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Athens-Clarke County does pick up dead animals in the street or on the right of way. Dead animals on private property can be disposed of by private wildlife removal companies or by transporting them to the ACC Landfill.
No, there is no pet licensing in Athens-Clarke County. However, all dogs and cats must have current rabies vaccinations and must display a current rabies tag at all times.
Rabies tags are obtained from the veterinarian’s office where the vaccination is given.
The process begins when a potential adopter fills out an adoption application either at the shelter or printed from our website. The application can be hand delivered or faxed.
We accept applications on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once the application is received, we will provide the potential adopter with an appointment date and time to adopt.
We encourage potential adopters to call before coming to their appointment to determine if an owner reclaimed the dog or another potential adopter ahead of them in line adopted the dog. The adoption fee is $50.
Animal Services will transport the dog to a local veterinarian’s office for neutering or spaying. The adopter must pay for the surgery at the time the dog is picked up from the veterinarian’s office. Once the adopter submits a copy of the receipt showing the surgery has been done, the adopter will receive a refund check for $25 by mail.
Animal Services handles complaints of barking dogs during regular business hours only. We respond to these complaints by issuing a written warning to the owner at the time of the first complaint.
If we receive another complaint within 90 days, we will issue a citation to the owner provided that at least two adult witnesses sign a written statement and agree to appear in Municipal Court to testify about the complaint.
View the Barking Dogs Complaint Form.
We recommend that you come to the Animal Shelter at 125 Buddy Christian Way and determine if the dog is here first. If not, Animal Services can take a detailed lost report that we can use to identify the dog if it is brought in to us later.
The Athens Banner-Herald newspaper will run a free lost dog notice in their classified advertisement section if you call 706-549-0123.
Before posting signs, check with the Code Enforcement Division at 706-613-3790 regarding where signs may be posted.
Voters can cast their ballots in one of three ways:
The first page of the ballot will be displayed next. To make your choice, simply touch the box on the screen next to the candidates or questions. An X will appear next to your choice. To change your choice, touch the box a second time. The X will disappear. Then you can make your new selection.
Georgia’s touch-screen system will not let you choose too many candidates for an office or vote both yes and no on a question (also known as "overvoting"). A summary page will show at the end of your ballot. Races in which you have not made selections will appear in red. By touching a race, you can return to it and vote (or change your vote) if desired. After you are done making selections, touch Cast Ballot at the end of your summary screen to cast your ballot. You have now completed voting.
1500 gallons is the minimum.
Athens-Clarke County is also currently involved as partners in a federal grant with The University of Georgia and Washington County that is funding retrofits of clean diesel technologies. Diesel Particulate Filters (DPF’s) are being installed on many trucks, and idle reduction options are being explored.
The Citizens Government Academy is a nine (9) week program held each Wednesday from March 27- May 22, 2019 that is designed to:
Application deadline is Friday, March 8.
Participation is open to Athens-Clarke County residents age 18+. Class size is limited to 25 participants on a first come, first serve basis. Application deadline is March 8, 2019.
The Citizens Government Academy is a ten (10) week program. Sessions are held each Wednesday evening from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at various locations around Athens-Clarke County. The current program will run from March 27 - May 22, 2019..
The Citizens Government Academy covers a variety of topics all structured around the Mayor & Commission's six strategic commitments to the residents of Athens-Clarke County:
Each class will be conducted by a department representative and will provide both an informational and interactive learning approach.
The Citizens Government Academy is designed to provide participants with a better understanding of:
You can use your address to search an interactive map to find your commission district.
You may also contact the Clerk of Commission office at 706-613-3031 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide your street address when sending an email.
The commissioners may be contacted either by phone or email. Please refer to the Mayor and Commission contact list or use the online interactive Commission District map to obtain those phone numbers and email addresses.
City Hall is located in downtown Athens at 301 College Avenue, Athens, GA 30601.
You can report a suspected code violation 24/7 by doing any one of the following:
Call: 706-613-3790 If you are calling beyond our normal business hours which are 8 am - 5 pm, please leave a detailed message on our voice mail
Send a letter or come in the the office:
Athens-Clarke County Building Inspections DepartmentCode Enforcement Division120 W. Dougherty Street Athens, GA 30601
Any vehicle that does not have a current license plate or is in some state of disrepair and not operable. This does not apply to a legally licensed auto repair facility.
A death certificate may take 1-2 weeks to be signed in an average case where the funeral home has been chosen and the Coroner will be signing. This time allows us to subpoena any necessary medical records and review them. If the deceased died due to unusual circumstances that warranted an autopsy, a death certificate may take 3-6 months to be completed. In the event that does happen, a pending death certificate can be requested through the funeral home which will allow the next of kin to handle most obligations of the deceased except life insurance. Those certificates would have to be purchased; and when a cause of death has been confirmed the certificate will be changed and the amended death certificates will also have to be purchased.
A request for death certificates should be made at the Clarke County Health Department, office of Vital Records located at 345 Harris Street, Athens, Georgia 30601. Their phone number is 706-389-6871. They will instruct you on the procedure to obtain a death certificate.
The GBI Crime Lab decides, based on information from the Coroner's Office, which cases will be accepted for autopsy according to Georgia Statues. Most Child deaths, Homicides, Suicides and Natural deaths that meet certain criteria will require autopsies. In the event that the GBI declines an autopsy request, the family of the deceases may request a private autopsy through our office with a licensed pathologist. The cost for a private autopsy can run between $2000 to $5000 depending on the extent of the exam and any additional testing.
In most cases the Coroner’s report is available within seven business days and can be obtained from this office upon open records request.
Autopsy, Toxicology and Alcohol reports can take from 90-120 days to obtain.
“Pending” simply means that the cause and manner of death are still under investigation. Pending cases may be cleared in as little as two days or may remain pending for several months. The average pending case in Georgia is cleared in 6-8 weeks.
If you move or change your phone number, it is imperative you inform our office at 706-613-3999 so the next of kin can be notified FIRST when pending cases are completed.
Next of Kin is defined in the following order:
The deceased will only be released to a Licensed Funeral Director. It is important for the Next of Kin to select a Funeral Director as soon as possible and notify this office of their selection. Contact by a funeral home is not sufficient.
Companies wishing to do business with Athens-Clarke County must register by completing a bidders list application. The bidders list application will provide departments with information about the products and services available from a company.
Yes. Birthday parties are only permitted at Fire Station 1 (700 College Avenue, behind Hotel Indigo). The room seats 20 children and is available Monday through Saturday at either 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. (only one birthday party per day). The rental fee is $10, and a $25 damage deposit is required. If paying by check, we require a check for each fee (sorry, we are unable to accept debit/credit cards.) Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services only supplies the usage of the room, tables, and ice.
For more information, please email email@example.com or contact the facilities coordinator at 706-613-3360.
Application for Birthday Parties at Fire Station 1
As a result of an analysis by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) of the structural fire suppression system, Athens-Clarke County received a new Public Protection Classification (PPC) of 01/1X as of May 1, 2019. In Georgia, only 24 out of 159 counties have the highest Class 1 rating, while in the United States only 348 communities out of 41,177 rated have a Class 1 rating (0.8%).
In each community, the ISO analyzes data and assigns a grade of 1 to 10. Class 1 represents an exemplary fire suppression program, while Class 10 indicates that the area's fire suppression program does not meet minimum criteria. The PPC evaluations are based on criteria that use standards developed by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Water Works Association.
A community's PPC grade depends on:
The PPC plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. Most insurers in the United States use community classifications as part of their decision-making process to determine coverage to offer and prices for personal or commercial property insurance. Although the new classification may not affect rates for residential insurance coverage, it is expected to have a positive effect for many business policies.
Each insurance company independently determines the rates it charges its policyholders based on a variety of factors. In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC grade is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC grade, assuming all other factors are equal.
The ISO used a comprehensive questionnaire, along with meetings with staff from the Fire and Emergency Services Department, Police Department, and Public Utilities Department, to collect data on Athens-Clarke County. The PPC grade is based on a 10-point scale, with Class 1 designation for those grades of 90.00 or above. Athens-Clarke County received a 90.21.
Only features related to reducing property losses from structural fires are evaluated as part of this process. Life safety and other non-fire suppression responsibilities of fire departments are not evaluated as part of this process. The program evaluates the fire protection for small to average size buildings, while specific properties that require a larger fire flow are evaluated separately and assigned an individual PPC grade.
For a split classification such as a 1/1X, the first number is the class that applies to properties within five road miles of the responding fire station and 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply, while the second number is the class that applies to properties within five road miles of a fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of a creditable water supply.
The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is an independent company that serves insurance companies, communities, fire departments, insurance regulators, and others by providing information about risk. For more information about the PPC program and their Community Hazard Mitigation Program, visit www.isomitigation.com.
For more information about the Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services Department, visit www.accgov.com/fire or call 706-613-3360.
No, please call 706-369-5636 or 888-318-0354 or see the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
All available information regarding the status of your application and the position vacancy will be available by logging into your account. The system will notify you via e-mail as appropriate during the selection process. Click on "History" for each active application to see its updated status information. It is your responsibility to check your account and e-mail for updates, invitations to scheduled testing, and invitations for interview.
New positions may be posted at any time. We recommend that you check daily for newly-listed positions or sign up for one of two different kinds of electronic notifications about positions.
The first notification is based on specific job categories. You may sign up for these by visiting the Job Interest Card by going to 'Notify me when this position becomes available' link on any job listing or the Job Interest Card menu item on the Athens-Clarke County employment pages.
The second notification is a weekly notification of all current positions. You may sign up for this at www.accgov.com/notifications.
Pay grades are determined using a variety of factors. A formal job evaluation methodology, labor market value, and organizational relationships all play a role in determining an appropriate pay grade for a position.
MAG uses a proprietary job evaluation methodology called a Job Analysis Questionnaire (JAQ) to gather information about the nature of jobs. Specifically, jobs are evaluated based on varying degrees of the following elements:
The JAQ is completed for each position by the employee(s) who holds that position (i.e. the incumbent) as well as the supervisor who oversees the work performed by that position. Together, the employee and supervisor serve as the subject matter experts for that position. Ultimately, each job is scored based upon the combined responses to the JAQ.
This was accomplished through the use of a market survey. MAG surveyed comparable jurisdictions for pay information for a sample of about 80 different job titles that exist within ACCGOV. While not all jobs are surveyed, the sample of 80 jobs serve as a benchmark to assist in the placement of other comparable jobs within the organization.
Generally, the jurisdictions were selected because they were similar geographically, similar size, similar in terms of the services provided, or considered a competitor for talent.
Each pay grade has a minimum and a maximum rate of pay. Employees were placed within the pay range for their position using two factors: time in current position, and time between hire and appointment to current position (ex. service in positions held prior to current appointment). Employees were given full credit for each day in their current position, and partial credit for each day between hire and their current appointment. Prior service credit was credited at 40%, or 2 days of credit for every 5 days worked. Based on available funding, the pay formula assumed 35 years of experience credit to reach the maximum of the pay grade.
Example: Joe was hired 15 years ago. After serving in his first position for 5 years, he was promoted to his current position. Joe would receive experience credit for all 10 years since being promoted into his current position, plus 2 years of additional experience credit for prior service (40% x 5 years = 2 years). In total, Joe received experience credit for 12 years.
