Scrap Tire Removal Program Continues in Fannin County

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – The Scrap Tire Removal Program is extending its drop off of scrap tires through the month of November.

Chief Land Development Officer Marie Woody announced in September that the county had received a scrap tire grant.Blue Ridge, Fannin County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners, Larry Joe Sosebee, Land Development, Marie Woody, Scrap Tire, Program, Grant, November

Woody had been working since earlier this year to secure this allocation. The grant, issued by the State of Georgia, will fund the financial costs associated with removing scrap tires from Fannin County.

Originally the drop off of scrap tires was scheduled for the month of October, but Woody consulted with Fannin County Commissioners at the October 24, 2017, meeting, and it was decided to continue this program through the month of November.

Woody stated, “We have collected 1,736 scrap tires to this point. The funds are there to extend this program.”

Post 2 Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee brought up the possibility of dropping off large truck tires and tractor tires, which were previously prohibited. Sosebee stated that he had received many calls asking if these tires would eventually be allowed at the drop-offs.

It was decided to allow larger tires to be disposed of in this program.

The Commissioners voted unanimously to extend the program through the month of November, and increased the limit of tires allowed for drop off from 10 per week to 20 per week.

Woody released the following statement regarding the Scrap Tire Removal and Grant:

We would like to encourage Fannin County residents to take advantage of this grant and dispose of their unwanted tires. This would help eliminate mosquito habitats as well as provide an opportunity to clean up the surrounding area. Since tires are not biodegradable for many, many years this will be a good opportunity for us to do something for future generations.

The tire disposal offer is being extended to county residents only. We will not collect tires from dealers, service stations, tire centers or retail businesses. The only requirements will be to complete a brief information sheet, listing the number of tires and the location where the tires originated, with name, telephone number and address.

Funding for the grant was made possible by the citizens of Georgia, citizens like you and me. We are still required to pay the $3.00 disposal fee when tires are purchased, so don’t think that if you take your tires home from the tire dealer that you don’t have to pay this service. Legislation was passed in the 1990’s that enable tire dealers to charge a fee for tire disposal at the time new tires are purchased.

It is wonderful to see this grant awarded to Fannin County. We would like to thank the Fannin County Road Department for their assistance in collecting abandoned tires along county roads. This task is essential in our efforts to keep our roadways safe and clean.

Tires may be dropped off to the Road Department, located at 229 Aska Road, Blue Ridge, Ga 30513.

If you have any questions, please call Marie Woody at 706-258-5170.

 

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Fannin County Awarded Grant For Scrap Tire Removal

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BLUE RIDGE, GA – Chief Land Development Officer Marie Woody announced at the September 26 Fannin County Commissioner’s meeting that the county had received a scrap tire grant.

Woody had been working since earlier this year to secure this allocation. The grant, issued by the State of Georgia, will fund the financial costs associated with removing scrap tires from Fannin County.

Residents can bring tires for disposal on certain dates in the month of October. The next expected disposal dates will be in March of 2018.

The grant totaling $15,950.00 will remove approximately 30,000 tires from our area. Previous efforts to eliminate scrap tires from Fannin County resulted in the removal of 8,000 tires.
At this time only car and small truck tires will be accepted.

Woody released the following statement regarding the Scrap Tire Removal and Grant:

Fannin County was recently approved for a $15,950.00 grant by the State of Georgia to aid the county in disposing of scrap and abandoned tires. The grant will enable us to collect scrap tires from residents living in Fannin County. Residents can drop off (10) ten tires per week per household. Tires must be free of water, dirt or mud and rims. This is only for car tires. Other vehicle tires will not be taken at this time.

We will have two amnesty tire events the first dates will be October 2-5, October 9-12, October 16-20, October 23-26 and October 30-31, 2017. The next dates will be March 5-8, March 12-15, March 19-22, and March 26-29, 2018.

We would like to encourage Fannin County residents to take advantage of this grant and dispose of their unwanted tires. This would help eliminate mosquito habitats as well as provide an opportunity to clean up the surrounding area. Since tires are not biodegradable for many, many years this will be a good opportunity for us to do something for future generations.

The tire disposal offer is being extended to county residents only. We will not collect tires from dealers, service stations, tire centers or retail businesses. The only requirements will be to complete a brief information sheet, listing the number of tires and the location where the tires originated, with name, telephone number and address.

