The Fannin County Young Farmers Association has named Kenny and Shirley Queen as the FCYFA Farm Family for 2019.
The Queens Farming operation consists of a successful cow calf operation with an average of 50 head of commercial beef cattle. Kenny also produces on average 300 round bales of hay each year from owned and leased land.
Shirley works at United Community Bank as a Customer Service Representative. Kenny is retired, he holds a position on the Board of Directors for the Fannin County Agriculture Coop and is the FCYFA president.
Kenny and Shirley are members of the McCaysville Gospel Tabernacle. The Queens also host fundraisers for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and volunteer with Boy Scout Troop 432.
Keith Nuckolls, principal at Fannin County Middle School, is proud to announce the following students who have received both Principal’s List and Honor Roll for the 2nd nine weeks. Students on the principal’s list must have all grades of 93 or above while students on the Honor Roll must have an overall average of 90 or above.
2019 – 2020 2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll-6th Grade:
Erick Acevedo-Bustos, Bridgett Allen, Suevelin Alvarez, Drew Barfield, Cheyenne Beavers, Steven Bell, Tyler Blake, Conner Bramlett, Gage Bryan, Katelyn Bryant, Aiden Carder, Michael Chastain, Joshua Cheatham, Kendall Clore, Keira Cook, Kayleah Crawford, Logan Decosta, Troy Denton, Abbie Dillard, Kinzlee Elrod, Austin Erwin, Grace Fay, Savannah Fitzsimons, Tallie Fortner, Jayda Foster, Adia Galloway, Ian Gibbs, Jordan Golden, Chase Graham, Bren Green, Derek Greene, Hollyanna Greene, Jaycie Hall, Jon Hays, Conrad Head, Kayla Hendley, Brody Henson, Damian Hilton, Alexis Howe, Kylah Imhoff, Lylan Johnson, Jackson Jones, Jorja Kernea, Carlee Klinesmith, Kristyn Kraft, Conner Kyle, Connor Layne, Maggie Ledford, Gabriel Lewis, Yamilet Lopez-Garcia, Hudson Lynch, Matthew Marlow, Brandon Marshall, Kalyn Martin, Joshua Martinez, Kennedy Mason, Andrew McDaris, Eva McNelley, Casi Mealer, Logan Millholland, Nevaeh Morgan, Noley Nations, Krislyn Odom, Lionel Olvera, Danica Padrutt, Charity Partin, Gavin Payne, Jessen Payne, Knox Puckett, Eli Queen, Natalee Reeves, Tucker Rhodes, Jordan Richerson, Nadia Rosas-Leal, Kelsey Russell, Marvin Sacul Tut, Sadi Salat, Sera Sharp, Lauryn Sherbert, James Sisson, Peyton Slone, Kolbe Smith, MaKayla Stiles, William Stiles, Kyla Stillwell, Caden Strickland, James Taylor, Makenzie Taylor, Gianna Torres, Nicholas Tutterrow, Madelynn Usry, Jonathan Valdez-Resendiz, Halle Walton, Lyla Webb, Rebecca Wells, Jacob Williams, Toney Wilson, Arwen Wood, Judah Wood.
2019 – 2020 2nd Nine Weeks Principal’s List-6th Grade:
Ava Acker, Samantha Adkins, Brodey Angel, Castle Barnett, Adeline Beavers, Heath Bradburn, Braxton Cheatham, Sydney German, Reese Lewis, Madeline Schueneman, Harley Stanley, Libby Stewart, Finn Thoresen, Makya Watson, Hudson York.
