New direction in City of Blue Ridge design

Community, News

Blue Ridge, Ga. – Change and growth have become inevitable in the City of Blue Ridge. Cindy Trimble, a board member of both the Planning Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals, brought before the Blue Ridge City Council on Tuesday a small step in establishing direction, consistency, and beautification of our growing town.

Trimble along with help from council member Nathan Fitts rolled out conceptual drawings for new way-finding signs in Blue Ridge.

“It is critical that we have a plan for signage,” Trimble stated due to growth, extra pedestrians, and extra traffic in the area.

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, City Council, Mayor, Donna Whitener, Rhonda Haight, Robbie Cornelius, Nathan Fitts, Kenneth Gaddis, Harold Herndon, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Cindy Trimble, Street Signs, Beautification, Wayfinding Signs, Gateways, East First Street, Hwy. 515, Bill Holt Chevrolet, Cook Street, Burger King, West First Street, McDonald's, Windy Ridge Road, Orvin Lance Drive, CVS

Proposed design for City of Blue Ridge archways that will direct visitors to downtown.

The designs included newly structured street signs with stone bases, covered kiosks with maps of businesses downtown, and gateways to the city. Trimble noted that those traveling along Hwy. 515 often do not know where to turn to enter the downtown historic area.

The gateways would be strategically placed in five areas to direct visitors to downtown. Trimble proposed placing the gateways on East First Street and Hwy. 515 near Bill Holt Chevrolet, Cook Street and Hwy. 515 near Burger King, West First Street and Hwy. 515 near McDonald’s intersection, Windy Ridge Road and Hwy. 515, and lastly Orvin Lance Drive and Hwy. 515 near CVS.

“Because these are city owned signs we cannot put them on the DOT right of way,” Trimble said explaining that the signs would need to sit back on side streets away from Hwy. 515 itself.

The gateways, designed as archways with mountain scenery and stone pedestals, would be back lit as to be visible at night and are designed to hold seasonal posters to display festivals and happenings in town.

Suggestions came from council to perhaps look into painting the Windy Ridge Road overpass to go along with design and planning. This option would require grants and permits, as well as permission from the state, but Trimble noted that it has been done in other towns and would be worth looking into.

Discussion also arose about the business directory or “you are here” map kiosks. These freestanding structures will be double sided and not only display downtown businesses, but also parking areas and trolley stops.

“There is an opportunity for advertising on this and it is something that we haven’t developed further,” Trimble stated of the kiosks.

Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, City Council, Mayor, Donna Whitener, Rhonda Haight, Robbie Cornelius, Nathan Fitts, Kenneth Gaddis, Harold Herndon, Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Cindy Trimble, Street Signs, Beautification, Wayfinding Signs, Gateways, East First Street, Hwy. 515, Bill Holt Chevrolet, Cook Street, Burger King, West First Street, McDonald's, Windy Ridge Road, Orvin Lance Drive, CVS

Conceptual designs for most signage downtown including parking and business directory kiosks.

Trimble presented the idea of digital maps as an option: “That way as businesses change it would be easier to change it.” She also noted that it would give more opportunity for advertising and that the advertisements might be a way to supplement income to purchase the new signage.

“The next step is to take some of these, if the council is comfortable with the design direction,” Trimble explained the plan moving forward, “then what we will do is, we will have several of us get together and take a map of the city and we will go around and look at where we need some of these signs immediately.”

Mayor Donna Whitener questioned, “Is the goal to replace all the signage in town?”

Trimble replied that it would just be key locations for the time being. She noted that certain areas of town might experience more street scaping such as Roberts Way and the City Park, and would not move forward in those areas until work is completed.

Council chose to move forward with obtaining pricing for the new way-finding signs and this information will be presented in a later meeting.

 

 

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Vacation rentals in downtown Blue Ridge

Downtown Blue Ridge, News

Blue Ridge, Ga. – The Blue Ridge Council held a special called meeting to discuss the creation of the Downtown Development Authority. During this meeting the discussion of nightly vacation rentals in the downtown area garnered much attention.

