provide to us for all the concessions.”

Coca-Cola recently reinstated a program to provide scoreboards for counties who choose Coca-Cola as their main supplier. In the contract renewal, Coca-Cola will provide Fannin County with three new LED scoreboards.

O’Neal informed commissioners that installation would be the only cost to the county. Helton questioned, “And they will do maintenance repairs on the scoreboards for us?”

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Eddie O’Neal discusses renewal of Coca-Cola contract with BOC.

To this, O’Neal responded that Coca-Cola would indeed be responsible for repairs. Two of these scoreboards will be delivered in 2018, and the third will come in 2019.

Before signing the contract Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson discussed the possibility of price increases with the contract and asked O’Neal, “So this is a set price throughout the remainder of the contract?”

O’Neal explained that Coca-Cola had the option of increasing the price by three percent each year, but could not go over that percentage. BOC Chairman Stan Helton motioned to sign the contract, Johnson seconded the motion and all three commissioners approved the renewal of the Coca-Cola contract with the county.

Christmas bonuses for county employees were also approved. Helton and Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee discussed staying with tradition and approving $100 bonuses for all county employees.

Helton asked Johnson for his input on the bonuses to which Johnson replied, “I’m not going to be Ebenezer.” The bonuses were unanimously approved by the board.

Finance Director Robin Gazaway sought approval for the opening of two new bank accounts to earmark certain percentages of SPLOST funds for specific projects.

Gazaway stated, “I wanted to separate the money for each of the different (projects). Right now we have the roads and bridges, and we have the capital improvements. This new one we are going have roads and bridges, capital improvements, recreation department, and the admin(istration) parking deck.”

Sosebee pointed out that separating the accounts would be a positive step and would make for “more accountability.”

Discussion of these accounts lead Johnson to bring forward a long standing issue he has had with the hotel/motel tax being deposited into the general fund.

Johnson would like to be able to present the public with a more accurate account of where this money is being spent. All commissioners agreed this is an issue that should be addressed and would like to discuss setting up a public workshop on the matter in early 2018.

Johnson also took time at the end of the meeting to discuss items brought up at the Nov. 14 BOC meeting. He questioned when the commissioners would address whether or not County Attorney Lynn Doss would represent the entire board or would continue to only represent the BOC Chairman.

Sosebee felt that this matter would be better resolved if addressed after the passing of the 2018 Budget and after the holidays. Sosebee and Johnson agreed to revisit the issue in the beginning of the new year.

 

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BOC motions to raise speed limit on Old Hwy. 76

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Residents may have noticed a change to the speed limit on Old Hwy. 76 this week. The Board of Commissioners (BOC) discussed an increase in the limit at the Nov. 28 meeting.

“It’s kind of convoluted, but going east on 76, from downtown to Marina Drive, that’s the city of Blue Ridge, and then it becomes the county’s responsibility from Marina Drive out to the Lakewood intersection where Hwy. 60 comes in,” Fannin County BOC Chairman Stan Helton clarified as to which entities are accountable for maintenance and regulations along Old Hwy. 76.

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L-R : Marina Drive on Old Hwy. 76; Lakewood and Old Hwy. 76 intersection

Helton went on to say, “And then that’s state responsibility from Lakewood intersection all the way out to where 60 (state Route 60) turns south on Morganton headed towards Suches. And then from that point going on east towards Union County, that’s the county’s responsibility again.”

From Union County to the Lakewood intersection, the highway has a constant speed limit of 45 mph. From the Lakewood intersection to Marina Drive, the speed limit drops to 35 mph.

The change in speed limit will not affect the current speed limit at Blue Ridge Dam and along Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) property. The speed limit will still remain at 35 mph in that area.

After receiving calls from various citizens wanting to raise the speed limit in this area, Helton brought the issue to the attention of the board. Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson and Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee agreed that bringing uniformity to the speed limit would be a positive.

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Area along TVA property, including Blue Ridge Dam, will remain at 35 mph.

Johnson deferred to Fannin County Public Works Director Zack Ratcliff to get his opinion on the proposed change.

