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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! 

Hobbs Farm Fit Court Opens

The new Hobbs Farm Fit Court was opened for public use on September 11, 2019, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

A $35,000 grant from the Atlanta-based Mary Alice and Bennett Brown Foundation provided most of the funding for the court. The fitness facility features five equipment pieces that offer 120 exercise combinations and routines for beginners and advanced users. The court is ADA compliant and located close to a water fountain and restrooms.

The need for outdoor space catering to teenagers and the active adult population was mentioned during community surveys and town hall meetings when the city was updating its Comprehensive Plan in 2018. The fit court is also expected to attract groups affiliated with Parks and Recreation’s Senior Activities Center and Tanner Health System’s healthy living classes, that meet on and around the GreenBelt.

Hobbs Farm Park is a trailhead for the Carrollton GreenBelt a few blocks from Adamson Square and has become a go-to spot for exercise and healthy activity. The fit court joins the park’s long list of amenities, which includes a one-mile Hobbs Loop, Carrollton Bike Share station, Georgia top-rated public disc golf course, a public kayak launch pad, and a gazebo overlooking the Little Tallapoosa River spillway. Hobbs Farm Park is home to many native plants and wildlife.

While the Hobbs Farm Fit Court is open and fully functional, a bonded, rubber mulch will soon replace the wood-chip surfacing. The installation process was delayed by a few weeks due to the recent hurricane evacuations in Florida that affected the construction crew. Please be mindful and do not enter the court area if safety fencing is present.

Debates for City Elections

The League of Women Voters of Carrollton-Carroll County announces the schedule for Carrollton Municipal Election Candidate Forums. There are 4 races with 12 candidates.

September 23rd – Monday, 6:30 pm – Wards 2 & 4 Race
September 24th – Tuesday, 6:30 pm – Ward 3 Race
September 25th – Wednesday, 6:30 pm – Mayoral Race

The location of the forums will be at the Carrollton Public Safety Complex, Court/Council Chambers, 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, Georgia. That is where the City Council meets in the back of City Hall.

Here is how the forum will be conducted. Full Protocols can be found here. Candidates are required to read the Protocols before the Forum and will be asked to sign a statement that they have been read.

The Forum will begin at 6:30 pm. Candidates should be in their seats at 6:20 pm. A representative of the League of Women Voters of Carrollton – Carroll County will welcome all participants, give brief statements about the League, and introduce the Moderator. The Moderator will welcome the participants. The Moderator will introduce the Assistant Moderator, the Operational Chairperson, the Timekeeper, the League Monitors, the Media, and the Candidates, stating the office they are seeking. The Moderator will give a quick overview of the Protocols. The Moderator will encourage members of the Audience and Media to submit questions for use in the Forum. Notecards for that purpose will be given out by the League Monitors. Candidates will give prepared opening remarks of equal length in time as prescribed by the Moderator. The Moderator will ask for questions from the Audience and Media to be written and given to the designated League Monitors. The Moderator will begin with questions generated by the LWVCCC Voter Services Committee and proceed through written submitted questions from the Audience and Media. The Assistant Moderator will vet the questions, arrange the questions by related topics, combine duplicates, shorten them when appropriate, and give them to the Moderator. The Moderator will direct the questions to the Candidates and tell them the time constraints. Please note that all questions submitted cannot be answered in the time allotted. After the Q&A period, each Candidate will make closing remarks and or rebuttals of equal time as prescribed by the Moderator. The Moderator will thank the participants and bring the Forum to a close. Candidates are encouraged to speak informally with Voters after the Forum.

Please note in particular, the Protocols sate, “If a Candidate has an unexpected conflict and is unable to attend, he or she should notify the LWVCCC Candidate Forum Chairperson as soon as possible by phone. In the event that there are two Candidates running for the same office and one of those Candidates is not present, for whatever reason, that portion of the Forum will be canceled.  If the Forum has just that one office in contention, the entire Forum will be canceled. In the event that there are three or more Candidates running for the same office and one of those Candidates is not present, for whatever reason, the Forum will proceed with the remaining Candidates.” 

If anyone has any questions, please email the League at lwvccc@gmail.com. Robin Collins,  LWVCCC Candidate Forum Operational Chairperson

Sylvia

Who is really a man’s best friend, his wife or a dog? Carroll County Community Theatre’s presentation of Sylvia, September 20-22, at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, might have the answer.

“If you have ever owned a dog, maybe one from the pound or a stray from your neighborhood, you will relate to this play,” said Tim Chapman, Carrollton arts superintendent. “Also, we are thrilled to have Shelly Elman, University of West Georgia theatre chair, as our director for this production.”

A.R. Gurney’s Broadway hit comedy tells the story of Greg and Kate, who move to Manhattan after 22 years of child-raising in the suburbs. Greg’s career as a financial trader is winding down, while Kate’s career as a public school teacher offers more opportunities. Their marriage is put in serious jeopardy by a dog named Sylvia Greg found in a park. For Greg, the dog is an escape from the frustrations of his job and the unknowns of middle age. For Kate, the dog becomes a rival for her husband’s affection. Mary Dixon heads up the cast in the play’s title role. This show contains adult language, viewer discretion is advised.

Tickets for Sylvia are $10. Season ticket holders should attend on opening night.

The show is sponsored by Lakeview Animal Hospital.

For questions concerning this event or the Carrollton Center for the Arts, please contact Tim Chapman at tchapman@carrollton-ga,gov or (770) 838-1083.       

Notice of Special Called Meeting

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council will hold a Special Called Meeting on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. in the 1st Floor Courtroom, 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, GA. The public is invited to attend. The purpose of the Special Called Meeting is to discuss and consider the following item: City of Carrollton Millage Rate.  

