Ninth District Opportunity can help pay heating bills in qualified homes starting Thursday Nov. 1

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GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. has announced that households in 20 north Georgia counties, including Dawson, Lumpkin and White, in which every member is age 65 and older or is homebound due to health reasons may apply for assistance with their home heating bills starting Thursday November 1.

The Georgia Department of Human Services will help pay heating costs for gas or electric. A one-time payment will be made by check issued to the home energy supplier on behalf of eligible households.

Eligibility for the program is based on the income of all household members. All eligible households must be responsible for their home heating costs.

When applying for assistance, persons must present verification of age for everyone in the home, verification of all household income received within the past 30 days (check stubs, public assistance checks, unemployment checks, etc.), verification of Social Security numbers for everyone in the home, verification of citizenship (driver’s license, state ID, etc.), and the most recent heating source and electric bill.

Ninth District Opportunity says you must bring all documentation with you as they can no longer obtain the information for you.

All eligible applicants are asked to contact Ninth District Opportunity, Inc.’s scheduling system, beginning 12:01 a.m. EST, by telephone at 855-636-3108 or through the website, http://www.ndo.org/eap.

The phone lines and website for scheduling will become active Nov. 1. No walk-ins, please. Appointments will be scheduled until all funds are exhausted.
Please do not call the local office to schedule an appointment. All appointments must be made through the automated scheduling service.

Additional information will be made available online at www.ndo.org.
Only households where every member is 65 years of age and older or homebound due to health reasons may apply. Applicants that do not meet the required criteria will be denied.

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. is an equal opportunity agency while providing services without regard to age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, or any other classification or category.

 

 

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NDO can help with heating bills this winter for qualified households

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Help for those who can’t afford to pay their heating bills and who live in households where every family member is 65 or older will soon be available to those who live in Lumpkin, Dawson, White and many other north Georgia counties.

Starting Nov. 1, the Georgia Department of Human Services will help pay heating costs for gas or electric. A one-time payment will be made to the home energy supplier on behalf of eligible households.

Eligibility for the program is based on the income of the household members. All eligible households must be responsible for their home heating costs.

Depending on the availability of funds, the regular program will open to the general public on Dec. 3.

When applying for assistance, persons will present verification of age for everyone in the home, verification of all household income received within the past 30 days (check stubs, public assistance checks, unemployment checks, etc.); verification of Social Security numbers for everyone in the home, verification of citizenship (driver’s license, state ID, etc.), and the most recent heating source or electric bill.

All documentation must be taken to the appointment, as Ninth District Opportunity can no longer obtain the information for applicants.

All eligible applicants are asked to contact Ninth District Opportunity’s scheduling system beginning 12:01 a.m. by telephone at (855) 636-3108 or through the website, www.ndo.org/eap.

The phone lines or website for scheduling will not be active until the opening date of the program and no appointments will be made by telephone or online until this time. No walk-ins, please. Appointments will be scheduled until all funds are exhausted.

Please do not call the local office to schedule an appointment. All appointments must be made through the automated scheduling service.

Applicants that do not meet the required criteria will be denied.

Additional information will be made available online at www.ndo.org.

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. is an equal opportunity agency while providing services without regard to age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or any other classification or category.

Home heating help for the elderly and homebound is also available for Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns and Union counties.

 

 

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Commissioners discuss road maintenance improvement tax during Tuesday work session

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DAHLONEGA, Ga. – Lumpkin County Manager Stan Kelley outlined some of the possibilities of a road maintenance and improvement tax city and county officials are considering during Tuesday’s work session.

City and county officials held a joint meeting last week to discuss placing the tax on the March Primary ballot. The tax is similar to a special purpose local option sales tax in that each time a sale is made in Lumpkin County up to one cent per dollar is placed in a fund dedicated solely to improving roads, sidewalks, bridges, trails and culverts in the city and county.

Kelley estimated the tax — collected over a five-year period — could generate $15 million and he recommended a 20 percent split with the City of Dahlonega.

The city would have to agree to that split then both the city and county would sign an intergovernmental agreement and establish a priority list of road projects before going to the voters.

One project that tops the list for both is the intersection of Oak Grove Road and Highway 19. It has been in need of safety measures for years, but the Georgia Department of Transportation has not placed it on its project list.

Public Works Director Larry Reiter estimated that project alone would cost about $4 million. Road paving projects could cost another $6 million.

