Fire & Emergency Services

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Posted on: August 3, 2015

New Firefighters Graduate

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8 new firefighters with Athens-Clarke County Fire Department graduated after several weeks of intense training. These new firefighters, their families and friends, members of the Fire Department, and Athens Clarke County Unified Government leaders gathere...Read on...

Public Information Office Media Releases

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Posted on: September 1, 2015

Solid Waste, Leisure Services, Transit & General ACC Office Schedules Altered for Labor Day Holiday

Solid Waste

  • Solid Waste offices will be closed on Monday, September 7.
  • Residential garbage and recycling for the week of September 7-11 will take place a day later than regularly scheduled.
    • Regular Monday collection will take place on Tuesday, September...
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Posted on: August 27, 2015

Project to Replace Deteriorating Original 1914 Cornices on ACC Courthouse Begins Friday, August 28

Courthouse Cornices

On August 28, 2015 a contractor for Athens-Clarke County will begin a project to replace the cornices of the original 1914 Athens-Clarke County Courthouse at 325 East Washington Street. The cornices are the decorative horizontal ledges located along the roof line above the fourth and fifth floors on the front and sides of the courthouse. The replacement is necessary due to the deterioration of the cornices' framing and support structures. The project is expected to be completed by January 2016 depending on weather and work delays.

The courthouse will remain open during the entire project. When the front entrance is temporarily closed due to overhead work, visitors will be directed to another entrance. The contractor will erect scaffolding on the front and sides of the building and construct a tunnel to the front door of the courthouse. As long as there are no safety issues, the sidewalk in front of the courthouse at the bottom of the steps will remain open, as will the Veterans Memorial Walkway between the courthouse and parking deck.

During routine roof inspections in the summer of 2014, Athens-Clarke County Facilities Management Division staff discovered that the wood framing and support structures for the original courthouse upper and lower cornices were completely rotted. This left them in danger of falling and allowing rainwater into the building structure to cause further damage. Staff performed emergency temporary repairs to minimize the cornices' danger of falling by threading steel cable through the cornice sheets and anchoring the cable to the walls.

The cornices were originally made from formed and painted copper sheet metal attached to a cantilevered wooden support structure. The replacement cornices will be fabricated from sheets of aluminum, formed to match the shape, pattern, and contours of the original cornices, and painted to match the building. The original painted copper cornices cannot be economically reused due to the fragility of the copper sheet and the existing damage. All of the removed copper will be recycled.

The project engineer/architect is the Sizemore Group and the contractor is the James D. Ingram Construction Company. The $661,871 project bid was awarded by the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission at their June 2, 2015 Regular Session meeting.

The project is being funded by the Facilities Life Cycle Maintenance Program within the General Capital Projects Fund. The program normally funds the planned replacement of major building components, such as roofs, HVAC, paint, and floor coverings, which have a predictable useful life before becoming prone to failure resulting in high maintenance and repair costs. This required work will result in the postponement of some planned FY15 and FY16 life cycle replacements until later years.

For more information on the cornice replacement project, contact Athens-Clarke County Central Services Department Director David Fluck at 706-613-3530 or david.fluck@athensclarkecounty.comRead on...

Posted on: August 25, 2015

Grand Jury Seeks Citizens for Board of Tax Equalization by Sept. 8

The July Term, 2015 Term of the Grand Jury of Athens-Clarke County has been charged with appointing four citizens to the Athens-Clarke County Board of Tax Equalization. One regular and three alternate members will be appointed for three-year terms beginni...Read on...

Posted on: July 1, 2015

Tips for Reducing Mosquitoes and Avoiding Their Bites

Mosquito Control Tips

The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government offers several resources and tips to help keep citizens safe during the upcoming months when mosquitoes can be most active.

To avoid annoying skin irritation, as well as diseases such as West Nile virus and L...Read on...

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Public Utilities & Water Conservation

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Posted on: June 19, 2015

Consumer Confidence Report on Water Quality Delivered to all Water Customers

(Athens, GA) The Consumer Confidence Report on Water Quality for 2014 is now being delivered to customers of Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities. The report is also available on

The annual report is a per...Read on...

2014 Water Quality Report

Solid Waste News

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Posted on: September 3, 2015

Garbage, Recycling, Landfill Schedules to be Altered for the Labor Day Holiday

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The Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department will be closed on Monday, September 7, 2015 for the Labor Day holiday, resulting in changes to residential and commercial solid waste collection.

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