The Pickens Report for June
By Tucker Green, Public Information Officer, Pickens County
Summer activities and events are in full swing throughout Pickens County.
The Pickens County Canning Plant opened for the summer season on July 5; on July 13, and 19 the plant will open at 8 a.m.; all produce must be in the plant by 11 a.m. On July 26, the canning plant will open at 2 p.m., and will continue to be open each Wednesday through August at 2 p.m.; all product must be in the plant by 3:30 p.m. on these operating days.
The Recreation Department will host its “Movie Under the Stars” on July 28. The free admission movie will be Disney’s “Moana”. Gates will open at 6 p.m., and the movie will begin at dusk.
New road signs
Throughout the early summer months new road signs have been installed across the county. The Pickens County Public Works department is putting up the signs in response to a federal mandate to begin the process of updating road signage by 2018.
The new signs are required to have larger dimensions; capital lettering is no longer required and the lettering will be printed grammatically correct. In addition, the signs must meet a certain reflectibility requirement. The new signs are green with white lettering for public roads, and blue signs with white lettering for private roads.
During the month of June, Pickens County government has been hard at work. The road department completed tar and graveling Fortner Road. Old Tate Road, and Burnt Mountain Road (county part) will be paved, also. Additionally, the county’s portion of A.W. Lawson Jr. Blvd. was paved through subcontractor crews.
Water department extends line
The water department installed eight new water meters, and continues to work on a line extension at Jones Mountain Road. In addition, the water department now offers customers who are on Social Security/Disability the option to change their due date from the 15th of the month to the 25th of the month. Customers must complete an application available at the water department office as proof of eligibility. The water department now offers online bill pay; those interested should contact the office at 706-253-8718 for information on how to sign up.
Other important events during June:
- The Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 146 animals, and 107 went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 47 cases.
- The department of Planning and Development issued 38 building permits.
- The 911 Operations Center received 1,491 total calls: 379 were medical responses, and 235 were fire related.
- Casey Pickett was recognized for 10 years of service to Pickens County 911.
The Pickens County Government departments continue to stay busy, and work hard for their citizens. The Pickens County Board of Commissioners is doing an excellent job of leading these efforts.