2019 – 2020 2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll-7th Grade:
Rachel Adams, Baylee Allen, Ricky Baker, Allyson Beavers, Chandler Bond, Cooper Born, Natalie Bottongino, Madelin Boyce, Cohutta Brannon, Cohutta Brown, Karson Brown, Kevin Buchanan, Autumn Burger, Noah Burnette, Carson Callihan, Lukas Carter, Devyn Caruthers, Jennifer Cheramie, Brady Coleman, Carsyn Cornelius, Tamra Couch, Barron Davenport, Ruthie Davenport, Gavin Davis, Kaden Davis, Trenton Davis, Emily Dickey, Hunter Dickey, Steven Dickey, Carnaceo Dixon, Jade Dlugokinski, Bryer Duvall, Jacob Dye, Callie Ensley, Jacee Fain, Elijah Falls, Jaden Foster, Cody Fults, Caylee Gaddis, Colton Gray, Lukas Guay, Cali Hall, Gavin Hampton, Kaylie Henslee, Avery Henson, Kayla Herendon, Brandy Hill, Emma Holloway, Mikayla Holloway, Luke Holsonback, Nicolas Honeycutt, Annelise Hughes, Bristol Hughes, Seth Hughes, Soren Jolly, Ali Jones, Trinity Kimbrough, Rylee King, Emma Ledford, Michael Lickey, Dillon Loftis, Alyssa Marshall, Aubree McClure, Mason McDaniel, Dakota Medeiros, Autumn Miller, Bryson Mitchell, Elijah Newberry, Annabelle Noland, Wyatt Payne, Madison Pelfrey, Tabitha Phillips, Ryker Pigott, Matthew Ponton, Landon Poole, Augusta Queen, Calvin Reece, Landon Rhoads, Abigail Ridings, Addison Sanchez, Braiden Smith, Bailee Stiles, Kairi Stites, Brandon Strickland, Lawson Sullivan, Sadie Thomas, Leyna Tran, Cali Tuggle, Breanna Twiggs, Clinton Twiggs, Anthony Waldrep, Gracie Watkins, Elijah Weaver, Cole White, Brayden Whitener, Isabella Williams, Jadyn Young.
2019 – 2020 2nd Nine Weeks Principal’s List-7th Grade:
Emma Buchanan, Valerie Cash, Crews Chastain, Jaclyn Cracknell, Kaylie Davenport, Ashton Deal, Isabel Espinoza-Garcia, Julie Farmer, Alexandria Foster, Natalie Herendon, Lindsey Holloway, Sawyer Holloway, John Holsonback, Lilly Lovell, Gracie Oliver, Aidyn Patterson, Leighla Patton, Shayla Pugh, Aaleyah Rogers, Sabree Stiles, Nolen Urrutia, Caroline Young.
2019 – 2020 2nd Nine Weeks Honor Roll-8th Grade:
Lucas Bain, Lexis Barnes, Toby Bell, Markayla Brannon, Bryce Burnette, Isis Callahan, Abby Campbell, Silas Campbell, Abigail Cash, Emmaline Cochran, Jayden Cole, Justin Colley, Bryanna Contardi, Morgan Craine, Charles
Deaver, Erica Dickey, Alayna Dockery, Chandler Dockery, Samuel Dover, Jayden Estes, Peyton Franklin, Braxton Graves, Karter Green, Cole Gribble, Kelsey Hawkins, Brooklyn Henderson, Carlee Holloway, Case Holloway, William Hunter, James Hyatt, Katlin Jarrett, Ana-Maree Kaylor, Maci Kendall, Estrella Kreais, Brisa Lopez-Garcia, Dallas Lowery, Turner Michael, Gavin Mowery, Kendra Newman, William Nicholson, Bryson Odom, Xander Parks, Bradlee Parris, William Paskill, Zechariah Prater, Brandon Rhodes, Estefania Rosas-Leal, Ava Seastone, Christain Setser, Emily Sisson, Eric Stevens, Coleman Stevenson, Haven Stiles, Chelsey Thomas, Elijah Thurman, Katie Thurman, Wiley Tipton, Amy Truett, Hayden Tucker, Brayden Turner, Logan Turner, Jordyn Valla, Robert Washington, MaKain Watson, Riley Wheaton, Grace Whichel, Katie Woods.
2019 – 2020 2nd Nine Weeks Principal’s List-8th Grade:
Jayden Bailey, James Bewley, Benjamin Bloch, Collin Bruce, Sydney Chancey, Kristen Cipich , Mylee Clement, Ella Collins, Sophia Crawford, Haley Davenport, Courtney Davis, Savanna Dyer, Frances Fay, Emily Fields, David Fisher, Carter Fox, Conner Johnson, Shaylee Jones, William Jones, Stephanie Kirk, Ava Lackey, Zoe Miller, Anna Minear, Peyton Nelson, Kyila Olson, Emma Pittman, Leah Radabaugh, Madison Saldana, Addison Smith, Katherine Tamberino, Ivan Teague, Samuel Teague, Danielle Walden, Kaleighann Ware.
