Ann Jones Guider Newsletter

Important Transit Meeting

The Atlanta-Region Transit Link Authority (ATL), created by state law in 2018, has been working to develop the annual ATL Regional Transit Plan (ARTP) for metro Atlanta, as required by statute.  A draft of the transit plans as submitted by the different jurisdictions and stakeholders will be presented to the public at the Douglas County Courthouse this TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, FROM 6:30 TO 8:30 PM, IN CITIZENS HALL.  They are now seeking public feedback and interaction into these  proposed plans.  Go to

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - SEPTEMBER

GREAT NEWS –Resurfacing of parts of Douglas Boulevard will begin this week by the City of Douglasville, including that part between Bright Star Road and Hwy 5.  Anyone who uses Douglas Boulevard on their way to town or the mall (of which I am one) knows how bad that section is.  More good news is the paving will be done in the evenings.  Thank you Mayor and City Council!

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DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - AUGUST SUPPLEMENT

REPRESENTATIVE MICAH GRAVELY WILL BE SPEAKING at the Douglas County GOP this Saturday, August 24 at St Julian's Church at 5400 Stewart Mill Road, Douglasville.  Fellowship at 8:30 am and meeting starts at 9 am. EVERYONE IS WELCOMED.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - AUGUST

MILLAGE (TAX) RATE PUBLIC HEARINGS

TUESDAY, August 20, 2019 at 10:00 a.m - CITIZENS HALL @ COURTHOUSE
TUESDAY, August 20, 2019 at  
6:00 p.m - CITIZENS HALL @ COURTHOUSE
TUESDAY, August 27, 2019 at
10:00 a.m - CITIZENS HALL @ COURTHOUSE**

*Some members of the BOC are advocating for an increase in the tax rate
**Rate will be voted on at August 27 meeting.

Douglas County 2020 Census Count Committee
Thursday, August 22, 6:30 p.m.:

Join the Douglas County 2020 Census Complete Count Committee for our committee meeting on August 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Douglasville Conference Center, 6700 Church Street. Learn how you can help spread awareness regarding the 2020 Census and join one of our subcommittees.
Contact Tiffany Stewart-Stanley at tstewartstanley@co.douglas.ga.us

Douglas County Youth Commission Accepting Applications

The Douglas County Department of External Affairs is now accepting applications from high school sophomores and juniors for the Douglas County Youth Commission. The program is dedicated to educating young citizens about the importance of being actively conscious of their local government environment and the opportunities available in the public sector. This is in partnership with ACCG (Assoc. of County Commissioners of GA) and D C Citizen's Academy Alumni Association. The program will run from September through April meeting monthly on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Tabrieah Cobb by email @ tabrieahcobb@co.douglas.ga.us. Applications will be due September 6th and the program will start on September 24th.

This is a great opportunity for high schoolers to learn about their government...please encourage them to sign up.

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle that fits them all. Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JULY 2019

STITCH FIX Coming to Douglas County and bringing over 900 jobs. Thank you Governor Kemp!  STITCH FIX is the leading online personal styling service.  Read all about it on the link below.

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JUNE

FOXHALL DENIED BY COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER, MAY, 2019

FOXHALL REQUESTING THE COUNTY TO BACKI $15 MILLION IN BONDS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2019

My Visit to Cuba

I recently stopped in Havana Cuba on a cruise, an experience which proved to be an eye-opener, to say the least.  Although I was taught about the bad points of socialism in high school, my visit exemplified just how negative an effect Socialism (Government run everything) plays on human beings and their quality of life.   You could easily envision what a beautiful city Havana once was, but you would be very sadden to see how many great, magnificent Russian influenced buildings constructed many  years back were actually crumbling and going to seed.  You often saw these once beautiful structures deteriorating at the roof level, while people still lived on the lower floors of the building. Laundry hanging out on the balconies was a common sight, as most people do not own a washer and dryer.  The government buildings were, of course, maintained or under reconstruction, while almost every other building was gray  from lack of paint and lack of the variety of color found in most cities in the Caribbean.    There were very few shops around the pier normally found on a Caribbean island, except for the typical flea market.  I was told that businesses were  government controlled.

