Maple Street Beautification Grant

With help from a Carrollton Maple Street Corridor Beautification Grant, White Oak Pediatric Dentistry recently completed a renovation of their building at 709 Maple Street.

“The grant helped us go the extra mile with the aesthetics of our building by providing financial help with paint and windows,” said Dr. Ben Popple. “This also allowed us to allocate funds toward other areas of the building like landscaping, parking lot repairs and other small projects. The city really worked with us to make sure the process went smoothly.”

In December, 2019, the Carrollton Corridor Development and Beautification Grant Sub-Committee voted to approve the $10,000 grant for exterior paint and storefront windows at Popple’s building. The Maple Street Corridor Beautification Program looks to stimulate development and improve the visual image of properties within the Maple Street corridor. Applicants must match the funding, 50/50.

Popple said he had been looking for an opportunity to open an office in Carrollton for three years. The beautification grant and the city’s focus on corridor development helped him make the final decision to open White Oak here.

“The grant makes it easier for business owners to make positive changes to their businesses sooner than they might be able to otherwise.” said Popple. “Maple Street is an important connector between two of Carrollton’s strongest areas, the University and downtown. The grant definitely attracted us to Maple Street and helped us see past some of the issues our building had knowing we could use the grant to help correct them.”

For questions about Maple Street Corridor Beautification Grants, please call Erica Studdard at (770) 830-2000. Photo by Jonathan Dockery.

Mayor and Council February Work Session

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a work session on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 12 pm in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA.  

The purpose of the Work Session is to discuss rezoning, 2020 Census, ordinance changes, bids, bonds and road abandonment. The only voting item will be the Savannah Housing Authority Bond. The public is invited to attend.

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or fpullen@carrollton-ga.gov within 3 business days prior to the work session.

Mayor and Council Work Session

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a work session on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 11am in the 2nd Floor Conference Room of City Hall, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA. 

The purpose of the Work Session is to discuss alcohol downtown, budget retreat, traffic policies, license plate readers, GMA conference, City building maintenance. No action will be taken. The public is invited to attend.

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or fpullen@carrollton-ga.gov within 3 business days prior to the work session.

2020 Proclaimed Carver High School Year

Carrollton’s mayor and city council honored the former educators, alumni and descendants of the students and staff of George Washington Carver High School on the 65th anniversary of the school’s first graduating class. The council proclaimed 2020 “George Washington Carver High School Year” at the January 6 council meeting and presented former Carver students with the proclamation.

Mayor and Council Sworn In

Carrollton’s new mayor and councilmembers spent the first week of the new year getting sworn in and conducting their first business meeting as a council.

Mayor Betty Cason and Ward 4 Councilmember Bob Uglum were sworn in at a January 2 ceremony at the Center for the Arts. Ward 2 Councilmember Brett Ledbetter was sworn in in November to fill the unexpired term of Rory Wojcik. Re-elected Ward 3 Councilmember Jim Watters was sworn in at the first regular council meeting of the year, January 6.

During the meeting, the mayor and council expressed their gratitude to former Mayor Walt Hollingsworth and Councilmember Met Lane for their service.

City to Hold Ward 1 Special Election

Notice is hereby given that, in accordance with O.C.G.A. § 21-2-540, a special election shall be held in the City of Carrollton to fill the unexpired term in the office of City Council Ward 1, caused by the resignation of Gerald Byrd. The special election will be held on May 19, 2020.

Qualifying for the special election will take place in the office of the Carrollton City Clerk, Carrollton City Hall, first floor conference room, 315 Bradley Street, Carrollton, GA, beginning Monday, March 2, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. and ending on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. Daily hours for qualifying are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The qualifying fee shall be $108.00. Qualifications to hold a city council seat are set forth in the city’s charter, a copy of which can be obtained from the city’s website: www.carrolltonga.com.

All persons who are not registered to vote and who desire to vote in the special election may register to vote through the close of business on Monday, April 20, 2020. Early voting will be held April 27, 2020 – May 15, 2020, at the office of Carroll County Election Supervisor Greg Rigby, 423 College Street, lower lobby, Carroll County Administration Building, Carrollton, GA, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The special election will be held in all regular polling places in City Council Ward 1, Carrollton, GA. The polls will open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Should a runoff election be required, it will be held on July 21, 2020.

This call is issued by Jim Triplett, City Clerk, City of Carrollton, Georgia.

Mayor and Council to be Sworn In Jan. 2

A reception and swearing-in ceremony will welcome Carrollton’s new mayor and new and returning councilmembers, January 2. The ceremony will be held at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, at 251 Alabama Street, during a special called meeting of the council.

Incoming Mayor Betty Cason, newly-elected Ward 4 Councilmember Bob Uglum and re-elected Councilmember Jim Watters will be sworn in at 7:00 p.m. after a public reception in the center’s lobby that starts at 6:00 p.m.

Cason served as Carroll County Probate Judge for two decades before retiring last year. Uglum was the long-time owner of the Maple Street Mansion restaurant. Ward 3 Councilmember Watters will be starting his third term on the council. Ward 2 Councilmember Brett Ledbetter was sworn in last month to fill the unexpired term of Rory Wojcik. Ward 1 Councilmember Gerald Byrd is the longest-serving member of the council, currently in the middle of his fifth full term.

Firefighters Save Choking Child

The crew of Carrollton City Fire Department Engine 24 saved a three-year-old girl from choking, Nov. 22, at the Wells Fargo Bank on Bankhead Highway. The child choked on a piece of candy and was unconscious and no longer breathing when the fire crew arrived. Firefighters Chad Thigpen, Jimmy Appleby and Jared McKenzie cleared the girl’s airway. Fire department officials say the girl is doing well and in good health.

The three will be recognized for the accomplishment during a Carrollton City Council meeting in January. Fire Chief Jimmy Bearden said in a written statement, “The child was within seconds of death and without the intervention of the firefighters, the child probably would not have survived. We are very proud of our dedicated firefighters and honored to recognize them for their life-saving efforts.”
Photo by Jay Luzardo, courtesy of the Times-Georgian

Notice of Special Called Meeting

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 2:00pm in the 1st Floor Courtroom, 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, GA. The public is invited to attend. 

The purpose of the meeting is for Brett Ledbetter to take the Oath of Office for the Ward 2 Councilmember position.

Anyone requiring special needs should contact Faith Pullen at City Hall at 770-830-2000 or fpullen@carrollton-ga.gov prior to the meeting.