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Statement on COVID19

The City of Winterville continues to monitor our local Covid-19 numbers and subsequent strain on our healthcare workers and hospitals.

As you are most likely aware, our numbers locally and state-wide continue to rise at an alarming rate. Members of our community are strongly encouraged to continue avoiding crowds, maintain 6 feet of space between yourself and others who do not live in your household, wash your hands, and wear a mask/face covering when in public (per our newly passed mask ordinance, which can be found here:

https://cityofwinterville.com/files/documents/72006c57-a97a-4f94-a890-8f049e63d619.pdf)

As a city, we will continue to follow the guidance of our local and state leadership and the CDC and pass helpful information on to all of you.  For information about the Covid-19 vaccine phased rollout, please visit the District 10 Department of Public Health website at

https://publichealthathens.com/wp/programs/infectious-disease/coronavirus-covid-19-information/covid-19-vaccination/?swcfpc=1

Together we will get through this.  Stay safe, stay healthy. Thank you for reading and for your continued efforts in helping to slow the spread and lessen the burden on our frontline workers.

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle

City of Winterville

125 North Church Street

Winterville, Georgia 30683

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Winterville Firefly Local Action Committee Kickoff Meeting

Date: January 19th
Time: 7 p.m.
Location:  Virtual via Zoom
 
This is the first meeting of the Winterville Firefly Local Action Committee (LAC). 
The primary objective of the LAC is to encourage local residents to take ownership of the Firefly Trail and fully realize all the potential the trail holds for community betterment and benefits to individuals, families, and visitors. 

If you would like to attend, please contact the LAC at wintervillefireflylac@gmail.com.   
 
  If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
 
Regards,
Bruce Johnson

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Public Input Session 1/21 - Crosswalk & Henry Meyer Intersection Improvements

Dear Wintervillians,

Please join us for a Public Input Session Thursday, January 21st from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m..

The session will take place in Pittard Park under the large pavilion to enable social distancing.  Please wear a mask if you plan to attend.

Representatives from the City of Winterville and WA Engineering will be present to answer questions and record comments.

The following projects will be discussed:

1. Intersection Improvements: Main Street and Henry Meyer

2. Crosswalk safety improvements: Main Street and Parkview (in front of the Train Depot)

We look forward to seeing you there!

Sincerely,

Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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Neighborhood Resident Wish List

The neighborhood leaders have compiled an Amazon wish list for neighbors who need some support in getting Christmas presents for their children.
Please look through the list and, if able, purchase whatever you are able to fit into your budget. Let's make some kids happy at the end of this rough year!
 

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Firefly Trail Hancock Road to Winterville Public Input Requested

 

An online public meeting with ACC Leisure Services will take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 1:00 p.m.

Two informational in-person drop-in sessions are scheduled at Pittard Park (main picnic shelter), 115 Parkview Road, Winterville:

Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Attendees are reminded to adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings. Time limits may be imposed if large numbers attend.

Details, including possible alternate routes, are at the ACC Listens website:

https://www.accgov.com/leisureserviceslistens

https://www.fireflytrail.com/home/firefly-trail-hancock-road-to-winterville-public-input

Thanks, Bruce Johnson

 

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Tropical Storm Zeta

Dear Wintervillians: Please be on alert as Hurricane Zeta makes way through the southeast this afternoon and through Thursday. We will be getting the city ready and updates will be issued as we get them. Stay safe!

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Our hearts are broken

The collective heart of our community is broken tonight as we mourn the passing of one of Winterville's favorite sons and one of my dearest and best friends, George Chandler.

Flags will be flown at half staff in the City to honor his service to this country and to our community.

Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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2021 Budget Adopted

On October 13, 2020 Mayor and City Council adopted the 2021 draft budget at their regular meeting.

There will be a Public Hearing on Tuesday November 10, 2020 6:30 pm to accept public comment on the proposed budget.

Download a copy of the 2021 proposed budget

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Town Hall ZOOM with Mayor Ferrelle - Oct. 19th at 7PM

Monday, October 19th at 7PM EDT

Join Mayor Dodd Ferrelle for a virtual Town Hall meeting on Zoom. 

Topics include the alcohol ordinance, 2021 budget, VRBO ordinance and code update, and more....

