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Blog posts April 2020

May 5th Charter Amendment Hearing

NOTE: The first hearing has been rescheduled for June 16th at 6:30pm. The second hearing has been rescheduled to July 14th at 6:30pm.

Dear Wintervillians,

Due to the Corona Virus and our commitment to providing full participation for our citizens regarding this very important matter, we are cancelling the May 5th Charter Amendment Public Hearing. 

The Governor's Emergency Shelter in Place order is still in effect for certain segments of our community until May 13th and we want everyone to have the opportunity to offer their comments in the public forum.  State law also spells out that municipalities wishing to amend their Charter are to hold two public hearings during regular meetings within 60 days of each other.  We just simply cannot do that under current conditions.  Therefore, Virus permitting, we are planning to start the process over and have the public hearings in June and July. 

Thank you all for your patience throughout this process.  Please stay tuned for more information and stay well! 

Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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Coronavirus Update - April 26th

We just completed another conference call update with local healthcare providers and want to relay to the community the latest updates.

Overall, our numbers remain stable, and we continue to see a decline in ICU and hospitalized patients. Patient intake is not as volatile - another positive step. Per the Dept. of Public Health, as of noon today, we have 123 confirmed positive cases in Clarke Co. with 13 related deaths, 53 positives in Oconee Co., 108 positives in Barrow Co. with 3 related deaths and 73 positives in Jackson Co. with 1 related death.

In terms of PPE and supplies, our providers report they are in a positive position and have the necessary supplies at this time. Testing continues to ramp up significantly. However, with some providers, we continue to have issues with a lag in reporting times, so we must continue to focus on that. Importantly, we are now testing patients with any symptoms and many healthcare workers and other first responders without symptoms - a huge step forward.

We want to specifically highlight the work of the UGA/AU Mobile Clinic - they are doing great work in our community and providing testing in underserved areas. The Mobile Clinic hotline is 706-308-4092, and they are working to cover areas of the community where there are potential cases - particularly in underserved communities.

Our healthcare providers will gradually begin to resume elective operations. Many of these operations are critical that have been delayed for weeks, and it's important that these patients now be able to be seen. The hospitals are taking strict measures to ensure the health and safety of all patients.

Finally, we want to reemphasize the important of continuing to use common sense. There's no doubt what we've done has made a difference. We must continue to be smart - wear a mask when in public, avoid gatherings, wash your hands, cover coughs and continue to social distance.

Much progress has been made. Together, we'll continue to win this fight and move our community forward.

Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower

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City Council Meeting Monday, April 27th at 5:30PM

City of Winterville
Monday April 27, 2020
5:30 p.m. – City Hall/Zoom/Live via Facebook
Called Meeting Agenda
  
The Winterville City Council will conduct a Called Meeting Monday April 27, 2020 at Winterville City Hall 5:30 pm. This meeting will be held via Zoom for Mayor and Council Members and will be broadcasted live via Facebook to be in compliance with the Shelter-in-place order.
 

  1. Joint Development Authority (Discuss/Vote)
  2. Charter Amendment (Discuss Public Hearing cancellation and schedule.)

 
No other business will be discussed.

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City Council and Public Hearing Reminder

The regular meeting of Winterville Mayor and Council set for Tuesday, April 14th at 6:30 p.m. has been moved to Tuesday, May 5th at 5:30 p.m. The Charter Amendment Public Hearing has also been moved to Tuesday, May 5th at 5:30 p.m. We will continue to monitor the Corona Virus and take the necessary steps as we near that date.

