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Level 1 Drought Conditions

A Level 1 Drought Response has been announced by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for our County.

During Level 1 drought conditions, daily outdoor watering for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants is allowed each day, with the exception of the mid-day hours between 10am and 4pm. Only water before 10am and after 4pm. Water conservation is strongly encouraged during this time. 

The following outdoor water uses are allowed daily at any time of the day:

  • Commercial agricultural operations as defined in Code Section 1-3-3;
  • Capture and reuse of cooling system condensate or stormwater in compliance with applicable local ordinances and state guidelines;
  • Reuse of gray water in compliance with Code Section 31-3-5.2 and applicable local board of health regulations adopted pursuant thereto;
  • Use of reclaimed wastewater by a designated user from a system permitted by the Environmental Protection Division of the department to provide reclaimed wastewater;
  • Irrigation of personal food gardens;
  • Irrigation of new and replanted plant, seed, or turf in landscapes, golf courses, or sports turf fields during installation and for a period of 30 days immediately following the date of installation;
  • Drip irrigation or irrigation using soaker hoses;
  • Hand watering with a hose with automatic cutoff or handheld container;
  • Use of water withdrawn from private water wells or surface water by an owner or operator of property if such well or surface water is on said property;
  • Irrigation of horticultural crops held for sale, resale, or installation;
  • Irrigation of athletic fields, golf courses, or public turf grass recreational areas;
  • Installation, maintenance, or calibration of irrigation systems; or
  • Hydroseeding.

For more information concerning outdoor water use, please go to: http://epd.georgia.gov/outdoor-water-use-information.

Please conserve your indoor and outdoor water use during this time.

Water Conservation Tips

  1. Fix leaks immediately. Regularly check for leaks inside and outside your home.
  2. Don’t leave the tap running. When shaving, brushing your teeth, washing your face, or food, turn off the tap.
  3. Check your toilet for leaks. Put food color in your toilet tank and wait 10 minutes. If it seeps into your toilet bowl, you have a leak.
  4. Use the dishwasher and washing machine only when full.
  5. Replace older toilets and showerheads with high-efficiency models. If your home was built before 1993, you may qualify for a toilet rebate.
  6. Choose efficient appliances. Look for EPA WaterSense and ENERGY STAR labeled products when shopping for new appliances and fixtures. These products have been independently tested and verified to save at least 20% more water compared to conventional products.
  7. Scrape dishes before washing them. Avoid using the garbage disposal.  It wastes a lot of water and can contribute to pipe clogs.
  8. Only water plants when necessary. Use a rain gauge and water no more than 1 inch per week. If you do water, only do so between the hours of 4pm and 10am.
  9. Reduce the amount of lawn and landscape with plants or plants well adapted to our region.
  10. Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house, sidewalk or street.

Millage Rate Public Hearing Dates Changed

Public hearings for the City of Carrollton’s 2019 millage rate will be held Monday, September 9, 2019, at 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and on Monday, September 23, 2019, at 12:00 pm. All interested parties are invited to the hearings at the Public Safety Annex, 115 West Center Street. Due to scheduling considerations, the dates and times of the hearings were changed from those originally advertised.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Carrollton has announced its intention to increase the 2019 property taxes it will levy this year by 6.38 percent over the rollback millage rate.

Each year the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the county. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the county indicate there has been an increase in the fair market value of any specific property, the board of tax assessors is required by law to re-determine the value of such property and adjust the assessment. This is called reassessment.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia law requires that a rollback rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred. The budget adopted by the Mayor and City Council requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate. Therefore, before the Mayor and City Council of the City of Carrollton sets a final millage rate for 2019, Georgia law requires three public hearings to be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on the increase.

Carrollton Half Marathon

This inaugural race begins at Carrollton’s historic Adamson Square, then takes you through the city and over the rolling hills of the Carrollton GreenBelt. Cross the finish line to a festival featuring live music, local food and craft brews. 

Individual or relay team registration includes a T-shirt, finisher’s medal and free food and brew tickets. 

Registration is open. Sign up today! 

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.

School Break Arts Camps

As students take a break from school this month and again in April, Carrollton Center for the Arts’ camps offer several opportunities for them to stay creative and have fun outside of the traditional classroom environment. While most of the center’s regular classes and programs will not meet during the weeks of February 17 and April 6, young people can learn about pastry, robotics and the technical side of the arts, working with clay and theatre production — from a murder mystery to the Land of Oz.

