Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Rescheduled

The November 24, 2020, Historic Preservation Commission meeting has been canceled and rescheduled for Monday, November 16, 2020, at 5:30 pm.in the first floor Council Chambers, Public Safety Annex, 115 W. Center Street.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the Community Development Department at 770-830-2000 or by email at: estuddard@carrollton-ga.gov or lcampbell@carrollton-ga.gov.

City Offers New Brown Yard Debris Bins

The City of Carrollton is pleased to offer our customers a brown wheeled bin (similar to a garbage bin) to make collecting yard debris easier. The cost of each bin is $60 and the City will cover half. If you would like a brown bin, a one-time charge of $30 will be added to your utility bill. Only City-issued brown bins may be used due to truck compatibility requirements. Bins will be available for distribution in late October. To order, email the account name and service address to utilitybilling@carrollton-ga.gov or call 770-830-2000.

Go here for information on all City of Carrollton garbage and debris collection policies and guidelines.

Carrollton Receives Health and Wellbeing Grant

The City of Carrollton has been selected to receive a $10,000 Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) Employee Health Promotion and Wellbeing Incentive Grant to promote worksite programs designed to enhance the health of city employees and their families.

Awards are made to members of the GMA Georgia Municipal Employee Benefit System (GMEBS) Life and Health Insurance Fund, underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, based on a city’s commitment to employee health and demonstrated collaboration with other community health promotion groups and organizations.

“This grant will help us provide new programs to our staff and their families,” said Carrollton Human Resource Director Faith Pullen. “We’d like to thank GMA for recognizing and supporting our efforts to promote employee health and manage health care costs.”

As part of the grant process, the city designated a health promotion champion to develop a workplace health promotion action plan and to attend Local Government Risk Management Services’ (LGRMS) High Impact Health Promotion Champion training session.

Workplace wellbeing programs have a demonstrated track record of improving employee health and quality of life while reducing medical claims and improving workplace morale. GMA offers wellbeing services to all member cities through LGRMS, a not- for-profit agency operated jointly with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia.

All cities, authorities and regional commissions participating in the GMA GMEBS are eligible to apply for the Health and Wellbeing Incentive Grants on an annual basis.

Neva Lomason Library Reopens

After years of renovation and construction, Carrollton’s Neva Lomason Memorial Library is reopening its doors to the public next week. A ribbon cutting ceremony this week, attended by sponsors, boosters, West Georgia Regional Library System employees, Carrollton City Council and the Carroll County Board of Commissioners, celebrated the completion of a major overhaul of the library at the intersection of Rome and Spring Streets.

The WGRLS’ flagship library, the Neva Lomason, was built in 1967 and renovated in 1976 and 1993. The current project consisted of two major phases: the construction of a 6,800-square-foot regional administration building and the renovation of the existing library facility. WGRLS administrative offices previously occupied 10,000 square feet of the library structure. Adding the administration building allowed the library to fully occupy the 28,000-square-foot foundation. Highlights of the renovated space include study rooms, three meeting spaces, an expanded computer lab, a redesigned children’s area and dedicated teen space, improved space for special collections and shorter, ADA-compliant shelving.

The Neva Lomason Construction Committee, comprised of Chairman Clint Chance, Michelle Morgan, Tim Grizzard, Walt Hollingsworth, Betty Cason, Shirley Vassy, Cyle Bohannon, Rory Wojcik, Jeremy Snell, Jessica Everingham and Roni Tewksbury, managed the project. The contractor was RA-LIN & Associates and the architect was Rickman Architecture & Design.

The project was funded by a combination of state, local and privately-donated funds. The state contributed $2,615,496, the City of Carrollton contributed $1,155,000 and Carroll County Board of Commissioners gave $500,000. $1,087,052.81 came from private donations.

The WGRLS is governed by a board of trustees appointed by funding agencies across Carroll, Douglas, Haralson, Heard and Paulding counties. The Neva Lomason is the second busiest of the 19 libraries in WGRLS, welcoming around 87,700 visits in a year. The Neva Lomason Memorial Library will reopen Monday, September 21.

For questions about the Neva Lomason Library, please call (770) 830-2233.

As part of the system’s response to COVID-19, the library will be open on Monday will the following protocols in place:

Masks will be required upon entry. This allows us to maintain the collection for browsing and technology for continued use.

The library will be open Mondays through Saturdays.

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: building open for community members at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications.

10:30 am – 5:00 p.m.: building open for the entire community.

Contactless services will continue to be available from 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

You may browse the library’s collection; however, reading areas with soft seating will not be available for use.

Computers will be available for public use. There will be a 45 minute time-limit if others are waiting.

Changes to these protocols and hours will be made as WGRLS Administration continues to monitor public health data in Carroll County.

Housing Authority Commended

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development commended the City of Carrollton Housing Authority, September 9, for their Family Unification Program, which helps local families secure affordable housing for their children or dependents and former foster youth at risk of homelessness.