Having 12 years of experience credit, Joe’s pay was calculated as 34% (12/35) of the way between the range minimum and the range maximum. Based on a range minimum of $34,000 and a range maximum of $52,000, Joe’s projected pay was calculated to be $40,120.
If Joe’s current salary was less than $40,120, his pay would be increased to $40,120. If Joe’s current salary was more than $40,120, he would simply maintain his current salary.
In no case was an employees pay calculated below the minimum or above the maximum.
Current Hire Date: The most recent date that an employee was hired as a full-time employee. If an employee leaves the government and is later rehired, their current hire date would be their rehire date. This is true regardless of how long the employee had been employed before separating from employment, and regardless of how long they were separated before rehire.
Promotion Date: The date on which the employee was appointed to their current position, either as a new hire, or through a promotion or demotion. The promotion date was not “reset” in the case of reclassifications or lateral transfers to positions in the same pay grade.
While a great deal of care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of our records, mistakes can happen. If you suspect an error has been made concerning your promotion or hire date, please notify your supervisor. Human Resources will verify the accuracy of our records, and if an error is confirmed, we will recalculate your projected pay rate.
No. Any adjustments in pay resulting from the transition to the new pay plan were based purely on time in current position and, to a lesser extent, prior time with the organization. While pay for performance remains an important component of our compensation philosophy, the classification and compensation study was not intended to recognize performance differences. Human Resources will continue to pursue funding for the Performance Management Program (PMP) which allows supervisors to recognize and reward employees with higher levels of performance.
No, guests are not included on this day.
For the Staff Appreciation Day, the park is closed to the public until 4:00 p.m. and will be only open to ACC employees and retirees.
Parking is available onsite at the park. Please carpool. Those cars with more two or more people, will be able to park in the Premium Parking Lot, providing closer proximity to the festival area.
A special parking area is designated for on-duty cars, fire trucks, and other large vehicles.
No, all meals are free of charge. You simply have to RSVP by the deadline.
When you RSVP, you must indicate whether you require a dine in or carry out meal.
No, staff and retirees are exempt from the park's entrance fee during the ACC Staff Appreciation Day event. Please remember that throughout the year, staff and retirees are admitted free of charge any day with their valid ACC ID.
For the Staff Appreciation Day, the park is closed to the public until 4:00 p.m. and will be open only to ACC employees and retirees.
The Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) office is located at the ACC Solid Waste Department at 725 Hancock Industrial Way. Our office can be accessed from the 10/441/129 Loop. On the East end of the loop turn onto Olympic Drive at the red light. Go 1.1 miles and Hancock Industrial Way will be on your right (past Carrier Transicold). Travel 1/4 mile and the ACC Solid Waste Department is the first building on the right.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful is proud to support home composting by offering the Earth Machine compost bin for sale to the public. The compost bin can be purchased for $50 and includes a kitchen compost pail. For more information about the bin, please visit Earth Machine. Compost bins can be purchased in person by cash, check, or PayPal at KACCB Shopping Cart
Adopt-A-Highway is a local litter prevention program sponsored by Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) that works to involve community volunteers in local roadside clean-up efforts. The goal of the program is to reduce roadside litter in an effort to keep our community clean and beautiful. Community organizations and/or volunteers accept the responsibility of regular litter pickups on their “adopted” local roadway. Adopt-A-Highway is part of the larger Adopt Athens Program. Any civic-minded organization, such as garden clubs, church groups, scout groups, student clubs, businesses, corporations, families, etc. can adopt a stretch of county roadway. Visit KACCB's Website for more information, an application, to request tools, or report a pickup. Or call 706-613-3501 ext. 309 for an application.
An individual can participate in the monthly Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) clean-ups called “The Down and Dirty of Keepin’ Athens Clean.” The KACCB Program takes citizen recommendations to determine the down and dirty site locations.
Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful (KACCB) and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to bring you the Athens Area ToolShed program. This community resource offers a large inventory of tools ranging from gardening tools to renovation tools to assist you and your volunteers with community improvement projects. To reserve tools, complete and submit a Tool Reservation Form as far in advance of your project as possible. This form is available at KACCB's Toolshed.
Recycling roll carts and bins are reserved for residential customers who pay for monthly garbage and recycling services through Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department (our service area is the Urban Service District - old Athens city limits). We just need your address and our customer service representative will drop them off for you. If you live outside the Urban Service District in the General Service District and receive trash service from a private trash hauler, please contact the private hauler for bins. They are required to provide bins for recycling when requested.
If you don’t have trash service or you live in an apartment complex (multi-family dwelling), you may use one of our eight drop-off sites for recycling, and we can send you two large green reusable recycling tote bags (20 inches tall by 20 inches wide with a 12-inch gusset / bottom). There is no charge for the bags. We can mail the bags if provided a physical address to mail them. You can also come and pick them up from the KACCB office or the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Facility. The bags are washable, but not suitable for machine drying.
Contact your apartment complex manager or landlord and inquire as to who is collecting your garbage from your dumpster. The company that handles your garbage may work with you to collect your recyclables. Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department does provide commercial dumpster services; we compete with private haulers in the area for business. If Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste department is your commercial hauler then all recycling collections are included at no additional charge. Our fees can be found on our Recycling Dumpster page
Visit the ACC Recycling Division's Website for up-to-date recycling information, including information on where to take hard to recycle items.
The program guide is no longer printed. Citizens can review the current listing of programs at www.accgov.com/leisure and click on "online registration."
Yes, dog parks are located at Memorial Park, Sandy Creek Park, and Southeast Clarke Park.
Pools are located at Bishop Park, East Athens Community Center, Lay Park, Memorial Park, and Rocksprings Park. View pool information.
The pools open Memorial Day weekend and close for the season in early August. View more pool information to see individual operating hours.
The splash pads, located at Trail Creek Park and Rocksprings Park. The Trail Creek Park Splash Pad will open in early May (please check back for specific date) and remain open weekends, only, until Memorial Day Weekend when it will operate under regular seasonal hours. The splash pad is open 10:00 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. The fee is $1 per person. The Rocksprings Park Splash Pad will open for the season Saturday, May 25 with hours of 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (All splash pads are closed Mondays for maintenance)
Leisure Services summer camp information is posted online in late February.
Registration takes place online in the spring. View more summer camp information for registration information.
Summer job opportunities are posted in January. Applications are accepted online at www.accgov.com/jobs
Any maintenance concern can be reported by calling 706-613-3801 during normal business hours.
All program and camp registration takes place online. Prior to registration, if they have not done so already, individuals must create a free online account.
Yes, program registration is available at www.accgov.com/leisure.
Leisure Services use volunteers in a variety of roles. Learn more about volunteer opportunities through Leisure Services.
Please call 706-613-3800.
Call or email Julia Lester at 706-613-3801 or firstname.lastname@example.org for Showmobile information, availability, and rental rates.
Yes, scholarships are available to qualifying Athens-Clarke County residents under the age of 18. View the list of document requirements.
Individuals must visit a Leisure Services facility office during regular hours of operation and bring the required documentation. Applicants must apply at least five business days prior to registration. Applicants must have a valid email address.
Park admission for the Above Athens Balloon Festival is $5 per vehicle. The Sandy Creek Park Annual Permit can not be used for admission to the festival event. This is a CASH ONLY event. Tethered balloon rides cost $10 per person, CASH ONLY. Children's activities are free of charge. There are opportunities to purchase items from food trucks and business vendors.
No, pets are not permitted at this event. Vehicles with pets inside will not be permitted to enter Sandy Creek Park.
10 tethered balloons are scheduled to be on display and will offer rides throughout the event, weather permitting. Rides are $10 per person, CASH ONLY.
While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) mandates that we fence in the balloon area for safety purposes, you can easily secure a prime viewing spot to view these magnificent balloons.
Children's activities, including face painting, balloon animals, educational programming, and gymnastics will be available free of charge. Food trucks and business vendors will sell various items. There will also be a live radio remote from Bulldog 93.3.
No, you may not bring alcohol.
Yes, however a selection of food trucks will be on site.
A tethered balloon ride is when the balloon is tied to the ground with three or four very strong ropes to keep the balloon from flying away. This allows us to lift and "fly" a large group of people of all ages at a specific location. Participants must sign a waiver if they intend to ride a balloon.
Anyone of reasonable health and who can get in and out of the basket can participate. Prior to being allowed to participate, each participant (or parent/guardian for those under 18 years of age) must sign an Agreement to Participate / Waiver of Responsibility for tethered ride passengers. The pilot & crew always reserves the right to limit who or how many can get into the balloon basket.
Tethered rides are available weather permitting. We inflate only when the winds are around five mph or less. When the winds are any faster the balloon becomes difficult to control and can be quite unsafe. There cannot be any thunderstorm type activity within 50 miles of the tether location. The pilot will make all final weather determinations.
Tethered flights usually fly between 25 feet and 100 feet. The exact height is determined by a number of factors including wind, anchor points, number of passengers, etc. The pilot will determine the exact height according to conditions at the time of the event.
Depending on their combined weight, two to four persons at a time may ride in the balloon.
Tethered balloons will be on display & offer rides throughout the day Saturday, September 28, 2019. Balloons need stable winds to operate effectively and the hours just following sunrise and approximately 2 hours before sunset are the best for finding this.
The colorful envelope (balloon) is usually made of nylon or polyester that is tightly woven and coated with a special substance (just like parachutes!) A steel or aluminum basket frame is wrapped in wicker and attached to the balloon by steel or Kevlar cables. The unique materials allow for flexibility and strength.
By heating the air inside the balloon, the balloon floats upward because hot air rises. As the air is allowed to cool, the balloon begins to slowly come down. Propane gas is used to heat the air.
Most balloons are larger than your house. They hold from 19,000 to 211,000 cubic feet of air and loom from 50 to 100 feet tall. The average balloon height is 70 feet.
A balloon flies better in cooler weather since the hot air gets a better "lift." Balloonists usually fly just after dawn or before dusk, because there is less wind at these times. While it may seem like there is no wind on the ground, there may be higher level winds that could ground the balloons
Balloon Pilot Certificates are awarded to candidates who pass a written examination, obtain a prescribed number of hours operating a balloon, make a solo flight to altitude, pass a flight test, and submit a medical statement.
When the time comes to put the balloon up, the envelope is removed from the bag and laid out in a long line on the ground. The burners are attached to the uprights, and the basket is attached to the cables on the bottom of the envelope. An engine driven fan is used to inflate the envelope with cold air. When partially inflated, the air is heated by a burner and the envelope rises above the basket. With further heating, there is sufficient 'lift' for the balloon to fly.
To heat the air, the burners are fueled by propane gas, much the same as you probably use in your backyard barbecue grill. The burners do not run continuously; they are only used intermittently to heat the air to maintain the required lift.
The event will conclude with all the hot air balloons glowing like huge lanterns against the night sky.
The best viewing in the festival area will be along Clayton Street, which will be closed from College Ave and Thomas Street at 4 p.m.
Based on the height of the fireworks, there should be viewability throughout downtown, as well as The University of Georgia north campus.
The festival area is located on Clayton Street (between College Ave and Thomas Street) and College Avenue. The area includes children's activities, music, and local dessert vendors.
All normal parking meters are active. Parking rates apply at meters and in decks. Have a great time, don't get a ticket!
In the event that inclement weather causes a fireworks cancellation, information will be posted on the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department's Facebook page and Twitter account.
All county ordinances are in effect during the event.
