New land available for community pool

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ELLIJAY, Ga. – New information has been confirmed by Gilmer County Commission Chairman Charlie Paris who said that East Ellijay has offered land for the pool to be constructed.

According to a brief statement by Paris during a BOC Special Called Meeting, they can now confirm that the Mayor and Council of East Ellijay have agreed to partner with the county to provide 21 acres of land across the river from River Park, “directly across from the current soccer field.” The location as Paris explained, would be next to the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge, but on the opposite side of the river of the current softball field.

Though not an agenda item, the topic was raised during citizens wishing to speak when the Board, and specifically Paris, was questioned on the budget amendments for the pool and the relation to property taxes.

After a resolution from the BOE last week, the county now has two properties available for the pool. The River Park location and land offered by the Gilmer BOE next to the county’s ball fields at Clear Creek, between five and six miles out Yukon Road.

The project is set to begin quickly, but Paris did promise in a Special Called meeting earlier in May that the BOC would be having planning sessions and looking for citizen input into the design of the pool. The county has already seen one presentation from a local pool company and Paris noted that he and Parks and Recreation Director Kevan White did have a design in mind that they liked. However, the board was quick to note that the actual project, including design and engineering, would have to be bid out and awarded by the board as a whole.

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3 Comments

  1. Gayther Bramlett May 31, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    The county needs to repair the road to my house before it spends money on a pool. Harpers Creek Road has not been scrapped in two years. The ditches are full and all the rain has washed gullies across the road making it very hard to travel unless you have four wheel drive. My wife is in poor health and is hard for home health care to get to our home. However the county keeps collecting my property taxes and in addition to the road condition I have no fire and police protection or any other amenities from the county. That’s is called taxation without representation.

  2. George Richards May 31, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    Fix the old pool. You raised my taxes last year and again for this year. Live on a dirt road, can’t get cable or good internet. Road needs to be paved. And my closest hospital is in Jasper. And you want a pool, happy swimming

  3. Elizabeth Bennett June 3, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    I agree with previous comments. The roads in this county are really bad. Stop wasting money on a new pool and repair the one you have.

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