The Pickens Report - June 2017
7/10/2017 ~ by Tucker Green, Pickens County Government
Summer activities and events are in full swing throughout Pickens County. The Pickens County Canning Plant will opened summer season beginning July 5th. On July 5, 13, and 19 the plant will open at 8 a.m. and all product must be in the plant by 11 a.m. On July 26th, the canning plant will open at 2 p.m. and will continue to be open each Wednesday through August at 2 p.m. All product must be in the plant by 3:30 p.m. on these operating days.
Throughout the early summer months, you may have noticed new road signs going up across the county. Pickens County Public Works are putting up the signs in response to a federal mandate to begin the process of updating road signage by 2018. The new signs are required to be larger dimensions and the capital lettering is no longer required - now the lettering is printed grammatically correct. In addition, the signs must meet a certain reflectability requirement. The new signs are green with white lettering for public roads, and blue signs with white lettering for private roads.
During the month of June, Pickens County government has been hard at work. The Road Department completed tar and graveling Fortner Road. They will soon be paving Old Tate Road, and Burnt Mountain Road (county part). Additionally, the county’s portion of A.W. Lawson Jr. Blvd. was paved through subcontractor crews.
The 911 Operations Center received 1,491 total calls, 379 were medical responses, and 235 were fire related. Also, Casey Pickett was recognized for 10 years of service to Pickens County 911.
The Water Department installed eight new water meters, and continue to work on a line extension at Jones Mountain Road. In addition, the Water Department now offers for customers who are on Social Security/Disability to change their due date from the 15th of the month to the 25th of the month. Customers must complete an application available at the Water Department office as proof of eligibility. The Water Department now offers online bill pay, contact their office at 706-253-8718 for information on how to sign up.
During June, the Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 146 animals, and 107 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 47 cases.
The Department of Planning and Development issued 38 building permits.
The Recreation Department will be hosting their annual “Movie Under the Stars” on July 28th. The free admission movie will be Disney’s “Moana”. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk.
The Pickens County Government departments continue to stay busy, and work hard for the citizens of Pickens County. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners are doing an excellent job of leading these efforts. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments.
Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!
Public Information Officer
Pickens County Government
1266 East Church St., Ste. 157
Jasper, Ga 30143