Erik Cioffi, principal at Fannin County High School, is proud to announce students that are on the Principal’s List and Honor Roll for First Semester. Students on the Principal’s List must have all grades 93 or above. Students on Honor Roll must have an average of 90 or above.
9th grade students named to the Principal’s List are: Gretchen Alewel, Angela Alvarez, McKenzie Chastain, Hayden Danner, Kennedy Davis, Madison Denton, Tyler Ensley, Ivy Hyde, Samuel Jabaley, Erin Jones, Aaron Kimsey, James Kyle, John Little, Brock Martin, Zoe Mathis, Kaitlyn Nelson, Joni O’Neal, Lily Oliver, Cutter Oyster, Emma Petrillo, Cole Pittman, Madison Ponton, Caroline Stewart, Emilee Thomas, Courtney Wyant
10th grade students named to the Principal’s List are: Aubree Beavers, Jolie Breeden, Rachel Bruce, Ashlyn Burger, Anthony Covey, Carly Cox, Chloe Duerfeldt, Tempest Giet, David Hamby, Jackyln Harris, Kirsten Holloway, Giovanni Leal Garcia, Sydney McGill, Sawyer Moreland, Leah Pope, Raven Porter, Heidi Ray, Carlyle Skelton, James Squires, Drake Usry, Kenna Verner, William Watkins, Kathryn Young
11th grade students named to the Principal’s List are: Ana Arvidson, Catherine Ballew, Cooper Boyle, Taylor Cobb, Taylor Coleman, Kylee Cornelius, Isobella Dilbeck, John Dillard, Michael Dillard, Jordan Ensley, Liberty Giet, Andrew Harris, Christian Jensen, Hernan Mares, Thomas Mercer, John Moler, Lauren Murphy, Lainey Panter, Jaylin Ray, Gracie Rice, Courtney Tamberino, Isabella Tocci, Lyndsay Turner, McCay Turner, Chanley Watson, Makenzie Wilson, Kimberly Wyant
12th grade students named to the Principal’s List are: Abbey Arvidson, Emma Barnstead, Isaac Brooks, Gabriel Buchanan, Lauralee Callegari, Alivia Chancey, Allyson Cole, Saidee Collins, Emilee Corn, Brooke Crowder, Hannah Cruse, Ashton Davis, Selena Diaz, Miriam Foster, Seth Foster, Patience Giet, Lora Gwatney, Brandi Harper, Anna Holloway, Shelby Hood, Zackery Jones, Mollie Lariscy, Nicholas Leymeister, Lexi McGill, Zachary Nelson, Emily Patton, Levi Patton, Zachary Payne, Shelby Pierce, Bobbi Pippin, Hannah Ritchie, Steven Setser, Matthew Shirah, Warren Sullivan, Emily Thomason, Jameson Tilley, Leanne Twiggs, Lindsey Twiggs, Alexis Ware, Jessica Westcott, Jade White, Baylee Williams, Amber York
9th grade students named to the Honor Roll are: Tia Adcox, Abigail Baliles, Lucas Barnstead, April Bearden, Aaron Belyeu, Kara Blake, Bella Mea Bondie, Konner Brown, Madison Buchanan, Eden Callegari, Isabella Carr, Jon Carroll, Taylor Collis, Kaelin Cornelius, Monica Cosentino, Katelyn Cracknell, Wyatt Crawford, Christian Crews, Dawson Davenport, Brooke Davis, Sabrina Dilbeck, Randell Epperson, Alexandra Frabotta, Chelsey Frye, Brianna Fults, Harlee Gilliam, Lena Gilreath, Thomas Golden, Gracey Greene, Brenna Harper, Clay Heaton, Makena Hill, Veronica Hogsed, Adam Hollis, Bryson Holloway, Sarah Holsonback, Cabella Hughes, Brianna Hulsey, Nathaniel Kantner, Corbin Kendall, Morgan Lariscy, Ryan Larson, Jefferson Lewis, Amber Locke, Nathaniel Maloof, Logan Martin, Bryan McCalley, Arwen McFarland, Vanesa Medrano-Roman, Jackson Mercer, Matthew Mills, Cooper Moreland, Lydia Newton, Joseph Nicholson, Peyton O’Neal, Savannah Patton, Aislinn Peel, Luke Pelfrey, Hannah Perry, Bohn Postell, Ansley Price, Zoe’ Putnam, Ava Queen, Anna Rhodes, Corey Riendeau, Emily Salas, Katelyn Sanders, Joseph Sands, Tristan Siler, Dylan Smith, Nathan Smith, Clifton Stiles, Chelsey Taylor, Ethan Thompson, Michael Treon, Conner Ware, Lucas Whitaker, Cadan Williams