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

Center for the Arts Welcomes New Staff Members

The Carrollton Center for the Arts invites the community to welcome their two newest employees, Lauren Kuykendall and Rebecca Weger, at a meet and greet event, September 7. The event at the center will start at 6:30 p.m. and finish at 7:30 p.m., just in time for the start of the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre performance.

Lauren Kuykendall is the center’s new theatre coordinator. Kuykendall directed the Teen Theatre for the past two seasons and was a Teen Theatre alum herself. She holds degrees in theatre and music theatre from Brenau University and the University of North Georgia, where she trained with the Gainesville Theatre Alliance. She is currently pursuing a Master of Theatre Administration degree from the University of Kentucky. When she isn’t working administratively, Lauren enjoys performing and directing. Lauren most recently was theatre director at Villa Rica High School. Before that, she taught voice and theatre at the North Georgia School of Music and Dance, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Passion Music Institute and her own private voice studio. Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, Dakota, and their two fur-babies, Belle and Ingrid.

Rebecca Weger is the center’s new ballet coordinator. She began dancing at a very young age and trained all over North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. She graduated magna cum laude from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a B.A. in Dance.  During her career, Rebecca has studied many dance styles and techniques and worked with esteemed teachers and choreographers such as Mary Marshall, Robert Cook, Alan Hineline, Mark Diamond, Gabriel Otevril and Elie Lazar.  Rebecca has taught at the Myles Reif Performing Arts Center in Grand Rapids, Minnesota and for Richmond Ballet’s Minds In Motion program in Virginia. She was the ballet mistress for the Southwest Virginia Ballet and has taught for Appomattox Regional’s Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology. For six years, she was manager of the School of Richmond Ballet. She has taught pilates for many years in private dance studios and for Roanoke College in Salem, VA. Rebecca holds her Master of Business Administration degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Meet and Greet for Lauren Kuykendall and Rebecca Weger:
Sept. 7, 2019, 6:30pm – 7:30pm (before the Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre performance)
Carrollton Center for the Arts

For more information, call the Center for the Arts at 770-838-1083 or visit carrolltonarts.com.

Terminus Modern Ballet

Atlanta’s new contemporary ballet company, Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre, will open its first touring season at the Carrollton Center for the Arts, September 7.

“It’s time for Terminus to bring its programs to areas outside of Atlanta to highlight the fact that world-class programming is both being performed and created here in Georgia,” said John Welker, TMBT director and co-founder.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre was founded in 2017 by five principal dance artists, formerly tenured at Atlanta Ballet, who struck out on their own. The dancers have a collective 85 years of experience in classical and modern dance.

“The caliber of these dancers is among the best in the United States,” said Tim Chapman, arts superintendent.

Terminus’ resident choreographer and co-founder, Tara Lee’s show, Everything is Waiting, premiered in February, 2019, for the international contemporary dance festival “Off the Edge.”

“We are often waiting… waiting in line, waiting in traffic, waiting for a better future situation,” said Lee. “A more fulfilling life can always seem to be over there or coming soon. In this work, I questioned how we might find the profound joy of what’s waiting for us here and now and bring it into the commotion of our world.”

Lee is a dancer with more than 20 years experience and a choreographer who has created for Atlanta Ballet, New Orleans Ballet Theatre, Emory Dance Company and Dimensions Dance Theatre of Miami. Performing Lee’s new work are fellow Terminus members Heath Gill, Christian Clark, Rachel Van Buskirk, Alexandre Gonzaga and Laura Morton. The Carrollton performance will also feature local dancers who participated in a workshop with members of the Terminus team.

Terminus is supported by the Serenbe Institute for Art, Culture and the Environment, a non-profit that supports the artistic, cultural and environmental well-being of the area.

Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre presents Everything is Waiting
September 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
Carrollton Center for the Arts
Tickets: $20 Adult, $10 Youth, carrolltonarts.com, (770) 838-1083
Sponsored by Vision Realty    

Downtown Music Fest

Head to The Amp on Saturday, September 7, for the Downtown Music Fest, featuring some of your favorite local musicians:

11:00am Groove Gypsies (The Groove Gypsies will start jamming at 9:00am for the Half Marathon Finish Line Festivities)
12:30pm David Pippin Group
1:30pm Charlie Hudgins
2:30pm Andrew Weaver Music
3:30pm Megan Moroney Music
4:30pm Bekah Marie & John Paul Barry Music
5:30pm Homegrown

Special thanks to our sponsors Scott Evans Nissan & Scott Evans Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep

Free

Public Hearing: Mayor and Council Meeting Cancellation and Notice of Special Called Meeting

The City of Carrollton Mayor and Council regularly scheduled meeting for Monday, September 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. has been cancelled and rescheduled as a Special Called Meeting to be held on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. in the Municipal Court Room/Council Chambers of the Public Safety Annex located at 115 West Center Street, Carrollton, GA.  

The September 9, 2019 Agenda for will be posted to the City website by 5:00 p.m. on September 2, 2019. 

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 meeting.

Election Qualifying Closed

The following candidates have qualified for the upcoming November 5 election:
Click here for pdf with full details.

Mayor:
Betty B. Cason
Walt A. Hollingsworth 

City Council Ward 2:
Brett Ledbetter
Dr. Brent Harris
Ginna Blair

City Council Ward 3:
Jim Watters
Usama Ahmed
Tina Shockley
K. Dawn Goodwin

City Council Ward 4:
Chris Marlow
Bob Uglum
Jason Westbrook

City School Board Ward 1:
Greg Dothard

City School Board Ward 4:
Greg Schulenburg

City School at Large:
Melanie W. McLendon