Pastry Chef Camp
This kids-only cooking camp, taught by LaToya Gamble, will teach pastry, baking skills and confectionery techniques. Each day of camp will focus on a specific dessert finale.
Winter Camp: Feb. 17 – 19, 9am –12pm, Ages: 6 – 7
Spring Camp: April 6 – 10, 9am –12pm, Ages: 8 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

ARTS + TECH Bootcamp
The Center for the Arts and the Neva Lomason Public Library team up to explore how technology like robots, video production tools and even Legos can open up new ways for students to express themselves.
Feb 17 – 19, 9:30am – 12pm
Ages: 8 – 12
Free

Creative Clay Camp
Instructor Melanie Drew will teach hand-building skills, from preparing the clay to slab building, coiling and the wheel, before the works are glazed and fired.
April 6– 10, 12pm – 3pm
Ages: 6 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Wizard of Oz Camp
Campers will learn dances, songs, lines and blocking, create simple costumes and sets and take part in theatre exercises to build confidence and improve overall performance. The class will present a 30-minute production of scenes from The Wizard of Oz. Tammy Barton is the camp’s instructor.
April 6– 10, 1am – 4pm
Ages: 5 – 7
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Murder Mystery Theatre Camp
Instructor Jenny Lyle’s camp will explore the murder-mystery genre while students hone their acting and performance skills. The week will end with a spaghetti dinner, followed by a theatre performance with guests investigating the crime. The evening event starts at 6pm.
April 6– 10, 9am – 12pm
Ages: 8 – 12
Member Fee: $75 per person
Non-Member Fee: $85 per person

Register for these camps now online here, by phone at (770) 838-1083 or at the Center for the Arts’ box office at 251 Alabama Street.

Historic Preservation Commission February Meeting Date Moved

The February Historic Preservation Commission Meeting has been moved from Tuesday, February 25, 2020 to Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 5:30pm. 

The meeting will take place in the First Floor Courtroom of the Public Safety Building behind City Hall – 115 West Center Street. 

Contact Hayley Beaver in the Planning Department for further questions at 770-830-2000

Bike Summit Coming to Carrollton

Nearly 200 bicycle advocates, industry representatives, planners and elected officials will roll into Carrollton for the 2020 Georgia Bike Summit, September 18-19.

“We are very excited to bring the 11th Annual Georgia Bike Summit to Carrollton,” said Georgia Bikes Executive Director Elliott Caldwell. “With the Bicycle Ride Across Georgia (BRAG) also coming to Carrollton this summer, 2020 is shaping up to be a big year for bicycling in the area.”

Georgia Bikes is a state-level affiliate of League of American Bicyclists, an organization that advocates for bicycling as a safe and healthy form of transportation and recreation. They work to improve conditions for bicycling by focusing on state policy, bicycle education and developing local advocacy organizations. In 2017, the League designated Carrollton as a Bicycle Friendly Community (one of 12 such communities in Georgia as of 2020) and the University of West Georgia as a Bike Friendly University.

Each year, Georgia Bike Summit brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to share best practices, disseminate information and collaborate in building a bicycle-friendly Georgia. A secondary purpose of the summit is to showcase the bicycle culture and amenities of communities throughout the state.

“Carrollton has really focused on being a great place to ride a bicycle,” said Caldwell. “The dedication of many community members, the local government in creating the GreenBelt, as well as better on-road infrastructure, is bearing fruit with these kinds of events coming to Carrollton.“

The Bike Summit is Georgia’s only statewide gathering for bicycle advocates. This is the first time the event is being held in Carrollton after being held in larger cities and on the coast for its first 10 years. Caldwell said the 2016 Georgia Trails Summit in Carrollton, which several Bike Summit organizers attended, positively influenced the decision to award the city the 2020 event.

Daddy/Daughter/Mother/Son Dances

Dads and moms, enjoy a fun night with your special girl or boy at the Carrollton Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Daddy/Daughter/Mother/Son dances, February 10, 11 and 13. The dances at the Depot on Bradley Street will feature hors d’oeuvres and desserts, door prizes and a gift for every child.

Daddy/Daughter Dances
February 10 and 11, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
February 10: Pre-K through 3rd Grade.
February 11: Grades 4-8.

Mother/Son Dance
February 13, 2020, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Pre-K through 8th Grade

$30 per couple, $10 each additional child


Register at carrolltonparksandrec.com or call 770-832-1161 for more information.

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.