Get Weather Alerts Directly from Walker County

LaFayette, GA – The threat of severe storms remains a possibility this time of year, as we transition from winter to spring.  Since the conditions outside can change quickly, Walker County provides a phone and email notification system to the public.

Hyper-Reach sends out weather and community alerts to those who subscribe to this free service.  Many residents signed up for Hyper-Reach last summer, prior to a system wide test on August 1st.

If you are interested in receiving weather and community alerts, register online or call the the Walker County Commissioner’s Office at 706-638-1437 and ask to be added to the Hyper-Reach list.

 

With Growth In Mind, Whitfield Announce Staffing Changes for Walker County Government

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield is excited to announce two new members to his administration, as the county pivots from debt management as a primary focus to laying the foundation for sustainable growth.  Robert Wardlaw has been named Economic and Community Development Director and Matt Williamson has been named Legal and Policy Director for Walker County Government.

Wardlaw, a former Coca-Cola executive, built a successful business career founded on strong relationships, ethical behavior and a commitment to others.  In recent years, as a member of the Walker County Development Authority, Wardlaw gained expertise in economic development, site selection, state and federal tax incentives and helping businesses with development plans.

“We have the potential to close a number of active business deals that could lead to the creation of a significant number of jobs in Walker County,” said Commissioner Whitfield. “Wardlaw’s knowledge and proven track record in the business world gives us a competitive edge over other communities to turn these and other opportunities into winning outcomes for Walker County.”

In addition to recruiting new business and servicing existing industry, Wardlaw will work to anticipate and address current and future infrastructure needs to facilitate a thriving community.

Williamson, who served four years as an associate attorney at the highly respected law firm of Womack, Gottlieb & Rodham, will be tasked with helping Walker County keep pace with the needs of its growing citizenry.  Along with updating the county’s codes and policies, he’ll handle day to day legal issues that arise.  Williamson’s first assignment will be to oversee the update to the county’s antiquated Animal Control ordinance.

“I look forward to helping make ordinances clear and concise, reviewing and revising our contract management system, keeping the government in compliance with all federal and state laws and helping the Commissioner carry out his vision of making Walker County a better place for all of us,” said Williamson.

The new additions come at no incremental cost to Walker County. Wardlaw’s compensation will be in line with the county’s previous Economic Development Director.  Williamson, who will be restricted from receiving incentives for working on any future bond issues, will make less than what the county spent in hourly attorney’s fees last year.

Travel Impacted by Sinkhole on North Marble Top Road

UPDATE (7:30 p.m on 2/27/18) – North Marble Top Road has reopened. One lane remains closed near Diamond Drive.

Please use caution while traveling in this area, as this is a temporary fix until a water line can be moved in the coming days.


A sinkhole has forced the closure of a section of road in Walker County. North Marble Top Road is closed from Diamond Drive to Garrett’s Chapel Road.

Only local traffic is being allowed to travel northbound on North Marble Top past Garrett’s Chapel. There is no thru traffic past Diamond Drive southbound.

The hole is about 4′ wide and 6′ deep and is underneath the middle of the road, just before the intersection with Diamond Drive.

Public Works crews started removing the road, dirt, drainage culverts and pipes Tuesday morning. The underground infrastructure will be replaced and hole filled before the road reopens.

Motorists are advised to use an alternate route for the next several days.

Purple Heart Monument Dedicated in LaFayette

LaFayette, GA – A crowd of veterans and their families joined others from the community to dedicate a new monument honoring recipients of the Purple Heart Medal in Walker County.

The City of LaFayette approved a proclamation last November to become a “Purple Heart City” to honor the contributions and sacrifices of men and women from the area who served in the Armed Forces.

Purple Heart Memorial dedication

Retired U.S. Army Colonel Daryl Brooks organized a fundraising campaign to cover the expense of erecting a monument in Joe Stock Park in LaFayette. He thanked everyone who donated to the effort, including a young boy who gave him a quarter in memory of his grandfather.

There are close to 100 Purple Heart Award recipients living in Walker County, a “Purple Heart County” since July 31, 2014.

Request for Proposal released for Construction & Demolition Waste Disposal at Walker County Landfill

LaFayette – Walker County Government (WCG) will receive proposals to haul/dispose of Construction and Demolition Waste from the Walker County Landfill facility to a permitted and regulatory compliant disposal facility.

The Request for Proposal may be obtained from the following locations:

    • WCG Commissioner’s Office
      101 South Duke Street
      LaFayette, Georgia
    • WCG website
    • Walker County Landfill
      5120 North Marble Top Road
      Chickamauga, GA

Proposal packages are due at the Commissioner’s Office by Noon on March 21, 2018. Specifications and additional guidelines can be found in the Request for Proposal (RFP).