Ratcliff pointed out that the current speed limit causes a bottleneck on that section of road and added, “I recommend that we at least do something to improve that area. I think it would help. That’s pretty slow going across there if you abide by that speed limit.”

Johnson agreed, “It does kind of bottleneck down there. There are still some law-abiding citizens left and that is too slow.”

Sosebee asked Ratcliff if the change would alleviate that issue, to which Ratcliff replied, “It used to be that (45 mph). It actually used to be that. TVA did work on the dam, and they reduced all the speed through there because they were doing the work, and it never got bumped back up.”

BOC Chairman Helton made a motion to raise the speed limit from Marina Drive to the Lakewood intersection (excluding the dam and the area along TVA property) to 45 mph. Johnson seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously by all three commissioners.

 

 

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Fannin County Board of Commissioners will hold public hearing on 2018 proposed budget

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – The Fannin County Board of Commissioners are set to adopt the 2018 Fannin County Budget at their first regularly scheduled meeting in December.

This meeting will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017, at 5:15 p.m. at 400 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, Georgia, in the Jury Assembly Room of the courthouse on the third floor.

Commissioners held an all-day budget workshop earlier this year on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in preparation for the 2018 budget.

The workshop was scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and was open to the public. Department heads from each department came in to discuss their area’s proposed budget.

Commissioners scrutinized each line item while the department’s representatives were present. They questioned what each department planned to do with the money for which they were asking.

The latest proposed budget for Fannin County is as follows:

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There will be a public hearing to discuss the proposed 2018 Budget prior to its adoption in December. Anyone wishing to attend this public hearing should meet in the Jury Assembly Room at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting will follow.

 

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Animal activists speak at Board of Commissioners meeting

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BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Animal activists and concerned citizens had their voices heard at the Nov. 14 Board of Commissioners meeting.

After a viral post on Facebook concerning two at-large German Shepherds ended in the dogs being falsely claimed at Fannin County Animal Control (FCAC), concerns over FCAC policy and procedure became a topic of discussion in the community.

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German Shepherds found at the Blue Ridge Post Office.

Commissioners were met with several residents ready to voice their concerns over animal control and over allegations made that Commission Chairman Stan Helton showed indifference to the situation.

First to speak in the Public Commentary portion of the meeting was Ralph Garner of Blue Ridge. Garner began by giving a list of items that he felt Helton had positively handled but quickly shifted into the issue of animal control stating, “His oversight of the ongoing problems with animal control is just not acceptable.”

Garner went on to defend Tri State Pet Rescue’s Founder Jan Eaton over allegations that Helton had made an insulting comment to her during a phone call.  Garner said that Helton’s insult “to our area’s premier companion dog rescuer cannot be overlooked. It needs to be called out and exposed.”

Jan Eaton herself spoke out about the indifference she felt she faced when trying to discuss issues regarding animal control. Eaton had asked to be put on the agenda to have more time allotted but had been turned down.

Eaton stated, “I’m researching to see if anybody has ever been put on the agenda that’s not a county employee, because if so, that is a definite first amendment violation, in my humble opinion.”

FetchYourNews reached out to Helton regarding the public commentary. Helton stated, “I have respect for all of the citizens of Fannin County. I still stand behind our employees at animal control, but I do take the time to look into each concern individually.”

Eaton also addressed the mistakes made in following policy at FCAC when it comes to owner reclaims. She stated that the current policy only requires that proof of rabies be brought for dogs to be released.

Jangling a set of rabies tags, Eaton stated, “They come in waving rabies tags and saying that is my dog. That doesn’t mean jack squat unless you call those rabies tags in and see if they match those dogs.”

A resident of McCaysville also spoke of policy at FCAC. He proposed that animal control make it standard to take a photocopy of the driver’s license of the person claiming a dog. He stated that it would be a way, if need arose, to track down the person who picked up the animal.

Fannin County Animal Control Department Head John Drullinger has looked into ways to improve the department’s current policy. A few of his suggested changes include:

Ask the person attempting to reclaim the pet if they can provide photographic evidence of ownership.

