• REMINDER: CLOCKS FALL BACK THIS WEEKEND
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    This Sunday (November 6, 2016) morning at 2:00 a.m. push your clocks back 1 hour.  Also, remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.

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  • GET INVOLVED DURING NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH
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    September is National Preparedness Month, and the JONES COUNTY EMA is advising Jones County to get ready for all man-made and natural disasters.

     

    Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready America campaign,

    National Preparedness Month was founded after 9/11 to increase awareness and encourage action for emergency preparedness nationwide.

     

    “National Preparedness Month is an ideal time for all residents to revisit their emergency preparedness efforts,” said Jones County EMA Director Don Graham. “By knowing about potential local threats, making a plan and building a kit of emergency supplies, residents can ensure the safety of their families in the event of a disaster.”

     

    Throughout the month, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency’s Ready Georgia campaign and Jones County EMA will join a nationwide coalition of thousands of private, public and nonprofit organizations, each hosting local events and initiatives designed to motivate people to take the necessary steps to ensure that their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds. This year’s theme is Don’t Wait to Communicate: Make an Emergency Plan Today, and each week focuses on preparation for different disasters.

     

     

    • Week 3 (Sept. 11-17): Honor 9/11 by Getting involved in your community and planning with your neighbors.

     

      • Week 4 (Sept. 18-24):  Individual Preparedness
        • Take steps to prepare for a disaster by downloading the Ready GA app.

     

     

    To encourage preparation and get the communities engaged, GEMHSA is coordinating ‘Who’s Ready, Georgia? The Search for Georgia’s Most Prepared Citizen’, which will be promoted on their Twitter and Facebook beginning September 1. Residents of all counties are encouraged to nominate the most prepared person they know, and votes will be counted at the end of the month. The winner will be recognized as Georgia’s Most Prepared, and awarded a signed certificate from state officials, along with other prizes.

     

    For preparedness on the go, download the Ready Georgia mobile app.

     

    About Ready Georgia

    Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies.  The campaign is a project of Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and provides a local dimension to Ready America, a broader national campaign. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website, free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences. Ready Georgia is also on Facebook and YouTube.

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  • PUBLIC NOTICE: 2016 Tax Digest and 5 Year History
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    The Jones County Board of Commissioners, do hereby announce that the millage rate will be set at a meeting to be held at the Jones County Government Center on September 7, 2016 at 6:00 PM, and pursuant to the requirement of O.C.C.A 48-5-32, do hereby by publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years.

     

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  • PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE – CONVENIENCE CENTER ON HWY. 18 EAST
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    Jones County will hold a public hearing pertaining to the closing of the Convenience Center on Highway 18 East (1587 Ga. Hwy 18 East) as a result of a request by the property owner. Citizens are invited to a public meeting being held on September 6, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at the Jones County Government Center located at 166 Industrial Blvd to ask questions or voice concerns. The Board of Commissioners will be tasked with finding a new location or closing the Convenience Center for the effected vicinity. For further information, please contact Angela Frazier, Public Works/Convenience Center Supervisor at 478-986-3501 or Tommy Robinson, District III Commissioner at 478-957-7205.

     

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  • Runoff Election Results
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    The results are in!!  County Commissioner District 1 Runoff

    Larry Childs – 305

    Sam Kitchens – 617

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  • SPECIAL MESSAGE TO ALL JONES COUNTY CITIZENS
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    Based on the JONES COUNTY DROUGHT CONTINGENCY PLAN, Water Restrictions may be put in place when there are drought indicators.

    Current Drought condition indicators are:

    1. Daily flow meter totals for all water plants reaching permit totals or production totals.
    2. Ground water monitored for unusual drops in levels.
    3. Pump stations abnormal use to maintain system pressure. Inability to maintain elevated tank capacities.

    We are experiencing conditions 1 and 3 due to a lack of rainfall.
    Therefore, the Jones County Board of Commissioners recommend that the following restrictions be implemented:

    1. Washing hard surfaces such as streets, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, except when necessary for public health and safety;
    2. Using water for ornamental purposes, such as fountains, reflecting pools, and waterfalls;
    3. Use of fire hydrants, except for the purposes of firefighting, public health, safety, or flushing;
    4. Washing vehicles, such as cars, boats, trailers, motorbikes, airplanes, or golf carts;
    5. Non-commercial washing, or pressure washing, of buildings or structures, except for immediate fire protection; and
    6. Charity, or non-commercial fund-raiser, car washes
    7. General Outdoor Watering. Outdoor irrigation for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants is not permitted.

