DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - TOWN HALL FOLLOW-UP

2018 PROPOSED BUDGET

Attached hereto is the link to the most recent revised 2018 County Budget.  This budget could be revised before being adopted on December 19th.  This budget was sent to all commissioners on December 22nd as the recommendation from the Finance Committee.  

http://www.celebratedouglascounty.com/newsupload/2017/11/2017112210023560/2018_Proposed_Budget_Memo_to_BOC__Citizens.pdf

PUBLIC MEETINGS ON BUDGET

DECEMBER 5 - 10 AM - Citizens Hall
DECEMBER 19 - 7 PM - Citizens Hall

Contact for Board of Commissioners- bdcommissioners@co.douglas.ga.us or (770) 920-7266.

???QUESTIONS ASKED AT TOWN HALL???

1)  Are there any plans to widen POST ROAD?  As I stated at the meeting, I was unaware of any plan to do so.  I checked with the County Administrator and he has not heard of any plans to widen it either.
2)  If theTax Commissioner has collected all the back taxes that appeared in the newspaper, why is there a deficit?  After checking with Finance Department, they reported that about $2 million COUNTY back taxes had been collected thus far in 2017.   However, when the budget is comprised, delinquent tax is considered in estimated revenues for the next year.
3)  Why do contract employees get merit pay increases?  Departments Heads were placed under contract several administrations ago so the commissioners had more control over hiring and firing them.  This could only be accomplished by removing them from the Merit System. Somehow, the practice was then and continues today to treat them as regular employees when it comes to all pay increases.  After learning they get merit increases, I continue to question the reasoning behind this practice.
4)  What happens to the 4 buses (15-passenger vans) already delivered if system's funds are removed from 2018 budget?  This is yet to be determined.  However, even if the funds are not in the 2018 budget, the issue of the bus system is not DEAD.   The Transportation  Committee is still moving forward; however, there should be many opportunities and/or public meetings for the citizens to voice their opinions on this issue.
5)  How much has been spent on consultants regarding the Bus System?  The Transportation Services Study (covering ALL transporation services within Douglas County) done in 2015 cost $179,613 with a FTA grant paying $143,690 and the county's matching share  being $35,923.  The study done by the Transportation Committee in 2017 (totaling $7,444) conducted by Connetics was paid partly by a FTA grant of $5,955 and the match by the county of $1,489.

A question I get asked all the time is "What can I do to help shape the direction of our county?"  This is especially true when you work out of the area.  I would offer these suggestions:

1)  Subscribe to my Newsletter at  http://annjonesguider.com as I try to keep the citizens aware of  the most important issues before the BOC. You can also contact me at home thru this site.
2)  Watch the Work Sessions and the BOC Meetings at dctv23 
http://celebratedouglascounty.com OR onTV....
Direct-TV Channel 99 and Comcast Channel 23.  Meetings are on the first and third Mondays and Tuesdays of the month.

3)  Let YOUR voice be heard by emailing bdcommissioners@co.douglas.ga.us or calling (770) 920-7266
to express your opinion and/or concerns.
4)  Talk to your neighbors and friends and encourage them to become involved too!

HWY 5 ROUND-ABOUT (Banks Mill/Pool Rd/Dorsett Shoals)
Shared by Ms. Anna Cobb from GDOT 

"This project is currently in the concept stage. The concept report has been prepared and submitted for approval. Preliminary design can begin once the concept report has been approved. Field surveys and environmental surveys have also been completed. Environmental technical studies are scheduled to begin in February 2018.

Regarding right-of-way acquisition, no land has been purchased for this project to date. Right-of-way acquisition can begin once the environmental document has been approved and right-of-way funds have been authorized. The project schedule currently shows right-of-way funds authorization in February of 2019.
Sam Allen
Project Manager

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - NOVEMBER

TOWN HALL

ANN JONES GUIDER
DISTRICT 4 COMMISSIONER

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2017
6 PM EPHESUS BAPTIST CHURCH
8445 EPHESUS CHURCH ROAD
VILLA RICA, GA 30180

PUBLIC INVITED

DOUGLAS BLVD POTHOLES – Bright Star Road to Hwy 5

I have received several calls about the potholes on Douglas Blvd. between Bright Star Road and Hwy. 5.  Although this road is in District 4, it falls inside the city limits of Douglasville and under their responsibility.  I have talked with someone at City Hall about it, and I was told it will probably be next spring before it is repaired.  The project would be quite extensive since there are 5 lanes involved.  So, keep dodging the holes and hang in there until next spring.