In cases where the pet is going to be reclaimed after ownership has been verified and the rabies tag has been verified to be current:

1. Make a copy of the driver’s license of the owner.
2. Photograph the vehicle the owner is picking up the pet in, regardless if it is the pet owner’s car or not, be sure to include an angle showing the license plate or include a separate photo of the license plate.

These revisions to the policy are not finalized and are still under review.

Also stepping up to try to provide a solution is the Humane Society of Blue Ridge (HSBR). A letter was sent out on behalf of HSBR describing their concern for recent events involving FCAC and the ongoing issue of stray and lost dogs in Fannin County.

The letter offered help stating, “After discussing the situation, our board came up with the suggestion that the FCAC officers microchip the dogs that are either reclaimed from, or adopted out of, the animal control facility. This would be a good way to decrease the number of unidentifiable lost dogs in Fannin County and would assist FCAC officers in returning pets to their owners.”

The letter went on to say, “Should the county and FCAC decide to initiate such a program, the HSBR would like to work with FCAC to help support a microchipping program for dogs adopted from, and those reclaimed from, the animal control facility.”

 

 

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German Shepherds Still Missing in Fannin County

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – What started out as a good Samaritan’s post on Facebook trying to locate the owners of two at-large dogs, later turned into a search to locate the stolen canines.

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The two German Shepherds located at the Blue Ridge Post Office.

On Nov. 1, 2017, a post to a Blue Ridge, Georgia, Facebook page notified followers on the page that two German shepherds had been found. The post read:

“Please Share! These 2 beauties are hanging around the Blue Ridge Post Office. They both have collars but no tags. A male and a female. Let’s find their family!”

Fearing for the animal’s safety, Fannin County Animal Control (FCAC) was called to retrieve the two dogs.

FCAC received a call at 11:59 a.m. and was on the scene within 10 minutes. The animals were able to be contained and were immediately driven back to the Animal Control building located at 1001 Fannin Industrial Park in Blue Ridge.

According to FCAC records, a call was received within 20 minutes of having retrieved the animals, and the woman calling was claiming to be the owner of the dogs.

After coming to the shelter to give information for owner reclaim records, FCAC released the two canines to the woman who had previously called claiming ownership.

After this release, however, another couple stepped forward claiming ownership of the two German shepherds.

This has raised questions concerning an owner’s responsibility to keep their pets properly identified and  FCAC’s owner reclaim policy. The current policy in place states:

“The owner’s information from their ID card (if they have one) will be written in the Date Out section of the Georgia Department of Agriculture Animal Protection Section Incoming, Outgoing and Surrender Record Fannin County Animal Control.”

Fannin County Animal Control Department Head John Drullinger stated, “This is the first time anything like this has happened in the 11 years I have been here. Of course, it makes you take a look at the current policy and try to find ways to improve. We need to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Drullinger is working to amend FCAC’s policy regarding owner reclaims. Once the policy is amended, it could take effect immediately.

County Chairman Stan Helton was made aware of the situation but is currently unable to discuss the specifics of the ongoing investigation.

Helton did tell FYN in regards to the case, “It greatly concerns me. I want to make sure that we are concentrating our efforts in trying to locate these two dogs.”

The dogs were last seen with a woman driving a dark gray newer truck, possibly Toyota. According to open records at FCAC, she left the name Kay Gentry.

If you have any information about the location of the two German shepherds, you are asked to call Fannin County Animal Control at 706-632-3845 or the Fannin County Sheriff’s Department non-emergency line at 706-632-6022.

 

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Fannin County Legislation Amended

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – After two public readings, the Fannin County Board of Commissioners signed an amendment to local legislation.
The first piece of legislation to be amended will allow the county the option to sell equipment online or at live auctions.

County Chairman Stan Helton explained, “We can sell property online in a competitive auction, which is what is being done more in the marketplace today.”

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Commissioners sign legislation change.

Helton clarified that, “It just gives us that option. It doesn’t mean we have to do it.”

The second piece of legislation amended regards the county budget. As it stood, the Board of Commissioners must vote to pass next year’s budget at the first public meeting held in December.

The recently signed amendment gives commissioners the option of passing the yearly budget before the set December date.

