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  • Jones County Board of Commissioners seeking approximately 2 acres of land
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners is searching for approximately 2 acres of land located in close proximity (approximately within 5 miles) of the Convenience Center currently located on Highway 18 East (1587 Ga. Hwy 18 East). If you have property that you would like to be considered, please give Jason Rizner, County Administrator a call at 478-986-8119.

     

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  • Water Well Trust Seeks Low Income Households for a new water well or rehabilitation of an existing water well.
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    Funds are still available for low-interest loans to eligible individual households for a new water well or rehabilitation of an existing water well. WWT limits funding to a maximum of $11,000 per household. Loans have an interest rate of 1% with terms of up to 20 years.

    To qualify for a WWT loan, applicants must be the owner and occupant of the home as their primary residence. In addition, the applicant’s household income must not exceed 100% of the median non-metropolitan household income for the state in which the applicant resides. The 2016 Non-Metropolitan median household income for Georgia is $45,300.The income criteria apply to both the applicant and all other occupants of the home.

    Prospective applicants can download the application form and instruction letter from the Water Well Trust website at waterwelltrust.org/apply or call 202-625-4383 for more information.

     

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  • Jones County Board of Commissioners Celebrate Prescription Savings Success
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    The Coast2Coast Rx Card program has saved residents $194,819.79 dollars on their prescriptions since the launch of the Coast2Coast Rx Card. The program launched in July 2012 with the endorsement of the Jones County Board of Commissioners.

    “The Jones County Board of Commissioners is very pleased to have approved distribution of the Coast2Coast Rx Free Discount Prescription Card to assist Jones County residents with the cost of their prescription medications,” said Preston Hawkins, Chairman of the Jones County Board of Commissioners. “ We believe that this card will offer savings to our residents that are not insured, underinsured, or who have plans that do not cover a certain drug. In the 42 months that this Free Prescription Card has been offered, our citizens using the card have saved 71.2% on their prescriptions.”

    The free discount prescription card program provides residents and their families with a number of benefits that produce immediate discounts on prescriptions as well as dental, vision, veterinary and hearing services. The discount card also offers discounts on various lab and imaging services; diabetes supplies and equipment as well as pet prescriptions. Not only does the Coast2Coast Rx program facilitate discounts on healthcare resources for Jones County residents and their families — the program provides a royalty of $1.25 per prescription for Jones County public programs.

    “We are pleased to work with Jones County, which prides itself on providing programs that enrich the lives of its residents, in assisting its families with beneficial discounts on health related needs. It is of utmost importance to the Jones County Board of Commissioners and the Coast2Coast Rx program to help those in need of obtaining prescriptions and other health care related services,” said Martin Dettelbach, Chief Marketing Officer of the Coast2Coast Rx program. He added, “We look forward to continuing and growing our relationship with Jones County and maintaining savings on health services for Jones County families.”

    The Coast2Coast Rx card allows all consumers, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. The program has saved cardholders throughout the nation an average of 65% in 2015 on the cost of prescription drugs. The Rx card is distributed free of charge and may be used at all pharmacy chains and most independent pharmacies in Florida and includes over 60,000 drugs in its formulary.

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  • We Welcome You
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    In today’s fast-paced and bustling society, it may seem impossible to find a place that offers both tranquility and excitement within the same area. Jones County, in Middle Georgia, is such a place, offering businesses, families, and retirees an endearing and affordable lifestyle.

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  • Keep Jones Beautiful
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    The Keep Jones Beautiful Commission was started in 1978 by Carol Brittain. Under her direction, it won two National First Place awards which were presented to the KJB Commission in Washington, D. C. In 1981 Carol Brittain received the Professional Leadership Award which was one of the four awards presented in the United States. The award was presented in Washington, D. C. There were several first place awards received on the state level by Commission Directors, Carol M. Brittain and Tammy Seabolt Brittain. Awards were received based on the submission of a detailed account of all of the events and program accomplishments sponsored by the Commission for the year.