2018 PROPOSED BUDGET

The BOC met last week to go over the budget figures brought forth by staff.  To say the least, it was very disturbing as expected Revenues are $8.6 million UNDER preliminary Expenditures.  There is much work to do to balance this budget.  Between now and next month, we will all be diligently working to do so. A lot of cuts are expected to be made, but hopefully, the cuts will have the least adverse affect on the citizens.  Revenues are down in Sales Tax, some Court fines, Jail surcharges, and Rideshare fees.  Sales Tax is also split between the county and the cities in accordance with the Service Delivery Agreement between the two entities.  On-line sales have greatly affected sales tax collections by the State.

I will keep you apprised of the progress as we work through it all.  There will be two Public Meetings on December 5 and 19 on the adoption of the final budget.  I will remind  you again as those dates draw nearer.

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER

BAD YEAR FOR ANNUAL RESURFACING PROGRAM

Delays due to rain, equipment breakdowns,  & unscheduled bike lanes in District 2:

                                                          ALLOCATED
DIST       COMMISSIONER              MILES                    PAVED TODATE                                

1              Mitchell                               8.108                     3.838
2              K. Robinson                        7.866                     7.026
3              Mulcare                               7.670                     3.440
4             Guider                             6.691                   1.441 (
Started 10-5)

TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE VIDEO REGARDING PROPOSED BUS ROUTES
Chairman, Com. Kelley Robinson

https://youtu.be/B5UdlTfg0gA

VILLA RICA HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FOR SENIORS VOTE NOVEMBER 7

Citizens within the city limits of Villa Rica will be voting on a SENIOR exemption of $8000 off the assessed value of their homes FOR CITY TAX PURPOSES ONLY.  Age requirement for this exemption is 65 or older.

Representatives
MICAH GRAVELEY 
and JAY COLLINS 
Legislation Update

1ST Annual Tri-County BBQ Fundraiser
Tuesday, October 24, 6PM-9PM
PINE MOUNTAIN GOLD MUSEUM

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
Martin Luther King

 

AUGUST #2 NEWSLETTER - DISTRICT 4

DOUGLAS COUNTY DOT DIRECTOR RESIGNS

Randy Hulsey, Director of DOT, resigns after serving DOUGLAS COUNTY for 17 years. Randy stated, although he had not planned to retire until next year, he felt it was time to exit the county.  Randy is highly regarded around the state of Georgia among his peers, GDOT, ARC, other organizations, and especially among his staff and entire courthouse personnel.  He takes with him a great deal of knowledge of not only all the roads and intersections here in Douglas County, but also the status of all the SPLOST and annual resurfacing projects.  I know he will be sorely missed both as a friend to many and a superb boss and director of our road department.  He plans to be consulting for other counties here in Georgia.  May God Bless you Randy.

Miguel Valentin, who was recently hired as Assistant DOT Director, will serve as interim director until the BOC takes further action to replace Randy.  Miguel comes from Rockdale County, after serving as their director for 10 years with experience in planning, design, construction, and maintenance of their transportation department; he has also managed and overseen their SPLOST projects.

POST ROAD BRIDGE PROJECT-originally included in Splost - will now be funded mostly by the State due to a grant.  The project has been pushed up by the State with the design to start POSSIBLY in 2018 and construction COULD start as early as 2019.  The matching County part of the cost for the bridge will include HALF OF RIGHT-OF-WAY acquisition, with the remainder being funded through the State grant. The funds included in the Splost for the bridge can now be used to fund additional road projects.  

DOUGLAS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY MEETING
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, AT 7 PM
BANKHEAD DINER, 5848 BANKHEAD HWY., DV

SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER: 
     State Rep. Geoff Duncan (R-Cumming)
     Candidate – Lt. Governor

 

AUGUST 2017 DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER

NEW SENIOR CENTER VOTE – The BOC chose to locate the new SPLOST- funded senior center in Lithia Springs with Commissioners Romona Jones, Kelly Robinson, and Henry Mitchell, III, making the decision under the protest of Commissioners Mulcare and Guider.  This vote was contrary to the Citizens Selection Committee’s recommendation that it be built on the WESTERN SIDE of the county. This now will have all 3 senior centers located within District 1 (Commissioner Henry Mitchell, III) and all three north of I-20.

COMMITTEE CHAIRS  APPOINTED BY CHAIRMAN ROMONA J. JONES

Vice Chair of BOC – Commissioner Robinson, D2
Finance – Commissioner Robinson, D2
Transportation – Commissioner Robinson, D2
Programming – Commissioner Robinson, D2
Parks and Recreation – Commissioner Mitchell, D1
Technology – Commissioner Mitchell, D1

Intergovernmental – Commissioner Michell, D1
Benefits– Commissioner Mulcare, D3
Pension Advisory – Commissioner Mulcare, D3
Fire and EMS – Commissioner Guider, D4

Mid-year Budget Retreat of BOC

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeNlklOKwkE&sns=em - MARTA????

