DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JULY 2018

FORMER CORONER, RANDY DANIEL, DEFENDS HIS PAST SERVICE

Randy Daniel addressed the Work Session of the Board of Commission, rebuking Chair Ramona Jackson Jones for her remarks about how he conducted his office while serving as the County Coroner.  His remarks begin around the 6:45 minute mark on the following link:

DISTRICT 4 - NEWSLETTER - JUNE EXTRA 2018

2018 ELECTION INFORMATION

GENERAL PRIMARY RUN-off – July 24 – Deadline to register-PASSED

GENERAL ELECTION – November 6 – Deadline to Register October 9

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JUNE SUPPLEMENT 2018

TAG OFFICE & TAX COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE CLOSURES

The Douglas County Tag Office and Tax Commissioner’s Office will be closed to the public half day Friday, June 22, after12 noon and all day Monday, June 25, 2018.  These closures are due to the relocation of these offices to their new location at the Douglas County Government Annex (Old John Bleakley RV Building) at 6200 Highway 92 – Fairburn Road, Douglasville, GA 30134. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you, and look forward to serving you all at the new location!  Any questions, please call (770) 920-7272.

TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION DROP-IN on CURRENT & PROPOSED SERVICES

WHERE:   Dog River Library Community Room

WHEN:      THURSDAY JUNE 21, 2018
                   Drop in between 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

INFORMATION WILL BE AVAILABLE on RideShare (Connect Douglas) Van Pools, current GRTA Bus Routes and fares, and Senior Voucher Program.

A SURVEY OF PUBLIC OPINION ON THE NEW PROPOSED BUS SYSTEM will be collected by the Collaborative Firm who is marketing the new branding of CONNECT DOUGLAS.  You will get to complete a survey as to YOUR PREFERENCE on any new bus routes.  TAKE A FEW MOMENTS TO VOICE YOUR CHOICES!

DOUGLAS COUNTY CITIZEN’S ACADEMY

The Douglas County Citizen’s Academy is accepting applications NOW through JUNE 27, 2018! This is an annual, FREE ten week program that helps citizens obtain a better understanding of our government! The Citizen’s Academy meets once a week on Tuesdays starting July 10, 2018 until September 11, 2018.

THE GREAT DOUGLAS COUNTY SHREDDING EVENT

“The Great Douglas County Shredding Event” will be held at the Douglas County Court House Saturday, June 23, 9:00am – 12:00pm. This is a fantastic opportunity for citizens to dispose properly of their personal documents, tax records, and financial reports. PLEASE BE SURE TO ARRIVE EARLY!!!

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - MAY SUPPLEMENT

HWY 78 AND MANN ROAD INTERSECTION

GOOD NEWS - Lights are installed
BAD NEWS -  I was told by our County Manager they will only flash for 30 days per GA DOT.  THIS PROJECT IS A STATE PROJECT UNDER STATE CONTROL.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - APRIL 2018

2018 DISTRICT 4 PAVING PROGRAM

 
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DISTRICT 4 - NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2018

2018 ELECTION - UNOPPOSED

I am SO-O-O HAPPY to announce that I have no opposition for District 4 Commissioner!  I am greatly humbled by the confidence the citizens of Douglas County have shown me.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY

BUS SYSTEM DOCUMENTED

District 4 Newsletter - EMAIL Correction

 

CORRECTION TO EMAIL LINK

Sorry for the incorrect email address to the Board of Commissioners…human error.    The CORRECT EMAIL to the Board of Commissioners is bdofcommissioners@co.douglas.ga.us.

NEWSLETTER DISTRICT 4 - JANUARY

PUBLIC BUS SYSTEM - MY OPINION

Douglas County CANNOT afford or need a full-blown transit system with 4-routes, 2 of which actually travelling outside Douglas County into Cobb and Fulton counties.

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 bdofcommissioners@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

 

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