The Pickens Report: 2017 In Review
Pickens County Government concluded a busy and productive year with several projects ahead in 2018. Elected officials, department heads, and staff implemented policies and launched new resources to increase the efficiency of operations. The county government improved services provided to the citizens, and increased services offered. The collaboration amongst various departments, and the dedicated public servants paved the way for many accomplishments during 2017.
▣ Pickens County Public Works resurfaced 20.96 miles of road across the county, in addition to tar and graveling 2.83 miles of dirt road. Over 50 miles of road had traffic signage replaced with increased reflect ability through state safety action projects. Also, roughly 300 street signs were replaced to meet federal guidelines with the remainder to be replaced during 2018.
▣ The Water Department installed 66 new meters, installed 17,500 feet of new water line, and replaced 3,400 feet of outdated water line. Additionally, in June of 2017 the Water Department began offering online bill pay for customers convenience.
▣ The Department of Planning and Development issued 434 building permits for the year.
▣ The 911 operations center received 19,426 calls, 5,364 were medical responses, and 3,530 were fire related.
▣ Pickens County Fire/EMS had two ambulances remounted, and plans for additional service vehicle upgrades during 2018. Also, in 2017 a groundbreaking occurred for Pickens County Fire Station #12 located off Carlan Road, completion is planned during 2018.
▣ Pickens Emergency Management completed the federal mandated Hazard Mitigation Plan for Pickens County, two years ahead of schedule. Also, Pickens EMA was awarded $317,266 in federal and state grants for projects including: generators for crucial infrastructure and acquiring other public safety resources.
▣ The Pickens County Recreation Department had over 1,100 kids participate in the 5 sports offered during 2017. PCRD also offered adult recreation with pickle ball and basketball leagues. In addition, PCRD offers Fitness, karate, and dancing classes as well as various support groups that meet regularly.
▣ The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 1,050 animals, and adopted out 1,016 throughout the year.
▣ The Tax Commissionerís office has collected roughly 89% of tax revenues for 2017. Additionally, minimally 97% of revenues has been collected for every tax year dating back to 2010. The Tax Commissionerís office also implemented many customer friendly amenities during 2017: after hours drop-off box (security protected), online options, and an out of county kiosk machine option for participating locations.
▣ The Pickens County Board of Elections and Registration is finalizing 2017 voter registrations, and preparing for the 2018 election cycle. 2018 is a gubernatorial election year in Georgia, and Pickens County has a few local elections as well. All voters must be registered by April 24th to vote in the May 22nd Primary.
Overall, Pickens County Government made great progress in providing quality services for the citizens. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners did an excellent job of leading these efforts. As a new year begins, Pickens County Government looks forward to improving our overall operations further for the benefit of our citizens and our county.
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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