Housing & Community Development

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Posted on: April 11, 2014

FY15 Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan public comment

The Housing and Community Development Department is accepting public comment on the Consolidated Plan through May 12, 2014. The Plan explains how CDBG and other HUD funds will be utilized in the July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 program year.

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Leaf & Limb Notices

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Posted on: April 18, 2014

Leaf and Limb pickup scheduled for Zone 6 4/21-25

Zone 6 includes, but is not limited to, Brittany's Garden, Cherokee Forest, County Corners, Fox Hall Farms, and Hidden Lake

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Public Information Office Media Releases

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Posted on: April 18, 2014

Robert Hiss Named New Athens-Clarke County Assistant Manager

Robert Hiss

Athens-Clarke County Manager Alan Reddish announces the appointment of Robert Hiss to the position of Assistant Manager for Administrative and Community Services for Athens-Clarke County. Hiss has served as the Assistant County Administrator for Pulaski County, Virginia since 2007. While there, he has worked specifically with the human resources, emergency services, animal control, tourism, and human services sectors.

Prior to his position in Virginia, Hiss served as the County Administrator for Chattahoochee County, Georgia from 1999 until 2001 and for Meriwether County, Georgia from 2001 until 2007. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Lenoir-Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. He is also a recent graduate of the University of Virginia's continuing education Senior Executive Institute.

"I believe he is a good fit for our organization," says Reddish, "and will be a great addition to our management team."

Hiss will begin his position with Athens-Clarke County on June 2. The position was formerly held by Richard White, who left in February 2014 to become the Town Manager of Elon, North Carolina. Hiss will join Manager Alan Reddish and Blaine Williams, Assistant Manager for Transportation and Community Development, in the Manager's OfficeRead on...

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Posted on: April 17, 2014

Public Forum for College Station Road Bicycle Lane Improvement Project on Monday, April 28

Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department staff will hold an informational public forum to discuss the upcoming College Station Road Bicycle Improvement Project.

The forum will take place on Monday, April 28 at Fire Station #7 on ...Read on...

Posted on: April 16, 2014

Independence Day Fireworks Celebration Relocating to Georgia Square Mall

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government announces that the annual Independence Day celebration and fireworks display on July 4, 2014 will move from its previous location at Bishop Park to Georgia Square Mall.

The move is taking place to support th...Read on...

Posted on: April 14, 2014

Two New Athens Intersections Receiving Safer Left Turn Signals with Flashing Yellow Arrows

Flashing Yellow Arrow Means Yield

On April 12, the Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department's Traffic Engineering Division began installing new left turn signals at the Atlanta Highway/Jennings Mill Road and King Avenue/Broad Street intersections that are the first of their kind in the community. The new signals will feature a flashing yellow arrow for turns across traffic in which a driver must yield to oncoming traffic or pedestrians. These flashing yellow arrow signals will be the first to replace the circular, solid green circle signal design previously installed in Athens-Clarke County for these types of turns.

Safety is a key benefit of the flashing yellow arrow. A decade-long Federal Highway Administration study concluded that traffic signals with flashing yellow arrows instead of solid green signals reduce the number of driver mistakes made while turning left at an intersection. This reduction in mistakes results in a 35% decrease in the number of collisions related to left turns. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) now identifies flashing yellow arrows as the preferred intersection traffic signal for left turns during yield situations.

These new turn signals are designed to increase safety, reduce driver confusion, and improve traffic efficiency. The entire signal is more streamlined with a single column, four-head design replacing the traditional dual column, five head "doghouse" design. As with traditional traffic signals, the solid red, yellow, and green arrows on the new turn signals will indicate that a driver should stop, prepare to stop, and proceed to turn, respectively. The flashing yellow arrow replaces the traditional circular green light and more directly communicates that a driver may make a left turn after first yielding to oncoming traffic and pedestrians crossing the street.

The Traffic Engineering Division expects the new turn signals in these two locations to be operational during the week of April 21. Existing signals throughout Athens-Clarke County with solid green circle left turn signals will be replaced with flashing yellow arrow signals in phases throughout the next 7-10 years until all left turn signals are replaced.

For more information, contact Athens-Clarke County Traffic Engineer Steve Decker at steve.decker@athensclarkecounty.com or 706-613-3460Read on...

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Posted on: April 2, 2014

ACC Economic Development Department & UGA Host International VIP Tour

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Members of the Atlanta Consular Corps recently visited Athens as part of their 2014 International VIP Tour. The Atlanta Consular Corps is an association of officials appointed by foreign governments as representatives to Georgia. Their duties include assisting nationals living and visiting the Southeast as well as promoting economic, commercial, scientific, and cultural relations between their respective countries and the host region. The International VIP Tour introduces Corps members to local communities while broadening their understanding of what Georgia offers to international businesses.