 Lines of people stood outside the food markets, as food remains rationed.  Although Cuba has free education, I was told by a Cuban native that the government decides what kind of occupation and how far up the ladder you can go, thereby eliminating your personal potential.  Since the government runs the “free” health care, doctors’ salaries are government controlled and often are below that of a tourist guide, since the guides receive tips from the tourists.   I understand the Cuban government has recently allowed the people to have cell phones with limited coverage.  I pondered over what I saw and wondered if those who tout socialism for America really understand just what they would have to give up to receive “free” stuff.  Hmmmm

2019 Committee Assignments

Benefits Committee:                                        Com. Carthan & Chairman Jones

Finance Committee:                                         Com. Robinson & Chairman Jones      

Programming Committee:                               Com. Mitchell & Com. Carthan

Safety Committee:                                            Commissioner Carthan

Technology Committee:                                  Com. Mitchell & Com. Guider

Pension Advisory Board:                                 Chairman Jones & Com. Carthan

Transportation Committee:                             Com. Robinson & Chairman Jones

FIRE/EMS:                                                         Com. Guider & Com. Carthan

Intergovernmental Committee:                           Chairman Jones

Parks & Recreation Oversight Committee:         Com. Mitchell & Com. Carthan

Public Safety Committee:                                    Com. Guider & Chairman Jones

Stakeholders Committee (Villa Rica):                  Chairman Jones, Com. Guider

Purchasing Oversight Committee:                       Com. Carthan & Com. Robinson

Residential Development:                                    Com. Robinson, Chairman Jones

Tax Abatement Compliance:                                Com. Guider & Com. Carthan

*UNDERLINE INDICATES CHAIRMAN

  ROAD UPDATES

The rain delayed the completion of the 2018 resurfacing program, and the county paver was damaged in a recent fire at the equipment barn.  Please be patient, both the 2018 and the 2019 roads will be resurfaced this year.

INTERSECTIONS:

·         Bright Star @ John West – Turn Lane – Right-of-way acquisition in process – construction this summer.
·         Dorris Road @ Sweetwater/Highpoint – Turn lane -  Right-of-way acquisition in process – construction this summer.
·         Hwy 5 @ Douglas Blvd.  NORTHBOUNDR-Turn lane – in design stage.
·         Hwy 5 @ Douglas Blvd. SOUTHBOUND – Dual L-turn lanes – Construction to begin soon (State project).
·         Stewart Mill @ Reynolds Road – Turn lane -design finishing in next few weeks – construction bid this spring or summer.

POST ROAD BRIDGE – Right-of-way acquisition in process – Construction to begin this summer
WHITESTONE BRIDGE – Construction bid  recently awarded

RAILROAD CROSSING ON CONNORS ROAD

Residents who live in and around Mirror Lake will be happy to know that your City, County, State and railroad officials have found a solution to the Connors Road RR Crossing problem.  Working together, we all have worked out an agreement of placing an early warning sign at the intersection of Connors Road/Mirror Lake Boulevard that will  inform drivers there is a train sitting on the track at the bottom of the hill, and they should use an alternative route to get to downtown Villa Rica.  This has taken a long time, but the contract to install the warning sign has been awarded and the sign should be installed within a couple of months. 

Watch District Dialogue - AJG and the Douglas County Fire Department:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tg1p7Jf_c4&list=PLAgoiG_mt8drICMM-suyGF_uHuuSZkdfp&index=22&t=0s

 

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - JANUARY 2019

2019 BUDGET

DISTRICT 4 NEWSLETTER - DECEMBER 2018

District 4 – TOWN HALL

WHEN:          Thursday, December 13th, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WHERE:         Dog River Public Library, 6100 GA-5, Douglasville, Ga
TOPIC:           2019 Budget and Things Happening in District 4 and Douglas County

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