Commissioner Robinson admits to trying to bring MARTA in on proposed  FLEX bus system (originally for disabled persons and seniors) working behind the scenes and trying to make it appear that our DOT Staff had initiated contact with them.  This is NOT transparency and has placed staff in a very embarrassing and difficult position.

Fall Sports Registration
Below you will find information about what is being offered.  If you have any questions you can reach out to the individual Association or you can reach out to Chad Griffin at 678-449-3927 or at chgriffin@co.douglas.ga.us.  Please remember to go ahead and register.  If you wait to the last minute you may run the risk of missing out on the Fall or Winter Season.
Youth Football:

*Beulah Bulldogs Football (Deer Lick Park)
www.beulahbulldogs.net
*Bill Arp Football Falcons and Cheerleading
www.billarpfalcons.com

Youth Recreation Baseball and Softball:

*Douglas County Youth Baseball League (Boundary Waters Park)
www.DCYBL.com
*Deer Lick Park Girls Softball
www.deerlicksoftball.com
*Fairplay Park Youth Baseball and Softball
www.fairplayyouthsports.org
Lithia Springs Park Baseball and Softball
www.douglascountyparks.com
*Winston Baseball
www.winstonbaseball.com
*Winston Softball (Post Road Park)
www.postroadparksoftball.com  

Youth Soccer:

GA Storm Soccer (Chestnut Log and Boundary Waters Parks)
www.georgiastorm.com 

Youth Basketball:

*Deer Lick Park
Contact Brandon Davis at 770-920-7129 

If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.
Ronald Reagan

 

Newsletter District 4 -JULY 2017

NOTICE OF IMPORTANT BOC MEETING

JULY 18 TUESDAY - 7:00 pm - Citizens Hall DC Courthouse- THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS WILL VOTE ON THE LOCATION SITE FOR THE SENIOR CENTER FUNDED THROUGH SPLOST FUNDS.  The Chairman stated today she favored the Lithia Springs location.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - MAY 2017

TOWN HALL - 6 p.m., Thursday, May 25th, in the community room of the Dog River Library, 6100 Georgia Highway 5. All County residents, regardless of whether or not they live in District 4, are welcome to attend.

DOG RIVER TRAILS are officially OPEN - gates will be open from dawn to dusk, including weekends

Newsletter District 4 -APRIL 2017

COMING NEXT MONTH - DISTRICT 4 TOWN HALL – THURSDAY, MAY 25 DOG RIVER LIBRARY 6PM
Please pencil in the date ….

BOC WORK SESSIONS NOW ON-LINE FOR YOUR VIEWING

The BOC has finally allowed the cameras in the Work Session meetings.  Kudos to Madam Chair, who agreed to do this.  The Work Session is where you will hear the detailed discussions and viewpoints of all the commissioners before items are placed on the Agenda of the Legislative Meeting to be voted on the following Tuesday.  The Legislative meeting has been filmed for decades, but the public was not able to hear all the different points of an issue that was done in the Work Session.  I have advocated for this for years…..you will recall the meeting I walked out of when it was not allowed to be recorded.  The citizens win with more transparency!  It is found on www.celebratedouglascounty.com (last menu item on the left menu)   Access current session at http://www.celebratedouglascounty.com/view/officials/view_off/&cdept=51&department=Commission+Meetings+%26+Work+Sessions+-+Boards+and+Commissions

FOX HALL UPDATE

Many have asked about the status of Fox Hall, and I have attached the link to the latest update I received.  I am working on getting the Development Authority to post their minutes on the Internet so that these too will be readily available to the citizens.

http://www.celebratedouglascounty.com/view/global/viewdownload/&docid=5856&file=/DEVELOPMENT_AUTHORITY_Foxhall_Status_Report_Jan._24_2017418048.pdf

SPLOST – The BOC is in the process of issuing General Obligation bonds to fund some of the more expensive SPLOST items. This allows us to proceed with the projects by FRONTING THE FUNDS and repaying the loans with Splost monthly revenues.  The BOC borrowed $75 million (County’s portion = $50 million and Douglasville’s portion = $25 million) to be repaid in 4 – 5 years.  Each entity will repay their proportionate share.  All COUNTY SPLOST items can be viewed at http://www.celebratedouglascounty.com/view/programs/view_prog/&cdept=458&department=2016%20SPLOST%20(Special%20Purpose%20Local%20Option%20Sales%20Tax)

HWY 5/BANKS MILL RD/DORSETT SHOALS/POOL RD ROUND-ABOUT - Well, we finally received a report from GDOT on this badly needed intersection.  The good news is the project is moving forward; the bad news - now, don't kill the messenger - is the timeline they sent out:

  • ROW acquisition - to begin summer of 2018
  • Begin construction - winter of 2019
  • Construction to take 24-36 months

Too bad GDOT does not have the same planners as those used on the new SunTrust Stadium. However, Thank You GDOT.....