The city has proposed a “City of Blue Ridge Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance”.

CJ Stam was present to address the council on behalf of the Blue Ridge Lodging Association. Concerning this ordinance Stam stated, “This is an important issue to us. We’re not opposed to this. We actually appreciate it. We don’t mind having rules set in place.”

The Blue Ridge Lodging Association represents approximately 10 rental companies with over 500 different types of rental properties in our area.
Stam said that concern falls in the application process that the city is requiring, stating that it “seems a little bit cumbersome”.

According to the proposed ordinance, an application for a short term vacation rental certificate shall be submitted along with a non-refundable application fee to the City of Blue Ridge.

Along with proof of homeowners insurance and having staff available 24 hours a day for contact, the applicant would have to submit a large amount of information pertaining to themselves as well as the guests.

APPLICATION MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

1. The name, address, telephone and email address of the owner(s) of record of the dwelling unit for which a certificate is sought. If such owner is not a natural person, the application shall identify all partners, officers and/or directors of any such entity, including personal contact information;
2. The address of the unit to be used as a short term vacation rental;
3. The name, address, telephone number and email address of the short term vacation rental agent, which shall constitute his or her 24-hour contact information and who shall:
a. Be reasonably available to handle any problems arising from use of the short term vacation rental unit;
b. Appear on the premises within 24 hours following notification from the City Clerk, Police Chief or the City Attorney, or his/her designee, of issues related to the use or occupancy of the premises.
c. Receive and accept service of any notice of violation related to the use or occupancy of the premises; and
d. Monitor the short term vacation rental unit for compliance with this ordinance.
4.The owner’s sworn acknowledgment that he or she has received a copy of this section, has reviewed it and understands its requirements;
5.The owner shall state the maximum occupancy for the residence, which shall be the same number as advertised and marketed to potential renters by or on behalf of the owner;
6. The owner’s agreement to use his or her best efforts to assure that use of the premises by short term vacation rental occupants will not disrupt the neighborhood, and will not interfere with the rights of neighboring property owners to the quiet enjoyment of their properties;
7. A copy of an exemplar agreement between the owner and occupant(s) which obligate the occupant to abide by all of the requirements of the ordinance, and other City ordinances, state and federal law, and that such a violation of any of these rules may result in the immediate termination of the agreement and eviction from the premises, as well as potential liability for payment of fines levied;
8. Proof of the owner’s current ownership of the short term vacation rental unit; and
9. Proof of homeowner’s insurance.

B. Registration under this code section is not transferable and should ownership of a short term vacation rental change, a new application is required, including application fee. In the event of any other change in the information or facts provided in the application, the holder of the short term rental certificate shall amend the filed application without payment of any additional application fee.

Questions also arose about the proposed ordinance not outlining where these rental properties could be placed. Stam stated of the matter, “It sounds like this ordinance supersedes the zoning that is in place and allows anybody to rent in any zoning as long as they have gone through the application process.”

Council member Nathan Fitts agreed with Stam: “It’s been very vague where there can be rentals.”

According to the ordinance a short term rental is defined as: “an accommodation for transient guests where, in exchange for compensation, a residential dwelling unit is provided for lodging for a period of time not to exceed 30 consecutive days. Short term vacation rental shall not include any residential dwelling unit not regularly offered for rental, which shall be defined as any residence offered for rental less than fourteen (14) days in any given calendar year. For the purposes of this definition, a residential dwelling shall include all housing types and shall exclude group living or other lodging uses.”

The ordinance goes further to state that “vacation rentals may be offered to the public for rental following issuance of a short term vacation rental certificate, receipt of an occupation tax certificate, and payment of any and all applicable State and City taxes” but does not address zoning.

Mayor Donna Whitener pointed out that currently short term rentals are only allowed in commercially zoned properties and are prohibited in residential zones, but acknowledged that there are rental properties in residential areas already.