    KJB is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc. and Keep Georgia Beautiful, Inc. which are under the umbrella of the Department of Community Affairs. They strive to educate the public on the importance of preserving, cleaning and beautifying the environment with one of the goals to be litter free. Emphasis is placed on the importance of recycling and proper waste disposal.

    Volunteers from throughout the county serve on a commission/board dedicated to beautification projects and educational programs designed to improve our community and promote awareness of environmental issues. Partnerships have been formed with the schools as well as civic organizations, churches, scouts, residential neighborhoods, the business community, and law enforcement.

    Examples of the success of this program are seen throughout the community including Carol’s Park, seasonal decorations, day lily beds along the railroad tracks, and the planting of trees and flower beds in several public areas and government buildings.

    There were numerous grants received under the direction of Tammy Brittain and Carol Brittain. Carol Brittain received grants to initiate the County’s first recycling centers and earned an outstanding reputation for Jones County throughout the state in our innovative leadership in this area. Tammy Brittain received the first Scrap Tire Management grant which was used to begin the Environmental Code Enforcement Program. This program still continues although all state funding has been eliminated. Tiffany Whorton is the County’s Code Enforcement Officer. Grants have sponsored a wide variety of things from the purchase of playground equipment and timbers enclosing the area made from recycled tires to oil recycling stations at several recycling centers.

    The office is open part time and is located at the Jones County Civic Center in downtown Gray.

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  • Jones County History
    Jones County History
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    Carrie Williams
    Jones County Historian

    Jones County is rich in history and natural beauty. Originally inhabited by the Creek Indians, Jones County was part of the frontier settlement when it was partitioned from neighboring Baldwin County on December 10, 1807. Named for James Jones, a prominent Savannah attorney, Georgia legislator and United States Congressman, Jones County sat on Georgia’s southwestern border, at that time the Ocmulgee River.

    The original county seat of Clinton was one of the fastest growing centers of trade and culture in Georgia. It was a bustling town known for commerce and gracious living and the site of a factory of manufacturing cotton gins.

    Although the county prospered into the 1860’s, the Civil War had a profound effect on the county. Many of the county’s sons, homes, churches, schools, and even entire towns were lost to the war effort. Union troops burned the town of Griswoldville to stop the manufacture of Confederate pistols. Blountsville also suffered great losses during the War, and eventually disappeared.

    Moving into the twentieth century, the city of Gray became the county seat in 1905, and the city began to thrive with commercial and retail establishments. Gray is supported by excellent rail and highway access. Now a mixture of the old and the new flourish in the county which is dotted with small, quaint communities: Round Oak, Griswoldville, Haddock, Wayside, Bradley, East Juliette, James, and Clinton. Each of these communities is unique and rich in history, offering a glimpse of what life has been like in Georgia over the last two hundred years, and all are important to Jones County’s heritage.

    The renovated Jones County Courthouse, which was built in 1905, is located in Gray and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Another of the numerous sites of historic significance is the former Jones County High School facility, which was designed by female architect Ellamae League (1899 – 1991) and constructed in 1936. This facility has been renovated as the Jones County Civic Center, which houses the Jones County/Gray Chamber of Commerce, the Development Authority of Jones County, the Keep Jones Beautiful Commission, the Jones County Boys and Girls Club, Central Georgia Technical College, the Jones County Auditorium, the Family Connection office, and other meeting area for public and civic purposes as determined by the five-member county commission.

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  • Visit Carol’s Park
    Visit Carol’s Park
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    Located adjacent to the Jones County Courthouse in downtown Gray, this park offers picnic tables, benches and a gazebo. This park was named for Carol Moss Brittain upon her retirement as the Clean Community Coordinator after 18 years of service. She designed and over saw the development of the park. This park provides a quaint, romantic setting for outdoor weddings and is the perfect place for family picnics.

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  • Pro Shop Groundskeeper (part-time) GC17-3207
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a part time Groundskeeper. This position requires light to heavy manual labor and involves working in all types of weather conditions. Must be able to safely use common hand tools, garden/yard equipment, and various power tools. Must have a valid Georgia Driver’s License and High School diploma or equivalent.

