The Pickens Report - July 2017
8/7/2017 ~ by Tucker Green, Pickens County Government
Summer break has concluded for local students and educational professionals. The start of a new school year will bring increased traffic during the early morning and afternoon hours, keep this in mind while traveling.
Additionally, Pickens County Schools recently announced the closing of school for Monday August 21st. The closing is in response to a total eclipse of the sun that will occur on that day. The eclipse will begin at roughly 1:00pm, with the total eclipse occurring at approximately 2:35pm, and ending between 3:30pm and 4:00pm. It is estimated that Pickens County will be in total darkness for about two and a half minutes.
Pickens County Emergency Management expects an influx of traffic and tourists visiting our area to witness the eclipse. Please use caution during this time, and enjoy this once in a lifetime experience.
Throughout the month of July, Pickens County government has been hard at work. Vaughn Kelley was recognized for 10 years of service to the Sheriff’s Office.
The 911 Operations Center received 1,710 calls, 419 were medical responses, and 302 were fire related.
The Road Department completed paving Old Tate Road, Burnt Mountain Road, Cain Trail, and Thompson Lane (53 W Section). Public Works will soon be paving Tilley Road, and Swan Bridge Road.
LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) subcontractor crews completed paving Old Philadelphia Road, Grady Street, Jackson Street, John Street, Northside Drive, Gordon Road, Myrtle Street, Arminda Street, Glyness Street, West Gordon Road, Pine View Court, Twin Oak Court, Mountain View Court, Mountain View Drive, and Collins Road. The subcontractor crews are currently working on Golden Springs Drive, and East Golden Springs Drive. The Water Department installed 11 new water meters, and continue to work on a line extension at Jones Mountain Road.
The Pickens County Recreation Department completed another successful year of summer camp at the end of July. PCRD’s annual “Movie Under the Stars” was postponed due to weather, and will now occur on Friday August 11th at Roper Park. Additionally, PCRD offers Pickleball games throughout the week, and will host a Pickleball clinic on August 17th and 18th, contact PCRD for more information.
During July, the Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 70 new animals, and 51 went out through various forms of adoption.
The Department of Planning and Development issued 38 new building permits.
The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continue to work hard to provide the highest quality of government possible for Pickens County. 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