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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:

Thanks, Bruce Johnson

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Guidelines for Historic Preservation in Winterville

On May 1, 2018, the first meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) was held at Winterville City Hall.

 Mayor Dodd Ferrell and the City Council passed an Ordinance to form this Commission:

In support and furtherance of its findings and determination that the historical, cultural, and aesthetic heritage of the City of Winterville is among its most valued and important assets and that the preservation of this heritage is essential to the promotion of the health, prosperity, and general welfare of the people;

In order to stimulate revitalization of the business districts and historic neighborhoods and to protect and enhance local historic and aesthetic attractions to tourists and thereby promote and stimulate business;

In order to enhance the opportunities for federal and state benefits under relevant provisions of federal or state law; and

In order to provide for the designation, protection, preservation, and rehabilitation of historic properties and historic districts and to participate in federal or state programs to do the same;

The Winterville City Council hereby declare it to be the purpose and intent of this Ordinance to establish a uniform procedure for use in providing for the protection, enhancement, perpetuation, and use of places, districts, sites, buildings, structures, objects, and landscape features having a special historical cultural or aesthetic interest or value, in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinance.

The first Historic Preservation Commission board members (Kim Burch, president; Jonathan Frye, vice president; Aaron Watwood, secretary; James Tucker, Nancy Tucker, and Charles Burch) met and began the long and detailed work to create the Historic District and the Historic Guidelines.

Enlisting the help of the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGARC), with Jordan Shoemaker at the helm, the commission discussed guidelines from comparable cities.  The specifics of each section were researched and revised to fit the feel and culture of the City of Winterville and its goals.

 Dr. Scott Nesbitt of the University of Georgia undertook as a class project the daunting task of helping to determine the district boundaries.  His class helped gather the many photographs used in the Guidelines.

Mark Beatty of NEGARC led the commission in approving the final draft of the Historic District Maps and Guidelines. The HPC is grateful for his guidance.

The Historic Districts contain within them different cultural areas and are named for the central feature of the area.

The Guidelines are meant to be just that—guidelines—that not only protect private property rights but also serve the purpose of protecting Winterville’s unique aesthetics and culture.

Download a Copy of the Historic Preservation Commission Guidelines

Download the Map of Historic Districts

Download the Map of Historic Districts Satellite View

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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.

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:



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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

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.
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!

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:
Northeast Georgia Business Alliance web site:
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

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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.
Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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

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Local Loan & Grant Applications for Athens-Clarke County Small Businesses Open Sept. 8

Funded through the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) and the federal CARES Act, the Joint Development Authority (JDA) of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville and the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance are opening applications for emergency grants and low-interest emergency loans to provide assistance to local small businesses impacted by COVID-19.
The JDA is offering both low-interest loans and small business grants. Both are targeted to small businesses with 1-10 employees that are physically located in Athens-Clarke County. The $1 million emergency Turntable Revolving Loan Program is funded through the ACCGov Mayor & Commission’s Resiliency Package, while the $1.6 million for emergency business grants is funded through the federal CARES Act.
Applications for JDA loans and grants will open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 8, with an application submission deadline of Tuesday, September 22. The grant program is first-come, first-served for eligible businesses. More information, including eligibility criteria, is available at The application will be available and open on the website at 8:00 a.m. on September 8.
The Northeast Georgia Business Alliance is offering emergency grants for small businesses located in Athens-Clarke County, funded through the federal CARES Act. Information about the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance’s grant program, including the application, is available online at Applications will open on Tuesday, September 8 with an application submission deadline of Wednesday, September 30.
The mission of the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia and the City of Winterville is to equitably support entrepreneurs to revive and grow successful small businesses in Athens-Clarke County, increase revenue, create new jobs, and foster economic connections among and between Athens-Clarke County businesses, as well as globally.
The mission of the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance is to expand access to capital and procurement opportunities for African-American organizations in Northeast Georgia.
For more information about the Joint Development Authority of the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville, contact For more information about the Northeast Georgia Business Alliance, contact

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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  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:
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
 Sponsorships are also available too.

Contact Elizabeth DeMarco, FC-CIS Resource Development Chair at email 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:
Drop-in Sessions:

Winterville Pittard Park

Saturday August 22, 2020 8:00 am - Noon
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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Applications Being Taken for Downtown Development Authority

The city of Winterville is now taking applications for our newly reactivated DDA. A DDA (Downtown Development Authority) is used in cities throughout the state as a mechanism to revitalize and redevelop municipal central business districts. The DDA training (provided) provides local leaders with the skills and knowledge they need to ensure a healthy, vibrant downtown.

DDAs have a range of powers:

  • developing and promoting downtowns
  • making long-range plans or proposals for downtowns
  • financing (by loan, grant, lease, borrow or otherwise) projects for the public good
  • executing contracts and agreements
  • purchasing, leasing and selling property
  • issuing revenue bonds and notes

There will be 7 DDA members ("Directors") appointed and the requirements for serving on the DDA can be found on the application. The DDA will work with our Georgia Municipal Association DDA Manager, Stephanie Aylworth, as they reactivate and begin their training. Please turn in completed applications to Wendy Bond at or at Winterville City Hall by appointment. Thank you for considering this important service to our city. 

Download a DDA Application

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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!

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!

Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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Coronavirus Update - May 28, 2020

This afternoon, we held another conference call with our two local hospitals and other local healthcare providers and want to share the latest updates in the fight against COVID-19.

As has been reported on social media over the last couple of days, there has been a slight uptick locally of in-patient positive COVID-19 cases - which can be largely attributed to nursing homes and transfers from other facilities. Other providers have not seen significant differences in their numbers. For the latest number of cases and deaths by county, please visit

This information serves as another reminder that we must be especially careful and take extra precautions with our most vulnerable populations. The state is actively assisting nursing home facilities through the National Guard, Department of Public Health and all other available resources.

In order to help protect those most vulnerable, we must continue to be smart - wash our hands, social distance, wear a mask when unable to social distance and disinfect commonly used surfaces and areas.

Please know that our hospitals and healthcare facilities are safe to visit to take care of other medical conditions. It's critical that individuals feel comfortable seeing their healthcare providers - which are taking all precautions to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

As a reminder, testing remains available to anyone regardless of symptoms. To schedule a test, please call the Northeast Health District’s hotline at 706-340-0996. The UGA/AU Mobile Clinic continues to do great work, having tested hundreds of individuals covering areas of the community where there are potential cases - particularly in underserved communities. The Mobile Clinic hotline is 706-308-4092.

We continue to remain in regular communication with each other and our healthcare providers and stand ready to assist in anyway as we continue to move forward as a community.

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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