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Small Fire at Walker County Landfill Kept Contained

Chickamauga, GA – A small fire, about the size of two basketball courts, ignited this afternoon at the Walker County Landfill.

The fire occurred around 3:30 p.m. in a contained area. Landfill crews used dirt from a nearby stockpile to smother the fire and create a break to prevent it from spreading.

Firefighters with Walker County Emergency Services arrived a short time later and set up a coordinated water shuffle to douse the flames. The process involved seven fire trucks hauling water to a staging area to continually fill two 3,000 gallon portable water tanks.

Once the fire was under control, crews built a berm around the area and removed other potential fuel sources. The Walker County Landfill handles construction and demolition waste, such as lumber, tile and brick.

Crews will remain on site overnight conducting a fire watch to be immediately alerted should the fire rekindle.

Georgia EPD has been advised of the incident and is monitoring the situation.

Low Cost Vaccine Clinic Coming to Walker County August 25th

Rock Spring, GA – My Kids Have Paws Veterinary Service brings its mobile clinic to Walker County later this month.

The Dalton based clinic offers many common preventative shots at a low cost to the public. Dr. Robyn O’Kane’s mission is to reduce euthanasia rates by helping keep pets in their homes with affordable surgical and medical care.

The following services will be available for $10 cash or credit/debit on Saturday, August 25th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. inside the Ag Center, located on the Civic Center campus at 10052 US-27 in Rock Spring:

Dogs:

  • Rabies 1 year
  • Rabies 3 year (must have valid proof of current rabies  – certificate or invoice, tag is not acceptable)
  • Distemper/Parvo
  • Distemper/Parvo/Lepto
  • Bordetella (kennel cough vaccine)
  • Heartworm Test

Cats:

  • Rabies 1 year
  • Rabies 3 year (must have valid proof of current rabies  – certificate or invoice, tag is not acceptable)
  • FVRCP (FeLV vaccine available for $15 with proof of a negative FeLV/FIV)

FeLV/FIV Test for cats will also be available for $20.

For more information about My Kids Have Paws Veterinary Service, call 706-516-4249 or email: Info.MyKidsHavePaws@gmail.com

 

Walker County Accepting Bids for Local Maintenance Asphalt Resurfacing Project 2018-01

Bid documents: Walker County Local Maintenance Asphalt Resurfacing Project 2018-1

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Government is soliciting competitive sealed bids from qualified contractors for a project consisting of asphalt overlay and striping, with additional patching and leveling of Nickajack Road, located on the east side of Lookout Mountain and Nickajack Lane, totaling approximately 4.4 miles of county road.

The time allowed for performance will be until November 1, 2018.  

The term and time of the payment from TSPLOST and LMIG funding for the project is within ten business days of completion of the project.  No proposal guaranty is required, but bids become binding upon submission.

Bidding documents, including specifications, can be obtained online at walkercountyga.gov/public-notices or at the Walker County Commissioner’s office, located at 101 South Duke Street, LaFayette, GA beginning at 12:00 noon on August 15, 2018.

Bids should be typed or printed and submitted in the lobby of the Walker County Commissioner’s office, located at 101 South Duke Street, LaFayette, GA 30728.  Bidding will remain open until 12:00 noon on August 30, 2018. Bids received after the designated time will not be considered. The OWNER of the project is WALKER COUNTY.

Bids will be opened in public at 6:00 p.m. on August 30, 2018, at a special called meeting of the Sole Commissioner of Walker County.  Public Meeting will be held in the Walker County Courthouse Annex III Building at 201 S. Main Street, LaFayette, GA.

All bids will remain subject to acceptance for fifteen days after the day of the bid opening.

Walker County government reserves the right to reject any and all bids.

Walker County to Hold Three Public Hearings to Set Millage Rate

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield plans three public hearings this month to provide citizens with an opportunity to learn more about how the millage rate may impact them.

