Commissioner Bradshaw signs patriotic proclamation ahead of Constitution Week

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw signed a patriotic proclamation, encouraging Towns County citizens to reaffirm their support of the United States Constitution, by understanding and vigilantly guarding the American liberties guaranteed in the founding document.

The proclamation was presented to Commissioner Bradshaw by Towns County Old Unicoi Chapter, Daughters of the Revolution, Co-Chairs Beverly Shreeve and Shelli Kelly in annual commemoration of Constitution Week, which falls Sept. 17 -23, 2018.

Founded in 1890, the Daughters of the American Revolution advocate historical preservation, education, and patriotism within communities. Membership is open to women over the age of 18, regardless of race, religion or ethnic background, who can trace ancestral lineage to a patriot who served in the American Revolution.

Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw

“As an American, the Constitution is everything to me,” Bradshaw told FYN, “What would we be without it, where would we go in the future? An understanding of it, of its importance, is significant and something that we should know. As Americans, it’s essential for us to understand our foundation. In order to know where we are headed, we need to understand from where we came.  The Constitution may be a centuries old document, but it’s as relevant today as it was when it was created.”

The United States Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, by delegates to the Constitutional Convention. The original document is located in the Rotunda of the National Archives Building in Washington D.C.Daughters of the American Revolution Unicoi

“The framers created a Constitution that translated into law the ideals upon which our nation was built,” Old Unicoi Trail Chapter Regent Annette Bomar Hopgood explained, “Their vision was so forward thinking that their words still guide us today. No American history education can be complete without a thorough understanding of the impact the Constitution has had on the lives of American citizens, past and present.”

Displays commemorating Constitution Week will be featured at the Towns County and Mountain Regional Libraries, and pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution will be made available to local American History and U.S. Government high school classes. Towns County 4th graders will be offered educational bookmarks from the organization.

Old Unicoi Trail Chapter meets at Mountain Presbyterian Church in Blairsville on the second Saturday of the month, September through December, and February through April, at 10:30 a.m.

The September meeting will feature Dale Dyer, a local historian.

For additional information on the Old Unicoi Trail Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, contact oldunicoitrail@gmail.com

 

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Commissioner Bradshaw set to rollback millage rate

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw announced an upcoming special-called meeting, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 23, at 5:30 pm, at the Towns County Courthouse, to set the annual millage rate.

The rate will rollback from 5.375 to 5.197 mills, amounting to $3,919,757 in county revenue.

“My goal is to keep property taxes as low as possible without jeopardizing the services that the county offers, especially public safety,” Bradshaw told FYN, “I feel at this time, with the improving economy and property values, we will be able to maintain the county services that we are accustom to.”

In local government terminology, a millage rate is synonymous with the property tax rate. The term “millage” is derived from a Latin word which means “thousandth.”

Therefore, 1 mill is equivalent to 1/1000th.

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Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw

Applied to taxes, 1 mill is equivalent to $1.00 in taxes per $1,000 in property value. If property has a taxable value of $100,000, and assessed at a 1 mill tax rate, the property owner would be required to pay $100.00 in annual taxes.

The standard way to calculate the tax bill, based on the millage rate, is to take the set rate, multiply it by the taxable value of the property, dividing the result by 1,000.

An independent mill rate for Towns County Fire and Rescue, which has been set at 0.500 mill in past years, is expected to decrease to 0.483, resulting in a comparable amount of $364,295 collected during the previous year.

 

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Planning Commission works toward sign ordinance revision

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Planning Commission met on Tuesday, July 31, to discuss revisions to the existing sign ordinance. A 90-day moratorium, which temporarily suspended the permit process, took effect on  Juit 17, due to a recent upsurge of applications for off-site advertising signs and billboards.

“Our worry is that we don’t want to pollute the county with signs,” Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw explained , “At the same time, we wants businesses to be able to advertise. We naturally want businesses to be successful and prosperous, but at the same time, we want to protect the beauty of the county. The key things we’re discussing are the sizes of signs verses the road sizes. For example, on Highway 76, you might do a 300 foot sign, but then on a smaller road such as Highway 288, it might be a 75 foot sign. The sizes are not in stone, and haven’t been approved yet. One of the things we’re debating is spreading the signs out, how much distance should there be between signs. I think that Union County signs are set at a mile apart. Towns County is a lot smaller than theirs, and we talked about a mile apart in the meeting, but we think that may be a little much, and at the next meeting we will figure it all out.”

“We also talked about the construction of signs, ” Bradshaw  continued, “When you head into Clay County on Highway 17/69, you see a lot of doubles. We’re not excited about doing doubles. We also don’t like to see telephone poles holding them up. We’re looking at maybe doing a uni-pole on the larger roads, and maybe metal poles on the smaller roads. All of this is talk right now, but at an upcoming meeting, we will vote and get it all done.”

The planning committee is expected to meet again in August to continue revamping the regulations.

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Commissioner Bradshaw signs resolution for liquor-by-the-pour to appear on ballot

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw signed a Special Election resolution on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, permitting a referendum to appear on the November 6 ballot, which will allow voters to decide whether licensed county establishments should be able to serve liquor-by-the-drink to patrons.

The Special Election will be held in conjunction with the General Primary Election.

“I was approached by local restaurant owners while I was campaigning, and asked if this was something that I would consider putting on the ballot,” Bradshaw told FYN, “It isn’t an equal playing field because restaurants in the REAP (Regional Economic Assistance Project) area can serve drinks, while other restaurants cannot. Should it pass, it could help give the competition a leg up.”