The Athens-Clarke County (ACC) Economic Development Department coordinated with the University of Georgia (UGA) to host the tour, which included a visit to local coffee roaster Jittery Joe’s. Co-owners Michael Ripps and Bob Googe discussed the creation and expansion of Jittery Joe’s into a national brand while master roaster Charlie Mustard led Corps members through the process of coffee roasting from harvesting beans to creating a blend. Afterward, the group participated in a taste test featuring three separate varieties and chose a blend of Columbian and Guatemalan beans, later named "Athena-International Blend," as the official flavor of the ACC Economic Development Department.

"It was wonderful to welcome the Consular Corps to Jittery Joe's," says Ripps. "It was a great opportunity to show that Athens is a terrific place to live and work. The fact that these ambassadors participated in choosing the new Economic Development Department Athena blend was the highlight, helping create another Athens product to share with visitors from around the globe."

After a dinner hosted by UGA at the Special Collections Library – which featured a welcome by Mayor Nancy Denson and remarks from UGA President Jere Morehead, Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Chris Carr, and Consul General of the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta Steve Brereton – the group concluded their evening with a visit to the Georgia Theatre rooftop patio. On the patio, guests including Georgia Theatre owner Wilmot Greene; artist and sculptor Stan Mullins; ACC Commissioners Mike Hamby, Kathy Hoard, Jerry NeSmith, Jared Bailey, and Kelly Girtz; and ACC Assistant Manager Blaine Williams spoke of their affection for Athens and the opportunities it provides for growth and development.

"This has been a remarkable opportunity for Athens to share its appeal to this distinguished group of international leaders,” says ACC Economic Development Department Director Ryan Moore. "Our department is proud to have been part of the VIP Tour and continues to position Athens as a world class destination for foreign direct investment."

For more information, contact the ACC Economic Development Department at 706-613-3233Read on...

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Public Utilities & Water Conservation

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Posted on: October 3, 2013

Athens-Clarke County Wins 2013 WaterSense® Partner of the Year Award

Las Vegas, Nevada—The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized the Athens-Clarke County Water Conservation Office with a 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year award. The Water Conservation Office was honored during the WaterSmart Innovations Conference for its commitment to water efficiency and outstanding efforts to support the WaterSense program during 2012.

In 2012 alone, WaterSense labeled products and new homes helped Americans save more than 202 billion gallons of water, or more than the amount of water needed to supply all the homes in Colorado for a year. More than 2,700 utility, manufacturer, retail, builder, organizational, and professional partners helped WaterSense realize these accomplishments, but every year a few in particular are recognized for their significant contributions to the program.

“All of our WaterSense partners have taken steps to reduce our nation’s water use, but several stood out in 2012 for their commitment to the WaterSense program and collaborative efforts to promote WaterSense-labeled products, new homes and outreach and educational programs,” said EPA’s acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner. “We are pleased to honor Athens-Clarke County for their efforts that support our mission to protect the future of our nation’s water supply.”

The Water Conservation Office was honored as Partner of the Year for promoting water efficiency through the use of WaterSense labeled products. The WCO put tremendous energy into Fix a Leak Week 2012. They held two “Train the Trainer” workshops for ten volunteers who then visited twelve churches and non-profit organizations to performed water audits, identified leaks, and suggested opportunities for water conservation. Fix a Leak Week 2012 culminated with a water-saving makeover for the Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA) building. In partnership with volunteers and a local plumbing company, the WCO replaced nine water guzzling toilets, 15 aerators, and 1 pre-rinse spray valve with WaterSense labeled products. The ACCA cut their water use in half after the retrofit, a savings of about 130,000 gallons a year. Throughout the year the Water Conservation Office conducted a number of workshops on fixing common household leaks and promoted the use of WaterSense Certified Irrigation Professionals.
“We were honored when we learned about winning Partner of the Year,” said Marilyn Hall, ACC Water Conservation Coordinator. “We were up against the biggest utilities in the United States. I think WaterSense was impressed with how we promote the label in unique ways such as through social media and the Christmas Parade.” This weekend, Georgians can purchase WaterSense appliances and fixtures and Energy Star labeled appliances tax free. The Sales Tax Holiday on WaterSense-labeled products will start Friday, October 4, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. and will continue through the weekend until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
To learn more about the 2013 WaterSense Partner of the Year Awards program and WaterSense labeled products, please visit www.epa.gov/watersense.


WaterSense, a partnership program sponsored by EPA, seeks to protect the future of our nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services. Since the program's inception in 2006, WaterSense has helped consumers save 487 billion gallons of water and $8.9 billion in water and energy billsRead on...


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Posted on: April 14, 2014

2014 Stream Walks

Athens-Clarke County Stormwater staff will be walking Trail Creek during the months of April and May, 2014. ACC Stormwater Staff will assess the physical characteristics and overall health of Trail Creek. For more information, contact Kathryn Shepard at 7...Read on...