10th grade students named to the Honor Roll are: Lizbeth Acevedo Montoya , Ricardo Arellanes Alvarado, Lonnie Beaver, Cooper Brooks, Toby Brooks, Breanna Carroll, Easton Chancey, Alyson Chastain, Cassidy Culpepper, Joshua Daves, Riley Davis, Hunter DeMar, Katilyn DeYoung, Jack Dlugokinski, Cydney Drake, Haley Ensley, Joseph Fermin, Christopher Gaitanoglou, Audrey Gillis, Erin Gonzales, Aaliyah Green, Jaylen Green, Kaleb Green, Corbin Head, Emilee Herendon, Austin Hollis, Kharcee-Lane Hughes, Rachael Jessen, Cater Johnson, Ethan Jolly, Ashton Jones, Ethan Jones, Kaylie Kendall, Jacob Kuna, Blake Ledford, Rebecca Ledford, Annabel Lillard, Alexis Long, Carter Mann, Tanner Martin, Hannah Mashburn, Cameron McDaris, Aerial McKinney, Coy Mealer, Graycee Mintz, Ryanne Newman, Haylee Newton, Jules Nicholson, Daisy Oliver, Kenzlie Padgett, Jonathan Page, Jason Pearson, Caitlin Raper, Adaelyn Ray, Hannah Redfern, Seth Reece, Mary Rice, Christalee Rios-Espinoza, Max Roberson, Kayleigh Rogers, Hayden Rose, Hallie Shuler, Tadin Strickland, Kinsley Sullivan, Emily Turner, Jackson Vaughn, Morgan Wade, Erin Walker, Kaitlyn White, Ethan Williams, Reagan York, Jenna Young
11th grade students named to the Honor Roll are: Alyssa Anderson, Hannah Barton, Prisila Bautista, Shelby Belt, Austin Belyeu, Marli Bond, Evan Bradburn, Hollie Bruggemeier, Daniel Bundy, Christopher Burk, Michael Carter, Teagan Cioffi, Cora Clemmons, Brooklyn Cole, Patrick Conner, Brittany Damiano, Ashley Deaton, Matthew Ferrado, Catherine Finley, Miriam Flores, Bryson Fortenberry, Brayden Foster, Tyler Fox, Kelsie Gaddis, Tucker Hanson, Luke Holloway, Mathew Johnson, Henry Leben, Abigail Ledford, Kaleb Ledford, Tommy Ledford, Logan Brady Martin, Rachel Mashburn, Heaven Mata, Emmalyn Mitchell, Allison Nuckolls, Micah O’Neal, Emma Payne, Vanessa Perry, Anna Postell, Sierra Reynolds, Ella Richardson, Peyton Rogers, Samantha Rosas-Rosas, Lesley Salas, Thalia Saldana, Olivia Sisson, Mia Thompson, Hailey Tucker, Kaeden Twiggs, Kendel Vicente-Vicente, Victoria Walker, Karly Waters, Evie Webb, Emma White
12th grade students named to the Honor Roll are: Olivia Akins, Dixie Alexander, Bradley Almas, Thomas Bartholf, Carson Beavers, Chandler Bond, Madison Bowers, Rachel Brooks, Isaiah Cargle, Averie Chambers, Claire Cobb, Tyler Conley, George Couch, Bailey Cox, Harley Cox, Carley Crawford, Tristan Davis, Olivia Deloy, Savannah Dillard, Alexandra Epperson, Hailey Fields, Amanda Fish, Taylor Gibbs, Hannah Green, George Hamilton, Michael Helstrom, Kaelyn Hensley, Morgan Holt, Miles Johnson, Arwyn Jones, Elizabeth Key, River Key, Patrick Lee, Andy Lim, Joseph Long, Kristen Lopez, Olivia Lowman, Ethan Mann, Eryn Mealer, Ryley Mervine, Vanessa Miller, Morgan Mull, Bethany Musselman, Cassidey Nichols, Brittany Norton, Dylan Nuelle, Abigail O’Neal, Rebecca Oliver, Haley Parks, Grayson Patterson, Michael Pellegrino, Ryan Petersen, Shelby Postell, Brendy Puac-Ramirez, Bailey Queen, Emily Queen, Kaia Radabaugh, Larkinn-Rose Rainwater, Savannah Rivas, Gracie Rogers, Jackson Rogers, Kayleigh Russell, Chastity Seabolt, Samuel Sisson, Sarah Sosebee, Tia Strickland, Gabriel Summers, Victoria Tanner, Jakob Tuggle, Emily Waldrep, Jaret Walker, Faith Watkins
Blue Ridge, Ga – Fannin County’s 2019 millage rate dropped by 5.7% after Board of Education and Commissioners both lower their portions.