“I’ve had a lot of people in the community who say they don’t want it in the residential areas,” council member Rhonda Haight said of possibility of allowing these rentals to continue.

After brief discussion Whitener suggested “cleaning up” the language of the ordinance to clearly define areas in which these short term rentals can be offered.

Further discussion is expected at the next Blue Ridge City Council meeting to be held on tonight, Dec. 11 at City Hall.

 

 

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City of Blue Ridge creates Downtown Development Authority

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – A Downtown Development Authority (DDA) could be in the near future for the City of Blue Ridge.

Opposition from some to creating this organization became overshadowed by the need for the city to obtain more funding, and certain funding and grants can only be obtained by a DDA.

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Proposed boundaries of the downtown district in which the DDA will focus and serve.

Beyond gathering extra funds for the City of Blue Ridge, a DDA will also be a policy-making body and a major decision-making entity that plans and manages the downtown area.

Ann Arnold, who has 31 years of experience with DDAs and their development, was asked by the Mayor and Blue Ridge City Council to step-in in assisting with the creation and structuring of Blue Ridge’s DDA.

Arnold not only created a draft of the outlines for the new DDA, but also examined Blue Ridge for appropriate boundaries of a designated “downtown area” and interviewed potential applicants to fill the 7 member board.

In a special called Blue Ridge City Council meeting Arnold laid out her recommendations on all areas including who she felt would be ideal members of this inaugural board.

“I really was impressed with these people,” Arnold explained of the applicants that she interviewed, “You absolutely cannot go wrong with this board.”
Arnold stated that many of the applicants had already researched the role of a DDA and was familiar with the laws in which they would be working. Some applicants even went as far as to reach out to other DDAs in researching the role they would potentially be filling.

In the interview process Arnold asked each applicant the same questions. She took into account the applicants backgrounds and strong points in hopes of creating a diversified board. Her recommendations are as follows:

  • John (Jay) Hamilton to serve 6 years through Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Nichole Potzauf to serve 6 years through Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Gene Holcombe to serve 6 years through Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2024.
  • Michelle Moran to serve 4 years through Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2022.
  • Cesar Martinez to serve 4 years through Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2022.
  • Jeff DePaola to serve 2 Years through Jan. 1, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020.

Originally it was discussed that Mayor Donna Whitener would serve as the seventh member. However, as Arnold saw that the Mayor position was already full-time she offered a different recommendation: “One of the board members, one of the seven will be a council member.”

“It would be nice to have different councilmembers, maybe every two years rotate and have some different insight,” Arnold explained her thoughts on this recommendation, “but also an opportunity for each of the council members to really understand the day to day work of the Downtown Development Authority.”

After Arnold gave her recommendations for board members she moved on to discuss the boundaries of the designated downtown area.

“The resolution does require that you (the city) designate the downtown development area that the downtown development would be serving,” Arnold said explaining the need to have clear boundaries.

The recommendations show the boundaries being roughly East First Street to the East, West Second Street to the West, McKinney Street to the South, and River Street to the North.

Questions arose from council members concerning areas already containing businesses that were not included, to which Arnold replied, “You really want to protect that residential. You have got some beautiful homes all around a number of these areas, and what you have by having that residential is you’ve got a built in audience. Those people are going to use goods and services. They can walk downtown.”

Blue Ridge City Attorney James Balli addressed the council about previously discussed concerns after listening to Arnold’s recommendations: “Once you activate them (DDA approval), they’re out there, whatever is in the resolution.”

Balli recommended that the council go through the DDA resolution more thoroughly and input provisions limiting control of the DDA and the permanence of the directors: “I would heavily recommend that you leave in the provisions about being able to remove directors for cause.”

A 7 year sunset provision was also recommended. This would essentially give the council the ability to dissolve the DDA after 7 years. Balli said of this precaution it “is as close as you are going to get to be able to kill it.”

Arnold questioned the sunset provision and said to the council that DDA and the City Council should be viewed as a team.

Further discussion and possible enactment of the DDA is expected to take place at the upcoming Blue Ridge City Council meeting to be held Tuesday, Dec. 11 at City Hall.

