Community Helping Place receives #Lumpkinmatters Initiative

Community, News

LUMPKIN CO., GA

Jessica Dudley, Executive Director of the Community Helping Place, gave a presentation on the 2GA Initiative, through the Healthcare Georgia Foundation,during the City Hall meeting on Thursday, September 20.

Dudley explained that the CHP has been apart of the 2GA Initiative Grant since 2016, which is a grant that allows and their local initiative is called #Lumpkinmatters. Through this, they work with the city, county, other local non-profit organizations, and anyone else who wants to be involved. The 2GA states on their website that they are a, “statewide, private independent foundation located in Atlanta, GA,” that, “supports organizations that drive positive change, promotes programs that improve health and healthcare among underserved individuals and communities, and connects people, partners and resources across Georgia.”

With this grant, CHP provides community navigation events that encourage community outreach and educational services, such as: increasing literacy by pairing with the Lumpkin County Library, providing fresh produce to those in the community who do not have access, and also increasing healthcare access to uninsured patients.

CHP has to apply for this community-wide grant yearly; Dudley explained during the presentation that, “we were one of eleven communities in the state of Georgia [to be awarded the grant].” They received $65,000 from June 17-18, and another $100,000 from June 18-19.

For more information on volunteering with the Community Helping Place, click here.

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Dahlonega mayor, Sam Norton declares September 17-23 “Constitution Week”

Community, Police & Government

LUPMKIN CO., GA

Dahlonega mayor, Sam Norton, declared the week of September 17-23 as “Constitution Week,” during the City Hall meeting on Thursday, September 20.

Constitution Week was started by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1955, when DAR petitioned Congress to set aside September 17-23 annually to be dedicated for the observance of Constitution Week. During Thursday’s meeting, Dahlonega mayor, Sam Norton, honored the petition with a proclamation, “I encourage all citizens to study the Constitution, and reflect on the privilege of being an American.”

Elizabeth Curley, Anne Converse, Susanne Daniel, and Dr. Donna Whitfield, members of the Trahlyta Chapter, were present to receive the proclamation. DAR is the oldest women’s service denomination in the United States. The Trahlyta Chapter has 55 members, and according to their website, “The objectives of the Trahlyta Chapter NSDAR are to promote historic preservation along with encouraging active participation in educational and patriotic endeavors.”

In order to become a member of DAR, direct, blood lineage to someone who served in the American Revolution is required.

 

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Preview of upcoming City Council meeting

Police & Government, Politics

LUMPKIN CO., GA

The Lumpkin County officials will discuss Ordinance 2018‐16 during September’s City Council meeting.

The ordinance will be to amend Ordinance 77‐1, Chapter 32: Traffic, Article II: Stopping, Standing and Parking, Division 1: Generally, Section 32‐29: Violations. The amendment could result in a change to the Parking Violation Fee Schedule.

Preview of the work session agenda

Other discussion topics scheduled for Thursday’s meeting include: community development, Key Club Little Free Library, the Community Helping Place, Historic Preservation Commission, and tourism promotion services.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 20 at 4pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lumpkin officials hold special called meeting to discuss road improvements and maintenance

News, Police & Government

LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. — City and county officials met on Tuesday to discuss a potential single-county transportation special purpose local option sales tax (TSPLOST) to fund local road improvements and maintenance.

Association of County Commissioners Georgia representative, Kathleen Bowen, presented data regarding the TSPLOST to members of the City Council, Board of Commissioners, and other government officials.

Before the tax can be collected, however, it would have to be approved by voters in a March 19 referendum. If voters approve, a one percent sales tax could be collected for up to five years beginning in June 2019.

Officials decided to hold a public involvement meeting Sept. 25, at 5:30 p.m. to allow citizens to ask questions and offer ideas on which roads need to be repaired. The intersection at the end Oak Grove was discussed as one potential repair project.

Dahlonega Mayor, Sam Norton, explained that this would also give tourists and students at the University of North Georgia-Dahlonega the chance to “give back” to the county, because they contribute to increased sales in Lumpkin County, providing more funds available for road improvements. Norton also expressed the importance of listening to the citizens on which road projects should be added to the list.

The estimated timeline for TSPLOST referendum is as follows:

  • August-September: County and City develops project lists with public input.
  • Early September: Send letter to City of Dahlonega regarding official meeting in late September.
  • Late September: Official meeting to discuss project list.
  • October 2, and October 16: County and City vote on their list of projects.
  • November 6, and November 20: Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) approved by the Board of Commissioners.
  • December 4, and December 18: Resolution approved by the Board of Commissioners.
  • February 6, 20198: Call to paper
  • March 19, 2019: Election

 

 

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