Commissioners decreased their rate to 3.938, which was .875 mills down from 2019. The Board of Education dropped to 10.593 from 2018’s 11.20 mills.
The combined rate equals 14.531 for the total millage rate in 2019.
Post Two Glenn Patterson asked if the lowering had, “Any negative effects?”
Post One Earl Johnson explained the county is worth more this year than last year.
“There’s more taxable dollars on the digest that means we can’t keep charging the same millage rate or it’s going to be considered a tax increase,” stated Johnson, “I don’t think there’s going to be any negative effects. I just think learning situations like [ISO rating] that needs to be in the old churner a lot sooner.”
A net gain of $200,000 will go into the general fund for the county even with the millage rollback.
“I think the citizens of the county deserve any tax relief we can give them,” said Chairman Stan Helton.
“It’s nice having the cheapest millage rate in the county, but if it’s not allowing you to equal good services,” said Johnson, “At some point in time, there’s a Board of Commissioners going to have to evaluate our services versus our millage rate and evaluate accordingly.”
Helton added that a tax increase is the last option and would rather cut budgets to maintain county operations.
Commissioners unanimously approved the rollback.
McCaysville, Ga. – The McCaysville City Council held a public hearing on Aug. 29 to discuss the city’s 2019 – 2020 budget.
Read by McCaysville Mayor Thomas Seabolt, the resolution to adopt the 2019 – 2020 budget was met with no opposition by citizens who were present for the hearing.
According to the proposed budget the City General Fund is projecting a revenue of $1,455,526.00 and projecting expenses to be $1,455,526.00. Similarly the city’s Water and Sewer Service is projecting a revenue of $2,105,450.00 and projecting expenses to run $2,105,450.00.
These projections give the City of McCaysville a balanced budget for the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year that will end June 20, 2020.
“I think the budget’s wonderful,” Councilmember Sue Beaver shared her opinion of the proposed budget noting that the city needs everything that is in the expenditures in order to function.
Points of interest in the budget include the following departments:
Administrative proposed budget : $234,259.00
Police Department proposed budget : $585,047.00
Street Department proposed budget : $245,615.00
City Park proposed budget : $374,250.00
Municipal Court proposed budget : $16,355.00
Water Distribution proposed budget : $1,614,995.00
Sewer Collection and Disposal proposed budget : $389,455.00
Water Treatment Plant proposed budget : $101,000.00
General Fund projected revenue : $1,455,526.00
SPLOST projected revenue : $333,020.00
SPLOST Capital Outlay proposed expenditures : $202,500.00
The proposed budget for the City of McCaysville 2019 – 2020 fiscal year is expected to be voted in unanimously on Sep. 10 at the councils’ next regular monthly meeting.
BLUE RIDGE, Ga. – Fannin County Schools start back Wednesday, August 7, 2019!
The official calendar 2019 – 2020 calendar is as follows!
Note: Days for Spring Break and holidays can be used to make up days missed due to inclement weather or other reasons.
7:30 – 8:00 Students report to the cafeteria with breakfast being served starting at 7:40 am.