     

     

     

     

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  • FIRE DEPARTMENT PHOTO FUNDRAISER
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    For the Past 36 years Jones County Department of Fire Rescue / EMA has sponsored an Annual Photo Fund Raising Program to help purchase equipment for our Fire Department and EMA. In the next few weeks representatives will be visiting our neighborhoods going from door to door asking to support our Annual Program.  All of the representatives are bonded, licensed, and registered through the Office of Georgia Secretary of State.  The representatives are also required to render an extensive back ground check and submit a personal photo I.D., including make, year, color, and license plate number of each vehicle that the representatives will be driving.  Each representative going from door to door will have to surrender all of the said information to the Jones County Sheriff’s Office prior to entering our neighborhoods.  This fund raiser has been extremely helpful for many years by purchasing rescue tools, extrication equipment, personal protective equipment, training equipment, etc.  For every donation submitted a 10 x 13 family portrait will be given free of charge as a way of saying thank you.  All donations are tax deductible.  On behalf of the Jones County Department of Fire Rescue / EMA, I want to express my sincere appreciation for your past, current, and future support.  Please call the Jones County EMA Office at 478-986-6672 for any information needed.

     

    Proudly Serving You,

    Don Graham

    Jones Co. Fire Chief / EMA Director

     

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  • Water & Sewer Technician—WD18 – 02509
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a Water and Sewer Technician. Candidate will inspect, repair, and maintain various types of water and sewer equipment. Operate a variety of construction equipment, trucks, and maintain inspection records. Must have high school diploma or equivalent, a valid Georgia driver’s license, be able to obtain a CDL license within one year, lift up to 50 lbs, and effectively communicate and interact with the general public.

     

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  • Commissioner Work Session about Lake Jonesco Golf Course
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    LAKE JONESCO GOLF COURSE

    COMMISSIONER WORK SESSION

    Attention to all Jones County Golfers the Commissioners are having a work session on
    Oct. 2nd at 5:30 pm.
    Location will be at the Jones County Gov. Center Commissioner Meeting room.
    Everyone is invited to come and discuss Lake Jonesco Golf Course with the Commissioners and express any thoughts, ideas, or concerns about the Course.

    Thank you,
    Matt Goins

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  • Laborer (full – time) PW18-12331
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a Laborer. The applicant will be responsible for work assignments consisting of light to heavy manual labor, depending upon the needs of the department; employee may, on occasion, be required to operate automotive or related equipment. The applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent and a valid Georgia driver’s license.

     

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  • Sanitation Roll Off Driver (full – time) PW18-02401
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a Sanitation Roll Off Driver. The applicant will be responsible for performing work of routine difficulty in the operation of various types and sizes of trucks. The applicant will be responsible for the safe and efficient operation of assigned trucks.  1 – 3 years’ experience is required.  Applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent and must possess a valid Georgia CDL.   The applicant must meet the driving record requirements as set forth by the county.

     

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  • Payroll Clerk / Accounting Technician (full – time) FD18-00213
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners is accepting applications for a Payroll Clerk / Accounting Technician. The applicant will be responsible for preparing and processing county payroll and governmental accounting.  The applicant must have a high school diploma or equivalent, and a valid Georgia driver’s license.  1 – 2 years’ experience in accounting is required.  Experience with Tyler Incode 10 is preferred.

     

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  • SEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
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    September is National Preparedness Month

    (ATLANTA) – September is National Preparedness Month, and Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency is working with Jones County Emergency Management Agency along with other Emergency Management Agencies to ensure citizens across the state are preparing themselves and their families for natural and man-made disasters. Throughout the month, GEMA/HS is encouraging all Georgia residents to prepare before disasters strike. This year’s National Preparedness Month theme is Disasters Happen. Prepare Now. Learn How.

    “As we observe National Preparedness Month, it is the perfect opportunity for the citizens of Georgia to create a personal and family plan for potential disasters,” said GEMA/HS Director Homer Bryson.