The proposed fiscal 2019 budget includes the same millage rate as last year for residents in the unincorporated areas of Walker County. However, due to the tax digest formula, city residents will experience a slight property tax increase of 0.177 mills, or 1.35%. The adjustment works out to be $7.64 on a home worth $100,000.

“We continue to show significant progress toward our goal of financial recovery,” said Commissioner Whitfield. “In the past year, we’ve reduced our debt, operated on a fiscally responsible balanced budget and charted a course to enhance our sales tax base through the Walker Rocks tourism initiative. I appreciate the outstanding teamwork of our county employees, and the shared sacrifices we have all endured, as we continue on a path to growth.”

Hearings will take place on the following dates/times and locations:

  • Thursday, August 23rd at 6 p.m. – Walker County Courthouse Annex III (201 South Main Street, LaFayette)
  • Thursday, August 30th at 10 a.m. – Walker County Civic Center (10052 US-27, Rock Spring)
  • Thursday, August 30th at 6 p.m. – Walker County Courthouse Annex III (201 South Main Street, LaFayette)

The millage rate will be adopted at a Special Called Commissioner Meeting on August 30th following the third public hearing.

2018 Tax Digest
2018 Tax Digest
Notice of Property Tax Increase
Notice of Property Tax Increase

 

Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force 6 Conducts Cave Rescue Training in Walker County

LaFayette, GA – Members of Georgia Search and Rescue Task Force 6 spent two days conducting cave rescue training in Walker County last week.

The team, which is based out of the Calhoun Fire Department, includes members from various departments throughout the region, including nine members from Walker County Emergency Services, which also has its own Cave & Cliff Rescue Team.

The Task Force journeyed about an hour into Pettyjohn’s Cave to experience the wet, rocky and narrow confines they may have to work in. They then packaged a volunteer patient and installed a rigging system to bring that patient to safety.

This highly skilled, highly trained team completes quarterly training on specialties such as rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue and collapse rescue. Members are also trained in wilderness search and rescue, along with water rescue.

Task Force 6 deploys regionally and statewide on rescue calls and disasters. Their most recent large scale deployments came during Hurricanes Matthew and Irma.

Board of Elections to move Kensington Polling Location

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the voters of the Kensington precinct, that the Board of Elections and Registration recommends the polling place location be changed from the Kensington Fire Hall to the Cassandra Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

The Board recommends this change because the fire hall is not suitable. Pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 21-2-265(a) this Notice will be published once a week for two consecutive weeks in the legal organ prior to being adopted on August 9, 2018 at the Board’s meeting at 8:30 a.m. in the Courthouse. Additionally, on the first election day following such change, a notice of such change shall be posted on the previous polling place and at three other places in the immediate vicinity thereof.

This change will be effective on September 1, 2018. If you have any questions concerning this precinct change, please call the Election Commission office at (706) 638-4349.

Walker County Voters to Decide Brunch Bill, Sunday Beer & Wine Sales in November

LaFayette, GA – Walker County voters will be given the opportunity to expand alcohol sales to Sundays in the unincorporated areas of the county. Two questions will appear on the ballot in November as a referendum.

The Georgia General Assembly recently approved an amendment to state law to allow restaurants, through local referendum, to serve alcoholic beverages beginning at brunch on Sundays. If approved by voters, restaurants could sell beer, wine and distilled spirits by the drink between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 Midnight.

In addition to considering the brunch bill, Walker County voters will be asked if they would like to expand package sales of malt beverages and wine to Sundays. If approved, grocery and convenience stores would be able to sell beer and wine on Sundays between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Walker County would join Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Rossville in permitting Sunday package sales.

Walker County already allows package sales of beer and wine, as well as liquor by the drink Monday through Saturday.

Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said, “My office has been encouraged by citizens and local business owners to explore expanding our current regulations on beverage sales. If voters approve these two questions, it will clear up some confusion over what’s allowed and when it’s allowed. It will also create an additional revenue stream to reduce some of the burden placed on property owners to fund government services.”