Yes, the "Lost Child Station," "Lost and Found," and First Aid are located in the Michaels building on Clayton Street.
Attendees can expect fun with friends, special guest speakers, enrichment activities with local experts, music, games, sports, giveaways, prizes, and most of all FUN!
Grand Slam is a program exclusively for 11-14 year olds in Athens-Clarke County. Attendees must be 11 years old by June 7, 2019.
Grand Slam is a program presented by Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services with other local partnerships. The program will take place at Cedar Shoals High School, so attendees are expected to abide by the Clarke County School District Code of Conduct. No bags will be permitted at Grand Slam.
Forms of payment include debit card, American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, MasterCard gift card, Visa Card, and Visa gift card.
In the payment screen your address will automatically populate based on your account information, make sure the card you use to pay has the same address as the one you listed on your account or list the billing address for the card you are using.
Do not click the “submit payment” button multiple times, this may result in your credit/debit card having multiple pending charges on your account.
Review the list of programs and prioritize your registration plan. Programs with small capacity tend to fill very quickly.
Cancellations made less than 7 business days before the start of the program will not be granted refunds without medical documentation from a doctor.
Cancellations made earlier than 7 business days will be eligible for a 75% refund. Cancellations must be requested through the program site.
You may also call 706-613-3800 or any Leisure Services facility for assistance.
Planning focuses on managing community change in both the short and the long term with regard to land use, transportation, historic preservation, urban design and overall development of Athens-Clarke County.
Use this interactive map to type in your address and find out who your commissioner is and how to contact them.
It is a planned, partially constructed, multi-purpose path for pedestrian, bicycle, and other non-motorized uses that will stretch 39 miles from Athens to Union Point, Georgia. It will be built on or near the historic corridor of the Athens Branch of the Georgia Railroad. One mile is open and nine more are in progress.
Rail-trails are paths that follow the routes of abandoned or otherwise out-of-use railroads. They provide a safe, off-road resource for walking, running, bicycling, skating, and other non-motorized uses. Being wide, level (railroads need gentle grades), and connected to communities, they are perfectly suited to people of all ages and abilities, providing tangible benefits for health, safety, historic preservation, active transportation, community pride, and economic development. Rail-trails may be paved, made of crushed rock, or even left as dirt. They range from half a mile to more than 240 miles long.
Its northern terminus is on East Broad Street in Athens and its southern terminus will be in downtown Union Point. The trail will pass through three counties – Athens-Clarke, Greene and Oglethorpe – and connect, from north to south, Athens, Winterville, Arnoldsville, Crawford, Stephens, Maxeys, Hutchins, Woodville and Union Point. It will also connect numerous businesses, churches, parks and schools to nearby neighborhoods, creating safe routes for active transportation.
Trails are safe places for exercise and active transportation, so they help people of all ages combat cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and other effects of inactive lifestyles. By separating bike and pedestrian traffic from roadways, trails can improve safety. Trails bring foot and bicycle traffic, which is good for business, and long trails often attract significant tourism. Trails can be resources for historic preservation and education, as well as corridors for nature. Trails tend to reduce crime in the areas they serve and increase nearby property values. They help the poor by making car-free transportation safer and more comfortable. Ultimately, they make communities more attractive places to live and work, which helps recruit and retain investment in new businesses, industries, and residents.
Athens-Clarke County has completed a 0.8-mile segment of the Firefly Trail from East Broad Street to Old Winterville Road, including bridges over the North Oconee River and Peter Street. Athens-Clarke County voters approved a Transportation Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (TSPLOST) in 2017 that will provide $16.7 million toward creating the trail in Winterville, crossing Trail Creek, and building as much of the trail as possible between Athens and Winterville.
Also, Maxeys and Union Point have secured $100,000 recreational trails grants to build Model Miles, and Firefly Trail Inc., has raised more than $200,000 to help them and other communities provide local matching funds. Riverview Foundation, W&A Engineering, and the National Park Service have come on board as major sponsors, and Firefly Trail, Inc. has recruited a part-time Trail Development Coordinator to spearhead work on building the trail. The Georgia Department of Transportation commissioned an economic impact analysis in 2016 that estimated the trail, when completed, will attract about 1.1 million users per year with a total economic impact of $14.7 million annually.
The Georgia Railroad, Georgia’s first state-chartered railroad, opened in 1841 to connect Athens to Augusta by way of Union Point. Originally, it terminated in Athens at Carr's Hill, but in 1888, bridges were added over Trail Creek and the North Oconee River to bring trains into downtown. The Athens Branch was abandoned in 1984 by CSX Transportation, which finished removing rails and other structures by 2000. Public outcry over the demolition of the Trail Creek trestle, made famous by the band R.E.M., led Athens-Clarke County to buy the trestle in 2001.
No. While some portions may still be owned by CSX, most of the corridor has reverted to original/adjoining landowners. For some portions, ownership is unclear. Firefly Trail, Inc. has heard from a number of property owners who are eager to help make the trail a reality. Unfortunately, some property owners are opposed to the trail.
For information on the Firefly Bridge Over Trail Creek please visit the project web-page at https://www.accgov.com/8735/Firefly-Bridge-Over-Trail-Creek
Cost depends on how much of the corridor is donated, what surface material is used (concrete, asphalt, or crushed cinders) and how much grading is required. The hope in ACC is that $16.7 million in TSPLOST funds will complete much of the trail through Winterville. In rural areas, the per-mile cost likely will be much lower. The 2016 economic impact study estimates total construction cost will be about $24 million.
Lots of sources over time. Most long trails are built in segments as funding becomes available. Funding for the first ACC segments came from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes and federal and state grants. Possible future sources include private donations; transportation sales taxes; special purpose local option sales taxes; gifts and grants from private businesses, industries and foundations; public fundraisers, and a variety of state and federal programs.
Yes. The big vision is that the Firefly Trail will be the first part of a network of trails serving the entire region, including Watkinsville, Madison and Greensboro. Also, we are in the process of improving the bicycle and sidewalk infrastructure within Athens-Clarke County and expanding the Greenway network (a Greenway extension that is accessible from the Firefly Trail’s Old Winterville Road trailhead opened in 2018).
Firefly Trail, Inc. needs volunteers, advocates and donors! For more information, please visit their website or send them an email. Firefly Trail Inc., is a 501(c)3 organization, so donations are tax-exempt to the full extent allowed by law. Thank you for your support! Contact Firefly Trail, Inc. at email@example.com
Please note that scholarship applications must be submitted at least five (5) business days prior to registering for a program or camp.
Yes, all scholarships expire December 31 and must be renewed.
Saturdays - 10am until 1pm ; 2pm until 5pm & Sundays - 2pm until 5pm. Please note that birthday parties may not be available during holiday weekends, special zoo programs, or during the summer for zoo camp. Please check the website for these updates, or call the Memorial Park Office at 706-613-3580.
Basic - $75 – Includes use of the party room for three hours with tables and chairs, a 30-minute educational walking zoo tour, and a 30-minute animal presentation for the group.
Deluxe - $125 - Includes basic package plus a Specialty Cake of your choice (serves 20-25) with candles, table decorations, plates, cups and party favors for each child (up to 25 kids).
You may book a birthday party by visiting the Memorial Park Office, Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm. You may also call the Office at 706-613-3580. Please have payment ready at the time of booking. Over the phone, you may pay by Visa® and Mastercard®. Effective January 1, 2014, a $3 fee, to partially recover the fees charged to Athens-Clarke County will be added to the total payment if made by credit card. There is no fee for debit card payments. In the office, we can process check, cash, or card. Checks should be made payable to Athens-Clarke County.
You many upgrade from a basic to a deluxe party by calling the office at 706-613-3580. You may also visit the office M-F 8am – 5pm. However, please call at least two weeks prior to your party reservation. The upgrade fee is $50, which includes a party favors for the kids, as well as a specialty animal-shaped cake (please let us know what kind of cake you want). Please have cash, check, or credit card available when upgrading.
We recommend that you book your party one month in advance in order to ensure your desired date. However, we REQUIRE a 2-week notice for all parties. Our most popular months for parties are March through May, and August through October.
Unfortunately, we cannot grant access to the birthday party room earlier than the time that it is reserved. For 10am parties, the party hosts must arrive at 10am. For 2pm parties, party hosts must arrive at 2pm. If you arrive early, the room may be locked. We recommend that you tell your guests to arrive 15 – 30 minutes past the hour.
Arrive at 10am or 2pm (depending on rental) to begin set up. Bear Hollow staff will greet your group and provide assistance with party set up. They will also present your cake (if applicable). Bear Hollow staff lead a 30 minute animal presentation in the birthday party classroom (if weather permits, it may be done outside). Then, the group will be led on a 30 minute walking zoo tour. You will then have the remaining time to hold your party (games, cake, presents, etc.) in the building. Be sure to allow a few minutes for cleanup of the area (we just ask that you put your trash in the provided receptacles) for your departure at 1pm or 5pm (depending on rental).
If there is inclement weather, the parties may be held inside for the duration of the rental. It is up to the staff and the party hosts to determine the course of action. We have coloring materials, board games, and books that the children may use. If icy conditions cause a party to be cancelled, you may be able to reschedule the party. Please call 706-613-3580 if this is a concern.
Typically, the room will have three 8 foot tables (with 8 chairs at each table). We have two other tables, as well as counter space, for cake, presents, and other decorations. For the deluxe parties, we have jungle themed tablecloths and flatware that will be set up before you arrive. If you reserved a basic party, you may bring your own tablecloths as well as balloons, streamers, and other decorations. We just ask that you leave the room as you found it. We will take out the trash and sweep.
The Birthday Party room will accommodate up to 30 guests—this includes children and adults.
The Birthday Party room is located in the Zoo Operations Building. To access this building, please park in the main lot of Memorial Park. Then walk around the basketball courts and the butterfly exhibit and you’ll see the Zoo Operations Building. Many people have found it helpful to place balloons at the corner of the basketball courts as a signal to their guests.
The deluxe party provides party favors for up to 30 kids. Although inventory may change, the current party favor includes a Bear Hollow Zoo kids’ souvenir cup with a small coloring book/crayons.
Guests are allowed to bring food and drink to the Zoo Operations Building. We have a standard size refrigerator and freezer that guests may use, as well as a sink and a microwave. We do not have a ice machine. We do request that you wait to eat until after the animal presentation to eat (because the animals may be hungry!)
Please inquire with staff at the time of booking your party.
Please call the Memorial Park Office at 706-613-3580 to order an additional cake. The charge is $25.
Party hosts are welcome to bring games and a piñata, which you may hang from the beams in the room, or from the basketball hoop. Soft music may be played at an appropriate level, with consideration to the animals that may be occupying the same space.
Please check the birthday page to see the program animals available for birthday parties. We will do our best to accommodate your animal requests.
You are welcome to tell us your requests for animals. However, we cannot guarantee their appearance. We have a strict program animal policy that keeps our animals safe and healthy. Please understand this when booking a zoo birthday party.
Guests can find program evaluations in the birthday party room after clean up. We ask that you honestly rate the staff and your experience, so that we can improve the birthday party packages in the future. If you need to make a complaint, you may visit the office or call 706-613-3580 to resolve any issues.
You are expected to put the trash in the trash cans, but please—recycle when you can. We will have green bins available in the room for this purpose. If you borrowed cutlery, you may place it in the sink when you leave the room.