 

 

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Blue Ridge Mayor Whitener calls special council meeting

Announcements, Community

Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener has called a special council meeting for Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018 at 1 p.m. An agenda for the meeting is as follows:

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
October 24,  2017
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OPEN HOUSE
Spec Facility Open House
Hosted by: Fannin County Development Authority

Friday, October 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You are invited to an Open House at the newly constructed commercial/industrial facility hosted by the Fannin County Development Authority. The Open House is an opportunity for the community to see the facility up close and learn more about the process and partners involved. The facility is available for lease to a business and an ideal candidate will create quality jobs in Fannin County. This could be an existing business that is expanding or a business looking to relocate. Please take a few minutes to drop by.

Location and Directions:

From Blue Ridge – Take Highway 5/Blue Ridge Dr. north approximately 8 miles and turn right at Kyle Rd. The entrance will be the first left after turning on Kyle Rd. If you pass Tri-State EMC on the left, you have gone too far.

From McCaysville – Take Highway 5/Blue Ridge Dr. south approximately 2.5 miles and turn left at Kyle Rd. You will pass Tri-State EMC on the right and the turn will be past the historic yellow house on the left. The entrance will be the first left after turning on Kyle Rd.

Fall Festivals and Halloween Happenings Poster

October Community Events Calendar
September 1 – October 31 – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards
October 7 – November 11 – SAAG National Juried Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
October 26-28 – Fright Nights at the Fairground, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 27 – Firefly Music Presents Howie Day, Blue Ridge
October 27 – November 5 – Live Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 27-28 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
October 27-29 – Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville
October 28 – 5k Halloween Trick or Trot, Blue Ridge City Park
October 28 – HalloWine Celebration, Paradise Hills Winery
October 28-29 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 28 – November 19 – Japanese Maples Colorfest, Gibbs Gardens
October 28 – Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 28 – Halloween Safety Zone, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
October 29 – Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 31 – Ducktown Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Ducktown
October 31 – Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Blue Ridge
October 31 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern

Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
Saturday and Sunday
*Upick Apples and/or Tractor Tours: Mercier Orchards, Mountain View Orchards, Hillcrest Orchards
*Corn Maze: Joshua Dream Ranch
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
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Open House at Spec Facility
Fall Festivals and Events
Community Events Calendar

Chamber Events
Calendar
October 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Ridge Chiropractic, 39 Lance St., Ste. 6, Blue Ridge
11:30 a.m.
October 26 – Ambassador Lunch, Toccoa Riverside Restaurant, 8055 Aska Rd, Blue Ridge
12:00 p.m.
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Chicken BBQ Dinner
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MEAC Open House Poster

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
October 10,  2017
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October 17 – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

BOARD NOMINATIONS DUE ON OCTOBER 16!!
Chamber 2018 Board Nominations

Nominations for the Chamber’s Board of Directors are being taken now through Monday, October 16th. The Chamber will elect five new board members in November. If you would like to nominate someone, send the name and business name to jahackett@tds.net or FAX the form below to 706-632-2241. You may nominate up to three people.
2018 CHAMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINATIONS
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Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
Ribbon Cutting for Modern Family Counseling
October 3 was the ribbon cutting for Modern Family Counseling. Modern Family Counseling offers counseling for families, individuals, adolescents, and couples for today’s world. Times have changed and so has family dynamics, expectations and pressures of society. Laurie Hicks uses a family centered, solution focused and a strength based therapeutic approach to create positive change and independence.
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Ribbon Cutting for Dr. Squires at Fannin Regional Hospital
October 5 was the ribbon cutting for Dr. Squires, Cardiologist, at Fannin Regional Hospital. Shayne Squires, MD, is a board-certified Cardiologist who can work with you to help prevent or manage heart conditions. He treats coronary artery disease, heart failure, and other cardiac conditions. He also treats high blood pressure and cholesterol and provides recommendations for general life style changes to improve your heart health. As a non-invasive cardiologist, Dr. Squires utilizes appropriate diagnostic testing to customize a treatment plan for your needs. His office is located in Suite 103 at Fannin Regional Hospital. (706) 632-4280
Ribbon Cutting for Dr. Bunn at Fannin Regional Hospital
October 5 was the ribbon cutting for Dr. Bunn, Orthopedic Surgeon, at Fannin Regional Hospital. Dr. Kevin Bunn studied at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine for his graduate education and had a fellowship at Houston Methodist Hospital Adult Reconstructive Surgery.  His office is located in Suite 109 at Fannin Regional Hospital. (706) 632-4223