Fannin County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Robert Graham was present at the meeting to share that his department, with the help from his Deputy Director, had been awarded a grant from Homeland Security.

The grant, in the amount of $37,750.00, will be used to purchase equipment for the mobile command unit.

Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee questioned, “Will this amount of money take care of what you need for your mobile unit? Will it supply it entirely?”

Graham confirmed that when applying for the grant, a list of equipment had been given, and that the grant will fully fund that list. Graham was pleased that Fannin County had been awarded the grant and stated, “They’re (Homeland Security Grants) hard to come by.”

Along with the good news of being awarded a homeland security grant, Graham also shared that Whitfield County had donated equipment to Fannin County.

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EMA Director Robert Graham discusses Homeland Security Grant.

Whitfield recently changed the frequency in which they operate. This change made much of their equipment obsolete. Among the equipment received from Whitfield County was numerous mobile radios, three repeaters, and 39 portable radios.

Graham stated that the equipment donated was “in excess of $20,000 to $25,000” in value.

Chief Land Development Officer Marie Woody gave Commissioners an update on the Scrap Tire Removal Program. The program has been successful, and Woody stated, “We have collected 1,736 scrap tires to this point. The funds are there to extend this program.”

Commissioners voted unanimously to extend the collection program through the month of November and is now allowing for the collection of tractor and large truck tires.

The Board of Commissioners will hold their next public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017.

You can read more about the Scrap Tire Program extension at “Scrap Tire Removal Program Continues in Fannin County“.

 

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Horseshoe Bend Park Could See Upgrades

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – The Board of Commissioners held their second reading of changes to county legislation on Tuesday, October 10, 2017.

The current county legislation strictly lays out the protocol for the sale of county equipment. It states that to sell the equipment it must first be listed in a local newspaper and then it is opened up to bids from that publication.

County Chairman Stan Helton says that this process is “pretty cumbersome.” He added in regards to the new legislation, “This is a chance to get us out of, for lack of a better term, the horse and buggy days of auction and get in on something that is more in tune with what is happening in the U.S. marketplace.”

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Webb addresses Commissioners with concerns over legislation change.

The proposed change would give the county the option of listing the equipment online or accepting real time bids. Helton thinks this would give the county an opportunity to acquire more bids and possibly receive greater monetary value for the used equipment.

The second piece of legislation up for change regards the county budget. As it stands, the Board of Commissioners must vote to pass next year’s budget at the first public meeting held in December.

The change would allow for Commissioners to pass the budget sooner than the set December meeting. This modification was met with opposition.

During public commentary, resident Joe Webb stated about the current legislation,” Right now the public knows when the budget will be passed.” He feared that with the change, “If we have bad communications, then the public will not know when you have the meeting to approve the budget.”

Voting on the legislation change is expected to take place at the last regular meeting of the month. This meeting is set to take place on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution to allow for the county to move forward with grant writing for the walking paths at Horseshoe Bend Park. There is currently five and half acres of land at the park where the commissioners would like to see this grant used.

The grant amount is $200,000 with the County having to fund 20% of that total. If awarded the maximum sum of the grant, the county would have to pay $40,000 for improvements.

Not only would Horseshoe Bend Park see new walking trails, but the grant also provides provisions for other upgrades, such as new restroom facilities.

County Commissioner Post One Earl Johnson feels that being awarded the grant would be a “good deal.” He stated that Horseshoe Bend is “one of the jewels of Fannin County.”

County Commissioner Post Two Larry Joe Sosebee agreed stating “I’ve had a lot of people calling…they’re excited about it.”

The North Georgia Mountain Crisis Network (NGMCN) was present to bring recognition to Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

NGMCN has been providing services to Fannin, Gilmer, and Pickens counties since 1986. Part of their mission is to provide community awareness and education to help break the cycle of violence.

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Commissioners sign proclamation for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Commissioners signed a Proclamation declaring the month of October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Fannin County.

As part of Awareness Month, NGMCN will host a movie night Fannin County Family Connection located on Fannin Industrial Park. The showing of “Sleeping with the Enemy” will begin at 5:00 P.M. on Thursday, October 19.

 

 

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