Yes. Approval of a Zoning Permit from the Planning Department is required prior to construction of a fence. Section 9-15-1 of the Zoning & Development Standards lists the maximum height and other standards for fences and freestanding walls.
Yes. Approval of a Zoning Permit from the Planning Department is required prior to construction or installation of an accessory structure, including sheds, gazebos, swimming pools, detached garages, etc. Standards for maximum allowable lot coverage, building setbacks and maximum height depend on the zoning designation of the property, but the standards in Section 9-15-12 apply to most residential accessory structures. A Building Permit may be required from the Building Permits and Inspections Department, depending on the structure.
Some businesses may be approved as home occupations. Approval of a Home Occupation Application from the Planning Department is required prior to issuance of a Business Occupation Tax Certificate from the Finance Department to legally operate a business from your home. Section 9-15-16 of the Zoning & Development Standards lists the zoning provisions for home occupations.
The Planning Department relies upon a variety of media to issue public notice. For public notices required by local ordinance and state statutes, a legal advertisement is placed in the Athens Banner Herald and a sign is posted on the subject property. Notification letters are mailed to all property owners within 400 feet of a proposed rezone, special use, or planned development, and within 400 feet of some demolitions (if the district commissioner requests a 90 day review of a proposed demolition, notices are mailed). Email notifications are sent out via the Neighborhood Notification Initiative.
Applications for rezoning, planned developments, special use permits, variances and certificates of appropriateness require public notification via legal advertisements and sign postings at the subject properties. By adopted policy of the Mayor and Commission, all of the above except variances and certificates of appropriateness also require mailed notices to surrounding property owners. Demolition proposals require a mailed notice and sign posting if the district commissioner requests a 90 day review. Preliminary plat applications also require public notification via legal advertisement.
Call the Planning Department at 706-613-3515, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit us at 120 W. Dougherty Street from 8 AM – 5 PM Monday through Friday.
The Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission all have monthly public hearings for projects placed on their agendas. Meeting agendas are posted online and information about the projects is sent out through required legal notice procedures and through the Neighborhood Notification Initiative. Anyone may attend a board or commission meeting and comment on record about a proposed project, as follows:
A COA is not required for minor repair or maintenance work, such as painting or plantings. However, a COA would be required for work that physically alters the property, such as enclosing a porch or adding a fence or retaining wall.
Anybody may sign up to receive notices for any of the registered neighborhoods or overlay areas through the Neighborhood Notification Initiative.
Email notifications are sent for projects placed on agendas managed by the Planning Department. These include Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Planning Commission and Plans Review agendas. Notices are also sent for proposed demolitions and relocations.
Notices list the project address, a description of proposed work, contact information for the applicant, and information about the property (zoning, location map, historic district, NNI categories). The date and time are listed for the monthly Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission public hearings and the weekly Plans Review administrative meetings.
This varies depending upon the application deadline. The Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission and Planning Commission have monthly deadlines. Plans Review deadlines occur every Tuesday. Projects that are submitted by a deadline are placed on the appropriate agenda and notices about projects on that particular agenda are emailed at that time, typically several days after the deadline. Demolition and relocation notices are sent as applications are submitted.
NNI neighborhoods are formed when a neighborhood registers to participate in the NNI and a contact person is designated for the group. The contact person receives early notification for projects that submit applications to the Planning Commission. Overlay areas include commission districts, road corridors and the downtown area and do not have a designated contact person.
Fill out a registration form and turn it in to the Planning Department along with a map of the neighborhood boundaries and a copy of your neighborhood's organizational documents (articles of incorporation, by-laws, covenants, etc.). If your neighborhood does not have an established organizational structure, a petition signed by at least 20% of property owners or residents endorsing the group formation and the designated contact person substitutes for the organizational documentation. The GIS staff in the Planning Department can help create the boundary map. The NNI coordinator will forward this information to the ACC Commissioner representing the district the neighborhood falls within. With their endorsement, the Mayor and Commission will vote on the official registration and mapped boundaries of your neighborhood organization. Once the neighborhood is mapped, anyone may sign up to receive notices for projects within and adjacent to the neighborhood's boundaries.
Every Tuesday at noon is the submittal deadline. We send out the agenda (the plans we received that week) to all of the reviewers, and then post the plans digitally into the computer system. Paper copies are made available to the departments that require them. Then, staff from reviewing departments (Building Inspections, Public Utilities, Planning, Transit, etc.) looks at the plans and make sure that what is proposed meets the different codes and requirements for each reviewer. Comments from the reviewers are sent out to the contact person for the project and then discussed at the Plans Review meeting.
Plans Review is for any commercial, institutional, industrial, or multi-family residential project that requires three (3) or more reviewers. For instance, if you are renovating a commercial building and changing walls (structural), electrical, and plumbing—the project would require Plans Review.
No. While coming to the meeting can be very informative and help you understand what the reviewers are looking for, attendance is not mandatory. We do ask that you notify Bruce Lonnee, Bryce Hix, or Craig Page at least 24 hours before the scheduled meeting time if you will not be attending.
Many projects require resubmittals. Have your plans revised to satisfy the comments from the reviewers and then submit with a completed Revision Form. Follow the instructions on the form for number of copies and other resubmittal requirements. Unlike the initial Plans Review submittal, a resubmittal does not have a specific deadline. Just get the plans to us whenever they are ready and we’ll get them to the different reviewers.
There are a number of resources available to help you through the review process. First, read the ACC Plans Review Handbook. It is full of information about the requirements of every reviewing department. For a helpful list of do’s and don’ts, check out the Top Ten Keys to Success in Plans Review. Also, feel free to contact the Development Coordinator (706-613-3233). The Development Coordinator position is newly created to help applicants navigate the review process.
It will depend on the size of your lot, where the tree(s) are located and what your zoning is. Please refer to the Tree Removal Flowchart to determine if a permit is necessary to remove trees from your property.
Athens Clarke County does not have the ability to mandate tree removal. If the tree poses a threat to streets, sidewalks, or utilities, the Community Forester can evaluate the tree and issue a notification letter via certified mail. If public property is not at risk, the Community Forester can provide a limited evaluation, but a notification letter will not be issued. Additional information:
The Community Tree Program offers tree management consultations to Athens-Clarke County residents to help with their management objectives. There is no charge for our staff to come meet with you as these consultations are a tax-funded service. Please contact Landscape Management staff to schedule a consultation.
At this time, only trees in the Tree Preservation Area located along Milledge Avenue between West Broad Street and Lumpkin Street are protected. The Tree Preservation Area is located between the front facade of the principal building on the lot and the front property line and any tree 8" in diameter or larger are protected. These trees require a separate permit and approval from the Planning Department prior to removal.
Athens-Clarke County does not endorse any particular tree service; however we do recommend that you consider using a Certified Arborist for work on living trees. Check out the ISA website to find a Certified Arborist in our area:
Yes, utility line clearing is necessary to keep service reliable, trees healthy and people safe. Pruning methods are regulated by Athens-Clarke County. For more information, click here:
Tree species selection depends on a number of factors including your location and your objectives. Use our ACC Tree Species list to find a tree that best fits your needs and have fun with it!
The information on this website and the Probate Court Standard Forms are designed to help you perform simple filings on your own. However, if you find that the filing is more difficult than you expected, you should seek the assistance of an attorney. A lawyer may not cost as much as you think. Please note that we cannot recommend a lawyer.
The heirs may choose at the outset to grant to the administrator the power to perform acts without first seeking court permission. This agreement to a grant of powers must be unanimous. All the heirs must sign and have notarized the Grant of Powers Form on page 4 of Standard Form 3.
If the heirs live in different places, you may make several copies of page 4 and have each heir sign a copy and have the signature notarized and then file all the separate copies.
If the heirs consent to granting powers, notice of the consent must be published in order to give anyone who has a claim against the estate the opportunity to object.
If the heirs consent to waiving the requirement of bond, notice of the waiver must be published in order to give anyone who has a claim against the estate the opportunity to object. NOTE: Before the bond can be waived, the court may perform a criminal history background check on the proposed administrator. The administrator may be required to sign a separate form consenting to the background check. The results of this check will generally be kept confidential, but they may be revealed to any attorneys or guardians ad litem who are involved in the process.
Secondly, if the person has been certified to need involuntary outpatient treatment by a private physician or other qualified professional not connected with a facility as defined by the code (and the treatment the person needs is available), any interested person may petition the appropriate court for an order that the person receive a full evaluation.
Finally, if the person has not been seen by a qualified professional who is authorized to sign the certifications described herein, the person may apply to the community mental health center where outpatient treatment is provided to conduct a preliminary investigation to determine whether there is probable cause to believe the person is a mentally ill, drug dependent, or alcoholic person in need of involuntary treatment. If such a probable cause finding is made, the center must then petition the court for an order for the person to be evaluated. See the Court-Ordered Evaluation Proceedings.
Estate planning includes providing for one's care in the time of a medical emergency in both the short term and long term. This can be accomplished through a Power of Attorney and a Durable Health Care Power of Attorney. (See Alternatives to Adult Guardianships.) A well-drawn will and a well-prepared estate will save your family time, money, and a great deal of heartache.
Currently, we accept only money orders or certified funds bank checks in the office. You may use your credit card or debit card online to pay for probation payments or pretrial payments.
Our hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. Our lobby is open to the public starting at 9:00 a.m. for reports.
We are located at 110 Bray Street, Athens GA 30601 (Use to be the Advantage Behavioral building). We are just past the Department of Labor off of North Ave if heading from Downtown Athens and just before DFACS if heading towards Hull. Turn off of North Ave onto Bray Street. You will see our sign on the right. Please park in the parking area to your right or in the back of the building. Parking in the front of our building is reserved for handicap use only and it is heavily enforced.
Make your money order or cashier's check payable to Athens-Clarke County Probation or ACC Probation. Print the full name and address of the probationer below on the lines provided on the money order, especially if you are mailing the money order to our office. If you do not specify a probationer's name, we will not know where to apply the funds.
Athens-Clarke County Probation Services, 110 Bray St, Athens GA 30601
The Victim Impact Panel is held the second Tuesday of each month (unless otherwise indicated) at the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse (325 E Washington St, Athens, GA) . It is usually located in State Court on the fifth floor, follow the signs. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. and lasts for approximately one hour. Picture ID is required. A $2.00 cash fee will apply at time of registration.
We are not open on holidays recognized by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County.
We are Athens-Clarke County Probation Services and handle all misdemeanor cases within the county. State probation (felony) is located at: 171 Old Epps Bridge Rd. Athens, GA 30601 706-369-6000 or 706-369-6001. Turn right off of Broad Street onto Hawthorne Ave and turn behind Walgreens onto Old Epps Bridge Rd
No. A payment must be made in person, online or by mail using the acceptable form of payment and the probationer’s information.
Yes, but only online or at our lobby kiosk. We have a kiosk in the lobby that accepts credit cards or debit card payments in the office. Currently, we accept only money orders or certified funds bank checks at the front desk.
You may use your credit card or debit card online to pay for probation payments or pretrial payments.
Yes. Much of the information can be found on this website. However, if you can't find the information you are seeking, contact us through phone at 706-613-3795 or by email at email@example.com and we'll assist you with getting in touch with the right place.
In 2008, a statewide law in Georgia went into effect that allowed companies to apply - if they choose - for a statewide franchise agreement in lieu of multiple local ones. Only Charter and AT&T have applied for statewide video franchises and have notified the local government of intention to provide services in Athens-Clarke County. A full list is available at the Georgia Secretary of State's website.