October Community Events Calendar
September 1 – October 31 – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards
September 28 – October 15 – Live Theater: Calendar Girls, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 7-22 – Fall Festival at Gibbs Gardens, Talking Rock
October 7 – November 11 – SAAG National Juried Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
October 13-21 – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 13 – Downtown Drum Circle – Downtown Blue Ridge
October 14-15 – Sorghum Festival, Blairsville
October 14 – Blue Ridge Mountain Marching Band Festival, Fannin County High School PAC
October 14-15 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay
October 14-15 – Fall Arts in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park ‘
October 14 – Free Time Hobbies Fall Festival & Open House, Free Time Hobbies
October 17 – Firefly Music Presents Austin Winkler, Blue Ridge
October 19 – Haunts and Harvest, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 19-21 – Fright Nights at the Fairgrounds, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 21 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
October 21 – Harvest Wine Dinner, Paradise Hills
October 21 – Live Music is Better Presents Michelle Malone, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 21 – Vogel State Park Fall Hoedown, Vogel State Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park 5k and Mutt Mile, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21-22 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay
October 21 – Harvest Festival, Crane Creek Vineyards
October 21-22 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 21-22 – Sorghum Festival, Blairsville
October 21-22 – Gold Rush Days Festival, Dahlonega
October 21-22 – 23rd Annual Heritage Days Festival, Talking Rock
October 26-28 – Fright Nights at the Fairground, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 27 – Firefly Music Presents Howie Day, Blue Ridge
October 27 – November 5 – Live Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 27-28 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
October 27-29 – Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville
October 28 – 5k Halloween Trick or Trot, Blue Ridge City Park
October 28 – HalloWine Celebration, Paradise Hills Winery
October 28-29 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 28 – November 19 – Japanese Maples Colorfest, Gibbs Gardens
October 28 – Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 28 – Halloween Safety Zone, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
October 29 – Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 31 – Ducktown Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Ducktown
October 31 – Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Blue Ridge
October 31 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
Saturday
*Blue Ridge Motorsports Park Races, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
Saturday and Sunday
*Upick Apples and Tractor Tours: Mercier Orchards, Mountain View Orchards, Hillcrest Orchards
*Corn Maze: Joshua Dream Ranch
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
FOR THE FULL CALENDAR –Click Here

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October 10 – Ribbon Cutting for 6 Ponds Farm, 3155 Squirrel Hunting Rd., Morganton
11:00 a.m.
October 12 – Ribbon Cutting for Melaleuca at the Chamber
11:00 a.m.
October 17 – Business After Hours at Bear Claw Vineyards, 2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 18 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
October 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Ridge Chiropractic, 39 Lance St., Ste. 6, Blue Ridge
11:30 a.m.
October 26 – Ambassador Lunch, Location tbd
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Halloween 5k
Chicken BBQ Dinner

News from Fannin County Chamber of Commerce

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Fannin County Chamber of Commerce  eNewsletter
October 17,  2017
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Leading the way to economic vitality and quality of life in Blue Ridge, McCaysville, Morganton and all of beautiful Fannin County, Georgia.

