Pickens report

Pickens Report

Road paving continues in Pickens County

The Pickens County Road Department is preparing to tar and gravel several roads across the county. They are also continuing to perform routine road maintenance.

Subcontractor crews through LMIG (Local Maintenance Improvement Grant) and SPLOST (Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax) funding are currently paving county-maintained roads within Hunters Ridge. After the crews resurface those roads, they will begin paving the remainder of the 62 roads set to be paved through LMIG

Runoff election set for July 24

On May 22, voters across the county went to the polls to vote on a variety of elections and ballot questions. The overall voter turnout of registered voters was 25.56 percent with a total of 5,101 votes cast.

One local race (District One Commissioner) resulted in a runoff election that will take place on July 24. Early voting for the runoff will be weekdays July 2-20 (excluding the July 4 holiday) at the Pickens County Board of Elections.

The Pickens Chamber of Commerce helped to orchestrate a successful partnership for the BRAG (Bicycle Ride Across Georgia) that passed through town in early June. This event brought an increase of customers shopping at local establishments.

In other county business:

• During the month of May, the Pickens Animal Shelter brought in 110 animals, and 94 animals went out through various forms of adoption. Animal Control responded to 29 cases.
• The department of Planning and Development issued 43 new building permits.
• The Water department installed six new meters.
• The 911 Operations Center received 1,865 total calls, 726 were medical responses and fire related.
• The Recreation Department pool is now open, and several camps are ongoing throughout the Summer. To keep up to date on PCRD activities follow them on Facebook and Twitter and check out their website: pickrec.com.

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