Additionally, there is no requirement where services must be provided in a community, so it is entirely up to individual companies as to where they provide any services.
To date, no other cable companies have asked Athens-Clarke County for a franchise in Charter's service area, although satellite television providers also provide services without a franchise. The communities around the country that have multiple cable providers tend to be large cities and, even then, overlaps in services areas are rare to nonexistent.
First, you must contact that company's customer service directly (888-GET-CHARTER or online). If that fails to resolve the problem or you have further complaints, please address your concerns to the Athens-Clarke County Public Information Office through email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 706-613-3795.
On January 30, 2009, a number of organizations and communities filed with the Federal Communications Commission a "Petition for Declaratory Ruling that AT&T’s Method of Delivering Public, Educational and Government Access Channels Over Its U-verse System is Contrary to the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and Applicable Commission Rules."
The California Division of Ratepayer Advocates has posted a YouTube video showing the U-Verse PEG Viewing Experience.
It is best to water your plants in the morning when it is still cool. This helps reduce water lost to evaporation.
None of our transmission or distribution lines are lead pipes. Based on institutional knowledge and experience, we have no lead service lines in our system. Athens-Clarke County started using an Ortho-Phosphate blend back in 1991, as a means of corrosion control. Controlling corrosion in lead pipes significantly reduces the possibility of lead leaching into tap water, even in the oldest of homes.To gauge the effectiveness of the corrosion control chemical dosage, quarterly metal coupons (samples) are placed at selected places in our distribution system. At the end of the quarter we remove the coupons and send them to an independent lab which measures the amount of corrosion to the coupons, and the effectiveness of our dosage/treatment.We maintain the pH to between 7.5 and 7.75 to further minimize the possibility of our water being corrosive. pH is a measure of acidity, and the lower the number, the more acidic and corrosive the water is. pH of 7.0 is considered neutral.We have never exceeded EPD Action Levels during decades of sampling.
A stormwater utility fee charges properties in Athens-Clarke based on that property's contribution to the need for stormwater management. The utility uses the amount of impervious surface on a property as the primary basis for the fee. For more information about Stormwater, See the Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Division.
You are billed monthly for your water / sewer usage. View a sample bill.
Residential and commercial accounts are read approximately every 30 days.
Yes. You can work with a customer service representative to determine what the amount of a normal bill is for you and pay this amount each month. For further customer service, please contact the Water Business Office at 706-613-3500.
If you are more than one billing period delinquent and your bill is not paid by the date due shown on the bill, a late fee of 10% will be added to your balance for each month you are delinquent and your service may be terminated.
You can pay your bill online. You may also pay in person, by mail, or by bank draft. Learn more about paying your bill.
If you suspect that your bill is too high, it could be due to leaks in your water system. Water leaks in your home can cost you a lot of money – for example, a toilet leak may waste from 30 to 500 gallons of water per day! Your water meter can be a good detective for finding leaks inside your home. To detect a leak, turn everything off carefully, so no water is being used anywhere in the house. Then look at your meter - if the triangle on your meter is spinning, you have a leak. Check your hose connections, faucets, and toilets. For more information on saving water and money, view Household Water Use Assessment.
You only pay for the water that you use, so by using less water you will pay less. With the tiered-rate structure, if you keep your water use within your Winter Average amount (Annual Average for non-residential customers), you will pay the lowest rate and help keep your costs down. For more information on saving water and money, view Household Water Use Assessment.
A Winter Average (WA) is the average amount of water used during December, January, February, and March of the previous year, or 100 gallons a day (based on a two-person household with an average use of 50 gallons a day per person) multiplied by the number of days in the billing cycle, whichever is greater. The minimum winter average is 3,000 gallons for residential customers. For a more detailed explanation, view our rates.
Do not wash clothes if the water is discolored. Wait until the water runs clear at the tap. Wash a load of dark clothes first.
• Turn on the main water valve.
• Turn on the cold water tap at all faucets and run the water until you feel a change in temperature(i.e. the water gets noticeably colder). This may take several minutes. Begin with the faucet that is highest up in your home or building and then open the other faucets one at a time moving from the highest floor to the lowest.
• Change the filter cartridges.
• Throw out ice.
• Flush the water dispenser for 3 to 5 minutes.
• Run the ice maker for 1 hour.
• Throw out all the ice.
• Wash and sanitize bin areas.
If you do get sick, the symptoms are similar to food poisoning: nausea, diarrhea, cramps, and possibly a mild fever. These symptoms are not unique to exposure to potential contaminants/organisms in the water, and a doctor's involvement is key to identifying the cause of your illness. If your doctor suspects a waterborne illness, you may be asked to provide blood and/or stool samples.
No, there is no charge for the new meter at the time of installation. A monthly meter fee is billed based on meter size. The fees are collected over time to cover the costs of routine replacement.
Installations began in August, 2015, and were done in phases through 2018. When a water meter is replaced or AMI unit is added, you do not have to be home at the time of installation. If you are home, the installer will notify you in person before installation begins.
The County hired Neptune Technology Group and UMS to change our meter reading system. The workers will wear UMS shirts & badges and be in clearly marked vehicles that identify them as contractors with Athens-Clarke County.
As meters age, they tend to run slower and may not measure all the water going through them. To ensure all ratepayers contribute fairly to the cost of water treatment and delivery, meters are routinely scheduled for replacement. Meter replacement is taking place as the AMI System is being introduced. The replacement meters are the same positive displacement meters ACC has used and relied on for years. A new meter will record consumption more accurately. Depending on the age and accuracy of your existing meter, you might see a change in your bill.
“A supplier of water or any person having control of facilities which may cause the contamination of public water system has the responsibility to prevent water from unapproved sources or any contaminants from entering the public water system.”
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Environmental Protection Division, in 1983 amended this rule and mandated that all public water systems develop Cross Connection Control and/or Backflow Prevention Programs.
To gauge the effectiveness of the corrosion control chemical dosage, quarterly metal coupons (samples) are placed at selected places in our distribution system. At the end of the quarter we remove the coupons and send them to an independent lab which measures the amount of corrosion to the coupons, and the effectiveness of our dosage/treatment.
We maintain the pH to between 7.5 and 7.75 to further minimize the possibility of our water being corrosive. pH is a measure of acidity, and the lower the number, the more acidic and corrosive the water is. pH of 7.0 is considered neutral.
We have never exceeded EPD Action Levels during decades of sampling.
We have several ways to schedule a tour. 1) Click on the link below to schedule a tour online. 2) Email a request to email@example.com. 3) Contact the Water Conservation Office at 706-613-3729. We will respond to your request within five business days.
Neither the Drinking Water Treatment Plant nor Water Reclamation Facility is equipped to handle large groups for lunch. However, both facilities are only a short drive to Athens-Clarke County parks offering picnic areas. Memorial Park is a good choice for those visiting the Drinking Water Treatment Plant. Please contact 706-613-3580 to reserve a pavilion. For those who tour the Water Reclamation Facility, Southeast Clarke Park's World of Wonder Playground offers a conveniently located pavilion for groups to eat. Please contact 706-613-3871. Both parks request at least two weeks advance notice if you plan to bring a large group for lunch.
Programs are currently available on-site for the Drinking Water Treatment Plant only. Large school groups visiting the Drinking Water Treatment Plant automatically receive a program along with the tour. Please visit our program menu to see our program choices or ask us to recommend one appropriate for your group. If you have a particular topic of interest, please indicate so when requesting a tour.
Through funding raised by Athens-Clarke County Green School Programs, assistance is available for transportation costs to our sites for Athens-Clarke County schools. The financial assistance applies to costs associated with a bus driver's hours and mileage from the bus depot to school, school to our site, site to your school, and school to bus depot. We cannot assist with costs incurred for additional mileage or bus driver hours if the school group visits other locations (e.g. visit a park for lunch). Please contact the Water Conservation Office for more details. A copy of the transportation invoice received by the individual Athens-Clarke County School should be sent to the ACC Water Conservation Office, 124 E. Hancock Ave, Athens, GA 30601 to receive assistance following the field trip.
Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department has partnered with WaterSmart Software to offer our customers a resource to help you better understand and manage your water use. It provides you with a social comparison, helps you track water use, and offers personalized recommendations for the most effective ways to save water. For instance, if your outdoor water use is high, you will see suggestions related to irrigation practices.
To register, visit this link: https://accgov.watersmart.com. Enter your ACC PUD water account number located on your water bill and your zip code. Once you register, you can create a username and password based on an email of your choice.
If you forget your account password, look for the Forgot Password link on the Login Page. Once clicked, you will receive an email with instructions for resetting the password.
Customers who manage multiple properties or meters can link their accounts by registering the accounts using the same email address and password. Alternatively, a customer can log into WaterSmart with a single registered account, click on the drop-down menu under “My Account," click on “Add Account” and enter the account number and zip code of the account to be linked.
The primary account holder can add additional users to their Water-Smart account. Click on the drop-down menu under “Settings," click on “Account Settings," then scroll down to “Additional Users”. Select the user’s role, then enter the user’s name and email.
To improve the accuracy of your recommendations and household comparisons, customers can personalize their profile by answering specific questions about your household: How many people live there? How big is your yard?
Complete your Household Profile one of two ways:
1. On the drop-down menu of “My Account”, select “Update Occupants”
2. Locate “My WaterScore” on your home page, select “Who am I compared to?”
The data you see is “near-real-time.” Data is transmitted to WaterSmart twice per day and usually takes a few hours to process and show on your account. You should be able to see data from the prior 12-hour time frame. If you have a question about how much water you are using right now, you can look at the register on your water meter. Visit www.accgov.com/ami for more information on how to read your water meter.
When you use your email to create your WaterSmart account, you are automatically entered to receive leak alerts unless you opt out of this notification. An alert indicates an irregularly high water usage, which may have been caused by a leak or other situation, such as a person leaving a sink or hose running. Leaks are also indicated in orange on the graph when viewing your water use.
WaterSmart offers step-by-step instructions on how to find your leak. If you need further assistance, you may need to call a plumber to help identify the cause of higher than normal usage.
Leak alert notifications are set by default to the following parameters:
When you use your email to create your WaterSmart account, you are automatically entered to receive leak alerts within the above parameters unless you opt-out of this notification. Leak alert notifications can be customized under the "Settings" tab drop-down menu and selecting "Communication Preferences". If your property uses water continuously, tell us how much by specifying the "Gallons Per Hour" (GPH) in the "Leak Alerts" section. This amount will be considered normal for your account and will not be flagged by the leak detection system.
Another way to adjust the baseline is to indicate normal use as part of the leak resolution process. When a leak alert is received, follow the steps within the leak resolution process to indicate normal use for your home.
Due to the fluctuations in water use and needs of Commercial accounts, leak notifications are sent only for suspected Burst Leaks. ACC Public Utilities Dept. recommends Commercial accounts interested in additional monitoring to set "Daily Use Notifications" so if water use is greater than "normal" for your specific business an alert is sent.
Single Family Residences typically have a 5/8" meter. For questions regarding your meter size, refer to your water bill or contact the Water Business Office at 706-613-3500.