TONIGHT – 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cuttings – Congratulations!
October 10 was the ribbon cutting for 6 Ponds Farm. 6 Ponds Farm offers vacation rentals homes. True to the name, there are 6 ponds on this 22 acre farm and two vacation rental properties, a garden, kayaks and more! Enjoy the rental by the pool or the tiny home rental by the pond. Visit their website for more information atwww.6pondsfarm.com.
Ribbon Cutting for Melaleuca_ The Wellness Company
October 12 was the ribbon cutting for Melaleuca, The Wellness Company.  Melaleuca products feature biodegradable ingredients and range from cleaning supplies, to beauty products and more! Contact Elaine Fortier, Marketing Executive with Melaleuca, for more information at 727-236-0433.  www.Melaleuca.com

OPEN HOUSE

Spec Facility Open House
Hosted by: Fannin County Development Authority
Friday, October 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

You are invited to an Open House at the newly constructed commercial/industrial facility hosted by the Fannin County Development Authority. The Open House is an opportunity for the community to see the facility up close and learn more about the process and partners involved. The facility is available for lease to a business and an ideal candidate will create quality jobs in Fannin County. This could be an existing business that is expanding or a business looking to relocate. Please take a few minutes to drop by.

Location and Directions:
From Blue Ridge – Take Highway 5/Blue Ridge Dr. north approximately 8 miles and turn right at Kyle Rd. The entrance will be the first left after turning on Kyle Rd. If you pass Tri-State EMC on the left, you have gone too far.

From McCaysville – Take Highway 5/Blue Ridge Dr. south approximately 2.5 miles and turn left at Kyle Rd. You will pass Tri-State EMC on the right and the turn will be past the historic yellow house on the left. The entrance will be the first left after turning on Kyle Rd.

Fall Festival Flyer

October Community Events Calendar
September 1 – October 31 – Apple Pickin’ Jubilee, Hillcrest Orchards
September 28 – October 15 – Live Theater: Calendar Girls, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 7-22 – Fall Festival at Gibbs Gardens, Talking Rock
October 7 – November 11 – SAAG National Juried Art Show, Blue Ridge Mountains Arts Association
October 13-21 – Georgia Mountain Fall Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 17 – Firefly Music Presents Austin Winkler, Blue Ridge
October 19 – Haunts and Harvest, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 19-21 – Fright Nights at the Fairgrounds, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 21 – Tri-State Model Railroaders Open House, Mineral Bluff Historic Depot
October 21 – Harvest Wine Dinner, Paradise Hills
October 21 – Live Music is Better Presents Michelle Malone, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 21 – Vogel State Park Fall Hoedown, Vogel State Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park 5k and Mutt Mile, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21 – Paws in the Park, Downtown Blue Ridge City Park
October 21-22 – Georgia Apple Festival, Ellijay
October 21 – Harvest Festival, Crane Creek Vineyards
October 21-22 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 21-22 – Sorghum Festival, Blairsville
October 21-22 – Gold Rush Days Festival, Dahlonega
October 21-22 – 23rd Annual Heritage Days Festival, Talking Rock
October 26-28 – Fright Nights at the Fairground, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
October 27 – Firefly Music Presents Howie Day, Blue Ridge
October 27 – November 5 – Live Theater: The Wizard of Oz, Blue Ridge Community Theater
October 27-28 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
October 27-29 – Moonshine Festival, Dawsonville
October 28 – 5k Halloween Trick or Trot, Blue Ridge City Park
October 28 – HalloWine Celebration, Paradise Hills Winery
October 28-29 – Fall Fest Arts and Crafts Sale, Old Farmers Market
October 28 – November 19 – Japanese Maples Colorfest, Gibbs Gardens
October 28 – Appalachian Brew, Stew & Que Festival, Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds
October 28 – Halloween Safety Zone, Downtown McCaysville/Copperhill
October 29 – Pumpkin Express Train Ride, Blue Ridge Scenic Railway
October 31 – Ducktown Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Ducktown
October 31 – Halloween Safe Zone, Downtown Blue Ridge
October 31 – SpookTacular Fest, Joshua Dream Ranch Blairsville
Recurring Events
Tuesday
* Trivia Tuesdays, Fightingtown Tavern
Thursday 

