ELLIJAY, Ga. – Officials from both the county and state met today in Gilmer’s River Park to join with the Gilmer Chamber in officially cutting the ribbon on the new playground at River Park.
Gilmer County Commission Chairman Charlie Paris and Post 2 Commissioner Travis Crouch met with Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston for the event celebrating the work of all parties. “The grant from the state really made it all possible,” said Crouch who added that seeing the county with successes like the new playground gives him a sense of accomplishment after the hard work the Board of Commissioners has put into directing the county over the last four years.
Paris took note at the ceremony to thank Kevan White, Gilmer County Recreation and Parks Department Director, for his vision and direction in the project. Despite the project taking a little longer than originally expected due to weather and unexpected costs, Paris said the park looked “more spectacular than I thought it was going to be.” Paris told FYN the entire playground was White’s vision as he took the main brunt of design and layout for something he could not have imagined.
During the ceremony, Speaker Ralston took a moment to say he was proud to have played a small part in the project of the new playground but thanked Chairman Paris and the County for their hard work in making the project a reality, specifically noting White’s leadership role.
Crouch also mentioned a special thanks to the community for their patience in both this project and the county’s progress as a whole. He commented saying, “We had a lot of challenges. I think we’ve turned a corner and are heading in a positive direction on a lot of different
fronts, especially in a financial front. We had to start somewhere, and people have been pretty patient. They’ve understood the situation we’ve had. I feel like progress has been made.”
Paris echoed his sentiments thanking the public for their support and patience in the time up to now as well as in the coming months when the county moves forward on the other projects planned for River Park.
See more details on what’s coming next for the park with FYN’s recent article, “County’s River Park moving closer to upgrades” or check out more photos of the playground as well as a few members of the county enjoying the new equipment on FYN’s Facebook Page.
It’s time for Karla’s Korner! Special thank you to our sponsor, brought to you by The Gilmer Chamber. Today is the Gilmer Chamber Network Luncheon at the Piedmont Community Center! Online registration for this event has closed. Please call the Chamber at 706-635-7400 to register! Karla is also urging you to get out this Valentines day and discover Fort Mountain State Park. Hear Karla tell the sentimental story of the heart shaped rock. Also, The Fainting Goat Vineyards is offering puppy kisses from Piper! Also in Karla’s segment hear more event info from Overlook Mountain, and the Martin House. We urge you to get out and #ExploretheEllijay !
Karla started her show this morning saying GO DAWGS!!! I have to agree with her on that note. Then she told us that TODAY is the 75th anniversary of the repeal of prohibition. So this holiday season while you are getting festive you can buy your favorite spirits from these local places: The Hitching Post, Mountain Treasures, Cartecay Vineyards, Chateau Mitchre, and Appalachian Beverage. The next great local gift you can give your family and friends is gift certificates to local restaurants. There are so many great ones in our small town to choose from. Lastly if your family has been thinking about getting a new furry friend; visit you local animal shelter. Make a difference in an animal’s life this Christmas by giving them a forever home with your family. As always we would like to thank the Gilmer County Chamber for sponsoring this segment.
Karla is getting us all in the Halloween spirit for this week. There are so many fun events for the whole family. Several churches will be hosting Trunk or Treat events, Ellijay Rocks will be having a “Rock-Toberfest,” American Legion is having “scary-okie,” Kid Fest at GHS and more!!! Check out the Chamber’s “Halloween Things To Do” page for all the details on these great events. Tune in on Halloween morning at 8:30 to see Karla, BKP and the FYN team dressed up for Halloween!
ELLIJAY, GA – October became very unusual for the Board of Commissioners. A shorter order of business saw few things on the agenda for the Board as they move into the final quarter of the year.
However, fewer items presented no less importance as the commissioners discussed a serious change to their ordinance that is exempting fuel purchaes from the bid process for the year. Commission Chairman Charlie Paris told FYN that environmental issues preventing the use of previous underground tanks to stock fuel for the year has actually caused the Commissioners an inability to open and receive bids for gas.
Currently, the Commissioners approved the ordinance change as it was the second reading and no citizens spoke at the public hearing. However, Paris also indicated in the meeting a desire to return to bidding fuel once the county is able to construct new above ground storage tanks. Though he stated a desire to move towards construction with the 2019 budget, he did not see a possibility of it fitting into the 2018 budget.
With approval of the change, the county is now compliant with its ordinances again having not bid for fuel.
Budget discussion continued as the Commissioners turned their attention to the continuing story of the Tabor and Watkins houses. Recent inspections have revealed termites in both buildings. However, the damage has not reached an extreme yet according to reports. As the Board nears the later part of October, they will begin detailed discussions of the 2018 budget. At this time, the Board has officially tabled any action on treatment for the termites as they are attempting to fit it into the 2018 budget instead of the current 2017.
This could mean that treatment may begin as early as January for the infestation, but citizens will not know the definitive time tables until October 26 after the budget work sessions.
As for the Watkins house, the County has begun moving Planning and Zoning Offices into their new building. While discussion has gone on for two months now as to three different requests for space at the Watkins house, Paris stated in the County’s Work Session that one option could include simply leasing the property to the Gilmer Chamber and allowing them to sub-lease space to the other two as they see fit.
Those other two requests include a request to hold and display some of the museum pieces from the Tabor House and a request to display art and other things from Gilmer ARTS.
Additionally, the October Meetings saw the Board approve Mark Troxell to the Airport Advisory Board, and approval for an Alcoholic Beverage License to Park’s Place Convinient Store & More LLC.
There are six festivals going on along the 515 corridor this weekend! Get the inside scoop regarding all things Georgia Apple Festival and more from Karla!
The 2016 Apple Festival came close to breaking all time attendance records. People tend to complain about the “Apple Festival Traffic,” however it’s really the “Fall Festival” traffic. There has been a phenomenal plan in the last two or three years to improve the local traffic and keep it moving.
The Apple Festival parking situation has gotten so much better too! The shuttle service from downtown to the fairgrounds is the way to go! Shuttle locations are all over town and can be found on the Chamber website or the Apple Festival site.
The food is the best part of the festival. Explore Georgia has ranked the Apple Festival one of the top food festivals in the state. We have four apple orchards that set up at the festival.
-Payment for the parking goes to a great cause ($5.00)
-The admission fee is only ($5.00) to the festival.
-There is no fee for the downtown festival.
-They DO NOT recommend bringing pets. But, there is a designated “doggie daycare” for $5.00.
-There are multiple kids activities: camel rides, pony rides, the train that goes around, face painting, bungee trampoline, etc.
-The 5k Race will be held Saturday morning. (Oct 14)
-The Apple Festival Parade will be held the following Sat. (Oct 21)
Special thanks to the Gilmer Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the segment!
We love Tuesdays because that’s when Karla comes to see us. She pointed out the nice, cooler temperatures we have been having the last couple days. She even wore her Fall lipstick today. She says Fall is in the air. School is starting back in North Georgia this week. Friday, August 4th all the Gilmer County students go back to school. Be prepared for extra traffic in the morning and afternoons. We would like to urge everyone to drive carefully, watching for children and parents getting back into the school routine. Karla tells us that there is a ribbon cutting today at Teague Law Firm. Also, if you have not registered for the August Chamber Network Luncheon, Karla urges you to do this soon. They are having this month’s luncheon at the new Gilmer Arts Playhouse so seating is more limited than normal. The guest speaker for this month is 9th District Congressman Doug Collins. For more information on this and all the events in Gilmer County visit the chamber website.