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Coronavirus Update - April 11

We just wrapped up another conference call update with both hospitals and other local healthcare providers. This week, we were also joined by the Department of Public Health.
Fortunately, we are seeing good news locally and cases continue to be managed. Social distancing is making a significant impact, and our providers ask us to continue to follow the guidelines put forth by our federal, state and local officials. Should a surge occur, our local providers are prepared.
While overall we are seeing a leveling in cases, there are a couple areas of concern. Across the state, we're seeing an increase in cases in nursing homes. This could result in more hospital demand. The state is actively working with these facilities to slow the spread. Secondly, we're seeing more rural counties with increases in cases. Again, overall, our providers feel we are well prepared at this time.
Our hospitals have the supplies necessary, but are preparing for further need. Testing remains limited due to supplies, and all are actively working to increase capability. Both hospitals have made plans to increase ICU bed capacity as necessary, but have not had to do so to date and are in a good position with available space.
We heard again from our hospitals that more homemade cloth masks would be extremely beneficial - especially of a larger size. If you're able to create and donate these masks, please visit this website to learn specifics - piedmont.org/media/file/COVID-Cloth-Facemask.pdf. They can then be dropped off at either hospital and will be a great help.
Finally, we know there have been many questions about specifics on the publicly provided data on the number of cases by county. We asked DPH about these numbers and how we can all work together to get even more specific information out to the public. Unfortunately, there are many reasons for lags in reporting and/or changes in the data. As DPH receives information, the data is updated and/or fixed accordingly. We all believe the more information and data we can get out there, the better which is why we continue to work together and with our providers and other state and local partners.
This Easter weekend, let's continue to keep those on the frontlines in our thoughts and prayers. And let's maintain the great progress our community has shown by continuing to social distance. Together, we will defeat this virus and emerge stronger together.
Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Mayor Bob Smith
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower

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Coronavirus Update - April 5th

We just completed another conference call update with our two hospitals and other healthcare providers in the area. Our providers continue to be prepared and have plans for ensuring our community has the resources it needs throughout this fight against COVID-19.

Our hospitals are regional hubs and continue to see local patients and those from around the region. As of noon today, we have 62 confirmed positive cases of Clarke County residents with 8 COVID-19 related deaths, 24 positives in Oconee, 25 positives in Barrow with 2 related deaths, and 15 confirmed positives in Jackson Co.

Testing remains limited and continues to be focused on those at most risk and our healthcare workers. Our providers have the supplies necessary at this time, but are preparing for further need as the number of cases continues to increase. Both hospitals have made plans to increase ICU bed capacity as necessary.

We heard from our hospitals that more homemade cloth masks would be beneficial. If you're able to create and donate these masks, please visit this website to learn specifics - https://www.piedmont.org/media/file/COVID-Cloth-Facemask.pdf. They can then be dropped off at either hospital and will be a great help.

Tonight, community members have put together a Caravan of Care - where the community will show appreciation for those on the front lines. The caravan will meet in the parking lot of the Homewood Village Shopping Center at 6:30 PM. For more information, please visit http://facebook.com/events/654873395298710.

We all stand ready to assist in any way possible throughout this time of need. We remain in regular communication with each other, our healthcare providers, local businesses and workers - we are all in this fight together.

Mayor Kelly Girtz
Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
Chairman John Daniell
Senator Bill Cowsert
Senator Frank Ginn
Representative Spencer Frye
Representative Houston Gaines
Representative Marcus Wiedower 
 

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Coronavirus Update - April 1st

Wintervillians-

The next 2 to 3 weeks look to be the most critical as we continue to fight the Corona Virus.

The more we sacrifice now, the sooner we can all regain some sense of normalcy. We are all part of the American family and one loss is too many so let's do our part as Wintervillians to protect our family.

Please stay home and stay well!

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle
City of Winterville
125 North Church Street
Winterville, Georgia 30683

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Firefly Trail Local Action Committee

Local supporters of the Firefly Trail are encouraged to volunteer in organizing a Winterville Local Action Committee (LAC).  The role of the LAC is to advocate for and enhance popular support of the trail supporting local officials in its maintenance, development as a public resource, and encouraging local use of the trail.  Eventually the Winterville LAC will coordinate with various LACs all along the 39-mile trail corridor.  Interested individuals will find an application here at the City's website which should be submitted to City Hall for consideration by Mayor and Council.

Apply to be on the Firefly Trail Local Action Committee

 

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