8:05 – 9:30 Block 1 Class
9:36 – 11:01 Block 2 Class
11:07 – 1:04 Block 3 Class and Lunch
1:10 – 2:35 Block 4 Class
2:40 – 3:10 FLEX Time/Block
West Fannin Elementary School Daily Schedule:
8:15 – 8:40
8:40 – 10:50
10:50 – 11:45
11:45 – 1:30
1:30 – 2:00
Gross Motor Skills
2:00 – 2:45
8:15 – 9:50
9:50 – 10:40
10:40 – 11:20
11:20 – 12:20
12:20 – 1:15
1:15 – 2:45
8:10 – 8:55
8:55 – 9:50
9:50 – 10:40
10:40 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:25
12:25 – 1:25
1:25 – 2:45
8:05 – 8:55
8:55 – 9:50
9:50 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:40
11:40 – 12:40
12:40 – 2:45
8:00 – 8:55
8:55 – 11:00
11:00 – 12:00
12:00 – 12:55
12:55 – 3:00
8:00 – 8:50
8:50 – 10:55
1st Block/1st and 2nd Period
10:55 – 11:50
11:50 – 12:50
12:50 – 3:00
2nd Block/3rd and 4th Period
8:00 – 9:55
1st Block/1st and 2nd Period
9:55 – 11:50
2nd Block/3rd and 4th Period
11:50 – 12:35
12:35 – 1:25
1:25 – 2:10
2:10 – 3:00
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Blue Ridge, Ga – July financial report informed commissioners that insurance claims blew 2019 risk management budget by 37 percent.
Chief Financial Officer Robin Gazaway delivered her monthly financial update for 2019 through June. Several departments were over budget six months into the year. Some departments carried pre-payments for leases from the beginning of the year.
Gazaway also met with all department heads to address line items individually.
However, Risk Management went 37 percent over budget, outpacing overages in other departments.
Health insurance claims represented the bulk of Risk Management expenditures. Post One Commissioner Earl Johnson, asked “what are we looking at as far as curtailing it. We’re already way over what we budgeted?
The new insurance policy which took effect on July 1 should help reduce the expense. The insurance company, who works with the county, expected with spouses coming off the policy that government could save over $200,000-$300,000 in insurance claims.
Gazaway stated, “We installed some new programs to hopefully keep employees healthier, but as far as claims go, that’s just when they go to the doctor.”
However, Gazaway doesn’t have the numbers of how many people stopped using county insurance in July. The number of claims was down from last year, but no guarantee about people’s health for the rest of the year.
In 2017, the fund balance covered the overages. However, if insurance claims continue to rise, then more health care changes could be coming for Fannin County employees or changing the entire insurance program.
“Certain people that have gone over a certain amount, reinsurance pays us back. We haven’t gotten some of that money back, but they will eventually if it’s the same people, give us money back, explained Gazaway, “We have a stopgap that we pay out before we get the money back.”
Currently, Fannin County has $200,000 in reinsurance claims.
“I’m very concerned about this number,” stated Johnson, “I’m not trying to be hard-nosed. I don’t deal with numbers where I just sit here and hope. It’s like me hoping none of my guys wreck today. I know what the cost could be if they all decide to hit each other.”
Gazaway assured that all the reinsurance money back from some employees, but has to go over the stopgap first. At the year-end, the county will get a check back if it spent over the maximum amount, which is $2.4M.
“I just budget less than that hoping we don’t have to spend that money,” stated Gazaway.
2019 marked the third year Fannin County operated off a self-insured plan.
“The motivation to go to that in the first place was the anticipation that there would be savings, which hasn’t happened,” stated Chairman Stan Helton, “I guess a conventional insurance program, they would tell us the cost so we can allocate it that way…I don’t like it either. It’s the biggest variable cost in the whole budget.”
Johnson asked, “Can we buy the amount down?”
Gazaway offered to raise deductibles or out of pocket costs, but everything affects the employee. For the last three years, deductible and premiums have remained the same.
“At some point, we’re going to have to be competitive with other benefit plans,” said Johnson, “eventually the county might have to absorb some of the costs because everything that happens can’t directly affect the employee. Other
plans might be more attractive to an employee.”
The county also pays for tobacco cessation methods on the new plan, which means the county will spend more money in the short-term with hopes that future claims decrease. Currently, a two-week supply of patches costs around $30 and a two-week supply of nicotine gum cost $40.
Still, smokers are expected to pay an extra $50 on their insurance premium starting January 2020, and the county doesn’t cover cessation methods forever. Several tobacco users have informed Gazaway they will pay the $50, so county might not experience and expenses increase from covering cessation patches, gum, inhaler or lozenge.