The referendum will be held on Tuesday, November 6th. If voters approve, the new rules will take effect December 1, 2018.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grant Aids Walker County Firefighters

Chickamauga, GA – The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has awarded Walker County Emergency Services (WCES) a grant valued at $14,385. The funds will be used to purchase 21 Seek Thermal Imaging Cameras (TICs) and accessories.

WCES currently has eight TICs in its inventory, but only six are operational and in service. “With 19 fire stations serving an estimated 458 square miles, our current number of TICs does not meet our need to supply every firefighter with this live-saving technological tool,” said Fire Chief Blake Hodge.

The new cameras are smaller and lighter than their older counterparts, and can be attached to a firefighter or their gear. WCES will strategically place TICs at career and volunteer stations throughout the county, as well as Station 8 at Walker State Prison. “The addition of these cameras will improve the safety of our firefighters and improve our ability to locate fire victims and injured firefighters,” added Chief Hodge.

Along with their lifesaving capabilities, thermal imaging cameras can help firefighters search for missing persons, identify fires hidden in the wall of a house and locate hot spots in electrical and mechanical components.

“I’d like to thank Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for their continued support of public safety organizations. Their contributions improve the services provided by first responders in Walker County and other communities,” said Chief Hodge.

ABOUT FIREHOUSE SUBS PUBLIC SAFETY FOUNDATION
In 2005, the Firehouse Subs founders established the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment, and educational opportunities to first-responders and public safety organizations. Through the non-profit 501(c)(3), Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation has granted more than $35 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada, including more than $2.3 million in Georgia.  

“Walker Rocks” Outdoor Adventure Tourism Initiative Launched in Walker County

Chickamauga, GA – The Walker County Chamber and Walker County Government proudly launch Walker Rocks, an initiative to showcase the unique outdoor activities available in Walker County.

Walker Rocks highlights the scenic and stunning destinations available in our community for rock climbing, caving, kayaking, hiking, biking and other outdoor adventures. This new tourism focus, which includes the creation of WalkerRocks.com, invites outdoor enthusiasts around the world to come explore Walker County’s environmental wonders.

In 2016, the tourism industry supported 640 jobs in Walker County and generated over $63 million in direct tourist spending. “Walker County has organically developed into a destination for people seeking outdoor adventures, but there is plenty of room for growth,” said Lacey Wilson, President of the Walker County Chamber. “The experiences available in Walker County create lasting memories and it’s time to share those experiences with others,” added Wilson.

Walker Rocks is a platform to encourage outdoor enthusiasts to make the Walker County trip. “Walker County is the outdoor adventure destination of the south,” noted Robert Wardlaw, Economic & Community Development Director for Walker County Government. “Those who come to ride horses, hike to waterfalls or venture through our caves will spend money here, increasing demand for new businesses, such as outfitters, restaurants and hotels,” added Wardlaw.

Along with the launch of the Walker Rocks brand, Wilson revealed plans for the “Walker Rocks Start-up Challenge,” a pitch competition to help a new recreational, travel or hospitality business get started or expand in Walker County. A $5,000 start-up grant will be offered to the winner, funded by a partnership between the Chamber and Peach State Federal Credit Union. Applications are available starting today at WalkerRocks.com and due by August 20.

Statement from Commissioner Whitfield Concerning Preservation Society’s Plans to Drop Lawsuit

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield released the following statement after learning the Preservation Society planned to drop its legal action against Walker County, relieving taxpayers of the financial burden of defending costly litigation.

“Though well-meaning citizens may have varying opinions about specific economic development opportunities, everyone agrees job and wage growth remain a common goal,” said Whitfield. “We will continue to represent the citizens of Walker County in good faith and with the highest integrity as we pursue companies that desire to create quality jobs and be good corporate citizens in our community.”

“By working together to achieve our common goal, we enhance our appeal to prospective partners around the world and present our community in a positive light,” Whitfield added.