Commissioner Bradshaw recognized by ACCG

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Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) recently presented Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw with a certificate of completion for continuing the the educational requirements of the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy.

Created in 1914 when county officials united to help fund Georgia’s first highway department, modern-day ACCG serves as a catalyst for advancing counties throughout the state.Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw

“The information attained in the LIfelong Learning Academy has played a key role in the decisions I make as a county official,” Commissioner Bradshaw stated, “In government, we are tasked with making decisions that directly impact not only ourselves, but each resident in our community. With these courses, I have gained more knowledge of the various ways to effectively address issues impacting my county.”

According to ACCG, every class offered in the Lifelong Learning Academy has been designed to advance the functionality of county governmet by imparting new information to county officials. In collaboration with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, ACCG has carefully sculpted the courses to offer officials the best tools and resources available to effectively navigate their role as a county official.

 

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Anonymous citizen donates $5000 to Town County charities

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – A Towns County resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, donated a $5000 check to benefit local charities. Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw equally divided the generous gift between three organizations: Enotah CASA, Almost There, and the Towns County Food Pantry.

CASA, an acronym for Court Appointed Special Advocates, is a network of community-based programs that recruit, train and support citizen-volunteers to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children in courtrooms and communities. Volunteer advocates—empowered directly by the Enotah, Juvenile court—offer judges the critical information necessary to ensure that each child’s rights and needs are being attended to while in foster care.

Towns County Food Pantry

Representatives of Enotah CASA, Almost There, and Towns County Food Pantry with Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw

Almost There is a program that works with women whom have served time in jail, assisting in their reacclimation with society. In 2016, Almost There purchased a five bedroom home, knowns as “Ms. Elaine’s House,” to accommodate four women and a house mother. Almost There works in partnership with the Enotah Judicical Circuit Drug Court program. The non-profit provides food, shelter, transportation, spiritual nurturing, and loving support to women recently released from incarceration.

Towns County Food Pantry s a ministry of the Towns County Cooperative Ministries. Its purpose is to help feed the needy of Towns County. The Towns County Food Pantry is a non-profit organization supported solely by area churches, business, groups and individuals.

Representatives from each of the non-profit organizations expressed immense gratitude for the donation.

 

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Towns County awarded insurance discount, saving taxpayers thousands

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Towns County Commissioner

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County qualified for an additional 7.5 percent discount on its workers’ compensation contribution, providing taxpayers with a supplementary savings of $16,000-$18,000, thanks to the effort of Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Rickey Mathis, says the sole county commissioner.

Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw praised the EMA director during a meeting with FYN on Monday, Dec. 3. Mathis was not in attendance.

“Rickey worked very hard to get this, and it’s appreciated,” Bradshaw told FYN.

Mathis collected and submitted the extensive property and liability data necessary, racing the clock to to meet the requirements for the county’s ACCG workers’ compensation safety discount, whereas Bradshaw seeks to provide the most bang for the taxpayers’ buck at every given turn.

In an email provided to FYN by Commissioner Bradshaw, ACCG Director of Property and Liability Insurance David Uhlman added that the Board of Trustees approved a 6.9 percent rate decrease for 2019. “Due to some positive loss experience in Towns County, you were already going to receive a 14.52 percent reduction over last year’s contribution. The safety discount will, of course, mean that your contribution decrease is even greater,” Ulman wrote.

 

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County holds meeting on public transportation system

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Towns County transit

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw held a special-called meeting on the morning of Monday. Nov. 12, to officially apply for an annual transit grant in the amount of $99,020, divided equally between federal and county entities. Towns County Transit Secretary Betty Greenwood attended the meeting, along with Towns County Financial Secretary Andrea Anderson. According to the government officials, approximatrely $19,000 in revenue is derived from the transit system annually. The revenue will in turn off-set the county portion, reducing the amount to approximately $30,500.

According to Commissioner Bradshaw, Towns County Transit transported 3,802 passengers last year, amounting to an average of 317 per month. Bradshaw stated that a third bus may be necessary in the future. “Right now, I don’t think we’re there yet, but we’re going to keep an eye on it,” the commissioner explained

In addition to the signing of the grant application, the transit procurement policy was updated to redefine the detailed definition of purchases.

Towns County Transit operates Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, with the exception of holidays. A 24-to-48 hour reservation is necessary for scheduling purposes. The current fare for a one-way trip is $2.00 for the first mile, with .40 cents added for each mile, rounded to the nearest dollar. Each stop is an additional $2.00 charge. A flat rate fare of $6.00 is set for a one-way trip to Union County, doubled for roundtrip. A flat rate fare roundtrip fare to Young Harris is $8.00, limited to $4.00 for a one-way trip.

Once a passenger disembarks at a destination and re-enters the bus, the trip is considered completed, and a new fare of $2.00 is required.

Passengers with small children must provide a safety seat which meets current stae and federal regulations. Up to two children under the age of five may travel with a paying parent or guardian, free of charge.

Drivers cannot make change, extend credit, or allow free rides.

The transit system operates within Towns and Union County, and is offered solely to Towns County residents.

For additional information on the Towns County Transit System, visit the county website.

Reservations can be scheduled by dialing 706-896-0925.

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Sheriff’s Office budget amended, reimbursed for prisoner transport

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Towns County Courthouse

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Sheriff’s Office was recently reimbursed $1,133 in travel costs by a wanted subject who had fled to Tampa, Florida, causing local law enforcement to venture to the sunshine state in order to transfer the wanted male back to Towns County to face prosecution. The subject was sought on several bench warrants, including drug and firearm possession, and was transported on Sept. 18 – 19.

Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw amended the Towns County Sheriff’s Office budget during a special-called meeting, replacing the travel expenses with the reimbursed funds. Towns County Sheriff’s Office Colonel Terry Conner told FYN later in the day that it is unusual to receive restitution in such a timely manner, rather, repayment is typically attached to probation terms.

Commissioner Bradshaw stated that he is pleased that the sheriff’s office was able to retreive the funds so quickly.

Of note, Towns County regular monthly meeting will not be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, as the commissioner will be out-of-town attending his son’s military graduation at Fort Benning, Georgia. The next scheduled county session is set for Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 5:30 p.m. at the Towns County Courthouse.

Meetings are open to the public.

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Towns County leaders weigh-in on massive early voter turnout

Election 2018, News
Towns County election

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Early voting in the 2018 midterm election came to a close on Friday, and Towns County Board of Elections saw a massive turnout at the Hiawassee polling precinct. Of the 9,386 registered voters in Towns County, 4,030 residents chose to cast their ballots ahead of Tuesday’s general election. A total of 257 absentee ballots had been returned to the election board as of Friday afternoon.

The 2018 turnout rivals that of the 2016 presidential election. Two years ago, 4,564 of the 8,608 voters registered in Towns County turned up to cast early ballots at the polls, with 420 ballots returned by mail. Midterm elections historically do not draw such a high amount of voters to the ballot box.Towns County Election

FYN reached out to Towns County leaders and gathered their thoughts on the phenomenon.

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton believes that the south-of-the-border “caravan of criminals” that are headed toward the U.S. border plays a part in the impressive turnout at the Georgia polls. “The future of our nation and our state rides on this election. Anyone being honest about these caravans understands what is at stake. If the left wins, the caravans are just the beginning. If the Republicans stay in, I’m willing to bet they turn around,” Clinton warned, “We must stop this madness or we will cease to be a sovereign nation…They aren’t coming for jobs or safety. Mexico offered those. They sure aren’t coming to be Americans. Those aren’t American flags they are carrying during these border assaults.”

Sheriff Clinton recently endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, reiterating on Friday that Stacey Abrams’ “radical, socialist ideas are extremely dangerous.”

District 8 State House Representative Matt Gurtler is optimistic that Georgia will remain a “red” state, adding that according to the Secretary of State’s office, Georgia has seen the highest early voter turnout in the state’s history during this year’s general election. “Our district is the most active in the state and the most conservative by far,” Gurtler explained, “I expect to see the 8th House District in the lead once again this coming Tuesday, and I believe and have great faith in the people of Georgia, that we will see a ‘red wave’ sweep the entire state.”

While Towns County Republican Party Chair Betsy Young is enthusiastic,the GOP leader believes that the race for Georgia’s next governor, in particular, is tight. “I think this is going to be close, but if only legal voters vote – all Democrats and Republicans – we will win. The area around Atlanta will be heavily Democrat, but I believe some who have never voted anything but Democrat will vote Republican because of two things: hate by liberals and their awful demonstration of it, along with the economy and immigration.”

“The fate of our state and our county is at stake,” Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw expressed, “Towns County realizes how important this election is for our future, and I’m very thankful for that.” Commissioner Bradshaw served as Master of Ceremonies at a recent “Get Out the Vote” event sponsored by the Towns County Republican Party.

While the four local leaders agree that the high voter count is good sign for their affiliated political party, the Republicans stressed the importance of an equally healthy turnout at the polls on election day.

Towns County polling precincts will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Count on FYN to deliver local election results as soon as they become available.

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Towns County Billboard Amendment Finalized

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Towns County Sign Ordinance

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw held a special-called meeting on the morning of Monday, Oct.29, to finalize the adoption on the sign ordinance amendment. The billboard mandate has been in the process of revision since July, with a 90-day moratorium enacted on the issuance of sign permits, following a steep influx of requests from out-of-area advertisers.

Over the course of the past several months, Bradshaw consulted with the Towns County Planning Commission and Towns County Attorney Robb Kiker, seeking ample input from community business owners and county residents on the issue. Polls were distributed which revealed overwhelming public support to prohibit excess signage from occupying area lands.

The resolution allows for one on-premises sign per business lot, and one off-premises sign per private land parcel. On-premises signs are limited to 75 square feet in size, with off-premises signs not to exceed 32 square feet.

Th resolution states its objective and purpose is to “provide a reasonable balance between the right of an individual to identify a business, or express their thoughts, and the right of the public to be protected from visual discord resulting from the unrestricted proliferation of signs and advertising devices.”

Furthermore, the revised decree is scripted to “guard against an excess of large, aesthetically unappealing, intense signs which cause visual blight on the appearance of the community.”

telecommunications ordinance was additionally adopted at Monday’s meeting, limiting the size and placement of cellular towers within Towns County.

The mandates, in their entirety, are available at the Commissioner’s Office in the Towns County Courthouse.

 

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Old Recreation Center in process of refurbishment

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Rec Center Hiawassee

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Renovation has begun at the former Towns County Recreation Center, located at 900 North Main St. in Hiawassee. Since the construction of the modernized recreation and conference facility in Young Harris, the building has served as headquarters for the Towns County Historical Society.

Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw, however, envisions an even greater use for the aged structure.

A project in the making, LED lighting has been installed, walls have been painted, and the roof has been mended thus far. The worn gymnasium flooring has been removed, the work of inmate labor, and new flooring will soon be installed.

Commissioner Bradshaw tells FYN that the refurbishment will provide Towns County with opportunities to host additional basketball games and tournaments, offer a space for indoor baseball batting cages, and furnish a venue for Pickleball in the event of inclement weather.

Bradshaw estimated the cost of the flooring at $60,000, although the final cost of the completed project has not been determined at this time.

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Robin H. Webb

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