Daily Use Notifications are opt-in and initiated by the customer to set personal notification thresholds. For both daily use and billing period Notifications, thresholds are set relative to the customer’s typical seasonal use, when available, or simply their typical use when seasonal use is not available. Typical seasonal use is defined as the average of the last two years of data for the relevant billing period. For example, if your average use for the January billing period is 175 gallons per day, and your notification is set at 2X your normal seasonal use, then you will be notified if you use more than 350 gallons per day. Once we move into the April billing period, you will be notified if you use more than 2X your normal April use. For customers that have less than two years of usage data, we use one year of historical data for the relevant billing period to identify their typical seasonal use. Customers with less than one year of billing history (ex. new customer) are compared to their average use up to that point in time, defined as their normal use.
A customer may receive notifications for a few days, then experience a period of time when they no longer receive notifications. If your daily water use does not go over your normal seasonal use of your selected threshold, you will not receive a notification. When you go over the threshold again, another notification is sent. On days a customer is not notified of water use, the data can be accessed through your WaterSmart account.
You are being compared to households in the Athens-Clarke County service area with similar attributes, such as the number of occupants and irrigable area. Answering the questions in the Household Profile helps us to compare you with similar households, not necessarily your next-door neighbors.
The system uses property data along with information provided in the Household Profile to estimate the number of occupants in a property. The model predicts the number of occupants for each household based on property data alone. Use data is intentionally excluded in the occupant estimate. Despite being a strong predictor, doing so would skew the efficient and inefficient households to the low and high occupant bins, respectively.
Please note that if you change the number of occupants in your household through the WaterSmart system, this information is not applied to the billing side of the ACC Public Utilities Department. If you have a change in the number of occupants in your home and would like to know if this affects your Winter Average, please contact the Water Business Office at 706-353-3100.
Efficient use is generally calculated as the twentieth percentile of water use within a cohort.
Average water use is generally calculated as the median, or fiftieth percentile, of water use within a cohort.
Customers have the ability to pay their bill through WaterSmart using a checking account. Currently, the payment system is the same as offered through our website. The Public Utilities Department is currently exploring online payment systems and plans to begin accepting online credit card payments by the end of 2019.
Customers who want to view their WaterSmart Account in Spanish can do so with one click. There is a dropdown menu in the top right corner of the portal that lets users select their language.
The Cooperative Extension booklet "Protecting Your Water and Septic System" has a helpful risk assessment and chart of more specific recommended pumping times. Protecting Your Water and Septic System Booklet
In alphabetical order (Inmates Last Name), “Visitation Days” will be on Tuesday & Wednesday and Saturday & Sunday of each week. (Note: Beginning on Sunday of each week, per inmate, only x4 visits permitted each week unless special circumstances dictate otherwise)
Visitation Day & Time Scheduled as follows:
A thru JTuesday (0900am to 10:45am - 1:00pm to 4:00pm - 6:00pm to 7:30pm)K thru ZWednesday (0900am to 10:45am - 1:00pm to 4:00pm - 6:00pm to 7:30pm)A thru JSaturday (0900am to 10:45am - 1:00pm to 4:45pm - 6:30pm to 7:30pm) (Late Feeding)K thru ZSunday (0900am to 10:45am - 1:00pm to 4:00pm - 6:00pm to 7:30pm)Inmate Workers
Video Visitation for Inmate Workers during the week coincides with his/her last name in conjunction with the above schedule as well.However, on Saturday of each week, Inmate Workers are permitted to receive a one-hour contact visit. This is held in the Central Programs Classroom from 1:00pm to 2:00pm, and to register, visitors should arrive 15 minutes before visitation begins.
** NOTE ** The inmate must be processed through intake and the orientation unit and placed in a housing unit before they can have visitors. This may be up to 72 hours from the time they are booked into the jail.
The following items are prohibited from entering the courthouse:
Available periods for attorney and professional visits: Weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturday and Holidays 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. All attorney and professional visitors must provide and display valid photo identification to gain entrance to the jail. Attorneys must show their Georgia bar card, or in the case of attorney staff, legal aid staff or students, an ID from that organization or a listing on formal correspondence from the organization. Professional visitors must display photo identification from their agency or organization.
Place leaves and limbs out no later than 8:00 a.m. on the Monday of your pick-up week. Put leaves, grass, weeds, etc., in paper lawn bags and place at the curb. Stack limbs, brush, and small branches in a pile at the curb. Per Athens-Clarke County Ordinance, residents cannot place leaf and limb debris at the curb [public right-of-way] more than 10 calendar days prior to the Monday of the pick-up week.
Pick-ups are once every six weeks and may be altered by major weather events and staffing and/or truck maintenance issues. You must have your leaf and limb debris out by 8:00 a.m. on the Monday of your pick-up week. Find your pick-up week on the leaf and limb webpage or by calling 706-613-3501, and if using a touchtone phone, press 451 to hear a recording of the schedule. A printed schedule is available at the Athens-Clarke County Water business office, Athens-Clarke County City Hall, or Athens-Clarke County Regional Library. You may also contact the Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department at 706-613-3501, and a schedule can be mailed or emailed to you.
Most area grocery stores and some chain retail stores such as Target and Walmart offer plastic bag collection bins at their entrance or exit point. They can also be dropped off at our CHaRM site. An additional collection bin is located at the ACC Recycling Facility next to the single stream recycling dumpster. Plastic bags CAN NOT be recycled in curbside roll-carts or at drop off locations.
Bring them to the CHaRM Site at 1005 College Avenue any time Monday or Wednesday from 10am-7pm or Saturday from 8am-12pm. View the list of items accepted at CHaRM here.
Yes. According to Solid Waste Policy SW-004, all private haulers must collect single stream and accept the same items as the ACC Solid Waste Department.
All plastics marked with #1 - #7 such as cups, bottles, jugs, food trays, and tubs, “rigid plastics” – toys, buckets, bins, etc are recyclable, EXCEPT Styrofoam (#6 plastic). The following plastics are also not recyclable: plates, cutlery, and any Styrofoam product. Still confused? Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an avid recycler, we added the 20/25 gallon trash roll-cart just for you! Contact your hauler today and ask about this cart size. NOTE: The 20/25 gallon trash roll-cart will need to be provided by you, the customer and can be purchased at Lowe's or Home Depot. The ACC Solid Waste Department will provide a sticker to indicate the 20/25 gallon size.
The ACCUG Waste Minimization Fee is collected quarterly from the franchised solid waste service providers, both public and private, in the USD and GSD for both residential and commercial customers. The fee is $0.60/month/residential unit and $1.60/month/commercial entity and is shown as a separate line item on the garbage bill.
Please contact the Athens Drug Lab at 706-613-3206.
The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission voted to create a stormwater utility fee in December 2004. The utility fee raises the revenues needed to fund Athens-Clarke's Stormwater Management Program. This program brings us into compliance with federal regulations and safeguards our community through improved drainage and protection of local waterways. The stormwater utility fee charges properties in Athens-Clarke County based on that property's contribution to the need for stormwater management. The utility uses the amount of impervious surface, or surface that water is unable to soak into, on a property as the primary basis for the fee. This user-fee system represents a way to raise revenue for the program by charging those who directly contribute to its need. This method presents our community with an alternative to an across-the-board tax hike.
The stormwater utility fee pays for the operations and maintenance costs of the stormwater management program. Some of the services tied to the stormwater program include:
The stormwater utility bill is structured to be paid by the property owner, who might not be the same person who receives the water bill. Property owners make decisions about how the stormwater from their property is managed. In Athens-Clarke County, nearly 50% of properties are occupied by someone other than the owner. Typically, the occupant receives the monthly water bill but it would be inappropriate for a tenant to receive the stormwater utility fee as well.
On the date of a closure, the closing attorney generates a Property Transfer form (PT-61) that is filed with the deed for the change of ownership. The closing attorney has 90 days to file this paperwork. The state receives the paperwork and sends it out to the stormwater utility, the Tax Assessor, and any other parties who subscribe to the forms. Once the stormwater utility receives notification of the transfer, Billing Staff will close the account under the old owner's name and begin an account in the new owner's name. A prorated final bill (based on the closing date) will be mailed to the old owner, and a prorated first bill will be mailed to the new owner with the next billing cycle.
Stormwater utility bills are based on the amount of impervious surface that is present on the property. The impervious surface is now calculated from 2013 aerial images of every property in the county. If you believe that the area of impervious surface has been calculated incorrectly or has changed since the 2013 images were produced, please contact the Stormwater Management Program at 706-613-3440 or email email@example.com.
Stormwater credits are given to properties with installed and maintained stormwater systems that meet the requirements of the Athens-Clarke stormwater management ordinance and the Georgia Stormwater Management Manual. Stormwater ponds, wetlands, infiltration trenches, and other management systems reduce the velocity or rate of the runoff or clean up the pollutants found in stormwater. When properly maintained and installed, these systems can qualify for a reduction in fee for the property that they serve.
If you have a drainage issue and would like to have your property reviewed by the ACC Drainage Inspector, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. In certain instances, Athens-Clarke County Stormwater may be able to offer assistance through a drainage improvement agreement. This program aids property owners in resolving drainage problems on private property. The program provides labor for the engineering design and the installation of stormwater facilities needed to alleviate the drainage problem. The property owner is responsible for the cost of materials for the project. For more information about the drainage improvement program, contact Stormwater Management at 706-613-3440.
Athens-Clarke County Stormwater offers free rain barrel workshops for the public every fall and spring. To make sure you never miss a workshop, sign up for the Stormwater Education calendar or newsflash. We always post upcoming workshops on the calendar and in our monthly newsletter. If you have any questions or would like to make a container donation, contact us at email@example.com.
If you cannot wait for one of our workshops, check out this list of rain barrel retailers in Athens. You can also bid on a one-of-a-kind painted rain barrel at Roll Out the Barrels, an annual event that raises funds for the ACC Green School Program.
You may also contact them at 706-208-7078.
Please contact the attorney that represented you when entering into Felony Drug Court to learn what your drug court agreement was.
You may also contact them by telephone at 706-369-6000. The County Probation Office (misdemeanor probation) is located at 1720 Lexington Road. You can also contact them at 706-613-3911.
Chronically Incarcerated Individuals: Data from 2010 for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development show that approximately 21% of the nation's jail inmates have a recent history of a mental health condition. Many individuals experience frequent and routine jail stays for low-level criminal behavior caused by mental health issues that impede their daily functioning. From 2000 to 2008, one such individual spent an average of 223 days per year in the Athens-Clarke County Jail at a cost of approximately $10,000 per year (nearly $80,000 total). While in jail, the individual was only able to receive basic medical care. Today, this individual would be eligible for TAC participation, and would be closely supervised and receive targeted mental health treatment while living in the community.
Individuals with Co-occurring Substance Abuse: A recent snapshot of a felony drug court indicates that as many as 40% of the participants have a diagnosable mental health condition, although most are not receiving treatment. Further estimates from the National GAINS Center note that as many as 72% of those diagnosed with mental illness also have a co-occurring substance abuse disorder.
Homeless Individuals: Data from 2010 for HUD show that an estimated 46% of the nation's homeless adult population live with severe mental illness and/or substance abuse disorders. These individuals often experience longstanding housing instability and repeat involvement with the criminal justice system.
Individuals involved with Civil Commitment and Mental Incompetency Proceedings: Changes in Georgia law now allow the state to release individuals referred to state hospitals for reasons of mental incompetency, provided they meet minimal levels of stabilization. The referring court is held responsible for monitoring such individuals in community-based treatment.