SPLOST and LOST for 2019 continue to rise with SPLOST 10% ahead of 2018 intake at this time. Currently, the county’s budget even for the year, not under or over.
Recreation Department Improvements
Recreation Department Head Eddie O’Neal presented a bid for a TOPO survey of the park to fix drainage problems. The bid for $13,700 TOPO service provides Recreation Department with a starting point for creating solutions to heavy rains on soccer, baseball, and softball fields.
“Playing surfaces are lower than walking paths and parking lot, and it’s a continual fight to maintain,” said O’Neal,
“We can take the TOPO survey to engineers get help with drainage and what needs to happen on these fields.”
SPLOST funds will pay for improvements.
“We’ve had a considerable amount of rain,” stated Post Two Commissioner Glenn Patterson, “They wouldn’t be able to practice or play games.”
455 to 500 kids use those fields every year.
Blue Ridge, Ga – Fannin County’s operating two percent under budget through April of 2019.
As of April 30, 33 percent of the budget’s been spent for the year with Fire/EMS/ EMA, Tax Assessor, Sheriff’s Office, and County Jail still showing over budget due to the first of the year lump sum lease and loan payments made at the beginning of the year.
Per the April 23 meeting, Chief Financial Officer Robin Gazaway broke out the Public Works and SPLOST Budget to provide more clarity about where the money comes from and is going.
“The public works old SPLOST is because we’re going to use the old money on the roads until it runs out, and then we’ll start on the new SPLOST,” explained Gazaway.
Baseball admissions factored in slightly into the recreation budget, but the month of May was not reflected in this report.
“We’re two percent under budget because we’re making up some of the differences from earlier in the year,” stated Gazaway, “LOST and SPLOST collections are up again this month from the prior years.”
EMA Director Robert Graham advised choosing Custom Works for the ambulance remounts at $104,980 as the most acceptable vendor for the job. The business also priced an add-on door locking systems for the ambulance at $1,800, bringing the total to $106,780.
“The locking system on the doors on the box [will be] activated front door locks when we lock the front doors,” said Graham, “We need this because we make many trips out of town to hospitals, and we need to lock the back of the truck. Our drugs and equipment are all in the back.”
Currently, seven doors and compartments must be locked with a key when getting out of the truck, and EMA employees must remember to unlock these doors when going back out to have access to them.
“It would be a great benefit to add that to this truck and going forward in the future to the standard bid specs,” lobbied Graham.
The truck won’t be available until closer to 2020 due to Chevrolet chassis unavailability.
Graham also confirmed that the county wouldn’t be short on equipment during this time with back-up trucks and placing an order for a new ambulance to replace an aging one with 90,000 plus miles on it.
Next, Graham introduced bids for a new ambulance to be purchased in the 2020 and on that year’s budget. Currently, new ambulance models aren’t available, but a waiting list has formed for 2020. Graham wanted to go ahead and get Fannin’s EMA name on the list.
“If we don’t get a truck each year that we fall behind and have maintenance issues,” said Graham.
“You had this idea that it was better to go ahead and place an order with the stipulation that it wouldn’t be delivered until after the first [of the year] because in the past you wouldn’t get this new ambulance until fall,” explained Helton to the room.
MEDIX proposed $140,130 for a 2020 model Chevrolet with the delivery after January 1, 2020. Custom Trucks and Bodyworks offered $143,021 for a 2020 model Chevrolet with the delivery after January 1. ETR, LLC proposed $187,768 for a 2019 model Ford F-450 with the delivery after January 1.
The Commissioners approved Custom Works for remount and tabled the new ambulance bids after Graham asked for more time to review.
Waste Management decision was tabled again to give the commissioner’s more time to review Advanced Disposal Systems and CASH proposals after meeting with both organizations.
Director of Public Works Zack Ratcliff experienced an equipment emergency after losing a 16-year-old mower in the middle of mowing season and had found a used replacement mower for $43,500 with 70,000 hours on it.
Post One Commissioner Earl Johnson said, “The piece that [the used mower] is replacing, we salvage it and get rid of it. It’s got way too many hours to put any more money into it.”
Ratcliff stated that he had no plans to fix the old mower with over 100,000 hours in it already.
The emergency purchase puts the county back at 10 mowers and back on track with mowing for the spring and summer.