 

Join the Zoom Meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87164687541?pwd=SkZmeEQvb1NZWXM0ZllMcmZmenZaZz09
 

 

 

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The Future of the Winterville Auditorium

The City of Winterville invites the public to attend a virtual, drop-in, input session via Zoom from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6 to discuss how that venue can serve the community.

A link to the virtual Zoom session can be found at https://bit.ly/3cWciVr.

UGA's Carl Vinson Institute of Government will facilitate the discussion with the goal of developing a strategic plan for the operation and use of the Winterville Auditorium. Please join the conversation while we talk about the future of this historic facility.
 
Thank you,
 
David Matthews-Morgan

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Town Hall Meeting via Zoom Tonight Monday, Sept. 21

Dear Wintervillians,
Please join me to discuss all things Winterville.
I will give an update on Beer and Wine, the Firefly Trail Opening, CARES Act Funding, the JDA and DDA, COVID 19 etc. 
You can join the Town Hall using  the link below.  I look forward to seeing you.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84082822786?pwd=UTNPQWZRWnJIN2tPZTNsakR6bWprZz09
Sincerely, 
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor
 

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

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Upcoming Weather - Hurricane Sally

Dear Wintervillians:

We are watching Hurricane Sally and stand ready.

Equipment has been checked out and fuel has been topped off. We expect heavy rainfall over the next few days so be careful if you must travel.

The concern during this type of storm centers around the softening ground and the large trees throughout the city. Be mindful and alert to this concern as you shelter inside your home.

The Winterville Volunteer Fire Department, Winterville PD, Public Works and I will all be on call and ready to help you in case of emergency. We will open the Community Center for anyone who becomes displaced from their home or is in need of shelter from this storm.

Stay safe!

Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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JDA for ACC & Winterville Emergency Grant & Loan Program

Just a quick update that small business emergency grant programs (JDA & Northeast Georgia Business Alliance) and emergency loans (JDA) are still open for Athens-Clarke County small businesses to apply. For quick reference, links with more information are below.
 
JDA web site: https://sites.google.com/view/jda-acc-winterville
Northeast Georgia Business Alliance web site: https://negafoundation.org
 
Thank you all so much for helping share this information as widely as possible,
 
Ilka McConnell, CEcD
Economic Development Director
Athens-Clarke County Unified Government
Ilka.mcconnell@accgov.com
706-224-1460 

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Winterville Auditorium Public Input Session

Monday September 14, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The City of Winterville invites the public to attend an input session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, September 14 in the Winterville Auditorium to discuss how that venue can serve the community.

The Carl Vinson Institute of Government will facilitate the discussion with the goal of developing a strategic plan for the operation and use of the Winterville Auditorium. Please come with your masks and plan to socially distance while we talk about the future of this historic facility.

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Town Hall Meeting via Zoom


Monday September 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm 

Town Hall Zoom Meeting Link
 
Dear Wintervillians,
Please join me to discuss all things Winterville.
I will give an update on Beer and Wine, the Firefly Trail Opening, CARES Act Funding, the JDA and DDA, COVID 19 etc. 
You can join the Town Hall using  the link provided.  I look forward to seeing you.
Sincerely, 
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor
 

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

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Steps to Connect Challenge

Get ready for a fun challenge with your family and friends and connect with new people!  Family Connection-Communities In Schools of Athens (FC-CIS) Steps to Connect Challenge will happen during the month of September.  Our goal is to reach and involve as much of our local community as possible but anyone, anywhere can join in.  Participants will challenge themselves to walk, run, or bike.  They will select from three different mileage goals.  Participants will be divided into teams to add some friendly and lively competition on a “participants only” Facebook group page.  Team leaders will post encouragement to help you stay committed to completing your goal.  Our hope is that the challenge will inspire everyone to get moving and outdoors.  This event will be an important fundraiser for FC-CIS of Athens.  FC-CIS is a partnership of organizations and individuals working together for the success of all in our community. 
 
Registration (August 12 – August 29)  Register early!!
 
1st Step - One-time entry fee (cool T-shirt included for each participant)
 
$30 Individual
$50 Family (up to family of 5)
$15 Family or individual for those experiencing financial hardship
Participants are welcome to donate above the entry fee if they would like! 
 