The sustainability plan is a long-term communitywide plan that details how we will reduce our environmental impact, grow the economy, and improve the community in which we live. The purpose of this plan is to provide both a big picture vision of where the community is headed in specific goal areas and to identify specific steps that are needed to advance an individual goal. To provide a more complete picture, we are also highlighting big-picture successes our community has accomplished in the pursuit of these goals.
The Mayor and Commission strategic goals and objectives directed staff to “Work with community environmental and transportation groups and Unified Government staff, to define the major components of a sustainability plan and identify benchmarks for success.” Much like how Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan will be very detailed in addressing transportation issues, the sustainability plan provides us with an opportunity to take a closer look at items critical to sustaining our environment.
There are a couple of things that set this process apart from other ongoing efforts. They include:
They remain in effect and are important to guiding our community’s progress. Existing plans like the Greenway Network Plan and the Workforce Housing Study are guiding documents for the development of the sustainability plan. Whenever possible, we have cross-referenced back to these plans. Ongoing plans like Envision Athens, the Bike/Pedestrian Master Plan, and the Downtown Health and Safety Study are more broadly referenced in the sustainability plan. We believe the greatest success is likely to be found where these plans have overlapping recommendations that emerge from their different approaches.
So far, Athens-Clarke County staff from 15 different departments have invested over 1,400 hours reviewing other plans, national best practices, and current progress within the community. They have used this information to draft 64 long-term goals and approximately 650 actions to be completed within the next five years. We now need additional ideas and input to make this plan more complete in its design.
The staff effort so far is just the first step. Because we work so closely with these subject areas, we recognize our community can't be successful in these areas without the contributions of our non-profits, businesses, volunteers, and citizens.
Through the spring and summer of 2018, we will engage with community stakeholders on the eleven subject areas. Following this input, we will compile and refine feedback to develop a plan that more broadly describes the contributions of stakeholders across the community. Ultimately, this compiled data will be converted to a narrative format and shared with the public for additional feedback and editing. It will take up to a year to complete this process.
We want to provide better habitat for native vegetation and animals. At the same time, we want to provide exceptional educational opportunities for our community about wildlife, forest succession, forest products, and wise forest management practices. The permanent changes that go hand-in-hand with this project also enable us to be better stewards of our land and the natural resources entrusted to us.
Approximately 30 of our 225 acres, or just over 13 percent of our total acreage.
At the north end of the nature center property, between the Education & Visitor Center and the northern property line.
No. Four of the five tracts will be pine; the fifth will be hardwoods. Three of the pine tracts will be planted; the fourth will be allowed to naturally reseed from shelterwood trees left during harvest.
This property, like most of Piedmont Georgia, was used for intensive cotton production beginning in the early 1800s, which led to severe erosion and degradation of the soil. By the 1940s, the soils were depleted and barely able to support the sharecropping families who lived here. Very little of this part of the site was actively involved in the brick production that dominated other parts of the nature center property, but waste bricks and other debris were dumped here. Starting in the early 1950s, row crop agriculture was slowly abandoned, with the last farming ending around 1980, leaving the nutrient-poor land fallow. Eventually grasses, shrubs and pines began the process of returning to a climax forest. In the 1970s, when Sandy Creek Nature Center was founded, portions of this part of the site were still a mix of meadows and young pine trees. In the more than 40 years since, the pines have shaded out the meadows, creating an overcrowded, monocultural second-growth forest with low diversity.
Yes. The goal is to encourage the right amount of growth at the forest floor, and the right kinds of vegetation. In a Piedmont ecosystem unaltered by humans, low-intensity fires would sweep through every few years. Studies show these fires limited the height and density of ground-level vegetation. Fires happened frequently and kept fuel levels low, and typically remained too close to the ground to ignite the canopy. Many native plants evolved to depend on fire and cannot thrive without it. This project recreates this important aspect of Piedmont forest ecology using carefully supervised prescribed burns where and when appropriate.
Yes. Fire is a natural part of Georgia’s Piedmont region, historically sweeping through sites every few years. Fire suppression efforts from the late 1800s until now have, along with some other factors such as invasive species, dramatically changed the ecology of our forests.
Sandy Creek Nature Center is working in partnership with the Georgia Forestry Commission, the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct controlled burns in our managed forest. Appropriate timing and close attention to conditions are effective at keeping controlled burns under control. These fires clean out dense vegetation and dead wood at ground level without harming trees or spreading into adjacent areas. Controlled fires are slow-moving and of low intensity, allowing animals to burrow to safety or escape. Public notice will be provided. Controlled burns have been conducted annually in the center’s Piedmont Prairie.
Yes – but not all at once.
Each of the three planted pine sites will be cut once every 50-60 years. Cutting will be staggered so that only one plot is cut at a time, at roughly 15-year intervals. Harvesting will take place in the late winter and the harvested tract will be replanted, encouraging seedlings and other vegetation to flourish.
For the pine shelterwood site, the oldest trees are removed once every 50 years. Starting about 5 years before the final harvest, trees are thinned to around 30- 50 of the best trees per acre and natural reseeding is encouraged. When the final harvest takes place, the seedlings are about 3-5 feet tall, thus the site is never really “clear cut.” Some clearing will be necessary initially to get the desired spacing between trees.
For each of the four pine sites, whenever possible, a minimum of five large trees (12 inches or more in diameter) will be left per acre when sites are cleared or trees are cut. These large standing trees, along with the stumps remaining after harvest, provide much-needed wildlife nesting and foraging sites.
On the hardwood site, the shelterwood harvest method is used. It will take about 12-18 years for the planted mast-producing trees to become established. Some thinning will take place over time to encourage healthy tree growth and wildlife food/shelter production. The site will not be cleared again for another 80-120 years. Current plans are to stagger the final cut so it takes place in the years between clearing of either of the adjacent pine tracts.
All five sites will be burned this fall/winter to eradicate invasive plants, remove dangerous wildfire fuels, and provide nutrients needed for plant growth. One 5- acre tract – the first of the planted pine tracts – will be cleared. The other four tracts will be thinned and the hardwood forest will have the understory removed.
Yes. The tracts are relatively flat and not prone to excessive storm water runoff, making them well-suited to these forest management techniques. Thinning opens the canopy to allow the forest floor to receive sunlight, helping promote the re-establishment of Piedmont forest meadows that were once common. Harvestable timber will be sold to offset the cost of the project and to put the wood to good use. Fire-breaks will create access corridors which will limit the impact of operations on the forest floor. These firebreaks will be used as access and recreational trails. The demonstration project will follow and teach best forest management practices to minimize impact and promote healthy regrowth.
The project leaves forest buffers in place around the managed tracts to reduce the visual impact of the initial clearing, especially north of the Education & Visitor Center. In addition, the border zones where managed forest tracts transition into buffer areas will provide excellent habitat.
We have conducted surveys of the future managed forest area and have found no evidence of rare or endangered species there. We will make adjustments if any are found in the future.
Species such as Chinese privet, Elaeagnus (autumn olive), Nandina, English ivy, honeysuckle, and fire ants present a challenge at Sandy Creek Nature Center. In some parts of the site, they have crowded out native vegetation, changing the nature and ecology of the forest and limiting important sources of food for year round and migratory animals. This project utilizes prescribed fire, handcutting, mechanical mulching, and targeted application of herbicides to remove non-native species. The creation of a more diverse habitat allows native plants and animals to thrive at Sandy Creek Nature Center. This provides educational opportunities to understand the importance of control and eradication of exotic invasives.
Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., has already raised over $67,000 needed for the project, including startup and three years of management. Funding for this project is a significant, long-term commitment, especially since the managed forest will require at least 80 years to reach maturity.
Yes. Among the groups and organizations submitting letters of support and working as partners on the project are Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service, the Georgia Forestry Commission, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the United States Forest Service, and a number of Athens-Clarke County staff and organizations, including the county forester, environmental coordinator, Landscape Division, and Oconee Rivers Greenway Commission. We have also received the support and guidance of professional foresters who have served on the Sandy Creek Nature Center, Inc., Board of Directors.
Yes. Because the project represents a significant change in the management of county property, it was approved by the Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission on October 7, 2014.
You can change your mailing address by calling the tax commissioner at 706-613-3120.
Any principal balance that remains unpaid after the due date will accrue interest each month as prescribed by law. A 5% penalty will be assessed on any remaining principal balance 120 days after the due date and each 120 days thereafter not to exceed 20% for the tax year.
Get your driveway or parking permit right here at the Transportation and Public Works Department. Please call us at 706-613-3440 to make sure you have what you need to apply for your permit. You may also get directions to our offices at 120 West Dougherty Street. We are located on the bottom floor.
Call the Athens-Clarke County Streets and Drainage Division at 706-613-3465 for potholes on a public street. We will issue a work order and go out to fix the problem as soon as possible. If the pothole is on a privately owned street or parking lot, contact the property owner or property management company to have it repaired.
Dead animals that are located on a State Highway in Athens-Clarke County will be picked up by the Georgia Department of Transportation, please contact them at 706-583-2644.
Who you contact depends on where the drainage issue is located:
Safety is the top priority for the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the Transportation and Public Works Department, which is coordinating this effort. When the 2018 resurfacing project was approved, staff reviewed all selected roadways to determine if any safety improvements could be included.
Safe connectivity for both vehicles and cyclists should be provided wherever possible. Along with all other 4-lane roadways up for resurfacing, Barnett Shoals was evaluated for possible safety enhancements for vehicles and cyclists.
Yes. The traffic study showed that there was sufficient capacity to change the number of vehicle lanes from four to three. However, rather than recommend the change be made final, Transportation and Public Works recommended a 30-day temporary project to see the changes in action.
The two-way bike lanes on the Green Acres side of the road provided maximum connectivity to Green Acres, Clarkedale, and the residential properties on Barnett Shoals Road. This location also provides safe bicycle access to the recently completed College Station Road bike lanes.
This was the most reasonable place to end the bike lanes through the resurfacing project. Based on the recently completed Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan, these bike lanes would not extend to Whitehall Road, but would cut the corner to the southern segment of Barnett Shoals Road and likely become a sidepath (roadside greenway) toward Old Lexington Road, providing improved bicycle access for those neighborhoods as well.
A temporary demonstration allows staff to collect public input and actual traffic data before a permanent change. It also provides the public with an opportunity to experience a two-way cycle track on the street while still allowing possibilities for changes.
Yes. Temporary demonstration projects have been used by cities such as Memphis, New York City, Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Seattle to observe reactions and impacts of reconfiguring existing roadways.
Absolutely! Staff will use the public input along with the collected traffic data to make an informed recommendation to the Mayor and Commission on whether the project should be made permanent. The Mayor and Commission will have access to all of your comments before they make a final decision.
In order to obtain a Driveway Permit, you must complete a permit application. This application must be accompanied by a scaled site plan and the $60.00 application fee. Please bring these to the Transportation & Public Works office, located at 120 West Dougherty Street (lower level). Typically the permit is reviewed and approved/disapproved during your visit. (Cash or check only)
In order to obtain a Right-of-Way encroachment permit, please fill out a permit application. Bring this application along with a drawing of how you plan to encroach in the Right-of-Way, and the $60.00 application fee. Your permit application will be looked at within 1-2 days, depending on the Permit Supervisor's schedule.
Streetlights are leased by the Unified Government from the individual power providers and maintained by each power provider. Streetlight issues may be reported directly to the power provider or the Department of Transportation and Public Works. ** We are currently replacing many of the county's streetlights with LED bulbs.