HUD Southeast Regional Administrator Denise Cleveland-Leggett, Carrollton Mayor Betty Cason and CHA Executive Director Charles Griffin, Commissioner Rose Holley and Housing Manager Brandy Marenco participated in a virtual congratulatory meeting Wednesday.

Family Unification Program provides Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) to families for whom the lack of adequate housing is a primary factor in either the placement of the family’s child in out-of-home care or the delay in the return of the child to the family from out-of-home care. The vouchers may also go to youth between 18 and 24 who left foster care at age 16 or older or will leave foster care within 90 days and are homeless or are at risk of homelessness.

Water/Sewer Honored for Utilities Safety

The City of Carrollton’s Water and Sewer Division was recently recognized for working with care near underground utilities. SyncGlobal Telecom and Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative co-hosted SyncGlobal’s annual 811 Day Meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 11, to share pertinent information on safe digging and recognize companies.

“Our workers place the highest priority on jobsite safety,” said Carrollton Public Works Director Mike Green. “We appreciate the recognition.”

811 Day serves as a reminder to call 8-1-1 before digging so underground utilities can be flagged to prevent damage. The event has been held the past two years on Aug. 11. Employees of Carroll EMC, SyncGlobal Telecom, Georgia Power, GreyStone Power Corporation and members of the West Georgia Utility Coordinating Committee (UCC) nominated utilities, municipalities and contractors who are seen following state dig laws and regulations for special honors. Also recognized this year were Southern Company Gas and Lions Den Construction.

“We wanted to recognize the local companies who go out of their way to not only practice safe digging but promote it as well,” said Terrence Cooley, Carroll EMC’s utility coordinator who serves as both Chairman of the West Georgia UCC and state co-director for the Georgia Utilities Coordinating Council.

SyncGlobal Telecom, headquartered in Bremen, GA, serves business-class customers in western and northwestern Georgia as a facility-based CLEC and ISP and operates an existing fiber network totaling approximately 400 route miles. Carroll EMC is a member-owned cooperative providing electricity to approximately 50,000 homes and businesses in Carroll, Haralson, Heard, Paulding, Polk, Floyd and Troup counties.

Register for Fall Arts Programs

Registration is now open for the Carrollton Center for the Arts’ fall classes, workshops and programs.

“Try something new — learn to paint, dance, act or play an instrument,” said Arts Superintendent Tim Chapman. “The arts can help heal our community.”

The fall schedule includes a broad range of programming for all ages across the spectrum of arts disciplines, including visual arts, theatre, chorus and dance. The center also hosts workshops on topics like baking, working with clay and glass. Private lessons are provided in voice and a variety of instruments. Several community arts organizations like the Carrollton Artist Guild, Carrollton Writers Guild, Carroll County Community Theatre, Carroll County Community Chorus, and Carroll Symphony Orchestra programs such as the Carrollton Jazz Orchestra and Community Wind Ensemble, bring an expanded menu of programs to the center’s diverse offerings.

Participants can register for fall semester activities online at www.carrolltonarts.com, by phone by calling 770-838-1083 or in person at the center at 251 Alabama Street.

The center requires its staff, visitors, students and event attendees to wear masks and follow safety guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Public Notice: 2020 Millage Rate

The City of Carrollton hereby announces that the millage rate for the 2020 tax year will be considered for adoption at the regularly-scheduled meeting of the Mayor and City Council on August 3, 2020, at 6 pm., at 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, GA, and, as mandated by O.C.G.A. 48.5-32, do hereby publish the following presentation of the current year’s tax digest and levy along with the history of the tax digest and levy for the past five years and related explanatory information.

2020 DIGEST AND 5 YEAR HISTORY OF LEVY

City of Carrollton201520162017201820192020*







Real & Personal$734,348,525$858,609,264$883,723,886$909,676,926$1,058,337,616$1,116,043,960
Motor Vehicles$26,439,410$19,682,820$14,089,480$10,810,840$8,608,180$7,243,960
Mobile Homes$287,865$282,785$265,849$265,804$281,446$273,924
Gross Digest$761,075,800$878,574,869$898,079,215$920,753,570$1,067,227,242$1,123,561,844
Less M & O Exemptions$54,347,722$67,595,954$69,036,333$87,373,410$102,530,690$102,224,163
Net M & O Digest$706,728,078$810,978,915$829,042,882$833,380,160$964,696,552$1,021,337,681
Gross M & O Millage10.079.559.089.649.378.790
Less Rollbacks(5.45)(4.93)(4.48)(5.04)(4.77)(4.30)
Net M & O Millage4.624.624.604.604.604.489
Net Taxes Levied$3,265,084$3,746,723$3,813,597$3,833,549$4,437,604$4,584,785
Net Change $ Levied$15,325$481,639$66,874$19,952$604,055$147,181
Net Change %Levied.47%15%2%.52%16%3%

*Estimate provided by Tax Assessor’s Office and subject to change