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The Pickens Report

County ready for summer fun at Roper Park

By Tucker Green, Public Information Officer, Pickens County Government

Summertime is upon Pickens County. Throughout the summer months enjoy a cool dip in the pool at the Pickens County Recreation Department (PCRD) swimming pool. The pool at Roper Park is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon until 6 p.m.

The general fee for adults, and children is $3 (contact PCRD for additional information on summer pool passes and pool rentals). Also, if you are in need of childcare (ages 5-12) during the busy summer months, you can still sign up for summer camp at PCRD.

As we approach the upcoming dry, humid, and hot summer months in Georgia it is particularly important to be vigilant about preventing brush, and forest fires. Currently, Pickens County is under a level one drought, making the potential greater for outdoor fires to be easily sparked.

Also, keep in mind that Pickens County is under a state issued burn ban until October 1st. During the month of June, all Pickens County government buildings will be inspected to make sure all proper fire safety steps have been taken.

Throughout the month of May, Pickens County government has been hard at work:

  • The first stakeholder’s committee meeting for the comprehensive plan will begin at 6:30 p.m. June 20 in the Pickens Room located at the Administrative Building
  • Jerry Walker was recognized for 20 years of service to the Pickens Sheriff’s office.
  • The road department has been preparing roads for the upcoming paving season, and performing routine road maintenance. Currently, they are tar and graveling Fortner Road.
  • The Water Department installed seven new water meters and is working on a line extension at Jones Mtn. Road. Also, the new water rate schedule will go in effect on June 30 and will be reflected on the water bill due July 15.
  • The Department of Planning and Development issued 40 new building permits.
  • The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 170 new animals, and 140 went out through various forms of adoption.
  • The 911 Operations Center received 1,725 total calls, 430 were medical responses, and 309 were fire related.

The Pickens County Board of Commissioners continue to work hard to provide the highest quality of government possible for Pickens County. As work progresses, and projects continue, I will do my best to keep you informed of these developments. Until the next time, stay safe, and shop local!

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