Funding for the grant was made possible by the citizens of Georgia, citizens like you and me. We are still required to pay the $3.00 disposal fee when tires are purchased, so don’t think that if you take your tires home from the tire dealer that you don’t have to pay this service. Legislation was passed in the 1990’s that enable tire dealers to charge a fee for tire disposal at the time new tires are purchased.

It is wonderful to see this grant awarded to Fannin County. We would like to thank the Fannin County Road Department for their assistance in collecting abandoned tires along county roads. This task is essential in our efforts to keep our roadways safe and clean.

Tires may be dropped off to the Road Department, located at 229 Aska Road, Blue Ridge, Ga 30513.
If you have any questions, please call Marie Woody at 706-258-5170.

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Natalie Kissel

Natalie@FetchYourNews.com

Fannin County Board of Commissioners Hold Final July Meeting

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Fannin Court House

BLUE RIDGE, GA – Fannin County Board of Commissioners held their final meeting for this month on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. Among the items on the agenda, County Commissioners addressed the issue of the County Roads Moratorium. There was public commentary that addressed both sides of the issue the county faces when deciding to adopt or remove roadways from its care.

Fannin County Board of Commissioners, County Road Moratorium

Citizens address the Board concerning county roadways.

Citizens were there to ask Fannin County to consider adopting Phase 1 of the My Mountain Community into its county road system for maintenance and upkeep, citing that this phase of the community has been in existence for almost 20 years. On the opposite side of the discussion, citizens expressed concern on current county roads that they feel have been neglected. Post Commissioner Earl Johnson urged the Board to use caution when adopting new roads into the system, wanting first for the county to obtain proper inspections and right of ways before making any decision. Fannin County Post Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee and Commission Chairman Stan Helton agreed with this assessment. While voting to continue the county road moratorium, there was also a unanimous decision to work on current roads in the system before accepting new roads.

Ken Petty, Fannin County Maintenance Department Head, addressed the Board seeking approval for three issues needing financial payment from the county. He presented cases for $5,340.00 to replace a compressor on the commercial Trane air conditioning unit at the jail, $19,160.00 for improvements to the Animal Control Facility located on Fannin Industrial Park, and roof repair at the county maintenance building.

Petty was only able to present one bid on the broken compressor at the jail. When questioned by Post Commissioner Earl Johnson on failure to receive further bids, Petty stated that no one he contacted in Fannin County was willing to work on the unit. Johnson further questioned Petty as to why he was not providing the county or the bidder with a proper scope of work, and both agreed in the future that this documentation will be provided. Ultimately the board agreed to address and fix the issue of the air conditioning since it is essential to the jail’s day to day operations, but opted to table the other two issues until further documentation and bids could be obtained.

Commissioners expanded the Board of Assessors through resolution and praised the three current appointees for bringing the county up to compliance with the State of Georgia. The expansion will bring the current board of three members up to a state allotted five member board. The board unanimously voted to appoint former Superintendent Mark Henson to a four year term on the Board of Assessors, and Troy Junnier to serve a three year term. Chairman Helton felt that the addition of these two individuals based on their experience and knowledge of the county would keep operations within the Board running smoothly for years to come.

Marie Woody discusses options for the Scrap Tire Management Grant.

Marie Woody discusses options for the Scrap Tire Management Grant.

Marie Woody with Land Development informed the board that all requirements were met to move forward with condemnation of property located at 188 Riverside Lane. The cost of removing the structure would be approximately $7,500.00 and approval was granted to advance this project. This property will be the fifth this year to be condemned and removed. Discussion was also held about the Scrap Tire Management Grant that was obtained from the State of Georgia. Post Commissioner Larry Joe Sosebee wants to focus on where the man power will come from to complete this project and does not want to tax an already short handed Road Department of the county.

Finance Director Robin Gazaway presented the public with year to date financial information showing that the county is currently $1,675,006 under budget for the fiscal year 2017. Out of the county’s $27,131,207 yearly budget expenditures, actual amounts show that $12,975,846 has been spent.

Most county departments reported staying within or under their current budget amount as of July 18th. Administration was the only department reporting an overage with their current rate of spending at 72.9%. For departments to fall under budget their current rate should be below 54%. When questioned as to why this number was so high, Gazaway explained that new county policy requires all insurance claims be filed under a single department, and that they were working on an amendment that would create a new line item to reflect changes in this policy.

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