REAP offers a mechanism for local and state governments and the private sector to cooperate on large-scale tourism-related projects ,with multiple uses to create jobs and enhance the local tax base. The REAP resolution was originally adopted by Towns County in 2002.

Establishments such as the Ridges Resort, Portofino’s, and Unwind at Lake Chatuge are currently permitted to serve spirits, under the guidelines of REAP. Certain criteria must be met, such as location and amenities, in order for an establishment to meet REAP guidelines.

The yes-or-no question on the General Primary ballot will read as such: “Shall the governing authority of Towns County be authorized to issue licenses to sell distilled spirits for beverage purposes by the drink, such sales to be for consumption only on the premises?”

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Commissioner and Civic Association at odds over liquor referendum

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DOT approves traffic turn signal at Main Street and Bell Creek

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Bell Creek RD Hiawassee

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw received notification from the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) confirming that the state agency plans to install a turn signal at the intersection of Highway 76 and Highway 75 North.

The three-way intersection is situated adjacent to McDonalds in Hiawassee. Traffic traveling east on Main Street, attempting to make a left turn onto Bell Creek Road, must do so while the light is green, and vehicles often sit for lengthy intervals due to oncoming, westbound traffic.

“I am very excited that the DOT has decided to do this,” Bradshaw said, “It is something we’ve needed, and something I’ve been onto them about.”

District Traffic Engineer for the Northeast Region, SueAnne Decker, states that the DOT is working on signal plans to install the left-turn light, and that it will take a few months to implement.

FetchYourNews  (FYN) reported in April that Commissioner Bradshaw was actively pursuing the matter with the Georgia DOT, as well as insisting that a much-needed center turning lane on Highway 76 should be created in the vicinity of Papa’s Pizza.

In the email approving the turn signal, Bradshaw’s request for a center turning lane was denied. The DOT says the department is unable to stripe the center turn lane as there is not enough pavement in place for proper lane widths.

While Bradshaw says he is pleased that the DOT has approved the turn signal, the commissioner plans to persist in pressing for the turning lane. “I’m not going to let the issue go,” Bradshaw tells FYN, “It is too dangerous of an area on the highway to let it slide. I’m going to keep onto them about it.”

In addition, the DOT approved a Towns County Cross-Country Championship sign. The DOT says the agency is finalizing the sign design, and hopes to have it in place soon.

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90-day sign permit moratorium takes effect

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – At a regularly scheduled July meeting, Towns County Planning Committee unanimously recommended review of the current sign ordinance. According to county officials, applications and the issuance of permits for off-site advertising signage and billboards has increased multi-fold in the past several months.

The Planning Commission presented the recommendation to Towns County Sole Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw, who in turn imposed a 90-day moratorium on the acceptance of applications for off-site signage and billboard advertising. The resolution reads that Georgia law provides that a moratorium is justified when the interest of the public requires such interference, and the time and manner of the restiction is not unduly oppressive. Further, the moratorium is required to maintain the status quo for a period necessary to review and potentially implement remedial measures to serve the public interest.

The resolution states that the unchecked proliferation of signs and billboards have the potential to permanently alter the natural beauty, landscape, and economic viability of Towns County.

Commissioner Bradshaw says the existing sign ordinance will be reviewed and “strengthened” during the 90-day period. During the moratorium, the commissioner plans to consult with the county attorney and planning commission staff to consider and enact a coherent policy to allow outdoor advertising in a manner consistent with the interest of the county and its citizens.

The moratorium went into effect on July 17, 2018, and will remain active until October 16, 2018. It does not affect permits issued prior to July 17.

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Towns County GOP draws State candidates days before run-off election

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Vendors set up shop, selling their wares

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Towns County Republican Party hosted an “Old-Fashion Rally and BBQ” on Hiawassee Town Square, the weekend prior to the state run-off election. Towns County GOP Chair Betsy Young organized and orchestrated the event, drawing Gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle , and Secretary of State candidate David Belle Isle, to visit with constituents.

Commissioner Cliff Bradshawe

Towns County GOP Chair Betsy Young and County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw review the day’s agenda

Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon spoke on behalf of Lieutenant Governor candidate David Shafer, and former State Representative Stephen Allison represented Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp. Kemp was unable to attend due to an engagement with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence in Macon, Georgia.

 

Towns County Sheriff Chris Clinton and his band rocked the Square

Vendors set up shop along Berrong Street, and K&K Killer Kue served smoked pork barbeque sandwiches to guests.

The Republican Party held a bake sale, and the President’s Team manned an information booth.

Radio host of EXtreme Carolina, Michael Levi Borkman, served as Master of Ceremony.

Former Towns County Republican Chair Mark Wolchko streamed music, leading up to the candidate “stumping”.

Michael Levi Borkman

(L-R) Master of Ceremony Michael Levi Borkman and Secretary of State candidate David Belle Isle

Chris Clinton, who serves as Towns County Sheriff, and his band provided live entertainment.

Hiawassee Police Department chipped in, providing not only security, but supplying a needed tent and table for visitors.

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Local resident Betty Phillips visits the President’s Team booth

Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw, staying throughout, and Hiawassee Mayor Liz Ordiales made a brief appearance at the event.

The State Run-Off Election takes place tomorrow, July 24. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(Feature Image: Blairsville Mayor Jim Conley shakes hands with Gubernatorial candidate Casey Cagle)

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