    Taking steps each week toward developing a plan will increase household and community responsiveness when severe weather and other emergencies occur. The themes each week during National Preparedness month are:

    Week 1: September 1-8 Make and Practice Your Plan

    Week 2: September 9-15 Learn Life Saving Skills

    Week 3: September 16-22 Check Your Insurance Coverage

    Week 4: September 23-30 Save For an Emergency

    On September 15, National Day of Action, residents are encouraged to participate in a preparedness event in their school, business or place of worship. For tips and tools to get your family and community ready for a disaster, visit www.ready.ga.gov. Additional preparedness information is also available from your local EMA director.

    As part of the Office of the Governor, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency collaborates with local, state and federal governments in partnership with private sector and non-governmental organizations to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. GEMA/HS’s Ready Georgia website and preparedness campaign provides Georgians with the knowledge needed to effectively prepare for disasters. Go to www.ready.ga.gov for information on developing a custom emergency plan and Ready kit.

    Don Graham, EMA Director

     

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  • Jones County Board Appointments
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    BOARD OF ASSESSORS Jones County is accepting applications for consideration for the voluntary appointment to the Board of Assessors representing District II starting January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2023.

    It is the duty of the Jones County Board of Assessors to:

    1. Value Property – assure that all personal property and all real property have been returned for taxation at the proper valuation;
    2. Examine Returns – examine the returns of real and personal property to determine if property has been omitted from the return or the valuation returned represents the fair market value of the property;
    3. Correct Returns – correct returns and assess the property at fair market value;
    4. Send Notices – give written notice to the taxpayer of changes in the return. Send annual assessed value notices. The Jones County Development Authority exists for the public good and general welfare to develop and promote trade, commerce, industry and employment opportunities in Jones County. It allows job tax credits offered by the State as incentives for relocating manufacturers and warehouse facilities to Georgia (O.C.G.A. 36-62-5.1).  It does have the ability to take on debt and issue revenue bonds.  The Jones County Development Authority meets the second Thursday of each month at 9:00am in the Conference Room of the Knox Civic Center. Board members are appointed for 4 year terms by the Board of Commissioners.

    RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD Jones County is accepting applications for consideration for the District II and District IV appointments to the Recreation Advisory Board starting January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021

    DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY BOARD Jones County is accepting applications for consideration for the appointments to the Development Authority Board starting January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2022. There are (4) 4 year positions that have terms ending December 31, 2018.

    The Board of Assessors meets the first Thursday of every month and as needed in the Charlotte C. Wilson Conference Room, 166 Industrial Blvd., Gray, Georgia. Board members serve 6 year terms and are appointed by the Jones County Board of Commissioners.

    The mission of the Board is to assist in providing, establishing and maintaining a county wide public recreation program; to actively plan and facilitate present and future county recreational needs; to actively participate in programs and disseminate information to educate the citizens of Jones County concerning development and progress of the recreation department. To assist in providing, establishing and maintaining programs for all Jones county citizens and league participants regardless of age, race, gender or physical abilities. To progressively communicate the needs and accomplishments of the recreation department to the Board of commissioners, the citizens and the community partners. The term of office shall be for three (3) years.

    Board application and the policy for Board Members can be found at www.jonescountyga.org under Boards and Authorities under the Government Heading. District map can be found under Board of Commissioners under the Government Heading. The County Wide position can be filled by any resident in Jones County. Application can be submitted in person to the Administration Office at the Government Center or via fax to 478-986-6008.

     

     

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  • Budget and Millage Rate Hearings
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners, do hereby announce that a meeting will be held at the Jones County Government Center on August 30, 2018 at 6:00 PM to adopt a millage rate. A 2019 Budget meeting will be held immediately following. Copies of the proposed budget will be available beginning August 30, 2018 from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.  A called meeting will be held at the Jones County Government Center on September 6, 2018 at 6:00 PM to adopt a budget for FY2019.

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Jones County, Georgia
P.O. Box 1359
Gray, Georgia 31032-1359
Office: (478) 986-6405
Fax: (478) 986-6462

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