    Specific Categories of Outdoor Water Use. The outdoor water uses shall be allowed, subject to the following additional requirements:

    1. Irrigation of personal food gardens shall be conducted between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., unless done using drip irrigation or soaker hoses. Irrigation of personal food gardens using drip irrigation or soaker hoses may be done at any time.
    2. Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container may be conducted between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m.
    3. Irrigation of athletic fields or public turf grass recreational areas may be conducted between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., subject to the two days a week odd-even schedule described in Drought Response Level 2.
    4. Irrigation of golf courses shall be conducted in accordance with the “Golf Irrigation Prediction and Estimation Worksheet” and only between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 6:00 a.m., provided, however, irrigation of golf course greens may occur at any time of day.
    5. Use of reclaimed waste water by a designated user from a system permitted by the Division to provide reclaimed waste water shall not be allowed for general outdoor watering.
    6. Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems is allowed, provided that it is done by professional landscapers or golf course superintendents.

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    Any questions pertaining to the restrictions may call Jones County Water Department at 478-743-3211.

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  • Tax commissioner wins award.
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    Congratulations to the Jones County Tax Commissioner, Brian Jackson, for being named Tax Commissioner of the Year by the Georgia Association of Tax Commissioners (GATO).  He was chosen by his peers from among 8 nominees and was presented the award at the Annual GATO conference held at the Classic Center, Athens, GA  in May 2016.

     

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  • View your ballot
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    Anyone can view, download even print their sample ballot at   mvp.sos.ga.gov

    You will be required to select a Democratic, Republican, or Nonpartisan ballot to vote in a primary.  All three will be available at this site so you can be prepared.

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  • Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 15-21
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    JONES COUNTY – Now is the time for Jones County residents to get prepared for hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1.  Jones County EMA, along with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency will be promoting Hurricane Preparedness Week from May 15-21.

     

    Although hurricanes can’t be predicted long in advance, our residents can take care of many important preparations this month, before the rush that accompanies a storm’s arrival.

    “Early planning will help Georgia residents to be ready in the event of a hurricane- related incident,” said Jones Co. EMA Director Don Graham. “It’s everyone’s responsibility to be prepared.”

    Hurricane Preparedness Week will focus on those early preparations, and provide residents with day by day information and activities.

    • Sunday, May 15: Know Your Risk— Find out what wind and water hazards could occur in your area. The impacts of hurricanes can be felt hundreds of miles inland – they aren’t just coastal problems.
    • Monday, May 16: Develop an Evacuation Plan. Get familiar with Georgia Navigator, so when the time comes, you’ll know the way to go. You can also find evacuation routes here.
    • Tuesday, May 17: Secure an Insurance Checkup. Call your agent and make sure you have enough coverage to repair or even replace your home. Standard homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover flooding.
    • Wednesday, May 18: Assemble Disaster Supplies. Have enough non-perishable food, water and medicine to last each person at least three days. Don’t forget the pet supplies!
    • Thursday, May 19: Strengthen Your Home. Make sure your home is in good repair and meets hurricane code specifications. Have the proper plywood or aluminum panels to board up windows and doors.
    • Friday, May 20: Identify your Trusted Sources of Information for a Hurricane Event. When weather alerts and recommendations to take action begin, you’ll need to know where to go to find accurate information.
    • Saturday, May 21: Complete Your Written Hurricane Plan. If you wait until storms are already impending, chances are, stress will cause poor decision making. Know where you will ride out the storm, and where your supplies are stored. Make sure your family is on the same page about who to contact and where to go. Get it all in writing and store copies of the plan where everyone has access to them. Use the Ready Georgia planning tool to create a customized plan for your family.

    Families can also download the free Ready Georgia mobile app to learn how to prepare for emergencies, create family communications plans and more. For more information on how to prepare for severe weather, visit www.ready.ga.gov. To learn about specific risks in your area, contact us at 478-986-6672.

     

    About GEMHSA

    As part of the Office of the Governor, GEMHSA works with local, state and federal governments, in partnership with the private sector and faith-based community, to protect life and property against man-made and natural emergencies. In addition, GEMHSA employees are on 24-hour call statewide to assist local authorities when disaster strikes.

    About Ready Georgia

    Ready Georgia is GEHMHSA’s statewide campaign designed to educate and empower Georgians to prepare for and respond to natural disasters, pandemic outbreaks, potential terrorist attacks and other large-scale emergencies. Ready Georgia aims to prepare citizens for maintaining self-sufficiency for at least 72 hours following an emergency, and uses an interactive website, free mobile app, broadcast and print advertising and public awareness media messaging to reach its audiences.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • Golf Course Improvements
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    The Commissioners have approved for public works to assist in helping do some grade work at the golf course.  This work will help in better play and control of water shed when we have hard rains.  I would like to ask everyone to please be patient and bare with us for the next two months as the work is done and the grass regrows and becomes flush again.  Thank you

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Contact Us

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

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