2 ways to donate:
- PayPal using stepstoconnect@fc-cis.org  Please include your email in “Add a note” box.
- a check payable to “FC-CIS of Athens”; mail to FC-CIS, P.O. Box 1904, Athens, GA 30603;
  Please put “Steps to Connect” and your email in the check memo line. 
 
2nd Step - Join the “Steps to Connect Challenge” Facebook Private Group page:
                   https://www.facebook.com/groups/294084825369985/?source_id=122679914413835 
 
3rd Step - We will email you to get your important initial data: T-shirt size and your mile challenge goal for the month = Walkers and Runners (30, 60, or 100 miles) and Cyclists (50, 200, or 400 miles)
 
4th Step – Your team assignment (RED, BLUE, or YELLOW) will come in an email.
 
5th Step – The Challenge will begin September 1.  There will be daily encouragement from our Team Leaders and participants can share their experiences on the “participants only” Facebook Group page.  At the end of each week, we will email a form for logging your miles completed for the week.  The team with the most miles wins for the week and will be announced.
 
6th Step - T-shirts and goody bags will be available for pick-up on the third week of the challenge.
 
We will finish the challenge by announcing the winning team for most miles completed!
 
Looking forward to the camaraderie and getting out and about.  See you on the road and trails!
 
For more information visit FC-CIS of Athens Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/fccisathens
 
 Sponsorships are also available too.

Contact Elizabeth DeMarco, FC-CIS Resource Development Chair at email eapdemarco@gmail.com or 706-224-1662 to pledge your support or for more information. 

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Firefly Trail Connection from Winterville to ACC

Sub-Project #3 from Hancock Road to Moores Grove Road in Winterville

Online Sessions: August 20, 2020 5:00 pm
Information for Sub-Project #3 as well as the link for the input session can be found at:

www.accgov.com/leisureserviceslistens
Drop-in Sessions:

Winterville Pittard Park

Saturday August 22, 2020 8:00 am - Noon
and/or
Thursday August 27 2020 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mayor Dodd Ferrelle
City of Winterville
125 N Church Street
Winterville, GA 30683 

Download a PDF of this information

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Proposed Property Tax Increase

The City of Winterville today announces its intention to increase the property taxes it will levy this year by 7.73 percent.

Each year, the board of tax assessors is required to review the assessed value for property tax purposes of taxable property in the city. When the trend of prices on properties that have recently sold in the city 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 increase the assessment. This is called a reassessment.

When the total digest of taxable property is prepared, Georgia Law requires that a rollback millage rate must be computed that will produce the same total revenue on the current year’s new digest that last year’s millage rate would have produced had no reassessments occurred.

The budget tentatively adopted by the City of Winterville requires a millage rate higher than the rollback millage rate. Therefore, before the City of Winterville may finalize the tentative budget and set a final millage rate, Georgia Law requires that three public hearings be held to allow the public an opportunity to express their opinions on this increase.

All concerned citizens are invited to the public hearings on this tax increase to be held at the following locations at the indicated times:

All public hearings will be held at the Winterville Auditorium, 371 N. Church Street Winterville, Georgia.

Hearing #1 – Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm
Hearing #2 – Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 11:00 am
Hearing #3 – Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 6:00 pm

Current 5 year tax digest and 5 year history of levy (pdf)
 

 

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Public Hearing and City Council Meeting Tuesday, June 16th at 6:30 pm

CHANGE OF VENUE reminder-City Council Meeting:
The public hearing ( Charter Amendment ) and City Council Meeting will be held in the Auditorium tomorrow evening/Tuesday, June 16th beginning at 6:30 p.m.. Please make plans to attend. The Auditorium has been disinfected and we will have hand sanitizer available. The front doors of the auditorium will remain open throughout the meeting. Please wear a mask if you can and practice social distancing as you find your seat. Thank you in advance and we hope to see you then!
 

Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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City Council Meeting and Public Hearing - Tuesday, June 16th

Dear Wintervillians,


The regular meeting of the Winterville City Council has been rescheduled for Tuesday, June 16th and it will be held in the Winterville Auditorium. The public hearing regarding the Charter Amendment ( Beer and Wine ) will begin at 6:30 followed by the regular meeting. The Auditorium will be disinfected and guidelines for attendance will be communicated beforehand for your safety. Please make plans to join us!


Sincerely,
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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