Other issues discussed at Tuesday’s work session included:

  • An amendment to the county’s hotel-motel tax ordinance that allows filers to remit taxes on a quarterly basis rather than monthly if the filer also remits quarterly sales taxes to the state. The proposed revision to the ordinance also addresses the civil penalties to make the language more streamlined and addresses the criminal penalties to bring the county ordinance in line with state law;
  • A resolution to update 9-1-1 charges on telephone services and wireless enhanced services to $1.50 per month and prepaid wireless services to $1.50 per retail transaction;
  • Renewal of the agreement with Mobile Communications for phone and radio service that covers all parts and labor (excluding batteries and antennas) and has been in place for several years. Staff says the company has provided excellent service and 24/7 priority response;
  • Agreement to lease J.B. Jones Preschool building on Mechanicsville Road to Ninth District Opportunity (NDO) to operate its Head Start Program from Oct. 1, 2018 through Sept. 30, 2019 at no charge as an in-kind contribution valued at $152,900. NDO is a private non-profit organization required to match 20 percent of its federal funding with cash or in-kind contribution;
  • The appointment of Chairman Chris Dockery as the voting delegate to the Legislative Leadership Conference.
  • Rebidding a lease contract with Mark Robinson for operation of the county transfer station;
  • Acceptance of the SAFER grant that will allow the county’s emergency services to staff two more fire station and add a fourth ambulance;
  • Special event permit for the Hemlock Fest scheduled Nov. 2 through Nov. 4;
  • Alcohol beverage license and tasting room for Red, Wine and Blue Vineyard at 400 Blueberry Hill.

 

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Library Will Celebrate Centennial in November

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Lumpkin County Board of Commissioners

DAHLONEGA, Ga. – The Lumpkin County Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary in November. The library was opened by the Ladies of Lumpkin County Home and School Improvement (now the Woman’s Club) with the generous donation of a book collection by the Matthew F. Stephenson family.

In recognition of the date, Dahlonega Mayor Gary McCullough and Lumpkin County Commission Chairman Chris Dockery have proclaimed Nov. 4 as Lumpkin Library Centennial Day.

Commissioners passed a series of resolutions at Tuesday’s meeting, including one that authorized the sale of  several items, including a 2010 Ford E-350 van, 1995 Ford F-350 pickup truck, a 500-gallon water tank and a John Deere Model 350C as surplus items and provided for their sale on govdeals.com.

Other resolutions passed include:

  • An amendment to change the fees charged for various services, including administrative, buildings and building regulations, animals and foul, parks and recreation and ambulance. The new fees will become effective Jan. 1, 2018;
  • An amendments to the county sign ordinance;
  • Introduction of legislation in the 2018 session of the Georgia General Assembly to create a Lumpkin County Airport Authority;
  • An amendment to the county alcohol ordinance that grants any person who has been issued a State license to manufacture and/or sell distilled spirits the right to manufacture and/or sell distilled spirits in the county until such time as it is determined the county has such authority.

Commissioners also approved the following:

  • An amendment to the contract with Legacy Link approved in May 2017 to include an allocation of funding to Lumpkin County of $8, 272 for operation of the Senior Center as well as congregate and home-served meals. No county match is required;
  • A contract with Parker Traffic Markings for an Off System Safety Project that includes striping and signage in the amount of $76,156. GDOT will provide 70 percent of the funding and the remainder ($22,846) would be funded out of SPLOST funds;
  • Renewal of a one-year contract with Mark Robinson Hauling to operate the transfer station for a fee of $16,200;
  • Renewal of a lease that allows Ninth District Opportunity to operate a Head Start Program at the J.B. Jones Pre-School, a county-owned facility. In exchange for providing the facility at no charge the county receives credit for an in-kind contribution valued at $152,900.

Lumpkin County Finance Director Allison Martin reported to commissioners that all Title III funds received under the federal Secure Rural Schools Act since 2009 ($126,131.80) have been spent.

The county decided that 15% of the funds received would be used for Firewise Community activities in and the remaining 85% would be used on road improvement projects. Martin reported the funds were spent on Firewise education classes and advertisements, Firewise educational materials, Firewise trailer, tent, computer, projector, display boards, search and rescue operations on National Forest Land, Neighborhood cleanup days and a county-wide fire survey.

 

 

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