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DRISTICT 4 NEWSLETTER - HWY 5

HWY 5/DORSETT SHOALS RD/POOL RD/BANKS MILL RD ROUND-ABOUT

We had a great turnout at the Open House on the Hwy 5 Round-about Tuesday.  Although not noted in the newspaper, I WAS at the meeting... I would not invite 1000 people to an important event affecting my District and NOT show up.  However, I did have to leave around 5:30 due to a Planning and Zoning Meeting, at which I had 4 parcels in my district appearing before the Board.  Nevertheless, I had the opportunity to speak to many of you, and I believe the concept presented by the State DOT was well received.  Those unable to come can still share your opinion either by email at https://por.dot.ga.gov/projectInfo/0009836/PDF/0009836_Handout_2017.02.07.pdf (handout/comment)or by mail to...Mr. Eric Duff, GeorgiaDOT, 600 W Peachtree St, NW, 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308.  DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS IS FEBRUARY 17, as set by GDOT.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT HWY 5 & I-20

  • This project will add an additional exclusive right turn lane onto Hwy. 5 northward to allow for dual flow right turns off the westbound I-20 ramp. This will allow for less congestion and backup on that ramp.
  • Traffic signal upgrades are also included throughout the Hwy 5 corridor to eliminate congestion for left turn lane signals with flashing yellow arrow (FYA) control. 
    This conversion has already been completed and is currently in operation.
  • Construction of an additional southbound SR 5 left turn lane on to Douglas Boulevard eastbound.  This addition of a second left turn lane allowing for dual left turns during each traffic signal cycle will  shorten the entire light cycle allowing faster flow of travel in and around that entire intersection.
  • The left turn auxiliary lane at the entrance to the Wesley Pond Apartments and adjacent commercial properties has been completed by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT).  This helped to eliminate the U-turns at the W Stewart Mill intersection.
  • Also included in the project is the installation of Intelligent Transportation Systems/Advanced Traffic Management Systems (ITS/ATMS) connectivity and devices for traffic monitoring, incident detection, and system optimization.
WE ARE CURRENTLY SEEKING TO ACQUIRE ADDITIONAL RIGHT-OF-WAY NORTHBOUND ON HWY 5 FOR A RIGHT TURN LANE ON TO DOUGLAS BLVD.

 

FEBRUARY 2017 DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER

Public Information Open House (PIOH)
REGARDING:    Proposed Round-About – Dorset Shoals/Pool Rd/Banks Mill/Hwy 5
WHEN:               Thursday,  February 7, 2017
 WHERE:            Magnolia Room, Murray EducationalCenterWestAnnex,4841 HWY5
                            Douglasville, GA                   
TIME:                   5 PM – 7 PM
ANNUAL RESURFACING District 4:
   *All Corn Crib Streets
   *Gregory Heights S/D Streets (Deferred from 2016)
   *Richardson Rd from Ephesus Church Rd to Dead End
   *Tyree Rd from SR 166 to W Banks Mill Rd
   *North Creek Ln from SR 166 to DE
   *Goodwyndy Estates Sub-Division Streets
   *Wolf Creek Dr from Post Rd to CDS

 
SPLOST RESURFACING: (2017)
   *High Point Rd from SR 61 to Stockmar Rd
   *High Point Rd from Stockmar Rd to Ragan Rd
   *High Point Rd from Ragan Rd to Brittain Rd
   *Liberty Rd from Poole Rd to Cole Rd
    *Central Church Road from Bright Star to Hwy 5

SPLOST  INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS (2017):

Stewart Mill Rd./Reynolds Rd.– Bids will be sent out April/May 2017
Brightstar Rd./John West Rd.– Add Through traffic lane - RFQ is being developed
Sweetwater Church Rd./Dorris Rd.–With Paulding Co. participation

**West Stewart Mill/Stewart Mill/Yancey Rd intersection is presently being bid out and funded from previous DOT funds - does not effect 2017 budget

 

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