Georgia Trend Recognizes Chickamauga as “Live, Work, Play” City

Chickamauga, GA – One of Walker County’s four cities was recently recognized by Georgia Trend magazine with a Live, Work, Play award.  Chickamauga, and just eight other cities across the entire state of Georgia, earned the designation.  Doing so puts Chickamauga in the same quality of life conversation as powerhouse cities like Cartersville, Athens and Decatur.

The Live, Work, Play award highlights a city’s efforts to improve or add local amenities, maintain a strong workforce to keep the local economy flowing and exhibit a friendly, yet conscious community. Recreational events like Ironman, Movies in the Park and First Fridays helped Chickamauga set itself apart, while still being able to maintain its rich antebellum history.

Georgia Trend described Chickamauga as, “a family-friendly city that boasts sidewalks, a highly ranked (seventh in the state) school system and the Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, the oldest military park in the country and a huge tourism driver.”

The magazine also highlighted Chickamauga’s partnership with Walker County to designate the city as a Preserve America Community, and the creation of Historic Overlay Districts to protect the gateway into the city.

New Home Construction Permits Post Gains in Walker County

Two New Homes Being Constructed

LaFayette, GA – Walker County experienced an exciting increase in the number of single family new home construction permits issued in 2017.  Data recently released by the Walker County Commissioner’s office shows a nearly 10% surge over 2016.

It takes about six months for a new home to reach the market in Walker County.  Builders generally begin construction a month after obtaining a permit.  It then takes them four to five months to complete work on each new home.  The typical single family home built in Walker County last year had between 1,500 and 1,800 square feet.

While fluctuations in the housing market can change the value of any given property, the total valuation of the 135 permits issued in 2017 topped nearly $21-million, which averaged out to $155,264.11 per property.

Walker County Animal Shelter Partners with Atlanta Humane Society to Save More Dogs & Cats

Atlanta Humane Society Van

Chickamauga, GA – The Walker County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center and the Atlanta Humane Society (AHS) have joined forces to help save more dogs and cats from our community.  The new partnership gives the Shelter access to another non-profit organization with a mission of finding forever homes for adoptable animals.

Animals in crates being transported to AHSLast year, the Shelter took in 2,607 dogs and cats.  Over 60% of those animals were adopted, sent to a rescue or returned to their original owner.  The numbers show a significant improvement over 2016’s combined save rate of 44%.  Shelter Manager Stephanie McTaggart says partnerships like this will build on that momentum, benefiting more animals.

“AHS is a wonderful organization that has a proven track record of placing pets.  All of the animals transferred from Walker County to AHS will be placed in great homes, giving them a chance they might not have here locally,” said McTaggart.

AHS transported eight dogs and nine cats out of Walker County this morning.  The Shelter hopes to send healthy, vaccinated dogs under 25 pounds, along with puppies, cats and kittens to AHS once a month.

$25 for 25 Days Sweetheart’s Deal at the Walker Co. Animal Shelter

Dog with lipstick kisses on his face
Find the next love of your life at the Walker County Animal Shelter and Adoption Center. With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, take advantage of our $25 for 25 Days Sweetheart’s Deal.
 

Now through February 15th, adopt a dog from us for just $25. Want a cat instead? Our frisky felines are just $14 during this promotion. We’ll even make sure your four legged cuddle buddy gets spayed/neutered and a rabies vaccination before heading home.

Adoption hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Shelter is located at 5488 North Marble Top Road in Chickamauga, GA.

Walker County, American Red Cross Partner to Provide Free Smoke Alarms to Residents

LaFayette, GA – Walker County Emergency Services (WCES) and the American Red Cross of Northwest Georgia are sounding the alarm to save lives. The two organizations have partnered to provide free smoke alarms to Walker County residents in need of these life saving devices.

WCES received a donation of 150 smoke alarms from the Red Cross to distribute throughout the community. Residents can call 706-539-1255 and press #2 for the Fire Marshal’s office to request one. Smoke alarms will be given out and installed on a first come, first served basis. Once the supply is exhausted, WCES will place residents on a waiting list to receive an alarm as additional inventory becomes available.

Special smoke alarms for hearing impaired residents are also available.

WCES worked 71 residential fires in 2017. In recent weeks, firefighters have responded to a number of incidents where smoke alarms alerted homeowners to a problem, allowing them to escape safely. However, the National Fire Protection Association reports roughly five-million households still do not have even one working smoke alarm.

December, January and February are peak months for residential fires, due to increased use of home heating equipment.