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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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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 dph.georgia.gov/covid-19-daily-status-report

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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Town Hall Meeting

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Town Hall with Mayor Ferrelle
Time: May 26, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://cityofwinterville.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=43992c9d24face2d8e87edb3a&id=20590f21c0&e=2ea727c6a1

Meeting ID: 782 7356 8027
Password: 9BpEsi

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Seeking Candidates for Joint Development Authority

CITY OF WINTERVILLE SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF THE UNIFIED GOVERNMENT OF ATHENS-CLARKE C0UNTY, GEORGIA AND CITY OF WINTERVILLE

The City of Winterville is seeking qualified candidates to fill terms on a joint development authority which was created on Tuesday, April 21, 2020.


The Joint Development Authority of the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and the City of Winterville was established to provide a route to economic development activities that are unavailable to either local government, potentially including loan support, tax benefits or property transfers that serve in the best interest of the establishing local governments. It includes each Mayor (or designee) as a member, as well as three additional residents from Athens-Clarke County and two additional residents from Winterville.

The initial appointments shall be for term expiring on April 30, 2024. Applicants must be a City of Winterville resident. The deadline for receiving applications is Thursday, May 7.

The Mayor and Council is tentatively scheduled to conduct phone interviews on Friday, May 8. After the deadline for receipt of applications, if you are selected for an interview you will receive notification of your interview time. If you will be out of town or otherwise unavailable on this date, let us know at the time you submit your application.

Appointments are tentatively scheduled to be made at the Mayor and Council meeting of Tuesday, May 12. You will receive notification from Mayor Ferrelle following the date of this meeting. Applications can be obtained on the City of Winterville website:
www.cityofwinterville.com. For more information, please call Wendy Bond, City Clerk at (706)742-8600.
 
Download a copy of the release and an application

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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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Marigold Festival Canceled

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Coronavirus Update - March 29th

We just completed another update with our two local hospitals and other healthcare providers in the area. Based on this call, we want to provide the community with several updates.

The most important is this - our healthcare providers in the Athens area are prepared. We all know the number of cases is going to increase, and we may see a surge - but the hospitals and our other providers are ready.

Testing capacity and response time for results continue to move in the right direction. One of the most significant challenges in addition to limited testing is waiting times for results. Fortunately, we anticipate much quicker testing results over the next several days - which will also significantly help with PPE supplies.

The Georgia National Guard has deployed medical officers to the Athens area to provide additional support, as well, and we thank them for their continued service to our state and community.

Many have reached out about providing support to those on the frontlines - whether it's food or supplies. For Piedmont Athens Regional, please contact Libby Hayes at libby.hayes@piedmont.org, and for St. Mary's, please contact Ansley Martin at ansley.martin@stmarysathens.org. We're also seeing a continued need for blood donations. Please consider visiting redcrossblood.org and donating blood.

Congressman Jody Hice also joined us and provided an update on the federal level. His office stands ready to assist our hospitals in securing necessary funding and working with others requesting funding as part of the recent federal relief package.

Finally, as always, we are all here to assist in any way possible. We know these are extremely challenging times, but we're confident we will emerge from this battle successful and even stronger as a community. We're incredibly grateful for those on the frontlines - let's all continue to lift up our healthcare workers as they lead this fight.

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

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Coronavirus Update - March 22nd

While the City of Winterville fully supports the Athens Clarke County Mandatory Shelter in Place Ordinance, we have not adopted the ordinance within the city limits due to the differing circumstances possessed by our respective municipalities. That being said, this is another critical week and we strongly recommend that you do SHELTER IN PLACE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. FOR THIS REASON, CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED MONDAY AND TUESDAY AS WE MONITOR THE SITUATION.

The City of Winterville is and will continue to fulfill its legal duty to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the community and we encourage you all to follow the CDC guidelines. Please practice social distancing, take steps to protect yourself, your family and your friends from this virus. By doing this we can do our part to minimize the long term impact of this pandemic.

Thank you all and please stay safe.

Mayor Dodd I. Ferrelle
Mary Quinn - Mayor Pro Tem / Winterville City Council
Gary Snow - Winterville City Council
Brenda Keen - Winterville City Council
Amanda Mooney - Winterville City Council
Wendy Bond - City Clerk

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Coronavirus Update - 3/21/20

We just finished a call with several local healthcare providers, including both hospitals' CEOs and chief medical officers, and based on this call, wanted to provide a brief update on where we are in the area.
The most significant update is a new testing option set up by the Department of Public Health. This option is focused on patients with moderate symptoms. In order to set up an appointment for testing, please call 706-340-0996. Piedmont continues to have its drive thru testing site as well, and patients can call 866-460-1119 to be screened and set up an appointment. For St. Mary's, please call 706-389-3000. These options are by appointment only - no drop ins accepted.

Overall, the numbers in the area are being managed. To date, from the last DPH published positive cases at noon, we remain at 10 in Clarke, 1 in Oconee & 1 in Barrow. Results are taking several days to return and testing remains limited, so again, we anticipate larger numbers in the community and will continue to see an uptick as more testing occurs and results are returned. Those who test positive or believe they have symptoms must follow the CDC's self quarantine guidelines even if symptoms are minimal.
Both hospitals are also implementing a limited visitor policy and are screening all entrants. Again, if you show any symptoms, please call - do not just show up. Many elective surgeries and procedures are being pushed back, as well.

One of the most important things we can do as a community is support our healthcare workers - please keep those on the front lines in your thoughts and prayers. We are fortunate to have great healthcare workers throughout this area. This is a taxing time for them, and our community's continued support will help us defeat this virus.

As we continue to move through the fight against COVID-19, all of us stand ready to assist. Please reach out anytime, and we will certainly continue to keep you updated.

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 - 3/17/20

Dear Wintervillians,

After a conference call this morning with the District Health Director and the local CoVID-19 Policy Group I can confirm that 2 people in Athens-Clarke County have tested positive for the Corona Virus.

The two cases are not linked and neither patient had traveled in or out of the country or state so it is believed they contracted the virus through community transmission. These 2 individuals are not high risk and are improving, but more cases are expected so please continue to follow procedures spelled out in the CDC guidelines for hygiene and social distancing with regard to CoVID-19.

I will continue to update the community and City Hall will be open this week if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Dodd I. Ferrelle, Mayor

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

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March 24 Presidential Preference Primary Postponed & March 15-20 In-Person Early Voting Suspended

The evening of Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Georgia Secretary of State Office made an announcement addressing a State of Emergency related to COVID-19.

The March 24, 2020 (PPP) Presidential Preference Primary Election is postponed and moved to the May 19, 2020 General Primary. The PPP Election will take place with the General Primary. Early in-person voting on March 15 at the Board of Elections Office and March 16-20 at five different locations has been suspended. 

More details to come. The release from the Georgia Secretary of State is available online.

Please contact the Elections Office during normal business hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at 706-613-3150.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Updates

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