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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

JOB FAIR THRUSDAY, APRIL 27 - 3-7 PM

JOBS FAIR SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 27TH,
WITH MULTIPLE BUSINESSES & INDUSTRIES SEEKING EMPLOYEES

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

 

Newsletter District 4

PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION

Many of you are rightfully concerned about all the digging while the new Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line is being installed.  To ease your concerns, I am attaching a newsletter I received from them recently that will probably answer most them.  It should be noted, the County holds a BOND from Williams for to cover the cost of replacing or repairing anything they destroy or damage while the installation is being done, which includes our county roads.  The pipeline will travel south to ports along the gulf coast, including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisianna, and Texas.

Although this is a Federally approved project, please feel free to contact me with any further questions. 

Commissioner Ann Jones Guider
(770) 920-7266.

http://dalton.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Dalton-Newsletter-Summer-2016_web-1.pdf

 

CITIZEN PROJECT SELECTION COMMITTEE MAKES SPLOST RECOMMENDATIONS

The Committee members were all citizens who volunteered to serve. A large group volunteered and they themselves elected 3 members and 2 alternates from each District for a total of 20 members. Each County Commission District had equal representation on the Committee. No member of the Board of Commissioners or County staff were on the Committee. The Committee met numerous times over a two-month period to develop the project recommendation list.  Click here for full report

http://www.celebratedouglascounty.com/view/events/view1event/&cevent=7059

 

The Board of Commissioners can accept, reject or modify the project recommendations from the Committee.
FIGURES ARE BASED ON ESTIMATED REVENUE FOR A 1 CENT TAX FOR 6 YEARS

    Fire/EMS and Public Radio System – 32% ($32M)

    Transportation – 51% ($51M) - with $18M for the Resurfacing Category, $10M for the Economic  Development Category, and $15M for the Intersections and Operations Category.  

    Parks and Recreation - 17% ($17M)

 
We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution. Abraham Lincoln

Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.
Ronald Reagan

TAX COMMISSIONER, TODD COWAN, ANNOUNCES Another Service Improvement!
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RECENT NEWS DIVIDING OUR COUNTY

I have been asked to comment about the recent events surrounding the derogatory comments made by the Chairman.  I actually spoke at the Work Session but the media did not cover any part of what I said… hopefully it had nothing to do with me quoting the Bible.   Nevertheless, I will relay to you a recap of what I stated but I have included a link  BELOW to a video recorded  by an individual of the entire meeting (My comments start at the 1:00 mark).

First, I apologized to everyone who was rightfully offended by the statements on behalf of the Board, the County government, and me personally.  I stated how sadden I was for our county and the divide this will probably cause, and how hurt many were.  I spoke about the power of the tongue and how it could be used for good or evil, building up, or tearing down, and that it could not be controlled  but by the power of God.  I shared how our lesson Sunday had been about 1 Peter 3 where the Bible states “Do not repay evil for evil or insults for insults.”  However, once words are spoken they are out there and cannot be pulled back.

I shared how forgiveness is a personal thing that each individual would have to decide.  Then asked, “So where can we go from here”?  I recognized that there is no easy solution but stated how God uses trials to strengthen us and to build our character and that this should be our goal for our county and community…unity… and I asked all the officials with both the City and the County to work together toward that goal.  It is time for our community to start to heal.

There were several people at the meeting requesting the Chairman’s resignation immediately, which he stated he would not do. I personally  believe no one should deny the citizens the right to forgive or to take away their right of a choice on the ballot?  To do otherwise, would further divide this county, and I feel it should be left up to the electorate.  Nevertheless, we now have two Commissioners, Robinson and Mitchell, refusing to attend meetings unless the Chairman resigns.

Please pray for our county for God's help in healing us and bringing us together.  BELOW IS THE VIDEO OF BOC  WORK SESSION LAST MONDAY.

https://youtu.be/MGcRbVz-rRo

 

SPLOST UPDATE

The public meetings on the proposed SPLOST projects have come to an end.  You may recall the survey I sent out to about 500 citizens in District 4 with about 100 responding.  The results to my poll ONLY FAVORED the following:

  • Fire Department equipment/ vehicles/ fire house/renovations/construct new station.
  • Digital Radio System for Public Safety.

WORK IN PROGRESS

 

 

 

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