 
Bingo, Kiwanis Fairgrounds
* Trivia Night! Fannin Brewing Company
Saturday
*Blue Ridge Motorsports Park Races, Blue Ridge Motorsports Park
Saturday and Sunday
*Upick Apples and Tractor Tours: Mercier Orchards, Mountain View Orchards, Hillcrest Orchards
*Corn Maze: Joshua Dream Ranch
* Brewery Tours & TastingsThursday through Saturday’s at  Fannin Brewing CompanyGrumpy Old Men and Mercier Orchards.
* Swan Drive-in –Now Playing
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Business After Hours
Ribbon Cuttings
Open House at Spec Facility
Fall Festivals and Events
Community Events Calendar

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October 17 – Business After Hours at Bear Claw Vineyards, 2281 Tennis Court Rd., Blue Ridge
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
October 18 – Board of Directors Meeting, Fannin County Chamber of Commerce Meeting Room, Executive Board Meeting at 11:00 a.m., Board Meeting at 12:00 p.m.
October 25 – Ribbon Cutting for Ridge Chiropractic, 39 Lance St., Ste. 6, Blue Ridge
11:30 a.m.
October 26 – Ambassador Lunch, Location tbd
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Halloween 5k
Halloween Bon Voyage Party_ Boat Dock Bar and GrillFright Night a the Fairgrounds
Chicken BBQ Dinner

More Candidates Questioned About Residency

Election, News

BLUE RIDGE, GA – A recent decision by Election Superintendent Barbie Gerald resulted in the disqualification of City Council Post One Candidate Jane Whaley. Now two other candidates, David Stuart and Brendan Doyle, are being challenged as to the legitimacy of their residency.

Whaley, along with several of her supporters, attended an all day hearing on September 25, 2017 to argue her residential status.

City Attorney David Syfan argued that Whaley’s lack of physical presence at her apartment on East Main Street was case enough to dismiss her from the election.

Whaley’s attorney Frank Moore stated that her intent to move in was enough to claim residence, and that she had only been prevented from the physical move by circumstances beyond her control.

Gerald ultimately came to the decision that Whaley did not meet the qualifications to continue to run for City Council Post One. In a letter sent to Whaley, Gerald stated, “since I have determined that Mrs. Whaley is not qualified, in my position as Election Superintendent, I shall withhold Mrs. Whaley’s name as a candidate upon the ballot, or strike her name from the ballot if the ballots have been printed.”

It went on, “If there is insufficient time to strike her name or reprint the ballots, I will post a prominent notice at the City polling place advising voters that Mrs. Whaley is disqualified as a candidate and all votes cast for her shall be void and shall not be counted.”

Property of Stuart that is zoned C-2.

In response, Whaley stated, “I believe I am a legitimate candidate, and I am going to appeal this decision.”

Frank Moore sent a letter late last week asking for a stay of Gerald’s decision. He stated that Whaley’s name should be included on the ballot until a decision has been reached in her appeal.

The letter states that Whaley “will be permanently and irreparably harmed if the Court does not grant a stay of the Determination because she will be unable, prior to the printing of the ballots and the conducting of the election to challenge successfully the erroneous Determination.”

Property of Doyle zoned for urban dwelling living space.

Moore also sent a formal letter, with regards to a complaint filed by another city resident, to Election Superintendent Barbie Gerald requesting the investigation of residency for two additional candidates in the Blue Ridge City Council Election.

The letter brings into question the residency of City Council Post Five Candidate David Stuart. Stuart listed his address as a property that is currently zoned C-2. Properties that are commercially zoned C-2, can only have residential units above the first floor.

It also brings into question the residency of Candidate for Blue Ridge City Mayor Brendan Doyle. The complaint against Doyle states that an urban dwelling living space within the Central Business District must average 1,000 square feet in area per building.

The letter states that both of these candidates fail to meet these standards.

It asks for an investigation and if the claims are proven to be correct asks for the removal of both candidates from the ballot for the 2017  Election for City Council.

Author

Natalie Kissel

Natalie@FetchYourNews.com

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