To address concerns about the process or to request glare shields, follow the process below: Please have the following information ready when you call or email about a streetlight concern:
Report an issue to Georgia Power
Report an issue to Walton EMC
Report an issue to Jackson EMC
Report an issue to Rayle EMC
Issue may also be reported to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call the Transportation & Public Works Engineering Tech at 706-613-3457, ext. 7806.
Traffic Signal outages may be reported to the Traffic Engineering Division at email@example.com Pedestrian Lantern outages may be reported to the Central Services Department at firstname.lastname@example.org For further information regarding Streetlights please contact email@example.com.
A property owner can visit FEMA's website at www.msc.fema.gov with their address and get a good idea of where the floodplain lies. For more detailed information that will show the location of the floodplain with respect to their particular property, the property owner should visit the Planning Department's GIS office. For a nominal charge, a printout can be obtained if the property does lie in the floodplain, or they can simply verify that it does not.
Any time that you are working within the ACC right of way, if you need to work within the right of way fill out a permit application, submit a drawing of proposed work within the right of way as well as the $60.00 cash or check permitting fee.
A FEMA Elevation Certificate is a form available on FEMA's website that is used to certify building elevations in order to demonstrate compliance with the A-CC Flood Protection Ordinance. It is also used to determine the flood insurance premium rate, and/or to support a request to FEMA to remove a property from the regulated floodplain.
Call Athens-Clarke County Streets and Drainage Division at 706-613-3465 for potholes on a public street. We will issue a work order and go out and make the repair as soon as possible. If the pothole is on a privately owned street or parking lot, contact the property owner or property management company to have it repaired.
Yes, Athens-Clarke County does pick up dead animals in the street or on the right of way. If the animal is not in the street or on the right of way, it is the citizen's responsibility to remove it. For dead animals in the right of way in the Urban Service District (inside the former Athens City limits) contact the Solid Waste Department at 706-613-3501. For dead animals in the right of way in the Rural Service District (outside the former Athens City limits) contact the Streets & Drainage Division at 706-613-3465. Dead animals that are located on a State Highway in Athens-Clarke County will be picked up by the Georgia Department of Transportation, please contact them at 706-583-2644.
Unwarranted or inappropriately placed signals can:
* Increase overall travel times by adding stops and delay for through traffic. * Cause the diversion of traffic onto residential streets to avoid the signal. * Cause a significant increase in rear-end collisions. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUT
• Does the number of vehicles on intersecting streets create confusion or congestion? • Is main street traffic so heavy that drivers on the side street will try to cross unsafely? • Are there enough pedestrians trying to cross a busy main street to create a hazard? • Does the number of school children crossing a street require special controls for their protection? • Will a signal allow for continuous, uniform traffic flow with a minimum number of vehicle stops? • Does an intersection's crash history indicate that a signal will reduce the possibility of a collision?
Our staff will compare the existing conditions against nationally accepted minimum standards established by The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) - Section 4C. At intersections where standards have been met, the signals generally operate effectively with good public compliance. Where not met, compliance is generally reduced resulting in additional hazards.While a properly placed traffic signal improves the flow and decreases crashes, an unnecessary one can be a source of danger and annoyance to all who use an intersection: pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Unwarranted or inappropriately placed stop signs can:
* Increase traffic delay, speed and congestion with little or no gain in safety. In fact, safety is sometimes reduced. * Frustrate and anger motorists, who may divert to less suitable streets. * Reduce the credibility of stop signs and cause them to be ignored.
Although the physical installation of a stop sign is relatively inexpensive, studies have shown that there are "associated" costs involved which must also be considered:
* The sign must be maintained after installation. * Extra fuel is consumed when vehicles stop and then re-accelerate - 24 hours per day. * Extra fuel consumption also leads to increased air pollution. Stopping 5,000 vehicles per day generates 15 tons of additional pollutants per year.
A common reason for requesting an all-way stop is to encourage speeding drivers to slow down. It is important to note that Section 2B.04, Paragraph 05 of the MUTCD states: “YIELD or STOP signs should not be used for speed control.” Installation of an all-way stop intersection solely to slow traffic would constitute a violation of 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Part 655, Subpart F and will not be considered. The FHWA based this decision on a large volume of research, some of which is available online, which indicates that:
• All-way stops do not control speeds except under very narrow conditions, and• Drivers learn to ignore unwarranted stop signs risking similar behavior at other intersections. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUT
The majority of traffic signals in ACC are designed to be either traffic responsive or part of a traffic signal system. Traffic responsive traffic signals are designed to adjust their patterns based on traffic demand. These systems work well, but are limited to locations where we can communicate with the traffic signals from our office. Typically, ACCTE will use traffic counts that have been taken at the intersection to model the traffic signal operation and determine the preset maximum time. Timing for traffic signals that are part of a traffic signal system is typically designed to progress groups of vehicles along a corridor. The department uses traffic modeling software along with traffic counts to determine appropriate traffic signal timings to progress these groups of vehicles along a corridor. Once timing has been programmed for the traffic signal, we will observe traffic flow and further adjust the traffic signal timing to accommodate site-specific issues as needed.
Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices
Inductive “loops”- Are installed to detect vehicles approaching a signalized intersection. A” loop” is wire that is installed in a two inch deep slot that is cut into the asphalt in a rectangle shape which is 6 feet wide by 20 -30 feet long. This “loop” is placed just behind the white line referred to as a “stop bar”. When a vehicle is on top of the “loop” the traffic signal controller will see a change of electrical inductance due to the metal content of the vehicle. If a vehicle comes to a stop past the “stop bar” the traffic signal controller will “NOT” see the presence of a vehicle and the traffic signal will not change. Drivers should always place their vehicle just behind the “stop bar” for proper traffic signal operation.
Please report malfunctioning traffic signals to Traffic Engineering at 706-613-3460.
Answers to Common Questions about these cameras:
• The video on these cameras is not recorded. • These cameras are not used for photo-enforcement of red-light running. • Video detection cameras will detect bicycles when stopped behind the STOPBAR (large white stripe located in each lane at every intersection for vehicle stop placement).
A Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) is a sales tax used to fund capital outlay projects proposed by the county government and municipal governments. A Transportation SPLOST (TSPLOST) is a sales tax where the outlays are intended for transportation purposes only.
Athens-Clarke County currently has several different 1% Sales taxes.
Based on legislation passed in the 2016 General Assembly, the law now allows for an additional sales tax for transportation. This tax will NOT affect any other local sales and use tax. (See O.C.G.A 48-8-269.991 and 48-8-269.997)
The TSPLOST 2018 program was approved by Athens-Clarke County voters on November 7, 2017. Collection will actually begin on the first day of the calendar quarter following an 80-day period after the vote. Sales tax collection will begin in April 2018 as an additional sales tax on the current sales tax. The new TSPLOST sales tax will be 1%, making Athens-Clarke County's total sales tax 8%.
The max rate allowed for Athens-Clarke County is 1.0%. Since both cities of Winterville and Bogart agreed to participate in the program and an Intergovernmental Agreement was executed by the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and with both cities, the November 2017 referendum is for a 1% sales tax. If both cities did not agree to participate, then the maximum rate allowed would have been 0.75%.
The area of Athens-Clarke County will generate approximately $109.5 million from April 2018 to March 2023 with a 1% TSPLOST.
The collections for the TSPLOST 2018 program would cease on March 31, 2023. It should be noted out that projects do not have to be completed in the five-year window. The vast majority of projects should be complete, or be in the construction phase, during the five-year period.
(5) “Transportation purposes” means and includes roads, bridges, public transit, rails, airports, buses, seaports, including without limitation road, street, and bridge purposes pursuant to paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of Code Section 48-8-121(see below), and all accompanying infrastructure and services necessary to provide accessto these transportation facilities, including new general obligation debt and other multiyear obligations issued to finance such purposes. Such purposes shall also include the retirement of previously incurred general obligation debt with respect only to such purposes, but only if an intergovernmental agreement has been entered intounder this article.Code Section 48-8-121(b)(1)If the resolution or ordinance calling for the imposition of the tax specified that the proceeds of the tax are to be used in whole or in part for capital outlay projects consisting of road, street, and bridge purposes, then authorized uses of the tax proceeds shall include:(A) Acquisition of rights of way for roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, and bicycle paths; (B) Construction of roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, and bicycle paths;(C) Renovation and improvement of roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, and bicycle paths, including resurfacing; (D) Relocation of utilities for roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, and bicycle paths;(E) Improvement of surface-water drainage from roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, and bicycle paths; and(F) Patching, leveling, milling, widening, shoulder preparation, culvert repair, and other repairs necessary for the preservation of roads, streets, bridges, sidewalks, and bicycle paths.(2) Storm-water capital outlay projects and drainage capital outlay projects may be funded pursuant to subparagraph (a)(1)(D) of Code Section 48-8-111 or in conjunction with road, street, and bridge capital outlay projects.
Since the intergovernmental agreement is executed with Bogart and Winterville, thus allowing the maximum 1% tax, then a minimum of 30% of revenue generated must be used on projects consistent with the Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan (SSTP). The SSTP is a policy document and does not include an exhaustive list of projects. The SSTP outlines a series of statewide priorities and identifies several programs and/or plans which directly support those priorities.
A handful of key projects are identified in various places throughout the document to illustrate how a program or plan may ultimately result in implementation of a specific project. Because the SSTP identifies a broad range of supportive strategies and programs, many projects will be consistent with the SSTP. For example, projects that would be considered consistent include interchange projects, safety projects, and operational improvement projects. [see O.C.G.A 48-8-269.(c)920(D) and 269.995(b)(2)(D)]
Yes. Also published at www.accgov.com/tsplost, is the Athens-Clarke County TSPLOST - Program Goals, Project Selection Criteria, and Charge to the Citizens Advisory Committee that was approved by Mayor & Commission.
(A) A list of the projects and purposes qualifying as transportation purposes proposed to be funded from the tax, including an expenditure of at least 30 percent of the estimated revenue from the tax on projects consistent with the state-wide strategic transportation plan as defined in paragraph (6) of subsection (a) of Code Section 32-2-22;
(B) The estimated or projected dollar amounts allocated for each transportation purpose from proceeds from the tax;
(C) The procedures for distributing proceeds from the tax to qualified municipalities;
(D) A schedule for distributing proceeds from the tax to qualified municipalities which shall include the priority or order in which transportation purposes will be fully or partially funded;
(E) A provision that all transportation purposes included in the agreement shall be funded from proceeds from the tax except as otherwise agreed;
(F) A provision that proceeds from the tax shall be maintained in separate accounts and utilized exclusively for the specified purposes; (G) Record-keeping and audit procedures necessary to carry out the purposes of this part; and
(H) Such other provisions as the county and qualified municipalities choose to address.
(1) The sale or use of any type of fuel used for off-road heavy-duty equipment, off-road farm or agricultural equipment, or locomotives;(2) The sale or use of jet fuel to or by a qualifying airline at a qualifying airport;(3) The sale or use of fuel that is used for propulsion of motor vehicles on the public highways;(4) The sale or use of energy used in the manufacturing or processing of tangible goods primarily for resale;(5) The sale or use of motor fuel as defined under paragraph (9) of Code Section 48-9-2 for public mass transit; or(6) The purchase or lease of any motor vehicle pursuant to Code Section 48-5C-1